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Distinctive Stereo, Genesis, VPI, Merrill, Aurender | CAF 2019

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

After visiting the Distinctive Stereo room at the 2019 Capital Audiofest, I no longer have to hear the question “You’ve never met Herb Reichert?” That’s right–I do not know Herb Reichert, despite the fact that I’ve been reading his reviews since his days at Listener magazine with Art Dudley. Herb is everbody’s favorite audio scribe these days, and I have to say I’m a fan of his writing as well. But I’ve never met the man in person, despite his ubiquitous presence at some of these shows, and I always feel left out because everyone tells me that he’s fascinating.… Read the full article

Merrill Audio Christine, Merrill Audio Element 118 | Review

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

In this review, Rick takes a good look at the Merrill Audio Christine preamplifier and the Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers.

Back of the Class?

Ever since their introduction in 1958, Class D amplifiers have been loved by many for their efficiency versus traditional Class A, AB or B circuitries. Theoretically, Class D circuits are capable of achieving 90-98% efficiency, whereas Class B operates at approximately 75% and Class A at 20-50%. This difference gives Class D significant advantages as these amps generate less heat, and require much less space.… Read the full article

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Merrill Audio introduces 114, new Gallium Nitride amp

By | May 3rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Merrill Audio (website) is bringing the costs down. Way down. I love it when that happens. In this case, we have an (r-)evolutionary advance on Class-D amplifiers, the tech that audiophiles love to hate. Despite the reviews. Despite the evidence of their ears and peers. Doesn’t matter — at least, it hasn’t mattered — because EVERYBODY KNOWS that Class D is [fill in the blank with whatever is bad].

Fine, yes, I’m a tube guy. It’s part of my retro-fetish, something I’d be all-too-happy to discuss over an aged bourbon or a cellared wine.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: The Best of The Show, and Wrap-Up

By | March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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To wrap things up, I think the major question of the show was answered. If the Florida Audio Expo was indeed an experiment, I think the results have given us a proof of concept. Attendance at the show was solid from hour-one on Friday through Sunday close. Exhibitors brought their A-game. The efforts from local dealers and manufacturers afar combined to offer up an especially engaging in-room experience. In some ways, all the factors of what make a great sounding and informative listening session were ticked.… Read the full article

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FLORIDA 2019: Muraudio, Merrill Audio, and their award-winning sound

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

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Muraudio catches my fancy once again, but on a whole new level. Merrill Audio shows itself to be the true rose gold standard in reference power and finesse. Aurender and EMM Labs handle the music.

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I’ve covered last years tour of the The Muraudio SP1 full-range loudspeaker pretty closely. The SP1 was launched in March 2018 and has received many Editor’s Choice and Product of the Year awards from numerous publications in that short time. Even from my own coverage of the SP1 at previous audio shows in 2018, it twice ended up in my Must See Rooms.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Sunday with Paul

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

— by Paul Elliott

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From the late 1980s to early 1990s, Kevin was an academic; his hobby, music systems of that era, always left him wanting more.  He instinctively knew there was more on the recording, so, finally he just built an amplifier that he felt was better than what was available then.  Friends kept saying he should start a company and produce them. With some help from the family, he launched VAC.  It took almost 5 years to become a viable entity, many long days and seven-day-weeks to get VAC going. … Read the full article

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Introducing the Merrill Audio Element 116

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Received this gem over the weekend. Merrill Audio has a brand-new amplifier line featuring brand-new tech. Now available — details below.

Bernardsville, New Jersey, USA.

Following the enormous success of the ELEMENT 118, Merrill Audio is introducing the ELEMENT 116 Monoblocks,  with the same Galliium Nitiride Transistors, ZXOL design which has zero feedback and zero dead time. This innovation gives a music reproduction that is full of air, emotion and detail, simply superbly presented with a wider, deeper stage at a lower price point.

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Munich High-End 2018: Merrill Audio

By | May 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

From Merrill Audio

Flagship  Most Advanced Power Amplifiers

For Immediate Release:

7th May 2018

Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC

Bernardsville, New Jersey, USA.

Connecting you to your Music so deeply they will touch your soul, that is the new line of the most advanced Power Amplifiers from MerrillAudio. This Crowning achievement took over 4 years of research, the use of the very latest technology, meticulous engineering and finest materials available. Using Merrill Audio’s proprietary ZXOL design, the new ELEMENT series of Power Amplifiers are an order of Magnitude better in every sonic character than their previous amplifiers and simply like no other and

A great many new technologies are used in the new ELEMENT series, code name Project Oganesson. Read the full article

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Merrill Audio’s New Element 118 Monos

By | May 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Just in time for the high end show in Munich, New Jersey-based Merrill Audio has announced a new line of monos called the Element series starting with the Element 118 flagship ($36k). The new power amplifier pushes 800 watts into 8 ohms, 400 into 8. External aesthetics include rose gold faceplate/acoustical dampers and a touch screen interface.

The 118 will lead the charge for the new lineup but smaller options will also be introduced (116, 114) that will also include trickle down tech included in the flagship piece.… Read the full article

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Review: Getting my groove on with one-step vinyl releases

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In business, it can be advantageous to cut out the middle man. In vinyl record production, too, less can be more. The latest mini-trend in the audiophile world is one-step recordings, which eliminate two parts of the manufacturing process.

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab dropped its first one-step record in 2016 with Santana’s Abraxas, followed early this year by the Bill Evans Trio’s Sunday at the Village Vanguard. Both quickly sold out. This fall, MFSL added Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly and reportedly is planning a handful more in 2018.… Read the full article

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