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In Case You Missed It: The May Issue Is Here

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I consider having Cloth, Bubble-Gum Colored appliance speakers on the FRONT Cover of an Audiophile Magazine a Disgrace !


I already had my heart felt discussion with JA and decided to Stand-Down from pursuing any further complaining, bitching & Ranting about these dam things.

So… I’d like to hug and make-up

And, NOW :

I get on my knees to BEG Stereophile to have our Poetic Amplifier Specialist Reviewer give the NEW Schiit $800 Class A Amplifier some of his well regarded scrutinies.… Read the full article

Emotiva Audio Airmotiv T2 loudspeaker

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Visit any consumer audio show these days and you’ll see rooms full of systems costing from six to seven figures. Manufacturers like to put their best foot forward, and demoing systems with loudspeakers designed to sell for $50,000/pair and up (often up) seems an obvious way to go.

It’s also common for an audio company to launch its flagship models first, and only later release more affordable products, for a wider range of buyers. The hope is that the promotional shine of the dream products will be reflected onto the budget models.… Read the full article

dCS Rossini Transport SACD/CD transport

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

The good-sounding products that pass through a reviewer’s system fall into three categories: those he liked but felt little sense of loss about when they were sent back to the manufacturer or distributor; those he loved and could afford to purchase; and those he loved but that were financially out of reach. The Rossini Player from British company dCS, which I reviewed along with the Rossini Clock in our December 2016 issue, was an example of this last category: the Player costs $28,499, the Clock $7499.… Read the full article

ListenUp's Music Matters in Denver Wednesday & Thursday

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Wednesday April 24 and Thursday, April 25, starting at 5pm, Denver high-end audio retailer ListenUp (685 South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80209, (303) 778-0780) is presenting its Music Matters 2019. Titled “Mastering the Art of Sound,” the event will celebrate what’s next in sound and the keynote speaker will be Stereophile‘s erstwhile Editor and now Technical Editor John Atkinson.

Company representatives from Bowers & Wilkins, Sonus Faber, McIntosh, NAD, Bluesound, Mark Levinson, Revel, AudioQuest, VPI, Roon, Qobuz, Technics, Cambridge, GoldenEar, Moon, Focal, Audeze, and Chord will be there to demo their latest products and show attendees how to recreate the art of live music at home with turntables, headphones, speakers, amps, receivers, vinyl and more for all budgets.… Read the full article

McIntosh Laboratory MC462 power amplifier

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

It hit me not long ago: I need more Mac in my life! I promptly purchased the current production version of McIntosh Laboratory’s time-honored MC275 tubed amplifier, to mate to the Mac C2300 tubed preamplifier I already owned. The recently reinvigorated debate in these pages comparing solid-state and single-ended tube designs got me to thinking. One thing led to another, and voilà! McIntosh’s latest solid-state stereo amplifier, the MC462 Quad Balanced ($9000), arrived, bolted to a shipping pallet and encased in two big, heavy, nested boxes.… Read the full article

KEF LSX wireless loudspeaker system

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I keep getting older. By the time you read this, I will be genuinely old. When I was genuinely young, I bellyached, “Wires are the worst part of hi-fi—there’s gotta be a way to get rid of them.” I first made that statement when audio electronics and loudspeakers both still nestled inconspicuously in proper bookcases. Back then, people sitting on the sofa weren’t forced to stare at diverse audio boxes and ungainly wires.

I marveled when audiophile speakers departed the bookcase and ventured into the walkabout space of the room.… Read the full article

Who Watches the Watchers?

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

I’ve worked in the HighEnd Audio Industry and the Automotive Industry.

People, by and large, strongly prefer the non-intrusive character of MP3 ( Car audio ) type Music Playback Systems to our ( my ) HighEnd Audio Systems . The difference in popularity is probably 99.98% vs .02% annnnnnndddd I can prove it! ( but all of us already know it fully well )

There certainly are people that like Big Sound from time to time ( swimming pool parties ) but it’s an exception.… Read the full article

Recording of May 2019: Never the Same

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Francesco Diodati Yellow Squeeds: Never the Same
Francesco Diodati, electric & acoustic guitar, gongs; Francesco Lento, trumpet; Glauco Benedetti, tuba, valve trombone, flute; Enrico Zanisi, piano, Fender Rhodes, synths; Enrico Morello, drums, gongs
Auand AU9080 (CD). 2019. Francesco Diodati, Marco Valente, prods.; Stefano Del Vecchio, Roberto Lioli, engs. DDD. TT: 44:24
Performance ****½
Sonics ****

Guitarist Francesco Diodati is one of the freshest voices to enter jazz in the new millennium. If this news comes as a surprise, you probably live in the US.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019: It's a Wrap

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

AXPONA 2019 was a good show—I’m tempted to say an important show. It’s just an intuition, but I sense renewed vitality.

I wasn’t able to visit as many rooms as I wanted to—too many meetings! Those meetings, though, had their own rewards—indeed, they were the highlight of the show for me. What a privilege to meet so many talented and enthusiastic people who share my passion for hi-fi. I met Sandy Gross of GoldenEar, who, years ago at Polk Audio, designed my first serious pair of speakers, Polk’s Model 7Bs, bought when I was 16.… Read the full article

High-Tech for Luddites: The CAD 1543 Mk II DAC, CAD CAT Transport, Trilogy Audio Systems 925 Integrated Amplifier, and Verity Amadi Loudspeakers

By | April 17th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Both the name of the company and the look of their products belie what I found to be the company’s spirit. “CAD”—short, in this case, for Computer Audio Design, but more commonly denoting computer-aided design, evokes highly technical, inhuman stuff. The main CAD products on active display in this room at AXPONA—the CAD Audio Transport, the 1543 Mk II DAC, and various “Ground Control” boxes—are squared off and minimalist in design, resembling space objects from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The components’ green logos evoked, for me, nothing so much as the eyes of aliens come to abduct us.… Read the full article