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Audio Solutions by Design debut Party—Toronto, ON

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Situated next door to Toronto’s foremost high end store, American Sound of Canada, is the new boutique Audio Solutions by Design. The boutique is the brainchild of Angie Lisi, owner of both stores and purveyor of the best in high-end audio gear.

Each year, Lisi has a late Spring party to celebrate and thank her customers and friends. I’m lucky to count as both. And each year, no matter where I’m living in the world, Angie invites me. Sure, twist my arm.… Read the full article

Usher Audio S-520 Loudspeaker

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Recently, I was in the market for a pair of new mini-monitor loudspeakers. A power amplifier malfunction damaged my last pair—both woofers of my KEF Cresta 1 mini speakers. The speakers were used primarily for my office system, powered by a vintage Harman Kardon 990Vxi receiver.

I came across a loudspeaker, the Usher S-520 mini-monitor. I’d heard of the Usher brand and listened to one of their top floor-standing loudspeakers at a show but was no too familiar. I was not aware of the S-520.… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 2—The L2 Phonostage Module)

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

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It would be instructive before reading my thoughts about the L2 phono stage module to read the full line stage review of the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier.

Skinny audio seems to be all the rage these days. Fewer boxes, smaller boxes, fewer cables and a much lighter lifestyle footprint. While this trend can look the part and put a few more dollars in your pocket, the sound trade offs can be quite powerful. It’s why flying cars never took off, pardon the pun.… Read the full article

Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 1—The Line Stage)

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Oh my, what do we have here? A full featured preamplifier from Holden, Massachusetts’ Vinnie Rossi, replete with live easy modules for digital and vinyl. And it’s not only a standard tube preamp, but one of the few starring the grail of sonic tubes, the 300B. Gold plated and a matched pair, no less. 

As a good friend in the industry continues to say to me, ’there’s always room for a full featured preamp’. Full featured, yes, but the L2 Signature is far more than that.… Read the full article

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Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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I’d like to thank Hummingbird Media and Katie Kailus in particular for getting me a set of PXC 550s so quickly. This enabled me to do a shootout of sorts with Master & Dynamic’s new MW65 wireless set and to use the Sennheisers in the ultimate torture test, flying on Air Canada’s Q400 from Victoria to Vancouver sitting between two howling Pratt and Whitney turboprops. They’d give a headache a headache. The puddle jump was the opening flight before the much quieter Airbus A350-900 took us to Munich for High End 2019.… Read the full article

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My new Reference—The Bergmann Audio Magne Turntable

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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2019 has been a banner year for both Audiophilia and the improvement of my reference system. Audiophilia has added two fine writers and experienced significant growth in worldwide readership and advertising sponsors. I feel we have accomplished this through timely updates and excellence and honesty in audio reportage. There are no shortcuts at the magazine. And through the generosity and kindness of some audio legacy stakeholders we have known and highly respected for a long time, a couple of us here at the magazine have received a few long-term loan components to enhance our daily listening experience.… Read the full article

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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5 & 6/Wiener Philharmoniker Conducted by Herbert von Karajan/Esoteric reissue

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

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Symphony’s 4, 5, and 6, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in Russia between 1877 and 1893, are not only the composer’s crowning achievements, but have been orchestral war horses for the last hundred years.  Almost every major conductor has recorded these works at least once. In the case of esteemed Berlin Philharmonic conductor Herbert Von Karajan, he recorded the set at least three times (possibly more with the inclusion of his mono catalogue), with many more individual recordings along the way.… Read the full article

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Master & Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

By | May 7th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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If you are an erstwhile reader of Audiophilia, you’ll know we have given highly positive reviews of several headphones from New York based Master & Dynamic. Although not yet adopted by some of the ‘cool kids’ as they have Beats, Master & Dynamic has shunned the bass booming, teenage friendly designs favoured by some and produced gorgeous headphones and earbuds with very refined sound and exquisite fit and finish. And like Beats, the audio educated of the cool kids can buy them at the Apple Store.… Read the full article

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High End Society—Munich. May 9-12, 2019

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Audiophilia will be there to bring you all the action and fun in real time with our live blog and also on Instagram. Please bookmark both addresses and check back often to experience the famous show as if you were there—May 9 through 12. Remember, GMT +2 (if you check in at 10 a.m. in New York, it’s already 3 p.m. in Munich. Checking in early from Los Angeles? It’s dinner time in Munich).

The show, like many others worldwide, has become very popular and will be full on Thursday, press/trade day.… Read the full article

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Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge

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

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Two years ago I reviewed the Grado Labs Statement v2 Cartridge ($3500), at that time the highest priced Grado cartridge—the top of their Statement Series. Reviewed using my VPI Industries Prime Turntable, I was so impressed, it has remained as my reference since—it further pulled me into vinyl. After that review, I concluded that besides speakers (which are in general large and heavy), phono cartridges (always tiny and light) are examples of a component that can significantly change the sound quality of an audio system in a way that is immediately noticeable. 

The $6,000 Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge debuted this year.… Read the full article

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