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CES 2019 Report

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

CES 2019 Report

I arrived without any expectation. It’s hardly headline news that high-end audio at CES has been running on fumes in recent years. Would this be the year that showing up would be a waste of time? Turns out, what I found was a show relegated to a shadow of its former self but not quite down for the count. My curiosity was soundly rewarded. I was reminded of the closing line from the classic Western film The Wild Bunch­: “It ain’t like it used to be, but it’ll do.” Sandy Gross of GoldenEar Technology wasn’t actively demoing the new Triton …… Read the full article

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

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

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

It’s no secret that the high-end audio segment of the massive Consumer Electronics Show has been waning for years as the industry has shifted its focus to Munich and the growing juggernaut of AXPONA. But this year’s CES was the death knell. After attending 36 consecutive CES events, this was my last. Nonetheless, it was worth going this year to see and hear some intriguing product introductions. Here are the highlights. In a radical rethinking of the traditional audio-component chassis and user interface, NAD introduced the M10 streaming amplifier.… Read the full article

Bending Wave USA’s Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

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

Bending Wave USA’s Grand Opening Is Set For January 26th, 2019

The following is a press release issued by Bending Wave USA. January 7, 2019 – Bending Wave USA will host a grand opening of its new showroom in Davie, Florida on January 26th and 27th. The featured audio system will include speakers from Germany’s Göbel driven by electronics from Switzerland’s CH Precision. Bending Wave USA is located at 10404 West State Road 84, Suite 101, Davie, Florida 33324. Phone: (954) 716-7407. For more information, go to bendingwaveusa.com.… Read the full article

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Greg Weaver

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Greg Weaver

Gamut Zodiac loudspeaker $150,000/pr. The Gamut Zodiac is one of the most remarkable products I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in my thirty years of writing about audio components. When you consider its exceptional bass extension and impact, unfailingly authentic rendition of timbre, texture, attack, body, and weight, with its disarmingly open, spacious, and organic presentation, the resultant sonic character affords an extraordinary degree of musical insight, housed in one of the most exotic and beautifully crafted forms you’re likely to find, almost putting the Zodiacs in a class all their own.… Read the full article

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Technics Turntable and Reel-to-Reel Workshop at PNW Audio Society

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

Technics Turntable and Reel-to-Reel Workshop at PNW Audio Society

The following is a press release issued by Technics. December 11, 2018 – J-Corder welcomes you to a free analog source workshop showcasing the Reference Series 2018 products from Technics. Please join us at the Pacific Northwest Audio Society event to see and hear the SL-1000R Reference Class Turntable and modified RS-1500 R2R Tape Recorder. Jeff Jacobs from J-Corder will be presenting the Reference Series system by Technics including the new turntable and legacy magnetic tape recorder. Bring your own quality vinyl for a spin on the SL-1000R mounted with an Ortofon Cadenza Bronze Moving Coil Cartridge and LH-9000 Carbon …… Read the full article

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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

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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

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VPI Avenger Reference Turntable

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

VPI Avenger Reference Turntable

Let me begin this review by noting that the VPI Avenger Reference is part of a steadily growing number of “extreme turntables.” It sells for $17,000 without an arm, $20,000 with the JMW 12-3D Reference arm, and $20,800 with the new VPI “Fat Boy” tonearm. It also sets a standard of sound quality that almost demands that it be equipped with cartridges that cost well over $1000, and, at that, it still isn’t the most “extreme” turntable in the VPI line.… Read the full article

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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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Audible Images Annual Music Appreciation Event

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

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