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RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

OK, this was my situation this year for RMAF: I’d made some plans to be in the Denver area (to see family, friends, and yes, a concert) before learning that other TAS staffers who live closer by would be assigned to cover the show this year instead. No problem. But since I was going to be in town anyway I didn’t want to miss the chance to check out the show and its swanky, palatial new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center not far from the Denver International Airport.… Read the full article

MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

By | September 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

On August 22nd, I attended one of four launch events for the “new” Motion Series at Audio Advice, just outside of Charlotte, NC. (The other three events were in Georgia, Arizona, and California.) Before we discuss event specifics, let’s look at the first-blush details of the new Motion Series (designated as “i”) speakers, all of which were on display. Motion 15i Two-way bookshelf. Ported. 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion Transducer tweeter. 5.25" aluminum-cone mid/woofer. ($399.99/each) Motion35XTi Two-way bookshelf. Ported. 1.2" x 2.4" Folded Motion Transducer tweeter.… Read the full article

Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

September 18, 2019 – For more than 40 years we have designed, developed and handcrafted our Audiovector loudspeakers in Denmark and today we can finally announce a new launch of Audiovector loudspeakers – the R-series. A speaker line based on a mixture of evolution and new inventions. Everything we believe a pair of loudspeakers should ever deliver, the R-series does to perfection. The Audiovector Freedom Grounding® system eliminates distortion and improves overtones, lowers the noise floor and increases image depth and focus.… Read the full article

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

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

Zellaton Stage Loudspeaker

Like many longtime TAS readers I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of trying, I made a giant step forward towards that goal at the end of 2018 with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. As I indicated in my online preview at the time, the floorstanding, mid-sized, three-way Stage is a revelation, and in a couple of important sonic dimensions better than any loudspeaker I have heard in all my years.… Read the full article

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

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

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

Everyone loves a cliffhanger. And as I flew into Denver for RMAF’s latest installment I was about to find out how this one was going to shake out. Specifically, the change of venue, and the transposition of show dates from mid-October to early September (this year only), elements that are fraught with all kinds of risks—and potential rewards. The brand-spanking-new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, certainly provided a distinct adjustment from the homey if increasingly ramshackle Denver Tech Center.… Read the full article

Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx Loudspeaker

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

Wilson Audio Specialties Alexx Loudspeaker

High-end audio companies face a particular challenge when their founder retires or passes away. More than in other industries, such firms are often built around the singular vision and talent of their founder. The company’s customers buy into that founder’s aesthetic in a deeply personal way that just doesn’t exist with anonymously designed products. Does any company better exemplify this model than Wilson Audio, and its founder, David Wilson? As many of you know, David Wilson passed away last year at the age of 73.… Read the full article

Q&A with Maurizio Aterini of Gold Note

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Q&A with Maurizio Aterini of Gold Note

What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? I was 8 years old when I started listening to my parents’ hi-fi system—a Lenco D75 and a Sony amplifier and speakers. I got fascinated by the magic of the music that came out of it. From that point on I have never stopped listening to music, and I have also tried to improve audio quality by founding Gold Note. What gear made up your first high-end system?… Read the full article

Goldmund and Audioarts Announce Audioarts’ Appointment as Exclusive Distributor for the U.S.

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

Goldmund and Audioarts Announce Audioarts’ Appointment as Exclusive Distributor for the U.S.

The following is a press release issued by Goldmund and Audioarts. September 10, 2019 – For 40 years, the Swiss marquee has inspired and shaped high-end audio method, vision and design. From the legendary Reference Turntable, T3 Tonearm and avant-garde “cubist" Apologue Loudspeaker – celebrated by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC – to today’s unparalleled analog/digital electronics and loudspeakers, Goldmund serves as the Swiss archetype for luxury craftsmanship and peerless sound quality. Having expanded the lineup to include any foreseeable audio application, the Goldmund collection ranges from the most ambitious headphone amplifier ever conceived, to unparalleled stereo or …… Read the full article

Vitus Audio and AudioSolutions Event at 3mA Audio Houston, TX

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

Vitus Audio and AudioSolutions Event at 3mA Audio Houston, TX

The following is a press release issued by Vitus Audio and AudioSolutions. September 9, 2019 – On Thursday, September 12th, 3mA Audio will be hosting an event with High End by Oz LLC. Chief designer and founder of Vitus Audio, Hans-ole Vitus will be joining us from Denmark and present the new Signature series SIA 030 integrated amplifier. Ozan Turan of High End by Oz LLC will join us and demonstrate the AudioSolutions Virtuoso M speakers, Steve Greene/ Amy Hansen of Nordost will be joining us for the event at 3mA audio.… Read the full article

Polk Audio Introduces New Flagship Speaker Line

By | September 6th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Polk Audio Introduces New Flagship Speaker Line

The following is a press release issued by Polk Audio. DENVER | September 6, 2019 – Today at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Suite 5105, Polk Audio announced its latest flagship speaker line, the Legend Series. Drawing from more than 45 years’ experience in developing loudspeakers, the Legend Series represents the most sophisticated, and intensively engineered loudspeakers the company has ever introduced. The series is comprised of six models available in two real-wood finishes, including two bookshelf speakers, one center speaker, an Atmos height module, and two tower speakers.… Read the full article

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