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Technics SL-1000R Preview Event

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

Technics SL-1000R Preview Event

The following is a press release issued by Technics and Value Electronics. May 18, 2018 – Value Electronics is holding a special Open House event in their Scarsdale, NY showroom. The featured guest will be Bill Voss, US Business Development Manager for Technics. Bill will be demonstrating and discussing Technics’ latest introduction for 2018, the Reference Class SL-1000R / SP-10R Turntables and Electronics. The soon to be released Reference Class SP-10R and SL-1000 turntables and electronics, scheduled to arrive this summer, will be introduced to the public.… Read the full article

2018 Editors’ Choice Awards: Turntables $2,000 – $5,000

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

2018 Editors’ Choice Awards: Turntables $2,000 - $5,000

VPI Scout 1.1 $2000 (with Scout tonearm) Co-winner of TAS’ 2013 Turntable of the Year award, the Scout is the first major upgrade to VPI’s ten-year-old platform. Gone is the familiar acrylic platter and in its place is a big chunky one made from aluminum. An oil-bath bearing and a new, included gimbaled tonearm round out the major advancements over the outgoing model. Sound quality is uncomfortably good for the money. You can, and probably will (at some point), spend far more and get less.… Read the full article

2018 Editors’ Choice Awards: Power Amplifiers $3,000 – $6,000

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

2018 Editors' Choice Awards: Power Amplifiers $3,000 - $6,000

First Watt F7 $3000 For over fifteen years First Watt has served as Nelson Pass’ creative playground, allowing him to explore unusual low-power designs with an emphasis on sound quality. The F7 is intended as an improved version of the popular F5, a 25Wpc stereo push-pull Class A amplifier. What makes the F7 so special is its inherent textural sweetness and warm tonality. There are many solid-state amps out there that manage to sound smooth and refined yet lack the organic character of live music.… Read the full article

Q&A with Dan Laufman of Emotiva Audio

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

Q&A with Dan Laufman of Emotiva Audio

What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? My love of the high end comes from both sides. My dad was an audiophile and an engineer; he built his own tube amps and speakers. The gear was right in the living room, where I would sit in front of the speaker listening to his big band music. I found it really exciting and wonderful. Thanks to this early influence and my love of music and all things mechanical, my interest was triggered at a very early age.… Read the full article

“The Music Formerly Known as Classical”

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

“The Music Formerly Known as Classical”

As all classical music fans know, the era of giant, long-established labels like RCA, Columbia, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury, Decca, Delos, and Telarc pouring out new releases by American orchestras has waned. Most new orchestra recordings these days originate in Europe, where costs are lower. If an American orchestra wants to document its legacy on CD or downloads (or even, in rare cases, on vinyl), it typically does so on an “in-house” label owned and operated by the orchestra itself. These in-house releases, often recorded during the orchestra’s regular concert performances, are intended more to enhance its prestige and patronage than …… Read the full article

Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 Loudspeaker

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

Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 Loudspeaker

Whether it’s a fantastic $3 ballpoint pen, or the multibillion-dollar Shanghai Tower, great design is not tied to a price tag. It might surprise many readers of The Absolute Sound to know that what gets the juices of many audio industry veterans flowing is not simply the “reference” gear priced beyond the reach of most everyone, but instead the equipment at all price points that demonstrates its designer’s superior talents. Exceptionally designed things are frequently easier to recognize than to quantify as such.… Read the full article

TAS Legacy: Arthur Janszen and the KLH Model Nine

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

TAS Legacy: Arthur Janszen and the KLH Model Nine

The 1950s were abuzz with electrostat activity and Arthur Janszen was in the middle of it all. In 1954, he resigned his position at Harvard and founded JansZen Labs in North Cambridge, Massachusetts. That same year he garnered much attention with a presentation titled “An Electrostatic Speaker Development” given at the annual convention of the Audio Engineering Society in New York City. One of the most popular products described was the Z-130 add-on tweeter array, which used four treble elements angled over a 120-degree arc to approximate a curved panel to reduce beaming.… Read the full article

Soundings 30th Anniversary Open House

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

Soundings 30th Anniversary Open House

The following is a press release issued by Soundings Fine Audio Video. May 14, 2018 – Join us along with Rich Maez from Boulder Amplifiers, Chris Morris from Chord Electronics and Mike Marko from Nordost Cables for an evening of fun and listening. Come hang out with some of the industry’s top audiophiles, music lovers and hi-fi enthusiasts. Chord and Nordost will also be offering special pricing for our event. Boulder will be here showing off their new 508 Phono Preamplifier.… Read the full article

Audirvana Launches its Version of Audirvana Plus for Windows 10

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

Audirvana Launches its Version of Audirvana Plus for Windows 10

Paris | May 11, 2018 – Audirvana, maker Audirvana Plus, the reference hi-fi audio player initially made for Mac users, announced today the launch of its Windows 10 version for the pleasure of PC owners. Highly anticipated, this new software with a totally redesigned user interface, is set to take Audirvana Plus to an even wider audience. Created by Damien Plisson and acclaimed by users and audio specialists around the world, Audirvana Plus has quickly been recognized as market’s reference player, enabling music lovers who have a Mac to replace iTunes and dramatically improve the sound quality of their music …… Read the full article

2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

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

2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

Josh Bizar has seen tremendous growth in the audiophile industry since 1999, when he started working for Music Direct, the online retailer of high-end audio, audiophile music (Mobile Fidelity), and accessories. At this year’s AXPONA Josh, who’s now Vice President at Music Direct, represented the company as a speaker on the Vinyl Industry Update panel. During that discussion, industry experts confirmed that vinyl sales continue to spike, and Mobile Fidelity has definitely played a key role in that resurgence. But it’s not only about the records; during our interview Josh also offered high praise for Mobile Fidelity’s Super Audio CDs, …… Read the full article