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2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Integrated Systems

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

2019 Editors' Choice Awards: Integrated Systems

Riva Arena/Festival $249 (optional Arena battery, $99)/$499 Riva’s two, wireless, multi-room systems in the Wand series offer stunning sound quality from small packages. The compact Arena ($249) and the larger Festival ($499) are both easy to set up and use; just connect via Google, AirPlay, or Bluetooth, and begin streaming music. Both have deeper bass than expected from their compact enclosures, and both play loudly with ease. The Festival is particularly impressive. With 200W of power, a solid wooden case, and a maximum SPL of 106dB, it almost sounds like a pair of floorstanding speakers.… Read the full article

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 Editors' Choice Awards:  Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

Lansche No.7 $105,000–$113,000 depending on finish With its massless corona-plasma tweeter, the Lansche No.7 brings something different to the upper-end-loudspeaker arena. This driver works by modulating a plasma field surrounding an electrical arc, producing sound with no moving parts. Transparency, delicacy, resolution, and transient fidelity are stunning. A pair of 4" midranges and dual 8.7" woofers are optimized to blend with the massless tweeter—that is, to sound quick and clean, at the expense of conveying a sense of weight, body, and dynamic impact.… Read the full article

The 12 Most Significant Power Amplifiers of All Time

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

The 12 Most Significant Power Amplifiers of All Time

Kondo Audio Note Ongaku Resurrecting a Lost Art Hiroyasu Kondo resigned his position as an audio circuit designer at CBS to follow his dream of creating an amplifier that delivered “natural sound” free from “mechanical” artifacts. Kondo’s research led him to revisit the long-abandoned single-ended triode (SET) designs that were the first amplifiers built at the dawn of the electronics age. His enthusiasm for SET amplifiers was based on both reason and emotion. The engineer in him preferred the inherent simplicity and lower parts-count of SETs relative to other amplifier types—at least as long as high power was not a …… Read the full article

PrimaLuna EVO Series Debuts at Axpona

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

PrimaLuna EVO Series Debuts at Axpona

The following is a press release issued by PrimaLuna. April 12, 2019 – PrimaLuna’s new EVO Sereis of Tube Electronics will make its North American trade show debut next week at AXPONA, 12-14 April, at the Renaissance Schaumberg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumberg, IL. PrimaLuna will unveil this innovative new product line in the Inspiration Room, on the main floor. Kevin Deal, President, and Anthony Chiarella, National Sales Manager, will be on hand to demonstrate product and answer questions. It has been nearly a decade since PrimaLuna has introduced an entirely refreshed product line and PrimaLuna fans will find the …… Read the full article

MQA Champions Master Quality Sound at AXPONA 2019

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

MQA Champions Master Quality Sound at AXPONA 2019

The following is a press release issued by MQA. New York/London | 10 April 2019 – MQA, the pioneering company delivering authenticated master quality music in a file small enough to stream, will be participating in the Master Class series and supporting its many partners at AXPONA 2019. Attendees can learn about MQA’s award-winning technology and experience master quality sound at partner booths across the show, taking place 12-14 April at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, near Chicago. There will also be some exclusive streaming and download promotions on offer to attendees.… Read the full article

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

The following is a press release issued by Audio Research. MAPLE GROVE, MN | April 9th, 2019–Audio Research is pleased to announce a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC. The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms. Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.… Read the full article

E.A.T. to Unveil New Ultra-High Performance Platter and Tonearm at AXPONA 2019

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

E.A.T. to Unveil New Ultra-High Performance Platter and Tonearm at AXPONA 2019

The following is a press release issued by E.A.T. Lake Grove, NY | April 8th, 2019 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com) has announced the arrival of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) F-Note tonearm as well as an optional high-inertia platter/bearing combo. The new tonearm is compatible with the company’s Forte’ and Forte’ S turntables, while the platter has been specifically designed for the Forte’. A universal version of the tonearm is expected later in 2019. These new products as well as a selection of E.A.T., Audio Physic and Okki Nokki products will be on display at the 2019 AXPONA expo, April …… Read the full article

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Stenheim Unveils Alumine Three Compact Speaker

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Stenheim Unveils Alumine Three Compact Speaker

The following is a press release issued by Stenheim. April 8, 2019 – Made in Switzerland, the new ALUMINE THREE speaker is the product of many years of research and unparalleled knowledge of audiophile technology. Its design takes a lot of inspiration from the ALUMINE FIVE, STENHEIM’s multi-award-winning speaker. Like its predecessor, it is an all-aluminium model and shares its core technical specifications, including extremely high efficiency. It can also be combined with high-quality low power amplifier. However, the ALUMINE THREE’s more compact housing sets it apart, enabling extremely high performance at a lower price point.… Read the full article

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TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

The following announcement is based on a press release/announcment. The TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable’s official U.S. Premiere will take place at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA on April 9 and 10. The venerable Japanese company’s latest turntable of unprecedented quality will be showcased in a special presentation by designer Hideaki Nishikawa. In addition, with the generous support of Wilson Audio and Peter McGrath, the WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeakers will be featured in the system to take ttechdashttps://www.wilsonaudio.cois listening event to the next level.… Read the full article

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Wireworld Micro Series 8 Balanced Analog/Digital Cables

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Wireworld Micro Series 8 Balanced Analog/Digital Cables

The following is a press release issued by Wireworld. April 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Wireworld Cable Technology, one of the world's most respected brands of high-performance audio and video cables, introduces three new cables for 110-ohm digital and analog audio applications. These highly flexible 26-gauge cables utilize Wireworld’s patented DNA Helix conductor geometry with 100% shielding and proprietary Composilex 3 insulation to improve the fidelity of consumer and professional audio systems. These advanced design features were developed through listening tests that compared prototype cables to virtually loss-free direct connections between components.… Read the full article

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