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CES 2019: Technics SL-1500 and SL-1200MK7 | First Listen

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Technics continues its re-entry into the turntable arena bringing something for both both the DJ and Audiophile audience with the annoucement of SL-1200MK7 and SL-1500 turntables.

The SL-1200 originally released in 1972 became the standard turntable for DJs for decades. Built on a direct drive system and large platter it provided reliability, speed and stability for clubs. Black dots surrounding its platter and large pitch control button are part of the SL-1200 signature.

Although SL-1200 has seen some updates over the years, its last major update was in 2002 with the release of the 30th Anniversary SL-1200MK5G.… Read the full article

Sonus Faber Sonetto II Speakers | Review

By | December 30th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Should audio components always be 100% truthful to the source? Ahhh, that’s one of those questions that has resulted in untold audiophile angst, much like the supposed supremacy of analog over digital, or tubes vs. solid state. In the end, it’s ultimately up to the ear of the listener, and nothing else. If it sounds good to you, then it’s probably good.

Me? I’m an unabashed truth guy. That’s perhaps why I tend to gravitate toward pro audio DACs and speakers for instance, which are purposely designed to tell the truth: nothing more and nothing less.… Read the full article

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McIntosh XRT1.1K Loudspeaker Launched | Announcement

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I’ve heard the McIntosh line array loudspeakers in a variety of scenarios, and the only thing I can say is that they’re impressive as all hell.

The new offering is the XRT1.1K, which is the slightly scaled-down version of the monster XRT2.1K — that is, it’s a dream speaker might actually fit in your actual home instead of just your dream home.

Pricing is set at $60,000 and availability is immediate.

Get thee to a dealer to get your ears on!… Read the full article

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Big sky sound from Neat’s compact Iota Xplorer

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Little bro just got a bigger bro, for to kick the sand back at the sceptics.

Say what? Well according to Doug Graham, Sales Director at Neat Acoustics, the little Iota Alpha floorstanders were too small and weedy to be taken seriously…by some audiophiles. Novelty value, not real speakers. Never mind that they were seeded by the acclaimed original Iota, a diminutive shelf/desktop speaker with planar magnetic tweeter and optimised to work close to a wall. I heard the Iota first – king of where’s-the-sub – at a Manchester show.… Read the full article

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Schiit Audio Teases An Amplifier Named Aegir – RMAF 2018

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Like other some other audio show appearances, Schiit Audio pulled up residence in both the headphone area and in a two channel room at RMAF this year. The company recently broke party lines and returned to their roots with the release of a full-fledged loudspeaker pres and a mono/stereo power amp separates. Still hot off the R & D bench, the Vidar amps ($699) push 400 watts of Class AB in mono mode, and make a great pairing with the Schiit’s balanced tube pre Freya, also priced at $699.… Read the full article

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Wyred 4 Sound – RMAF 2018

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

EJ Sarmento had a trick up his sleeve for the Rocky Mountain Audiofest this year. Known primarily for his highly lauded work with DACs, streamers and amplification this year’s elaborate package of new audiophile releases included a pair of loudspeakers called Tempus ($9k). The new transducers is the first official category release for the west coast company, and at the show definitely lived up to the reputation that EJ has already established as a value-driven hifi establishment.

On top of the new Tempest, we found four other new products at the show starting with the Aura Pre ($3k) into dual Aura 1200M monos ($2k each).… Read the full article

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Amphion Bridges The Gap Between HiFi and Pro Loudspeakers – RMAF 2018

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

There are a few companies from the other side of the valley that share that common love of music and music production with the high fidelity world. I was introduced to Amphion Loudspeakers at Rocky Mountain Audiofest this year and the experience makes me wish more companies would make that leap.

The Amphion’s product range is deep, with home products squarely targeted for consumption and a separate monitor vertical keyed into production. For the home, the offerings are broken out into Helium and Argon lines with the 3-way Krypton3 floor stander topping out the range at $18.6k, which was just being tapped at the time I walked into the room Sunday morning.… Read the full article

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REVIEW – Boenicke W5 SE Loudspeakers

By | August 28th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

Made in Switzerland the Boenicke W5SE are a very small speaker with a reasonably high price tag of £4595. Stuart and Linette Smith take a listen. 

When Ian Ringstead who reviews for Hifi Pig heard that we had got these diminutive speakers (they ae only 2.8L in volume) from Swiss manufacturer Boenicke, he was to say the least a little bit green with envy commenting that they were his favourite small speaker when he has heard them at shows and demonstrations.

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Bowers & Wilkins Release New 600 Series

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , |

Bowers & Wilkins, the British audio brand, has introduced the sixth iteration of its 600 Series speakers.   

The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series range has won many awards for value and performance. Now, Bowers & Wilkins is launching a new range composed of four speakers and matching subwoofers that feature several improvements from their predecessors.

“The 600 Series is the perfect entry point into the Bowers & Wilkins high-fidelity audio experience,” said Richard Campbell, Chief Revenue Officer at Bowers & Wilkins.

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Klipsch Reference Series Now In UK

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , |

Henley Audio say are delighted to announce the UK debut of Klipsch’s new Reference™ Series speakers.  With a range made up of 13 models – including Dolby Atmos®-enabled components, subwoofers and active monitor speakers – the new, sixth generation, Reference Series (also called Reference Base in different territories) boasts cosmetic and material upgrades over the previous range. 

Designed at Klipsch’s HQ in Indianapolis, new Reference Series speakers feature the company’s proprietary horn-loaded technology and spun-copper IMG woofers.

Product manager for Klipsch, Kerry Geist, says of the new range: “The new Reference series speakers combine modern materials and technology to create an unforgettable, unrivalled music and movie listening experience at these price points.”

The Reference Series speakers benefit from larger, proprietary Tractrix® horns for high frequencies.… Read the full article

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