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The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters, Sonner Audio, Roger’s High Fidelity, Dr. Feickert, and Straightwire – CAF 2019

By | November 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters, Sonner Audio, Roger’s High Fidelity, Dr. Feickert, and Straightwire from CAF 2019.

Sonner Audio and Roger’s High Fidelity are not strangers to my show reporting. During my time at Part-Time Audiophile and Audio-Head I’ve covered both extensively and with general excitement. So much so with Sonner Audio, that I found myself unpacking two large boxes at the end of the summer, with Sonner’s entry level Legato Unum bookshelf speakers and accompanying speaker stands

On active display at Capital Audiofest 2019, Sonner Audio’s Allegro Unum ($9,990 pr USD) bookshelf speakers, which from what I can say, are pretty much the same enclosures as the Legato Unum ($5,300 pr USD) bookshelf speakers, but with upgraded drivers and a more refined crossover.… Read the full article

Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, QLN, Innuos, SGR, GigaWatt and Triode Wire Labs – CAF 2019

By | November 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Well Pleased AV, Vinnie Rossi, QLN, Innuos, SGR, GigaWatt and Triode Wire Labs at CAF 2019.

Few exhibits have created such a buzz in the audio show circus like the most recent one with Well Pleased AV. The star components of the exhibit: Vinnie Rossi’s L2 ‘Signature Edition’ Integrated Amplifier ($18,995 USD) and QLN Prestige Three SE Loudspeakers ($12,000 pr USD), and Innuos Statement Music Server (1TB SSD – $13,750 USD). Not to be overshadowed or outdone, as everything matters in the system, SGR’s Model 5 Symphony Statement Equipment Rack ($3,200 per shelf), GigaWatt’s PC-4 EVO+ Power Conditioner with LC-3HC ($10K), and a full loom of Triode Wire Labs cables.… Read the full article

Spatial Audio debuts M3 Sapphire, alongside Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, Innuos, and Anticables – CAF 2019

By | November 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Spatial Audio debuts M3 Sapphire, alongside Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, Innuos, and Anticables - CAF 2019.

I always have an agenda. It’s true. I follow the rules set by Alec Baldwin — ABC: Always Be Closing. I don’t think I’m rare for this, but rare in that I’m open about my want to convince people, test my ideas, and get people thinking or second guessing themselves.

One of our new writers — Dave McNair — at Part-Time Audiophile was shadowing me for a few hours at Capital Audiofest, but had prior professed his lack of excitement for or belief in open-baffle loudspeakers.… Read the full article

Daedalus Audio, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, VPI, Soundsmith, & WyWires – CAF 2019

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Daedalus Audio, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, VPI, Soundsmith, & WyWires - CAF 2019

Capital Audiofest 2019 was different than all others that came before it for many reasons. For one, it was a much larger show due to spill over from exhibitors who eschewed RMAF 2019, in lieu for the more affordable CAF 2019.

Another reason would be an addition to my personal entourage of not one, but two new writers who would be shadowing me for a portion of the show, while I simultaneously record my show coverage.

Dave McNair and Nan Pincus will be joining our writing staff for Part-Time Audiophile, and may from time to time, make guest appearances here at Audio-Head.… Read the full article

Meze Audio Adds the RAI SOLO To Their IEM Lineup

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

Meze Rai Solo IEM

In the eternal battle for mindshare in the universal fit earphone market, Meze Audio out of Romania has recently upped their game with a second set of IEMs for the more budget-friendly market called the RAI SOLO.

I have been consistently wowed by the company’s over-ear models, so there is plenty of potential to get riled up about a new $249 IEM from the R&D department of MEZE. The original high-end RAI Penta entered the market at $1,099 in US dollars, equipped with a triple bore design, hybrid BA/dynamic drivers and CNC’d aluminum chassis.… Read the full article

Qobuz moves to “Studio Premier” 1-tier pricing – Yes to Hi Res and No to MP3

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

Qobuz high resolution music streaming service updated pricing. How much does Qobuz cost?

The big news coming out of the NY Audio show wasn’t a new shiny loudspeaker, but rather a somewhat radical move by the high fidelity music streaming service Qobuz. Now reduced to only a single option, the monthly fee for high resolution streaming is down to $15 – undercutting their largest rival Tidal by nearly 25%.

The company will retain its Sublime+ option as well, a plan that includes discounts for downloads from the Qobuz storefront along with the full streaming capabilities of the Studio Premier tier.… Read the full article

MrSpeakers Changes Name To Dan Clark Audio, Releases Two New Headphones

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

MrSpeakers is now Dan Clark Audio

Dan Clark of MrSpeakers did originally make speakers, but recent years has seen more successes in the personal audio space than traditional two channel. A PR release dropped this week notifying all the in realm that a rebranding was taking place for the company based out of San Diego, also to coincide with the launch of two new options for a new generation of Aeon headphones.

Aeon 2 by Dan Clark Audio

The new facelift is aptly called Dan Clark Audio and headphone will come in both open and closed back designs.… Read the full article

Endow Audio: “From The Outer Limits”, along with VAC, and Hegel – CAF 2019

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Endow Audio along with VAC, and Hegel - CAF 2019 - Capital Audiofest 2019

Endow Audio is gathering much attention for their unique sound that mimics the live sound experience, but also for their unique Point-Array driver loading design. The space-faring meteor looking thing in the middle, with nine visible drivers is that point array.

The carbon composite 3-D printed Point-Array technology is the heart of the Endow Audio FS301 loudspeaker. The array positions driver to emulate a true point source. Using nine 3-inch drivers, in three array-positions: center (front facing) position, middle (inward facing) position, and outer (side facing) position.… Read the full article

Acora Acoustics: “The New Kid Chipped Off The Old Block”, along with Esoteric, TW Acoustic, Audio Research, Cardas – CAF 2019

By | November 5th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Acora Acoustics with Esoteric, TW Acoustic, Audio Research, Cardas from CAS 2019. Capital Audiofest 2019

Earlier in the year — at both THE SHOW and RMAF — I’ve come across many audiophile writers and found a consensus among those who have been duly impressed with the Acora Acoustics and their sound.

Acora Acoustics as a company has only been showing for what seems like a single year, but the loudspeaker design experience of founder Valerio Cora goes back twenty-plus years. Acora builds their loudspeakers out of granite, which is an extremely hard material and even harder to machine and finish.… Read the full article

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An Interview With The High Resolution Music Streaming Service Qobuz

By | October 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Qobuz interview with David Solomon, Dan Mackta and wireless headphone evaluations. High resolution music streaming.

It hasn’t been that long since the high res streaming service Qobuz hit the United States’ shore. Having established themselves as a lossless provider of music abroad, the company’s appeal to audiophiles looking for additional digital opportunities was undeniable. US representatives David Solomon and Dan Mackta sit down with The Occasional Podcast this week to discuss all things Q’buz (no-one calls it that). The two make for an interesting listen along with a bonus guide to “wireless listening for audiophiles”. A few of the popular hifi-oriented wireless products are evaluated as well.… Read the full article

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