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For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

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

For Glenn Gould. Stewart Goodyear

On a Sunday afternoon in January of 1955, 23-year-old Glenn Gould played his U.S. debut recital at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. This highly idiosyncratic program included music by Gibbons (Lord Salisbury’s Pavan), Sweelinck (Fantasia in D), Bach (five Sinfonias and the Partita No. 5), and Berg (Piano Sonata) as well as the Webern Variations and Beethoven’s E Major Sonata, Op. 109. Stewart Goodyear performed this exact program at the Phillips museum in 2016 and recorded most of it, substituting for the Beethoven and Webern pieces two Brahms Intermezzi and, to close poignantly, the “Aria” from the Goldberg Variations.… Read the full article

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

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

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to dial up my tunes with the ease and alacrity of a short-order restaurant—the only thing missing are the fries. Equipped with an analog preamp, slot-load CD player, DAC (resolutions of up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 with native DSD playback), and an integrated streamer with Tidal and Qobuz onboard, the Musicbook:25 has a mind-bending level of convenience and coddling that purist audiophiles instinctively run away …… Read the full article

Bernstein Conducts Bernstein and Beethoven

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

Bernstein Conducts Bernstein and Beethoven

Except for those living in caves, everyone must know that this year marks the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, on August 25, 1918. According to the Bernstein website, over 2000 concerts, recitals, and opera and musical theater productions of his work have already occurred or will occur during this year alone. Meanwhile, his two record companies, Sony (née Columbia) in the first half of his career, Deutsche Grammophon (DG) in the second, are celebrating with copious reissues of—well, in DG’s case, everything.… Read the full article

Excel Audio Listening Event Sept. 22

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

Excel Audio Listening Event Sept. 22

The following announcement is based on information provided by Excel Audio. Excel Audio is hosting its first annual Customer Appreciation open house and listening event this Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special guests include: Bill Peugh from Wilson Audio Jonathan Derder from MoFi Distribution Jeff Sigmund from Luxman America Kent English from Pass Labs Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings Attendees can listen to two world-class systems featuring: Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2 loudspeakers powered by D’Agostino Momentum electronics and sourced by a Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable with Statement tonearm and Goldfinger cartridge.… Read the full article

ModWright Industries Releases PH 9.0 Tube Phonostage

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

ModWright Industries Releases PH 9.0 Tube Phonostage

The following is a press release issued by ModWright Industries. September 19, 2018 – ModWright Instruments, Inc., manufacturer of the award winning KWA 150SE amplifier, PH 150 Reference Tube phono stage and KWI 200 SS integrated amplifer, is introducing their new PH 9.0 tube phono stage at 2018 RMAF. The PH 9.0 takes the reference performance of the PH 150 tube phono stage to a level of performance that belies its affordable price. Both the PH 9.0 and PH 150 are ideal for reference systems or secondary audiophile systems.… Read the full article

Vandersteen Audio Events in November

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

Vandersteen Audio Events in November

The following is a press release issued by Vandersteen Audio. Thursday Nov. 1, 6-9 pm, Atlanta specialty audio retailer HiFi Buys Atlanta (3157 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA) will have an open house featuring special guest Richard Vandersteen, Founder and Head Engineer of Vandersteen Audio. Richard, along with Global Sales Manager, Brad O’Toole will demonstrate the System 9, featuring the new SUB NINE subwoofers, the Quatro Wood CT loudspeakers with the new M5-HPA high pass amps, and the new SUB THREE adjustable subwoofer with the Treo CT loudspeakers.… Read the full article

KEF Announces New Completely Revamped R Series Loudspeakers

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

KEF Announces New Completely Revamped R Series Loudspeakers

The following is a press release issued by KEF. Maidstone, Kent, UK | September 18, 2018 – Globally-renowned audio pioneer, KEF, has announced the launch of its brand-new R Series, a complete, top-to-bottom transformation of what was already one of the world’s most acclaimed loudspeaker ranges. Boasting a hefty raft of technological innovations and design improvements, the new R Series draws on acoustic developments originally achieved in KEF’s flagship Reference Series, bringing authentically high-end design features and resulting high performance levels into this category for the first time.… Read the full article

Technics 2018 Turntable Preview Event at the PNW Audio Society

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

Technics 2018 Turntable Preview Event at the PNW Audio Society

The following is a press release issued by Technics. September 18, 2018 – J-Corder is sponsoring a gathering to showcase the new Reference Series 2018 products from Technics. Please join us at the Pacific Northwest Audio Society event to see and hear the new SP-10R & SL-1000R Reference Class Turntables. Technics US Business Development Manager, Bill Voss, will be presenting the entire Reference Series system by Technics including the new turntables. We are honored to have Alan Taffel, Senior Writer at The Absolute Sound, joining the discussion.… Read the full article

Schiit Audio Mani Phonostage

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

Schiit Audio Mani Phonostage

Young people are into vinyl. I know that’s a weird sentence, or at least it used to be. I think everyone’s aware by now that vinyl’s a viable format again. We’re all sick of hearing about it, but bear with me. Streaming is the big player in the audio space, but young people are realizing that streaming means they miss the album art, the liner notes, the physical thing in your hands. There’s something innately important about objects, especially a nice tip-on album jacket, and you can’t get that with Spotify.… Read the full article

Hegel Music Systems Event: New Products, Live Music

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

Hegel Music Systems Event: New Products, Live Music

Hegel Music Systems hosted an industry event on August 23 for selected dealers and press where the company shared an overview of its most recent products launched, plus a more in-depth look into its latest technologies and approaches to high-end electronics. For the occasion, which took place at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, NY, the Norwegian company offered more than just a standard new product intro and demo: The special event also featured an intimate performance by emerging art-pop singer, pianist, and composer Anette Askvik, who also hails from Norway.… Read the full article