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High-End Audio at Luxury Design Show

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

High-End Audio at Luxury Design Show

Toronto, Canada is host to the Interior Design Show held this weekend from January 18-21. It's an opportunity for high-end furniture, appliance, and interior design companies show their wares. US high-end audio distributor and retailer Wynn Audio is exhibiting at the event to expose consumers to high-performance audio, nearly all of whom have no idea that high-end audio even exists. This type of initiative is just what the high-end needs to expand its customer base. As Wynn explains, "The goal is to open up their ears to what truly good sound is with our system, and hopefully they will think …… Read the full article

Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

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

Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

This fine recording was somewhat overlooked when it first appeared in 1973, and the same fate may await this reissue, given the fact that several other notable Monk-related releases are vying for attention during this centennial of his birth year. Monk’s quartet with Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone was formed in 1959 and endured until 1970. It was recorded more than any other group lead by Monk, and Rouse has been unfairly condemned since the beginning for the crime of not being John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, or Johnny Griffin (all heard in earlier Monk lineups).… Read the full article

CES 2018: Robert Harley on Analog, Digital, and Personal Audio

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

CES 2018: Robert Harley on Analog, Digital, and Personal Audio

Taking High-Resolution Mainstream The biggest event at CES, at least for the high end, was a press gathering at the Las Vegas Convention Center to promote high-resolution audio. Organized by the Digital Entertainment Group, the event’s message was a remarkably unified voice of diverse companies and industries. Among the participants were the three big record labels (Sony Music, Universal Music Group, and Warner), streaming services (Tidal and Qobuz), hardware manufacturers (including Astell&Kern, dCS, and others), technology creators (MQA), the RIAA, and even an automotive company (Ford’s Lincoln division).… Read the full article

TAS Legacy: Naim Nait Integrated Amplifier

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

TAS Legacy: Naim Nait Integrated Amplifier

Although Naim has created a wide range of outstanding and ambitious products over its long history, the company’s most iconic product may be its most humble: the Nait integrated amplifier. This diminutive integrated exemplifies skillful design, music before specs, and the value of minimalism. The Nait is a microcosm of everything that’s great about high-end audio in general, and about Naim in particular. Introduced in 1983 at a price of £253, the Nait was an instant sensation. It produced just 13Wpc from its diminutive shoebox of a chassis, but oh, what watts they were!… Read the full article

NAD Masters M22 V2 Delivers Increased Power and Flexibility

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

NAD Masters M22 V2 Delivers Increased Power and Flexibility

The following is a press release issued by NAD Electronics. CES | Las Vegas, NV | January 9, 2018 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, launched a new and improved stereo Masters Series amplifier, the M22 V2, that delivers a 20% increase in power to 300 watts per channel. The new Masters amp also features a bridging switch that transforms it into a 900-watt mono behemoth. In addition, the M22 V2 now has a 3-position input sensitivity switch that controls the auto turn-on sensitivity, allowing for better matching to each individual system.… Read the full article

PS Audio Bridge II Plug-In Card for DirectStream DAC

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

PS Audio Bridge II Plug-In Card for DirectStream DAC

PS Audio recently updated the software for its Bridge II card to enable it to “unfold” MQA files. The Bridge II card is an accessory that plugs into a slot in the rear of the DAC to add additional capabilities. Originally, the Bridge II enabled the DirectStream DAC to connect to a home network where digital music files are stored and to play those files, turning the DirectStream DAC into a machine capable of handling PCM files up to 192kHz and DSD64 files.… Read the full article

Oppo Digital UDP-205 Multi-Format Disc Player and DAC

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

Oppo Digital UDP-205 Multi-Format Disc Player and DAC

It isn’t often that I have to review a product on several different levels. The Oppo UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player, however, is an exception. It provides outstanding value for money in four very different roles: as a CD, SACD, and virtually any other form of stereo music disc player; as a DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra HD (4K) Blu-ray video player; as a surround-music disc player; and as a digital preamp. I can strongly recommend it in any of these roles in competition with other units in anything like its price range.… Read the full article

Lamm Industries L2.1 Reference Line Preamplifier

By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Lamm Industries L2.1 Reference Line Preamplifier

The L2.1 is said to have evolved from the L2, for many years a mainstay in Lamm Audio’s product lineup. Evolution is generally regarded as inevitable but when starting with the nearly flawless circuitry of the L2 how do you progress to L2.1? Well, attention has been focused on better active and passive devices in key circuit locations, including new PC boards and replacement of electrolytic capacitors in the power supply’s tube voltage regulation section with newly developed high-density polypropylene capacitors of comparable size and value.… Read the full article

Catching up with David Murray

By | January 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Catching up with David Murray

In 1979 I attended a club performance by the original lineup of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, a quartet that, along with Peter Warren on bass and DeJohnette on drums, featured two horn players, one who switched between tenor saxophone and bass clarinet (David Murray) and the other an alto player (Arthur Blythe). Even this jazz newbie could tell he was witnessing some top-tier musicians, and when the horn players engaged in simultaneous soloing, as they did several times that evening, the effect was exhilarating.… Read the full article

50th Anniversary Edition of Sgt. Pepper

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

50th Anniversary Edition of Sgt. Pepper

There aren’t many 50-year-old rock albums that have anything new to say. The only reason to give them another listen is pure nostalgia. But that’s not the case with the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. No matter how often you’ve heard it, there’s still more to hear. Sure, you know the words, the tunes, and the arrangements by heart. But have you ever focused on the dazzling harmonies that infuse every track? Or on Paul’s innovative bass playing? Or the classical music elements (counterpoint, modality, deceptive cadences, and much more) that inform the songwriting?… Read the full article