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DAR’s Product of the Year 2017

By | December 30th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Take a look at DAR’s Favourite bits of 2017 and what do you see? The majority play to a similar aesthetic: rectangular boxes dressed in black; and despite this selection being the best of the best and reflecting DAR’s Future-Fi manifesto.

Granted, the KEF LS50 Wireless are also available in white, the Sony WH-1000XM2 in champagne-beige and Chord offer a handsome red-stitched leather case to house the Mojo-Poly. Taking a broader view, the audiophile world is drowning in silver/black-boxed electronics and wood-veneered loudspeakers.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Wrap-Up and John Stancavage’s Best of Show

By | August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Audio shows can be a strange experience. No, I’m not talking about catching a frightening glimpse of yours truly, shakily down on all fours, getting a close-up photo of an XLR jack. I’m referring to sound.

laas9For reasons that still are a mystery to me, at some events you practically are overwhelmed by the number of glorious systems. At others, you can go a whole day (or more) without getting your socks knocked off. I’ve wondered: Are the shows that seem to have very few awesome rigs the ones that suffer most from hotel bugaboos, such as challenging acoustics and sketchy power?… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: Floating vinyl, Sgt. Pepper, new products stand out on Day 1

By | June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

The inaugural Los Angeles Audio Show opened Friday with the wall-rattling whoosh of a troubled spaceship, a bus rocking with the latest mobile audio and a turntable levitating an inch or two off its base.

Indeed, I had to pause several times during the day to say to myself, “Now there’s something you don’t see at your average high-end event.”

With three audiophile shows scheduled for California in the next four months, organizers of the LA exhibit wisely went beyond the usual room-by-room stereo demo format to offer extensive home theater displays, car audio and more.… Read the full article

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World’s first levitating turntable

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , |

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

A few days ago, the hi-fi world was buzzing with talk about the world’s first levitating turntable and a video showed an impressive sight of a platter floating in mid-air and rotating. There is no spindle to anchor the platter to the plinth.

 

The drive system could not be seen but it is mentioned that air would power the system.

 

The First Levitating Turntable is by a company called MAG-LEV Audio and the company was actually crowd-sourcing for funds through Kickstarter.… Read the full article

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