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Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

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

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

The following is a press release issued by Hi-Fi Centre. Hi-Fi Centre is pleased to host the Vancouver Audio Festival 2019. Friday April 26th 5pm-9pm Saturday April 27th 10am-5pm This year we have curated a selection of systems which are guaranteed to make you smile whether you are a die-hard audiophile or a casual listener. Demonstrations are not time limited allowing you to enjoy each system for as long as you wish. Manufacturers reps will be on hand to present their products and answer all your questions.… Read the full article

Bowers & Wilkins Launches Line of Powered Wireless Loudspeakers

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Bowers & Wilkins Launches Line of Powered Wireless Loudspeakers

Venerable British loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins has introduced a new line of powered wireless loudspeakers, called Formation, that will bring the company’s technology and aesthetic to a new generation of listeners. The Formation series is based on an advanced new wireless technology, developed entirely in-house, that could be a game-changer in the segment. I attended a press trip to the company’s factory in the south of England to get background on the technology and marketing direction of Formation, to experience the new products firsthand, and to see how Bowers & Wilkins’ premium 800-series products are manufactured.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019: Loudspeakers $20k and Up

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

AXPONA 2019: Loudspeakers $20k and Up

Sonically AXPONA 2019 was a 180-degree change from the last trade show I attended, in Denver. Where RMAF was a nearly uniform disaster, AXPONA was a nearly uniform success. Oh, next to nothing sounded spine-tinglingly realistic at the Chicago show, so if you were an “absolute sound” kind of listener you might’ve been slightly let down. On the other hand, if the drama, detail, and color of music were your first priorities (i.e., if you were an “as you like it” or “musicality-first” kind of listener) AXPONA would have proved a consistent delight.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019 – Andrew Quint on Loudspeakers under $20,000

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

AXPONA 2019 - Andrew Quint on Loudspeakers under $20,000

At the end of a major audio show, there’s often a sense of depletion, a let’s-pack-this-stuff-up-and-go-home kind of exhaustion. Not so at 4 p.m. on Sunday at AXPONA 2019. There was, instead, a vibe of slightly giddy accomplishment as the big loudspeakers were returned to their wooden crates and the unsold LPs re-boxed. The consumers, too, seemed happily weary, having had a comprehensive exposure to an industry that is flourishing as it adapts to new technologies and to the requirements of younger sound-conscious music-lovers.… Read the full article

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Integrated Systems

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

2019 Editors' Choice Awards: Integrated Systems

Riva Arena/Festival $249 (optional Arena battery, $99)/$499 Riva’s two, wireless, multi-room systems in the Wand series offer stunning sound quality from small packages. The compact Arena ($249) and the larger Festival ($499) are both easy to set up and use; just connect via Google, AirPlay, or Bluetooth, and begin streaming music. Both have deeper bass than expected from their compact enclosures, and both play loudly with ease. The Festival is particularly impressive. With 200W of power, a solid wooden case, and a maximum SPL of 106dB, it almost sounds like a pair of floorstanding speakers.… Read the full article

2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

By | April 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 Editors' Choice Awards:  Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

Lansche No.7 $105,000–$113,000 depending on finish With its massless corona-plasma tweeter, the Lansche No.7 brings something different to the upper-end-loudspeaker arena. This driver works by modulating a plasma field surrounding an electrical arc, producing sound with no moving parts. Transparency, delicacy, resolution, and transient fidelity are stunning. A pair of 4" midranges and dual 8.7" woofers are optimized to blend with the massless tweeter—that is, to sound quick and clean, at the expense of conveying a sense of weight, body, and dynamic impact.… Read the full article

TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable Preview

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

TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable Preview

There are some pieces of equipment that immediately leap to the forefront of the audio world. The new TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable is such a piece. It stands at the very pinnacle of audio reproduction, redefining what’s possible to extract from the grooves of an LP. Last night the fabled engineer Hideaki Nishikawa (pictured below) and several of his associates unveiled his latest TechDAS creation at the Audio Salon in Santa Monica, where about forty music lovers gathered to listen to it.… Read the full article

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Stenheim Unveils Alumine Three Compact Speaker

By | April 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Stenheim Unveils Alumine Three Compact Speaker

The following is a press release issued by Stenheim. April 8, 2019 – Made in Switzerland, the new ALUMINE THREE speaker is the product of many years of research and unparalleled knowledge of audiophile technology. Its design takes a lot of inspiration from the ALUMINE FIVE, STENHEIM’s multi-award-winning speaker. Like its predecessor, it is an all-aluminium model and shares its core technical specifications, including extremely high efficiency. It can also be combined with high-quality low power amplifier. However, the ALUMINE THREE’s more compact housing sets it apart, enabling extremely high performance at a lower price point.… Read the full article

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TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

The following announcement is based on a press release/announcment. The TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable’s official U.S. Premiere will take place at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA on April 9 and 10. The venerable Japanese company’s latest turntable of unprecedented quality will be showcased in a special presentation by designer Hideaki Nishikawa. In addition, with the generous support of Wilson Audio and Peter McGrath, the WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeakers will be featured in the system to take ttechdashttps://www.wilsonaudio.cois listening event to the next level.… Read the full article

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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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