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Dealer Event February 23 – Sunny Components Covina

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dealer Event February 23 - Sunny Components Covina

The following is a press release issued by HRS and Vandersteen. February 15, 2019 – Saturday February 23, 12-5 PM Covina specialty audio retailer Sunny Components (1370 E. Cypress Street Suite D Covina CA) will host Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS), Vandersteen Audio and Brinkmann Audio. From HRS, special guest Michael Latvis, with 4 decades of engineering experience and Founder and Head Engineer of Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) will answer questions and demonstrate their award winning audio stands and vibration damping products including the new E1 isolation platform.… Read the full article

Q&A with John Stronczer of Bel Canto Design

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Q&A with John Stronczer of Bel Canto Design

What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? It may seem counterintuitive for an electrical engineer, but my high-end audio interest has always been based on a love of music. It is my passion for engineering that motivates me to develop better electronics that improve the listening experiences and how we live with audio. What gear made up your first high-end system? After graduating from the University of Minnesota, I worked with a local dealer to purchase a Mark Levinson ML11/12 amp/preamp, Spendor SP1s, and a Denon DP80 in …… Read the full article

Berkeley Audio Design Announces Alpha DAC Reference Series 3

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Berkeley Audio Design Announces Alpha DAC Reference Series 3

The following is a press release issued by Berkeley Audio Design. February 5, 2019 – Berkeley Audio Design is extremely pleased to announce the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 Raising the excellence of the Alpha DAC Reference Series to a new level, the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 contains breakthrough technology that redefines the potential of digital audio quality. In addition to its unprecedented PCM audio quality, the Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 also includes MQA Rendering of unequaled audio quality to 384kHz and above Manufacturing each Alpha DAC Reference Series 3 to its full performance potential required development of …… Read the full article

Qobuz Comes to the U.S.A.

By | January 31st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Qobuz Comes to the U.S.A.

On January 8, 2019, Qobuz, the French streaming/download service will be available to United States-based audiophiles. The elevator pitch is if Tidal and HD Tracks had a baby, it would be Qobuz. Like Tidal, Qobuz offers tiered subscription streaming but adds the option to purchase downloads of anything you can stream. Qobuz’s three tiers of price and audio quality go like this: for $9.99 a month you can stream 320kbps MP3-quality streams; for $19.95 a month you have access to “16-bit streaming”; for $299 per year ($24.91 by month) you get “full hi-res streaming” and substantial (40-60%) discount on downloads.… Read the full article

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Big Kids Toys AV Hosts Fun-Filled Two-Day Event

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big Kids Toys AV Hosts Fun-Filled Two-Day Event

The following is a press release issued by Big Kids Toys AV. January 28, 2019 – Big Kids Toys AV will host fun-filled listening sessions on Friday and Saturday, February 1 and 2, with featured guests Jeff Sigmund of Luxman America, and Frank Gazzo, of Triangle Loudspeakers. On Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m., the team at Big Kids Toys AV will also welcome special guest Parke Puterbaugh, former senior editor of Rolling Stone magazine, who will join the discussions and listening sessions.… Read the full article

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NAD C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier and C 546BEE CD Player

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

NAD C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier and C 546BEE CD Player

Few things in high-end audio give me greater pleasure or tempt me to more pride in our pursuit of the absolute sound than audio equipment that is both sanely priced and high performance. Under review here are two components, economically priced yet boasting excellent, even in one area quite outstanding, performance that should put paid to repeated complaints that TAS cares only about products priced for CEOs, oil barons, and hedge-fund managers. These are a Hybrid digital integrated amp and a compact disc player from NAD, a company that has few equals and no superiors when it comes to value-driven …… Read the full article

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Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

By | January 21st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

Mytek was originally a pro-audio equipment manufacturer when it opened its doors in 1991. Its first flagship DAC for both consumers and pros was the Manhattan. Rather than abandon and replace this model when it was time refresh its product line, Mytek chose to update. So, now we have the Manhattan II. And the good news for owners of the original Manhattan DACs is that Mytek can update them to the newest version for a relatively small fee. As an audiophile who has lived with and enjoyed Mytek’s less expensive Brooklyn DAC, the first question that comes to mind is …… Read the full article

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CES 2019 Report

By | January 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

CES 2019 Report

I arrived without any expectation. It’s hardly headline news that high-end audio at CES has been running on fumes in recent years. Would this be the year that showing up would be a waste of time? Turns out, what I found was a show relegated to a shadow of its former self but not quite down for the count. My curiosity was soundly rewarded. I was reminded of the closing line from the classic Western film The Wild Bunch­: “It ain’t like it used to be, but it’ll do.” Sandy Gross of GoldenEar Technology wasn’t actively demoing the new Triton …… Read the full article

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The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

By | January 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

It’s no secret that the high-end audio segment of the massive Consumer Electronics Show has been waning for years as the industry has shifted its focus to Munich and the growing juggernaut of AXPONA. But this year’s CES was the death knell. After attending 36 consecutive CES events, this was my last. Nonetheless, it was worth going this year to see and hear some intriguing product introductions. Here are the highlights. In a radical rethinking of the traditional audio-component chassis and user interface, NAD introduced the M10 streaming amplifier.… Read the full article

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Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamplifier

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamplifier

Pro-Ject, which hails from Austria, has been in existence since 1990. And while it isn’t the first audio firm to specialize in small modular components, it has been especially focused on miniaturized high-performance audio. Currently Pro-Ject has five different “lines” of components—the RS Line, DS2 Line, S2 Line, Classic Line, and Elemental line. All of these Pro-Ject boxes were designed to be used in conjunction with one another to form complete miniature systems. The Pre Box S2 Digital is from the S2 Line, which also includes a streamer (the Stream Box S2 Ultra), a disc player (the CD Box S2), …… Read the full article

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