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The DENAFRIPS Pontus DAC

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I remember my first high-end digital player, a California Audio Labs DX-1. Looking forward to perfect sound forever, I tried to sell myself on the virtues of that CD player. Listening through my (then) Martin Logan Aerius speakers and Classe amp, I could never shake the feeling that the DX-1’s sonic signature was contributing to my musical anxiety, and I was never really happy with the sound. I was a newbie audiophile, and digital high end was in its infancy.

I also remember my first digital experience.… Read the full article

Q & A with Aaron Diehl

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Aaron Diehl’s 2013 CD The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, his début on Mack Avenue Records, fell like a thunderclap upon the jazz landscape, reaching No. 1 on the JazzWeek Jazz Chart.

Aaron Diehl

Something about the advance publicity must have caught my eye or ear, because I asked for a pre-release press copy of the CD. Upon playing it, I was so gobsmacked that I asked my friend and colleague Steve Martorella to come over to listen to it. Steve was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein’s, and his principal piano teacher was Murray Perahia, so I think that it is fair to say that Steve probably knows a little about piano playing.… Read the full article

Notes of an Amateur: Pärt, Beethoven, Henze, and Blue Violet Duo

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Arvo Pärt. Mullova – Järvi. Onyx 4201. Darf ich…, Fratres, Passacaglia, Tabula rosa, I Ludus, II Silentium, Spiegel im Speigel]

I have never been drawn to the extremely popular and to be fair much admired Estonian contemporary composer, Arvo Pärt. I have found his music an example of the dictum that less may be less. It has struck me as music that occupies, perhaps defines, the border territory between genuine spirituality and new age pseudo-spirituality. Can there be genuine spirituality without religious faith?… Read the full article

Arturo Delmoni Analog Master Tape to Direct Stream Digital (DSD256) Crowdfunding Project

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Arturo Delmoni Analog Master Tape

Photo credit: Geoff Zagarola of La Naranja eBay auctions.

I find it hard to believe that 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the recording session for Arturo Delmoni’s legendary 1988 Water Lily solo-violin recital.

Recorded at night in a monastery chapel, Delmoni’s compelling performances combine thrilling technique with thought-provoking musical insights. This minimalist-audiophile, two channels from two microphones, analog-tape and tubed-electronics production remains a reference for the recorded sound of a violin.

The violin in question was made by J.… Read the full article

Synergistic Research Galileo SX Cables – A Suspension of Disbelief

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

Synergistic Research Galileo SX Cables

Let’s keep it simple and direct. The new Synergistic Research Galileo SX cables are the finest cables that I have used in my system. Over the last two years, I have reviewed or personally auditioned flagship cables from many of the elite well established major brands and also from several new innovative upstarts. Not everything obviously, but except for maybe the Nordost Odin 2, which have a different if not unique combination of strengths and synergies, there is just no comparison.… Read the full article

Pro-Ject Releases White Album Turntable

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

With great honour and pleasure we announce that Pro-Ject has partnered again with The Universal Music Group and The Beatles to bring out another Beatles themed turntable. The White album was the most anticipated Beatles record of all. Released November 22nd,1968 it contained hits like “Dear Prudence”, “Back in the USSR” or “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Now it’s time to celebrate its 50th anniversary in style.

2Xperience The Beatles White Album is available worldwide as a limited edition of 500 pieces for 1.499€ MSRP.… Read the full article

SVS Launches Prime Wireless Speaker System. At Last, Convincing, Immersive Sound Goes Wireless.  

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

An active-passive two-channel speaker array sporting advanced connectivity via WiFi, Bluetooth, line level and more, marries up with a 200-watt (50 watts x 4) amplifier, powerful 192KHz/24-bit DAC and precisely tuned digital crossover, to bring audiophile sound quality to the wireless smart speaker category for the first time.

Youngstown, Ohio – October 3, 2018 – SVS, manufacturer of high-performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the SVS Prime Wireless Speaker System as part of the new Prime Wireless family of products from the American audio brand.… Read the full article

SVS Launches Prime Wireless SoundBase, Dual-Threat Wireless Audio Component.

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase brings immersive sound, high-resolution wireless audio streaming, powerful amplification, and future-facing connectivity and control to conventional speakers. Or, with its line level output, it converts any two-channel stereo system or AV receiver into a smart wireless audio zone fit for the most discerning audiophiles.

Youngstown, Ohio – October 3, 2018 – SVS, manufacturer of high-performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase as part of the new SVS Prime Wireless family of products from the American audio brand.Read the full article

Introducing ETHER 2, MrSpeakers’ All-New Flagship Planar Magnetic Headphone

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

At 290grams ETHER 2 Shatters the 300gram Weight Barrier, Making it the Lightest Top-of-the-Line Headphone

San Diego Ca, October 2, 2018 – MrSpeakers® is pleased to announce ETHER® 2, our new flagship planar magnetic open-back headphone. ETHER 2 is a completely new design, featuring a new motor engineered around our TrueFlowTM technology, an all-new driver with a 70% reduction in trace mass, and an all-new baffle design that brings headphone weight down to a scant 290grams (10.23oz), making it the lightest full-size high-end headphone on the market.… Read the full article

Nordost at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Product Demonstrations, Turntable Seminars, Special Offers, CANJAM, Live Performances, and More!

Denver CO, October 2018: Nordost is very excited to be taking part in the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year, October 5–7 at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. This year Nordost’s Humboldt Peak room is going to be showcasing a stellar system featuring components from CH Precision, DCS, and VPI, as well as YG Acoustic loudspeakers. The whole system will be wired using Nordost’s Supreme Reference range of Odin 2 cables, making it a world class set-up.Read the full article