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Do The Right Thing

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

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Extras

Tensions, rivalries, banter, squabbling, self-aggrandizement, and, above all, putdowns add to the hot air on this day in the life of Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn as the 98 percent Black (down to 70 percent in the last census) community and small mix of Hispanics, Whites, and Asians try to get along during a sweltering summer.

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Recommended Components: 2019 Fall Edition

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Products listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile, and we have determined them to be among the finest available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class D (or E), we consider it to be a genuinely recommendable product.

Each listing, in alphabetical order within classes, is followed by a brief description of its performance characteristics and a note indicating the issue of Stereophile in which its review, and in some cases its Follow-Up reports, have appeared—ie, “Vol.41 No.6” indicates our June 2018 issue.… Read the full article

Recommended Components: 2019 Fall Edition

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Products listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile, and we have determined them to be among the finest available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class D (or E), we consider it to be a genuinely recommendable product.

Each listing, in alphabetical order within classes, is followed by a brief description of its performance characteristics and a note indicating the issue of Stereophile in which its review, and in some cases its Follow-Up reports, have appeared—ie, “Vol.41 No.6” indicates our June 2018 issue.… Read the full article

Naim Audio Mu-so 2 Wireless Music System Review

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Features
Build Quality
Ergonomics
Value

PRICE $1,599


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Stupendous build quality
Dead-waking dynamics from a single box
Balanced, audiophile-quality sound

Minus

Limited bass extension
Narrow soundstage
Pricey


THE VERDICT

Though it doesn’t come cheap, Naim’s newly revised Mu-so brings true audiophile sensibilities and surprising wallop to a well thought-out and full-featured wireless speaker.


The original Mu-so wireless music system released in 2014 was a first in the emerging “lifestyle audio” category—a truly high-end, wireless, multiroom speaker from one of the most respected brands on the planet.

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Spirited Away by Music

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

Yup, you’re in a strange position, all right. You’re in love with a girl who is no more.—Haruki Murakami

The quote above, from Haruki Murakami’s novel Kafka on the Shore, is addressed to Kafka, a 15-year-old boy who has fallen in love with the teenage ghost of an older woman. The woman is still alive, but ever since the death of her lover many years before, she has existed separate from her spirit. Falling in love with ghosts is something I’ve done often, starting at about Kafka’s age.… Read the full article

Vertigo

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

In Alfred Hitchcock’s great film Vertigo, filmed in San Francisco in 1957, the protagonist, Scottie, played by James Stewart, becomes obsessed with Madeleine, played by Kim Novak. Scottie, a retired detective, suffers from a disabling case of acrophobia, which becomes a critical if tenuous plot point.

Bernard Herrmann’s brilliant score depicts both the passion of the lovers and the powerful, destructive effects of Scottie’s infatuation, which grows as he tails Madeleine around San Francisco; in time it veers into something darker and domineering, with even an allusion to necrophilia: Scottie attempts to turn a living woman into one he believes has died in order to make love to her.… Read the full article

Four 3rd-Generation CD players: Adcom, Magnavox, Onkyo, Yamaha

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

I once told Stereophile publisher Larry Archibald it might be worth, say, a 10% loss in sound quality with CD not to have to jump up and turn over the damned record. Sometimes a CD saves you from popping up twice—Mahler’s Fifth or Bruckner’s Seventh on a single disc instead of three LP sides—or three times—Mozart’s Magic Flute on three CDs instead of 6 LP sides. That might be worth a 15% sacrifice.

I don’t know that you will need to lose even 10%.… Read the full article

Sumo Theorem D/A processor

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

The $799 Theorem was originally shown at the 1992 WCES in a very small chassis that prohibited adding features or upgrades. Sumo has since become more ambitious, putting the Theorem in a full-sized chassis and offering several upgrade options that would have been impossible in the truncated version.

There’s not much to say about the Theorem’s features; the front panel has a power “On” LED and nothing else. Selection between the unit’s single coaxial input and Toslink optical input is automatic.… Read the full article

Monoprice Monolith THX-365T 5.1.4 Speaker System Review

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Speakers
Performance
Build Quality
Value

Subwoofer
Performance
Features
Build Quality
Value

PRICE $2,900 (as tested)


AT A GLANCE

Plus

Lively and dynamic sound
Optimized for movies
Outstanding value for money

Minus

Awkward form factor
Drab cosmetic


THE VERDICT

By combining the benefits of both THX certification and Dolby Atmos, this superb high-value home theater speaker package from Monoprice knocks it out of the park.


What’s in a name? If visions of $10 HDMI and iPhone Lightning cables pop into your head when you hear the name Monoprice, you should know that the company introduced the premium Monolith brand a few years back to move beyond its image as an online peddler of low-cost cables.

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Theta Digital Cobalt 307 digital processor

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

One measure of a high-end product designer’s talent is the musical success of his top-of-the-line product. This is his statement to the world of what he can accomplish—a kind of “personal best” that defines the upper limits of his talent. Because he knows of no way to make the product better, the component stands as the ultimate testimonial to his skill.

Another, perhaps more interesting, way of assessing a high-end designer’s talent is to examine what he can do with the lowest budget.… Read the full article