Great things can often spring from adversity. So it is with Antipodes new X-Series Modular Solutions. When a key supplier failed, Antipodes was forced to withdraw and replace its DS, DS GT, EDGE and CORE models. Antipodes decided that the replacements would, as with the flagship Antipodes DX, be completely designed and manufactured in-house and be “no-compromise” models specified at the same level as the DX. This gave rise to the new Antipodes X-Series Modular Solutions, comprising the EX, CX, P1 and P2.… Read the full article
exaSound is proud to announce the PlayPoint DM next-generation music server and DAC. Combining a reference-grade 32-bit digital-to-analog converter, balanced dual-mono headphone amplifier and Roon-enabled music server in one elegant component, the PlayPoint DM brings simplicity and sonic perfection to your music room.
With refinements like dual-mono fully balanced design, two 32-bit DXD/DSD256 DACs with four autonomous I/V stages, and exaSound’s unique four-way galvanic isolation, PlayPoint DM will uncover every detail in your high-resolution music files, allowing you to hear the music just as it was recorded.… Read the full article
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German loudspeaker manufacturer Audio Physic has a long and storied history of innovation. From the employment of side-mounted woofers and narrow baffles featured throughout its loudspeaker lines, to coaxial, string-suspended midrange / tweeter drivers utilized in the legacy Kronos and Caldera II models, and even to the promotion of radical nearfield-based placement recommendations, Audio Physic has continually pushed the design envelope. High-end audio designers can find inspiration in the unlikeliest of places, and in the case of Manfred Diestertich, chief designer for Audio Physic, inspiration came from his customers and dealer network.… Read the full article
All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.
Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair) with custom outboard Tianle Heil AMT Supertweeters, Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.
Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods, Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker (for music out by the pool!).… Read the full article
This will be the first of another sporadically updated series I hope to do, maybe annually or maybe more often, about helping people set up their first real stereo system. I’ll help them through the process of deciding what they hope to accomplish (hopefully wanting to listen to their favorite music at home and have it sound better), understanding what they should be able to achieve towards that end, and understanding what it will take to piece a system together that fits within their budget.… Read the full article
I think of Shunyata Research as an investigative research center for signal and power transmission. And I suspect its principal scientist, Caelin Gabriel, has a lot of fun digging into how electricity works, down to the quantum level. After all, Gabriel spent his early career with the NSA, designing military systems to acquire extremely low-level signals obscured by noise—spy stuff. In private industry he did investigative research on 100MB/s and 1GB/s Ethernet devices. It’s cool when hard scientists turn their talents to audiophile gear, especially when they are successful.… Read the full article
I told a knowledgeable audio friend that I was writing about Q Acoustics speakers, and he didn’t know the brand, so he looked it up. He saw online that the 3050 floorstanders I was to review cost $700. “This is bargain-basement stuff,” he said. “Why is Positive Feedback getting you to review them?”
Why do we still do this to ourselves?
I did it too. When the PR person who was sending me the Naim Uniti Atom (review coming soon), suggested I also consider the Q Acoustics 3050, I was wary because I didn’t know the brand sure, but mostly, I was wary because they cost “just” $700.… Read the full article
Two gents walk into a bar… So the joke generally begins. Unlike a joke, however musing, what comes next is nothing short of a blockbuster HiFi story worth telling and then some. The two gents in question, Howard Sosna, and Joe Kubala, went on to form what is otherwise known as Kubala-Sosna (or “KS” for short), a bespoke, high-tech HiFi cable company. Now I first met Joe Kubala sometime in 2005 or thereabouts, at one of those LAOC audio society meetings and immediately felt something a bit more different, more refined, more pragmatic about Kubala-Sosna.… Read the full article
Focal Adds the Emblematic Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo Loudspeakers to its Utopia III Evo Line Debuting at 2018 High-End Trade Fair in Munich, Focal’s legacy Hi-Fi loudspeaker is redefined
Munich – May 10, 2018 – Focal, a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products, today launches the most emblematic high-fidelity loudspeakers of all its Collections: Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo, at the 2018 HighEnd Trade Fair in Munich. Redefining the Utopia III Evo unveiled in 2017, the newest models embody Focal’s constant investment in research and development for true audio innovation. Built on a legacy of delivering the ultimate in acoustics, the Utopia III Evo line has always been unfailingly extraordinary.… Read the full article