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A Black Diamond – The ATC 50SE Loudspeakers

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I enjoyed hearing ATC’s 40A (then $12,999) speaker four years ago; enough so I was tempted to buy them (see HERE for the review). They had a fuller range than my reference, and the sound was a bit sweeter.

However, my reference ATCs employ an “SL” (super linear) driver for midrange and lower frequencies, as all of its “classic series” speakers do, whereas the 40A from their entry series do not. The SL technology, as I understand it, addresses problems inherent in steel’s magnetic non-linearity.… Read the full article

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

Like many longtime TAS readers I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of trying, I made a giant step forward towards that goal at the end of 2018 with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. As I indicated in my online preview at the time, the floorstanding, mid-sized, three-way Stage is a revelation, and in a couple of important sonic dimensions better than any loudspeaker I have heard in all my years.… Read the full article

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

Everyone loves a cliffhanger. And as I flew into Denver for RMAF’s latest installment I was about to find out how this one was going to shake out. Specifically, the change of venue, and the transposition of show dates from mid-October to early September (this year only), elements that are fraught with all kinds of risks—and potential rewards. The brand-spanking-new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, certainly provided a distinct adjustment from the homey if increasingly ramshackle Denver Tech Center.… Read the full article

UBSOUND Velvet Series Loudspeakers Official Launch!

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today, UBSOUND of Italy just launched their new VELVET Series ‘premium’ high-end handmade loudspeakers worldwide with 2 models, VL42 and VL48. A launch that may well be loaded with potential in the high range of the home HiFi market. For those who may be unaware, UBSOUND is an Italian company based in Milan. They specialize […]

The post UBSOUND Velvet Series Loudspeakers Official Launch! appeared first on Headfonics.… Read the full article

Revel Expands its Be Loudspeaker Range

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

The upscale Revel Be range has, up to now, been limited to a moderately large, 3-way floor-stander with dual 8-inch woofers ($10,000/pair) and a 2-way bookshelf.
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Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx Loudspeaker

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx Loudspeaker

High-end audio companies face a particular challenge when their founder retires or passes away. More than in other industries, such firms are often built around the singular vision and talent of their founder. The company’s customers buy into that founder’s aesthetic in a deeply personal way that just doesn’t exist with anonymously designed products. Does any company better exemplify this model than Wilson Audio, and its founder, David Wilson? As many of you know, David Wilson passed away last year at the age of 73.… Read the full article

High-Quality Horn Loudspeaker Systems By Bjorn Kolbrek and Thomas Dunker

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: , , , |

Thomas and Bjorn have just completed a major work on horn audio history. They have spent the last 14 or 15 years on this tome. I can’t imagine the passion and dedication that went into this book. They literally spent years in research and writing. I hope to meet these gentlemen in person some day as it would be a priveledge.
They just annouced their website with information for the book. I am pleased to announce it will be available on amazon.… Read the full article

Olympic Glory…Sonus faber’s Olympica Nova Loudspeakers

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The last event I attended at the World of McIntosh (WOM) Townhouse in SOHO NYC featured the debut of Sonus faber’s Reference Aida 2. After about 10 seconds with the Aida 2 I realized I was in the presence of greatness. The Aida 2 is one of the very few experiences in recent memory that forced me to re-calibrate what I considered a true reference speaker.

When I was invited to attend the launch of the Olympica Nova line in late August, I was thrilled to get a shot at hearing the latest addition to the Sonus faber lineup, and hoped to hear some trickle-down brilliance from the Aida 2 to the Nova line.… Read the full article

Innuos Zenith Mk3 and Statement music servers and PhoenixUSB reclocker, Boulder 1161 amplifier, Ayre Acoustics QX5 pre/DAC, YG Acoustics Vantage loudspeakers, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling, and SGR Audio Hi-Fi rack

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Innuos Zenith Mk3 and Statement music servers and PhoenixUSB reclocker, Boulder 1161 amplifier, Ayre Acoustics QX5 pre/DAC, YG Acoustics Vantage loudspeakers, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling, and SGR Audio Hi-Fi rack | Stereophile.com


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Vandersteen Kēnto Carbon loudspeaker and M5-HPA amplifiers, VTL TP-6.5 Series II phono stage and TL-6.5 Series II Signature preamplifier, Aurender A30, AMG Viella turntable with Lyra Atlas cartridge, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Vandersteen Kēnto Carbon loudspeaker and M5-HPA amplifiers, VTL TP-6.5 Series II phono stage and TL-6.5 Series II Signature preamplifier, Aurender A30, AMG Viella turntable with Lyra Atlas cartridge, AudioQuest Niagara 7000 power conditioner and cabling | Stereophile.com


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