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The Magnepan Magneplanar LRS: So Much More Than Just a “Taste” of the High End

By | November 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The Magnepan Magneplanar LRS: So Much More Than Just a “Taste” of the High End

Magnepan Magneplanar LRS

Magnepan Magneplanar LRS with stock stands attached

1973: William Michael Albert Broad sat at his desk at the Worthing High School for Boys with a particularly nasty scowl on his face. He’d just been handed his report card for the term, on which his chemistry teacher had scrawled the word “idle” across the unusually low marks for that semester. “Idle,” he thought to himself; the intent of his teacher was to impress upon his parents young William’s complete lack of interest in the periodic table of elements.

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Future-Fi from Cabasse, Linn & Cyrus Audio

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Future-Fi? That’s high-end audio for those who care not for the journey of system compilation and its (potentially) endless revision but would rather an all-in-one, set-and-forget hardware purchase. How do manufacturers talk to this kind of consumer?

If you’re France’s Cabasse, you take a leaf out of the Devialet Phantom Reactor book to shrink your Pearl streaming loudspeaker to a stereo-pairable 22cm diameter sphere and offer optional dedicated stands, wall mounts and carry cases. The Pearl Akoya (€2990/pair) pulls in digital audio through Wifi, Ethernet and TOSLINK – and analogue sources via a 3.5mm socket – to output via internal 32bit/768kHz DAC and amplification tailored precisely to the coaxially aligned tweeter, midrange driver and 17cm long-throw subwoofer.… Read the full article

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Daedalus Audio Apollo Speakers | Review

By | October 27th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Daedalus Audio Apollo drivers

Sometimes the timing of an audio review seems inadvertently auspicious. Such is the case of my latest project: the Daedalus Audio Apollo full-range speakers. I’ve had these lovely wooden wonders here in my home for a few months now, but other pressing projects, both audio and non-audio related, kept placing the review on the back burner. I’ve finally had the pleasure of getting a solid month of critical listening and note-taking in, and it’s time to put pencil to paper…

Through no advanced planning of my own, I realized that my written review was initiated exactly 50 years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission first set foot on the moon.… Read the full article

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Fern & Roby Raven Loudspeakers | Review

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My adventures with the Fern & Roby Raven loudspeakers started last year, right before I left my house in Western New York to drive down to the Capital Audiofest in the suburbs of Washington DC. Minutes before I left, I double-checked the CAF website for the address so I could put it into the GPS and there it was, on the landing page, an image of a beautiful single-driver loudspeaker with glorious mid-century style wooden legs and a curiously wide baffle.… Read the full article

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Wheely good: a short film about the Klipsch Forte III

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

On vital statistics, the Klipsch Forte III sells for US$4000/€4400 per pair. A decidedly vintage-looking wooden enclosure houses a 1″ tweeter and 1.75″ midranger that come on kinda plain Jane until we note that each is a compression driver and horn-loaded. Low frequencies are handled by a 12″-er but in lieu of a rear-firing port, we get a 15″ passive radiator. Together, these two paper cones have the Forte III reach down to 38Hz. Similarly, Klipsch rate their Heritage Series loudspeaker at 99dB efficiency and 8 Ohm nominal where flea-watt amplifiers can enter the fray with considerably reduced concern for flabby bass and/or diminished SPLs.… Read the full article

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Acapella Audio Arts:  the Sphäron Excalibur

By | October 17th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Three years ago, while visiting Acapella’s showroom in Duisburg, I experienced that a Poseydon could bring you closer to the dynamics of a concert event than even the most demanding hi-fi enthusiast could have ever dreamed of. And, the acoustic transducer currently being there in demonstration is intended to narrow the gap between reality and illusion even more. And you can listen to it by yourself!

In the meantime, a lot has happened at Acapella Audio Arts:  Besides Hermann Winters and Alfred Rudolph, also his sons Robert and Richard are now part of the team, while the legal structure of the company has changed accordingly.… Read the full article

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McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

By | October 9th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

If you are an audiophile, and have been in the hobby for more than the last five nanoseconds, then you know McIntosh. Easily one of the stalwarts of the industry, and a company that has always paid as much attention to aesthetics as to engineering prowess and quality. That is a lot of attention, by the way, bordering, if not knee deep into the world of OCD. I can honestly say that I have never had an encounter with McIntosh gear that was not totally enjoyable and entrancing.… Read the full article

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Tannoy goes for affordable active Gold!

By | October 3rd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

DC. Not the District of Columbia but Scotland where our two-letter abbreviation stands for Tannoy’s Dual Concentric trademark: a (horn-loaded) tweeter placed in the middle of a mid/bass driver to see music emanate from a single point (aka ‘point source’); a topology that helps high frequencies reach the listener’s ear at the same time as the rest of the frequency spectrum for superior soundstaging. Tannoy has been doing this since 1947.

Tannoy’s latest series of Gold monitors comprises three models: the Gold 5 that features a 5″ mid/bass driver, the Gold 7 with a 6.5″ and the Gold 8 with an 8″.… Read the full article

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The Duelund-Altec Project – Dare to Dream!

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

This particular feature article for Positive Feedback isn’t your typical audio review, but rather is intended to be a fun and inspirational “dare to dream” article that is decidedly outside of the usual audio mainstream.

This is an article that tells the story of the successful marriage of the latest state-of-art Duelund Coherent Audio CAST tinned-copper capacitors, inductors, and resistors—in a Jean Hiraga inspired crossover circuit (photo below)—with the historically important vintage Altec loudspeakers that were custom made for the domestic use of conductor Leopold Stokowski in the early 1960s (hereinafter referred to as the “Stokowski” Altecs).… Read the full article

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A Black Diamond – The ATC 50SE Loudspeakers

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I enjoyed hearing ATC’s 40A (then $12,999) speaker four years ago; enough so I was tempted to buy them (see HERE for the review). They had a fuller range than my reference, and the sound was a bit sweeter.

However, my reference ATCs employ an “SL” (super linear) driver for midrange and lower frequencies, as all of its “classic series” speakers do, whereas the 40A from their entry series do not. The SL technology, as I understand it, addresses problems inherent in steel’s magnetic non-linearity.… Read the full article

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