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A short film about the ELAC Navis ARB-51

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Instead of activating ELAC’s Uni-Fi series of passive loudspeakers (see here and here) celebrity loudspeaker designer Andrew Jones created an all-new active loudspeaker called Navis — formerly Argo.

“The original name, in full, was Argo-Navis. This based on a constellation and in keeping with nautical themes that we have chosen for recent naming conventions. It is in recognition of ELAC’s headquarters in Kiel Germany, an important sailing centre. Hence Vela (sail) and Carina (keel). We used Argo for short but were challenged by someone registering the Argo name after we started using it.Read the full article

A short film about the DALI Callisto 2C

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

What does a modern hi-fi system look like? If you’re Denmark’s DALI, a pair of active loudspeakers fed via a control hub fitted with a streaming module. No hi-fi rack full of amplifiers and DACs – they sit inside the loudspeaker – and no cable salad. In other words: unobtrusive.

Plus! The engineering prowess of a DSP crossover and an amplifier tailored to each driver’s input that no similarly configured and similarly priced passive loudspeaker system could touch. (Think about it: one of the most costly components of an outboard amplifier is its chassis).… Read the full article

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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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Voxativ talks DSP optimisation, Bluetooth streaming

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Digital Signal Processing. We might expect Voxativ, a Berlin-based loudspeaker manufacturer steeped in the heritage of single/compression drivers, to invite DSP to talk to the hand. And yet at this year’s Norddeutsche Hifi-Tage Voxativ could be seen using DSP – inside a black box and before the amplification stage – to squeeze additional low-frequency extension from the Hagen; standmounts that previously called for subwoofer assistance.

The Hamburg-based controversies didn’t end there: the new box’s DSP core was being fed via Bluetooth, its TOSLINK digital and analogue/phono inputs ignored.… Read the full article

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Sonus Faber’s New Palladio Line

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Sonus Faber Palladio

Italy-based Sonus Faber is slowing working its way into my short list of favorites in high end audio. Our listening sessions to the flagship Aida and all sorted products from the diverse palate of loudspeakers creations have always been richly rewarding. Now the brand is launching two new lines of custom install products (Level 5 and Level 6) under the Palladio Collection to compliment existing options or create new ones.

Palladio in wall

Level 5 is set to coincide with the Sonette speakers and Level 6 Olympica.… Read the full article

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JBL L100 Classic Loudspeakers

By | January 28th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The JBL L100 Classic are new JBL loudspeakers that allude to the iconic JBL L100 speakers from years ago. The original JBL L100 were introduced in 1970 and it was a consumer version of the popular JBL 4310 Pro Studio monitor. Over time, this model has become the best-selling JBL loudspeaker of all time (source: corporate materials).

Retro speakers still remain fashionable. It’s harder and harder to tell if it’s vintage or retro, because most people do not seem to differentiate these concepts.… Read the full article

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Graham Audio Chartwell LS6 review

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

Brit restraint alert: I was somewhat taken with the LS6 speakers from Graham Audio.
The design principles behind them swim against the tide. It’s simple – the cabinets are supposed to vibrate. Forget Fort Knox solidity, forget 25mm side walls. Say hello to thin cabinet walls that oscillate with the music. The trick is in the cabinet damping and bracing. It shifts resonances out of the way, leaving a natural tone. With skilled design, the thin-wall approach works well.

The grandfather of the BBC sound was Dudley Harwood, a senior BBC engineer who went on to found Harbeth.… Read the full article

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Ryan Speakers S840 Loudspeakers

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Ryan Speakers S840 Loudspeakers

So it goes like this….  A few years ago I was at a high end audio trade show, where you do the usual rounds asking your acquaintances “what do you like so far?” and time after time I kept hearing “The Ryan Audio room.” Sometimes this happens where I hear about a room this way and then go pay it a visit, rather than just stumble upon it. Does this taint the experience? Maybe a little. Because then you enter and have certain expectations.… Read the full article

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SVS, The Prime Pinnacle & A New 13 – CES 2019

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SVS Prime Pinnacle

A New Floorstander

It’s always a thunderous stop at the SVS room. Focusing on both monster subwoofers and audiophile 2-channel has been the play for the past few years, hence their presence in a Venetian listening room suite at CES this year. The big talking point: a new set of Pinnacle Floorstanders.

The product spread is getting progressively wider for the site-direct company, recently launching a range of wireless prime speaker options as well as filling out the sub line with a the new 3000 series a few months back.… Read the full article

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The Elac Carina Series – CES 2019

By | January 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Elac Carina Bookshelf Loudspeaker

A new speaker line from Andrew Jones

It is now a sight that the general audio press is becoming more familiar with, but still enjoys at much as the first release (at least for this individual). Andrew Jones and the Elac team crowded into a listening room talking about a new loudspeaker series. At CES this year its a new take on the formula with the addition of a JET folded ribbon tweeter called Carina.

The Carina series starts with 5″ bookshelf for $1.2k (per pair) and includes a center ($849) and floorstander ($1.2 each).… Read the full article

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