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A Power Cable Reality Check

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I know, I know. Talking about cables is a sure fire way to start a protracted — and unruly — discussion among audiophiles. The subjectivists write flowery prosaic descriptions while those of use who prefer to trust facts and science […]

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What is NAR?

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

I was at a Hi-Fi show in the Fall where, as I walked down one corridor, I heard the same band, playing the same track and not wholly in sync with each other from four successive rooms. It dawned on me at that moment that there had to be more than the apparent restrictive canon of show demo music. Rectifying this situation would involve not only tracking down and listening to new albums releases across a myriad of genres, but finding a most direct and non-labor intensive means of spreading the word.

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Celebration Giveaway 23: Pro-Ject Audio Systems Stream Box S2 Ultra

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with the Pro-Ject Audio Systems Stream Box S2 Ultra. Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The Violectric V200 amplifier giveaway of course had many entries but there can be only one winner. This week that is Benjamin Russell from the USA. Congratulations. You’ll be contacted very soon, please get in touch.

Number 23

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Linestage and 1.0 Stereo Amplifier: The Definition of Value

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |


The Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Linestage and pair of 1.0 Stereo amplifiers, driving the GamuT Flagship Zodiac Loudspeakers.

From the Beginning

For a company that just recently celebrated only its 8th birthday, Constellation Audio has proven itself virtually unparalleled in both accomplishment and acceptance. My first take was at their 2010 CES introduction, where I caught up with designer Peter Madnick for the first time in some years. Peter’s track record is, staying with the cosmic theme here, stellar.

In the mid-1990s, his Audio Alchemy products redefined the budget market and promulgated the use of a multi-box digital playback system, the use of a separate transport, DAC, power supply, and re-clocking device, rather than the previous paradigm of the one-box optical disc player.… Read the full article

Analog Corner #111

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Phono preamps from Ayre, Krell, NAD, Parasound reviewed


There are more choices in outboard phono preamps today than there have ever been, and they’re lining up here like planes waiting to take off from Newark/Liberty.

Analog Corner #111

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Phono preamps from Ayre, Krell, NAD, Parasound reviewed


There are more choices in outboard phono preamps today than there have ever been, and they’re lining up here like planes waiting to take off from Newark/Liberty.

Furutech ASB-1 Anti-static Brush

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A Clean Stroke of Genius

by Venoth Nair

 

When you’re a Malaysian, (like me) the biggest agony for us daily will be putting up with the dusty environment that we live in. The current thrust towards modernization has reared its ugliest downside which is the plumes of filth in our air which knows no end. This irritant affects everything under the sun, even us audiophiles with our equipment being coated in thick silt which aside from being an eyesore is also detrimental to our systems in more ways than one.… Read the full article

Telarc Firebird Vinyl Reissue

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Telarc Stereo TEL00005. 33.3 RPM, 180 gram vinyl. Retail $24.98. Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for this recording of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite paired with Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances.

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird:  Introduction

The Firebird:  The Firebird and Her Dance

The Firebird:  Round Dance of the Princesses

The Firebird:  Infernal Dance of King Kastchei

The Firebird:  Berceuse

The Firebird:  Finale

Aleksandr Borodin

Prince Igor: Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

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Picture Sunday: HYLA TE5B

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

Today we’re taking an initial look at another special IEM from Hyla Audio, the Hyla TE5B.

Disclaimer: This post is a part of our Picture Sunday Series. On Sunday’s we usually take a first look at a certain gear before the full review. We received the TE5B directly from Hyla Audio which is not affiliated with Headfonia.

The Japanese Craft

I still remember when I wrote my Oriolus MKII review back in 2016. And I still remember the first time I listened to it in 2015.… Read the full article

Linda Ronstadt Live in Hollywood

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

The boomer generation is firmly out of cultural control and rock is pretty much dead—not in terms of interest but in the same way big band music is dead—though back in 1980 when this Linda Ronstadt concert was produced and recorded for an HBO special, boomer power peaked.

Linda Ronstadt appeared on CBS Sunday Morning last weekend and it was sad to see her dealing with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. She no longer can sing, but there are the recordings including this newly discovered and released live performance, which is her first on record.

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