Silent Voices (New Amsterdam Records) comes from the Grammy Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The recording, from young forces who have performed with everyone from the New Philharmonic and Mariinsky Orchestra to Barbara Streisand and Elton John, showcases works composed for their ongoing multimedia, multi-composer concert series, Silent Voices. Some of these works, which have already been heard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Sawdust, and other prestigious venues, are sure to find their way into the songbooks of many a professional and student organization.… Read the full article
Saturday, November 17, all day, Alma Music and Audio (7847 Convoy Court, #101, San Diego, CA 92111) is holding an open house to introduce what they call Dan D’Agostino’s masterpiece, the Relentless Monoblock, to the Southern California public. The Relentless power amplifiers will be used to power YG Acoustics’ Sonja XV loudspeakers, which are also making their debut in Southern California. The Sonja XV is an extreme, four-tower version of the Sonja. It incorporates everything YG knows about speaker design and was created to celebrate YG’s 15th anniversary.… Read the full article
Thursday November 15, 7:30–10pm, Audio Vision S.F. (1628 California Street—at the end of the historic cable car line—San Francisco, CA 94109) is holding what they call a “BIG FREE HOME AUDIO EVENT!!” Featured will be D/A processors from Chord Electronics, a SME Reference turntable system, loudspeakers from Raidho, and Nordost power and cabling systems.
Attendees are asked to bring some music to re-experience and are told to expect a night of unparalleled sonic excellence There will be wine, beer, light nibbles, and some prizes as well!!… Read the full article
We know, we know, it’s only November 12. But it’s one heck of an issue, featuring our Products of 2018, and it’s hitting newsstands, tablets, and mailbox now! The versatile Ovation PA 8.2 preamplifier from German company AVM is featured on the December cover and this issue’s line-up of reviews has a European flavor: as well as the AVM, we audition Elac’s Adante AF-61 speaker and EMT’s HSD 006 phono cartridge (Germany); the ATC CDA2 CD player, Harbeth P3ESR minimonitor, and Wharfedale Diamond 11.2 bookshelf speaker (UK); Ortofon SPU Wood pickup head (Denmark); and Aqua Formula xHD DAC (Italy).… Read the full article
This review and its companion that will follow next week spotlight two very different and equally recommendable recordings of contemporary music with a common theme: the quest for freedom and justice in perilous times. This week’s special, Lament/Witches’ Sabbath (New Focus Recordings), due out today (November 9), contains four works by Mathew Rosenblum, an East Coast composer who occasionally ventures into forbidden territory as he blends percussion, acoustic instruments, electronics, voice and microtonal elements in extremely visceral, moving, and sometimes gut-wrenching ways.… Read the full article
“I’ve got six hours to get ready for 30 hours of show time so an attendee can listen for 10 minutes.” Thus did Doug White, proprietor of the Philadelphia-area dealer The Voice That Is, describe the challenge of setting up a system for a show such as Capital Audiofest. (When I asked, Do you use a spectrum analyzer?, White said Yes, and smiled and pointed to his brow.) The results of his expertise—no other word for it—were in full flower in a system that, though far from humble, featured the least expensive loudspeakers I’ve heard in a TVTI system: Tidal’s Vimberg-series Mino ($29,000/pair).… Read the full article
Saturday and Sunday, November 10–11, 9.30am –5:30pm each day: The Hi-Fi Show Live 2018, sponsored by our sister magazine Hi-Fi News, takes place within five conference centers in the grounds of the Beaumont Estate in Old Windsor (Burfield Road, Old Windsor, Windsor SL4 2JJ, Berkshire, UK). For more information click here.
Friday November 9 (2–7pm), Saturday November 10 (10am–5pm), and Sunday November 11 (10am–4pm): the Chester Group’s New York Audio Show 2018 takes place at Manhattan’s Park Lane Hotel (36 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019).… Read the full article
I began my Sunday morning at Capital Audiofest with a portion of one of Malcolm Arnold’s jaunty overtures: not quite sacred music, but it was nonetheless magnificent in the room sponsored by Gryphon Audio and retailer 20/20 Evolution Systems. In addition to having appropriate weight and realistic die-away, the sound of mallet on bass drum had the most tonally realistic thud I recall hearing through a hi-fi. And on a CD vinyl drop of the mono version of Mal Waldron’s “Warm Canto,” the unison piano, cello, and double-bass notes in the opening measures had realistically tactile note attacks—likewise Ron Carter’s pizzicato cello solo, which was very moving, appropriately so.… Read the full article