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Accustic Arts Amp II Mk 3 Stereo Power Amplifier

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

Accustic Arts Amp II Mk 3 Stereo Power Amplifier

Over a decade ago, as I was traveling through Germany, I picked up an audio magazine at a train station to try and kill some time. Leafing through the periodical, I happened upon a review that announced with not atypical Teutonic certainty that the “loudspeaker is the slave of the amplifier.” Somehow or other it’s a statement that has stuck in mind through the years. I’ve seen some highly touted solid-state amplifiers wilt under the strain of trying to drive inefficient loudspeakers that feature punishing loads.… Read the full article

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

By | June 11th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

The following is a press release issued by Audioarts. June 11, 2019 – A beyond-cool look at the world of high-end audio design for passionate collectors, obsessive audiophiles, and design fans At a time when sales of vinyl records have hit a 25-year high, and analog technologies are providing the kind of extraordinary audio experiences that our increasingly digital world has started to remove, Hi-Fi is essential reading. This unique book explores just how, when, and why the world fell in love with the look, feel, and sound of top-of-the-line audio equipment.… Read the full article

Vitus Audio Announces Appointment of High End by Oz as New North American Distributor

By | June 4th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Vitus Audio Announces Appointment of High End by Oz as New North American Distributor

The following is a press release issued by Vitus Audio. June 4, 2019 – Vitus Audio proudly announces the appointment of High End by Oz (Los Angeles, CA), as its North American distributor. In the past few months we have formulated our strategy for re-entering the US market. Our strategy includes a local service center, secondhand certification and warranty guidelines as well as general dealer guidelines. Founded in January 1995, Vitus Audio introduced its first products to the US market at CES 2004 – after an eight yearlong R&D phase.… Read the full article

The Audio Salon Hosts Listening Event with SAT

By | May 30th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

The Audio Salon Hosts Listening Event with SAT

SAT will present its new SAT XD1 Record Player System in the U.S. at an exclusive event on June 1st from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA. SAT founder and designer Marc Gomez will be on-hand to discuss the turntable and the design differences and development of his latest CF1 and LM series of tonearms, and Michael Fremer will spin some vinyl selections. The new SAT XD1 turntable and SAT tonearms, which will be fitted with the Lyra Atlas SL and Ortofon MC Century cartridges, will be demo’d in a no-holds-barred system that …… Read the full article

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Building a Listening Room

By | May 28th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Building a Listening Room

Building a dedicated space for music listening is the ultimate commitment to the hobby. It’s expensive and complex, and when you’re finished there’s no guarantee that the room will sound good. But if you take that plunge and the stars align, a room specifically designed for optimizing sound quality can allow a high-end system to realize its greatest potential. I recently realized a lifelong goal of building a serious listening room and will share my experience with you. Although I had built two homes before with dedicated rooms, this one is more ambitious.… Read the full article

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Munich High End 2019: Seen and Heard

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

Munich High End 2019: Seen and Heard

Editor's Note: The intended format of this report is a photo essay. My full, more traditional text-driven report on Electronics and sounds at the show will be forthcoming. Scroll and enjoy! Lifestyle Demos Like it or not, "lifestyle" audio continues to emerge, not only in the form of new products such as all-in-ones, but also could be seen in more serious audio setups from venerable companies who sought to create a more pleasingly home-like environment inside their demo rooms. Color Rules The use of vivid color—burnt orange and red in particular—for serious audio components' materials and/or finishes stood out at …… Read the full article

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Benchmark Media Systems HPA4 Headphone Amplifier

By | May 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Benchmark Media Systems HPA4 Headphone Amplifier

Benchmark Media Systems is a low-profile audio company, with its roots in professional electronics. In the past decade, Benchmark consumer products, especially its digital-analog converters, have achieved acclaim for ultra-low distortion and clean sound. While the company is very strongly engineering-oriented, it maintains that listening tests are critical to product development. The HPA4 is Benchmark’s latest headphone amplifier. This amp is unusual in that it features a THX-888 Achromatic audio amplifier, which is claimed to reduce distortion by 20–40dB through a patented feed-forward design, resulting in the world’s most linear amplifier.… Read the full article

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Conrad-Johnson Announces Reference Headphone Amplifier.

By | May 20th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Conrad-Johnson Announces Reference Headphone Amplifier.

The following is a press release issued by Conrad-Johnson. May 20, 2019 – The conrad-johnson design team is particularly excited to announce the release of our latest product, a headphone amplifier that just sounds right. The HVA1 is a reference quality single-ended class A triode amplifier designed to power low-impedance headphones (around 20 to 32 Ohms). The HVA1 accommodates two line-level inputs. Power output is 3 Watts into 20 Ohms. The enhanced triode circuit (similar to that introduced in our flagship GAT preamplifier) employs two 6922 vacuum-tubes (one for each channel) for voltage gain coupled to a high-current FET buffer …… Read the full article

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Q&A with Hans-Joachim Voss of Accustic Arts

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Q&A with Hans-Joachim Voss of Accustic Arts

What ignited your interest in the high end? The music side or the electronics side? My interest in music has accompanied me since my early youth. I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and attending concerts regularly. During my school years I worked part-time in a music store. This allowed me to buy records inexpensively. It was here that I bought my first hi-fi system, which I improved over the years. Today I still like to go to rock concerts, and every year I invite our partners for a weekend in the summer to the “Black Sheep” rock music festival near …… Read the full article

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NAD Electronics and PURIFI Audio Announce Cooperation Agreement

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

NAD Electronics and PURIFI Audio Announce Cooperation Agreement

The following is a press release issued by NAD. Munich High End 2019 | Munich, Germany | 3 May, 2019 – NAD Electronics, the acclaimed high fidelity audio brand with more than 45 years of leadership in performance amplifier innovation, announced that it will be the first international brand to incorporate and launch PURIFI’s new patent-pending class-D technology into its product family. The amplifier circuit, known as Eigentakt (meaning “self-clocking”), is the result of years of research by PURIFI into the self-oscillation behaviours in class-D amplifiers with algorithms that, when applied in control loops, improve existing designs by an order …… Read the full article

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