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Technics SL-1500C & SL-G700 – AXPONA 2019

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

Technics revealed a flurry of new products at Axpona 2019, building upon the linage of the well-received SP10 Series of Direct Drive Turntables. On display in the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center listening room in Chicago attendees could find new SP10R and SL1000R harnessing direct drive technology as well as a new “Grand Class Networking Super Audio CD Player with MQA” to help pick up the slack on the digital side of things.

Bill Voss, Business Development Manager of Technics along with Glenn Poor’s Audio Video of Champaign, IL hosted a great sounding space with all Technics electronics and the very revealing Harbeth speakers.… Read the full article

ZMF Debuts New Woods for Every ZMF Dynamic Headphone – AXPONA 2019

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

SE Edition of the ZMF Headphone

As a former student of the ancient Greek theater and film industry, ZMF headphones model names take me back to my younger-youth as an honorary Athenian. Flashing forward to present day, outward consciousness, and after giving many of the ZMF headphones a solid listen at AXPONA 2019, I can say that they all live up to their Hellenic names.

There is plenty of new happenings at ZMF Headphones to be excited about, so let’s get to it. The still-new Verite and Aeolus models still mop-up much of the attention at the ZMF booth with showgoers, but of particular interest to me are the new limited edition wood options now available for all of the Dynamic series of headphones.… Read the full article

The Stiletto 15 Emerges – Vinnie Rossi Launches A Loudspeaker! – AXPONA 2019

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Vinnie Rossi Stiletto 15

Absolutely shocking! Vinnie Rossi debuts a new open-baffle speaker that does so well to find the absolute truth in the music, that each recording we demonstrated with carried along with it the recording engineer’s unique personality. Vinnie’s new Stiletto 15 loudspeaker gets out of the way, imparting nothing of itself in coloration. It delivers stunning levels of detail from top to bottom. For a first foray into loudspeakers, Vinnie certainly has come in like a seasoned professional.

When it came to speaker design, I know Vinnie Rossi had to take the abilities of his own electronic components into concern.… Read the full article

SVS Prime Pinnacle Speaker – AXPONA 2019

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

The team at SVS always hosts a friendly room. The company attends the audiophile circuit on a fairly regular basis, bringing a good slice of products to the game that land in middle ground between the high-end and entry level budget.

After talking with Nick Brown, VP Marketing and Sales of SVS, about the company and the latest lineup of products I can say I was completely blown away on the depth of his knowledge.

It’s clear that Nick represents a company that is dedicated to the customer.… Read the full article

Schiit Audio Unveils New Aegir Amplifier, Sol Turntable – AXPONA 2019

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

A stack of Schiit components.

More Schiit from the Axpona 2019 audio show was to be expected, as the two-channel segment of the audiophile market is learning, and learning fast. Schiit Audio debuts with Salk Sound a pair of Class-A stereo amplifiers configured for this system as monoblocks. Also on display was a prototype model of Schiit Audio’s forthcoming turntable.

Starting with the new Aegir, which is available now on Schiit’s website for $799 USD, and ships within 3-5 days depending on stock levels. The new Aegir is a 20 wpc @ 8-ohms (40 wpc @ 4-ohms) stereo amplifier, and in monoblock configuration a stout 80 wpc @ 8-ohms.… Read the full article

Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2 – AXPONA 2019

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2

Schiit Audio has really made their presence know in both the personal audio space and the two channel realm in recent years. This cycle’s AXPONA show in Chicago has the California-based company showing off more than one new product that seeks to bridge the gap between the two audio-loving markets.

Let’s start with the new Schiit Audio Ragnarok 2. The nifty thing about the NEXUS™ topology, which is new for Schiit Audio. The NEXUS technology is a discrete, current-feedback differential stage that works like this, you can input single-ended or balanced in, and get single-ended or balanced back out.… Read the full article

T+A Elektroakustik, Roon Labs, Stillpoints – AXPONA 2019

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

T+A Elektroakustik

Speaking with David Shultz about the system, I come to realize that even though I’ve been with T+A Elektroakustik’s much larger system next door, the smaller one in here offers much of the same high-quality digital playback features and ultimate sound quality.

For example, of the static display Series 8 products the DAC 8 DSD High End D/A Converter retails for $4,450 USD and does PCM 32/384, DSD 212 decoding and has an all discrete topology from decoding to headphone output.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019 Coverage Starts Now!

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: |

Most of the Audio-Head crew got into the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center the night before the big AXPONA audio show was to begin. The hallways were unusually quiet, as if almost silently preparing for the massive foot traffic that was to befall them in just a short 24 hours.

This year’s collection of listening room tops 190+ with many more brands than that being represented. Headphone gear had its own dedicated space this year, with the market place taking up residence right next door in the adjoining expo hall.… Read the full article

Review: Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

By | April 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless

In a hobby where favored technology doesn’t usually advance as fast as the bleeding edge, there are still a few areas that crawl forward into the future along with the rest of the changing pixels, shrinking silicone, and general collective of plastics and metal. One of those areas is wireless tech, especially on the headphone front.

While Apple certainly blazed the trail with their EarPods (now in generation 2) others companies have made due with the bigger real-estate afforded by dongles, neckbands and all other matter of creative fixes.… Read the full article

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Audioengine Intros New Wireless Products

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

Audioengine A2+ Wireless

One of computer audio’s most audiophile-friendly brands has always been Audioengine. Their unmistakable grill-free look has been an icon of desktop playback for years. The US-based company has historically dabbled in the wireless world, incorporating tech from Bluetooth to 24-bit wireless DACs.

The first item up for consideration is the revamped A2+ Wireless ($269) which is a bluetooth-enabled version of their classic two unit computer speaker. The new wireless option includes the wider stereo field, of course and the hifi trappings of a full integrated system for under $300.… Read the full article

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