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Sonos Architectural by Sonance push into custom install

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

At CEDIA 2018, Sonos made a push for the custom install market. They announced the re-designed Sonos AMP. as well as a partnership with Sonance to deliver in-wall speakers building.

This week we are seeing the fruit of the Sonos / Sonance partnership as they announce the availability of the Sonos Architectural speakers. Not surprisingly, these new speakers have been optimized for the Sonos AMP.

The Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker lineup will be made up of the following models:

  • Sonos In-Wall by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
  • Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
  • Sonos Outdoor by Sonance ($799/pair USD)

The Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available for pre-order starting now on Sonos.com.… Read the full article

NAD D 3045 Review

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

NAD D 3045 Review

NAD has a history of producing some of the worlds most well regarded amplifiers. Most famously their 3020 integrated, which upended the industry by offering a do-all component that provided more muscle and audiophile finesse per dollar (or pound). Over a twenty year span, the NAD 3020 became the most successful amplifier in history. Lessons learned, NAD has done little to steer away from the formula of success, and done well over the years to build on that recipe. More recent to the trophy mantel, the NAD 316BEE V2 which I reviewed over at our sister publication Part-Time Audiophile.… Read the full article

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Burson Fun & Bang Review

By | December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Tonality Fun8.7Tonality Bang8.6Build Quality9Functionality9Matchability8.6 8.8Score$299 – $599BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Fun & Play sent to us are samples units in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity. Burson are not site advertisers on Headfonics You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. Earlier […]

The post Burson Fun & Bang Review appeared first on Headfonics.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Relentless Monoblock Amp | First Listen

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Dan D’Agostino’s new reference Relentless Monoblock amplifier (website) weighs in at a record 570 pounds, can dance beautifully at 1 watt and will party all the way 6000 watts into 2 ohms when driven by a 220v electrical circuit. Although it takes 4 strong dudes to drop it in place, once warmed up and you’re past the dent in the checking account, I don’t think you’ll ever want to move it once you power it up. Two years in the making, Dan D’Agostino describes the development as a “relentless pursuit to make it work”, and such where the name comes from.… Read the full article

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McIntosh Announces A 70th Anniversary LE Commemorative System

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

McIntosh 70th Anniversary

Just in time for the holidays, McIntosh is releasing a 70th anniversary collectors edition of the MC2152 amplifier and C70 Pre. 70 years is a long time to keep on truckin’ in this business, and fans of the brand will no doubt be excited. All units offer special badging and unique external design. Matching pairs can be purchased as a system with collaborative serial numbers and include a commemorative book of Mcintosh history.

70 pairs of the commemorative system will be produced, and McIntosh is donating $1k to a charity for each system sold.… Read the full article

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Review: Schiit Vidar

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Schiit Vidar

Schiit Audio Vidar Power Amplifier Review

Schiit Audio pretty much always pushed the idea of separates fairly hard into their product lines. While smaller, budget aspirations like the $99 Fulla headphone amp/dac have always been around, much more online buzz (and most likely sales) have revolved around the buzz-worthy Schiit-stack of $99 separates, standalone ladder dacs and tube-based gear the Southern California company manufactures.

So it only made sense that designer Jason Stoddard would eventually end up back within the thralls of the loudspeaker world after a stint with amplifier company Sumo some years ago.… Read the full article

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Review: Burson Fun – overwhelming the senses

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

In this article we look a the Burson Fun from Burson Audio.

Disclaimer: Burson directly sent Play, Bang, and Fun for the purposes of this review. I paid nothing for any single unit, and the upgraded op-amps came along with them. Fun is a powerful dual-mono Class-A amp that will blow your socks off for 299$ USD. You can find out all about it here: Burson Fun Headphone amp / pre-amp.

Burson’s staples: cost-effective mid to high end amps, active cables, their beautiful Timekeeper power amp series, DIY-inspired component sets, and of course their peck of discrete and proprietary high-end op-amp sets, some of which Headfonia have had the good fortune to test, are well known.… Read the full article

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Peachtree Audio Nova300 Review | The Millennial Audiophile

By | November 24th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


Another amplifier is aiming right at the balls of the established order of high-end consumer electronics. Out of the gate that last statement might seem a little crass, but by the end of this I hope to (at least partly) justify it. Peachtree Audio (website) has been looking to exploit the high-end audio market’s major weaknesses for over a decade. Many of the long heralded brands we have come to know and love have been slow to adapt to the changing marketplace, either out of fear of losing their diehard fan base, or just for lack of understanding how the markets are changing.… Read the full article

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Burson Bang Basic – Stereo Speaker Amplifier – Review

By | November 17th, 2018|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , |

If you read some of my early stories on how I got into this hobby, you may already know that Burson was an important brick in the foundation of my journey. 

My first headphone amplifier was Corda Cantate 2. When I listened to the Burson HA-160DS, I was kind really impressed, especially since the 160DS also had a better DAC than the very rudimentary one found in Cantate 2. 

At that moment I had a pair of Sennheiser HD650 and in the combination they sounded quite nice.… Read the full article

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Auris Audio Fortissimo Integrated Amplifier Review

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Auris Audio (website) is a somewhat new addition to the rich high-end audio tradition of the central European country of Serbia.

If that strikes you as odd, let me assure you that yes, they’ve got a robust market for high-end audio manufacturing there! There are some wonderful and well-established companies from that part of the world doing some truly amazing things in the High-End corner of our hobby. A couple of the of better-known ones immediately come to mind.… Read the full article

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