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Streaming the Classics/The Firebird—Stravinsky

By | November 21st, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening.

These choices are for streaming only. Is the best in streaming also the best vinyl recording and performance? That’s for another article.

A few criteria:

  1. Recording must be on Qobuz and/or Tidal HiFi.

  2. It does not have to be HiRes or MQA.

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Streaming the Classics 7/Mahler 9 Symphonies Box Sets

By | November 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening.

These choices are for streaming only. Is the best in streaming also the best vinyl recording and performance? That’s for another article.

A few criteria:

  1. Recording must be on both Qobuz and Tidal HiFi.

  2. It does not have to be HiRes or MQA.

Read the full article

Focal Powered by Naim: Scottsdale, AZ Grand Opening

By | November 13th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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On October 30th I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of North America’s first ‘Focal powered by Naim’ showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona. This specialty showroom features the two keystone brands of Vervent Audio Group, in partnership with LMC Home Entertainment which runs the space as part of its larger location featuring other brands such as Wilson Audio, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, and many more. The property is one of the larger audio dealerships I have had the pleasure of visiting in person, with two dedicated Focal/Naim listening rooms alone, plus a larger foyer displaying another system and a headphone demo station.… Read the full article

Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones: 5th Anniversary New Wireless Model

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

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Five years ago, at the New York Audio Show, I came across a new Manhattan-based headphone Company, Master & Dynamic, debuting their first headphones. The MH40, at $399; was an over-the ear closed model. I was impressed, and planned on trying to get a review sample at some point soon after.

Coincidently, the next day I went back to the show with my then 3-year old daughter and started by having lunch in the hotel restaurant. At the table next to me, I recognized the two very nice ladies who had been working the show table for Master & Dynamic and they recognized me.… Read the full article

van den Hul Colibri Master Signature Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

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

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van den Hul is a Dutch company, created in 1980 by renown A.J. (Aalt Jouk) van den Hul (VDH) that designs and manufactures high-end moving coil phono cartridges, audio cables and other audio electronics. (Bowers & Wilkins, for example, among others, are known to use van den Hul internal wiring in their speakers.)

On an early Autumn phone call from Mat Weisfeld, President of VPI Industries, I was informed that VPI had become the sole USA distributor for their phono cartridges and I was offered a chance to review van den Hul’s newest top-of-the-line moving coil cartridge: the Colibri Master Signature, entirely hand made and tuned by A.J.—now in his 80s—and with a retail price of $11,995.… Read the full article

A quick listen to the Allnic Audio L-1500 Line Preamplifier (sponsored post)

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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I recently got a call from David Beetles of Hammertone Audio, Allnic Audio’s distributor, about an end of line run of one of Allnic Audio’s products—the venerable and highly respected L-1500 Preamplifier. The preamplifier has been a mainstay of Allnic’s product line for 13 years.

But, this final run of the preamplifier has a few important upgrades not found on its predecessors. They include several upgrades trickled down from the magnificent (and my present reference preamplifier) the L-7000 (USD$16,500). Read my review here.… Read the full article

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Streaming the Classics 10/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening.

These choices are for streaming only. Is the best in streaming also the best vinyl recording and performance? That’s for another article.

A few criteria:

  1. Recording must be on Qobuz and/or Tidal HiFi.

  2. It does not have to be HiRes or MQA.

Read the full article

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Martin Vatter—Homeland

By | October 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Martin Vatter is a German pianist/composer playing and writing in the New Age genre. New Age music is often described as optimistic, life affirming and relaxing. Not Muzak. And definitely not Muzak in the case of this gifted German artist.

Musically, the twelve tracks of his latest recording, Homeland, include titles such as ‘Exciting’, ‘Soulful Moments’, ‘Forgotten Love’ and ‘Your Tears Will Dry’. The titles could be considered of one focus. But don’t let that bias put you off listening to this lovely, musical album.… Read the full article

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Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones: The new GO and PLUS models

By | October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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About one year ago, New York City based Master & Dynamic debuted the terrific and classy MW07 True Wireless Earphones at $299.

On October 17th, 2019, Master & Dynamic introduced two new versions of the MW07 to replace the original, and I report upon these here: the MW07 True Wireless Go ($199) and the MW07 True Wireless PLUS ($299) pictured above. I am grateful to Jonathan Levine (CEO of Master & Dynamic) and his team for alerting me of this new development and sending me review samples.… Read the full article

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Streaming the Classics 6/Bruckner 9 Symphonies Box Sets

By | October 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening.

These choices are for streaming only. Is the best in streaming also the best vinyl recording and performance? That’s for another article.

A few criteria:

  1. Recording must be on Qobuz and/or Tidal HiFi.

  2. It does not have to be HiRes or MQA.

Read the full article

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