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2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Music Servers and Peripheral Products

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

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Music Servers and Peripheral Products

Audirvana Version 10 $50 If you have so far resisted buying any third-party music playback software for your Mac, Audirvana offers some compelling reasons to reevaluate that decision. Especially if you use multiple DACs or listen to higher-res files and DSD, Audirvana Plus is a more ergonomically elegant and sonically superior alternative to iTunes. And for readers who need to see and hear for themselves, you can download the trial version of Audirvana Plus for free. For fifteen days you can use the full version with no restrictions.… Read the full article

Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

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

Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

With his baritone voice, haunting melodies, brooding stage presence, and dark lyrics, Peter Murphy was tailor made to perform goth rock, a musical style he helped usher in while a member of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy—5 Albums charts the beginning of the solo career Murphy launched after the collapse of that band; stylishly packaged to resemble a hardback book, the 5-CD set includes all his LPs on the Beggars Banquet label along with alternate takes and mixes at the end of each disc.… Read the full article

New German Physiks Website Launched

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

New German Physiks Website Launched

The following is a press release issued by German Physiks. December 12, 2018 – A brand new German Physiks web site has been launched at www.german-physiks.com. It features a much more attractive graphic design and easier navigation. The texts for the loudspeaker range have been updated, including high quality pictures showing the products in a range of real-life settings. Details of our new Emperor high-end electronics range have also been added. These will be shown at Axpona 2019. We will shortly add details of our new PION range of cables.… Read the full article

New GoldenEar Triton One.R Shipping Now

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

 New GoldenEar Triton One.R Shipping Now

The following is a press release issued by GoldenEar Technology. Baltimore | December 12, 2018 – GoldenEar Technology is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Triton One.R. This extraordinary new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference, which has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts as well as the press and reviewers from around the world, who have bestowed upon it innumerable Speaker-of-the-Year and Product-of-the-Year awards.… Read the full article

Technics Turntable and Reel-to-Reel Workshop at PNW Audio Society

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

Technics Turntable and Reel-to-Reel Workshop at PNW Audio Society

The following is a press release issued by Technics. December 11, 2018 – J-Corder welcomes you to a free analog source workshop showcasing the Reference Series 2018 products from Technics. Please join us at the Pacific Northwest Audio Society event to see and hear the SL-1000R Reference Class Turntable and modified RS-1500 R2R Tape Recorder. Jeff Jacobs from J-Corder will be presenting the Reference Series system by Technics including the new turntable and legacy magnetic tape recorder. Bring your own quality vinyl for a spin on the SL-1000R mounted with an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze Moving Coil Cartridge and LH-9000 Carbon …… Read the full article

Synergistic Research Galileo UEF System

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

Synergistic Research Galileo UEF System

I’ve been using various generations of Synergistic Research interconnects, cables, and power cords since Ted Denney first introduced his original ultra-complex, ultra-expensive Galileo line about a decade ago. There is a simple reason for this: With a first-rate source and first-rate system, Synergistic Galileo UEF allows playback to sound more like the real thing more often than most of the other wires I’ve auditioned (regardless of how much they cost). There are, doubtlessly, technical reasons for Galileo’s UEF’s audible superiority, and I’ll come to them (or what is claimed about them) anon.… Read the full article

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

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

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to that hobby’s original essence is broken. Before the “phile” (lover) realizes it, the abstraction has become the essential. What’s true and valuable has shifted. Microsoft has an interesting TV ad campaign currently airing that features the American hip hop artist/poet Common. The message of this marketing effort, broadly pointing towards the future of artificial intelligence, is interesting less for the ideas being promoted, and more …… Read the full article

Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

Like many long-time TAS readers, I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of trying, I recently made a giant step forward towards that goal with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. The Stage is a revelation, and in a couple of important sonic dimensions better than any loudspeaker I have heard in all my years.… Read the full article

Magico Announces M2 Loudspeaker

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magico Announces M2 Loudspeaker

The following is a press release issued by Magico. HAYWARD, CA (USA) | December 7, 2018 – Magico, the Leader in High-Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce the M2 which expands the M-Series product lineup and features many ground-breaking engineering designs distilled from the M6 and M3. Our materials science research in the properties and applications of carbon allows the M2 to feature a new monocoque enclosure. Similar in construction technique introduced in the M6, it is formed using multiple layers of carbon fiber adding up to a 3/8” thickness.… Read the full article

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 – $20,000

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

McIntosh Labs MC275 VI $5500 The sixth version of this most classic of all McIntosh amplifiers is by far the best, boasting greater tonal neutrality yet without losing the beautifully solid, rounded, dimensional, and natural musicality of its tube origins. Thanks to improvements in the transformers, distortion and noise are far lower than ever, bandwidth higher, dynamic range wider, transparency greater, and transient response better than ever. At 75Wpc (though 90 is typical), the 275 has virtually all the power PS needs, but for those who want more, it’s strappable to 150W.… Read the full article