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Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

The following is a press release issued by Audioarts. June 11, 2019 – A beyond-cool look at the world of high-end audio design for passionate collectors, obsessive audiophiles, and design fans At a time when sales of vinyl records have hit a 25-year high, and analog technologies are providing the kind of extraordinary audio experiences that our increasingly digital world has started to remove, Hi-Fi is essential reading. This unique book explores just how, when, and why the world fell in love with the look, feel, and sound of top-of-the-line audio equipment.… Read the full article

T+A elektroakustik Talis S 300 Loudspeaker

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

T+A elektroakustik Talis S 300 Loudspeaker

T+A elektroakustik is a major high-end presence in Europe with 120 dealers in Germany alone. Deliberately and incrementally, T+A has been working on achieving greater visibility in markets worldwide. Central to this effort for 15 years has been James Shannon, T+A’s Export Sales Manager, who visited me briefly last December to confirm that the estimable Talis S 300 loudspeakers were performing as they were supposed to. One nuance is worth passing along. Not once in the several hours we spent together did Shannon refer to his employer as T and A—as he probably should, as that’s shorthand for Theory and …… Read the full article

The Audio Salon Hosts Listening Event with SAT

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

The Audio Salon Hosts Listening Event with SAT

SAT will present its new SAT XD1 Record Player System in the U.S. at an exclusive event on June 1st from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA. SAT founder and designer Marc Gomez will be on-hand to discuss the turntable and the design differences and development of his latest CF1 and LM series of tonearms, and Michael Fremer will spin some vinyl selections. The new SAT XD1 turntable and SAT tonearms, which will be fitted with the Lyra Atlas SL and Ortofon MC Century cartridges, will be demo’d in a no-holds-barred system that …… Read the full article

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Building a Listening Room

By | May 28th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Building a Listening Room

Building a dedicated space for music listening is the ultimate commitment to the hobby. It’s expensive and complex, and when you’re finished there’s no guarantee that the room will sound good. But if you take that plunge and the stars align, a room specifically designed for optimizing sound quality can allow a high-end system to realize its greatest potential. I recently realized a lifelong goal of building a serious listening room and will share my experience with you. Although I had built two homes before with dedicated rooms, this one is more ambitious.… Read the full article

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Munich High End 2019: Seen and Heard

By | May 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Munich High End 2019: Seen and Heard

Editor's Note: The intended format of this report is a photo essay. My full, more traditional text-driven report on Electronics and sounds at the show will be forthcoming. Scroll and enjoy! Lifestyle Demos Like it or not, "lifestyle" audio continues to emerge, not only in the form of new products such as all-in-ones, but also could be seen in more serious audio setups from venerable companies who sought to create a more pleasingly home-like environment inside their demo rooms. Color Rules The use of vivid color—burnt orange and red in particular—for serious audio components' materials and/or finishes stood out at …… Read the full article

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Munich High End 2019: Loudspeakers

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Munich High End 2019: Loudspeakers

Munich High End 2019: Loudspeakers Jonathan Valin The biggest and best audio show in the world was, I’m pleased to say, good-sounding on the whole, which has not always been the case in the past. Oh, there were the usual room nodes and specular reflections, but more often than not the speakers on display showed well in spite of any added boom or sibilance. Please note that I had to cover everythingin the way of loudspeakers this year—from Elac’s phenomenal $2400 Carina to Living Voice’s half-million dollar Vox Palladian.… Read the full article

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Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Sonner Audio Legato Duo Loudspeaker

I have to admit that Boston-based Sonner Audio was unfamiliar to me until I read colleague Andy Quint’s 2018 AXPONA report. He was impressed with the potential he heard under arduous show conditions (“Satisfying orchestral weight and timbral nuance were evident even on a brief audition”). Such audio qualities have always been near and dear to my heart, so I was eager to have a listen to this new kid on the block. Sonner Audio is led by president Gunny Surya—a music and audio enthusiast with a background in industrial engineering, a Master’s in business, and 20 years of experience …… Read the full article

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Scott and John Bagby Purchase Paradigm, Anthem, and MartinLogan

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Scott and John Bagby Purchase Paradigm, Anthem, and MartinLogan

The following is a press release issued by MartinLogan, Paradigm, and Anthem. Mississauga, Ontario, Canada | May 14, 2019 – Scott Bagby and John Bagby are pleased to announce the successful purchase of Paradigm Electronics, Anthem Electronics, and MartinLogan Loudspeakers, effective May 10, 2019. Scott Bagby, one of the original founders of Paradigm Electronics, continues as Chairman and assumes the role of CEO. John Bagby, who has been active in many areas in the business over the last several years, takes on the role of Managing Director.… Read the full article

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JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

By | May 14th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

JBL Stage A190 Loudspeaker

My ears always perk up when I hear the JBL name. Even before I made the high end a kind of second home, my parents and my friends’ parents all had either Altecs or JBLs blasting away in their living rooms. The white-coated cone woofers and the compression horn drivers exquisitely finished in an ominous black crackle conveyed power and quality. Later, in fact, one of my first real systems was built around the 70s-era JBL L-100, the consumer version of the 4310 studio monitors—yes, the one with the Quadrex foam grille (I’m guessing orange, if memory serves).… Read the full article

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Q&A with Craig and Christina Milnes of Wilson Benesch

By | May 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Q&A with Craig and Christina Milnes of Wilson Benesch

What ignited your interest in the high end? There wasn’t one thing, but some of the more important influences would be my uncle’s high-end system based upon Gilbert Briggs-design home-built loudspeakers, and the fact my father played trumpet every day of his life and performed in a number of bands professionally both before, during, and after the war. But I suppose the real catalyst was reading the news in a number of high-end audio magazines in the late 1980s that stated “analog is dead and CD is the future.” I wrote a business plan to secure research funding from Her …… Read the full article

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