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PrimaLuna Evo 100 DAC

By | November 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

PrimaLuna Evo 100 DAC

PrimaLuna loves tubes. The Dutch-based company uses them in its whole range of products, from preamps, to power amps, to integrated amps. Even a tube-equipped CD player has graced its lineup. Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio distributes PrimaLuna in the U.S., and also stocks and sells a wide variety of vacuum tubes (he’s my favorite supplier). PrimaLuna recently replaced its Prologue and Dialogue series equipment with a new series, called the EvoLution line. Although EvoLution includes Evo 400, Evo 300, Evo 200, and Evo 100 integrated amps, power amps, and preamps, there is only one DAC, the Evo 100 Tube …… Read the full article

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

MBL 101 X-treme Loudspeaker $260,000 In honor of the 101 X-tremes’ tenth anniversary, I invited these new and improved versions of MBL’s 2000-pound, twin-chassis flagship loudspeakers back into my listening room. Comprising two Radialstrahler columns—each column like a pair of 101Es with one set of radial woofers, radial mids, and radial tweets facing upward and the other facing down immediately above it in a D’Appolito arrangement—and twin outboard, powered subwoofer stacks (with two 12" aluminum-cone woofers in a push-push configuration per subwoofer and three, stackable subs per speaker side), the 101 X-tremes are giants.… Read the full article

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dCS Legends Award Program Unveiled Honoring Grammy Winning Engineers

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

dCS Legends Award Program Unveiled Honoring Grammy Winning Engineers

Pictured above, left to right: Elliot Scheiner, Chuck Ainlay, Bob Ludwig, John Newton, Leslie Ann Jones, Frank Filipetti, Mark Wilder, George Massenburg. Recipients not pictured: Ed Cherney, Tony Faulkner, Al Schmitt. This information is taken from a press release sent by dCS. NEW YORK CITY, NY—At a special reception held in conjunction with the 147th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention, dCS (Data Conversion Systems Ltd.) unveiled today its new dCS Legends Award program. The award was conceived to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of an elite group of recording, mixing, and mastering engineers who have strived throughout their careers to deliver …… Read the full article

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2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andrew Quint

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Andrew Quint

T+A Elektroakustik DAC 8 DSD Digital-to-Analog Converter $4450 Many digital audio experts maintain that it’s just not possible to optimize decoding of both PCM and DSD data streams with a one-lane architecture, even though there are plenty of DAC chips available that can handle both classes of files. With (at last count) 13 engineers on staff, T+A elektroakustik GmbH & Co. is a research-oriented manufacturer that builds its DACs and disc players with completely separate paths for PCM and DSD signals.… Read the full article

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Genesis Advanced Technologies Event at Distinctive Stereo

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Genesis Advanced Technologies Event at Distinctive Stereo

I recently had the privilege of attending a unique event hosted by Larry Borden of Distinctive Stereo in River Vale, NJ, to announce and demonstrate his new line of loudspeakers from Genesis Advanced Technologies. In attendance were the chief designer and owner of Genesis, Gary Koh, as well as Merrill Wettasinghe of Merrill Audio, and Matt Weisfeld, ever the showman, of VPI. Gary had spent the previous day meticulously (it took seven hours) setting up his absolutely stunning 7-way Maestro speakers, the babies of the Genesis line and the only models not to utilize his ribbon-tweeter line array.… Read the full article

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50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio – 2019

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

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest conductive fiber record brush, $22.95 Caig Deoxit contact cleaner, $32.95 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC power cord, $95 Synergistic Research Foundation Series, $499/$599 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono cartridge, $75 AudioQuest DragonFly Black, Red, Cobalt DACs, $100/$200/$300 Schiit Audio Mani phonostage, $129 Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 loudspeaker, $349 Elac Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeaker, $499 Rega Planar 1Plus turntable, $595 NAD C 328 integrated amplifier, $599 PS Audio Sprout100, $599 A Step Up Audio Technica VM540ML and VM760SLC phono cartridges, $249/$649 Odyssey Khartago stereo power amplifier, $995 REL Acoustics T/7i subwoofer, $999 KEF LS50 loudspeaker, $1299 …… Read the full article

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Command Performance AV Listening Event Oct. 19

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

Command Performance AV Listening Event Oct. 19

This press information was provided by Command Performance AV. On Saturday, October 19th, Command Performance AV will co-host a special listening event with Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio, Peter Mackay of Magico Loudspeakers, Vince Galbo of MSB Technology, and Jon Zimmer of Transparent Cable. Listening will be through two complete Transparent/MSB/Magico/Doshi systems. Also, each company will explain the unique design philosophies and technologies that make their products so special. There will be giveaways and refreshments will be served. This event runs from 12:00 p.m.… Read the full article

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Woo Audio WA11 Topaz Portable Amp/DAC

By | October 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Woo Audio WA11 Topaz Portable Amp/DAC

In the iconic martial arts film Enter the Dragon Bruce Lee critiques the performance of a pupil who is practicing a combination of punches. The young man’s performance appears technically sound enough, yet something is missing. The missing ingredient, Lee’s character explains, is “emotional content.” This simple observation applies equally well to audio component design, and it neatly explains the appeal of Woo Audio’s $1399 WA11 Topaz portable headphone amplifier/DAC. Conceptually, WA11 Topaz was born out of Woo’s successful, though larger and more expensive, tube-powered WA8 Eclipse ($1799).… Read the full article

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Nagra HD Tour at David Michael Audio

By | October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Nagra HD Tour at David Michael Audio

The following is a press release issued by Nagra and David Michael Audio. October 2, 2019 – Hear the unmatched excellence of an entire Nagra HD system! Nagra HDX DAC, HD Preamp and HD Monoblocks, Kubala-Sosna Cables, Nagra IV-S reel to reel, Innuos Statement Music Server, Dohmann Helix One Turntable, Vimberg Tonda speakers!! We are excited to have Rene Laflamme as our host! Rene is the Nagra Sales & Marketing Manager for High End and Pro audio in North America. He is also an esteemed mastering engineer and co-owner of 2xHD.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

OK, this was my situation this year for RMAF: I’d made some plans to be in the Denver area (to see family, friends, and yes, a concert) before learning that other TAS staffers who live closer by would be assigned to cover the show this year instead. No problem. But since I was going to be in town anyway I didn’t want to miss the chance to check out the show and its swanky, palatial new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center not far from the Denver International Airport.… Read the full article

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