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Burmester Phase 3 System

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

Burmester Phase 3 System

Call it “lifestyle at the high end.” Yes, I know “lifestyle” can be a dirty word in some audiophile circles, but the Berlin-based Burmester brand has never shied away from bringing luxurious aesthetics to its high-end components. Yet there’s always been plenty of substance behind the style. Designed for music lovers who aren’t “typical” audiophiles, the company’s new, unique, and user-friendly Phase 3 all-in-one system adds dramatic flash and panache to the solid build-quality and stellar sonics the German manufacturer is known for.… Read the full article

KLIAVS 2018: Singapore’s top singer Jacintha to grace AV show

By | July 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound, Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

jacintha

 

 

Singapore’s leading actress and chanteuse Jacintha will be a top draw at this weekend’s AV show.

 

She will arrive in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to grace the AV show. Her schedule is:

 

Friday 20th July:
– 3pm to 4pm: Jacintha to hold press conference
– 4.30pm to 5pm: Jacintha to perform Minus 1 Live at Triangle Art Room
– 5.30pm to close: Jacintha will be at Groove Shop to sign and autograph albums

 

Saturday 21st July:
– 12 noon to 1.30pm: Jacintha will be at Groove Shop to autograph and sign albums
– 2pm to 2.30pm: Jacintha to perfrom Minus 1 Live at TAS-FM Acoustic Room
– 4pm to 4.30pm: Jacintha to perform Minus 1 Live at Triangle Art Room
– 5pm to 6.30pm: Jacintha will be at Groove Shop to sign and autograph albums

 

Rajah of Groove Shop said all titles released by Jacintha will be available in vinyl at his Groove Shop booth during the AV show.… Read the full article

Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 Integrated Amplifier

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

Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 Integrated Amplifier

Roger Gibboni, the founder of Rogers High Fidelity, seems to be having way too much fun these days. During a conversation at the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) his passion for audio design came across loud and clear. He brings with him an extensive background in aerospace engineering, which is reflected in how his products are designed and manufactured. The 65V-1 is a perfect example. Although intended as an entry-level offering, it is definitely not a watered-down version of one of Rogers’ big push-pull amps.… Read the full article

KLIAVS 2018: Another high-end system in Absolute Sound’s room

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound, Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

FM Acoustics 155 IIR preamp.
FM Acoustics 155 IIR preamp.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Be prepared for a jaw-dropping sound sensation in Absolute Sound’s Diamond 4 room as there will be an all FM Acoustics system with digital songs from a dCS CD player and analogue tracks from a Vertere turntable.

 

The truly high-end system will comprise the FM 108 II power amplifier, FM 155 IIR preamp, FM Inspiration XS 3 speakers and dCS Rossini CD player with dCS Master Clock.

 

It is not often that Malaysian audiophiles will get to hear a full FM Acoustics system as the FM Acoustics speakers rarely appear here.… Read the full article

Universal Music’s Blu-ray Audio Operas

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

Universal Music’s Blu-ray Audio Operas

Universal Music has generally chosen wisely for its important series of Blu-ray audio discs taken primarily from the distinguished Decca opera catalogue. Previous releases include the legendary Georg Solti Ring (now available complete on one Blu-ray audio disc without the expensive extras), the Zubin Mehta/Joan Sutherland/Luciano Pavarotti Turandot, the Herbert von Karajan/Pavarotti/Mirella Freni La Bohème and Madama Butterfly, the Sutherland/Pavarotti Lucia di Lammermoor and L’elisir d’amore, and the popular but less interpretively significant Pavarotti/Sutherland Rigoletto. In my opinion, the Deutsche Grammophon Leonard Bernstein Fidelio and Carlos Kleiber La Traviata that were also recently released are not in the same class, …… Read the full article

NoHo Sound Open House in NYC on July 19

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

NoHo Sound Open House in NYC on July 19

The following announcement is based on press information provided by NoHo Sound. Manhattan specialty audio retailer NoHo Sound will be hosting an open house on Thursday, July 19th from noon to 8p.m. Special guests Jonathan Derda and Ben Newhall from MoFi Distribution will be on hand to demonstrate the following TAD Labs components: – TAD Micro-Evolution One (aka TAD ME1) loudspeakers (A winner of The Absolute Sound’s Golden Ear Award in 2017) – TAD Compact-Evolution One loudspeakers – TAD D1000mkII DAC/SACD Player All in conjunction with McIntosh Labs electronics.… Read the full article

MartinLogan Dynamo Subwoofer Launch Event in Chicago

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

MartinLogan Dynamo Subwoofer Launch Event in Chicago

Abt Electronics, reported to be the nation’s largest single-store appliance and electronic retailer, played host to a launch event for the latest line of Dynamo subwoofers from MartinLogan, on Thursday, June 28th, at 6:00 p.m. in its Glenview, IL, space (some 10 miles north of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago). Before I describe the event, I’ll begin with an overview of the Dynamo subwoofers’ new technologies and features. First introduced in 2009, Dynamo subwoofers have been the most successful product category in the manufacturer’s 35-year history, and this fourth generation of powered Dynamo products represent the most advanced, high-performance, affordable …… Read the full article

Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background

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

Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background

This fine record tends to get lost in the varied landscape of Ellington Columbia dates from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. While it is not among the very best of these, it is not far off that mark (as is the trio date that followed, Piano in the Foreground). Similarly, it is not quite the audiophile dream that a couple of earlier Ellington Columbias are, but it does sound awfully good, especially on this beautiful vinyl issue. The piano is actually less in the background here than it often was on full-band dates, and anyone with any sense knows that …… Read the full article

Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

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

Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

Grado Labs doesn’t rush new models to the market. The iconic Brooklyn-based firm moves at its own stately pace, befitting its rich history and high-end bona fides. Even so, it’s been nearly ten years since its last marquee headphone, which is a veritable lifetime in today’s sizzling personal-listening sector. Given the lengthy interval, who can blame Grado for anointing the PS2000e—its new Professional Series flagship—the best cans the company has ever produced. After a few months in my clutches, I’ve got to admit they ain’t kidding.… Read the full article

ScansonicHD Introduces New M-Series Loudspeakers

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

ScansonicHD Introduces New M-Series Loudspeakers

The following is a press release issued by ScansonicHD. July 9, 2018 – With the introduction of the new M-Series from Scansonic HD, new materials and designs has been incorporated in the well-known M-Series. A new and different driver design, to reassure an even lower level of distortion has been developed for this new series that includes three different speaker models. This is the next and natural step in the evolution of the M-Series. The M-10, M-20, and the M-40 are all using the same ribbon tweeter that ScansonicHD introduced in the exclusive MB-series a few years ago.… Read the full article