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Eight Awesome Audio Products On Adorama

By | December 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , |

Focal Kanta No. 2

Focal Kanta No. 2

Focal’s newest $10k floor stander packs quite a punch. The new lifestyle-ish line has made the rounds at within the audio show circuit this year and comes in a variety of colors. The French three-way speaker is fresh off the vine and comes packed with the newest Focal sensibilities including a new Beryllium tweeter and a flax sandwich woofer cone. I’m not a big risk-taker but if I were, I’d go for the blue.

Audeze LCD-4

It’s a classic, but it doesn’t come cheap.… Read the full article

PlanterSpeakers and Groove Tone by Intelligent Audio Products – CAF 2018

By | December 13th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Groove Tone Amplifier

You will be charmed, you will be seduced. The PlanterSpeakers from Intelligent Audio Products are not a gimmick, nor are they to be underestimated. From planters (obviously) to side tables, and new for this year table lamps (made for Sonus and surrounds), one of the most enjoyable and emotionally engaging exhibits I’ve gathered from the first day of the show, was in this hallway of the main floor.

It’s common for audio show planners to allow static exhibits (or the more quiet ones) to set up and display in the hallways.… Read the full article

KEF, Parasound, Straight Wire, The Vinyl Revivers, The Audio Hunters – CAF 2018

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m a fan of the KEF Uni-Q driver. I own pair of KEF Q100’s that I keep on hand for road warrior duties. I take them to vinyl parties (the records, not the sex), the occasional record store day event, and sometimes I have even brought them along on a third date. Trust me, the KEF Uni-Q sound is seductive, and thoroughly cooperative with my varied social agendas.

Arriving to the KEF room on Sunday, much later than I expected, I ran into Johan Coorg (KEF’s global brand manager).… Read the full article

Command Performance AV; Focal, Naim, EAT – CAF 2018

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Focal

This was by far my favourite budget system of Capital Audiofest 2018. If you consider it’s a complete system which includes Focal and Naim and clocks in at just a hair under $18K, if you don’t count in the component rack and audio cables.

When so much of the audio show can be a rattling cage full of systems with most individual components costing $20K alone, to see a more down to earth budgeted system at a show, is more than a breath of fresh air.Read the full article

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Tenacious Sound, A Tale of Two Cities and Two Systems – CAF 2018

By | November 19th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Shane Tenace isn’t just the ringmaster of this multi-room circus of audio, he’s also the founder and proprietor of Tenacious Sound. Shane divides his time and expertise for system building between his two locations; the first located in Augusta GA, and the second in Syracuse NY.

To witness Shane’s enthusiasm for sound, growth, and market dominance, you’d almost think he’s got the entire east coast hi-fi market on lock-down between his two locations. Representing well over 30+ brands, it’s all the reason for Shane to show large at CAF 2018.Read the full article

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The Audiophile Black Friday and Cyber Monday Guide 2018

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

Audiophile Black Friday

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales for audio are here again. We’ve compiled a list of everything you will need to know about audiophile Black Friday oriented discounts leading up to (and including) the big holiday shenanigans. Headphones, speakers, amplifiers and more are all included and will be updated as the offers roll in so check back whenever the buying spirit (or discount devil) moves you.

Loudspeaker Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

Who doesn’t love a little speaker love around the holidays?… Read the full article

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IMC Audio, Pass Labs and Audience – CAF 2018

By | November 16th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

IMC Audio

I often harass showgoers for their opinions. It was Saturday afternoon, nearing the close of the show and I petitioned two elderly gentlemen to offer up some of their favourite rooms from the show. Outwardly one of the two men proclaimed he had only one, the IMC Audio room. I offered a few of my own, hoping he hadn’t been to them yet. He told me, “I’ve been to those rooms, and they just don’t hold up to the IMC room.” Intrigued and a little ego-hurt, I listened further as he told me why the rooms I liked were garbage, and why the IMC room was better at holding the torch for all of the audiophile virtues we seek.Read the full article

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Daedalus, Linear Tube Audio, LamizatOr, WyWires; All Reference – CAF 2018

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

This is a system I could listen to every day and twice on Sundays. Which is exactly what I did at Capital Audiofest. On Friday, I poked my head in for a listen, Saturday, much of the same. Sunday morning I was there first thing to gather some final impressions of the system and snap some photos when I was called away for an urgent show-going responsibility. So I finally return on for my “twice” listen on Sunday, along with some photos — and I am noticing as the show is winding down, that the Daedalus, Linear Tube Audio and LamizatOr room is still rather busy.Read the full article

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Amphion does it again! – CAF 2018

By | November 12th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

Firmly grounded with a history in studio and pro sound, Amphion returns to home audio with a stable of speaker designs, that to my ear, offer comforting treble and mid-range that complement the Amphion philosophy of how bass should be done — natural and just right. From desktop bookshelves to floor-standing reference towers, a little bit of everything was on hand for audition.

Amphion is in the honesty business. Outfitting some of the best recording studios in the industry, their targets have been to exhibit the most detailed and reliable information possible to the best tools we have in the recording studio, the human ear.Read the full article

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Fidelis AV, Rogers High Fidelity, Harbeth, and Accusound – CAF 2018

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

by Eric Shook

The most interesting room in the world.

Okay, maybe not the world, but the show… good possibility. Something strange was going on in Room #323 at Capital Audiofest 2018. Was it as strange or erie as Room #237 in Kubrick’s version of The Shining? No.

On Friday afternoon in the Capital Audiofest universe, there was something amiss in the system of Harbeth, Roger’s High Fidelity, Accusound assembled by Fidelis AV. There was no magic, no real bass to speak of, and the remaining upper ends were wonky at best.… Read the full article

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