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Epson EH-TW9400 4K Pro UHD Projector: Engineered to impress

By | November 12th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big Screen UHD Goodness for the Masses
by Venoth Nair
The Epson EH-TW9400 PRO-UHD looks totally serious in its black guise
The Epson EH-TW9400 PRO-UHD looks totally serious in its black guise

Everybody knows that when it comes to a full blown cinema experience, nothing beats a projector. With the advent of high resolution content further augmented with High Dynamic Range (HDR, for the uninitiated), it seems to make almost perfect sense to go gigantic this time around. With the current sea of offerings available in the market, a big screen stalwart, Epson, throws its hat in the ring with the EH-TW9400 4K PRO-UHD Projector.… Read the full article

Furutech DPS-4.1 power cable: A smooth operator

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , |

Furutech DPS-4.1 power cable with Furutech NCF plugs.
Furutech DPS-4.1 power cable with Furutech FI-50 NCF plugs.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

“What exactly is neutral?” That question popped up in my mind when I reviewed the Furutech DPS-4.1 because it had a sonic signature that was different than what I was used to hearing with my own power cable using silver-plated high-purity copper with the Furutech FI-50 NCF plugs.

 

In comparison, my power cable sounded brighter which resulted in a more detailed sound, but it was also leaner, but more transparent.… Read the full article

Kirmuss LP-cleaning system: The day after…

By | October 31st, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , |

The two LPs had lots of clicks and pops.
These two LPs, which had lots of clicks and pops, were cleaned by Adrian Wong of Audio Image using the Kirmuss Ultimate Ultrasonic Record Restoration system.

 

Playig thhe clean LP on my Rega Planar 3 at home.
Playing the sparkling clean Bob Dylan LP on my Rega Planar 3 at home. This LP had patches of white stain – signs of fungal growth – on it before the cleaning process.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

Yesterday, I spent some time listening to the two LPs – Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks and Dizzy Gillespie’s Big 4 – which were cleaned by Adrian Wong of Audio Image the day before using the Kirmuss Ultimate Ultrasonic Record Restoration System KA-RC-1.… Read the full article

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Home and away with the iFi xDSD

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

iFi pitches the xDSD primarily as a mobile DAC with an onboard headphone amplifier, its 2200mAH rechargeable battery sufficient for up to 8 hours’ playtime. The line-out mode also makes it suitable for connection to the pre-amplifier section of a loudspeaker system, bypassing the unit’s volume control but also the xBass and 3D ‘tone controls’ – useful with headphones, less so with loudspeakers. A healthy 2.1V output seals the deal.

So — is this £399 / $399 / €448 xDSD DAC a true multi-tasker?… Read the full article

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Schiit Modi 3 vs. Modi Multibit – A Schiit Shootout!

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Schiit Audio Modi 3 vs Modi Multibit Review and comparison.

For anyone following along – we have been blind testing (double blind in some cases) a variety of products from different categories at Schiit Audio’s retail space in Newhall, CA. These monthly meetups take place with the help of some of the company’s staff, who hide which products we are listening to (hence “blind”) and carefully and quickly switch between options so the audience that gathers can get a better sense of the nuanced sonic differences.

In some cases the candidates for “best of” number around 4, like our pre shootout – which would technically be a blind A/B/C/D.… Read the full article

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Wheely good: a short film about the Klipsch Forte III

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

On vital statistics, the Klipsch Forte III sells for US$4000/€4400 per pair. A decidedly vintage-looking wooden enclosure houses a 1″ tweeter and 1.75″ midranger that come on kinda plain Jane until we note that each is a compression driver and horn-loaded. Low frequencies are handled by a 12″-er but in lieu of a rear-firing port, we get a 15″ passive radiator. Together, these two paper cones have the Forte III reach down to 38Hz. Similarly, Klipsch rate their Heritage Series loudspeaker at 99dB efficiency and 8 Ohm nominal where flea-watt amplifiers can enter the fray with considerably reduced concern for flabby bass and/or diminished SPLs.… Read the full article

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Hi-Fi+ Reviews the QPOINT and QSOURCE

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

When the QPOINT Resonance Synchronizer and the QSOURCE Linear Power Supply were introduced to the public in Spring of this year, there was already a line of people waiting to get their hands on these innovative new products. The first in line was Alan Sircom. In his review, freshly published in Hi-Fi+, Alan describes his experience integrating both the QPOINT and the QSOURCE into his system. Sircom likens our new QRT products to the “cherry on top” of your system.

“The music sounds more ‘right’ and musicians sound more like they are playing together with QPoints in place…you tend to notice an increased sense of dynamic freedom to the sound.”  – Alan Sircom, Hi-Fi+

Alan’s QPOINT and QSOURCE review is now available to read here:  Nordost QPOINT harmonisers and QSOURCE power supply 

You can find more great Nordost reviews on our Reviews Page.Read the full article

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A short film about True Wireless IEMs

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

What’s best? In the world of True Wireless earphones, where Bluetooth carries the digital audio signal from smartphone to both earpieces (hence ‘true’), Apple Airpods (Gen 2, €179) are often the first touchpoint.

Apple’s earbud design – where the earpiece sits in the outer-ear (not inner) – makes them number one for comfort. Further, the Airpods’ ability to minimise environmental noise during phone calls is seriously impressive.

On music playback, the Apple earphones fall over. A lack of low bass has them sounding papery and dry.… Read the full article

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Review: TAD Micro Evolution One Loudspeaker

By | October 15th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Review of the TAD Micro Evolution One Loudspeaker ME1 by Technical Audio Devices

My obsession with bookshelf style and standmount loudspeakers knows no bounds. I love the challenge to designers, there is a certain undeniable draw to the minimalist approach. With limited box space and inseparable limitations to low frequency production, it seems the perfect metaphor for artisanal craftsmanship within the small confines of driver and cabinet shaping. 

The TAD Micro Evolution One (ME1, $12,495) deals its cards out just over the $10k pricepoint and offers an interesting solution for those looking for more answers to questions that every audiophile has.… Read the full article

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Furutech FI-50 NCF power connectors: The best in the market?

By | October 12th, 2019|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Furutech plugs
These are indeed the best plugs in the market.

 

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

From the outset, I must say that I hate doing reviews after which I end up being the proud but poorer owner of the components reviewed. This is such a review.

 

I have been using the Furutech FI-11M (G) and FI-11 N1 (G) US plug and IEC power connector for many years terminated to a DIY power cable comprising four wires braided in a round braid with a ground wire coiling around the braid.… Read the full article

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