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mbl Loudspeakers and Memory Lane | T.H.E. Show 2019

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Walking into the mbl loudspeakers room at T.H.E. Show 2019 did bring back a lot of memories, back to the days when I first started exhibiting at high-end audio shows with Colleen Cardas for our erstwhile distribution company, CCI. We’d always find a reason to sneak away from our room so we could visit Jeremy Bryan, the president of mbl North America, and listen to one of his awesome systems. We always envied Jeremy–mbl gave him a large enough show budget to do justice to these extraordinary German products.… Read the full article

Muraudio SP1 Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Muraudio SP1 Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Going on a century ago, in the early 1920s, C. W. Rice and E.W. Kellogg began work at General Electric on how to use electricity to generate sound for reproduction of music. They considered seriously two possibilities, the electro-magnetically driven cone and the electrostatically driven membrane. For practical reasons, they chose the cone driver. (A main problem of the electrostatic was that, this being before the days of plastic films, the membrane was made from what was known as goldbeater’s skin or cloth, which was, not to put too fine a point on it, hammered-out pig guts.… Read the full article

Triangle Australe EZ Loudspeaker

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Triangle Australe EZ Loudspeaker

There are people on this planet that, though they walk with one foot in front of the other just like the rest of us, are in important respects nothing like the rest of us—they are gifts. In early 2018, I was fortunate to finally see my favorite percussionist in concert at the Sanders Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Zakir Hussain is a master, in the same easily recognizable way that Hendrix and Ella are masters. What they all do with their instruments is far beyond the technical.… Read the full article

In L.A.: The North American Debut of the DeVore O/Reference Loudspeaker System

By | June 20th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

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Common Wave Hi-Fi is proud to host John Devore for the North American debut of his long awaited Orangutan Reference speaker system.
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KEF LSX Wireless Streaming Loudspeaker System

By | June 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

KEF LSX Wireless Streaming Loudspeaker System

I’ve always liked variety and difference, and hi-fi has both in spades. In this hobby, there isn’t one right answer, one perfect system for everyone. There’s a huge array of different sizes, shapes, and sounds, and they’re all equally good, at least in that they aren’t the be-alls/end-alls. The KEF LSX ($1099) wireless streaming speaker system may be unconventional, but it’s another path to great sound, one that’s accessible to absolutely everyone, especially people who don’t want to wade through pages of hi-fi forum snark in order to learn about this stuff.… Read the full article

Studio Electric Loudspeakers announces the release of their new F2 floor standing speaker.

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Studio Electric Loudspeakers announces the release of their new F2 floor standing speaker. Building on the success of their well-regarded M4 monitor and larger FS1, the F2 is the company’s attempt to redefine what can be achieved in an under $10K floor standing speaker. According to veteran designer David MacPherson, “Our monitors have been praised as a “new reference” by reviewers and by owners. Now we want to offer a larger speaker that retains the same great sonic characteristics as the M4.”

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The F2 is a 2½ way speaker using (2) of Studio Electric’s proprietary HighX™ woofers and a recently developed 1” soft dome tweeter.… Read the full article

Usher Audio S-520 Loudspeaker

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|


Recently, I was in the market for a pair of new mini-monitor loudspeakers. A power amplifier malfunction damaged my last pair—both woofers of my KEF Cresta 1 mini speakers. The speakers were used primarily for my office system, powered by a vintage Harman Kardon 990Vxi receiver.

I came across a loudspeaker, the Usher S-520 mini-monitor. I’d heard of the Usher brand and listened to one of their top floor-standing loudspeakers at a show but was no too familiar. I was not aware of the S-520.… Read the full article

Ayon Audio, Lumen White Loudspeakers, BBS Audio Rack Systems, USA Tube Audio | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


LOS ANGELES (PTA) — New products are on top of the list in the Ayon Audio room at THE SHOW 2019. Starting with a source, the new Ayon CD-35 SACD/DAC Preamplifier Steamer with DSD, along with the new Ayon Auris Preamplifier, handing off to a new pair of Ayon Epsilon (Gen 4) and Orthos XS (Gen 3) monoblock amplifiers. An expertly finished pair of Lumen White Kyara tower loudspeakers, as shown in French Nut veneer round out the USA Tube Audio assembled system.… Read the full article

Acapella Audio Arts: The $650K Sphaeron Excalibur loudspeakers

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Recorded in 24bit 96kHz at the Acapella showroom on May 13, 2019. We uploaded several of these videos. Please subscribe and check out our Acapella Sphaeron Excalibur playlist.

The Sphaeron Excalibur speakers weigh over 3000 lbs each, use a powered plasma (ION) massless tweeter and have four 18 inch woofers per speaker.

If you listen carefully, you will hear notes in the music you have never heard before. That is because the notes have been on the CD all along [which was uploaded to a music server for this demo] but no speaker has been able produce the notes correctly and distinctly before [having to do with the high efficiency of these speakers, the accommodating load they present to the amplifier, the ION Tweeter, etc].… Read the full article

mbl N31 DAC – CD player, N11 stereo preamplifier, N15 monoblocks, 120 Radialstrahler hybrid loudspeaker with Wireworld Eclipse Series 8 cabling

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Ah, mbl. This time, making music not in its usual large room, but rather in an 11-foot wide space. Mbl North America’s Jeremy Bryan had asked for a larger exhibit room, but none was available. After hearing the havoc wrought by air wall subdividers in many of the Hilton Long Beach’s conference rooms, I think Bryan is lucky to have been refused.

Even with mbl’s second smallest speaker, the 120 Radialstrahler hybrid ($21,400/pair), placed closer to the sidewalls than optimal, this Noble line system sounded great.… Read the full article