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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

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

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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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

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

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

Lindemann Audio Musicbook:25 DSD network music player $4995 Has Lindemann made being an audiophile a little too easy? Well, call me lazy but the handsome one-box solution known as the Musicbook:25 DSD allows me to dial up my tunes with the ease and alacrity of a short-order restaurant—the only thing missing are the fries. Equipped with an analog preamp, slot-load CD player, DAC (resolutions of up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 with native DSD playback), and an integrated streamer with Tidal and Qobuz onboard, the Musicbook:25 has a mind-bending level of convenience and coddling that purist audiophiles instinctively run away …… Read the full article

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Excel Audio Listening Event Sept. 22

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

Excel Audio Listening Event Sept. 22

The following announcement is based on information provided by Excel Audio. Excel Audio is hosting its first annual Customer Appreciation open house and listening event this Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special guests include: Bill Peugh from Wilson Audio Jonathan Derder from MoFi Distribution Jeff Sigmund from Luxman America Kent English from Pass Labs Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings Attendees can listen to two world-class systems featuring: Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2 loudspeakers powered by D’Agostino Momentum electronics and sourced by a Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable with Statement tonearm and Goldfinger cartridge.… Read the full article

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ModWright Industries Releases PH 9.0 Tube Phonostage

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

ModWright Industries Releases PH 9.0 Tube Phonostage

The following is a press release issued by ModWright Industries. September 19, 2018 – ModWright Instruments, Inc., manufacturer of the award winning KWA 150SE amplifier, PH 150 Reference Tube phono stage and KWI 200 SS integrated amplifer, is introducing their new PH 9.0 tube phono stage at 2018 RMAF. The PH 9.0 takes the reference performance of the PH 150 tube phono stage to a level of performance that belies its affordable price. Both the PH 9.0 and PH 150 are ideal for reference systems or secondary audiophile systems.… Read the full article

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