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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

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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

Hi-Res Streaming Service Qobuz Launches Today in US

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Qobuz, the world’s first and only certified Hi-Res (24-bit/up to 192 kHz) streaming service, publicly launches today in the US. A hybrid streaming service and download store, Qobuz boasts approximately forty million CD-quality (16-bit) and millions of Hi-Res (24-bit/ 192 kHz) tracks, the largest available selection of Hi-Res streaming tracks anywhere.

More on the Qobuz streaming experience HERE
More on the Qobuz download store HERE

Since its launch in 2007 in Europe, where it is the streaming and download service of choice for true music connoisseurs looking for the highest possible quality, US audiophiles have been eagerly awaiting Qobuz’s arrival stateside.… Read the full article

Focal Launches New Wireless In-ear Headphones, Sphear Wireless

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

In 2015, Focal launched Sphear, a pair of in-ear headphones that became a market reference for their audio quality and comfort. Now, Focal is introducing Sphear Wireless, the in-ear headphones that massively increase freedom of movement and heighten stylistic emotions!

New York, NY – February 14, 2019 – Focal – a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products – is announcing their next generation in-ear headphone, Sphear Wireless, for those who are hungry for sound and freedom. Each Focal product has its own attributes, and Sphear Wireless is no exception, combining listening quality, comfort and freedom of movement.… Read the full article

Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ and Brooklyn Amplifier

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

I was recently introduced to Mytek, a company out of Brooklyn, NY that specializes in digital electronics. Not being known for being the go-to guy for digital I thought the opportunity to try something completely different was something I could not pass up. Suffice it to say right up front that I am glad that I didn’t pass. Mytek HIFI produces some impressive gear. This is a review of both units.

The very first thing that caught my attention was the diminutive size of both the preamp/DAC and the amplifier.… Read the full article

Timeline SE Turntable Speed Strobe

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

“I feel the need—the need for speed!” (Peter “Maverick” Mitchell, Top Gun). Speed control that is! Whether it’s jets or a turntable’s speed… it all matters. We’ve all heard the chipmunk like squeals of a 33 1/3 rpm LP mistakenly played at 45 rpm, or the unholy dirge of a 45 played at 33 1/3. Both of these examples provide clear evidence that your turntable’s motor speed plays a pivotal role in what you’re hearing when you spin a record.Read the full article

Cardas Audio Clear Beyond Power XL: 30 Years in the Making!

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Cardas Audio Clear Beyond Power XL

I know George Cardas through his charming daughter, Mary Cardas. Angela, his other daughter, skillfully grows the company while George continues to do what he loves best:  explore, invent, and improve the ways we audiophiles may more fully enjoy our grand hobby. Though I have never owned Cardas Audio, I have been paying very close attention to their developments. 

The Clear Beyond Series of cables is only a year old, and the XL Power Cord even newer. It includes the most complex construction I know, of backed by pages of patents by George that make all other cables look bizarrely simplistic in construction.… Read the full article

Qobuz Named Official Streaming Platform of CanJam: Feb 16-17 in NYC

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

New York, NY – February 2019 – Qobuz, the world’s first certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, has been named the official streaming platform of CanJam. Taking place on February 16-17 at the New York Marriott Marquis, right in the heart of Times Square, CanJam is the world’s premier headphone audio show. It will feature over 100 of the world’s most innovative headphone and personal/portable audio brands over 30,000 sq ft. of exhibition space, and press pass registration is here: https://canjamglobal.com/media/press/

Qobuz, which will launch in the US imminently, recently announced the open beta testing of its US service, giving music aficionados looking for a premium audiophile experience a preview of the service in anticipation of the public launch.… Read the full article