In what is sure to be a long list of “must see TV” stops here at this year’s AXPONA 2019, I want to call out the new PS Audio AN-3 loudspeakers. These speakers have been in the works for many years, which means they’re really not an afterthought, lark, or one-off. PS Audio’s Paul McGowan is deadly serious. And at the target $12-15k/pair price point, his new AN3 loudspeaker prototypes are too.… Read the full article
The best Bluetooth speaker in the world? That could easily be the Devialet Phantom. And yet such a feature-limiting title sells the Phantom short. Configured with the Dialog router as a stereo pair, this Alien Egg of a streaming-service-equipped loudspeaker would take on – and take down – many similarly priced traditional hi-fi rigs. It’s the epitomé of Future-Fi. Anyone telling you otherwise is probably overly-invested in audiophile snobbery.
Devialet’s all-new Phantom Reactor (announced today) is a digitally active and streaming-capable Alien Egg but reduced in size and price to better suit smaller listening spaces and budgets.… Read the full article
Bryston is a name that has kept high fidelity tongues wagging for decades. The Canadian company is well known for their powerful, authoritative amplification, and for their incredible 20-year warranty on their products. But lately Bryston is becoming known for another avenue in music reproduction: active speaker amplification.
For those uninitiated in the dark arts of active amplification, and strange acronyms like DSP (Digital Signal Processing) which companies like Sonos, Devialet, and KEF are championing, I’ll attempt to enlighten you somewhat.… Read the full article
A veteran of hifi hardware manufacturing writes: “Audiophiles don’t want to admit that properly applied DSP is as impressive as it is; especially now that really good processing chips from Analog Devices are inexpensive. They don’t want to admit that amps directly coupled to the drivers eliminate or at least mitigate a lot of what we perceive as big differences in amps…and they don’t want to admit that 24/192 A/D conversion is as good as it is. And they have problems with EQ even if done at the frequency extremes where you have the most problems..”
Doing things the way we have always done helps us feel safe n’ secure in a fast-moving world.… Read the full article
A complete hifi system for three hundred bucks? We could build our own – loudspeakers, amplifier, DAC and Bluetooth streamer, interconnects and loudspeaker cable – or we could let Vanatoo and their Transparent Zero (T0) active loudspeaker system take care of the whole shebang. Unbox and go.
Not only do we lose the kabelsalat but active loudspeakers have one key advantage over their passive brethren: one amplifier per driver, each specifically tailored to its input impedance plot, and therefore optimised for the best possible sound quality.… Read the full article