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RMAF 2018: Jeff Rowland Design Group and the Ultimate Phono Pre for Multiple Tonearms

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Lucien Pichette of the Jeff Rowland Design Group is an old friend of ours. He grew up in Montrose, Colorado, where Colleen and I lived for a few years, and I used to drive past his boyhood home nearly every day. I was happy to visit with him in the Rowland room at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and talk about Colorado, but I kept getting distracted by the beautiful shiny faceplates of the gear in the room.

If you’ve ever seen a Rowland product, you know exactly what I mean—even though this was just a static display of the current Rowland models, attendees were wandering in, mesmerized by these shimmering amplifiers and preamplifiers.… Read the full article

Technics at NY Audio Show

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

Technics at NY Audio Show

The following is a press release issued by Technics. NY Audio Show, November 9th – 11th, 2018, New York, NY. Visit Technics and A/V retailer Value Electronics at the New York Audio Show, Park Lane Hotel in exhibit room 903, and be among the first to experience the new Reference Class components for 2018/2019! Featuring the new SL-1000R and SP-10R coreless direct drive turntables which inherit advanced technology from our legendary highly acclaimed SP-10 series, fusing Technics traditional analog and leading-edge digital technologies to deliver warm, exquisitely detailed Hi-Fi sound to the next generation.… Read the full article

Free Listening Event at AudioVision San Francisco

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Free Listening Event at AudioVision San Francisco

The following is a press release issued by AudioVision San Francisco. November 6, 2018 – FREE LISTENING/LEARNING EVENT!! Thursday, November 15th, 2018, 7:30 -10pm: AudioVision San Francisco presents “Digital and Analog at its Best!”An evening event focusing on the Latest and Greatest from Chord Electronics, Power/Signal/Grounding Systems from Nordost Cables, Modern Danish HiFi Loudspeakers from Raidho and Scansonic and Amazing Turntables from SME. A seminar will be presented by representatives from each company. Refreshments will be served and a drawing will be held for some FREE goodies!… Read the full article

Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Listening Event at Paragon Sight & Sound

The following announcement is based on press information provided by Paragon Sight & Sound. Join the team at Paragon Sight & Sound in Ann Arbor, MI, along with special guests from Clearaudio, Rogers High Fidelity, and Doshi Audio for a night dedicated to analog music on Thursday, October 25thfrom 6–10 p.m. Featuring the incomparable Clearaudio Statement V2 turntable, the evening’s program will also include additional Clearaudio turntables, tube electronics by Rogers High Fidelity, and the Doshi Audio V3 Series of electronics.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 – Analog

By | October 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

RMAF 2018 - Analog

The analog renaissance appears to be stronger than ever with a number of new analog products making their worldwide or U.S. debuts at RMAF. While the sheer number of new offerings didn’t compare with the Munich Show (nothing does), there were still plenty of mouth-watering turntables, tonearms, cartridges, tape decks, and phonostages helping to produce some of the best sounds at the show. Better yet, several manufacturers and distributors were offering complete turntable packages with integrated tonearms and pre-fitted cartridges to help customers get going quickly, and these “ready-to-go” analog front ends were not limited to entry-level offerings.… Read the full article

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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

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

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

Stirling Broadcast LS3/6 loudspeaker $5595 These speakers are the contemporary redesign by Derek Hughes of a BBC model of decades ago. The original was derived directly from the Spendor BC1, which was designed by Derek Hughes’ father Spencer Hughes. When I first encountered this new version, I was immediately struck by its smooth and neutral tonality, and also by its surprising articulateness in the midrange. From my review: “The midrange itself remains in the top echelon for a combination of clarity, resolution, and neutrality.” Later, I looked into whether this clarity and resolution were attached to identifiable measured technical aspects.… Read the full article

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Soundings RMAF Open House

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Soundings RMAF Open House

The following is a press release issued by Sounding Fine Audio Video. October 1, 2018 – Soundings Fine Audio Video is having an RMAF Open House Friday October 5th at 6pm. There will be drinks and hor d'ourves from Great Northern as well as demos going on throughout the evening. Rich Maes from Boulder Amplifiers, Terry Medalen, Jon Derda and Norbert Schemed from MoFi with Primare, Isotek and Dr. Feickert. Bob Graham with Graham Engineering and TechDas will be on hand to answer questions throughout the evening.… Read the full article

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Excel Audio Listening Event Sept. 22

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

Excel Audio Listening Event Sept. 22

The following announcement is based on information provided by Excel Audio. Excel Audio is hosting its first annual Customer Appreciation open house and listening event this Saturday, Sept. 22, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special guests include: Bill Peugh from Wilson Audio Jonathan Derder from MoFi Distribution Jeff Sigmund from Luxman America Kent English from Pass Labs Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings Attendees can listen to two world-class systems featuring: Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2 loudspeakers powered by D’Agostino Momentum electronics and sourced by a Clearaudio Master Innovation turntable with Statement tonearm and Goldfinger cartridge.… Read the full article

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Technics 2018 Turntable Preview Event at the PNW Audio Society

By | September 18th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Technics 2018 Turntable Preview Event at the PNW Audio Society

The following is a press release issued by Technics. September 18, 2018 – J-Corder is sponsoring a gathering to showcase the new Reference Series 2018 products from Technics. Please join us at the Pacific Northwest Audio Society event to see and hear the new SP-10R & SL-1000R Reference Class Turntables. Technics US Business Development Manager, Bill Voss, will be presenting the entire Reference Series system by Technics including the new turntables. We are honored to have Alan Taffel, Senior Writer at The Absolute Sound, joining the discussion.… Read the full article

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2018 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

By | September 13th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , |

2018 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

VPI Avenger Reference turntable and JMW 12 3DR Reference 3D-printed tonearm $20,000 (with JMW 12 3DR) VPI provides another great example of just how much better turntables and tonearms are getting as a result of the “return” of LPs. It has a remarkable ability to reveal all the musical detail in a given record and to get the best out of very different cartridges. I don’t share the touch of “digiphobia” that sometimes leads audiophiles back to LPs, but it is clear that VPI—and a number of other long-standing and new manufacturers of cartridges, tonearms, turntables, and phono preamps—is leading …… Read the full article

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