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2018 AXPONA Show Report: Loudspeakers Under $20k

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2018 AXPONA Show Report: Loudspeakers Under $20k

Here’s an unanticipated finding: TAS’ Jonathan Valin, assigned the impossible task of covering all loudspeakers at the vast High End Munich show last year, observed that most were priced above $20,000 per pair. At AXPONA 2018, with the charge of finding new products under $20k, I found that all but two in that class were under $10,000. In his show report, JV concluded that “Munich High End is the black-tie event of the season for manufacturers worldwide, and no one wants to show up in less than his finest.” While there were plenty of six-figure loudspeakers for the multitudes to …… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi, New Statement Monos And Pre – AXPONA 2018

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Vinnie Rossi has me all tied up with the idea that I have to get my hands on a pair of Harbeths. Why? Because every time I hear his near field presentation at an audio show, it sound like angels singing…if angels knew 80s and 90s hits well enough, that is. Vinnie keeps the track selection fresh, fun and high fidelity. He knows now when he sees me that a good throwback to either of the previously mentioned decades will put a smile on my face and his selection is ripe with options.… Read the full article

Furutech NCF Booster Cable Elevator

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

An Uplifting Performance

by Venoth Nair

 
At the highest end of the Hi-Fi spectrum, enthusiasts tend to look at too many technical and imaginative ways to try to further refine their systems. Considering the serious amount of dosh that’s thrown at each individual component in the system, it only makes sense that owners would want to arm their setup with accessories to squeeze out every ounce of quality from the respective components. This is where companies like Furutech play their part by providing specialized accessories that are precision engineered to ensure that your equipment is able to perform at their absolute best without any harm or degradation in sound quality.… Read the full article

BenQ W1700 4K Projector

By | April 20th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big Screen 4K for the Masses

by Dick Tan
BenQ's W1700 4K home theatre projector is the first to break the sub RM10,000 price barrier and by a substantial margin too
BenQ’s W1700 4K home theatre projector is the first to break the sub RM10,000 price barrier and by a substantial margin too

The BenQ W1700 DLP projector is not entirely new to these pages having been mentioned before earlier this year but in a brief ‘product news’ sort of manner.

 

It has, since its introduction been ‘flying off’ the shelf which explains the difficulty we had in trying to source one for a proper review.… Read the full article

The Alan Parsons Project: Eye In the Sky 35th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Performance
Sound

It’s quite fitting that when Alan Parsons—the well-respected English producer and engineer whose enviable behind-the-board C.V. includes the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Hollies, Al Stewart, Pilot, and Ambrosia—finally ventured out on his own as a titular recording artist in the mid-’70s, his collective work was dubbed The Alan Parsons Project.

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CanJam SoCal 2018 – Dekoni After Market Ear Pads

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Ear pads make a difference to the sound of headphones…a big difference! If I ever had any doubt, I was convinced by the time I swapped swapped Fostex TH610 pads onto the TH900 Mk2 and the sound went from needles jabbing my ear drums into something quite listenable. And, headphone pads certainly wear out over time—the Sennheiser HD 600/650 pads are famous for slowly but surely loosing their loft. Point is, a new pair of pads can breath life into a poor or worn pair of headphones.… Read the full article

CanJam SoCal 2018 – Dekoni After Market Ear Pads

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Ear pads make a difference to the sound of headphones…a big difference! If I ever had any doubt, I was convinced by the time I swapped swapped Fostex TH610 pads onto the TH900 Mk2 and the sound went from needles jabbing my ear drums into something quite listenable. And, headphone pads certainly wear out over time—the Sennheiser HD 600/650 pads are famous for slowly but surely loosing their loft. Point is, a new pair of pads can breath life into a poor or worn pair of headphones.… Read the full article

“Secret” Humble Pie Long Player For Record Store Day 2018 (No Longer Secret)

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Just going to publish the press release verbatim so if you have any friends in that part of the U.K.:

Immediate Records Presents “Humble Pie On 79th Street” Limited Edition Vinyl LP – A Secret Release For Record Store Day UK April 21

“Secret” Humble Pie Long Player For Record Store Day 2018 (No Longer Secret)

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Analog planet|

Just going to publish the press release verbatim so if you have any friends in that part of the U.K.:

Immediate Records Presents “Humble Pie On 79th Street” Limited Edition Vinyl LP – A Secret Release For Record Store Day UK April 21

AXPONA 2081, Photo Essay Part 3

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Enigma Acoustics Tweeters. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Clayton Audio M200 monoblock amplifiers (with Hi-Fi Tuning and Furutech fuses), Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.… Read the full article