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RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

OK, this was my situation this year for RMAF: I’d made some plans to be in the Denver area (to see family, friends, and yes, a concert) before learning that other TAS staffers who live closer by would be assigned to cover the show this year instead. No problem. But since I was going to be in town anyway I didn’t want to miss the chance to check out the show and its swanky, palatial new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center not far from the Denver International Airport.… Read the full article

MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

On August 22nd, I attended one of four launch events for the “new” Motion Series at Audio Advice, just outside of Charlotte, NC. (The other three events were in Georgia, Arizona, and California.) Before we discuss event specifics, let’s look at the first-blush details of the new Motion Series (designated as “i”) speakers, all of which were on display. Motion 15i Two-way bookshelf. Ported. 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion Transducer tweeter. 5.25" aluminum-cone mid/woofer. ($399.99/each) Motion35XTi Two-way bookshelf. Ported. 1.2" x 2.4" Folded Motion Transducer tweeter.… Read the full article

Jeremy Denk: c.1300-c.2000

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Jeremy Denk: c.1300-c.2000

c.1300–c.2000. Denk (24/96) SuperHiRez.com I’m not big on saving printed programs from concerts—I’ve got too much stuff I’ll never look at again as it is—but made an exception in January of 2017 when I heard Jeremy Denk play a recital now released by Nonesuch as c.1300–c.2000. This was among the most memorable performances I’ve ever attended and keeping the program seemed appropriate. Having the high-resolution sound files is even better. Denk chronologically programmed two-dozen short pieces, some movements from larger works, which span seven centuries, from Guillaume de Machaut to Philip Glass.… Read the full article

Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

September 18, 2019 – For more than 40 years we have designed, developed and handcrafted our Audiovector loudspeakers in Denmark and today we can finally announce a new launch of Audiovector loudspeakers – the R-series. A speaker line based on a mixture of evolution and new inventions. Everything we believe a pair of loudspeakers should ever deliver, the R-series does to perfection. The Audiovector Freedom Grounding® system eliminates distortion and improves overtones, lowers the noise floor and increases image depth and focus.… Read the full article

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

By | September 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

Like many longtime 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 made a giant step forward towards that goal at the end of 2018 with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. As I indicated in my online preview at the time, the floorstanding, mid-sized, three-way 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

Clarus Launches AQUA Mark II Cables

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Clarus Launches AQUA Mark II Cables

The following is a press release issued by Clarus. September 16, 2019 — Clarus®, the high-end audio cable brand that is a “sister” company to Tributaries A/V cables, is introducing new versions of their popular AQUA Cables. AQUA Mark II Balanced Audio, Single-Ended RCA Audio and Speaker cables feature a multi-gauge design using three different shaped insulated ultra-low distortion PCOCC conductors. The new AQUA Mark II cables are now terminated using connectors made with high purity and high conductivity Tellurium (TE) copper providing very low resistance and superior sound characteristics.… Read the full article

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

Everyone loves a cliffhanger. And as I flew into Denver for RMAF’s latest installment I was about to find out how this one was going to shake out. Specifically, the change of venue, and the transposition of show dates from mid-October to early September (this year only), elements that are fraught with all kinds of risks—and potential rewards. The brand-spanking-new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, certainly provided a distinct adjustment from the homey if increasingly ramshackle Denver Tech Center.… Read the full article

Magico Introduces MRACK Audio Equipment Stand

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magico Introduces MRACK Audio Equipment Stand

The following is a press release issued by Magico. September 13, 2019 – Magico LLC is pleased to introduce the MRACK audio equipment stand. Over the past fifteen years countless amplifiers, DACs, servers, transports, turntables and cables have made their way in and out of the Magico listening room as we have prototyped and brought to market over two dozen speaker models. The cornerstones that have remained throughout it all are the Magico MRACK equipment stands. The MRACK was originally designed for our own internal R&D to maximize system performance where available options consistently fell short.… Read the full article

Steven Stone’s 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Show Report

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Steven Stone's 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest Show Report

When you take a show from a hotel that’s been hosting that show for many years and move it to another hotel, it is, for all intents and purposes, a brand-new show. That’s exactly what happened to Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in 2019. Gone was the underachieving and dowdy old Marriott, replaced by the upwardly-mobile and near-to-the-airport Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. The new venue was shinier, and big enough to swallow up the whole show with room to spare without even a belch.… Read the full article

Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx Loudspeaker

By | September 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx Loudspeaker

High-end audio companies face a particular challenge when their founder retires or passes away. More than in other industries, such firms are often built around the singular vision and talent of their founder. The company’s customers buy into that founder’s aesthetic in a deeply personal way that just doesn’t exist with anonymously designed products. Does any company better exemplify this model than Wilson Audio, and its founder, David Wilson? As many of you know, David Wilson passed away last year at the age of 73.… Read the full article