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Emotiva Launches Two New Subs and Stealth Series PA-1 Monoblock Amp

By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Every day that passes we start to collectively inch forward towards the big product launch season. First out of the gate mid-August appears to be Emotiva with a “Tripling” of their Airmotiv subwoofer selection (a.k.a. two more subs in addition to the S10 10″ already on the market). Filling out the natural progression for subwoofers of this nature, the new lineup will now consist of the S10 ($599), S12 12″ ($799) and S15 15″ ($1,199). On the lighter side of things, Emotiva still offers and 8″ BasX S8 ($199) and BasX S10 ($299).… Read the full article

A New Mono From McIntosh, The MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh has a new monoblock called the MC611. The “Quad Balanced Power Amplifier” runs big at a full 600 watts into any of its speaker taps (2/4/8 ohms) and of course show off the company’s iconic blue meter with a glowing green logo. There are a quiet a few improvements to the new 611 from the previous 601 model, but McIntosh is putting “a 55% increase in dynamic headroom for added musicality” at the forefront of the feature set.

MSRP for the new amp is $7,500 with dealers taking orders now for shipping in February.… Read the full article

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Announcement: McIntosh MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Iconic blue meters. Warm, full, powerful sound. That’s what Mac means to me. This time out, we’re getting treated to an update/upgrade to the monoblock MC601 power amps. Want to hear what 600 watts can do to and with your speakers? Sure you do. Dealers should be seeing them shortly.

Binghamton, NY – February 7, 2018 McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier.

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RMAF 2017: Aaudio Imports, Wilson Benesch make a statement with Cardinal loudspeaker

By | November 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I first auditioned a pair of Wilson Benesch speakers about a decade ago at a Dallas dealer. I had come in primarily to listen to a tube amp I fancied, but the sight of the large floorstanders got me curious.

I had read positive reviews on the company’s products. Seeing them up close was intriguing, as the woodwork – in this case, a gorgeous cherry – was beautiful. What I remember was that I came away impressed by their sound, too, especially the detailed high frequencies.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: McIntosh in a World of its Own

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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MC601 mono blocks in effect.

World of McIntosh is a brand name developed in 2015 by the longtime manufacturer’s parent company, Fine Sounds Group. Audiophiles who haven’t been paying close attention may be surprised to learn just how big that world is.

McIntosh, which was founded in 1949, for many decades has offered a fairly large catalog of electronics and speakers. But as it has gone through a series of acquisitions and corporate moves, it has become part of a larger family with numerous sister companies.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: German Physiks, Merrill, VPI create aural hologram

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Behold… the aural hologram.

laas7The high-end seems to have a variety of holy grails. One of them is building a speaker that radiates in more than one direction to widen the sweet spot, but still delivers precise stereo imaging and focused vocals. A number of designers and engineers bravely have gone on this quest, with some finding more success than others.

One company that has journeyed down the sometimes-bumpy road is German Physiks. The brand has developed what it calls its DDD driver.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: D’Agostino muscle, Audio Research glow, YG finesse – an intoxicating mix

By | July 9th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Hypnotic dials.

Have you ever been to a rock festival and started imagining your dream lineup in a hoped-for ending jam? What would it sound like to hear singer X with guitarist Y and drummer Z?

laas3Thoughts similar to that pop into my head as I approach each major audio show. You can never tell which brands are going to band together. Some companies tend to have long-term personal friendships or at least business ties that result in them making music together at almost every event, where others seem to change partners frequently.Read the full article

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