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North West Audio Show Report – June 2018

By | June 28th, 2018|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Big thanks to Brian and Trevor (from Brian & Trevors / House of Linn) for making the Chord Co team so welcome at The North West Audio Show, Cranage Hall, Cheshire, UK.

Alistair (Quadraspire), Trevor & Brian, Pat & Martin (Chord Co)

We shared a room at the North West Audio Show 23-24 June. A winning combination of Linn equipment (turntable, amps, players etc), Chord Company interconnects and speaker cables with ample, architectural support from Quadraspire racks.

The room was singing, the visitors loved it and a good time was had by all. … Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Getting audiophile sound on a budget

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FullSizeRender-720-1In a hobby where dropping a hundred grand for a system is common, what can you get these days for, say, $1,500 USD? An interconnect, maybe? A cartridge? Tax?

Well, how about an entire rig? Even though the price tags of some gear in perfectionist audio can induce vertigo, there also are a growing number of companies seeking to bring good sound to audiophiles with thinner wallets.

To spread the word that such products actually exist in a pursuit called the high end, the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest for several years has been promoting a series of “entry level” rooms.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Thrax, EnKlein, and Audio Den draw listeners in

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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EnKlein head music.

It’s not intentional, but I’m afraid I am making a habit of keeping the Thrax Audio people from their dinner during major shows.

I first heard the brand near the end of a day at AXPONA 2016 in Chicago. Doors were closing and locks were clicking, but I was determined to get in one more room. I heard the unmistakable tone of Chet Baker’s trumpet wafting from a corner in the lobby and ducked in before the hosts could power down for the evening.… Read the full article

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LA Audio Show 2017: German Physiks, Merrill, VPI create aural hologram

By | July 14th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Behold… the aural hologram.

laas7The high-end seems to have a variety of holy grails. One of them is building a speaker that radiates in more than one direction to widen the sweet spot, but still delivers precise stereo imaging and focused vocals. A number of designers and engineers bravely have gone on this quest, with some finding more success than others.

One company that has journeyed down the sometimes-bumpy road is German Physiks. The brand has developed what it calls its DDD driver.… Read the full article

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