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Back from Munich

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

[pictured: Hermann Winters of Acapella and Neli of Audio Federation in the Acapella showroom]

But on the way back I caught an “airplane cold”. Bad enough that Neli enforced a 10 foot distance between the diseased one and herself until she left to jet down to Houston [where she gets to compare the Acapella Sphaeron Excalibur speakers we just heard in Germany with the smaller but similar looking Triolon Excalibur speakers, among other tasks like setting up an HRS rack and in general being the life of the party].… Read the full article

McIntosh Goes Modular – The C49 Preamplifier

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

McIntosh C49

It can be proposed that any of the McIntosh general fare has a lot going on. It is usually true. But their newest preamplifier called the C49 really has the specs on paper to back it up, starting with a massive amount of ins and outs to tickle the fancy of just about any audio lover.

Before we get to the laundry list of I/O ports, it also pertinent to identify that this new pre also possesses several digital capabilities – all thanks to a new modular approach.… Read the full article

Fight the power with AudioQuest’s PowerQuest2 & 3 AC filters

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

How many power sockets are occupied by your hi-fi system? Asking this question of Darko.Audio’s YouTube community, 1,300 respondents begat the following results:

That’s invaluable intel for a company like AudioQuest who this week formally announce the availability of their PowerQuest2 (US$199) and PowerQuest3 (US$299) AC filters, teased for some time on the audio show circuit.

The name of this game is affordability in which designer Garth Powell (interviewed here) brings his electrical noise reduction smarts to lower price points.… Read the full article

Fight the future with McIntosh’s C49 ‘super pre-amplifier’

By | May 21st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

C49. Not a 49-minute cassette tape from TDK but McIntosh’s all-new “super pre-amplifier” that caters to digital streamers, vinyl fiends and headphonistas via a whopping 13 inputs: 2 x balanced, 3 x unbalanced, MM phono, MC phono, 2 x coaxial, 2 x TOSLINK, USB and MCT (“for use with McIntosh’s MCT-enabled SACD/CD transports”).

Does the C49 do MQA? Not yet. But it could in the future. Tackling possible future obsolescence head-on, McIntosh has made the C49’s internal DAC board fully field-upgradeable.… Read the full article

Graduation Day 2019!

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Class of 2019 walked across the riser at CSU Dominguez Hills at yesterday morning at the 9 am graduation ceremony. I couldn’t be more proud of the DMA Recording Arts students that received their degrees in Digital Media Art […]

(Visited 35 times)… Read the full article

Dan’s New Little Toy, The D’Agostino Progression Integrated

By | May 18th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Dan D'Agostino Progression Integrated Amplifier

Big watt amp-maker Dan D’Agostino is still dropping new products like greased beer bottle at last call. The latest creation expands on the integrated arena, allowing for a respectable 200W into 8 ohms. The new “big boy toy” helps round out the company’s Progression line which currently offers a mono, stereo and pre amp.

The Progression Integrated uses a bluetooth connected remote control to remove the need for line-of-sight and greatly extend reach to the unit. Like some others in the high-end integrated front, the new amplifier is modular in nature and allows for a separate moving coil phono preamp and digital connectivity.… Read the full article

A Song Of Fire and Metal – Totem Elements Speakers Move to V2

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Totem Acoustic Element Series Metal Loudspeaker

With the summer audio show circuit landing squarely around us, it is the season for product launching of all stripes. Fresh out of the email box and just in time for the season spending comes an update from Totem Acoustic to their Element Series Metal and Fire speakers.

Pushing the price tag into the mid 15s will keep these loudspeakers out of reach for many, but the recent announcement in time for the Munich show in Germany focuses on improvements from the previous versions of Elements.… Read the full article

Mark Levinson Adds The No. 5101 Streaming SACD/DAC To The Line

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Mark Levinson No. 5101 Streaming SACD Player

Straight out of Munich, Mark Levinson by Harman is debuting a new disc spinner turned all-things-digital-audio called the No. 5101. Also enabled with the responsibility of digital streaming and digital decoding from an eternal source, the newest edition to the Levinson family offers everything you would expect from a modern day digital audio product and leaves little else on the table.

Outfitted with the latest round of ESS Sabre chips, the No. 5101 not only accommodates SACD playback but also allows for streaming with NAS drives, DLNA and UPnP over a wireless network or even wired directly.… Read the full article

KLIAVS 2019: Rega P1 on steroids

By | May 15th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

Rega expects to boost sales in the budget segment with the Planar 1 Plus turntable.
Rega expects to boost sales in the budget segment with the Planar 1 Plus turntable.

By Dick Tan


At the coming Kl International AV Show 2019, Rega will be fielding among other models, their recently released Planar 1 Plus turntable.


According to Rega, the Planar 1 Plus is expected to retail at RM1,700 and is best described as a P1 on steroids!


Essentially a regular P1, the Planar 1 Plus now comes with moving magnet phono stage incorporated into the turntable itself.… Read the full article

Audeze Ups Its Video Game – The New LCD-GX

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

Audeze LCD-GX Gaming Headphone

It hasn’t been that long since Audeze revealed its intensions to move from the heart of its beloved audiophile crowd and touch down on the lucrative market of video gaming. Initially, the OC-based company went big with the Mobius, including head tracking and a slew of digital niceties to add to their core of planar magnetic technologies.

Now, a new effort has silently slid into the market. The Audeze LCD-GX popped up at the High End Munich show this year with not so much as a trumpet blast, and then even more covertly popped up on the company website this week.… Read the full article