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Q&A with Hans-Joachim Voss of Accustic Arts

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Q&A with Hans-Joachim Voss of Accustic Arts

What ignited your interest in the high end? The music side or the electronics side? My interest in music has accompanied me since my early youth. I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and attending concerts regularly. During my school years I worked part-time in a music store. This allowed me to buy records inexpensively. It was here that I bought my first hi-fi system, which I improved over the years. Today I still like to go to rock concerts, and every year I invite our partners for a weekend in the summer to the “Black Sheep” rock music festival near …… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019: Electronics

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019: Electronics

It’s no secret that AXPONA has been experiencing a growth spurt. Last year marked a move to a new venue, the Renaissance Schaumberg Convention Center Hotel, in Schaumberg, IL, outside Chicago. In scope, attendance, and number of exhibits, it is giving RMAF in Denver a run for the money (though that show will also be held in a new, much larger venue this year, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center). Although attendance was strong and the vibe positive, AXPONA is one helluva huge show.… Read the full article

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Q&A with Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio

By | December 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Q&A with Nick Doshi of Doshi Audio

What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? Both, actually: I was fortunate to have music-loving parents who played instruments and immersed me in Eastern as well as Western Classical music. Growing up in a musical household sparked my interest in sound reproduction and inspired me to study audio electronics. When did audio develop from a hobby to a career? Audio has always been my profession, as well as my passion.… Read the full article

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Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to that hobby’s original essence is broken. Before the “phile” (lover) realizes it, the abstraction has become the essential. What’s true and valuable has shifted. Microsoft has an interesting TV ad campaign currently airing that features the American hip hop artist/poet Common. The message of this marketing effort, broadly pointing towards the future of artificial intelligence, is interesting less for the ideas being promoted, and more …… Read the full article

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Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Zesto Audio Andros Téssera Phonostage

The Greek word tessera refers to the number four. Zesto Audio uses that definition (tessera; τέσσερα) to name its latest phonostage. The word is fitting in function since the Andros Téssera ($12,000) phonostage supports four inputs. The word téssera is also defined as an individual tile in a mosaic. What the reader will find out is the “individual tile in a mosaic” is correspondingly applicable to this component since the Andros Téssera also serves as a tile in the mosaic of analog music reproduction.… Read the full article

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D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, YG Acoustics, and Alma Music & Audio Demonstrate Mega System

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, YG Acoustics, and Alma Music & Audio Demonstrate Mega System

San Diego retailer Alma Music & Audio, D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, and YG Acoustics teamed up in mid-November to demonstrate what can only be described as a mega-system. I attended the event as was treated to some of the best music playback I’ve heard. Dan D’Agostino was on hand to showcase his latest creation, the Relentless monoblock power amplifier. This all-out assault on the state of the art in power-amplifier design can output 1500W into 8 ohms, doubling that power into 4 ohms.… Read the full article

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Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

How did you get into this business? My first musical influences were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Music has always been a soundtrack to my life from adolescence onward. In high school, I worked on a radio show, and at a radio station in college. While teaching and finishing my master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Colorado, I took a part-time job in a stereo store in Boulder 40 years ago. Since the market for salesmen remains stronger than the market for philosophers, here I am today.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

Most Significant New Products VAC Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier This new and state-of-the-art Statement 450i iQ integrated amp from Kevin Hayes of Valve Amplification Company (VAC) makes a statement indeed and epitomizes extreme audio. Standing—literally, as it’s a unique vertical design—nearly 4 feet tall and weighing in at 460 pounds, the VAC 450 iQ integrated is extremely striking, gorgeous-sounding, and not surprisingly, expensive at $150k. Essentially it combines the 450 S iQ power amp, the Statement Linestage, and the Statement Phonostage.… Read the full article

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Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

The following announcement is based on press information provided by Paragon Sight & Sound. Join the team at Paragon Sight & Sound in Ann Arbor, MI, along with special guests from Clearaudio, Rogers High Fidelity, and Doshi Audio for a night dedicated to analog music on Thursday, October 25thfrom 6–10 p.m. Featuring the incomparable Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable, the evening’s program will also include additional Clearaudio turntables, tube electronics by Rogers High Fidelity, and the Doshi Audio V3 Series of electronics.… Read the full article

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FM Acoustics Resolution Series: FM 155-MKIIR Preamp, FM 122-MKII Phono Linearizer, FM 108-MKII Mono Amp

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

FM Acoustics Resolution Series: FM 155-MKIIR Preamp, FM 122-MKII Phono Linearizer, FM 108-MKII Mono Amp

With the recent critical and commercial successes of relatively youthful Swiss high-end-audio companies like Soulution, CH Precision, Dartzeel, and others, electronics from the heart of Europe have never been held in higher esteem. The trouble is that their (well-deserved) success has pushed other companies, with longer but no less distinguished pedigrees, a bit into the shadows. I’m thinking particularly of the Zurich-based firm FM Acoustics, which was founded in the early 1970s when company owner and chief engineer Manuel Huber introduced his highly esteemed FM 800A amplifier (followed not long after by the standard-setting FM 212 phonostage).… Read the full article

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