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Focal Open’s First-Ever US Retail Store

By | November 8th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Focal Open's First-Ever US Retail Store

The following is a press release issued byVervent Audio Group. November 8, 2019 – Vervent Audio Group (VVAG), the audio and high-fidelity sound leader, is launching its worldwide network of Focal Powered by Naim flagship stores. Following Seoul and Lyon, the group has announced, it will open a store on Oct. 30 in the USA, in Scottsdale, Arizona. These stores, which join the exceptional acoustics of Focal with the unrivaled electronics expertise of Naim Audio, are the first steps in the group’s ambitious strategy to open six new flagship stores per year beginning in 2020.… Read the full article

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

By | October 25th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Julie Mullins

PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier $599 Even when I’m not doing critical listening, I still find myself returning frequently and fondly to the super-sounding and retro-stylish Sprout100 integrated amp, a new and improved version of the original li’l Sprout. Although I’m a vinyl devotee, for “casual” or on-the-go listening it’s just too easy to flip a switch and fire up music via Tidal/Qobuz and my iPhone (or MacBook using Roon)—though the Sprout100 also contains a redesigned mm phonostage. Yes, it’s convenient; yet it also sonically outshines the competition and offers nifty source versatility.… Read the full article

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50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio – 2019

By | October 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

50 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio - 2019

Cables, Power Products, and Accessories AudioQuest conductive fiber record brush, $22.95 Caig Deoxit contact cleaner, $32.95 Shunyata Research Venom 14 AC power cord, $95 Synergistic Research Foundation Series, $499/$599 Entry Level Grado Prestige Black2 phono cartridge, $75 AudioQuest DragonFly Black, Red, Cobalt DACs, $100/$200/$300 Schiit Audio Mani phonostage, $129 Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 loudspeaker, $349 Elac Uni-Fi UB5 loudspeaker, $499 Rega Planar 1Plus turntable, $595 NAD C 328 integrated amplifier, $599 PS Audio Sprout100, $599 A Step Up Audio Technica VM540ML and VM760SLC phono cartridges, $249/$649 Odyssey Khartago stereo power amplifier, $995 REL Acoustics T/7i subwoofer, $999 KEF LS50 loudspeaker, $1299 …… Read the full article

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Linn Unveils Series 3 Wireless Speaker

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

Linn Unveils Series 3 Wireless Speaker

October 17, 2019 – Linn, the Glasgow-based high-end audio specialist, unveils Series 3, an all-in-one, wireless speaker unlike any other and the embodiment of five decades of audio innovation. Launching in their brand-new flagship showroom in Harrods, Series 3 exudes elegance in every way, fitting seamlessly into any home and enhancing every day with exceptional musical clarity. With its unrivalled combination of looks and the outstanding audio performance that Linn is famous for, it’s the world’s best sounding wireless speaker. Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn Managing Director said, ‘Series 3 is the culmination of nearly 50 years of audio innovation and Scottish …… Read the full article

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In Memoriam: Siegfried Linkwitz, 1935–2018

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

In Memoriam: Siegfried Linkwitz, 1935–2018

Siegfried Linkwitz, who died in September, 2018, is famous for the Linkwitz-Riley crossover alignment. But his work in audio went far beyond that. He was a profound thinker about the foundations of audio, and in particular about the all-important question of establishing some reciprocity between the recording of sound and its playback. At first sight, this might seem a simple thing: Recording with a flat microphone and playing back on a flat speaker might seem to suffice. And anechoically, this is essentially true.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

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

RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

OK, this was my situation this year for RMAF: I’d made some plans to be in the Denver area (to see family, friends, and yes, a concert) before learning that other TAS staffers who live closer by would be assigned to cover the show this year instead. No problem. But since I was going to be in town anyway I didn’t want to miss the chance to check out the show and its swanky, palatial new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center not far from the Denver International Airport.… Read the full article

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MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

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

MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

On August 22nd, I attended one of four launch events for the “new” Motion Series at Audio Advice, just outside of Charlotte, NC. (The other three events were in Georgia, Arizona, and California.) Before we discuss event specifics, let’s look at the first-blush details of the new Motion Series (designated as “i”) speakers, all of which were on display. Motion 15i Two-way bookshelf. Ported. 1" x 1.4" Folded Motion Transducer tweeter. 5.25" aluminum-cone mid/woofer. ($399.99/each) Motion35XTi Two-way bookshelf. Ported. 1.2" x 2.4" Folded Motion Transducer tweeter.… Read the full article

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Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

By | September 18th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

September 18, 2019 – For more than 40 years we have designed, developed and handcrafted our Audiovector loudspeakers in Denmark and today we can finally announce a new launch of Audiovector loudspeakers – the R-series. A speaker line based on a mixture of evolution and new inventions. Everything we believe a pair of loudspeakers should ever deliver, the R-series does to perfection. The Audiovector Freedom Grounding® system eliminates distortion and improves overtones, lowers the noise floor and increases image depth and focus.… Read the full article

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

By | September 14th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

Everyone loves a cliffhanger. And as I flew into Denver for RMAF’s latest installment I was about to find out how this one was going to shake out. Specifically, the change of venue, and the transposition of show dates from mid-October to early September (this year only), elements that are fraught with all kinds of risks—and potential rewards. The brand-spanking-new venue, the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, certainly provided a distinct adjustment from the homey if increasingly ramshackle Denver Tech Center.… Read the full article

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Goldmund and Audioarts Announce Audioarts’ Appointment as Exclusive Distributor for the U.S.

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

Goldmund and Audioarts Announce Audioarts’ Appointment as Exclusive Distributor for the U.S.

The following is a press release issued by Goldmund and Audioarts. September 10, 2019 – For 40 years, the Swiss marquee has inspired and shaped high-end audio method, vision and design. From the legendary Reference Turntable, T3 Tonearm and avant-garde “cubist" Apologue Loudspeaker – celebrated by the Museum of Modern Art in NYC – to today’s unparalleled analog/digital electronics and loudspeakers, Goldmund serves as the Swiss archetype for luxury craftsmanship and peerless sound quality. Having expanded the lineup to include any foreseeable audio application, the Goldmund collection ranges from the most ambitious headphone amplifier ever conceived, to unparalleled stereo or …… Read the full article

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