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CH Precision I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

CH Precision I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier

The standard reason for buying an integrated amp is to save money and space—if not with total sonic impunity, then at least without incurring a major sonic sacrifice. Integrateds enable this by merging a linestage and power amp into one unit, reducing by half the required number of power supplies and chassis. That may not sound like a big deal, but those are two of an audio component’s most expensive parts. Of course, having two functions share a power supply is going to entail some sonic penalty, but integrateds at least partially compensate by eliminating a set of interconnects, which …… Read the full article

Bending Wave USA’s Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bending Wave USA’s Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

The following is a press release issued by Bending Wave USA. January 7, 2019 – Bending Wave USA will host a grand opening of its new showroom in Davie, Florida on January 26th and 27th. The featured audio system will include speakers from Germany’s Göbel driven by electronics from Switzerland’s CH Precision. Bending Wave USA is located at 10404 West State Road 84, Suite 101, Davie, Florida 33324. Phone: (954) 716-7407. For more information, go to bendingwaveusa.com.… Read the full article

Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Esoteric F-03A Integrated Amplifier

Esoteric’s F-03A integrated amplifier proves the audio truism that not all watts are created equal. With an output power of just 30Wpc, the F-03A isn’t anyone’s idea of a powerhouse. Yet the F-03A’s 30 watts are not only among the sweetest sounding you’ll find; they are also far more potent than those of lesser-quality amplifiers with a similar power rating. The F-03A’s sweetness is provided by its Class A operation, the potency from its robust output stage and power supply. Two amplifiers with the same power rating into 8 ohms “on paper” can have radically different real-world performances.… Read the full article

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MBL Noble Line N11 Preamplifier and N15 Monoblock Amplifier

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

MBL Noble Line N11 Preamplifier and N15 Monoblock Amplifier

MBL’s Noble Line electronics sit midway between its ultra-expensive Reference Line offerings and its least costly Corona gear. Though the Noble N11 preamp and N15 monoblock amps aren’t stripped down compared to their Reference counterparts, they do differ in price, size, power, and mode of operation. The enormous $106k/pr. Reference Line 9011 monoblocks, for example, one of the world’s great amps, generate 840W/50A/100V into a 4-ohm load, have a signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB and distortion of under 0.001%, and run in Class AB.… Read the full article

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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

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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

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How to Listen to Stereo

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

How to Listen to Stereo

Stereo in its most basic form is a robust medium. One can hear the ancient demos of ping-pong games and trains traveling from left to right or right to left on cheap computer speakers sitting on a glass tabletop. But if you want to hear the real sonic glories that stereo is capable of—the insight into the original recording venue, the sense of expansive space, the depth and width of image, the focus and location of instruments, and all the rest—then you need not only good equipment but also very careful setup of the system in the listening room.… Read the full article

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Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

How did you get into this business? My first musical influences were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Music has always been a soundtrack to my life from adolescence onward. In high school, I worked on a radio show, and at a radio station in college. While teaching and finishing my master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, I took a part-time job in a stereo store in Boulder 40 years ago. Since the market for salesmen remains stronger than the market for philosophers, here I am today.… Read the full article

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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

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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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