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Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

The following is a press release issued by Hi-Fi Centre. Hi-Fi Centre is pleased to host the Vancouver Audio Festival 2019. Friday April 26th 5pm-9pm Saturday April 27th 10am-5pm This year we have curated a selection of systems which are guaranteed to make you smile whether you are a die-hard audiophile or a casual listener. Demonstrations are not time limited allowing you to enjoy each system for as long as you wish. Manufacturers reps will be on hand to present their products and answer all your questions.… Read the full article

The 12 Most Significant Power Amplifiers of All Time

By | April 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

The 12 Most Significant Power Amplifiers of All Time

Kondo Audio Note Ongaku Resurrecting a Lost Art Hiroyasu Kondo resigned his position as an audio circuit designer at CBS to follow his dream of creating an amplifier that delivered “natural sound” free from “mechanical” artifacts. Kondo’s research led him to revisit the long-abandoned single-ended triode (SET) designs that were the first amplifiers built at the dawn of the electronics age. His enthusiasm for SET amplifiers was based on both reason and emotion. The engineer in him preferred the inherent simplicity and lower parts-count of SETs relative to other amplifier types—at least as long as high power was not a …… Read the full article

TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable Preview

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable Preview

There are some pieces of equipment that immediately leap to the forefront of the audio world. The new TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable is such a piece. It stands at the very pinnacle of audio reproduction, redefining what’s possible to extract from the grooves of an LP. Last night the fabled engineer Hideaki Nishikawa (pictured below) and several of his associates unveiled his latest TechDAS creation at the Audio Salon in Santa Monica, where about forty music lovers gathered to listen to it.… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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First Watt SIT-3 Stereo Power Amplifier

By | April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

First Watt SIT-3 Stereo Power Amplifier

In hindsight, you would surmise that First Watt was rather lucky. When transistor manufacturer SemiSouth closed its doors in 2012, access to its silicon-carbide-based power JFET transistors (SITs) dried up. Fortunately, Nelson Pass had purchased a custom batch of these SITs in 2010, no doubt because this device’s characteristic curve resembles that of a triode vacuum tube and because it can work directly into a speaker load. The SIT-1 monoblocks and SIT-2 stereo amplifier, based on this output transistor, were introduced in 2012 and became the most successful in First Watt’s history, continuing in production through 2017.… Read the full article

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HiFi Buys Guys Night Out

By | March 13th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

HiFi Buys Guys Night Out

The following is a press release issued by HiFi Buys. <font face="Tahoma">March 13, 2019 – May 16, 2019 from 6-9pm, t</font>he 4th Annual HiFi Buys Guy's Night Out is an evening for the connoisseur of fine luxury items and high end audio. Guests will enjoy complimentary hot shaves, luxury showcases and demos, select cigars, as well as light bites & libations. This event is open to the public and free to attend. RSVP at <font color="#1d2129" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 14px;">https://guysnightout2019.eventbrite.com. </font> <font color="#1d2129" face="Tahoma">HiFi Buys</font> <font color="#1d2129" face="Tahoma">3157 Peachtree Road Northeast</font> <font color="#1d2129" face="Tahoma">Atlanta, GA 30305</font>… Read the full article

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2018 Products of the Year: Amplifiers

By | March 7th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

2018 Products of the Year: Amplifiers

Integrated Amplifiers of the Year Constellation Inspiration Integrated 1.0 $13,500 The firm’s most affordable effort and the third entry in Constellation’s Inspiration Series, the 100Wpc Integrated 1.0 has the sonic character of a “control” amp in the most exacting and incisive sense of the word. Leaving nothing unexplored, it latches onto an audio signal with a death grip, not letting go until it reveals and resolves every sliver and shred of the program material. Its general tonal signature is dead-on neutral, its personality ever-so-slightly shaded to the cooler side of the spectrum, as befits a solid-state amp that doesn’t give …… Read the full article

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TAS Legacy: Phase Linear 700 Power Amplifier

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

TAS Legacy: Phase Linear 700 Power Amplifier

Weighing 45 pounds and selling for $749, with a certified output of over 350 watts per channel, the Phase Linear 700 amplifier set the audio world on its ear. When it was commercially released in 1971, few took 27-year-old Robert W. (Bob) Carver’s claims for it seriously. Remember, this was Carver’s first commercial product and he was then completely unknown to audiophiles. Before the Phase Linear 700’s appearance, an average high-powered amplifier offered somewhere on the order of 80–85 watts per channel, with the Crown DC-300 sitting atop the output throne, providing (an often unstable) 150 watts per channel.… Read the full article

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What’s New at AXPONA 2019

By | February 19th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What’s New at AXPONA 2019

The following is a press release issued by AXPONA. SCHAUMBURG, IL | February 19, 2019 – – AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) will celebrate its 10thanniversary April 12-14 at theRenaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center, marking the biggest show to date with NEW and exciting features. The 2019 show will include an Ear Gear Halldedicated solely to Headphones,Mobile Appto help navigate the show, Guest Speakers, Live Musicnightly, major International Exhibitors, and 100’s of Product Debutsfrom top manufacturers. Now in its tenth year, AXPONA is the premier, high-end audio show in the United States, which caters to dealers, distributors and manufacturers, …… Read the full article

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Dealer Event February 23 – Sunny Components Covina

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Dealer Event February 23 - Sunny Components Covina

The following is a press release issued by HRS and Vandersteen. February 15, 2019 – Saturday February 23, 12-5 PM Covina specialty audio retailer Sunny Components (1370 E. Cypress Street Suite D Covina CA) will host Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS), Vandersteen Audio and Brinkmann Audio. From HRS, special guest Michael Latvis, with 4 decades of engineering experience and Founder and Head Engineer of Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) will answer questions and demonstrate their award winning audio stands and vibration damping products including the new E1 isolation platform.… Read the full article

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