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RMAF 2019 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019)

 

Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp Review

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Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp

Simple to use sweet sounding analog!
Review By Richard Cohn
Have you ever noticed how people's pets tend to look like them and reflect their personalities? Well, I have noticed a similar congruency between audio components and their designers for good or bad (no names mentioned here are the astringent amps/designers I have come across in my years as an audiophile). Fortunately, the subject of this review, the Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp (the "Merrill Preamp" or "Pure") for reel-to-reel decks and its creator Merrill Wettasinghe are on the right side of that spectrum.
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High-End Audio & Music Industry News

New York Audio Show 2019 Report NYAS 2019 Show Report

New York Audio Show November 8th To 10th
Held at the Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan from November 8th through 10th, the New York Audio Show 2019 features the latest in high-end audio technology. This ranges from loudspeakers created to perfection, headphones with excellent fit and sound for you, to Hi-Res Audio digital sound for your home or on the go. Also featured were many state-of-the-art turntables for your beloved vinyl LP collection. Attendees could easily compare hundreds of luxury audio products in one location with the benefit of receiving excellent advice from audio engineers, designers and product specialists.
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Capital Audiofest 2019 DIY And High-End Audio Event

Capital Audiofest 2019 DIY And High-End Audio Event
Capital Audiofest (CAF), launched in 2010 as a very casual DIY show, has evolved into a well-organized and well-attended event. CAF is recognized as a fun, friendly and family-oriented show where you often see parents with children strolling from room to room listening to music, auditioning gear, and browsing the multiple bins of vinyl records, CDs and accessories. During the evenings they feature live music within the bar and special live performers in the Theater.
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McIntosh Labs Announces C53 Solid-State Preamplifier

McIntosh Labs Announces C53 Solid-State Preamplifier
McIntosh Labs is proud to announce the C53 Preamplifier ($8000). The C53 stereo preamplifier features an upgradeable digital audio module, yet unlike their integrated amplifiers that use the DA1 Digital Audio Module, the C53 is the first product to use McIntosh's newly released advanced DA2 Digital Audio Module. In total, there are nine analog inputs and seven digital, giving it a nearly inexhaustible number of 16 total inputs for connecting all of a user's music sources.
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RMAF 2019 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019)

RMAF 2019 Show September 6th Through 9th, 2019
Featuring a luxury destination at the brand-new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Enjoy the Music.com's Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019 show report celebrates our sweet 16 years of covering this highly popular high-end audiophile event. Take in the friendly atmosphere at RMAF where all are welcome and questions are encouraged. You will experience in one location many major household audio brands from Klipsch and McIntosh to ultra high-end brands Acora Acoustics, Audio Research, Kimber Kable, Mark Levinson, Nordost, Pro-Ject, VAC and many others.
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Headphones Sales Q1 2019 Revenues Reach $5.9 Billion

Headphones Sales Q1 2019 Revenues Reach $5.9 Billion
According to Futuresource Consulting, consumer appetite for premium headphones continues to grow, with global revenues rising five times faster than shipments in Q1 2019. Their Q1 data reveals headphones shipments expanded by nearly 9% year-on-year, yet the performance was eclipsed by revenue growth of more than 43% to reach global revenues of $5.9 billion for the quarter.
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NOVO High-End Magazine May / June 2019

NOVO High-End Summer 2019 Audiophile Magazine
NOVO High-End magazine's Summer 2019 issue features The Rise Of Location Based Entertainment, a special focus on Tech Trends For Summer 2019, plus Classical Music: A Guide For The Perplexed: Episode 2. Gear reviews within this issue of NOVO High-End include McIntosh Labs MC312stereo power amplifier, Transrotor Dark Star turntable, Kirmuss Audio Ultra-Sonic Vinyl Restoration System, Furutech DSS-4.1 speaker cables, and Audio Solutions Figaro M speakers.
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High-End Audio Show Reports

New York Audio Show 2019 Report (NYAS 2019)
New York Audio 2019

 

Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report (CAF 2019)
Capital Audiofest 2019

 

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 Show Report (RMAF 2019)
RMAF 2019 Show

 

HIGH END Munich 2019 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2019

 

AXPONA 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show

 

Zagreb AV Show 2019 Report
Zagreb AV Show 2019

 

CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
CanJam Singapore

 

Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Salon Audio Montreal

 

Bristol Show 2019
Bristol Show 2019

 

Florida Audio Expo 2019 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2019

 

Warsaw Audio Video Show Report 2018
Warsaw AV Show 2018

 

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A Tour Of The Famous Capitol Records Studios

A Tour Of The Famous Capitol Records Studios
Article By Bobby Owsinski

Los Angeles is lucky in that there's a number of iconic recording studios that were built decades ago that still exist and thrive today. United Recording (formerly Oceanway), East West (formerly Cello), The Record Plant, and Henson Studios (formerly A&M) are just a few that remain busy serving high-end music clients, movie soundtracks, and just about any other type of recording you can think of. But the one studio that may be the most iconic of all is Capitol Studios, built into the basement of the historic round Capitol Records building in the middle of Hollywood.
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Stack Audio Linn LP12 Turntable Tweaks Review

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Stack Audio Linn LP12 Turntable Tweaks
Making the Linn LP12 even more fantastic!
Review By Rick Becker

It's no secret the Linn LP12 is one of the most iconic components in all of high-end audio. It's reasonable to expect there are more than 100,000 sold since introduced in 1972. With its backward compatible upgrade path there is good reason to assume there are still plenty in active use, if not sitting idle in attics all over Great Britain and the USA. While the backward compatibility has led to its continued popularity, it has also left the design vulnerable to aftermarket modifications since such mods would be applicable to virtually any LP12, not just the ones between say 1979 and 1981. So, just as there are legions of people who hot-rod old cars (which were made in even larger numbers), so there is a cult following of the LP12. You're probably one of them if you're reading this now... or about to become one once you've finished reading here.
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Sanders Sound Systems Magtech Stereo Amplifier Review

Sanders Sound Systems Magtech Stereo Amplifier
Clear, clean presence that sounds alive and breathing.
Review By Ron Nagle

What follows must be a story of evolution. And in a broad sense It will serve to illustrate some of the technical advances that have been made to bring music into our lives. Driven by our need to experience music we keep technology in a constant state of flux. Ever reaching for an elusive totally immersive experience. Back in May 2008 within the pages of Enjoy the Music.com I wrote about the original Sanders ESL Audio Amplifier. It was made to drive impossible electrostatic speaker impedance variations. And more specifically it was intended to power the designer Roger Sanders own Innersound Electrostatic speakers. At that time, eleven years ago, I owned and enjoyed a pair of Quad 63 Electrostatic speakers mounted on eighteen inch high Gradient woofers. And subsequently I purchased that Sanders ESL amplifier to power my Quad and Gradient speakers.
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Wonderful Wireworld High-End Audio Cables Review

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Wonderful Wireworld High-End Audio Cables
Featuring Wireworld Platinum Eclipse 8 Audio Interconnects, Silver Eclipse 8 Speaker Cable, Platinum Electra Power Cords, Silver Electra-7 Power Cords, Platinum Starlight 8 75-Ohm Digital Audio Cable, and Platinum Starlight 7 USB 2.0 Cable.
Review By Tom Lyle

It's no secret that cables are an important part of a high-end system, and therefore which cables one uses deserve serious consideration. As one's system improves, it is very important to make sure that the cables one uses are not only as good as the rest of one's system, but also match the components they are paired with. Still, even though most recognize the importance of cables, many audiophiles still feel as if good cables are "icing on the cake. Those who know me realize that I feel that once a system gets to a certain level, everything makes a difference. And so, cables may be as important as any other component one uses in their system.
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The Cable Company Audience forte f3 powerChord Contest

Win The Cable Company Audience forte f3 powerChord Valued At $249!
Enjoy the Music.com is honored to join with The Cable Company for our July 2019 contest. Audience's forte f3 powerChord is an entry-level priced high performance powerChord at $249 for 6-foot length. Over 20 years of Audience high performance powerChord DNA technology is embedded in the forte f3. The forte f3 powerChord is a high current 10 AWG design made with high purity stranded copper wire, as this keeps flexibility and user friendliness. It's geometry is a proprietary design that rejects noise while balancing energy flow for lowest eddy current resistance.
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