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Wireworld Eclipse 8 Loudspeaker Cables

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

When I have conversations with my friends about Wireworld, the level of recognition is almost universal as this is one of the early companies that pioneered the field of high-performance component cabling. Yet if you dig a bit deeper and ask what they know, you often find that many hobbyists do not have an in-depth understanding of the company, or what their products offer. You might get the response of “well, they make cables,” or perhaps you will hear, “they make pretty expensive cables,” and variations of those answers.… Read the full article

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Furutech NanoFlux and LineFlux Cables and Power Products

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , |

When I first spoke with Scot Markwell, US Distributor of Furutech products, at Elite Audio Video Distribution in LA, and a longtime colleague of, and setup man for, the late Harry Pearson, about the opportunity to review a full loom of Furutech flagship cables and passive power devices, I admit to being more than a little interested.

I can’t imagine anyone motivated to read this evaluation could be unfamiliar with the name. The widespread acceptance and use of the Furutech brand of terminations by so many of the most recognized cable and speaker manufactures has made the name almost ubiquitous in today’s high-end cable game.… Read the full article

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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Kirk Midtskog

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

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Kirk Midtskog

YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2 loudspeaker $76,800/pr. I reviewed the original Sonja 1.2 in 2015 and gave it a GEA last year. As good as the 1.2 still is, the current 2.2 improves upon that speaker in dynamic ease, bass weight, soundstage continuousness, and resolution of fine detail. The main technical improvement comes from a brand-new kind of tweeter that combines a soft-dome membrane with a very lightweight, strong, and acoustically transparent supporting “air frame.” The result is a remarkably articulate tweeter capable of withstanding G-forces similar to those of good metal domes but without the oft-associated telltale metallic ringing.… 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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Synergistic Research Galileo UEF System

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Synergistic Research Galileo UEF System

I’ve been using various generations of Synergistic Research interconnects, cables, and power cords since Ted Denney first introduced his original ultra-complex, ultra-expensive Galileo line about a decade ago. There is a simple reason for this: With a first-rate source and first-rate system, Synergistic Galileo UEF allows playback to sound more like the real thing more often than most of the other wires I’ve auditioned (regardless of how much they cost). There are, doubtlessly, technical reasons for Galileo’s UEF’s audible superiority, and I’ll come to them (or what is claimed about them) anon.… 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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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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D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, YG Acoustics, and Alma Music & Audio Demonstrate Mega System

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

D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, YG Acoustics, and Alma Music & Audio Demonstrate Mega System

San Diego retailer Alma Music & Audio, D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, and YG Acoustics teamed up in mid-November to demonstrate what can only be described as a mega-system. I attended the event as was treated to some of the best music playback I’ve heard. Dan D’Agostino was on hand to showcase his latest creation, the Relentless monoblock power amplifier. This all-out assault on the state of the art in power-amplifier design can output 1500W into 8 ohms, doubling that power into 4 ohms.… Read the full article

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Audience to Debut New Cables and Power Products at Capital Audiofest 2018

By | October 25th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Audience to Debut New Cables and Power Products at Capital Audiofest 2018

The following is a press release issued by Audience. October 25, 2018 – The frontRow interconnects, speaker cables and powerChords are Audience's new flagship line of cable and powerChords. They utilize the company's new Musical Optimized Reduction of Resistive Energy technology (MORRE) and other enhancements to deliver an extraordinary level of resolution, spatiality, image specificity, dynamic realism and musical accuracy. The forte V8 Power block brings acclaimed Audience powerline conditioning technology to a more affordable price point (SRP: $1,095). The V8 features eight audiophile-grade outlets and incorporates proprietary powerline conditioning technologies, RF power filtration, star grounding and more.… Read the full article

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MasterBuilt Audio Reference Cables

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

MasterBuilt Audio Reference Cables

MasterBuilt Audio may be a relatively new name to you, but the company has been around for more than a decade. In fact, I first received an 8-foot set of MasterBuilt Audio bi-wired speaker cables to review for another journal in January 2008, which was almost immediately after Von Schweikert Audio started to represent MBA. Then, as now, there had been a strong predilection to safeguard details on both the people behind and the proprietary technologies used by MasterBuilt. In fact, that is to some large degree why a company like Von Schweikert Audio was chosen as the worldwide distributors …… Read the full article

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