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PSB M4U 8 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

PSB M4U 8 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Famed loudspeaker designer Paul Barton’s first headphone was the $399 PSB Speakers M4U 2 launched in 2012—an auspicious debut model widely acknowledged as a huge critical and commercial success. I bought a pair at their introduction and have spent many hundreds of hours with them in many different listening environments. The M4U 2 is a tough act to follow, but PSB has done it again with its new M4U 8, a significant rethinking of the original design. Like the M4U 2, the M4U 8 is a dynamic closed-back headphone with active noise-canceling technology.… Read the full article

Bending Wave USA’s Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bending Wave USA’s Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

The following is a press release issued by Bending Wave USA. January 7, 2019 – Bending Wave USA will host a grand opening of its new showroom in Davie, Florida on January 26th and 27th. The featured audio system will include speakers from Germany’s Göbel driven by electronics from Switzerland’s CH Precision. Bending Wave USA is located at 10404 West State Road 84, Suite 101, Davie, Florida 33324. Phone: (954) 716-7407. For more information, go to bendingwaveusa.com.… Read the full article

NAD Unveils Masters M10, BluOS Streaming Amplifier

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

NAD Unveils Masters M10, BluOS Streaming Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by NAD. CES | Las Vegas, NV | January 7, 2019 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, unveiled a new and unique Masters Series product, the M10, a BluOS™ enabled amplifier that can serve as the heart of a quality whole-home system. In its simplest form, the M10 ($2499 U.S. MSRP) is an ultra-high-performance streaming amplifier with great audiophile sound. Or it can be combined with other players in a BluOS ecosystem of wirelessly networked music players throughout the home for a whole-home audio system.… Read the full article

Hamilton in High(er) Res

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Hamilton in High(er) Res

Hamilton: An American Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording). HDtracks.com and SuperHiRez.com (44.1/24) The situation on Broadway is lamentable. Theaters increasingly traffic in slick adaptations of popular books, movies, and characters, to which it applies a rigid formula that pervades every element of the production. Musicals, in particular, stick to formulaic stories, choreography, and even chord progressions. Every “new” song is instantly recognizable, which I suppose is the point. Over the years there have been notable exceptions. Once and The Book of Mormon come to mind.… Read the full article

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Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

Why Buy a CD Player? There’s something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well. After all, doing many things well—as, for instance, the dCS Rossini DAC/streamer/player does—gets costly. In the case of the Rossini, $28,000 costly. The Bryston BCD-3 does just one thing, plays CDs, which it does exceptionally well. Further, Bryston offers the BCD-3 at an eminently reasonable price. Still, in this day and age, does it make sense to buy a digital source that doesn’t support hi-res, streaming, USB, or Tidal?… Read the full article

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Metronome Technologie Releases LE DAC D/A Conveter

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Metronome Technologie Releases LE DAC D/A Conveter

The following is a press release issued by Metronome. January 3, 2019 – LE DAC by METRONOME will not surprise anyone who had been interesting to the brand for some years. The external design is classic, and LE DAC dimensions and materials have already been seen on many products : massive alloy front plate, 2mm-thick steel chassis, Delrin® feet. Inside the box are also present the essential elements of a Metronome’s top-range DAC : Asahi Kasei’s conversion processor, high-end electronic components, and the famous Métronome’s power supplies savoir-faire.… Read the full article

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Voxativ 9.87 Loudspeaker

By | January 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Voxativ 9.87 Loudspeaker

I might as well start at the finish: The surprisingly compact, two-piece (main speaker and sub) Voxativ 9.87 is a great loudspeaker system that I could easily and happily live with until I’m carted out of my listening room feet first, which at my advanced age may not seem like a ringing endorsement, though it’s meant to be. The interesting part is why I think it’s such a great speaker, which I’ll try to explain in the next few paragraphs. To begin with, above 80–150Hz, depending on where you cross over the 9.87’s dedicated, powered (by a 250W Class AB …… Read the full article

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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Greg Weaver

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Greg Weaver

Gamut Zodiac loudspeaker $150,000/pr. The Gamut Zodiac is one of the most remarkable products I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in my thirty years of writing about audio components. When you consider its exceptional bass extension and impact, unfailingly authentic rendition of timbre, texture, attack, body, and weight, with its disarmingly open, spacious, and organic presentation, the resultant sonic character affords an extraordinary degree of musical insight, housed in one of the most exotic and beautifully crafted forms you’re likely to find, almost putting the Zodiacs in a class all their own.… Read the full article

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iFi Audio xDSD DAC

By | December 28th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

iFi Audio xDSD DAC

Digital audio converters (DACs) come in all sizes, shapes, and prices. You can find simple digital converters on Amazon for as little as $7 or state-of-the-art units that cost as much as a comfortable middle-class home. To say that today’s audiophiles have choices is an understatement. But what price point offers the highest value or greatest bang for the buck? For some audiophiles, one of the best options in the past was to buy the most expensive DAC they could afford and then use it until it became completely obsolete.… Read the full article

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Dust-to-Digital

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Dust-to-Digital

In 2003, a cedar box appeared in my mailbox, with the words “Goodbye, Babylon” and an illustration of Babel’s famed tower on the front. I slid back the top of the box to find a thick book, a few clumps of Georgia cotton, and six CDs crammed with rare gospel songs from 1902 to 1960—blues, Sacred Harp, country & western, bluegrass, early jazz, a cappella quartets, you name it—the result of four years of hard work from Lance and April Ledbetter.… Read the full article

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