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New Dealer Announcement for Vitus Audio and Audio Solutions

By | December 11th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Dealer Announcement for Vitus Audio and Audio Solutions

The following is a press release issued by High End by Oz. December 11, 2019 – High End By Oz LLC is pleased to announce Stellar Home Audio as an authorized dealer for Audio Solutions and Vitus Audio in NY area. Stellar Home Audio is owned and operated by Dan Oest of Commack, NY, who has been an audiophile for over 25 years and is excited to share his experience in the hobby to help you find the most enjoyable system for your individual taste.… Read the full article

A.I. Pioneer Appointed President of Nextscreen Publishing Group

By | December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A.I. Pioneer Appointed President of Nextscreen Publishing Group

December 3, 2019 | AUSTIN, TX — NextScreen, LLC, publishers of The Absolute Sound and HiFi+, is announcing today that Lee Scoggins will be joining the team as President, NextScreen Publishing Group. The newly formed Publishing Group will house The Absolute Sound and HiFi+, two leading high-end audio journals. The Absolute Sound is based in Austin, Texas and HiFi+ is based in Salisbury, England. Lee will be responsible for the day to day operations of the Publishing Group. Lee will also be Executive Vice President for New Business development at NextScreen and will also work on strategy projects across the …… Read the full article

The Warsaw Audio Video Show

By | November 22nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Warsaw Audio Video Show

The opportunity to cover Warsaw’s Audio Video Show 2019 was pitched to me this way, by both the editor-in-chief of this magazine and the event’s organizers: “It’s the second biggest audio show in Europe!” Sort of brought to mind the longtime tagline for the Avis car rental company, “We Try Harder.” But once the three audio-packed days in Poland’s capital had run their course, I concluded that the analogy really wasn’t apt. The Warsaw show is not to High End München what Avis was to Hertz back in the 1960s.… Read the full article

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Qobuz says “No” to MP3 in Move to All Music, One Price Plan, Studio Premier

By | November 11th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Qobuz says “No” to MP3 in Move to All Music, One Price Plan, Studio Premier

The following is a press release issued by Qobuz. November 11, 2019 – Qobuz, the Hi-Res music service that launched in the US this February, is completely eliminating its MP3 (lossy) streaming tier. Beginning today, Qobuz streamlines its monthly offering to one $14.99 plan that includes unlimited access to its entire Hi-Res and CD lossless catalogue (as low as $12.50 per month with a yearly plan). With their maximum quality plan now available for one accessible price, Qobuz is the first streaming service to say goodbye to the increasingly archaic MP3 and is making Hi-Res and lossless the new standard …… Read the full article

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Focal Open’s First-Ever US Retail Store

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Focal Open's First-Ever US Retail Store

The following is a press release issued byVervent Audio Group. November 8, 2019 – Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), the audio and high-fidelity sound leader, is launching its worldwide network of Focal Powered by Naim flagship stores. Following Seoul and Lyon, the group has announced, it will open a store on Oct. 30 in the USA, in Scottsdale, Arizona. These stores, which join the exceptional acoustics of Focal with the unrivaled electronics expertise of Naim Audio, are the first steps in the group’s ambitious strategy to open six new flagship stores per year beginning in 2020.… Read the full article

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NAD Masters Series M10 Streaming Amplifier

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

NAD Masters Series M10 Streaming Amplifier

Completed in 2018, the Statue of Unity, in the Gujarat region of India, is the largest statue in the world. It stands 597 feet tall, almost four times taller than the Statue of Liberty. If the Statue of Unity had shoes on its feet (which it does not), I would imagine the shoehorn it would use to slip said foot into said shoe would be about the same size as the shoehorn that the engineers at NAD used to cram the volume of functionality, refinement, and performance into the M10, an all-in-one component that measures 8.5" x 4" x 10.25".… Read the full article

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Apple AirPlay 2 and Siri Support Coming to Naim High End Network Streamers

By | November 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Apple AirPlay 2 and Siri Support Coming to Naim High End Network Streamers

The following is a press release issued by Naim Audio. November 5 ,2019 – Naim Audio, the British hi-fi specialist with 46 years of audio expertise, today announced that Apple AirPlay® 2 will be added to its ND 555, NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 network streamers via a free over-the-air update. Apple AirPlay® 2 enables advanced multi-room functionality and Siri® voice control and, following similar updates to Naim Audio’s Mu-so and Uniti ranges, will now be available across the company’s entire family of music-streaming products, including its £20k flagship reference network player.… Read the full article

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Astell&Kern Activo CT10 Portable Digital Audio Player

By | November 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Astell&Kern Activo CT10 Portable Digital Audio Player

When my review of the Astell&Kern Futura SE100 appeared on The Absolute Sound website, the first comment posted was, “Yet another DAP from A&K? Whoopee.” Snide, but I get it. Astell&Kern portable players have never been exactly pocket-book-friendly. But with its Activo line, Astell&Kern looks to change that. The Activo CT10 ($299) has impressive specifications. It’s based around a quad-core CPU, and was designed jointly by Groovers Japan and iRIVER. It also debuts Astell&Kern’s Teraton TM200 module, which combines a Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC, analog amplifier, independent power unit, and clock on a single chip.… Read the full article

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2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

By | October 31st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Alan Taffel

Lyra Etna Cartridge $8995 Jacob Heilbrunn raved about the SL version of this mc cartridge, but that model’s very low output renders it a specialty product for use only in systems with very-high-gain phonostages. The non-SL version is the Etna for the rest of us. Thanks to its healthy 0.56mV output, more than double that of the SL, you can use it with virtually any phonostage. No doubt the SL, with its lower-mass coil, will extract somewhat finer detail and offer slightly sharper transients.… Read the full article

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World First Demo of Hi Res Audio Meets HD Video in Japan

By | October 28th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

World First Demo of Hi Res Audio Meets HD Video in Japan

London / Tokyo | 28 October 2019 – WOWOW, Japan’s leading premium pay TV broadcaster, is harnessing MQA’s award-winning audio technology to showcase HD video playback with the highest quality sound. The first demonstration took place at a press event hosted at WOWOW’s Tokyo offices on 24 October; this will be followed by a full demonstration at Inter BEE trade show on 15 November in Tokyo. MQA founder Bob Stuart, commented, “With our partners at WOWOW we’ve been exploring the feasibility of delivering video with MQA audio and our experiments have succeeded.… Read the full article

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