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Focal Open’s First-Ever US Retail Store

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

Focal Open's First-Ever US Retail Store

The following is a press release issued byVervent Audio Group. November 8, 2019 – Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), the audio and high-fidelity sound leader, is launching its worldwide network of Focal Powered by Naim flagship stores. Following Seoul and Lyon, the group has announced, it will open a store on Oct. 30 in the USA, in Scottsdale, Arizona. These stores, which join the exceptional acoustics of Focal with the unrivaled electronics expertise of Naim Audio, are the first steps in the group’s ambitious strategy to open six new flagship stores per year beginning in 2020.… Read the full article

KEF R11 Loudspeaker

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

KEF R11 Loudspeaker

As any hi-fi enthusiast knows, there’s no shortage of attractive loudspeakers out there nowadays. But beauty only goes so far if the sound isn’t up to snuff. Happily the KEF R11, the flagship of the venerable British marque’s mid-tier R series, delivers smart technology for great sound in a pretty package—and for less dough that you might expect. Positioned above the entry Q series and below the Reference series, the R series was first launched in 2011 but is now in its fresh 2018 iteration.… Read the full article

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

MBL 101 X-treme Loudspeaker $260,000 In honor of the 101 X-tremes’ tenth anniversary, I invited these new and improved versions of MBL’s 2000-pound, twin-chassis flagship loudspeakers back into my listening room. Comprising two Radialstrahler columns—each column like a pair of 101Es with one set of radial woofers, radial mids, and radial tweets facing upward and the other facing down immediately above it in a D’Appolito arrangement—and twin outboard, powered subwoofer stacks (with two 12" aluminum-cone woofers in a push-push configuration per subwoofer and three, stackable subs per speaker side), the 101 X-tremes are giants.… Read the full article

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

By | October 31st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

Lyra Etna Cartridge $8995 Jacob Heilbrunn raved about the SL version of this mc cartridge, but that model’s very low output renders it a specialty product for use only in systems with very-high-gain phonostages. The non-SL version is the Etna for the rest of us. Thanks to its healthy 0.56mV output, more than double that of the SL, you can use it with virtually any phonostage. No doubt the SL, with its lower-mass coil, will extract somewhat finer detail and offer slightly sharper transients.… Read the full article

GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R Loudspeaker

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

GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R Loudspeaker

When Sandy Gross, the president of GoldenEar Technology, visited me in 2015 to help set up his Triton Five loudspeakers, he later confessed to me in an email that it had been a somewhat hair-raising experience for him. His worries had centered upon an LP of Led Zeppelin II that I played at what might be deemed healthy levels through the Triton Five. He admitted that he had been concerned about the punishment that we might have been inflicting upon his precious drivers, yet they made it through with aplomb.… Read the full article

New Spendor D7.2 Loudspeakers Now Shipping

By | October 29th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

New Spendor D7.2 Loudspeakers Now Shipping

The following is a press release issued by Bluebird Music and Spendor. October 29, 2019 | Buffalo, NY – Bluebird Music today announced immediate availability of the new Spendor D Line Models, D7.2 and D9.2 The new Spendor D7.2 features significant improvements to the proprietary Dynamic Damping system, a more rigid cabinet structure, meticulously re-engineered crossovers and re-designed aesthetics and magnetic grill covers for a slimmer cleaner look. The new .2 models deliver dramatic advances in low frequency articulation and mid-range dynamics, improved driver integration and a beautiful even tonal balance.… Read the full article

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2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier $599 Even when I’m not doing critical listening, I still find myself returning frequently and fondly to the super-sounding and retro-stylish Sprout100 integrated amp, a new and improved version of the original li’l Sprout. Although I’m a vinyl devotee, for “casual” or on-the-go listening it’s just too easy to flip a switch and fire up music via Tidal/Qobuz and my iPhone (or MacBook using Roon)—though the Sprout100 also contains a redesigned mm phonostage. Yes, it’s convenient; yet it also sonically outshines the competition and offers nifty source versatility.… Read the full article

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Yamaha Announces New 5000 Series

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Yamaha Announces New 5000 Series

The following is a press release issued by Yamaha. Buena Park, California | October 23, 2019 – Yamaha is making the biggest statement in the Hi-Fi market since it coined the term “Hi-Fi” 65 years ago with the release of its Hi-Fi Player. Today, the company is continuing its legacy in the premium Hi-Fi category with the U.S. debut of the 5000 Series, a new standard of components designed for the most discerning and passionate audiophiles. The 5000 series builds on the success and performance of the company’s previous Hi-Fi components.… Read the full article

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Genesis Advanced Technologies Event at Distinctive Stereo

By | October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Genesis Advanced Technologies Event at Distinctive Stereo

I recently had the privilege of attending a unique event hosted by Larry Borden of Distinctive Stereo in River Vale, NJ, to announce and demonstrate his new line of loudspeakers from Genesis Advanced Technologies. In attendance were the chief designer and owner of Genesis, Gary Koh, as well as Merrill Wettasinghe of Merrill Audio, and Matt Weisfeld, ever the showman, of VPI. Gary had spent the previous day meticulously (it took seven hours) setting up his absolutely stunning 7-way Maestro speakers, the babies of the Genesis line and the only models not to utilize his ribbon-tweeter line array.… Read the full article

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50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio – 2019

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

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest conductive fiber record brush, $22.95 Caig Deoxit contact cleaner, $32.95 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC power cord, $95 Synergistic Research Foundation Series, $499/$599 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono cartridge, $75 AudioQuest DragonFly Black, Red, Cobalt DACs, $100/$200/$300 Schiit Audio Mani phonostage, $129 Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 loudspeaker, $349 Elac Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeaker, $499 Rega Planar 1Plus turntable, $595 NAD C 328 integrated amplifier, $599 PS Audio Sprout100, $599 A Step Up Audio Technica VM540ML and VM760SLC phono cartridges, $249/$649 Odyssey Khartago stereo power amplifier, $995 REL Acoustics T/7i subwoofer, $999 KEF LS50 loudspeaker, $1299 …… Read the full article

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