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By far the most complicated of the three preamps i review in this issue in terms of facilities offered, NAD’s “Monitor Series” 1300 ($398) provides two buffered tape loops, an external processor loop (which can also be used as a third tape-recorder loop), a headphone output, a “null” switch, switchable bass equalization to extend the low-frequency range of small loudspeakers, and treble and bass controls, each with a choice of three turnover frequencies: 3kHz, 6kHz, 12kHz, and 50Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, respectively.… Read the full article
Mytek, manufacturer of renowned Brooklyn and Manhattan DACs has just announced the new “Brooklyn Bridge” Streamer/DAC/Preamplifier, a versatile and easy to use solution for hi-res digital music streaming and playback. The $2995 “Brooklyn Bridge” combines the features, shape and sound quality of the Brooklyn DAC+ with a WiFi streamer. Users can just add a tablet (ipad or android) for complete music system to stream Tidal MQA, Qobuz Hi-Res or other streaming services or play local files connected to Brooklyn Bridge USB port.… Read the full article
October 31, 2018 – Parker, Colorado: Amsterdam-based high-end audio manufacturer Metaxas, represented in the U.S. by Aaudio Imports, manufactures a complete system of electronics and speakers. Among them is a headphone amp/preamp christened, ‘Marquis.’
Priced at $6,750, the Marquis comes in a CNC-machined aluminum block in the shape of a human skull, available in one of ten aluminum colors or automotive paint finishes.
The Marquis’ CNC-machined base encloses the power supply to keep all stray RFI and noise from the delicate, low-level signal stages, with optional rechargeable battery pack for over 5 hours of use.… Read the full article
Shindo Laboratory Aurièges
Original Two-Chassis, Full-Function Preamplifier
Review Number 1 in the C/H/E* Files.
By Steve Graham
This is the first instalment of what, hopefully, will be many evaluations of what I call the Classic/Heritage/Exotic equipment category. I think the original, two-chassis Shindo Aurièges pictured above could fit in all three.
The esteemed Art Dudley of Stereophile usually bangs on about his Shindo gear nearly every other month in his column. I’m being a bit snarky with Mr. Dudley, but he is doing his reviewer’s job, using what for him is his reference as a guide to new equipment sent to him for review. … Read the full article
The following is a press release issued by Gryphon Audio Designs. October 16, 2018 – Gryphon Audio Designs are proud to launch their new Zena preamplifier in Manhattan on Thursday 18 Oct. @ 7:00pm. Your hosts will be Joe Cali and Philip O’Hanlon (On A Higher Note) playing a wonderful collection of hand curated music. The Gryphon Zena is a true dual mono preamplifier harvests the fruit of significant advances made in the evolution of the state of the art Gryphon Mirage.… Read the full article
In the late 1970s, three talented Silicon Valley engineers—Bruce Moore, Tom Taylor, and Alan Priestly—formed Audible Illusions. Having already earned a reputation as a “tube wiz” from his noteworthy preamplifier designs for Precision Fidelity and Paragon, Moore teamed with Taylor to create the original Audible Illusions Dual Mono, Uranus 11, and Mini-Mite preamps. The diminutive Mini-Mite 1 was minimal in its design, providing only a volume and balance control along with inputs for phono, tuner, and tape. Three tubes—one 12AX7 and two 6DJ8s—and a regulated power supply completed the picture.… Read the full article
It’s all about simplicity, and it is something audiophiles tend to forget. It seems the machinery of industry always wants to push a new feature, another aspect of operational complexity. Our cars are becoming technologically laden, far more so than computers of ten years ago. Phones are ubiquitous with the continual addition of functionality. Bluetooth invisibly conjoins mobile audio devices. Our homes are becoming “smart,” our children questionably so. Why, then, shouldn’t our components and systems for the home two-channel system also become more complex?… Read the full article
In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. I say this not because I’m partial to Parasound products in general, but because I flat out believe there is no better phonostage on the market within shouting distance of its price. For me, the John Curl designed JC 3+ has consistently drawn forth a wealth of musical and sonic detail from a range of cartridges.… Read the full article