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Core Power Tech under new ownership – Underwood HiFi purchases assets

By | February 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Due to health challenges, owner of Core Power Tech, Mark Schifter, has decided to sell to Underwood. Best wishes to Mark as he deals with this and congrats to Walter at Underwood, a company I’ve dealt with for my own purchases more than once.  From the official announcement:

Underwood Hi Fi Purchases The Assets of Core Power Technologies, LLCpastedGraphic.pngpastedGraphic_1.pngLAHAINA, 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.

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Crutchfield offer remote listening test option

By | February 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

I was intrigued by the latest catalog I received from Crutchfield outlining a remote listening feature now available on site. As they explain, they’ve spent a few years developing a test facility that enables them to present sound samples of speakers tailored to the headphones you may have or might get from them as part of a listening kit. The idea being you pick a few speakers, select the headphone model, chose a music track (from metal to mellow) and then switch away to your hearts content as you listen.

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McIntosh slimming down and looking good.

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Ok, not that slimmed down once you see the details (24″ wide!) but there’s no denying the new RS200 wears the leaner look well.  I’ve never quite warmed to McIntosh products. They always seemed too blue, too blingy and too concerned with the brand over the sound, even if I’ve admired their longevity, loyal following and apparent bullet-proof ability to be serviced and used for decades. Now that I say it, how did I not appreciate them more? Oh well, this still smacks of marketing the ‘lifestyle’ but as an all in one, (yep, there’s speakers built in there) it sure beats Bose.… Read the full article

Auris new headphone amp invokes the muse

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Puffy PR piece but interesting looking design. New company (to me, they’ve received some reviews her), tubes, decent specs and a look that seems set domestic use.  This is not listed as of today on their website but it’s coming. Priced at 1499, as of today in Europe but I only see two outlets in the US for them on their site so not sure what the price here will be.   See more of their designs here

Auris Audio presents you Euterpe, a new high end headphone amplifier.

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NYT Article explaining loudness war and music recording

By | February 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Interesting op-ed from the Times today, dealing with a topic near and dear to the h(ear)ts of audiophiles. I like how it provides examples but the lack of real comparability (either by using the same tune or explaining what to listen for) meant that well-intentioned readers I shared it with seemed to find it less than clear. Oh well, full marks for effort.  Lively comments too.

Read piece here

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Jerome Sabbagh update

By | January 26th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

It’s been a wait for those of us who backed the new Jerome Sabbagh/Greg Tuohey vinyl but I have few doubts the results will prove worthwhile. Latest mailing to backers indicate the albums are finally ready and will be shipped next week.

It’s been a couple of years since the last vinyl release which I’ve continued to enjoy so much and the coupling of Jerome’s playing with a top-notch guitarist in Greg just raises the anticipation. More when I get a chance.

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LP counterfeiting plant discovered

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

I suppose the money involved in special LP releases of old stuff has obviously attracted the criminal element (and no, I’m not talking about endless repackaging of Jimi’s recordings). Just read that special intelligence work in the UK led police to a pressing plant in Wales that specialized in niche recordings of Northern Soul. These were sold via Ebay and Amazon and netted enough money obviously for one of those charged to have over $150,000 in his PayPal account alone (might that have been a sign?).

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New Music Matters series 2019 plus a Tone Poet series on the way

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

So, in case you had not heard (where was I that I missed the earlier notice?), Music Matters is embarking on a fresh set of classic jazz releases on vinyl. As a subscriber to the last two series I figured I’d just be on whatever list was mailed this info but if so, the mail went awol. More likely no such list exists. Regardless, these are marketed as the ‘definitive Blue Note reissues’ on new Silent Running Xperience (SRX) vinyl, apparently a new formulation that runs quieter than previous slabs.… Read the full article

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Vinyl sales slightly up in UK 2018?

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiomatters|

Latest numbers out suggest vinyl sales continued to rise, albeit slightly, in the UK last year. Not sure how to interpret this as the totals are still pretty small but with CDs sliding further, it seems the LP format will continue for a while longer, despite predictions of death going back decades.

Not entirely surprised or excited by what is selling however…Rumours? Dark Side of the Moon? Still, Arctic Monkeys and Ezra make a bit of a change from the usual suspects over here.

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German Physiks refresh their site and product line

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Audiomatters|

Always loved the German Physiks room at RMAF over the years. The company has redone their site with much better images of their original designs, plus they announce the introduction (and re-introduction) of amps and cables too. Find out more here

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