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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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AXPONA 2017: Electronics $15k and Up

By | April 27th, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2017: Electronics $15k and Up

Five Most Significant Debuts Aavik Acoustics M-300 Monoblock Amplifiers, C-300 Preamplifier The Aavik M-300 monoblocks ($48k) and C-300 made their active-demo debuts in a sweet-sounding setup (alas, all digitally sourced, a Naim CD player used as transport) with Raidho’s stand-mounted D1.1 two-way loudspeakers with diamond tweeters in a bold, fire-y orange finish. An alternate take of Suzanne Vega’s “Luka” featured gorgeously lush and rich acoustic guitar. Even the low end was quite impressive, extending far deeper than expected on Dylan’s “Man in the Long Black Coat.” The 300-watt M-300 boasts Aavik’s efficient Class A topography; there’s a bank of capacitors …… Read the full article

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LP Help

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

LP Help

How do you organize and store your music? Physical media, I mean. Like many audiophile LP collectors, I have at times struggled with keeping my ever-expanding collection under control. I’m not planning to stop acquiring new vinyl, so my need to better organize it is likewise growing. Enter Koeppel Design, a small, crafty, San Francisco-based company launched in 2013 that has carved out a niche for itself designing and manufacturing high-quality organizational solutions for collectors of music and other media. A longtime record collector herself, founder and visual designer Kate Koeppel (the “o” is silent)—who also runs her own graphic …… Read the full article

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YG Acoustics Introduces First Audio Rack Series

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

YG Acoustics Introduces First Audio Rack Series

The following is a press release issued by YG Acoustics. December 21, 2016 | Arvada, CO – YG Acoustics™ ( www.ygacoustics.com ), the leading ultra-high-end speaker manufacturer, is proud to introduce its first audio rack series: Rack 1.3, 1.4 and 1.6 . YG Acoustics™’ Rack series was initially designed as a tool for internal use. The factory’s critical listening room needed a vibration-free, solid platform to allow equipment to play under optimal conditions. In a challenging environment, full of hostile vibration, other equipment racks couldn’t deliver the desired result.… Read the full article

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Download the New TAS Buyer’s Guide to Cables, Power Products, Accessories, and Music 2016

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Download the New TAS Buyer's Guide to Cables, Power Products, Accessories, and Music 2016

Get your free copy here. Free and easy-to-navigate, The Absolute Sound’s Buyer’s Guide to Cables, Power Products, Accessories, and Music offers full-length equipment reviews from TAS and brand-new product introductions across categories—from cables and interconnects, power cords and power conditioners to digital interconnects to a variety of other accessories. This year-end edition also features the Top Ten lists of year’s best music releases. This new 2016 guide is your one-stop resource for the scoop on the latest and greatest hi-fi gear, plus: On the Horizon—19 of the latest hot new cables and power products to enter the hi-fi market Cable …… Read the full article

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Tokyo International Audio Show: Julie Mullins’ Highlights

By | October 27th, 2016|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Tokyo International Audio Show: Julie Mullins’ Highlights

When it comes to high-end audio events, the Tokyo International Audio Show, like many aspects of Japanese culture, is in a class all its own. It starts with its magnificent venue, the Tokyo International Forum’s main building, which sets the tone for the relative tranquility of the show (aside from some jam-packed rooms, but even then the attendees remained quite courteous). It’s an architectural marvel of glass and steel with a vertiginous atrium—and seven floors of remarkably well-soundproofed demo rooms, with none of that sonic bleed-through characteristic of so many hotels and other show spaces.… Read the full article

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