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CANJAM NYC 2018

By | February 19th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Just as last year, CANJAM NYC took place again this year Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, and at the same venue in the theatre district of Manhattan, NYC: The New York Marriott Marquis, at West 46th Street and Broadway. I arrived on a clear, sunny, lively Saturday 17th (but oddly, by 6PM it was cold and there was a snowstorm!); the streets were bustling with tourists and locals. To the right of the venue was showing the famous play ‘Hamilton’ at the Richard Rogers Theatre.… Read the full article

Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Back in 2012 I reviewed the Fritz Carbon 7 two-way stand mounted speakers. Prior to that, I hadn’t had much experience with small speakers in general and none in my system. During the review period, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of these relatively small speakers. As I recall, the sound was surprisingly large and clear, with good bass performance for their size.

I was recently contacted by owner/designer John ‘Fritz’ Heiler with news that he had a new top of the line speaker, the Carrera 7 BE.… Read the full article

Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Back in 2012 I reviewed the Fritz Carbon 7 two-way stand mounted speakers. Prior to that, I hadn’t had much experience with small speakers in general and none in my system. During the review period, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound quality of these relatively small speakers. As I recall, the sound was surprisingly large and clear, with good bass performance for their size.

I was recently contacted by owner/designer John ‘Fritz’ Heiler with news that he had a new top of the line speaker, the Carrera 7 BE.… Read the full article

World of McIntosh Loudspeaker Unveiling—New York City

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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The invitation said: McIntosh Group is very proud to introduce you to the newest products from McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. and Sonus faber, featuring two speakers with aesthetic and electroacoustic excellence. We cordially invite you to an exclusive presentation and listening of the new McIntosh XRT2.1K Loudspeaker and the new Sonus faber Aida Speakers.

Living in a musical backwater like Victoria, BC does have amazing lifestyle benefits, but if I’m invited to a cool audio event in a musical capital like New York City, I’m in.… Read the full article

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Shelter Model 501 III MC Phono Cartridge

By | January 25th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Shelter has been hand making moving coil phono cartridges in Japan since 1986. It ships two series of cartridges, the ‘Ultimate Line’ and the ‘Legendary Line’. The 501 III moving coil cartridge is mid price point in the Legendary Line, at $1295. The original 501 was produced in 1990. The Mk. III under consideration has the combination of an aluminum clad boron cantilever and an elliptical diamond stylus. 

I first heard of Shelter when my Audiophilia colleague Martin Appel purchased a 9000 moving coil (top of the Legendary Line) a few years ago.… Read the full article

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Phasemation PP-300 MC Phono Pickup Cartridge

By | January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Japan’s Phasemation began life in 1970 as Kyodo Denshi System. The company name was changed to Phase Tech in 2002, morphing into Phasemation in late 2010. Much like Britain’s SME and other precision analogue companies, Kyodo made its real money in more lucrative tech. In this case, developing measuring devices for the IT industry. It just so happens the company CEO is an audiophile. 

I became aware of the company a decade ago after brief listens to sundry Phase Tech cartridges.… Read the full article

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Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

By | January 18th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Not many American high-end start-ups have made such a splash as Audeze. Founded a mere ten years ago, the decade has cemented Audeze’s place among the very best, brightest and innovative of headphone manufacturers.

Audeze arrived on the scene at just the right time—at the genesis of mass market smartphones, mobile music, streaming, and headphones/earphones in general. Musical kismet. 

The LCD-3 is the natural development from Audeze’s original headphone, the legendary LCD-1.  The back story from Audeze’s About page reads as follows: Audeze’s origins go back to 2008 when founders Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson met engineer Pete Uka who developed specialized flexible circuit materials for NASA.Read the full article

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Audiophilia reports on the VPI: I’m NOT Going to CES, NJ Party!

By | January 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Displeasure at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been building over the years by those involved in high-end audio. High-end’s presence has dwindled to about 1 floor, while at the same time the show has been expanded to include everything ‘consumer’ from gaming to self-driving cars and robots. When one peruses the ‘About’ section on the 2018 CES website, there is not one mention of high-end audio (e.g. speakers, amplifiers, turntables, DACs, etc.).

The cost for a manufacturer to display its wares has skyrocketed—same for hotel rooms, among other things.… Read the full article

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Questyle Audio CMA400i DAC with Headphone AMP

By | January 12th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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I admire small high-end audio boxes that do big things. Audiophilia’s Karl Sigman recently published a superb review of Mytek’s seemingly unbelievable Brooklyn DAC +. Lots of audiophile needs covered in audio glory for about $2500. According to our analytics, it’s been read many thousands of times worldwide in only a couple of months. Seems like we’re not the only audiophiles that like good things in small packages. 

Questyle Audio, the Chinese manufacturer and designers of exceptional DAPs, solicited its engineering team to design similar small parameters but for a one-box DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp solution.… Read the full article

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Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet (Speakers Corner 180g vinyl reissue)

By | January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|

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I wrote a review of a new Trout Quintet CD recording a couple of weeks ago. In my research for that disappointing release, I searched Audiophilia for my review of a Decca LP reissue of the Trout. I thought I reviewed it last year. Nothing there, which leads me to this very pleasant task—reviewing a classic performance and reissue recording of one of Schubert’s most endearing works. 

Schubert usually wrote chamber music with specific musical friends in mind, which may be the reason for the quintet’s odd instrumentation; piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass.… Read the full article

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