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Acapella Audio Arts: The $650K Sphaeron Excalibur loudspeakers

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Recorded in 24bit 96kHz at the Acapella showroom on May 13, 2019. We uploaded several of these videos. Please subscribe and check out our Acapella Sphaeron Excalibur playlist.

The Sphaeron Excalibur speakers weigh over 3000 lbs each, use a powered plasma (ION) massless tweeter and have four 18 inch woofers per speaker.

If you listen carefully, you will hear notes in the music you have never heard before. That is because the notes have been on the CD all along [which was uploaded to a music server for this demo] but no speaker has been able produce the notes correctly and distinctly before [having to do with the high efficiency of these speakers, the accommodating load they present to the amplifier, the ION Tweeter, etc].… Read the full article

Audio Note at Munich HiFi Deluxe 2019

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

Recorded about 35 rooms in 24bit 96kHz at Munich,

and if you click through the rooms, and listen carefully to the Audio Note room, YOU will HEAR the difference [and if you listen REAL carefully, you can hear the difference the new AN prototype DAC makes! (the PLAYLIST: Munich 2019 in 24bit 96kHz).

This is the idea behind making high resolution recordings – so people do not have to rely on reviewer$ to tell them which rooms sounded best. Unfortunately I missed several rooms that, for example, JV thought sounded ‘best’ so this year we cannot prove the facetiousness of this year’s choices [but, seriously?… Read the full article

Peak Consult, Ypsilon and Dohmann at Munich High-end 2019

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Recorded in 24bit 96kHz at the Munich High-end show on May 10, 2019.

This was freaking loud and freaking awesome.

For one, it is so refreshing when a room does not play “audiophile music”. Luckily, at Munich, about 20-30% played real music.

It is even rarer that they play real music at volume.

The sound was, to my ears, very even handed top-to-bottom, very controlled, a little dense and not quite as much separation and ultimate dynamics as one might want… but it was awesome.… Read the full article

TechDAS Air Force ZERO turntable at Munich High-end 2019

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Music and the video presentation recorded in 24bit 96kHz at the Munich High-end Show on May 12, 2019.

Closeups of the $300K TechDAS Air Force Zero recorded the previous day.

I spent about 20 minutes here the previous day [day 3] when the Air Force ZERO was NOT playing. Had to change a battery or card or something, and I just sat and listened. Not a fan of these particular Vivid speakers [the bass sounds constrained and separate from the rest of the music.… Read the full article

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Aries Cerat at Munich High-end 2019

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Video and audio in 24bit, 96kHz was recorded both times Neli and I visited this room – on the 2nd day then later with Florian on day 4.

The speakers and bass horns [very impressive sounding, positioned outside of the main speakers, not seen here] were well integrated.  Clean, good separation, wide bandwidth, good dynamics, and a neutral sound. Analog sounded quite a bit better than the digital tracks I heard on day 2 – did not hear digital the last day.… Read the full article

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Cessaro Horn Acoustics at Munich High-end 2019

By | June 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

Neli, Florian and I heard the Cessaro Beta II loudspeakers and Air II amplifier at the Munich High-end show May 12, 2019 , which I recorded in 24bit x 96kHz.

This was right after our visit to the Silbatone / Western Electric horn room and we were a little underwhelmed here [implying that at another time, this might have been more impressive to our ears]. Neli did like it enough the first day that she worked hard to make sure we all got to hear this room the last day.… Read the full article

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Silbatone and giant Western Electric horn speakers – Munich High-end 2019

By | June 1st, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: |

On the last day at Munich, Neli, Florian (Hi Florian!) and I went around to exhibits and rooms together. This was the first room we visited. There is an intro followed by music by Depeche Mode and not sure who recorded in 24bit, 96kHz.

Very big, dynamic sound. Not the best at communicating subtleties like emotion [which theoretically could be ameliorated by paying close attention to the upstream components like cables and vibration control].

We’re putting the photos over on Ultimist (Silbatone and giant Western Electric speakers):

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Vincent Belanger ft. Audio Note U.K. at Munich HiFi Deluxe 2019 part 2

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

Recorded in 24bit, 96khz on May 11, 2019 at the Munich Marriott during Hifideluxe 2019.

Vincent was accompanied by, well, Vincent being played back from a laptop into an Audio Note U.K. stereo consisting of:

1. X? a prototype Level 5 DAC (on the Fifth Element DAC platform with Fifth Force power supply) with a brand new very bold architecture which is a big departure from what anyone has tried before and a clear advancement of the state-of-the-art
2. AN/E SEC Signature speakers (on “J” stands)
3.… Read the full article

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Vincent Belanger ft. Audio Note U.K. at Munich HiFi Deluxe 2019

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

Recorded in 24bit, 96khz on May 11, 2019 at the Munich Marriott during Hifideluxe 2019.

Vincent was accompanied by, well, Vincent being played back on an Audio Note U.K. stereo with:

1. X? a prototype Level 5 DAC (on the Fifth Element DAC platform with Fifth Force power supply) with a brand new very bold architecture which is a big departure from what anyone has tried before and a clear advancement of the state-of-the-art
2. AN/E SEC Signature speakers (on “J” stands)
3.… Read the full article

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Back from Munich

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

[pictured: Hermann Winters of Acapella and Neli of Audio Federation in the Acapella showroom]

But on the way back I caught an “airplane cold”. Bad enough that Neli enforced a 10 foot distance between the diseased one and herself until she left to jet down to Houston [where she gets to compare the Acapella Sphaeron Excalibur speakers we just heard in Germany with the smaller but similar looking Triolon Excalibur speakers, among other tasks like setting up an HRS rack and in general being the life of the party].… Read the full article

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