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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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An Interview With Allen Perkins Of Spiral Groove Turntables

By | March 29th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

Spiral Groove Turntable

Allen Perkins knows a great many things about turntable design. The man has been in the hifi biz for numerous years and the record players from his Spiral Groove brand can fetch prices up to $35k.

He recently sat down with our sister site’s The Occasional Podcast to discuss the finer points of what to look for in a quality turntable, and reminisce about the career path he forged though the hobby. You can check out all the granular bits from the sit down in the link below.… Read the full article

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ZMF Headphones Drops A New Series of LE Woods

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

ZMF Headphones Verite Ziricote

It’s clear that Zach of ZMF Headphones has a love for both artisanal craftsmanship and fine woods. He has a penchant for some of the earth’s original building material which is usually offered as an alternative choice around each model’s initial lunch. However, the latest crop of limited edition options arrive this week as a full refresh to the entire family of personal audio offerings he currently sells.

The flagship beryllium-coated diaphragm Verite we reviewed is refinished with a darker wood called Ziricote.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Teases Out A New Momentum Pre “HD”

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

D'Agostino Momentum Pre HD Amplifier

It wasn’t too long ago that we were all in a flurry about the new high end Relentless Monoblocks from famed amplifier designer Dan D’Agostino. Now stepping back into the Momentum line, a pre is on the way with a new “HD” designation.

Current owners of the Momentum Pre are allowed to upgrade, the new fancy thing does offer a main power transformer that is 33% larger than the current model along with better isolation – full breakdown after jump. It would also be hard not to mention the absolute beauty of the casework along all Dan’s work.… Read the full article

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