I enjoyed hearing ATC’s 40A (then $12,999) speaker four years ago; enough so I was tempted to buy them (see HERE for the review). They had a fuller range than my reference, and the sound was a bit sweeter.
However, my reference ATCs employ an “SL” (super linear) driver for midrange and lower frequencies, as all of its “classic series” speakers do, whereas the 40A from their entry series do not. The SL technology, as I understand it, addresses problems inherent in steel’s magnetic non-linearity.… Read the full article
Call me silly, but I think it’s a bad idea to go to an audio show hungry. It’s day one of the show, or possibly day minus-one, as this is Thursday the “press day” where members of the press are given advanced access to smell, touch, and hear all of the great new products on display.
Mind you, not every manufacturer exhibitor participated in the press day, as that would require a Wednesday setup, and adjusting of all schedules and bookings prior to.… Read the full article
With an eye to keeping the technology wheel spinning in their favor, Bowers & Wilkins announced today that they are launching a new series of wireless headphones, that for North America include; the PX7 Flagship, the PX5 and the PI3 in-ear monitors.
All are wireless, Bluetooth-enabled and capable of streaming 24-bit/96kHz resolution files. The PX7 and PX5 thanks to their Qualcomm aptX Adaptive codec that is enhaced for audio quality and dynamically adjusts for latency among other things.
The PX7 features 43mm drivers, a frequency response of 10Hz~30kHz, input impedance of 20-kOhms, weighs just 310 grams thanks in part to carbon-fibre composite arms/chassis, and can go up to a claimed 30 hours of play time.Designed with aptX Adaptive Noise Cancellation, “enhanced Wear Sensing technologies” which enables the PX7 to pause and resume music playing when either earpiece is lifted on or off your ear, it also comes with USB-C charging (also doubles for wired audio connectivity via 3.5mm adaptor), and will retail for $399 USD.… Read the full article
I don’t suppose I’m alone in admiring those who can really work with their hands. Years ago, while serving a semester-long sentence in woodshop, I envied my pals who could cut, glue, plane, and sand mundane articles like planters and bowls into magnificent works of craftsmanship. Not being able to do any of this, I quickly found myself sitting on a stool on the other side of the room. Here, the inept and indifferent haphazardly labored on projects both assigned and illicit, with no expectation of ever actually bringing anything into being.… Read the full article
MartinLogan has reimagined its popular Motion Series loudspeakers with a more contemporary and designer-friendly aesthetic. The Motion Series is the company’s (rather successful) attempt at marrying a traditional cone-in-box dynamic speaker with the fast and airy sound of its high-end electrostatic designs.
This is achieved largely by the use of what MartinLogan calls its “cutting edge Folded Motion tweeter,” which is a variant of the air motion transformer (AMT) originally designed by Oskar Heil in the 1970s. This type of tweeter has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, and is currently used to great effect by GoldenEar Technology, Monitor Audio, Elac, and Legacy, among others.… Read the full article
Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea. Les Ars Florissants, Willam Christie. Harmonia Mundi 8902622.24 3 CD’s, 1 DVD.
This new release of Monteverdi’s last opera, considered by students of the composer’s work to be his best, is an extraordinary musical enterprise, especially if you take into consideration Jan Lauwers’ somewhat off the wall stage production provided on the accompanying DVD of a live performance in Salzburg. The DVD presents a somewhat truncated version of the whole opera but serves just fine.
Listening to the CDs and then watching the DVD creates two very different experiences, which took me a week or so to bring together.… Read the full article