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Basis Audio on Television

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

Basis Audio on Television

Turntable manufacturer Basis Audio is featured in the television series "World's Greatest! . . . ". The show's producers select only one company to feature from each of the industries they cover.… Read the full article

A Visit with Mik Bhavnani of Unique Audio UK

By | November 16th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

A legend has been running in the UK audio scene for many years, of an audiophile with a vast collection of the world’s most sought after turntables, amplifiers loaded to the brim with platinum transformers and rare vintage capacitors, and an audiophile lair with a sound that eclipses them all. For a long time I admit that I could scarcely believe that such an individual and system existed, and the whole thing must be an audiophile myth. As a keen angler myself, I have certainly grown accustomed to artistic license and outright myths on the river bank.… Read the full article

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

By | November 1st, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Jonathan Valin

MBL 101 X-treme Loudspeaker $260,000 In honor of the 101 X-tremes’ tenth anniversary, I invited these new and improved versions of MBL’s 2000-pound, twin-chassis flagship loudspeakers back into my listening room. Comprising two Radialstrahler columns—each column like a pair of 101Es with one set of radial woofers, radial mids, and radial tweets facing upward and the other facing down immediately above it in a D’Appolito arrangement—and twin outboard, powered subwoofer stacks (with two 12" aluminum-cone woofers in a push-push configuration per subwoofer and three, stackable subs per speaker side), the 101 X-tremes are giants.… Read the full article

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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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Yamaha Announces New 5000 Series

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

Yamaha Announces New 5000 Series

The following is a press release issued by Yamaha. Buena Park, California | October 23, 2019 – Yamaha is making the biggest statement in the Hi-Fi market since it coined the term “Hi-Fi” 65 years ago with the release of its Hi-Fi Player. Today, the company is continuing its legacy in the premium Hi-Fi category with the U.S. debut of the 5000 Series, a new standard of components designed for the most discerning and passionate audiophiles. The 5000 series builds on the success and performance of the company’s previous Hi-Fi components.… Read the full article

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Genesis Advanced Technologies Event at Distinctive Stereo

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

Genesis Advanced Technologies Event at Distinctive Stereo

I recently had the privilege of attending a unique event hosted by Larry Borden of Distinctive Stereo in River Vale, NJ, to announce and demonstrate his new line of loudspeakers from Genesis Advanced Technologies. In attendance were the chief designer and owner of Genesis, Gary Koh, as well as Merrill Wettasinghe of Merrill Audio, and Matt Weisfeld, ever the showman, of VPI. Gary had spent the previous day meticulously (it took seven hours) setting up his absolutely stunning 7-way Maestro speakers, the babies of the Genesis line and the only models not to utilize his ribbon-tweeter line array.… 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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2019 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

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

2019 Golden Ear Awards: Robert Harley

Wilson Benesch Eminence Loudspeaker $235,000 The Eminence is a nothing short of a technical tour de force in advanced loudspeaker design. With its in-house-made carbon-fiber enclosure, custom drivers, isobaric woofer loading, innovative tweeter, and no-compromise execution, the Eminence can lay claim to being one of the world’s most sophisticated loudspeakers. All that cutting-edge technology is in service of a single goal: to make the speaker disappear. And disappear it does, not just spatially but tonally and dynamically as well. The Eminence is as colorless in timbre as you’ll find, and its ability to convey music’s rhythms, dynamic accents, flow, and …… Read the full article

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Acoustic Signature Invictus Jr. Turntable and TA-9000 Tonearm

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

Acoustic Signature Invictus Jr. Turntable and TA-9000 Tonearm

About three years ago I reviewed what was then the best record player I’d heard—the $105k Acoustic Signature Invictus. As I wrote at the time, this 315-pound, FEA-engineered, CNC-milled, six-motor, dual-belt-driven, 2.6-foot-wide by 2.4-foot-deep, vaguely Mayan-looking objet du son from Gunther Frohnhoefer of Germany was not only the largest record player I’d ever come across; it was also the most versatile (accepting up to four tonearms), the easiest to set up (once you and an army of your pals had lifted it onto an extremely sturdy stand), and, most importantly, the quietest.… Read the full article

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Clearaudio Performance DC Wood Turntable with Tracer Tonearm

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

Clearaudio Performance DC Wood Turntable with Tracer Tonearm

With vinyl’s popularity still high and head-ing higher, turntables are popping up like crazy—both from longstanding makers, newbies, and manufacturers of other gear hot to get in on the action. So many ’tables, so little time… where do you begin? Obviously, materials and design account for fundamental differences. Plus, record players (along with open-reel tape decks) are the most hands-on component in the audiophile arena. So the user’s experience in every respect, from setup to playback, matters more for ’tables than for any other type of gear.… Read the full article

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