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Review: Vision Ears VE 3.2 – Evenhanded

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

Today we are taking a look at one of Vision Ears’ newest models. The VE 3.2 is the evolution of their previous triple-driver VE 3.

Disclaimer: Vision Ears sent the VE 3.2 in exchange for this honest review. Headfonia and Vision Ears are not affiliated and VE is not a site advertiser. Many thanks for the generosity and opportunity.

About Vision Ears:

Vision Ears has been around for about six years now and we have covered many of their products in the past already.… Read the full article

Meze Empyrean Headphones

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Meze Audio first received its true breakthrough in 2015 with the release of the well-received 99 Classics, which had earned the company many awards and recognition. Part of their appeal stemmed from budget-friendly creations that married comfort, aesthetics, and sound—something which helped to propel HiFiMAN during their early years. However, unlike the latter company, Meze Audio dove straight into the deep-end of high-fidelity territory, following entry level propositions. The latest headphones touted, the Meze Empyrean Headphones, retail for a hefty $2999, and are said to be a “game-changer” after years of passion, curiosity, and innovation.… Read the full article

Costco Kicks Off July 4th TV Deals

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Anxious to get a jump on July 4th, Costco has knocked $200 off the price of two TVs in Vizio’s M7 Quantum Series.
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CanJam SoCal 2019: HyperX and Audeze

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I stopped by the HyperX booth on Saturday mainly intending to take a break from more intensive listening, and found myself doing quite the opposite.

The headphone is essentially a wired-only version of the Mobius with a tuning by HyperX. As usual, take show impressions with quite a grain of salt, but my immediate impression on putting them on was that they sounded better than the original Mobius itself. The bass was punchier and tighter, and the upper midrange seemed more natural and less artificial than the Mobius.… Read the full article

Austere: New Brand to Offer Affordable Accessories

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

You probably haven’t heard of Deena Ghazarian but behind-the-scenes she played an integral role in building brands you probably have heard of: Monster Products and Beats by Dre. Ghazarian is now applying 25 years of experience building consumer-technology and fashion brands to her new technology accessories company, Austere.
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T.H.E. Show 2019: Wrap up and Final Highlights

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

This was another show that put the human back into high-fidelity for me. How? For starters it was the more approachable size of the venue and the fact that I connected with so many old friends and met so many new ones. This hobby is like that – when you make a friend they stick.

Common Wave Hi-Fi, Harbeth, Nagra, Pear Audio Blue, Shunyata Research, NAD, TonTräger – T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Common Wave Hi-Fi, Harbeth, Nagra, Pear Audio Blue, Shunyata Research, NAD, TonTräger at T.H.E. SHOW 2019

Common Wave Hi-Fi is a unique venture in that it is both an audio showroom and social listening space. Located in downtown L.A., Common Wave also dedicated a portion of its space to function as a record shop along with holding events monthly music events and movie nights. It’s all about reaching out to the larger community interests, while including hi-fi into the mix. With forty-four true hi-fi brands in their stable of product lines, I doubt Common Wave will have many problems pairing each new customer with the perfect system that fits their current needs.… Read the full article

<I>IGOR</I>, Tyler, the Creator’s True Masterpiece, is Essential Listening

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Analog planet|

Hours before its release, Tyler, the Creator tweeted a set of listening instructions to anxious fans about to hear his new magnum opus IGOR. “This is not Bastard. This is not Goblin. This is not Wolf. This is not Cherry Bomb. This is not Flower Boy. This is IGOR. Pronounced eee-gore. Don’t go into this expecting a rap album. Don’t go into this expecting any album. Just go, jump into it. I believe the first listen works best all the way through, no skips.
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JVC’s Flagship 4K Laser Projector to Get Major Firmware Upgrade

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Sound + Vision|

JVC will release a firmware upgrade on Thursday that adds significant capabilities to its flagship DLA-RS4500K D-ILA laser-lit projector, one of Sound&Vision’s 2017 Top Picks.
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Ayon Audio Crossfire III PA Power Amplifier

By | June 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Ayon Audio Crossfire III PA Power Amplifier

“Ker-chunk!” went the 132-pound package as it plummeted out of the FedEx truck and crashed onto the pavement in front of my house. “@#$%^&*!” went yours truly, contemplating the fate of the very expensive tubes within that package. That was my first exposure to the Ayon Audio Crossfire III PA power amplifier. Ayon Audio, an Austrian company, got its start manufacturing tube gear, but its lineup now includes a complete audio system—everything from digital file players to CD players to DACs, amps, preamps, speakers, and even cables.… Read the full article