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Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audio Research Launches New Special Edition Update to CD6 and CD9 Products

The following is a press release issued by Audio Research. MAPLE GROVE, MN | April 9th, 2019–Audio Research is pleased to announce a special edition update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC. The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms. Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.… Read the full article

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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HiFi Buys Guys Night Out

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

HiFi Buys Guys Night Out

The following is a press release issued by HiFi Buys. <font face="Tahoma">March 13, 2019 – May 16, 2019 from 6-9pm, t</font>he 4th Annual HiFi Buys Guy's Night Out is an evening for the connoisseur of fine luxury items and high end audio. Guests will enjoy complimentary hot shaves, luxury showcases and demos, select cigars, as well as light bites & libations. This event is open to the public and free to attend. RSVP at <font color="#1d2129" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 14px;">https://guysnightout2019.eventbrite.com. </font> <font color="#1d2129" face="Tahoma">HiFi Buys</font> <font color="#1d2129" face="Tahoma">3157 Peachtree Road Northeast</font> <font color="#1d2129" face="Tahoma">Atlanta, GA 30305</font>… Read the full article

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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

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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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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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Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

By | January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Bryston BCD-3 CD Player

Why Buy a CD Player? There’s something to be said for doing one thing and doing it well. After all, doing many things well—as, for instance, the dCS Rossini DAC/streamer/player does—gets costly. In the case of the Rossini, $28,000 costly. The Bryston BCD-3 does just one thing, plays CDs, which it does exceptionally well. Further, Bryston offers the BCD-3 at an eminently reasonable price. Still, in this day and age, does it make sense to buy a digital source that doesn’t support hi-res, streaming, USB, or Tidal?… Read the full article

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50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest carbon-fiber record brush, $19 Caig Deoxit Gold G100L contact cleaner, $33 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC cord, $95 Wireworld Mini Eclipse 8 speaker cable, $560 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono cartridge, $75 AudioQuest DragonFly Black and Red DACs, $99/$199 Schiit Audio Mani phonostage, $129 Riva Arena and Festival integrated systems, $249/$499 NAD D 3020 V2 integrated amplifier, $399 Wharfedale Diamond 225 loudspeaker, $449 Rega Planar 1 turntable, $495 Elac Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeaker, $499 Rotel CD14 disc player, $599 A Step Up Audio Technica VM540ML and VM760SLC phono cartridges, $249/$649 NuPrime IDA-8 integrated amplifier/DAC, …… Read the full article

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Audible Images Annual Music Appreciation Event

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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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

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