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Boulder Amplifiers 2108 Phono Preamplifier

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

The 2108 is Boulder’s second generation of 2000-level phono preamplifier, following and improving upon the multiple award winning 2008 phono stage.

22 February, 2019: Louisville, Colorado – Boulder Amplifiers is pleased to announce the immediate release and shipment of the 2108 Phono Preamplifier. The 2108 is a part of the 2100 Series and is Boulder’s reference level phono preamplifier.

The 2100 Series is Boulder’s highest-performing product line in continuous production.

The 2108 features several substantial advancements in technology and performance over the previous generation 2000-level phono preamplifier.… Read the full article

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Cary Audio and Qobuz

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

Cary Audio is pleased to announce the addition of high resolution music streaming service Qobuz to our new DMS-550 and DMS-600 network audio streamers. Like all firmware upgrades to our DMS platform, the new Qobuz firmware is absolutely FREE and available now. 

Now with Qobuz, the DMS-550 and DMS-600 offer two ways to stream high resolution music. Qobuz offers up to 24 bit/192kHz FLAC while TIDAL offers up to 24 bit/384kHz via MQA. Both the DMS-550 and DMS-600 include full MQA Certification with the latest generation decoders, Roon Ready, AptX™ HD Bluetooth, Airplay, Qobuz, TIDAL, Spotify, vTuner, and so much more.… Read the full article

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In Memoriam:  The Passing of Mark Hollis

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

It’s a day of mourning for music lovers everywhere—Mark Hollis, the ingenious lead singer, songwriter, and musician of Talk Talk is dead!

People may only remember Talk Talk from their hits, “It’s My Life” and “Life’s What You Make It,” but Talk Talk’s last two albums, Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock are absolute musical masterpieces, and something far beyond the norm.

This is my own personal emotional homage, done within hours of hearing about his passing, and sent to the great beyond—thoughts that I hope reach Mark.… Read the full article

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Musical Artisans will host their annual Winter Open House Event on Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

On Saturday, March 9th, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM, Musical Artisans will host their annual Winter Open House Event. This event celebrates the return CH Precision and introduction of Rockport Technologies to Chicago.

Special guest Ralph Sorrentino from CH Precision will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate of the unique capabilities of the award winning CH-P1 phono preamplifier.

A full CH Precision system including the new M1.1 amplifier will be showcased in the main listening room with Rockport Cygnus loudspeakers, DeBaer Saphir turntable with Onyx tonearm, and Argento Audio cabling. … Read the full article

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Brief Impressions, Short and Sweet:  The STAX SRM-T8000, SR-009 (second coming), and SR-009S

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 09/11/2018.

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

The return of the Wave Kinetics NVS Direct-Drive Reference Turntable! Now updated with a new Durand tonearm, outfitted with a ZYX UNIverse Optimum reference MC cartridge, and the heavy-duty EAT Massive (2 lb.) LP record weight.Read the full article

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Luxman LX-380 Integrated – A Second Take

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Tonian Labs TL-D1 Loudspeakers with custom cabinet with real wood Bamboo finish.

ELECTRONICS

Margules U280SC Class A tube amplifier (new Version), Marantz PM-15S1G Reference Series Integrated amplifier (“Signature Edition” upgraded by The Upgrade Company), Antique Sound Labs MG-SPM25DT SE mono block tube amplifiers modified by Response Audio, Monarchy Audio SM-70 Class-A amplifier.

SOURCES

Marantz SA-15S2 Reference Series SACD/CD player (“Signature Edition” upgraded by The Upgrade Company), Kuzma Stabi S turntable, Stogi arm, Audioquest 4004i cartridge modified by van den Hul, Sony BDP-S350 Blue Ray Player, Onkyo Model T4 Servo Locked Stereo tuner.… Read the full article

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Acoustic Revive RTP-4EU Absolute AC Power Strip

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

A power strip is simply a “splitter” of the power supply—it goes in with a single cable, and it goes out via several outputs/sockets. Acoustic Revive in Europe offers one model, featuring four sockets. We would like to present you the latest version called the Absolute.

This is the first part of a two-part test. Later we will present also the Absolute power cable and an entire Absolute system with the power strip, power cable and two filters.

“To filter or not to filter?” I was stopped with this question for much longer then it would take to chose one of these two answers.… Read the full article

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Paradox Pulse Audio Phono 70 Signature Phono Stage

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I came upon Paradox Pulse quite by accident while pursuing eBay looking at some used amplifiers. What first caught my attention, and the reason for my contacting them, was the rebodied and retipped Denon 103 R cartridges they were offering. Officially known as a the Paradox Pulse Guard3 R SMR. That will be the subject of a subsequent article to follow.

After lengthy discussion with Terence Robinson, owner, founder and chief engineer, I discovered that the rebodied and tweaked cartridges were only the tip of the iceberg of what Terrance and his company were about.… Read the full article

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WHAT’S NEW AT AXPONA 2019: EAR GEAR EXPO, MOBILE APP, GUEST APPEARANCES AND MAJOR PRODUCT DEBUTS 

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

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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

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