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Anticables Level 3 Reference Series Power Cord

By | December 7th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


As audiophiles, who knew there would be so much consternation about something relatively simple as electricity, easily defined as the flow electrons through a conductor? Especially how it effects high end electronics.

My interest is definitely not in the theory behind the wire, but in the consternation, the never ending discussions whether the transport or conduit for those electrons is important to your stereo system. 

I’ll stake my claim. I hear a difference with better (different) cabling, whether interconnects, phono cables or power cords. 

So, how did the top AntiCable Power Cords affect my system?… Read the full article

Seong-Jin Cho plays Debussy

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


I am a big admirer of Seong-Jin Cho’s piano playing and Debussy’s spectacularly beautiful piano music. As recorded by DGG, this new recording of both may be a perfect musical match.

Cho is the recent laureate of the International Chopin Piano Competition [2015]. I followed his progress with great interest on the MediciTV live webcasts. His runner up, Canadian Charles Richard-Hamelin gave him great competition, but ultimately, Cho won over the jury with his exquisite touch and innate musicality. When you reach that far in the world’s best piano competition, it’s assumed you have the technical chops.… Read the full article

Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet

By | December 4th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


I recently paid $50 for a 180g vinyl reissue of Schubert’s effervescent Trout Quintet. The joys of vinyl are all there in the great performance by Sir Clifford Curzon and members of the Vienna Octet on Decca. It’s the only work on the album. That’s where the CD shines—up to 80 minutes. Well, that, and capturing much needed new performances of old masterpieces. On this new DGG album, we get the best of CD logistics, plus the crackerjack promise by stars of the DGG house Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin and Daniil Trifonov, piano. 

The Trout Quintet is the given name to Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, composed in 1819, but published only after his death in 1829.… Read the full article

Audiophilia’s Products of the Year 2017

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


Our writers are lucky to intersect with the gear we do. Even luckier to have the kit in our homes and review it for you. There are numerous requests for reviews that we just do not have the manpower to cover. Imagine the thousands of pieces we miss?

With that in mind, please take into account our ‘winners’ and rate accordingly. The equipment chosen is for a small list we admire unreservedly. We hope you get a chance to listen to the kit in your system.… Read the full article

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Audiophilia’s Recordings of the Year 2017

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


As chosen by Audiophilia’s Publisher,  Anthony Kershaw

Images link to Audiophilia review for your information. 

Available at most online sites. Reviews have to be published in Audiophilia during 2017 and the recording released internationally in 2017. Media and label noted under the image.

Vinyl (Winter & Winter)

Vinyl (Winter & Winter)

CD (Resonus)

CD (Resonus)

CD and Vinyl (Sony)

CD and Vinyl (Sony)

Streaming (CSO ReSound)

Streaming (CSO ReSound)

Vinyl (Kimber)

Vinyl (Kimber)

5 CD set (Esoteric)

5 CD set (Esoteric)

CD (Reference Recordings)

CD (Reference Recordings)

!3 CD set (Scribendum)

!3 CD set (Scribendum)

CD (Sony)

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Ginko Audio ARCH Acoustic Resolution Clarifier

By | November 22nd, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


I’ve involved myself again in another non-glamorous, but important area that may contribute significantly to the sound quality of your system. Could yet another tweak supporting my equipment, another type of footer, if you will, really make a sonic difference? We used to think that cables were just wires that connected equipment. There may be some still on the fence, but many audiophiles consider cables an important component. I think they make a significant contribution to the quality of the sound and cable companies have proliferated like weeds.… Read the full article

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THE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

By | November 17th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


I’m often asked what’s my favorite LP. I always respond with it’s too difficult to choose. Yet, to myself, Bill Evans’ Waltz for Debby sometimes shoots to the front of my cerebral cortex or Dorati’s LSO Firebird on Mercury. Muddy Waters Folk Singer on MoFi, too. Reiner/Chicago has to have a couple of LSCs in there, right? But, you know, there is one, no matter the year, the month, the day, the mood, which always places itself first among equals, pushed to the front of my line by its brilliance and unquantifiable musical kismet.… Read the full article

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Mytek Brooklyn DAC +

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


Digital Analog Converters (DAC) in recent years are achieving better and better sound quality, with some getting smaller and lighter that, yes, can still be considered of audiophile/high-end quality both in sound and construction–and at a lower cost than one might think. Some of these newer smaller DACs have a variety of integrated features from among volume control, a preamp for analog input, headphone amp, phono stage–and even amps and streaming, in some cases. This trend is yet another example in high-end audio, where the meaning of ‘integrated’ has been expanded to describe any audio unit that incorporates several functions for your audio system.… Read the full article

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1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


Headphones, headphones, everywhere. Damn, there are a lot of headphones around. Not forgetting earphones, earbuds, in-ear speakers, in-ear monitors etc. What to buy?

Well, how about going from three dynamic drivers per ear to four. Four’s better, right?

Last year I reviewed 1More’s Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones. I was surprised at what this inexpensive, beautifully-made in-ear headphone could do, especially in the musical drama department. 1More has doubled the price of its new Quads to $199, but it’s not an obnoxious increase simply because the Triples were so underpriced for what they delivered. However, $199 is now in a territory where some of the big boys begin to play.… Read the full article

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Naim Audio Uniti Atom All-In-One System

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Audiophillia|


Naim Audio is one of the high end companies we have begun to take for granted. Founded back in 1973 in beautiful Salisbury, Wiltshire by the late, aristocratic Julian Vereker MBE, Naim Audio has become synonymous with the very finest in modular and single components and loudspeakers. A true legacy company of our avocation. British audio royalty. 

With the company’s success, the vibe has become a little more corporate, a long way from the beginning where Vereker would shout from the rooftops the benefits of beautiful, if austere, design and the unending benefits of power supplies (the more, the merrier).… Read the full article

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