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By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

SCHAUMBURG, IL (February 19, 2019) – – AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) will celebrate its 10thanniversary April 12-14 at theRenaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, marking the biggest show to date with NEW and exciting features. The 2019 show will include an Ear Gear Halldedicated solely to Headphones,Mobile Appto help navigate the show, Guest Speakers, Live Musicnightly, major International Exhibitors, and 100’s of Product Debutsfrom top manufacturers. Now in its tenth year, AXPONA is the premier, high-end audio show in the United States, which caters to dealers, distributors and manufacturers, as well as music-loving consumers. … Read the full article

Underwood Hi Fi Purchases The Assets of Core Power Technologies, LLC

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

LAHAINA, HAWAII (01/15/19) – Walter Liederman, President and Owner of Underwood Hifi, Inc is pleased to announce the Asset Sale Purchase of Core Power Technologies, LLC of Broomfield Colorado.

Liederman comments – The EQUI=CORE, DEEP=CORE and GROUND=ZERO products have been designed and executed by some of the brightest minds in our industry. Manufactured solely in the USA, the CPT line will continue to expand over the next several years. There is a Product Plan in place that calls for several new offerings this year and next.… Read the full article

Sumiko Olympia Moving Magnet Cartridge

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This is the second of the new Sumiko Oyster series of cartridges. A few months ago I reviewed the Moonstone, the unit directly up the line form the Olympia (HERE).

Sumiko Olympia Moving Magnet Cartridge

I found the Moonstone to be an exceptional bargain at the $299 price point. My expectations of the Olympia were to follow suit.

So what are the main differences between the Olympia and the more expensive Moonstone. Well much of it is in the stylus. In the Oyster series, the entry is the Rainier at $149.… Read the full article

Auner Quartet: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, String Quartet No. 2 in a, Op. 13

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me as of fall 2016

J Marks System fall 2016

The essential sound of this system is determined first by the loudspeakers, prototypes called Esperanto Parolantos. That’s something of a pun, in that it means “Esperanto Speakers.” (Esperanto, from the audio company I started after leaving Stereophile magazine.)

Mike Zisserson designed the Esperanto Parolanto loudspeaker while taking into account my “Wish List” of desired characteristics and capabilities. In that list I tried to express both in technical terms and in musical terms what I believe a music lover’s relatively affordable two-way non-mini monitor loudspeaker should sound like.… Read the full article

Abyss Headphones has a new AB-1266!

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

We just can’t help ourselves. If there’s anything we can do to get closer to the music, we’ll do it. Introducing the new AB-1266 Phi TC (Total Consciousness). Newly designed 66 mm planar magnetic speaker drivers deliver the absolute highest resolution of any headphone ever made. Combined with the venerable AB-1266 headphone design, newly minted all aluminum frame and posh ear pads means you’ll never have to buy a concert ticket again!

The new speaker drivers step up clarity to a whole new level of crazy good sound.… Read the full article

Constellation Inspiration 1.0 Linestage and 1.0 Stereo Amplifier: The Definition of Value

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

The Constellation Audio Inspiration 1.0 Linestage and pair of 1.0 Stereo amplifiers, driving the GamuT Flagship Zodiac Loudspeakers.

From the Beginning

For a company that just recently celebrated only its 8th birthday, Constellation Audio has proven itself virtually unparalleled in both accomplishment and acceptance. My first take was at their 2010 CES introduction, where I caught up with designer Peter Madnick for the first time in some years. Peter’s track record is, staying with the cosmic theme here, stellar.

In the mid-1990s, his Audio Alchemy products redefined the budget market and promulgated the use of a multi-box digital playback system, the use of a separate transport, DAC, power supply, and re-clocking device, rather than the previous paradigm of the one-box optical disc player.… Read the full article

Telarc Firebird Vinyl Reissue

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Telarc Stereo TEL00005. 33.3 RPM, 180 gram vinyl. Retail $24.98. Robert Shaw conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for this recording of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite paired with Borodin’s Polovetsian Dances.

Igor Stravinsky

The Firebird:  Introduction

The Firebird:  The Firebird and Her Dance

The Firebird:  Round Dance of the Princesses

The Firebird:  Infernal Dance of King Kastchei

The Firebird:  Berceuse

The Firebird:  Finale

Aleksandr Borodin

Prince Igor: Overture

Prince Igor: Polovtsian Dances

Warning! You are about to read a negative review.… Read the full article

New distributor for Crystal Cable in USA and Canada

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Exciting news from Crystal Cable:  entering our 15th anniversary year, we proudly announce our new distributor Wynn Audio Corp. for North America. We start working together on February 15, and will announce dealer network, new anniversary products and more at Montreal Salon Audio in March and at Axpona in April. Crystal Cable’s Gabi Rijnveld will attend both events to introduce the limited addition Future Dream anniversary series cables. 

Looking forward to a successful long term cooperation!

Suzanne Bremen

Marketing & Promotional Design

Crystal Cable & Siltech

International Audio Holding


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Vervent Audio Group Creates Focal Naim America and Focal Naim Canada

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

New York, NY – February 14, 2019 -Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), the French brand leading acoustic and electronic innovation at the crossroads of luxury design and cutting-edge technology, is announcing its strengthened position in North America and acceleration of its international ambitions, with the acquisition of Audio Plus Services & Plurison. The two major distributors of high-end audio equipment in the US and Canada, extend the expertise and excellence of Vervent’s iconic brands, Focal and Naim.

Focal and Naim combine pleasure and innovation with their exceptional materials, avant-garde processes, and pure, sensational and emotional experiences.… Read the full article

McIntosh Announces RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Next generation home audio wireless speaker system delivers room filling sound

Binghamton, NY – February 14, 2019 McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for 70 years, is proud to announce the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System.

Delivering room filling sound, the RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is McIntosh’s next generation home audio wireless speaker. Designed for a modern streaming lifestyle, it comes packed with virtually everything needed to enjoy music streamed from handheld devices, stored online or a local computer, or played from legacy audio sources.… Read the full article