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Qobuz Lowers Pricing, Other Streaming Services Respond

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

New York, NY. On November 8, at the very small New York Audio Show, Paris-based music streaming service Qobuz announced that it has streamlined its subscription plans, lowered prices, and discontinued MP3 streaming. At a press event, Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA, said that Qobuz now offers “Studio Premier” subscriptions for $14.99/month or $149.99 for a full year. Studio Premier grants subscribers unlimited access to Qobuz’s catalog of more than 50 million CD-quality tracks and millions of hi-rez tracks up to 24/192.… Read the full article

On Genre

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind . . . the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds.“—Duke Ellington

Before I became Stereophile‘s editor—when I still had time for such things—I would occasionally pack up a camera and some lenses, get in my truck, and drive, usually south, in pursuit of good images and sounds. I’d spend a couple of weeks on the road, stopping to take pictures whenever I came across a picturesque town or valley or an abandoned drive-in theater.… Read the full article

The MBL X-treme Roadshow Visits Sarasota, Florida

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Thank you for thinking of me but my schedule is rather overfilled until November’s 2020 Election.

Dealer Visits are gap fillers for me now-a-days. Plus, my rule is to make a purchase of some sort so they don’t think of me as time waster, especially if they have something wonderful ( something “Must-Have” ).

I suspect that this Dealer will be hoping to sell a couple of Big Mbl Systems so it’ll probably be better to visit this place when YOU fly in and don’t want to go directly to the Beach for a Crown Royal drenched Sunset at Fins.… Read the full article

A Spectral Event at Innovative Audio in NYC

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

On Thursday, November 14, from 5–9pm, the Innovative Audio Video Showrooms at 150 E. 58th St, NYC, will host Richard Fryer, the Founder and President of Spectral Audio, to celebrate their more than 40 years of producing state-of-the-art music components with the East Coast debut of the DMA-300SV Reference Standard Stereo Amplifier. We will be playing the complete Spectral SV system, including the DMC-30SV Reference Preamplifier and SDR-4000SV Reference CD Processor.

Visit the Innovative Audio website for more information. RSVP (required) by email or by calling 212-634-4444.… Read the full article

A Hi-Fi Event at Soundings in Denver, Colorado

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Thursday, November 14, 6–9pm: Join Denver, Colorado’s Soundings Fine Audio Video for an evening of Hi-fi awesomeness as they host friends and representatives from Boulder Amplifiers, Rockport Technologies, and Nordost Cables. Come hear the latest Boulder news (including information about the new 866 integrated amplifier) from Rich Maes. Talk cables and Qkore technology with Mike Marko of Nordost. Come out and meet Josh Clark, the new owner of Rockport Technologies. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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Timbre Technology TT-1 D/A processor

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

As the sides of the slim-line Timbre Technology TT-1 DAC are radiused rather than flat, it’s elegant compared to its typical boxy competition. While the TT-1’s handsome shape stands out more than your average audiophile device, its curved sides help create a stronger, less resonant shape than the usual box, and serve as just one of the many elements contributing to a high degree of mechanical integrity and damping.

There are no fasteners showing except those on the bottom and backplate, and the hefty unit feels solid as a rock.… Read the full article

PS Audio Digital Link II D/A processor

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Looking at the Digital Link II’s build quality and circuitry, it’s hard to believe that it can sell for $499 at retail. The Digital Link II shares the same appearance as PS Audio’s SuperLink and UltraLink processors, but has a 4″-shorter chassis. The ¼”-thick front panel uses PS Audio’s familiar touch-sensitive switches that turn the unit on and select between coaxial and optical inputs. LEDs above these switches indicate when the unit is locked to the digital source. A third LED illuminates when power is applied.… Read the full article

Just In from CAF (Part II): VK Audio Room with Sparkler Audio CD Player, EleKit Amplification, AER Speakers, Mogami Cables

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Some products I review touch my heart and affect how I see all other products that I review afterwards. VK Audio’s made-in-Japan $1785 EleKit TU-8600R 300B single-ended tube amp kit was one of those. This amp uses Swedish-made Lundahl transformers (and super-premium parts) to deliver near-state-of-the-art performance at a price anyone with a soldering iron could afford. Because it made such a good pairing, this amp had a huge impact on my review of the $650/pair Klipsch RP-600M loudspeakers. Because it made such a good pairing, I called up John DeVore (DeVore Fidelity) and said, “Hey man, what’s the matter with you?… Read the full article

Just In from CAF (Part II): VK Audio Room with Sparkler Audio CD Player, EkeKit Amplification, AER Speakers, Mogami Cables

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Some products I review touch my heart and affect how I see all other products that I review afterwards. VK Audio’s made-in-Japan $1785 EleKit TU-8600R 300B single-ended tube amp kit was one of those. This amp uses Swedish-made Lundahl transformers (and super-premium parts) to deliver near-state-of-the-art performance at a price anyone with a soldering iron could afford. Because it made such a good pairing, this amp had a huge impact on my review of the $650/pair Klipsch RP-600M loudspeakers. Because it made such a good pairing, I called up John DeVore (DeVore Fidelity) and said, “Hey man, what’s the matter with you?… Read the full article

Just In from CAF (Part I): Audio Note UK DAC and Cabling, Acapella Audio Arts Music Server, Integrated Amplifier, Loudspeakers, and Cabling, HRS Equipment Rack

By | November 7th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Veteran Palo Alto, California distributor Audio Federation presented a system that included large horn-loaded speakers and Audio Note UK gear, two of my favorite things.

Staged by Cornelia and Michael Davis, the beautiful-looking Audio Federation assemblage consisted of the Acapella Audio One music server ($6875), Audio Note UK DAC Five Signature ($98,355), Acapella LaMusika integrated amplifier ($110,000), new 93″ tall, 450lb Acapella Audio Arts Campanile 2 loudspeakers ($66,500/pair) with an updated spherical horn midrange (95dB at 8 ohms), and Acapella and Audio Note UK cabling.… Read the full article