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Kronos Sparta 0.5 Turntable And Upgrade To Full Sparta Review

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Kronos Sparta 0.5 Turntable And Upgrade To Full Sparta

This is where I want my music to be!
Review By Rick Becker
We are all doomed to extinction in our own little way. It's called death. And the specter of death causes many to seek comfort in the familiar – LPs, old movies and TV re-runs, for example. But lest I be branded with the moniker of macabre, allow me to point out that turntables, cartridges and phono stages have made impressive strides in quality over the past two decades-long since the reported death of vinyl.
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Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors AXPONA 2019 Industry Mixer And All Seminars

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors AXPONA 2019 Industry Mixer And All Seminars
Enjoy the Music.com, a leader in CE audio equipment reviews, news and show reports, are joining AXPONA in celebrating their ten years of providing high-end audio events within North America by sponsoring their Industry Welcome Mixer and Seminar Room. AXPONA's three-day experience features multiple hotel floors featuring fascinating listening rooms, The Expo Hall's Record Fair, a dedicated Ear Gear Expo, seminars, and live musical performances.
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High-End Audio & Music Industry News

NOVO Magazine March / April 2019

NOVO March / April Issue Is Free To Download
Novo's March / April issue features Tech for Long Distance Relationships, plus Why So Many Music Listeners Are Choosing Integrated Amplifiers Today. There's also a special Phono Preamp Buyer Guide too! High-end audio equipment reviews includes Furutech NCF Booster and Signal Booster, Synergistic Research High Frequency Transducers and Black Box Bass Tuning Device, BIS Audio PowerBIS Maestro Power Bar with their AC-20WG power cord, plus there's a review of Larsen's Model 6.2 loudspeakers.
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Raidho Premieres Their TD4.2 Floorstander
Building on the success of the D4.1, Raidho's chief-designer Benno Baun Meldgaard and his team hve made the company's D4.1 better. Raidho's TD4.8 technology has been adapted to create the new TD4.2 (€100,000 is gloss black, Walnut Burl or any custom color is €125,000).
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Apple Addresses Spotify's Recent Claims
Apple, in response to Spotify claims of having an unleveled paying field in operating cost advantages Apple has for iTunes and in keeping Apple devices closed to other competing music services, Apple released a statement. Here's the last bit of Apple statement: "What does that have to do with music? A lot. We share Spotify's love of music and their vision of sharing it with the world...."
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Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum HD Preamplifier

Dan D'Agostino M.A.S. Momentum HD Preamplifier
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems just announced their Momentum HD Preamplifier ($40,000), a major upgrade to the Momentum Preamplifier. The Momentum HD Preamplifier builds on the award-winning platform to represent the high dynamic and high definition improvements that have been achieved by the company. The new Momentum HD Preamplifier incorporates advancements in the power supply, audio circuitry, and control sections.
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McIntosh Announces Eleven Products As Roon Tested
McIntosh is proud to announce that 11 of their products have received Roon Tested designation. Roon is a rich and engaging way to browse, organize, and listen to music. Artist photos, credits, bios, reviews, lyrics, tour dates, and composers are located automatically, then interconnected by links to build a surfable digital magazine.
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Spotify Seeks "Leveling The Playing Field" With Apple
Apple. Sure you may love their devices and how they all work together, yet keep in mind Apple also holds all the keys to the proverbial locked doors of their app store. Spotify's new site Leveling The Playing Field seeks legal remedy to what appears to be an anti-competitive nature by Apple for using their app store. Developers know that Apple may imposes a 30% 'tax' on music services such as Spotify who use Apple's App Store. Face it, where else are you getting your app from? As a possible scenario, Apple gets 30% while the developer (Spotify, Pandora, Qobuz, Tidal, Netflix etc) gets 70%.
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Pro-Ject Releases Ringo Starr Peace & Love Turntable
Pro-Ject has partnered again with The Universal Music Group to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Pro-Ject's special Peace & Love turntable (€499) was handpicked by Ringo; at its base lies an Essential III, upgraded with an acryl platter.
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High-End Audio Show Reports

AXPONA 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show

 

Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo

 

Warsaw Audio Video Show Report 2018
Warsaw AV Show Report

 

New York Audio Show 2018 Report
New York Audio 2018

 

Capital Audiofest 2018 (CAF) & Canmania Show Report
Capital Audiofest

 

Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018 Report
Australian Hi-Fi/AV

 


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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2018 Show Report
RMAF 2018 Show

 

CanJam Denver @ RMAF 2018 Show Report
CanJam Denver Report

 

KL International AV Show 2018 Report
KLIAV Show 2018
HIGH END 2018 Show Report
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If 24-bit/96kHz Is Officially The Minimum For High-Res Audio...
Why are 24-bit/44.1kHz music files labeled 'Hi-Res Audio'?
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
Here's some food for thought: If the official definition of Hi-Res Audio by the Japan Audio Society (JAS) is a minimum of 24-bit/96kHz [Decoding: File playability of 96kHz/24bit or above (FLAC and WAV both required – source JAS)], then why are 24-bit/44.1kHz digital music files being called Hi-Res Audio / Music?
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Is It Time For Academy II?
Roger Skoff offers another suggestion to help our hobby and industry.
Article By Roger Skoff
There's been a lot of talk, lately, about the state of our hobby and industry, and about what we might be able to do to bring them back into the mainstream of public interest. All kinds of suggestions for bringing about a high-end "renaissance" have already been given, both here and in other publications, and the consensus seems to be that, if we take the right approach, it's far from an impossible dream.
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World Premiere In-Depth Review!
JBL L100 Classic Loudspeaker
A classic looking speaker with truly modern sound.
Review By Tom Lyle
Because I was a working musician from around high-school onwards, and more seriously during the 1980s, spent quite a bit of time in recording studios. In the studios I noticed many different makes and models of monitor speakers, and a large percentage of them were made by JBL.
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Black Cat 3200 Series
Interconnect, Speaker, And Digital Cable

My system become a sonic time machine.
Review By Tom Lyle
Black Cat Chris Sommovigo has been designing and manufacturing cables for the high-end audio industry since 1992. In his words, he has been "running in the opposite direction of what most audiophile cable companies seem to be doing.
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Furutech NCF Cable Booster-Signal
Life often contains hidden gems awaiting exploration.
Review By Jeremy Kipnis
Sometimes, you can't help but get giddy about a product that most everyone is going to gripe that, "It can't possibly work!" But the fact is the highly debatable yet finely engineered Furutech NCF Booster-Signal I've been lucky enough to be closely reviewing these past few months clearly improves the clarity, focus, resolution, and musical enjoyment...
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KEF LSX Wireless Music System
The greatest thing since sliced bread!
Review By Phil Gold
What a pleasure to find an inexpensive component that excites a high-end reviewer. And a product from KEF! KEF Chorales were the first decent speakers I owned. Modestly priced, high performance, utterly reliable, what's not to like?
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Re-Entering Analog: Assembling An Analog System
Featuring Pro-Ject turntables, Parasound JC 3 Jr. and Okki Nokki Record Cleaning Machine MK II.
Review By Dwayne Carter
The passing of a family member is often a time of reflection and grief. With the passage of time, wounds heal, and some memories begin to fade. If you are lucky, a few remnants and reminders get passed down to you. A lifetime of possessions can be reduced to a storage shed (or two), then eventually down to a few boxes.
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Manley Labs Absolute Headphone Amplifier
The makings of a legend!
Review By Gary Alan Barker Of Headphone.Guru
Back in the late nineteen eighties I ran a small boutique by appointment only high end Hi-Fi shop, and at that time our preamplifier of choice was the Manley (their first and only product at the time if my memory serves correctly), which we considered to be the finest audio product in the world.
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Senseless Rambling
Is Vinyl The New Heroin For Dyed-In-The-Wool Hard-Core Audiophiles?

IRL: I've seen the needle and the damage done.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
Last month's Enjoy the Music.com review of the VPI Nomad is but one example of the many new turntables, vinyl LPs and associated equipment making their way into the home of many music lovers worldwide. Once again the record album is experiencing double-digit growth over the previous year as consumers, and bands, can't seem to get enough of what they desire.
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Krell SACD Standard CD/SACD Player

Superior Audio Equipment Review
Krell SACD Standard CD And SACD Player
Can One Player Do Both Formats Well?
Review By Alvin Gold
Krell Industries announced its first high-resolution disc player, the SACD Standard, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2003, and it is now in full serial production. It is a dedicated SACD player of some sophistication, but it is far from representing the limits of Krell's ambitions in high-resolution disc replay. A universal player is currently in development, which will bring DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, SACD and CD replay under one roof.
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VAC Avatar Review

VAC Avatar Integrated Amplifier
You get what you pay for... and sometimes you get more!
Review By Steven R. Rochlin
I first saw the Valve Amplification Company (VAC) Avatar at the 1999 CES. The Avatar is a very interesting amplifier indeed. With quite a few integrated amplifier having visited my own stable fairly recently such as the cj CAV-50, Audio Note Meishu, Manley Labs Stingray, 47 Labs Gaincard and Linn Classik (review forthcoming), one could come to the conclusion that either i love integrated units or i am truly insane. As the case may be, odds are I am a little of both. You see, the advantages of buying an integrated amplifier is in not just the elimination of the interconnect going from the preamplifier to the amplifier, but you are also getting a properly matched system.
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