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VANA LTD Brings Handmade E.A.T Vacuum Tubes to North American Market

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

VANA LTD Brings Handmade E.A.T Vacuum Tubes to North American Market

Lake Grove, NY | October 31, 2018 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com), the North American distributor for fine audio products is now the North American distributor for European Audio Team’s (E.A.T) line of vacuum tubes made in the Czech Republic. E.A.T. is dedicated to hand making the finest 300B and KT88 tubes tested on custom made instruments to meet the highest standards. The E.A.T. KT88 DIAMOND Tube The optimum choice for amps new or old designed for KT-88 and 6550 tubes, E.A.T’s KT88 vacuum tube offers a maximum anode dissipation rating of 35 Watts.… Read the full article

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Magico Introduces APOD8 Spiked Loudspeaker Footers

By | October 30th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Magico Introduces APOD8 Spiked Loudspeaker Footers

HAYWARD, CA (USA) | October 29, 2018 – Magico, LLC the Leader in High Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce a newly developed spiked footer solution for the A3 loudspeaker named the APOD8. The APOD is based on the scientific design principles of Constrained Layer Damping (CLD) and provides an effective way to couple the A3 or S1 MkII loudspeaker to the floor while dissipating unwanted mechanical energy away from the enclosure. Demonstrable results include increased dynamics, enhanced focus, greater resolution, and a closer representation of the original musical performance as it was intended during the recording …… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 – Electronics Under $15k

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

RMAF 2018 – Electronics Under $15k

This was my first Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in three years, as well as my first gander at the venerable Marriott Denver Tech Center following its much-needed facelift. Ironically, as it turns out, even a multi-million-dollar renovation couldn’t hold on to RMAF. Next year, the show is off to a sparkling new venue at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in nearby Aurora, CO. Now this place not only looks spectacular but word has it that sonically the rooms easily surpass those at the old DTC (which doesn’t set an especially high bar, I’m afraid).… Read the full article

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Dynaudio Contour 30

By | October 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Dynaudio Contour 30

The words “there are no accidents” rang through my mind early in the auditioning of these Dynaudio Contour 30s as I listened to the album Mindif [Enja, 1988] from South African musician Abdullah Ibrahim. I’ve listened to this album for years, only just now to discover that it served as the soundtrack for the wonderful French film Chocolat. Experiencing the soft, silky analog textures on Mindif’s title track and looking around me at the half-eaten chocolate bunnies following a sugar-high Easter feast, I was reminded that one should always heed the advice of 1000-year-old Kung Fu-legend tortoises.… Read the full article

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Ayon Audio Unveils Triton III Amplifier

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Ayon Audio Unveils Triton III Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Ayon Audio. Austria | October 26, 2018 – Ayon Audio, the award winning Austrian vacuum tube manufacturer unveils the New Ayon Audio Triton III GEN 4. Pure Class A operation integrated and stereo amplifier. Operation in Pentode & Triode mode that delivers a Pure Class A signal, no signal loss at any demand. Intelligent auto-bias and tube protection system. Alerts when a vacuum tube is misbehaving & needs replacement. The cool running, no hassle amplifier.… Read the full article

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2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: DACs

By | October 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: DACs

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS $74 About the size of a small box of wooden matches, the Cambridge DacMagic XS is one of the smallest and lightest portable DACs reviewer Steven Stone has seen. It measures approximately 2 1/8" by 1 1/8" by 3/8" and weighs under 4 oz. On one end you’ll find a micro-USB input and on the other end is a 3.5mm stereo output. Although it doesn’t handle every audio format, and isn’t DSD-capable, the DacMagic XS delivers a lot of functionality and sonic goodness for under $200.… Read the full article

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Jacintha: Fire and Rain

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Jacintha:  Fire and Rain

Jacintha’s first album in ten years, Fire and Rain pays homage to James Taylor. As everyone familiar with the Singapore-based singer knows, she can really put over a song, especially in the torch, blues, and jazz veins. Her approach here is lighter and a bit laidback, which perfectly catches the sunlight that flickers through these lovely songs without slighting their melancholy, yearning, and even pain. “Sweet Baby James” opens with one of Jacintha’s peerless a capella deliveries; the way she eases into the chorus and the accompaniment steals in is one of the most exquisite moments of music making I’ve …… Read the full article

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Audience to Debut New Cables and Power Products at Capital Audiofest 2018

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Audience to Debut New Cables and Power Products at Capital Audiofest 2018

The following is a press release issued by Audience. October 25, 2018 – The frontRow interconnects, speaker cables and powerChords are Audience's new flagship line of cable and powerChords. They utilize the company's new Musical Optimized Reduction of Resistive Energy technology (MORRE) and other enhancements to deliver an extraordinary level of resolution, spatiality, image specificity, dynamic realism and musical accuracy. The forte V8 Power block brings acclaimed Audience powerline conditioning technology to a more affordable price point (SRP: $1,095). The V8 features eight audiophile-grade outlets and incorporates proprietary powerline conditioning technologies, RF power filtration, star grounding and more.… Read the full article

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The Stones Roll on Wax

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

The Stones Roll on Wax

Like the ever-shifting sands of time, the Rolling Stones continue to, well, roll on. In fact, the World’s Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band wrapped up their most recent No Filter tour in the U.K. in early July, and there are no signs of them gathering moss anytime soon. Naturally, a career that spans six decades and counting calls for a properly compartmentalized vinyl box set, hence the recent appearance of the Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971–2016 from Promotone B.V./Polydor/UMG, which encompasses the 15 studio albums the Stones released during that 45-year time span, each on 180-gram vinyl.… Read the full article

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Yamaha R-N803 Network Receiver

By | October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Yamaha R-N803 Network Receiver

I started this review by unplugging absolutely everything. My amp, my preamp, and my phonostage were shuffled off to a closet. All those shiny metal boxes and their pretty lights, hidden from view. In their place, a single black behemoth with a huge number of different toggles, switches, and dials, plus multiple different antennae jutting out the back. This single box replaced everything I was using before, all packed into less space than my preamp was taking up, and was capable of doing even more than I could have guessed at first sight.… Read the full article

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