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Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |

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Dan Worth has posted a review of the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder (£1499) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions:

“With a complimentary headphone amplifier, great style and a detail rich, natural and fluid sound, I can’t see what there’s not to like about the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder.”

You can read the full review here.

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Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock power amplifier

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

At a recent dealer event in Seattle, after being impressed by the musical rightness of an Audio Research Corp. LS28 preamplifier and VT80SE power amplifier driving a pair of Sonus Faber Guarneri loudspeakers, I spoke with ARC’s Dave Gordon about reviewing one of the company’s new amplifiers. Less than a month later, two ARC Reference 160M tubed monoblock amplifiers ($30,000/pair) were headed my way.

Soon thereafter I received a huge, pallet-bound stack of boxes as tall as my neck: the two monoblocks, plus one ARC preamp—their hefty, one-piece Reference 6 (REF 6) line preamplifier ($14,000), which Michael Fremer reviewed in December 2016.… Read the full article

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EXOGAL Abandons MQA Development

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

EXOGAL Audio announced today that they are ceasing development of MQA for inclusion in EXOGAL products. 

June 22, 2018. Said Jeff Haagenstad, CEO of EXOGAL: “We have been evaluating MQA technology and watching the wider MQA ecosystem since early 2016. After much research on the fundamental technology and more importantly on the market demand for MQA, we have reached the decision to cease the pursuit of adding MQA to our products for several reasons:

  • Our products by themselves exceed the performance of our products with the inclusion of MQA,
  • Regardless of the breathless hype by the audio press, actual consumer demand is just not there.
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Human after all: the ModWright-modded OPPO UDP-205

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Simplicity – does your system have it? Do you wish it did? I recall the good old days when my entire playback chain consisted of one box. All I wanted/needed back then was a CD player, and I rambled my way through many of the best available at the time: Sony, Krell, McIntosh, Wadia, Lector, Meridian, Electrocompaniet, Simaudio, Linn, and Esoteric. I routinely gave my vinyl-loving friends a hard time about how many components they needed – table, tonearm, cartridge, stylus, phono stage, etc – and how complex it was to achieve an optimal setup.… Read the full article

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A Few Days In The World Of McIntosh

By | February 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Last week I attended a McIntosh event in New York city with a fine cross section of the audio press. The main focus of this audiophile get-together was based around listening sessions for two new flagship speakers, but also covered off on the myriad of global products the McIntosh Group owns under its corporate brand.

For those not familiar, in addition to McIntosh amplifiers and speakers the family umbrella also includes Sonus Faber, Audio Research, Wadia, Sumiko, and the Pryma headphone brand.… Read the full article

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World of McIntosh Loudspeaker Unveiling—New York City

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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The invitation said: McIntosh Group is very proud to introduce you to the newest products from McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. and Sonus faber, featuring two speakers with aesthetic and electroacoustic excellence. We cordially invite you to an exclusive presentation and listening of the new McIntosh XRT2.1K Loudspeaker and the new Sonus faber Aida Speakers.

Living in a musical backwater like Victoria, BC does have amazing lifestyle benefits, but if I’m invited to a cool audio event in a musical capital like New York City, I’m in.… Read the full article

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California Audio Labs CL-15 CD Player

By | January 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This article, as reviewed by Sherman Hong, Victor Chavira, Francisco Duran, and Larry Cox, originally ran when audioMusings was in print. Issue 2, 1998

California Audio Labs CL-15 CD player

I awaited the California Audio Labs CL-15 player-processor with great anticipation. Eons ago, I was so enthralled with the CAL Genesis CD player that I almost bought it, but my lust was more powerful than my check book. Therefore, I looked forward to putting the newest CAL through its paces. The CL-15 uses dual 20 bit co-linear PCM 1702 chips, with 8x oversampling and the ubiquitous Pacific Microsonic HDCD filter chip.… Read the full article

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From Clark Johnsen’s Diary: Tone, Tweaks, & Digitalia: Paradigms Lost…

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

This article, by Clark Johnsen, originally ran when Positive Feedback was in print – Volume 8, Issue 2, 1999

I. In The Beginning Was The Tone

The amiable, estimable John Marks (or is that, inestimable?), before appearing on the cover of our previous issue, addressed in TAS #115 the vital topic of how to engage (or is that, ensnare?) more people into the pursuit of high-end audio. Excellent subject! How shall we beget more like us? … an eternal question posed unconsciously, but reasonably, by every culture.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: McIntosh in a World of its Own

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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MC601 mono blocks in effect.

World of McIntosh is a brand name developed in 2015 by the longtime manufacturer’s parent company, Fine Sounds Group. Audiophiles who haven’t been paying close attention may be surprised to learn just how big that world is.

McIntosh, which was founded in 1949, for many decades has offered a fairly large catalog of electronics and speakers. But as it has gone through a series of acquisitions and corporate moves, it has become part of a larger family with numerous sister companies.… Read the full article

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LAAS: It's A Wrap

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

The first Los Angeles Audio Show, the audio show that may very well supplant the transplanted-to-Anaheim, September-scheduled T.H.E. Show as the Southern California audio show of choice, has just come and gone. Even as exhibitors unpack their wares and begin the multi-month process of assessing the show’s impact on sales and brand recognition, some observations on the show’s success and otherwise are in order.

Although I do not recall feeling like a lost puppy when Stereophile held its show 11 years ago in the same, then not-yet-renovated Sheraton Gateway, the place sure felt different in 2017.… Read the full article

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