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Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

By | June 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

Eighth Blackbird is a consistently cutting-edge chamber ensemble. But “cutting edge” doesn’t necessarily mean abstract, difficult music. The group’s projects are all over the map stylistically, and their latest, Olagón—”a conflicted wail of both mourning and victory”—takes as its point of departure the Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge, a marital dispute of tragically epic proportions between the warrior-queen Medhbh and her husband Ailíll. The texts by Paul Muldoon bring the story into the modern era: Medhbh gets to where she’s going with the help of GPS and dies between two traffic cones.… Read the full article

Coincident Speaker Technology Dynamo 34SE Mk. II Power Amplifier

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

Coincident Speaker Technology Dynamo 34SE Mk. II Power Amplifier

Since my initial review of the Dynamo 34SE in 2015, the amp has undergone several significant revisions. On balance, the Mk. II version of this low-cost SET amp ($1495, 8Wpc) should be thought of as nothing less than a Dynamo on steroids. For starters, it has put on some weight, tipping the scales at 30 pounds, an eight-pound increase from the original, due mostly to the beefed-up power transformer. The chassis has been upsized and properly braced to reduce resonances. The 5U4G rectifier is gone, replaced by a 5AR4, which by virtue of its indirectly heated filament provides for a …… Read the full article

New MartinLogan Subwoofers Offer Wireless Control, Wireless Room Correction, and Wireless Signal Connection

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

New MartinLogan Subwoofers Offer Wireless Control, Wireless Room Correction, and Wireless Signal Connection

The following is a press release issued by MartinLogan. Lawrence, Kansas | June 19, 2018 – MartinLogan is proud to announce their new line of subwoofers: Dynamo 400, 600X, 800X, 1100X, and 1600X. These Dynamo subwoofers represents the most advanced, high-performance, affordable subwoofer systems ever brought to market. Dramatic bass detail and attack, superb extension, and room-shaking output ensure a compelling music and home theater experience. The X in the model names designates the inclusion of advanced wireless technologies, including app based controls via Bluetooth, wireless Anthem Room Correction (ARC™), and wireless signal connection capability.… Read the full article

JL Audio Fathom f113v2 Subwoofer and CR-1 Active Crossover

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

JL Audio Fathom f113v2 Subwoofer and CR-1 Active Crossover

JL Audio is one of those companies that does one thing and does it well. In JL’s case, that “one thing” is designing and building some of the world’s best subwoofers. Over its 38-year history, JL has fanatically pursued technological innovation with a single, laser-focused purpose: reproducing the lowermost 2½ octaves with the highest fidelity. JL Audio holds an astounding 38 patents on woofer design (with six more pending), including those for a particular cone structure, a voice-coil cooling system, and a method of bonding the surround and cone assembly to the voice coil and spider, to name but a …… Read the full article

Rogue Audio RP-7 Preamplifier

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

Rogue Audio RP-7 Preamplifier

“Don’t I know you? Haven’t we met somewhere before?” My very thoughts when I first laid eyes on the Rogue Audio RP-7 preamplifier. Then I remembered: It was the Rogue Audio RP-5 that I reviewed back in Issue 260. In all fairness to my powers of observation, the new RP-7 is nearly the spitting image of the RP-5. Externally, it’s the same handsome, full-featured linestage tube preamplifier. Dressed in an immaculate brushed silver aluminum enclosure and accented by round balance and volume knobs and an oval display, there’s a hint of retro-style informing its looks—appropriate considering the quartet of tubes …… Read the full article

Miles Davis: Miles In Berlin

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Miles Davis: Miles In Berlin

After John Coltrane’s last tour with Miles Davis in 1960, the trumpeter tried five great tenor saxophonists as replacements before settling on Wayne Shorter in late 1964. He had by that time assembled a new rhythm section with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums, but Shorter’s immediate predecessors didn’t really gel with this team. Miles In Berlin was the first recording by the lineup we now call Davis’ second great quintet (the first being the mid-50s unit with Coltrane).… Read the full article

HIFIMAN Electronics Ananda Planar Headphone Brings Out the Best in All Portable Devices

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

HIFIMAN Electronics Ananda Planar Headphone Brings Out the Best in All Portable Devices

The following is a press release issued by HiFiMAN. ORLANDO, FL | June 13, 2018 – HIFIMAN, the leader in high fidelity personal audio, today announced availability of Ananda (SRP: $999), the company’s new open-back planar headphone designed to maximize performance of any personal audio source, especially smartphones and tablets. “Ananda is designed for music lovers who want one high-performance, extraordinarily comfortable headphone for all personal listening, whether it’s a home system, high-resolution portable player, or an everyday smartphone,” said Dr.… Read the full article

MartinLogan and Starpower to Host Next Generation Dynamo Subwoofer Launch Event in North Dallas, Texas

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

MartinLogan and Starpower to Host Next Generation Dynamo Subwoofer Launch Event in North Dallas, Texas

June 13, 2018 – On June 26, 2018, MartinLogan and Starpower are joining forces to unveil MartinLogan’s new line of ground-breaking Dynamo subwoofers. Featuring powerful amplifiers and audiophile grade woofers, extensive input options, wireless connectivity, wireless control via a Bluetooth app, wireless Anthem Room Correction (ARC™), and user-configurable front- or down-firing designs, these Dynamo subwoofers represent the most advanced, high-performance, affordable subwoofer systems ever brought to market. Dramatic bass detail and attack, superb extension, and room-shaking output ensure a compelling music and home theater experience.… Read the full article

Focal Clear Headphone

By | June 13th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Focal Clear Headphone

Designing and implementing a product that will sit between a top-tier model and an entry-level one is always tricky. If it is too close in performance to the top-tier component, it will cannibalize sales. If it is not sufficiently superior to the entry-level model, it simply will not sell well. And to increase the degree of difficulty, implementing a mid-level component after the higher and lower-priced ones have already been released further hamstrings a manufacturer, as prospective buyers have already developed expectations.… Read the full article

MoFi Electronics UltraDeck+ Turntable and StudioPhono Phonostage

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

MoFi Electronics UltraDeck+ Turntable and StudioPhono Phonostage

When it comes to audiophilia, great sound starts with the source. And of all the audiophile gear out there, it’s the turntable that stands—or spins—alone as an enduring symbol for high fidelity. From the earliest turn-of-the-20th-century Victrolas and vintage portable Crosleys, to the Linn Sondeks of the hobby’s heydey, DJs’ beloved Technics SL-1200s, and today’s Acoustic Signature Invictus behemoth, in its basic design fundamentals the turntable represents high-end audio culture par excellence. I went to see a Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performance with my audiophile dad a few weeks ago and asked for a closer look at his cufflinks.… Read the full article