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Marantz Is Back: 40th-Anniversary Marantz KI Ruby Series

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Marantz Is Back: 40th-Anniversary Marantz KI Ruby Series

Now under the auspices of Sound United (along with Denon, Classé Audio, and other brands), Marantz is back on the map. The classic audio company has been celebrating its 40thanniversary this year with recent launches of its KI Ruby limited-edition series components in Europe and the U.S. Along with a number of (mostly) European-based audio journalists and a handful of sales folks, I had the good fortune to attend a special launch event in Amsterdam held at an incredible venue: the renowned Concertgebouw concert hall.… Read the full article

Free Listening Event at AudioVision San Francisco

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Free Listening Event at AudioVision San Francisco

The following is a press release issued by AudioVision San Francisco. November 6, 2018 – FREE LISTENING/LEARNING EVENT!! Thursday, November 15th, 2018, 7:30 -10pm: AudioVision San Francisco presents “Digital and Analog at its Best!”An evening event focusing on the Latest and Greatest from Chord Electronics, Power/Signal/Grounding Systems from Nordost Cables, Modern Danish HiFi Loudspeakers from Raidho and Scansonic and Amazing Turntables from SME. A seminar will be presented by representatives from each company. Refreshments will be served and a drawing will be held for some FREE goodies!… Read the full article

Soundings RMAF Open House

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Soundings RMAF Open House

The following is a press release issued by Sounding Fine Audio Video. October 1, 2018 – Soundings Fine Audio Video is having an RMAF Open House Friday October 5th at 6pm. There will be drinks and hor d'ourves from Great Northern as well as demos going on throughout the evening. Rich Maes from Boulder Amplifiers, Terry Medalen, Jon Derda and Norbert Schemed from MoFi with Primare, Isotek and Dr. Feickert. Bob Graham with Graham Engineering and TechDas will be on hand to answer questions throughout the evening.… Read the full article

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Sonus faber Sonetto Loudspeaker Event in Kansas City, Part Two

By | August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sonus faber Sonetto Loudspeaker Event in Kansas City, Part Two

Note: This is Part Two of this Sonus faber listening event coverage. Read Part One here. New Sonetto Loudspeakers Demo'd at the 1900 Building The celebration of the new Sonus faber Sonetto loudspeaker collection is noteworthy news for a few reasons, the first of which is fiscal. The eight Sonetto loudspeakers can be purchased for surprisingly less than princely sums (starting at about a grand), especially in comparison to the company’s other high-end speakers, whose prices extend well into the five-figure range (and beyond).… Read the full article

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Burmester Phase 3 System

By | July 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Burmester Phase 3 System

Call it “lifestyle at the high end.” Yes, I know “lifestyle” can be a dirty word in some audiophile circles, but the Berlin-based Burmester brand has never shied away from bringing luxurious aesthetics to its high-end components. Yet there’s always been plenty of substance behind the style. Designed for music lovers who aren’t “typical” audiophiles, the company’s new, unique, and user-friendly Phase 3 all-in-one system adds dramatic flash and panache to the solid build-quality and stellar sonics the German manufacturer is known for.… Read the full article

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Inside the AVM Factory and Products

By | June 4th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Inside the AVM Factory and Products

Photos by Jonathan Valin. After last year’s Munich High End show Jonathan Valin, Julie Mullins, and I visited the headquarters of AVM in Malsch, Germany, a few hours by car from Munich (well, it was a couple of hours at 170kph on the Autobahn). AVM may be a relatively new name to North American audiophiles but the company has had a large presence in Europe since its founding in 1986, first within Germany then in Austria and Switzerland, and beyond. Started by two engineers, Robert Winiarski and Gunther Mania, AVM found early success with its M1 mono amp (more than …… Read the full article

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NAD Introduces Value-Minded C 538 CD Player

By | June 4th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

NAD Introduces Value-Minded C 538 CD Player

Pickering, Ontario, Canada | June 4, 2018 – NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced their new C 538, a performance CD player engineered for musicality, simplicity and value – all virtues true to the brand’s proud tradition. Designed as either a music lover’s first CD player or as a quality replacement, the C 538 employs many of the same engineering techniques found in audiophile players but at a fraction of the price. The C 538 is available now with an MSRP of $299.… Read the full article

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AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System

Historically, all-in-one audio components have been looked down upon by serious audiophiles, who typically prefer big-boy, multi-piece component systems. I suppose the category’s lack of respect is due in part to not-so-pleasant flashbacks to ancient “my first stereos,” such as KLH Model 11 suitcase units. But this is 2018. Some audiophiles my age have even (gasp!) downsized their abodes to something more manageable and may no longer have room for a multi-box, multi-tethered “trophy” system in their new digs. If you’re one of these or if you’re just tired of all the clutter, there is hope.… Read the full article

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Q&A with Dan Laufman of Emotiva Audio

By | May 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Q&A with Dan Laufman of Emotiva Audio

What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? My love of the high end comes from both sides. My dad was an audiophile and an engineer; he built his own tube amps and speakers. The gear was right in the living room, where I would sit in front of the speaker listening to his big band music. I found it really exciting and wonderful. Thanks to this early influence and my love of music and all things mechanical, my interest was triggered at a very early age.… Read the full article

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Esoteric Grandioso D1 DAC, P1 Disc Transport, C1 Linestage, and M1 Monoblock Power Amplifier

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Esoteric Grandioso D1 DAC, P1 Disc Transport, C1 Linestage, and M1 Monoblock Power Amplifier

As I learned on my Japanese audio excursion (Issue 279), purity is the country’s overriding sonic goal. But how to achieve it? The answer, of course, varies by price point. With its cost-no-object Grandioso series, Esoteric has sought to eradicate distortions and colorations in two ways: 1) by taking a fresh look at entrenched norms, and 2) by scrutinizing every last design detail—no matter how minute. The result: Even in the rarified uppermost tier of the high end, the Grandioso stack stands out.… Read the full article

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