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KEF Announces Spotify Connect and Roon Integration With LSX

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

KEF Announces Spotify Connect and Roon Integration With LSX

The following is a press release issued by KEF. Marlboro, NJ | November 19th, 2018 – KEF proudly announces the addition of Spotify Connect and Roon to LSX, the mighty two-speaker, all-wireless music system that puts the high-end sound KEF is known for in an affordable system easily integrated into virtually any listening room or lifestyle. LSX is fully wireless – stream from a multitude of sources and listen to true stereo with KEF’s proprietary between-speaker wireless connection. Now, with built-in Spotify Connect, Spotify’s entire library can be streamed directly from the cloud without interruption via high-quality network connections.… Read the full article

Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

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

Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy honed his chops during the 1960s as house guitarist for the legendary Chess Records. The electric blue pioneer’s blistering chops have influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Jonny Lang and John Mayer. His legend has only grown since his 1991 Grammy-winning comeback Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues. Guy’s new album features special guests James Bay, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards (if only the Rolling Stones’ 2016 blues homage Blue & Lonesome were half as strong as this album).… Read the full article

Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

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

Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

How did you get into this business? My first musical influences were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Music has always been a soundtrack to my life from adolescence onward. In high school, I worked on a radio show, and at a radio station in college. While teaching and finishing my master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, I took a part-time job in a stereo store in Boulder 40 years ago. Since the market for salesmen remains stronger than the market for philosophers, here I am today.… Read the full article

A Roon Primer

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

A Roon Primer

What Is Roon? Roon is a music playback and management software suite for digital audio components. There are many such products on the market, including iTunes and JRiver’s Media Center, but what makes Roon special is the unmatched comprehensiveness of its user interface and, believe it or not, its sound. This primer will cover some of the more salient features of Roon’s UI, as well as how to implement Roon in your system. I’ll also describe why and in what ways Roon affects a system’s sound.… Read the full article

Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

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

Audio Research VT80SE Power Amplifier

Audio Research Corporation, the company that almost single-handedly created high-end audio electronics, not to mention preserved the vacuum tube as an amplification device, recently revised its basic line. As it has become the foundation for ARC’s more expensive gear, it is appropriately named the Foundation Series and comprises the LS28 linestage (a 2017 Golden Ear Award recipient), DAC9 DAC, PH9 phono preamp, and VT80SE power amplifier. Each of the first three pieces of Foundation Series equipment is priced at $7500; the much larger and heavier VT80SE is $8900.… Read the full article

Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

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

Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last fall, the oh-so-French manufacturer Focal introduced its new three-way, four-driver Kanta N°2 loudspeaker with considerable…éclat. At an early morning press conference, after a few Gallic-inflected words of introduction and a slick aspirational video, a trio of impeccably dressed company reps grasped the black shrouds covering, as I remember it, six Kantas in several of the eight available finishes. On a well-rehearsed signal, the speakers were revealed with a flourish not unlike the presentation of your boeuf bourguignon at an elite French restaurant.… Read the full article

Bernstein: MASS

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

Bernstein: MASS

When Leonard Bernstein’s MASS was first performed in 1971, even many of the composer’s most devoted admirers weren’t sure what to make of it. (The Nixon administration was pretty sure, detecting strong antiwar and antiestablishment messages; the President skipped the premiere.) The sprawling two-hour work—“A Theater Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers”—is undeniably all over the place stylistically. One hears elements of mid-20th century classical modernism and high-concept Broadway musical theater, Mahleresque orchestral movements, and numbers for rock and blues singers that were cringe-worthy in 1971 and, at best, seem quaint 47 years later.… Read the full article

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Turntables $10k and Under

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

2019 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide: Turntables $10k and Under

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC $399 The most significant upgrade to Pro-Ject’s latest Debut is found in the model’s name, which refers to the lighter, more rigid, single-piece 8.6" carbon-fiber armtube that replaces the Debut III’s aluminum tube. Pre-mounted with Ortofon’s 2M Red moving-magnet cartridge, the Carbon offers all one expects from a modestly priced ’table. It doesn’t excel in any one area but gets the basics so right that it’s hard to criticize what’s lacking—because, after all, that’s what good entry-level models should provide: a solid foundation for musical pleasure.… Read the full article

Gamut Audio Zodiac

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

Gamut Audio Zodiac

Though Danish manufacturer Gamut Audio has been making electronics for recording studios since 1982, the official establishment of its retail consumer division didn’t occur until 1995. Even so, I’ll bet those of you who’ve been around this industry for some time will have likely only become aware of the name recently, with its escalating profile over the past several years. The man responsible for driving this ever-increasing presence since 2012 is 42-year-old chief designer and CEO, Benno Baun Meldgaard. Initially hired in 2011 as a repair technician and design consultant, he found himself inordinately troubled when the company’s then RS5 …… Read the full article

McIntosh Announces XRT1.1K Loudspeaker

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

McIntosh Announces XRT1.1K Loudspeaker

The following is a press release issued by McIntosh. Binghamton, NY | November 14, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the XRT1.1K Loudspeaker. Following in the footsteps of the larger-than-life XRT2.1K is the equally impressive but more accessibly sized XRT1.1K Loudspeaker. Featuring a 1,200 Watt power rating, the full range XRT1.1K is an exceptional speaker in its own right. With its more user-friendly size that is 14” (35 cm) shorter and 173 lbs (78 kg) lighter than the XRT2.1K, the XRT1.1K can comfortably fit in …… Read the full article