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Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

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

Hi-Fi Centre to Host Vancouver Audio Festival 2019

The following is a press release issued by Hi-Fi Centre. Hi-Fi Centre is pleased to host the Vancouver Audio Festival 2019. Friday April 26th 5pm-9pm Saturday April 27th 10am-5pm This year we have curated a selection of systems which are guaranteed to make you smile whether you are a die-hard audiophile or a casual listener. Demonstrations are not time limited allowing you to enjoy each system for as long as you wish. Manufacturers reps will be on hand to present their products and answer all your questions.… Read the full article

AXPONA 2019: Analog Sources

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , |

AXPONA 2019: Analog Sources

Following on the heels of last year’s success, AXPONA 2019 was even more upbeat and enjoyable for showgoers and exhibitors alike. The available space was expanded to accommodate more offerings and, as a result, the attendees had more options for listening, looking, and shopping. Due to the size of the show and a second coverage area assignment, there are new products (such as the items in the Expo Hall) that are not covered in this report because of time constraints. Frankly, there were more items than one individual could cover in the analog offerings alone.… Read the full article

Three Simple and Cost Effective Hot-Rod Mods for the Classic Thorens TD-124 Turntable!

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I’ve always thought of the Thorens TD-124 as one of the most beautiful of the classic turntables, which for whatever reason, reminds me of being the 1955 Ford T-Bird of the turntable world, a classic car which I also happen to greatly admire.

Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement / Classic Long-Base Turntable

I had lusted after a Thorens TD-124 of my own for years, and I finally decided to pull the trigger and ordered one of Christopher Thornton’s Artisan Fidelity Thorens TD-124 Statement turntables with a Cocobolo plinth back in September of 2017 (more HERE), and the completed turntable arrived at my home in November of 2018. … Read the full article

TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable Preview

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

TechDAS Air Force Zero Turntable Preview

There are some pieces of equipment that immediately leap to the forefront of the audio world. The new TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable is such a piece. It stands at the very pinnacle of audio reproduction, redefining what’s possible to extract from the grooves of an LP. Last night the fabled engineer Hideaki Nishikawa (pictured below) and several of his associates unveiled his latest TechDAS creation at the Audio Salon in Santa Monica, where about forty music lovers gathered to listen to it.… Read the full article

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Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Turntable

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

Audio-Technica AT-LP7 Turntable

With the arrival of Audio-Technica’s new turntable, its top-of-the-line AT-LP7, I’m back in my comfort zone, happy to have a new record player in my listening room, especially one that looks as nice as the LP7 does. It may be considered Audio-Technica’s top of the line, but at $799 it’s still well within my entry-level guidelines. There’s a surprising amount of competition right now in the sub-$1000 turntable market, with solid decks from Music Hall, Rega, Pro-Ject, U-Turn, and others. They all more or less have the same basic layout: rigid plinth typically made of MDF or some other non-resonant …… Read the full article

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E.A.T. to Unveil New Ultra-High Performance Platter and Tonearm at AXPONA 2019

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

E.A.T. to Unveil New Ultra-High Performance Platter and Tonearm at AXPONA 2019

The following is a press release issued by E.A.T. Lake Grove, NY | April 8th, 2019 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com) has announced the arrival of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) F-Note tonearm as well as an optional high-inertia platter/bearing combo. The new tonearm is compatible with the company’s Forte’ and Forte’ S turntables, while the platter has been specifically designed for the Forte’. A universal version of the tonearm is expected later in 2019. These new products as well as a selection of E.A.T., Audio Physic and Okki Nokki products will be on display at the 2019 AXPONA expo, April …… Read the full article

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TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

By | April 5th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

TechDAS and Wilson Audio Event April 9–10

The following announcement is based on a press release/announcment. The TechDAS Air Force Zero turntable’s official U.S. Premiere will take place at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica, CA on April 9 and 10. The venerable Japanese company’s latest turntable of unprecedented quality will be showcased in a special presentation by designer Hideaki Nishikawa. In addition, with the generous support of Wilson Audio and Peter McGrath, the WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeakers will be featured in the system to take ttechdashttps://www.wilsonaudio.cois listening event to the next level.… Read the full article

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Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sonarworks Launches User-Driven Research Project for Sonic Personalization

The following is a press release issued by Sonarworks. April 3, 2019 | Riga, Latvia – Sonarworks, the European sound calibration software developers, have just announced the launch of a public research project designed to fine-tune the calibration of their award winning apps for individual listener preference. The Sound Preference Research Project, which is currently underway globally, allows users to audition music samples with different sound settings in a simple A/B assessment to choose the sound they prefer most. Based on the user input AI algorithm predicts the best possible sound settings for that user.… Read the full article

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Being Frank about vinyl

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the above photo, we see Frank Schröder, a Berlin-based tonearm manufacturer of over twenty years, sitting on my couch (in Mitte) and not on his own, 6 km away in Charlottenburg. He has just installed a Zu/Denon DL-103r to a Rega Planar 2 turntable — because if anyone in the world knows how to properly align a cartridge, it’s Schröder.

This Berliner made his first tonearm at 14 years old, sold his first tonearm at 17 years old and joined the world of high-end audio exhibitors in 1999 at the High-End event in Frankfurt (before it relocated to Munich).… Read the full article

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Kuzma STABI R Turntable

By | March 19th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

The leitmotif of all turntables from the Slovenian company KUZMA is “less is better.” Have a look at its iconic, “tubular” Stabi S turntable, to understand what it means—it’s just two brass tubes with a platter and an outboard motor. Also tonearms designed by this brand, no less famous than turntables, look like a study of simplicity.

In fact, these are advanced, precise “measuring” systems, if I can say that. After all, in the turntables, a stylus constantly measures the geometry of the vinyl record’s groove and converts this spatial structure to the corresponding voltage.… Read the full article

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