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Fern & Roby Send A Raven – AXPONA 2019

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Fern And Roby Raven Floorstander

AXPONA 2019 was busy show from many who attended. Press and attendees were divided by 190+ rooms and a personal audio hall called EGX to cut up the time between a Friday morning and Sunday afternoon.

One of the highlights for me was visiting the Fern and Roby room who had two new loudspeakers on display. Lined up for most of Friday and Saturday was the Raven Floorstander ($9,500/pair) firmly attached to LTA’s MZ3 pre ($3,700) and ZOTL40 Power Amp ($6,800).… Read the full article

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Raven Audio | AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

I have known about Raven Audio and their tube amps for a number of years when I met Dave Thompson and friends at an earlier Capital Audiofest.  I was really impressed with the sound and look of his amps finding it hard to believe they were made in America and at the price point that was quite affordable.

I have watched the product line grow each year and surprised each year with all the new models.

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SVS Announces Prime Pinnacle Tower Speaker

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

New loudspeakers from SVS — top of the Prime line, the new Pinnacle is available now from $799. Details in the press release, below.

All-new SVS floorstanding speaker features new driver array, trickle down technology from the reference Ultra Series speakers and performance that will delight both discerning audiophiles and home theater fans, while blending seamlessly in a room. 

Youngstown, Ohio – April 2, 2019 SVS, manufacturer of high-performance speakers, subwoofers and audio accessories, proudly announces the SVS Prime Pinnacle speaker.

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Amphion Argon 3S loudspeakers | Review

By | February 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Amphion Argon 3S

Better living through chemistry

As a practicing chemist (or rather, “purveyor of chemical knowledge”), I’m quite keen on all things chemistry. My interest was piqued, therefore, several years ago when I first noticed the offerings of the Finnish company Amphion. As far as I could tell, the operation crafted speakers for both the pro audio and high-end consumer communities, and more importantly, they named their home audio products after chemical elements!

Yes, lots of companies do this sort of thing. Haven’t we all seen the “silver, gold, or platinum” edition of this product or that?… Read the full article

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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

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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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