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PrimaLuna Evo 100 DAC

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

PrimaLuna Evo 100 DAC

PrimaLuna loves tubes. The Dutch-based company uses them in its whole range of products, from preamps, to power amps, to integrated amps. Even a tube-equipped CD player has graced its lineup. Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio distributes PrimaLuna in the U.S., and also stocks and sells a wide variety of vacuum tubes (he’s my favorite supplier). PrimaLuna recently replaced its Prologue and Dialogue series equipment with a new series, called the EvoLution line. Although EvoLution includes Evo 400, Evo 300, Evo 200, and Evo 100 integrated amps, power amps, and preamps, there is only one DAC, the Evo 100 Tube …… Read the full article

Basis Audio on Television

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

Basis Audio on Television

Turntable manufacturer Basis Audio is featured in the television series "World's Greatest! . . . ". The show's producers select only one company to feature from each of the industries they cover.… Read the full article

Esoteric launches new Grandioso K1X SACD/CD player

By | November 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound, Av2day|Tags: , , , |

The Esoteric K1X looks like its predecessor.
The Esoteric K1X looks like its predecessor.

 

 

Esoteric launched a replacement for its Grandioso K1 SACD/CD player at the UK Hi-Fi Show Live 2019 held at the Ascot Racecourse on Oct 26-27.

 

Called the K1X, the new player incorporates two new technologies – the VRDS-ATLAS transport and the Master Sound Discrete DAC. The DAC can handle 22.5MHz DSD and 768kHz PCM signals and features ful MQA decoding. The K1X can also be used as a standalone DAC with USB, coaxial and optical inputs.… Read the full article

Meze Audio Empyrean Planar-Magnetic Headphone

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

Meze Audio Empyrean Planar-Magnetic Headphone

Until now the Romanian firm Meze Audio has been best known for its excellent and affordable 99 Classics headphones, which offer incredible value for money. However, for over two years Meze has been hard at work developing an extremely sophisticated, ultra-high-performance, cost-no-object headphone called the Empyrean ($2999). The Empyrean is an open-back planar-magnetic headphone stemming from collaboration between Meze and the Ukrainian firm Rinaro Isodynamics (a veteran planar-magnetic driver specialist). Basically, Rinaro developed the Empyrean’s Meze-exclusive, patent-pending, hybrid-array Isoplanar driver, while Meze created everything else.… Read the full article

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jim Hannon

By | November 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jim Hannon

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker $89,975 The Zellaton Stage loudspeaker replaces the Quad ESL-57 as my Golden Ear Award selection. Like the original Quad, the Stage has a pellucid midrange, with world-class purity, clarity, fine detail retrieval, and transparency. However, the Stage extends the magic throughout its entire frequency range and offers bass extension down to 24Hz. Its three sandwich-cone drivers are remarkably coherent, like a large single-driver electrostat. There’s also far more “meat-on-the-bone” with the Stage than with the Quad, making for a more satisfying and engaging musical experience.… Read the full article

MBL X-treme Roadshow at Suncoast Audio

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

MBL X-treme Roadshow at Suncoast Audio

November 14, 2019 – Please join MBL and Suncoast Audio, Sarasota, Florida, for the MBL X-treme Roadshow on Saturday, November 16th, 1-5pm. Jeremy and Tara Bryan from MBL North America will present the 101 X-treme Radialstrahler loudspeaker system driven by MBL’s Reference Line electronics. The system will be in residence for a period of time. Please call (941) 932-0282 for further information.… Read the full article

Von Schweikert Audio Ultra 9 Loudspeaker

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

Von Schweikert Audio Ultra 9 Loudspeaker

To understand the genesis of the new-generation VSA Ultra loudspeakers, we must go back to 2012, when a loyal, long-time VSA flagship owner contacted company founder Albert Von Schweikert and asked him to construct a one-of-a-kind, cost-no-object speaker. It will come as no surprise that Albert already had a theory for such a design, and this single project would overshadow everything, save standard production at VSA, for more than three years. Once Albert had settled on the drivers necessary for this ambitious project, Damon Von Schweikert, Albert’s son (and as of fall 2015 VSA’s CEO), spent a year on the …… Read the full article

Clarus Launches Duet Power Conditioner for Monoblock Amplifiers

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

Clarus Launches Duet Power Conditioner for Monoblock Amplifiers

The following is a press release issued by Clarus. November 14, 2019 — Clarus®, high-end audio cable brand and sister company to Tributaries A/V cables, introduces the Duet, specifically designed for the demands of Monoblock amplifiers from its first-ever line of AC Power Conditioners. The new line brings an entirely new approach to the implementation of filtering systems designed primarily for two-channel audio systems. The Clarus Approach to Power Conditioning The Clarus approach represents a radical new way of designing an application specific filtered AC energy delivery system.… Read the full article

Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Launch Event at Excel Audio Newport Beach

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

Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Launch Event at Excel Audio Newport Beach

The following is a press release issued by Excel Audio. November 13, 2019 – Excel Audio invites everyone to join us to experience Wilson Audio’s latest triumph the Chronosonic XVX. We will be showcasing the XVX’s driven by D’Agostino electronics with digital by dCS and vinyl played on the Clearaudio Statement. Special guests include Dan D’Agostino, Jess Luna from DCS, and Garth Leerer from Musical Surroundings. Everyone is welcome, food will be served. Please RSVP to [email protected] or 949 933-1599 Excel Audio is located at 4678 Campus Drive in Newport Beach… Read the full article

Magnepan Doubles Down

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

Magnepan Doubles Down

No sooner has Magnepan’s Wendell Diller finished with his nationwide demonstration tour of the company’s new 30.7s, when he and his wife Galina are planning yet another tour to show off an even-newer Magnepan loudspeaker innovation: the “Double Dipole.” Concerned about the amount of floor space and room size required for Maggie’s largest and best speakers, like the 20.7 and 30.7, Wendell has been on a crusade to create a speaker system that offers similar sound but will still fit and work well in a smaller environment.… Read the full article