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New German Physiks Website Launched

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New German Physiks Website Launched

The following is a press release issued by German Physiks. December 12, 2018 – A brand new German Physiks web site has been launched at www.german-physiks.com. It features a much more attractive graphic design and easier navigation. The texts for the loudspeaker range have been updated, including high quality pictures showing the products in a range of real-life settings. Details of our new Emperor high-end electronics range have also been added. These will be shown at Axpona 2019. We will shortly add details of our new PION range of cables.… Read the full article

New GoldenEar Triton One.R Shipping Now

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

 New GoldenEar Triton One.R Shipping Now

The following is a press release issued by GoldenEar Technology. Baltimore | December 12, 2018 – GoldenEar Technology is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Triton One.R. This extraordinary new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference, which has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts as well as the press and reviewers from around the world, who have bestowed upon it innumerable Speaker-of-the-Year and Product-of-the-Year awards.… Read the full article

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to that hobby’s original essence is broken. Before the “phile” (lover) realizes it, the abstraction has become the essential. What’s true and valuable has shifted. Microsoft has an interesting TV ad campaign currently airing that features the American hip hop artist/poet Common. The message of this marketing effort, broadly pointing towards the future of artificial intelligence, is interesting less for the ideas being promoted, and more …… Read the full article

Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

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

Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

Like many long-time 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 recently made a giant step forward towards that goal with the addition of the remarkable Zellaton Stage loudspeakers to my reference system. The 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

Magico Announces M2 Loudspeaker

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

Magico Announces M2 Loudspeaker

The following is a press release issued by Magico. HAYWARD, CA (USA) | December 7, 2018 – Magico, the Leader in High-Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce the M2 which expands the M-Series product lineup and features many ground-breaking engineering designs distilled from the M6 and M3. Our materials science research in the properties and applications of carbon allows the M2 to feature a new monocoque enclosure. Similar in construction technique introduced in the M6, it is formed using multiple layers of carbon fiber adding up to a 3/8” thickness.… Read the full article

2018 New York Audio Show Report

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

2018 New York Audio Show Report

Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage from Washington, D.C. to the New York Hilton to experience that show’s endless rooms, each packed with lust-worthy gear and ravenous audiophiles. But after Stereophile pulled out for lack of funding, New York languished for years without a major regional show—an unholy state of affairs for one of the country’s largest high-end audio markets.… Read the full article

TAS Legacy: Vandersteen Audio Model 2 Loudspeaker

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

TAS Legacy: Vandersteen Audio Model 2 Loudspeaker

Although Richard Vandersteen has gone on to design far more sophisticated, expensive, and ultimately “better”-sounding loudspeakers, the original Model 2 remains the inspiration and essential research project for all that’s followed over the past four-plus decades. Upon release in 1977 the Model 2 sold for $890 the pair and featured several innovative design elements that are fundamental to every subsequent speaker that Richard Vandersteen designed. First and most obviously was Vandersteen’s discovery that by minimizing the size and curving the edges of the baffle, he was able to virtually eliminate cabinet edge and grille diffraction issues to obtain a far …… Read the full article

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest carbon-fiber record brush, $19 Caig Deoxit Gold G100L contact cleaner, $33 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC cord, $95 Wireworld Mini Eclipse 8 speaker cable, $560 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono cartridge, $75 AudioQuest DragonFly Black and Red DACs, $99/$199 Schiit Audio Mani phonostage, $129 Riva Arena and Festival integrated systems, $249/$499 NAD D 3020 V2 integrated amplifier, $399 Wharfedale Diamond 225 loudspeaker, $449 Rega Planar 1 turntable, $495 Elac Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeaker, $499 Rotel CD14 disc player, $599 A Step Up Audio Technica VM540ML and VM760SLC phono cartridges, $249/$649 NuPrime IDA-8 integrated amplifier/DAC, …… Read the full article

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Music Lovers Hosts Listening Party This Weekend: Wilson Audio Specialties’ Sasha DAW

By | November 27th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Music Lovers Hosts Listening Party This Weekend: Wilson Audio Specialties' Sasha DAW

The following is a press release issued by Music Lovers San Francisco. Novermber 27, 2018 – Music Lovers will host two special listening events this weekend, November 30 and December 1, to celebrate the debut of Wilson Audio Specialties’ Sasha DAW loudspeaker. Featured guests will include Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio, Bob McConnell of Transparent Audio, and Jeff Sigmund of Luxman. Attendees will have two listening opportunities to choose from: one each at Music Lovers’ San Francisco and Berkeley locations. The demonstrations will showcase Wilson Audio’s Sasha DAW, using cables from Transparent Audio and electronics from Luxman: the L-509X integrated …… Read the full article

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Audible Images Annual Music Appreciation Event

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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