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CAF 2018: McGary Audio, Salk Signature Sound, Exogal, AntiCables; mouthwatering sound

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McGary Audio shows us what thirty watts can do, Salk Signature Sound gives us the BeAT, Exogal supplies the tunes, and AntiCables once again binds together one of the best sounding systems of the show.


“Blindsided”, is a word I used in my show report notes. I know the Salk Signature Sound… sound, but to me the SONG 3 BeAT loudspeaker is something extra special. The new SONG 3 BeAT features a single Satori beryllium tweeter (Be) mounted atop an Audio Technology (AT) 4″ mid-range, while down below a 7.5″ woofer handles bass down to 33Hz.… Read the full article

American Psycho 4K

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The controversial 2000 film American Psycho from co-screenwriter/director Mary Harron (Alias Grace) was based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Set in the fast-paced 1980s, it follows the privileged, handsome, and narcissistic Wall Street executive Patrick Bateman (Oscar winner Christian Bale) who is all about greed and self-aggrandizement. By day he builds on the fortune and material things he has already accumulated, but at night the eviler demons inside him slip out to experiment with a dizzying array of sex and violence.

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Let’s Get Physical

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Even though streaming long ago supplanted playing discs as my go-to method for listening to music, physical media is still relevant.
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The True Spirit of Giving: Sonarworks Offers 40% Black Friday Discount on True-Fi, to also Include NEW Mobile App ‘Early Access’

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With over 250 headphone models supported, Award-Winning True-Fi software is poised to be the ultimate gift for music lovers this holiday season

Riga, Latvia — Innovative European audio software developer Sonarworks announced that it will offer a spectacular 40% Black Friday discount off of its groundbreaking True-Fi headphone calibration software. For four days only, between November 23 and November 26 on Shopify, music lovers will be able to access the full desktop version of True-Fi, and also gain ‘early access’ to the company’s forthcoming mobile application at no additional charge on November 29th.Read the full article

Pro-Ject releases the Phono Box ultra 500

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It is a great honor and pleasure for us to present our new Anniversary-Edition, the Phono Box ultra 500.

The “500“ in the name as well as the general availability, worldwide limited to 500 pieces, celebrate the 500,000th Phono Box that Pro-Ject shipped in early 2018. We took this milestone as an occasion to create a one-of-a-kind phono preamp:

Phono Box ultra 500 is like no other phono preamplifier in its segment. The polished chrome surface outshines every competitor in this price segment and offers undeniable aesthetics.… Read the full article

IMC Audio, Pass Labs and Audience – CAF 2018

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IMC Audio

I often harass showgoers for their opinions. It was Saturday afternoon, nearing the close of the show and I petitioned two elderly gentlemen to offer up some of their favourite rooms from the show. Outwardly one of the two men proclaimed he had only one, the IMC Audio room. I offered a few of my own, hoping he hadn’t been to them yet. He told me, “I’ve been to those rooms, and they just don’t hold up to the IMC room.” Intrigued and a little ego-hurt, I listened further as he told me why the rooms I liked were garbage, and why the IMC room was better at holding the torch for all of the audiophile virtues we seek.Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Purist Audio, Classic Audio Loudspeakers, and Atma-Sphere

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I caught up to Purist Audio Design‘s Jim Aud at RMAF, where the music flowed like water and the dynamics made the angels weep. This was a great room. Of course, this was also a Classic Audio Loudspeaker room, so this was a gloriously familiar sound. And yes, those were Novacron amps — new ones, this time — from Atma-Sphere driving them, and a Kuzma turntable spinning vinyl.

Mr. Aud was showing off a brand new cable — the Diamond Revision 30th Anniversary USB.… Read the full article

Dolby Targets Binge Watchers with its First Product

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

You know Dolby Labs as a long-time provider (licensor) of technologies that enhance home audio and home theater experiences, including most recently Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos surround sound. In the ‘60s and ‘70s it was Dolby noise reduction and, of course, Dolby technology extends to movie theaters and pro audio. But did you know Dolby also makes home entertainment products?
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Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

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Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker

At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last fall, the oh-so-French manufacturer Focal introduced its new three-way, four-driver Kanta N°2 loudspeaker with considerable…éclat. At an early morning press conference, after a few Gallic-inflected words of introduction and a slick aspirational video, a trio of impeccably dressed company reps grasped the black shrouds covering, as I remember it, six Kantas in several of the eight available finishes. On a well-rehearsed signal, the speakers were revealed with a flourish not unlike the presentation of your boeuf bourguignon at an elite French restaurant.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018: Gryphon Audio and Tweak Studio

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I closed my eyes.  A strange but familiar world of percussion and bass beats opened up in my imagination across a vast soundstage.  I forgot about my exhaustion from a full day of walking the halls and taking hundreds of photos.  I reconnected with Yello in a way that even my system back home was not yet capable of.  “La Habanera…La Habanera…”  The walking bass line Yello is famous for was vivid.  There was a wonderful flow to the music.  Note decays trailed off into infinity.  … Read the full article