High-End Audio / Audiophile Equipment
Reviews And Think Pieces
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Ecoustics As Content Sharing Partners
the Music.com and ecoustics are thrilled to announce our new content sharing partnership, expanding the reach of both online publications to a wider range of readers, listeners, and viewers across the globe. With a combined
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home entertainment media online world and charging into 2021 with a renewed sense of purpose and
---> Enjoy the Music.com
celebrates adding ecoustics.
Q&A With Jim Anderson
Recording Engineer And Grammy Winner,
Many Times Over
When Jim Anderson was a kid, his teacher told him to put down the records and focus on his studies. Luckily for the world of immersive audio, he didn't listen.
Article By Immersive Audio Album (IAA)
recordings have won a whopping 11 Grammy awards. His projects have been
nominated for another 27, most recently for his role as the Surround Mix
Engineer on Gisle Kverndokk: Symphonic Dances in 2020. Jim recently spoke
with IAA about mixing this album, teaching at NYU, how he got into immersive
music, and more. Added note by Enjoy the Music.com:
Immersive audio is the three-dimensional approach to audio storytelling that is taking sound to new heights. While traditional
"surround sound" exists in a horizontal plane around the listener, immersive sound refers to an expanded sonic field that quite literally immerses the listener in a multi-dimensional
---> Q&A With Jim Anderson: Recording
engineer and Grammy winner, many times over.
Remembering Tim de Paravicini
October 1945 To December 2020
Lecture by Tim de Paravicini in December 2006 as we all celebrate the triode's 100th anniversary.
Article By Joe Rasmussen
It was the year 2006 and the annual European Triode
Festival was looming at the very end of November and into early December. This
was a special year for those into tubes, or valves as some call them. In fact,
Triodes is the very raison de'tre for the annual European Triode
Festival. Mostly for Europeans, but many would come from other parts as well,
all Triode lovers. I have attended a number of times, all the way from Australia
and I am fairly sure I have the record for the most-traveled distance. This was
one year I was not going to miss out. Behind the scenes, Guido Tent and Emile Sprenger
of the organizing committee wanted to invite somebody significant, somebody of
---> Remembering Tim de Paravicini.
And The Music Goes 'Round And 'Round...
Roger Skoff writes about changing ideas of perfection.
By Roger Skoff
I just saw a picture of a truly remarkable recording studio mixing/mastering
console. It has 48 channels, 56 monitors, 1046 Routing Modules, four bands of EQ on every input, and, for only a little under two hundred grand, it has enough features, knobs, dials, special effects, toys, and
goodies to satisfy even the most control freak engineer or
producer. I loved it! And, when I was a Hi-Fi Crazy kid recording maven, back more than half a century ago, I would have lusted after it as the fulfillment of my every recording
---> And The Music Goes 'Round And 'Round....
The Right Call:
How To Avoid Poor Equalization Choices
Exploring the matter that how an analyzer is set up can greatly affect the appearance of the results.
Article By Merlijn van Veen
you don't know the answer before you start to measure, how do you know you are
getting a good measurement?" – Ivan Beaver, chief engineer, Danley Sound
Labs. If I were to ask you to measure the voltage
coming out of the electrical outlet closest to you using a multimeter or VOM (volt-ohm-millimeter),
you would have expectations. However, should the multimeter's display, for
whatever reason, not show the expected voltage for your specific region, there's
a valid reason to start investigating. Maybe the meter's batteries are dead or
maybe a circuit breaker tripped. Regardless, you were right to question the
outcome because it didn't meet expectations.
---> The Right Call: How To Avoid Poor Equalization Choices.
An Interview With Alfred Vassilkov Of Estelon
development from this brilliant loudspeaker
Interview By Andrija Curkovic Of hifimedia.
To be a success in a global market, and in a very challenging segment of
premium high-end speakers, from a country which many audiophiles, if you ask
them, would not be able to find on a map, is a huge success. Usually, the story
about such success would be preordained (fully unjustifiably) for some "other
young company", situated somewhere in one of the countries of the so-called
developed west. If we also know that the headquarters of the company is in the
city of Tallinn, in Estonia, the country which fulfilled its independence, and
end of the occupation by the former Soviet Union, which started after the World
War II, only in 1991, the story gets another dimension.
interview with Alfred Vassilkov of Estelon.
10 Questions For High-End
Featuring David Chesky Of Chesky Records
Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various
high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may
surprise you! This month we're featuring David Chesky of Chesky Records and
HDtracks. At Chesky Records, their philosophy is simple: to create the illusion of live musicians in a real three-dimensional space. Chesky Records tries to achieve the impression of reality with the most advanced technology available, careful microphone placement, and, most of all, a recording team that pays attention to every minute detail-making your listening experience tangible, pleasurable, exciting, and realistic.
10 questions to David Chesky of Chesky Records & HDtracks.
10 Questions To David
Solomon Of Qobuz
Sharing the joys of Qobuz's lossless streaming music service.
Enjoy the Music.com's 25th
Anniversary brings you a new special feature!
Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various
high-end audio manufacturers and personalities to answer questions about their
love of music. Their answers may
surprise you! This month we're featuring David Solomon, Chief Evangelist for
streaming music service Qobuz. When they formed Qobuz in 2008, their goal was to offer the digital world the aspects of music fandom that audiophiles, those who love music best, have always cherished. For
Qobuz, this meant quality sound, quality editorial, and a freedom of choice that wholly excludes bias. As a result of
their diverse collective culture and musical education, Qobuz' business catered to artists old and
---> 10 questions
to David Solomon of Qobuz.
World Premiere Review!
Dynamic Sounds Associates Amp I Review
Class-A tour de force!
Review By Greg Weaver
had the pleasure of writing about Dynamic Sounds Associates gear for over 16
years now, with my first take on the original Phono-ONE phonostage appearing
back in November of 2004! Since that time, I've reviewed, or used as reference,
the superb Phono II phonostage (with the Phono III coming on deck soon!), the
I Linestage, and now, I am privileged to bring you the world premiere review
of the exceptional Amp I monoblocks. The engineering mind behind all
these fresh and exceptional designs is one Dr. Douglas Hurlburt, whom I first
met while living in southern Maryland during the early to mid-nineteen nineties.
Dynamic Sounds Associates Amp I review.
Nagra Tube DAC And Classic PSU Power
Sonic glory... worth it!
is a Swiss audio equipment manufacturer that has been in business for over 65
years. Their professional portable tape records were an industry standard for
many decades, even appearing as props in many films and television shows. Their
reputation was rock-solid even before they started manufacturing high-end audio
equipment in the 21st Century. Because of this, and because of the fine high-end audio
components they've been designing and manufacturing since 2012, I suppose there
are many audiophiles, and plenty of non-audiophile, who might add the Nagra Tube
DAC and its matching Classic PSU power supply to their systems without an
audition, or without reading reviews on the subject.
Nagra Tube DAC and Classic PSU Power Supply.
Producing a very convincing airiness and generosity of orchestral music.
Review By Michael Lang
Burmester is not the largest hi-fi company, both
in terms of revenue and number of employees. The manufacturer also does not have
the ambition to offer the most expensive products in the high-end market at any
price – nevertheless, there are only a few other consumer electronics
companies worldwide that evoke a similar desire and enjoy a reputation as good
as this manufacturer does, founded by Dieter Burmester in 1978. However, the
first step towards this was not made by loudspeakers, as Burmester only started
producing these in 1994 with the model 949, but by the legendary preamplifier
777, introduced in the summer of 1977.
Burmester B38 floorstanding speaker review.
Linear Tube Audio,
Omega Speaker Systems,
The Audiophile System Builder V2
Our recommendations for buying a complete audiophile stereo system with a budget between $3600 to $7400 for streaming
Review By Ian White Of ecoustics
Our recommendations for buying a complete audiophile stereo
system with a budget between $3600 to $7400 for streaming hi-res audio. We covered a lot of ground in the first installment of the Audiophile
System Builder, and kept it limited to a few brands that we know have a lot
of system synergy. The notion that you can just throw a bottomless pit of money
at a stack of equipment and walk away with a great sounding audio system is a
fallacy. There is a reason why dealers demonstrate specific brands together and
while not every dealer gets it correct 100% of the time, you're paying for a
level of expertise which includes knowing which amplifier sounds great with the
loudspeakers set-up in front of you.
---> The Audiophile System Builder V2.
Stereo Headphones Review
Setting a high-water mark for headphones to measure up to.
Review By John Hoffman
As a lifelong two-channel audio
listener I had my doubts that I could appreciate listening to music through
headphones. A good friend of mine extolls the benefits of the personal listening
experience, but I never could come around to seeing his point of view. Sure, I
have inexpensive ear buds and in ear monitors for portable listening, but this
was always casual listening at best. Yet there are times I could see the
advantages of having a headphone system, as there are certain genres of music
other household members do not appreciate late at night. The question I had in
the back of my mind is, "Could a die-hard audiophile appreciate a set of
cans? Would I find long-term listening satisfaction with high-performance
---> Focal Stellia
stereo headphones review.
Beyerdynamic T1 Generation 3 Headphones
The return (and update) of a true classic!
Review By Peter Pialis
Approximately 11 years ago when I first started out in the
world of personal audio, my first foray into the high-end market space was with
my purchase of the venerable beyerdynamic T1. Coming in at $999, the original T1
was beyerdynamic's response to the Sennheiser HD800 flagship release. Being a
huge fan (and owner) of the DT880 (600-Ohm version), the T1 really grabbed my
attention and I decided to give the T1 a whirl just to see how much better sound
quality through a pair of headphones could be. I likely purchased the very first
pair available for sale here in Canada and I still get very nostalgic when I
recall my first unboxing of these headphones.
Beyerdynamic T1 generation 3 headphones review.
LampizatOr MM2 Moving-Magnet (MM) Phono
Beautiful to behold and a joy to use.
Review By Brett Rudolph
have always been one of my favorite sources for my playback system. They are
highly customizable, straightforward to use. They tend to offer a great bang for
the buck, especially on the entry-level ones. In fact, you can purchase a more
expensive turntable, start with a reasonably inexpensive cartridge that sounds
great and move into higher performance ones over time, if you wish. Of course,
there is a downside. They do require a bit more care and feeding than their
digital brethren. The two main types of cartridges on the market are moving
magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC). They both have their advantages and
disadvantages. However, as a rule, moving magnet cartridges tend to be less
expensive to date.
LampizatOr MM2 moving-magnet (MM) vacuum tube phono stage review.
Tekton Moab Floorstanding Speaker
With their thunderous bass complementing a dazzlingly beautiful midrange,
Tekton's Moab full-range speakers stand tall both in appearance and in musicality.
Review By Rogier van Bakel
virtually everyone on the planet, this past calendar year brought a range of
challenges and sorrows; 10/10 would not recommend. Hooray for 2021, with its
promise of health, actual instead of virtual hugs, and a return to normalcy. When looking back on our collective
(Latin for dumpster fire), I
consider the arrival of a pair of Tekton
Moab speakers in my listening room a welcome ray of light. Like many
audiophiles confined to home by the pandemic, I've found much meaning and
comfort in music these past nine months. With my photography business on the
skids, there was suddenly occasion to burrow into a couple of thousand standout
tracks, old and new. I almost didn't miss the roughly two dozen concerts
I would've attended in a normal year. I think that's in part because, well, if
any stereo speakers I've ever heard sound just like live music, it's the
Tekton Moab floorstanding speaker review.
Audio MusiKraft Polished Lithium Nitro 2 Cartridge Review
Discovering the joys of a new realm in listening enjoyment.
Review By Bob Grossman
MusiKraft's polished Lithium Nitro 2 cartridge with Ipe wood inserts is a
dramatic enhancement of the classic Denon 103 that performs in a nuanced,
balanced, lively, engaging, musically satisfying way with having a stunning
bejeweled shell. While the cost is way beyond that of the basic 103
cartridge, so is the performance! The MusiKraft cartridge will be
appealing to the most discerning and demanding audiophile and can be the
ultimate tunable piece of equipment for bringing listening enjoyment. Deciding upon a cartridge can be a complex and difficult
challenge for any audiophile. Cartridges are not usually an item that can be
borrowed to easily install at home for a demo evaluation.
Audio MusiKraft Polished Lithium Nitro 2 cartridge review.
DS Audio DS-E1 Optical Phono Cartridge / Phono Energizer
And DS Audio ION 001 Vinyl Ionizer Review
New heavyweight contenders!
Review By Maurice Jeffries
encounter with DS Audio's fascinating line of optical cartridges and matching
phono energizers (the term that DS Audio uses to describe the outboard power
supply/phono equalization units supplied with each cartridge) occurred at the
2020 Florida Audio Expo Show, held last February in sunny Tampa, Florida.
Musical Surroundings distributes DS Audio's growing line of products here in
the United States. In the Musical Surroundings suite, company head honcho Garth
Leerer and his team put together a swell little system headlined by the
affordable and overachieving Maggie .7 speakers, a stem-to-stern suite of Rogue
electronics, Wire World cables, an eye-catching cobalt blue AMG Giro turntable,
and matching arm, this fronted by an entry-level DS Audio DS-E1 optical
cartridge and matching phono energizer.
DS Audio DS-E1 optical phono cartridge / Phono Energizer and DS Audio ION 001
vinyl ionizer review.
Sennheiser HD 800 S Open-Back Headphones Review
Keith Howard continues his adventures in headphones with an in-depth look at this classic design, first
reviewed by Martin Colloms.
Review By Keith Howard
Sennheiser launched the original HD 800 – of which the S is an improved
version – in 2009, none of us knew just how momentous the next decade would be
for headphones, driven principally by the arrival and rise to ubiquity of the
smartphone and the dawn of hi-res portable digital music players. Before we knew
it, everyone and his dog was making headphones, planar magnetics were having an
unlikely renaissance, speaker manufacturers sought a slice of the action, and
people wore not just earbuds on public transport but large circumaurals too.
With no trace of embarrassment.
Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones review.
Simaudio MOON 600i v2
Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review
A truly special performer.
Review By John Acton
As I've grown older, and presumably, wiser, I've
come to appreciate more the significance of anniversaries. Whether they be
personal, such as birthdays and wedding anniversaries, or professional (it
occurs to me that I've been on the masthead at Positive Feedback for
nearly 20 years), these milestone accomplishments resonate with me, due perhaps
to their reinforcement of continuity and longevity in a world of seeming
constant flux and uncertainty. Mayhap this explains the vicarious pleasure I
experienced, learning earlier this year of Simaudio's 40th anniversary. The
Canadian-based high-end audio manufacturer began its life as Sima Electronics,
founded in 1980 by Victor Sima.
Simaudio MOON 600i v2 integrated amp review.
Dokoni HiFiMan HE6SE Elite Series Earpads Review
Greatly upping the game in both sound quality and elegant luxuriance.
Review By Gary Alan Barker
seeing my review of the Dekoni earpads for the Spirit Torino Twin Pulse
headphones, Dekoni decided to send me earpads for my HiFiMan HE6se headphones,
which I saw as a great opportunity to not only review the earpads but the HE6se
themselves. Earpads are one of the least expensive ways to upgrade not
only the look and feel of your headphone but the sound also. In fact, by
selecting different earpads for different occasions you can often eliminate the
need for multiple headphones to accommodate different music genres.
Dokoni HiFiMan HE6SE Elite Series Earpads review.
Editorial By Art Dudley
Passions run high among music lovers. We vilify
(the ones we dislike), and we elevate marginally functional savants with a couple of 2-minute singles and some album
filler under their belts. When it comes to more unique and productive figures like Phil
Spector, Jimi Hendrix, Wilhelm Furtwängler, John Cage, or [insert your own heroes and
villains here], music fans either revere them as gods or dismiss them as meaningless.
Sometimes there are shades in between, but perspective is at a premium. This tendency to paint things black or white spills over to the equipment we use
to play back our favorite recordings.
---> Read Art Dudley's intro
article from Listener magazine.
Try A Screen Driven Driver Stage
Article By Rikard Berglund
From Sound Practices
Issue 8, Winter 1994/1995
Some output tubes (211 and 845) need a very
high drive voltage with low distortion. Some tube freaks have used the 300B tube as a driver
but it is very expensive. Others have tried to use a triode connected EL34 but it is not
linear enough. A pentode driven on the screen grid is very linear. I have tried this concept in a new driver
stage, as shown on the accompanying schematic. The first two tubes V1 and V2 form an
asymmetrical mu-follower. V3 is a screen grid driven pentode. Adjust the potentiometer R9
to 350V DC at the plate of V3. You can use many different tubes for V3.
---> Read Try A Screen Driven Driver Stage
Listening impressions of some collectible equipment.
From VALVE Volume 2 Number
6 June 1995
There, I hope that helps keep anyone from getting to upset, because I'm going
to be honest about what I thought of some very highly touted equipment. Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to
audition a Marantz 7 preamp and 8 power amp which were consigned to me. Both pieces were in excellent electronic shape and very good to excellent cosmetic
shape. The preamp had been checked out and a new filter cap installed by Audio Classics, the guys in
New York who sell all the Mac stuff for huge prices.
---> Read Rare Birds from VALVE
World Premiere Review!
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems
Momentum Lifestyle Integrated Amplifier
With DAC & Audio Streaming Review
Only for music lovers, because that is the MLife's raison d'être
– to enable the listener to revel in
one's love of music.
audiophiles are familiar with the name Dan D'Agostino, by virtue of him being
the founder, CEO, and chief engineer at Krell which he founded in 1980. The
products made by Krell, which included everything from power amplifiers to SACD
players and speakers, were some of the best high-end components available. In
2009 he was ousted by investors that he himself invited into the company because
they thought the company should change direction. Almost immediately after
leaving Krell he formed Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems.... In
late 1970s a local dealer lent me a Krell power amplifier. When I auditioned it
in my humble system it was almost instantly apparent that no, all power
amplifiers do not sound the same.
Dan D'Agostino MAS Momentum Lifestyle integrated amplifier with DAC/streaming
Music.com's 20 Year Anniversary
We get by with a little help from our friends.
By Steven R. Rochlin
Frankly, 20 years is a short period of time. Has it really
been 20 years? Would love to say it seems like only yesterday that Yours Truly
was this wild four ear piercings, nose ring and dog collar wearing avant-garde
young kid strolling the hallways at shows, yet when it comes to the modern
Internet 20 days ago seems like forever. Knowing that simply offering
basic advice and how-to articles, plus my senseless ramblings, were fun yet the
site also needed to start reviewing gear. Longtime and highly respected reviewer
Dick Olsher and others agreed to join Enjoy
the Music.com back in those early days and we've continued to grow
Enjoy the Music.com's 20 year anniversary editorial.
World Premiere Review!
PureAudioProject Quintet15 Horn1 Modular Open Baffle
The pure essence of music at Kipnis Studios
Review By Jeremy
For as long
as I can remember, I've been interested in audio and particularly the qualities
associated with really good Stereophonic music reproduction. And I've often
noted how there are such a myriad of different ways to design a pair of speakers
and still get a high quality sonic illusion that easily communicates qualities
like believable imaging, spatiality, height, dynamics, frequency extension,
sense of immersion, and toe tapping musicality; should they be found in the
recordings listened to in the first place. Apparently, speakers can come in all
shapes and sizes, be constructed of wood, metal, glass, carbon-fiber, concrete,
and even plastic. And they have been in use in telecommunications and related
industries for almost a hundred and fifty years....
PureAudioProject Quintet15 Horn1 loudspeaker review.
Metronome Le Dac
...and the Technicolor Dream.
Review By Paul Schumann
of you who have read some of my previous reviews know that I am in some ways a
throwback, sticking with my compact discs while some audiophiles have moved to
uncompressed digital files and others have embraced the vinyl side. I have a lot
of CDs, and by God, I'm going to still listen to them.... Sometimes you start to wonder, are those fancy
high-end DACs really that much better? A few months ago, I noticed an announcement for a new DAC by a
company called Metronome. Appropriately it is called Le Dac. The announcement
said that the Le Dac is the new low-cost entry into the Metronome line.
---> Metronome Le Dac
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