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Fern & Roby Send A Raven – AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fern And Roby Raven Floorstander

AXPONA 2019 was busy show from many who attended. Press and attendees were divided by 190+ rooms and a personal audio hall called EGX to cut up the time between a Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

One of the highlights for me was visiting the Fern and Roby room who had two new loudspeakers on display. Lined up for most of Friday and Saturday was the Raven Floorstander ($9,500/pair) firmly attached to LTA’s MZ3 pre ($3,700) and ZOTL40 Power Amp ($6,800).… Read the full article

Impressions:  From an Editor’s Notebook – Merrill Audio Element 118, Pneupods, and Focal Sphear Earphones

By | April 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 03/18/2019

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

A close-up view of the EAT Massive Record Weight. Nice looking, and really helps to improve the sound of your LPs!

One version of our current stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers.Read the full article

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‘Beyond Class A’ – Schiit announces $799 Aegir amplifier

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

‘Competes with products two or three times the price’. Without qualification, any such review sign-off remains toothless and impotent. Full identification of those costlier rivals is critical. Anonymity results in a strong whiff of BS. Moooooo.

Putting Schiit’s half-width Saga pre-amplifier (US$349) and Vidar power amplifier (US$699) through their paces a year ago, I pitted them against AURALiC’s Polaris (US$3500), Vinnie Rossi’s LIO (US$5500 and up) and the Peachtree’s nova300 (US$2299) to find the Schiit pile – functional shortcomings notwithstanding – capable of pulling up alongside the more costly, tidier integrateds.… Read the full article

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Hifiman Jade II – First Contact

By | March 29th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

$2499HifimanDisclaimer: The Hifiman Jade II was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank Hifiman for this opportunity. To learn more about Hifiman product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. We have an influx of electrostatic (stats for short) product reviews in the coming months and some, or all […]

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Impressions:  The HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Electrostatic Special Edition Headphone Amp & MrSpeakers VOCE Electrostatic Headphones

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Yon Olde Editor (portrait by John Robinson)

A prologue:  of memories, music, and dreams…

To start:  An extended and quite famous passage from Proust.

Just read it, it will do you good.

Many years had elapsed during which nothing of Combray, save what was comprised in the theatre and the drama of my going to bed there, had any existence for me, when one day in winter, on my return home, my mother, seeing that I was cold, offered me some tea, a thing I did not ordinarily take.Read the full article

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A short film about the Mytek Brooklyn Bridge & AMP

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Designed in Brooklyn, made in Poland, Mytek has removed the WCK IN/OUT and AES/EBU connectors from the rear of the Brooklyn DAC+ (review here) to make way for a 24bit/192kHz/DSD64-capable streaming board and a third Brooklyn: the Brooklyn Bridge (US$2995/€2995, previewed here).

The Brooklyn Bridge connects to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi using the associated mControl smartphone app (iOS/Android), which in turn gives us direct access to cloud services – Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify Connect – as well as local UPnP/DLNA and Roon servers.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Teases Out A New Momentum Pre “HD”

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

D'Agostino Momentum Pre HD Amplifier

It wasn’t too long ago that we were all in a flurry about the new high end Relentless Monoblocks from famed amplifier designer Dan D’Agostino. Now stepping back into the Momentum line, a pre is on the way with a new “HD” designation.

Current owners of the Momentum Pre are allowed to upgrade, the new fancy thing does offer a main power transformer that is 33% larger than the current model along with better isolation – full breakdown after jump. It would also be hard not to mention the absolute beauty of the casework along all Dan’s work.… Read the full article

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TriangleArt Ultimate TA-350M Monoblock Amplifiers

By | March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

Pete's Smaller System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Angel City Audio “Seraphim” in Rosewood, Apogee Acoustics Scintilla. 1 Ohm fully refurbished.

ELECTRONICS 

Spectron Musician III with V-caps/Bybee filters/Premium Fuses, Pro-Ject Phono Box DS+ phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: Mytek Stereo192 DSD DAC, M-Audio Profire 610 ADC for archiving analog to high resolution PCM.

Software: Custom front end using modified Kodi back-end as a renderer controlled via JRiver Media Center. Bit perfect digital to DAC via Firewire.… Read the full article

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For Sale: Lamm M1.2 Reference hybrid mono amplifiers

By | February 28th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , , |

We have a trade in pair of Lamm’s M1.2 Reference hybrid monobloc amplifiers for sale. Our customer has enjoyed these thoroughly but is now ready for a change. Beautiful condition, cosmetically and sonically, 7 years old. With original crates, manuals and packaging. These amps have not left our customer’s dedicated listening room since he received them brand new.

The Lamm sound is pure, rich and sophisticated. The M1.2 Reference are highly capable amplifiers suitable for driving a wide range of loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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Pro-Ject announces MaiA S2 super-integrated amplifier

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Nine — an impressive number of inputs squeezed by Pro-Ject into their latest – and rather diminutive – super integrated amplifier, the MaiA S2.

On the analogue front, we note 3 x line-level RCA pairings, a 3.5mm line-level socket and MM* phono staging. That’s five. Saying hello to up to 24bit/192kHz PCM and feeding an internal Cirrus Logic CS4344 DAC chip are asynchronous USB, 2 x TOSLINK and aptX Bluetooth. That’s four more. Total: nine.

Measuring a mere 20cm wide and 4cm high, the MaiA S2 is also one of the smallest super-integrated amplifiers currently available.… Read the full article

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