Nagra‘s rooms are always on, and dialed to 11. They sneak up on you, and deliver a different something special each time. A must visit room at any audio show, Nagra always brings together three elements: a great system, fantastic music, and René Laflamme. René has a double role as Sales and Marketing Manager for Nagra America in addition to being a recording and mastering engineer at 2xHD.
René always treats us to something special that he mastered on a sexy Nagra reel to reel deck. … Read the full article
“All in one, and one for all!” Wait, what? Ha! You’ve just been introduced to my new tagline for Naim Audio’s nifty combined audio system, the Uniti Atom. It’s an all-in-one audio system, as in high-end meets lifestyle. As in “I want this thing, and so should everyone else.”
So let me explain…
I’ve dealt with combined audio systems before. I suppose I’m a bit biased against them, but for no good reason. Audiophile purist snobbery perhaps? Maybe my issues hearken back to my youth, when brick and mortar department stores like Montgomery Ward or J.… Read the full article
Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, plus….
Another installment in the C/H/E series, a My Audio Life special and my wife gets her first stereo system in over fourty years.
The Lumin D1
As already mentioned in my Holiday gift guide, the Lumin D1 digital music player is not a current product. So why review it, you ask? Well…..this isn’t a review, exactly. Stay with me and I’ll get to it in due course.
My Audio Life: Season Finale
‘What ifs?’ are one of the things most people like to mentally tease themselves with, on occasion. … Read the full article
Stereophile’s Herb Reichert posted a letter on the web version of an “As We See It” column written by his colleague Jon Iverson. I’m reposting it here (with linking and attribution) for several reasons, but mainly because I want to use it as a map to work out my … feelings.
The TL;DR of this (rather long) post is summarized pretty much entirely by Mr. Reichert’s comments. I have taken the liberty of then beating said horse past unrecognizability.
Why, you ask?… Read the full article
Digital Music Player Review: Part 1
The NAD 50.2
I’ve been having fun, well, cheap thrills actually, playing with the web radio capabilities of the NAD 50.2. It comes with the TuneIn app preloaded, and music by region, country, genre, and on occasion even sexual orientation can be selected. The thing that amazes me the most is the prevalence of English language pop music. In many countries where English is not the first language, announcers speak in their native tongue but play the likes of Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift, among others. … Read the full article
Ever since I reviewed the dCS Network Bridge a year ago, I’ve been enjoying a lot more digital music. YES, I still prefer dropping the needle but the convenience of a dCS Network Bridge + dCS Vivaldi DAC + ROON is tough to beat.
I find myself re-discovering CDs I ripped years ago, but more often on the hunt for more high resolution music. Its been a bit of a disease, each Friday around 4pm, heading over to www.superhirez.com to look for what new music was released that week. … Read the full article
Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio is no stranger to controversy. He’s the guy that single-handedly brought computer-based audio into the realm of high-fidelity with “asynchronous USB”, and most such products today either use his work or leverages his ideas. That’s a nice way of saying that he had to slog through an unending bog of nonsense from partially informed but fully opinionated audiophiles that have, at various times, hailed him as both heretic and hero. So, when he introduces a new product like the “Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator”, you just have to cringe along with him.… Read the full article
During my time in the Magic Bus listening to hi-rez with Jon Whitledge, he mentioned that Phillip O’Hanlon, President of On A Higher Note Audio was in town and had setup one of his legendary rooms at a nearby hotel. Early on day two, I took a break from the show floor and made my way over to the Hilton Bayshore across from the Convention Center. Based on the Facebook event details, I was looking for Presidents Suite 458 and was ready to listen to some Gryphon Audio.… Read the full article
Looking at the Bricasti M1 reminds me of one of the coolest perks of reviewing high-end audio equipment: I get to hear lots of different types of gear in the comfort and familiarity of my own listening room. I love mixing and matching different pieces, trying to get the best out of each component that I evaluate. Even so, there are very few “aha” moments in this game for me; much of the gear I get to review is very good, indeed, and a lot of it seems to be converging to a common level of audio excellence.… Read the full article