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Marantz Is Back: 40th-Anniversary Marantz KI Ruby Series

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Marantz Is Back: 40th-Anniversary Marantz KI Ruby Series

Now under the auspices of Sound United (along with Denon, Classé Audio, and other brands), Marantz is back on the map. The classic audio company has been celebrating its 40thanniversary this year with recent launches of its KI Ruby limited-edition series components in Europe and the U.S. Along with a number of (mostly) European-based audio journalists and a handful of sales folks, I had the good fortune to attend a special launch event in Amsterdam held at an incredible venue: the renowned Concertgebouw concert hall.… Read the full article

RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

Most Significant New Products VAC Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier This new and state-of-the-art Statement 450i iQ integrated amp from Kevin Hayes of Valve Amplification Company (VAC) makes a statement indeed and epitomizes extreme audio. Standing—literally, as it’s a unique vertical design—nearly 4 feet tall and weighing in at 460 pounds, the VAC 450 iQ integrated is extremely striking, gorgeous-sounding, and not surprisingly, expensive at $150k. Essentially it combines the 450 S iQ power amp, the Statement Linestage, and the Statement Phonostage.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 – Electronics Under $15k

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

RMAF 2018 – Electronics Under $15k

This was my first Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in three years, as well as my first gander at the venerable Marriott Denver Tech Center following its much-needed facelift. Ironically, as it turns out, even a multi-million-dollar renovation couldn’t hold on to RMAF. Next year, the show is off to a sparkling new venue at the Gaylord Rockies Resort in nearby Aurora, CO. Now this place not only looks spectacular but word has it that sonically the rooms easily surpass those at the old DTC (which doesn’t set an especially high bar, I’m afraid).… Read the full article

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Ayon Audio Unveils Triton III Amplifier

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

Ayon Audio Unveils Triton III Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Ayon Audio. Austria | October 26, 2018 – Ayon Audio, the award winning Austrian vacuum tube manufacturer unveils the New Ayon Audio Triton III GEN 4. Pure Class A operation integrated and stereo amplifier. Operation in Pentode & Triode mode that delivers a Pure Class A signal, no signal loss at any demand. Intelligent auto-bias and tube protection system. Alerts when a vacuum tube is misbehaving & needs replacement. The cool running, no hassle amplifier.… Read the full article

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Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 tube integrated amplifier Review

By | October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

It’s been a while since tube/valve gear made any extended appearance in any of my homes. Nothing against the gear, but what with graduation and traveling and not settling down it just wasn’t practical. This is not to say that in my time I did not possess tube/valve gear from Audio Research and Conrad-Johnson, but those times were indeed fleeting, and with the renewed interest in tube/valve gear by the public I thought it high time, now that I’m more situated,to start taking a look at what’s new.

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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

By | September 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to dial up my tunes with the ease and alacrity of a short-order restaurant—the only thing missing are the fries. Equipped with an analog preamp, slot-load CD player, DAC (resolutions of up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 with native DSD playback), and an integrated streamer with Tidal and Qobuz onboard, the Musicbook:25 has a mind-bending level of convenience and coddling that purist audiophiles instinctively run away …… Read the full article

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Hegel Music Systems Event: New Products, Live Music

By | September 14th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

Hegel Music Systems Event: New Products, Live Music

Hegel Music Systems hosted an industry event on August 23 for selected dealers and press where the company shared an overview of its most recent products launched, plus a more in-depth look into its latest technologies and approaches to high-end electronics. For the occasion, which took place at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, NY, the Norwegian company offered more than just a standard new product intro and demo: The special event also featured an intimate performance by emerging art-pop singer, pianist, and composer Anette Askvik, who also hails from Norway.… Read the full article

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Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 Integrated Amplifier

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 Integrated Amplifier

Roger Gibboni, the founder of Rogers High Fidelity, seems to be having way too much fun these days. During a conversation at the recent Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) his passion for audio design came across loud and clear. He brings with him an extensive background in aerospace engineering, which is reflected in how his products are designed and manufactured. The 65V-1 is a perfect example. Although intended as an entry-level offering, it is definitely not a watered-down version of one of Rogers’ big push-pull amps.… Read the full article

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PS Audio Sprout100 integrated amplifier Review

By | June 15th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If PS Audio’s Sprout100 has all the answers, you can just imagine the questions.

I cannot tell you the number of times aspiring audiophiles and existing ones who share my penchant for travel ask me online and in person to make recommendations for them. And, what they have all in common is their particular criteria that it be something they:

  1. Can be proud of around their friends and audiophiles (I have to chuckle that the two seem to be mutually exclusive)
  2. Will not break the bank
  3. Can make their office/secondary solution
  4. Will travel well nationally and internationally

The Sprout100 ticks all the boxes and then some.

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Cary Audio Introduces the SLI-100 Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier

By | June 8th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Cary Audio Introduces the SLI-100 Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Cary Audio. Raleigh, North Carolina | June 9, 2018 – It is no small feat to develop a product that transcends generations and becomes so ingrained in our society that it immediately conjures images of superior performance and jaw-dropping visions of beauty. Looking at a 1963 Porsche 911 next to a 2018 911 GTS, one can still see the striking lineage and heritage which this timeless design has worked its way into the collective memory and consciousness of the Porsche enthusiast, if not all car enthusiasts.… Read the full article

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