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New German Physiks Website Launched

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

New German Physiks Website Launched

The following is a press release issued by German Physiks. December 12, 2018 – A brand new German Physiks web site has been launched at www.german-physiks.com. It features a much more attractive graphic design and easier navigation. The texts for the loudspeaker range have been updated, including high quality pictures showing the products in a range of real-life settings. Details of our new Emperor high-end electronics range have also been added. These will be shown at Axpona 2019. We will shortly add details of our new PION range of cables.… Read the full article

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to that hobby’s original essence is broken. Before the “phile” (lover) realizes it, the abstraction has become the essential. What’s true and valuable has shifted. Microsoft has an interesting TV ad campaign currently airing that features the American hip hop artist/poet Common. The message of this marketing effort, broadly pointing towards the future of artificial intelligence, is interesting less for the ideas being promoted, and more …… Read the full article

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 – $20,000

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

McIntosh Labs MC275 VI $5500 The sixth version of this most classic of all McIntosh amplifiers is by far the best, boasting greater tonal neutrality yet without losing the beautifully solid, rounded, dimensional, and natural musicality of its tube origins. Thanks to improvements in the transformers, distortion and noise are far lower than ever, bandwidth higher, dynamic range wider, transparency greater, and transient response better than ever. At 75Wpc (though 90 is typical), the 275 has virtually all the power PS needs, but for those who want more, it’s strappable to 150W.… Read the full article

2018 New York Audio Show Report

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2018 New York Audio Show Report

Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage from Washington, D.C. to the New York Hilton to experience that show’s endless rooms, each packed with lust-worthy gear and ravenous audiophiles. But after Stereophile pulled out for lack of funding, New York languished for years without a major regional show—an unholy state of affairs for one of the country’s largest high-end audio markets.… Read the full article

Gold Note Introduces PA-1175 MkII

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Gold Note Introduces PA-1175 MkII

The following is a press release issued by Gold Note. FLORENCE, Italy | December 4, 2018 – Gold Note – the Italian High-EndAudio manufacturer based in Florence – is introducing PA-1175 Mk2, the updated Power Amplifier designed to enhance your stereo system even better. www.goldnote.it/pa-1175 Here is the revised version of Gold Note's first stereo amplifier, which replaced the awarded Demidoff Anniversary amplifier in 2015. Our latest creation, again, features all the innovations that have always distinguished our designs: PA-1175 MkII merges the latest innovations with the knowledge of over 20 years in designing electronics to create an even more …… Read the full article

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest carbon-fiber record brush, $19 Caig Deoxit Gold G100L contact cleaner, $33 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC cord, $95 Wireworld Mini Eclipse 8 speaker cable, $560 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono cartridge, $75 AudioQuest DragonFly Black and Red DACs, $99/$199 Schiit Audio Mani phonostage, $129 Riva Arena and Festival integrated systems, $249/$499 NAD D 3020 V2 integrated amplifier, $399 Wharfedale Diamond 225 loudspeaker, $449 Rega Planar 1 turntable, $495 Elac Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeaker, $499 Rotel CD14 disc player, $599 A Step Up Audio Technica VM540ML and VM760SLC phono cartridges, $249/$649 NuPrime IDA-8 integrated amplifier/DAC, …… Read the full article

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Boulder 1110 Preamplifier and 1160 Power Amplifier

By | November 28th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Boulder 1110 Preamplifier and 1160 Power Amplifier

There are a number of top high-end electronics manufacturers that you can trust to put out an excellent new preamplifier and amplifier even before you audition them. If you have listened to such manufacturers’ products over time, you also find that real improvements in the new series are always there but generally subtle. You also detect that the company’s equipment tends to be consistently “voiced” in ways that prioritize a given mix of sound qualities. The best manufacturers keep this voicing as limited as possible, but it is always there.… Read the full article

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Audible Images Annual Music Appreciation Event

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, YG Acoustics, and Alma Music & Audio Demonstrate Mega System

By | November 26th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , |

D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, YG Acoustics, and Alma Music & Audio Demonstrate Mega System

San Diego retailer Alma Music & Audio, D’Agostino Master Audio Systems, and YG Acoustics teamed up in mid-November to demonstrate what can only be described as a mega-system. I attended the event as was treated to some of the best music playback I’ve heard. Dan D’Agostino was on hand to showcase his latest creation, the Relentless monoblock power amplifier. This all-out assault on the state of the art in power-amplifier design can output 1500W into 8 ohms, doubling that power into 4 ohms.… Read the full article

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Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier and XA25 Amplifier

By | November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier and XA25 Amplifier

Sometimes an audio review boils down to a single clarifying moment—an instant that crystallizes what you were hearing from the very beginning but were struggling to capture in words. I’d been listening to the Pass Labs XP-12 linestage preamp and XA25 amp for weeks. It was obvious they were very special, but special how? Finally the answer appeared in, of all places, a gelato store that I frequent. I was looking at the rainbow array of flavors—a bright cartoon cacophony of color.… Read the full article

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