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Devialet Unveils Phantom Reactor

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Devialet Unveils Phantom Reactor

The following is a press release issued by Devialet. PARIS | October 19, 2018 – Devialet, the pioneering French technology brand, today unveils Phantom REACTOR, an ultra-compact speaker that delivers unprecedented power, fidelity and volume and marks a new pinnacle in audio engineering. Like its predecessors, Phantom REACTOR embodies the brand’s progressive vision of making the emotional power of sound accessible to as many people as possible through ground-breaking technology. Phantom REACTOR, starting at $999, is the result of three years of research and development in acoustic and mechanical engineering.… Read the full article

Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

The following announcement is based on press information provided by Paragon Sight & Sound. Join the team at Paragon Sight & Sound in Ann Arbor, MI, along with special guests from Clearaudio, Rogers High Fidelity, and Doshi Audio for a night dedicated to analog music on Thursday, October 25thfrom 6–10 p.m. Featuring the incomparable Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable, the evening’s program will also include additional Clearaudio turntables, tube electronics by Rogers High Fidelity, and the Doshi Audio V3 Series of electronics.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018 – Analog

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

RMAF 2018 - Analog

The analog renaissance appears to be stronger than ever with a number of new analog products making their worldwide or U.S. debuts at RMAF. While the sheer number of new offerings didn’t compare with the Munich Show (nothing does), there were still plenty of mouth-watering turntables, tonearms, cartridges, tape decks, and phonostages helping to produce some of the best sounds at the show. Better yet, several manufacturers and distributors were offering complete turntable packages with integrated tonearms and pre-fitted cartridges to help customers get going quickly, and these “ready-to-go” analog front ends were not limited to entry-level offerings.… Read the full article

Bel Canto Design Launches the new e.One Stream Network Bridge

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Bel Canto Design Launches the new e.One Stream Network Bridge

The following is a press release issued by Bel Canto Design. October 17, 2018 – Bel Canto Design, a Minnesota based manufacturer of high-performance audio electronics for over 25 years, an established leader in DAC/Controller and Amplification systems, announces the release of a new high performance network bridge component in the award-winning e.One line. The e.One Stream is designed in the compact heavy gauge steel chassis and durable black powder coat paint with an optional silver or black anodized aluminium face plate.… Read the full article

FM Acoustics Resolution Series: FM 155-MKIIR Preamp, FM 122-MKII Phono Linearizer, FM 108-MKII Mono Amp

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

FM Acoustics Resolution Series: FM 155-MKIIR Preamp, FM 122-MKII Phono Linearizer, FM 108-MKII Mono Amp

With the recent critical and commercial successes of relatively youthful Swiss high-end-audio companies like Soulution, CH Precision, Dartzeel, and others, electronics from the heart of Europe have never been held in higher esteem. The trouble is that their (well-deserved) success has pushed other companies, with longer but no less distinguished pedigrees, a bit into the shadows. I’m thinking particularly of the Zurich-based firm FM Acoustics, which was founded in the early 1970s when company owner and chief engineer Manuel Huber introduced his highly esteemed FM 800A amplifier (followed not long after by the standard-setting FM 212 phonostage).… Read the full article

Gryphon Audio Designs to Launch Zena Preamplifier in Manhattan

By | October 16th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Gryphon Audio Designs to Launch Zena Preamplifier in Manhattan

The following is a press release issued by Gryphon Audio Designs. October 16, 2018 – Gryphon Audio Designs are proud to launch their new Zena preamplifier in Manhattan on Thursday 18 Oct. @ 7:00pm. Your hosts will be Joe Cali and Philip O’Hanlon (On A Higher Note) playing a wonderful collection of hand curated music. The Gryphon Zena is a true dual mono preamplifier harvests the fruit of significant advances made in the evolution of the state of the art Gryphon Mirage.… Read the full article

Arturo Delmoni Analog Master Tape to Direct Stream Digital Crowdfunding Project

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Arturo Delmoni Analog Master Tape  to Direct Stream Digital Crowdfunding Project

The following is a press release issued by Arturo Delmoni. October 15, 2018 – 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the recording of Arturo Delmoni’s legendary Water Lily solo-violin recital LP Arturo Delmoni Plays Bach-Kreisler-Ysaÿe (WLA WS-07). That LP has been a fixture on The Absolute Sound’s Super LP List, and continues to be cited in equipment reviews in TAS and in other publications. Recorded at night in a monastery chapel, Delmoni’s compelling performances combine thrilling technique with thought-provoking musical insights.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018 – Loudspeakers Under $20k

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

RMAF 2018 – Loudspeakers Under $20k

Whenever I crossed paths with my colleague Jonathan Valin at RMAF 2018, he didn’t look happy. Though there were exceptions, he said, mostly the sound was not so great. My experience was different and the reason, I think, is pretty clear: The smaller speakers I was covering had a better chance of succeeding in the rooms they had to inhabit at the Denver Tech Center Marriott than the more ambitious designs that Jonathan was listening to. In 2019, Rocky Mountain Audio Fest will move to a new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Aurora, CO, and it’s …… Read the full article

X Marks the Spot: West Coast Debut of Legacy VALOR at Legendary Capitol Studios

By | October 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

X Marks the Spot: West Coast Debut of Legacy VALOR at Legendary Capitol Studios

The following is a press release issued by Legacy Audio. October 12, 2018 – Join Legacy Audio on Friday evening, November 2, 2018 in Studio A at legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles for the West Coast debut of the Legacy VALOR system as part of The Home Entertainment Show’s exclusive event, “X Marks the Spot”. Legacy’s new VALOR flagship system showcases an extraordinary arsenal of new technology. At nearly six feet in height and closing in on 300 pounds, VALOR employs 2,750 watts of internal power per side and a 56-bit processor to reproduce even the most dynamic performances …… Read the full article

RMAF 2018 – Digital

By | October 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

RMAF 2018 – Digital

In the past I’ve reported on both digital and personal audio at RMAF in one report. But as RMAF and CANJAM have continued to expand, so has The Absolute Sound’s coverage. Now Chris Martens of HiFi+ will take over personal and portable audio, and I will concentrate on newest digital offerings. As usual, I found an ample supply of new digital components to explore, far more than I could include in one show report. The hardest part of this job is deciding which components to include in the report and which don’t manage to make the final cut.… Read the full article