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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to dial up my tunes with the ease and alacrity of a short-order restaurant—the only thing missing are the fries. Equipped with an analog preamp, slot-load CD player, DAC (resolutions of up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 with native DSD playback), and an integrated streamer with Tidal and Qobuz onboard, the Musicbook:25 has a mind-bending level of convenience and coddling that purist audiophiles instinctively run away …… Read the full article

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Prather Design Signature LP Storage Rack

By | August 30th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Prather Design Signature LP Storage Rack

I happened across a husband-and-wife team who build a wide range of beautiful LP storage racks and was so impressed with their work that I wanted to share my find with TAS readers. The racks are made in rural Ohio by Jason and Brit Prather. The products range from a simple “now playing” single-LP stand or wall ledge to a full-blown cabinet that stores and displays up to 480 LPs. Prices range from $20 to $897 with most models under $150.… Read the full article

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System Clarifiers

By | August 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

System Clarifiers

In my mind I’m aware that an audio system is not flesh and blood. Yet in my heart I persist in thinking of my reference rig as a living, breathing thing that requires a certain amount of care and attention. Indeed, my reference system undergoes small adjustments, tweaks, and mods on a fairly consistent basis. But I’ve been remiss in reporting on them in these pages. Herewith are three components that have recently crossed the threshold of my listening room and have inexplicably slipped through the reviewing cracks until now: the Audience Au24 SX power cord, the Wireworld Starlight Ethernet …… 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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Nordost Sort Isolation System

By | July 24th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Nordost Sort Isolation System

Why should we spend valuable time and money researching and acquiring aftermarket resonance-control devices? Because they can bring about substantial improvements in system performance. While I’m not wild about adding another complexity to my system or finding more ways to spend money, I am also results-oriented and have heard truly remarkable sonic improvements through the careful application of resonance-control devices—not only in my own system but in other systems as well. In some cases, they have changed the treated system from aggressive and rhythmically stuttering to neutral and wonderfully free-flowing.… Read the full article

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Product of the Year Awards 2017: Accessories

By | February 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Product of the Year Awards 2017: Accessories

AudioQuest Conductive Fiber Record Brush $19.95 This new and improved version of AudioQuest’s ubiquitous carbon-fiber wonder answers the burning question: “Does the original AudioQuest Record Brush provide a ‘good electrical path between the fibers and the handle?’”Apparently the answer is: “No,” according to AudioQuest’s Bill Low. Enter AudioQuest’s Conductive Fiber Record Brush, which has “ideal conductivity from the Carbon Fibers.” On first acquaintance, the only change JV noted was that the brush feels different (lighter and a bit flimsier) than the original.… Read the full article

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Q&A with Joe Lavrencik of Critical Mass Systems

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Q&A with Joe Lavrencik of Critical Mass Systems

What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? The music side, for sure. I played jazz, classical, and rock guitar, and piano. I took lessons twice a week and tried to practice about six hours a day. Classical guitar was the best because the instrument is so textural and responsive to touch. For some reason, I clearly remember the sound and feel of the interplay between musicians. There was a purity of tone and timing that to this day I try to help bring out in reproduced music.… Read the full article

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Aluminous Audio Announces IVCM Velvet Mini

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Aluminous Audio Announces IVCM Velvet Mini

The following is a press release issued by Aluminous Audio. November 1, 2017 – The IVCM Velvet Mini is now available, offering the across the board benefits of true mechanical isolation for a wide variety of equipment. A physically smaller cousin to the IVCM Velvet Reference, the Velvet Mini offers similar performance to the Velvet Reference but in a much smaller package. The Velvet Mini is only 2.75" in diameter and 2" of assembled height. The Velvet Mini performs well under a wide variety of equipment including turntables, DACs, preamplifiers, amplifiers, loudspeakers and power conditioners.… Read the full article

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Gryphon Audio of Denmark Releases the Atlas Spikes

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Gryphon Audio of Denmark Releases the Atlas Spikes

The following is a press release issued by Gryphon Audio Designs Ry, Denmark | November 1, 2017 – Gryphon Audio Designs of Denmark have earned universal praise for innovation in both electronics and loudspeakers and for their range of accessories, audio peripherals that go the extra mile in the refinement of any high-performance system. Legends from the Gryphon laboratories include the Exorcist (1994) and Black Exorcist (1996) for the removal of magnetic build-up in line-level and MM/MC circuits, respectively. Gryphon are also pioneers in the field of resonance control in audio equipment, introducing Gryphon Black Spikes as the standard footer …… Read the full article

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Munich High End 2017: Cables, Power Products, and Accessories

By | June 8th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Munich High End 2017: Cables, Power Products, and Accessories

While the M.O.C. exhibition center housing the Munich High End Show generated a lot of heat, only some of it was produced by hot products making their debuts. A combination of record-setting crowds (up 10% over 2016), large tube amps, glass ceilings, warm weather outside, and screens that blocked the limited air conditioning that there was, made me feel like I was in a sauna, at least for the first few days of what has arguably become the most important high-performance audio show in the world.… Read the full article

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