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2018 Buyer’s Guide: Headphones $1,500+

By | December 11th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2018 Buyer's Guide: Headphones $1,500+

Sennheiser HD 800 $1599 The HD 800s derive their claim to excellence from good bass/treble balance and a rock-solid delivery of musical fundamentals. Bass is deep and articulate, while the lower midrange is clean, with good reproduction of power instruments. The upper midrange can seem a bit depressed, however, necessitating real attention to amplifier matching. You want to find an amp with low output impedance and the midrange glow we normally associate with tubes. Treble on the HD 800s can at times seem too revealing for its own good (or even a touch ragged), so choose source components carefully.… Read the full article

Online Exclusive: Chris Tordino’s Midnight Sun & Hilary Gardner’s The Late Set

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Online Exclusive: Chris Tordino's Midnight Sun & Hilary Gardner's The Late Set

Some of the most interesting music I hear these days is by female jazz singers. Often they project a deep appreciation of the jazz vocal tradition as well as a keen sense of how to take that tradition to new places. Far from seeming dated or stale, the best music in this genre sounds fresh and relevant while warranting a broader audience—and that’s particularly true of Chris Tordino’s Midnight Sun (which features Becca Stevens on vocals) and Hilary Gardner’s The Late Set.… Read the full article

German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

By | December 5th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

Those of you who are familiar with my review of the German Physiks Unlimited II, the HRS-130’s little brother, may recall my esteem for Lincoln Walsh’s revolutionary bending-wave transducer, developed in the early 1960s and later adapted by German Physiks. Superficially resembling an inverted ice cream cone, Walsh’s coherent-sound loudspeaker was a serious attempt to mimic the soundfield produced by a small cylinder pulsating radially with every portion of its area moving in and out simultaneously and in phase with the input signal.… Read the full article

Special Report: The Japanese Audio Industry

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Special Report: The Japanese Audio Industry

Something is definitely afoot in the Japanese audio industry. For a country whose culture encourages cautious evolution, there have been a whole lot of big changes in a short time. The first was in 2011, when Sony, that quintessential mass-market brand, released the SS-AR1 speaker. At $27,000, this product was decidedly not intended for the masses. Shortly thereafter Panasonic, another company traditionally focused on the heart of consumer electronics, revived its premium Technics line, which had been dormant since 2000. Its inaugural offering was the $53,000 R1 Reference Series, pointedly launched in the hallowed high-end halls of the Venetian during …… Read the full article

Five Questions For Alon Wolf

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Five Questions For Alon Wolf

1) Building the lowest-noise enclosures has always been a prime Magico goal. You started with flat-topped, boat-tail-curved birch ply and aluminum boxes with the Minis, migrated to more traditionally squared-off damped aluminum enclosures with the Qs, re-introduced curved side panels in the two-piece S’s, and starting with the M Project have now turned to a gently arched carbon-fiber side panels with (in the M6) edgelessly rounded aluminum faceplates, top plates, bottom plates, and spines. This progression in materials and geometry raises several questions.… Read the full article

Magico M6

By | December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magico M6

I’m going to start this blog by repeating some of what I wrote about Magico’s limited-edition, tenth-anniversary M Project loudspeaker, since Magico’s new M Series flagship, the M6, wouldn’t exist without it. After this, I will delve into how the M6 differs from its superb predecessor (and it differs quite significantly) and how those differences affect its presentation. I might as well say at the start that the M6 is, IMO, the best loudspeaker that Magico has yet made—the most transparent, the most detailed, the most invisible, the most seamlessly of a piece, the most startlingly lifelike.… Read the full article

Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

Mention the name Helmut Brinkmann to an audiophile and the first thing that comes to mind is probably the German designer’s superb turntables. But Brinkmann began his audio career more than 35 years ago making amplifiers, and even designed his first DAC way back in 1986 (called the “Zenith”). Now Brinkmann has come full circle with the new Nyquist DAC, a product that is designed and built with the same fanatical attention to detail as the company’s turntables. Moreover, the Nyquist is brimming with advanced features, including MQA decoding, high-speed DSD support, Roon-ready operation, UPnP connectivity, and upgradeable digital circuitry.… Read the full article

Soundtracks Series Vol. 12: Paul Seydor’s Top 10

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Soundtracks Series Vol. 12: Paul Seydor's Top 10

Compiling a list of good soundtracks is a more complicated proposition than it might at first seem. This is because it involves some mediation among competing factors. For example, often a brilliant score accompanies a bad movie (Tiomkins’ for The Alamo), or a terrifically effective score isn’t all that interesting as music on its own (Jarre’s for Lawrence of Arabia). Then there are excellent films with excellent music, yet for whatever reason, the music and the film seem at odds (heretical as it is to say, Leonard Bernstein’s music for On the Waterfront is way too obtrusive for my tastes, …… Read the full article

Legrand Jazz on Vinyl

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Legrand Jazz on Vinyl

Legrand Jazz sold well after its release in 1959. Part of its success had to do with brand loyalty, as the leader of the album, who handpicked the musicians for three different recording sessions and chose and arranged each composition with specific players in mind, was Michel Legrand. Although only 27 when the album came out, Legrand was already quite popular due to a series of skillfully arranged if fairly lightweight non-jazz albums. If Legrand Jazz pulled in a broad audience, it also scored big with bona fide jazz lovers.… Read the full article

Göbel Audio Appoints Bending Wave USA, Inc. As Exclusive US Distributor

By | November 30th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Göbel Audio Appoints Bending Wave USA, Inc. As Exclusive US Distributor

The following is a press release issued by Göbel Audio. November 30, 2017 – Göbel Audio proudly announces the appointment of Bending Wave USA, Inc. as the exclusive distributor for the Unites States for our line of products including Reference quality Speakers and Reference Quality cable Epoque Speakers and Lacorde cables are 100 percent crafted in Germany and are made to the most exacting standards. Elliot Goldman and Chris Cotter bring a lifetime of Audio experience and are thrilled to be representing the product line.… Read the full article