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Stilling Heartbreak from Weinberg

By | June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s (b. 1986) rendition of Polish-Jewish composer Mieczysław Weinberg’s (1919–1996) final symphony, which is dedicated “to the memory of those who were murdered in the Warsaw Ghetto,” has all the earmarks of a life-affirming Record to Die For. Rarely have I heard such hallowed silence, absolute control, and reverence for life and beauty from a conductor so young. For those willing to explore the mysteries of exquisite sadness amidst suffering, this recording cries out.

Weinberg’s six-movement, 54-minute Symphony No.… 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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An Audio/Video Event in Silverdale, Washington

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

On 26 June at 6pm, Kitsap AV in Silverdale, WA, will be hosting an event at which representatives from several manufacturers—Greg Topp from KLH, Dave Kakenmaster from GoldenEar, Stan Beil from Audioquest, Matt Silberstein from Market Share, and Jordan Gerber from Bob Carver Corporation—will be showing off new products from their lines. Local Rock artist Tony Reed, from Mos Generator and Devils Child Records, will be here as well. Chris Deering, from his new company Deep Dive AV, will be sharing his expertise in audio/video calibration.

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The July Issue is Here

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The July issue—now in mailboxes and on newsstands—features the world’s first review of Mark Levinson’s fully loaded (and affordable by Levinson standards) No.5805 integrated amplifier, reviews of audio products from CH Precision (a big amplifier), Vanatoo (affordable active speakers), PrimaLuna (a new flagship preamplifier), and Kuzma (their Stabi R turntable). in Analog Corner, Michael Fremer dives deep into Charles Kirmuss’s ultrasonic record bath; In Listening, Art Dudley listens to three variations on the BBC minimonitor theme; in Music in the Round, Kal Rubinson auditions what may be the most sophisticated multichannel preamp ever sold for domestic use.… Read the full article

Assessing T.H.E. Show Long Beach 2019

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

See the smiling woman in this photo with a dazed-amidst-all-these-rooms yours truly? Meet T.H.E. Show’s fabulous Director of Social Media and Marketing, Emiko Carlin, a former classical pianist and musician whose 3000 songs include some #1 pop singles. I don’t know how this dazzling woman comes across to others, but for me, discovering Ms. Carlin was like meeting an old friend.

Clearly Carlin has many friends. While I don’t know how many show attendees arrived due to her heavy social media campaigning, I do know that virtually every younger person to whom I posed the question, “How did you hear about this show?” replied that they had found it online.… 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

AirHush Comes Out to T.H.E. Show

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

After Emiko Carlin of T.H.E. Show basically ordered me to check out AirHush’s display at T.H.E. Show, I spent a few minutes speaking with company CCO Michael Quinby. It turns out that the company’s mass-loaded vinyl ISAT (Inflatable Sound Attenuation Technology) systems, initially designed for Pro applications and large recording environments, were being used in the Brooks Berdan room to reduce interactions with the hotel’s sonically dreadful air wall partitions. Some audiophiles use them for noise isolation in condos, especially when they want to turn up the volume on their high-end rigs without driving the neighbors batty.

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Wilson TuneTot speakers, Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, MSB Discrete DAC, Innuos Zen mini music server, Bergmann Magne turntable, Ortofon A95 cartridge, D’Agostino Momentum phono preamplifier, and Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling

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













Wilson TuneTot speakers, Luxman L-509X integrated amplifier, MSB Discrete DAC, Innuos Zen mini music server, Bergmann Magne turntable, Ortofon A95 cartridge, D’Agostino Momentum phono preamplifier, and Kubala-Sosna Elation cabling | Stereophile.com


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EAR/Technics RS-1500 tape deck, EAR Acute Classic CD Player, Helius Designs Viridia turntable, Omega Standard tonearm, Denon DL-103R cartridge, PranaFidelity purna/ca preamplifier, purna/ma amplifier, and Vayu/fs loudspeakers;, Etc.

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













EAR/Technics RS-1500 tape deck, EAR Acute Classic CD Player, Helius Designs Viridia turntable, Omega Standard tonearm, Denon DL-103R cartridge, PranaFidelity purna/ca preamplifier, purna/ma amplifier, and Vayu/fs loudspeakers;, Etc. | Stereophile.com


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Stenheim Alumine 3 speakers, CH Precision C1 D.A Controller, D1 SACD / CD Drive, L1 preamp, P1 phono stage, X1 power supplies, and A1.5 2-channel amplifier; Technics SL1000R turntable, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, Harmonic Resolution stands, Etc.

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|













Stenheim Alumine 3 speakers, CH Precision C1 D.A Controller, D1 SACD / CD Drive, L1 preamp, P1 phono stage, X1 power supplies, and A1.5 2-channel amplifier; Technics SL1000R turntable, Lyra Etna SL cartridge, Harmonic Resolution stands, Etc. | Stereophile.com


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