I can remember seeing my first pair of Klipschorns many years ago, and being entranced by their majesty, their size, their build quality, and most importantly their sound. A sound which seemed to be calling across oceans of time from an era when immediacy, speed, and tone were heralded as the gods of high fidelity, and seven watts of 300B amplification would get you wherever you wanted to go.
Fast forward to this past weekend at the Vancouver Audio Festival here in Vancouver which was hosted by Hi-Fi Centre, and there, once again, I found myself facing a pair of Klipsch loudspeakers, albeit in the form of a pair of Heresy IIIs being fed from a McIntosh Labs MA 252 integrated hybrid vacuum-tube preamplifier/solid-state power amplifier with 100 watts/8 Ohms.… Read the full article
What a difference a day makes.
In the weather at least, because despite going from a torrential downpour to blazing sunshine, and blue skies, there was no difference in the turnout at the Vancouver Audio Festival. Saturday’s dawn broke with yellow rays of warmth slanting through my bedroom blinds, and a smile that spread slowly across my face as I became secure in the knowledge that the onslaught of greyness that has plagued the Wet Coast this spring seemed to finally be at an end.… Read the full article
One of the coolest devices I saw at CanJam presented itself early in Aisle 1 where Jeff Coates was manning the booth for Pro-Ject Audio Systems. It was the Pro-Ject “Pre Box S2 Digital”. The S2 has the latest Sabre 9038 chips performing as a DAC but also acts as a preamp with switchable inputs and volume control. This thing is nicely small, just 103 x 103 mm square and 36 mm tall! Priced at $399 it makes an intriguing solution for either travel or desktop use.… Read the full article
If you’ve got a thing for vinyl, then you’ve got a thing for turntables too.
Both are dependent upon the other, and as worldwide sales of LPs hit upwards of 3 million copies in 2016 according to several news outlets, turntable manufacturers saw demand for their products rise in kind.
According to SEV Litovel – the manufacturer referred to as the largest producer of quality turntables in the world, and which provides Pro-Ject Audio with a number of models – the company’s production rose four-fold in the seven years between 2009, and 2016 to more than 124,000 ‘tables.… Read the full article