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MQA Champions Master Quality Sound at AXPONA 2019

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

MQA Champions Master Quality Sound at AXPONA 2019

The following is a press release issued by MQA. New York/London | 10 April 2019 – MQA, the pioneering company delivering authenticated master quality music in a file small enough to stream, will be participating in the Master Class series and supporting its many partners at AXPONA 2019. Attendees can learn about MQA’s award-winning technology and experience master quality sound at partner booths across the show, taking place 12-14 April at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, near Chicago. There will also be some exclusive streaming and download promotions on offer to attendees.… Read the full article

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

The following is a press release issued by Audio Research. MAPLE GROVE, MN | April 9th, 2019–Audio Research is pleased to announce a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC. The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms. Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.… Read the full article

Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Turntable

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Turntable

With the arrival of Audio-Technica’s new turntable, its top-of-the-line AT-LP7, I’m back in my comfort zone, happy to have a new record player in my listening room, especially one that looks as nice as the LP7 does. It may be considered Audio-Technica’s top of the line, but at $799 it’s still well within my entry-level guidelines. There’s a surprising amount of competition right now in the sub-$1000 turntable market, with solid decks from Music Hall, Rega, Pro-Ject, U-Turn, and others. They all more or less have the same basic layout: rigid plinth typically made of MDF or some other non-resonant …… Read the full article

E.A.T. to Unveil New Ultra-High Performance Platter and Tonearm at AXPONA 2019

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

E.A.T. to Unveil New Ultra-High Performance Platter and Tonearm at AXPONA 2019

The following is a press release issued by E.A.T. Lake Grove, NY | April 8th, 2019 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com) has announced the arrival of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) F-Note tonearm as well as an optional high-inertia platter/bearing combo. The new tonearm is compatible with the company’s Forte’ and Forte’ S turntables, while the platter has been specifically designed for the Forte’. A universal version of the tonearm is expected later in 2019. These new products as well as a selection of E.A.T., Audio Physic and Okki Nokki products will be on display at the 2019 AXPONA expo, April …… Read the full article

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Stenheim Unveils Alumine Three Compact Speaker

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

Stenheim Unveils Alumine Three Compact Speaker

The following is a press release issued by Stenheim. April 8, 2019 – Made in Switzerland, the new ALUMINE THREE speaker is the product of many years of research and unparalleled knowledge of audiophile technology. Its design takes a lot of inspiration from the ALUMINE FIVE, STENHEIM’s multi-award-winning speaker. Like its predecessor, it is an all-aluminium model and shares its core technical specifications, including extremely high efficiency. It can also be combined with high-quality low power amplifier. However, the ALUMINE THREE’s more compact housing sets it apart, enabling extremely high performance at a lower price point.… Read the full article

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Quad ERA-1 Planar-Magnetic Headphone

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Quad ERA-1 Planar-Magnetic Headphone

Back in the day, the first truly great loudspeaker I ever owned was the Quad ESL-57 electrostat, and ever since I’ve viewed the brand with respect and even reverence. Frankly, that loudspeaker was so far ahead of its time that it took decades for electronics and source components to catch up. Fast-forward to the present day, and Quad is trying to recapture the singular magic of the ESL-57, this time with its first-ever headphone, the planar-magnetic ERA-1 ($799). The ERA-1 enters a marketplace crowded with moderately priced, high-quality, planar-magnetic headphones, which raises several questions.… Read the full article

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TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

The following announcement is based on a press release/announcment. The TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable’s official U.S. Premiere will take place at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA on April 9 and 10. The venerable Japanese company’s latest turntable of unprecedented quality will be showcased in a special presentation by designer Hideaki Nishikawa. In addition, with the generous support of Wilson Audio and Peter McGrath, the WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeakers will be featured in the system to take ttechdashttps://www.wilsonaudio.cois listening event to the next level.… Read the full article

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Wireworld Micro Series 8 Balanced Analog/Digital Cables

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

Wireworld Micro Series 8 Balanced Analog/Digital Cables

The following is a press release issued by Wireworld. April 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Wireworld Cable Technology, one of the world's most respected brands of high-performance audio and video cables, introduces three new cables for 110-ohm digital and analog audio applications. These highly flexible 26-gauge cables utilize Wireworld’s patented DNA Helix conductor geometry with 100% shielding and proprietary Composilex 3 insulation to improve the fidelity of consumer and professional audio systems. These advanced design features were developed through listening tests that compared prototype cables to virtually loss-free direct connections between components.… Read the full article

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Ultrasone Edition 15 Headphone

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

Ultrasone Edition 15 Headphone

Ultrasone is a 27-year-old Bavarian company with a track record for making Edition-series headphone models designed to compete with the best. Here we review its top-of-the-line Edition 15 headphone. (Edition models are built in limited-quantity production runs—in this case 999 pieces for the world market). To get right down to it, the Edition 15 is the single most enjoyable headphone I’ve ever heard. That statement deserves some qualification, as you will see. In basic terms, the Edition 15 delivers more bass output than is typical among high-end headphones.… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

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

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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