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05 / 28 / 10

Ultrasone Edition 8 Limited Headphone  Ultrasone, a German company that has been manufacturing headphones for the audio market for over 17 years, is now selling their special Edition 8 Limited ($1699) headphones that will have only 888 examples manufactured. Boasting a matte Ruthenium finish with walnut inlays and audiophile grade components, the Edition 8 Limited is based off the design of the original Edition 8 headphone. Ultrasone's Edition 8 Limited is a regal dark brown and silver closed-back headphone that employs Ultrasone's latest S-Logic Plus technology, resulting in an impartial acoustic feeling that affords the listener a spacious tonal perception. Ultrasone's newest headphones also contain MU-Metal shielding (ULE technology) that reduce the amount of radiation directed to the listener by up to 98%. Each inner ear cup is adorned with dark brown Ethiopian sheepskin, which is claimed by the company to provide the most isolation of any leather. Each Edition 8 Limited headphone is housed in a stately wooden box for safe storage and transportation and each example is stamped with its own serial number. The 40mm titanium plated driver provides an impedance of 30 Ohms and produces a frequency range from 6 Hz to 42 kHz.

 

HDtracks.com, the world's pre-eminent music downloading website for high-resolution music downloads, is now offering Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! The 1998 A&M/Octone Records release captures the best of seven legendary 1975 recording sessions in New York and California. The electrifying album, Frampton's fifth solo title, is one of the top-selling live records of all time. Music lovers car download the album in DVD-Audio quality 24-bit/96kHz audio on HDtracks.com. Frampton Comes Alive! features Peter Frampton on vocals and guitar; Bob Mayo on vocals, guitar, piano and organ; Stanley Sheldon on vocals and bass; and John Siomos on drums. The 14-track, approximately 80-minute album includes Frampton classics "Something's Happening," "Doobie Wah," "Show Me The Way," "It's a Plain Shame," "All I Want To Be (Is By Your Side)," "Wind of Change," "Baby, I Love Your Way," "I Wanna Go to the Sun," "Penny For Your Thoughts," "(I'll Give You) Money," "Shine On," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Lines On My Face" and "Do You Feel Like We Do?" As with all HDtracks.com downloads, Frampton Comes Alive! includes complete PDF liner notes to provide context and enrich the listening experience. Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British teen band The Herd, and, at 18, co-founded one of the first super groups, the seminal rock act Humble Pie.

 

05 / 27 / 10

Hi-Fi World  Enjoy the Music.com has a world premiere of Hi-Fi World's Volume 20 Number 5 (July 2010) including the compete editorial and table of contents. This issue includes reviews of the Triangle Antal EX and Aktimate Maxi speakers, Revolver Cygnis Gold, Belles VT-01/SA-30 and Sudgen HA4 amplifiers, Denon PMA-2010AE integrated amplifier, Tiode TRV-88SE tube amp, and Paul Rigby rounds up silver disc spinners from Arcam, Astin Trew, Cyrus, Marantz, Pioneer, Roksan and Yamaha and much more. The editorial by David Price says, "In the past decade, things have simply got more diverse. In this issue we showcase several examples of contemporary speaker thinking; Triangle's Antal [p10] is a great do-it-all modern floorstander; quite nineties in profile but packed with the latest drivers and tuning. Revolver's Cygnis Gold [p34] is a 'big banger' that's closer in size to huge, high-end seventies designs, but again uses contemporary tricks in its cabinet, crossover and drivers. My Audio Design's My Clapton Grand MM [p68] is very eighties in dimensions, and uses a coaxial driver the like of which I haven't seen since the sixties. Yet it's all bang up to date technologically, and sounds it..." To see the entire table of contents and read the complete editorial click here.

 

05 / 26 / 10

dCD Debussy DAC  dCS (Data Conversion Systems), an award winning manufacturer of transports and digital to analog converters is shipping their new Debussy DAC ($10,999). The Debussy DAC combines the dCS Ring DAC and their patent pending (GB0817141.5) asynchronous USB technology in one box. Incoming data is oversampled to 5 bits at 2.822 or 3.07 MS/s. The USB interface will accept up to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96 kHz. Two filters are provided offering listeners the choice between linear phase with pre-ringing or non-linear phase without pre-ringing. The enclosure of the Debussy features a sleek solid aluminum fascia, high grade aluminum casing, all metal buttons and is powered by dCS electronics. Debussy DAC features standard AES3, Dual AES and S/PDIF inputs in addition to the USB interface. The digital volume control allows direct connection to a power amplifier, so in a one or two digital source system there is no need for a preamplifier. Maximum output can be either two or six volts to suit different amp/speaker combinations. Outputs include one stereo pair on RCA and two pair of XLR balanced.

 

Dali Ikon 5 MK2Dali, a longstanding audiophile loudspeaker company based in Denmark, now offers their MK2 series within their Ikon range. The top-of-the-range Ikon 5 MK2 stands 81 cm high yet it's slender front makes for easy placement in tight spaces. The slim front baffle allows for a reducing in unwanted reflection that can smear the soundwaves as they are produced from the drivers. The dual layer front baffle forms an accurate and acoustically stable platform for the dual 5-inch midrange/bass drivers and hybrid tweeter module. Dali carefully hand assembles the crossover network, which are mounted on vibration-absorbing wood fiber boards. Frequency response is from 43 Hz to 30 kHz, sensitivity is 87dB/W/m and impedance is 6 Ohms. Crossover frequencies are 700/2500/14000 with a driver compliment of a super high frequency driver ribbon, 28mm soft dome tweeter and a pair of 5-inch wood fiber cones.

 

05 / 25 / 10

Lumen White Artisan Reference Monitors  Lumen White announces , a company that seek to merge musical instrument design, artisan craftsmanship and edge-of-the-art technologies, has launched their new Artisan Reference Monitors (€27000). Designed in Switzerland, this three-way floorstanding loudspeaker features instrument geometries enclosure design plus 3rd generation flow- and pressure-dynamics optimization. Other features of this design include a custom ceramic and ring radiator driver array, advanced loading, proprietary transient-neutral damping with resonance-unification technologies. Drivers are a 1" custom ring radiator tweeter, 5.5" custom ceramic inverted dome midrange and three 7" custom ceramic inverted dome woofers that are precision matched. This design is time, phase and impulse coherent. A purist crossover design is frequency optimized and enjoys the benefits of variable geometry conductors and a micro-distortion free dielectrics signal path. The Lumen White Artisan Reference Monitors are available in selected premium veneers, piano lacquer and custom finishes.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
502DFor those who remember Ray Kimber's interesting demonstration of his DiAural loudspeaker technology will be pleased to know that EdgeAudio.Com has introduced their 500D Series 5.1-channel system which incorporates the revolutionary DiAural circuit in a mid-priced product
. As with things internet, the system is only available through the EdgeAudio.Com website with a "30-day no-risk purchase plan". To quote their press release "The DiAural circuit replaces a conventional crossover with proprietary, patent-pending circuitry to produce a phase-coherent sound, free of the distortion and sonic artifacts created by traditional crossovers. The 500D Series was designed by DiAural inventor and EdgeAudio.Com VP, Product Development, Eric Alexander, to equal the performance of high-end systems but at a far more affordable price." Priced at $1,399 for the complete 5.1-channel system, it features high quality Vifa drivers mounted in walnut and other hardwood cabinets.

 

05 / 24 / 10

Wilson Audio Sophia Series 3  Wilson Audio Sophia Series 3 ($16,700) loudspeaker is set to begin shipping shipping June 1. An all-new architecture within the midrange enclosure consists of material changes. The unique physical features of correct propagation delay and lowering enclosure panel resonances has been further improved over the previous design. The X-material enclosure panels of the upper and lower modules are thicker, plus a new internal bracing strategy that contributes to Sophia's performance by lowering resonance-borne colorations in its enclosure panels. Additionally, the Sophia Series 3 joins Sasha W/P in its use of Wilson's latest proprietary composite S-Material. Used in the mid/tweeter baffle of the Sophia Series 3, S-Material is said to reduces measurable and audible noise. S-Material is combined with X-Material to form an extremely inert and low-resonance enclosure. Wilson Audio has also redesigned the crossover network due to their finding that the interaction between the high- and low-pass filters created a specific type of time-domain-generated noise, which he dubbed "crossover jitter." The crossover access panel formerly located on the bottom of the Sophia has been moved to the rear of the enclosure to provide easier access to the user-serviceable resistors. Sophia Series 3 features a simplified version of the Wilson Audio cellulose/paper pulp composite midrange driver first developed for the Alexandria X-2 Series 2 and since implemented in the MAXX Series 3 and Sasha W/P. The Sophia Series 3 sources its tweeter from MAXX Series 3 and Sasha W/P. This proven design is slightly more efficient than the tweeter it replaces. As for lower frequency production, a proprietary Sophia woofer, which debuted in the Series 1, has been worked over with special attention to the driver's frame and motor. The Sophia Series 3 woofer features a magnet structure twice the size of the earlier woofer. The goal was to retain the tunefulness of the original design, and increase the overall impact, speed, agility, and linearity of the bass. The new woofer also has much greater tonal shading and nuance says the company.

 

Teac Reference Series CR-H500NTTeac's new Reference Series CR-H500NT ($799) offers AM/FM stereo receiver plus CD and USB iPod digital direct interface. It also has a MM phonostage input, subwoofer output, Internet stereo radio and wireless/wired LAN streaming capability. CD playback includes CD-DA, CD-]R/RW, MP3 and WMA while the built-in stereo amplifier produces 40 wpc (6 Ohms). A very low THD of 0.03% and frequency response from 20 Hz to 60 kHz ensures clean sound throughout the audible range. On the back of the unit is an Ethernet Port or users can choose to use wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b/g). There are also three stereo analog inputs via RCA and one stereo output to act as a preamplifier in addition to the subwoofer pre-output.

 

05 / 21 / 10

HDtracks  HDtracks.com, founded by multi-Grammy-nominated jazz and classical composer and inventor of new sound technology David Chesky, and his brother Norman, has announced the addition of The Verve Music Group's legendary Ella and Louis to its ever-growing online store. Available in 24-bit/96kHz sound, the 11-track album features legendary jazz artists Ella Fitzgerald (vocals) and Louis Armstrong (trumpet and vocals). This 1956 recording of music is filled with timeless composers including Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Kay Swift and many others. Ella and Louis also features world-renowned jazz artists Oscar Peterson (piano), Herb Ellis (guitar), Ray Brown (bass) and Buddy Rich (drums). "We are very excited to add Ella and Louis to our growing list of titles from The Verve Music Group," said HDtracks.com co-founder David Chesky. "This timeless album is a great addition to our vast jazz library. With the remarkable, crystal-clear sound of music from HDtracks.com, customers will experience this classic album in a way they never have."

 

TacetGerman recording label Tacet has released Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046 - 1051 Complete Edition, Partita in D minor BWV 1004, Chaconne. The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra made two recordings of the Brandenburg Concertos of Johann Sebastian Bach. First of all, there was the well-known old Decca recording under the direction of Karl Müchinger, out of print as an LP for many years. Secondly, a new one for TACET with first-class soloists, not previously issued as an LP. On the other hand, it become famous as the first Surround recording in TACET Real Surround Sound. From now on in vinyl: the Brandenburg Concertos in TACET's warm tube sound on two and a half 180g LPs in a luxuriously designed linen box with a large-format supplementary booklet - just like in the old days. The remaining reverse side of the third LP contains more works of Johann Sebastian Bach. Also available is the Auryn Series XXVIII, Auryns Haydn: op. 55, Joseph Haydn String Quartets · Vol. 9 of 14 op. 55, nos. 1-3. Just like its ten predecessors, this eleventh of fourteen publications of 'Auryn's Haydn' in no way sounds as if created out of mere duty. Each secondary part, each detail is precisely illuminated, appropriated weighed and performed with inspiration. Thus, among the blossoming melodies and ideas in the composition which command attention, the listener becomes aware of many beauties emerging from the shadow of the score. This is one of the great strengths of the Auryn Quartet and this complete recording. Like Op. 71 and Op. 74, Op. 54 and Op. 55 also belong together as far as their contents are concerned. That is why both covers have exactly the same design, including their colors.

 

05 / 20 / 10

Constellation Audio Pyxis Controller  Constellation Audio, a California based high-end audio company achieving excellence in high-end audio, offers their Altair preamplifier. The Altair preamplifier uses an optically controlled resistors that can be adjusted to an accuracy of 0.1 dB. These resistors have no electrical connection with the signals controlling them, so they are as sonically benign as an ordinary resistor-and far more sonically transparent than any potentiometer could be. The Line Stage Gain Module that forms the core of the Altair is fully balanced and uses FETs that are hand-selected from the company's private stock. As a true dual-mono circuit, the boards are mounted on a platform that sandwiches an isolating polymer sheet between sheets of stainless steel. The entire assembly floats on an elastomeric suspension that damps external vibration. A machined, solid aluminum enclosure with 8.2mm walls blocks electromagnetic interference. The wireless Pyxis system controller (pictured) provides the ideal interface for the Altair. Its rotary volume and source controls provide a traditional feel, while its full-color 432 x 230-pixel touchscreen display accesses such advanced features as input naming, minimum and maximum gain settings for each input, and volume control resolution. A set of buttons mounted under the front panel provides additional control options for basic functions, including volume and source selection. A separate chassis houses the triple-transformer power supply, which delivers isolated power feeds to left and right channels and the control circuitry. Inside the Altair power supply module are three separate R-core transformers, one for left channel analog audio, one for right channel analog audio and one for digital/control circuitry. Custom-extruded PCOCC cables terminated with aerospace-type Hypertronics connectors carry the separate power feeds to the Altair main chassis. Frequency response is from 10 Hz to 200 kHz (±0.5dB) and the unit has four inputs via XLR and RCA, two outputs with both via RCA and XLR, and recording outputs also via RCA and XLR.

 

Denon D-M38DAB Micro Audio SystemAudiophiles looking for a simple, small and inexpensive setup that handles virtually all their needs may enjoy the Denon D-M38DAB micro audio system (£330).The D-M38DAB follows in the footsteps of the multi-award winning D-M37, and brings even more intelligent features, while delivering further improved, UK-tuned sound quality. One notable addition is the front panel USB port. This enables iPod/iPhone digital direct connectivity The D-M38DAB passes the signal through its high-precision D/A converter, then processing the music through advanced audio circuitry. The D-M38DAB can also replay any application on your iPhone, so the likes of Spotify and Last.fm can also receive the proper 'hi-fi' treatment. The unit also has DAB/DAB+/AM/FM tuner along with CD replay. The CD player can handle CD/CD-R/CD-RW and playback rebook or MP3/WMA files. The speakers are powered by a 60 wpc stereo amplifier. In a component system, speakers are a vital factor for the sound quality and so Denon decided to once more use the successful SC- M37 design. The company feels that they deliver an enormous sense of presence and expression from speakers of their compact size. The D.D.L. (Denon Double Layer) cone featuring lightweight and high rigidity has been used for the woofer diaphragm, ensuring accurate pistonic motion across a wide frequency range. The high definition tweeter with ventilation hole maintains uniform centering of the diaphragm. Finally the new crossover network reproduces the smoothness of natural sound expected from a true Denon.

 

05 / 19 / 10

Tannoy Kingdom Royal Loudspeaker  Tannoy, one of the oldest and most prestigious audio brands in the world having been founded as the Tulsemere Manufacturing Company back in 1926, is showcasing their new Kingdom Royal (£35,000). This new flagship loudspeaker represents the sum of the famous Scottish loudspeaker manufacturer's rich heritage, cutting-edge technical innovation and world renowned acoustic engineering. A true no-compromise design, Kingdom Royal brings together a new series of Tannoy reference components, a radical new cabinet and the finest quality materials throughout. Features include high gloss wood veneer and Italian leather trim, new 12" dual-concentric driver with its cryogenically treated 3" HF dome and compression motor. Frequency response is from 24 Hz to 54 kHz (-6dB, sensitivity is rated at 96dB/W/m and impedance is 8 Ohms. Dimensions are 50.2 × 23.0 × 23.6 ( (HxWxD in inches) and each one weighs 265 lbs.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
B&W LoudspeakerOne of Britain's most respected loudspeaker manufactures, B&W Loudspeakers, has added a new amplified subwoofer to their ASW line
. The B&W ASW 2500 measures just 12x12x15 inches and weighing 50 lb. is claimed to "offer bass extension and bottom-octaves musical performance that equals it's late, much larger ASW 2000 sibling." Chris Browder, B&W's Executive Vice President said "We are very much aware that B&W has numerous customers who demand the very best performance available, but who also require the most space-saving design possible." Chris continues "Many of these folks simply cannot consider a large, high-performance sub. That's who we created the ASW 2500 for: performance-conscious audiophiles and serious home theater fans who demand big, fully extended, powerful bass but are unable to accommodate a conventionally sized high-end sub. The new model's remarkable size lets it ‘disappear' into the room in a way that larger, conventional woofers simply can't do." The new ASW 2500 occupies far less than one-third the volume of B&W's previously impressive 12-inch ASW 2000 though claims to have useful low frequency output down to 18 Hz. The ASW 2500 employs a 10-inch driver made of a particularly strong blend of Kevlar and natural fibers results in extreme stiffness. The ASW 2500's internal electronics employ a single, bass-optimized power amp channel with 1KW capability for transient low-frequency events. The B&W ASW 2500 is finished in black ash and cherry vinyl woodgrain, with black cloth grille and the MSRP is $1400.

 

05 / 18 / 10

AudioKarma Fest 2010 Show Report  Enjoy the Music.com has just published our coverage of the 7th annual AudioKarma Fest (2010). Hosted by website owner and co-founders David and Nancy Goldstein, our reporter says, "I am here to let you know that there are good things to do and happy places to be in Detroit. This year the AK Fest audio show was clearly a happy place to be. Held on May 1 and May 2 at the Sheraton Hotel in Novi, Michigan and, despite the rainy days, people drove four or five hundred miles and more to attend the show. They were not disappointed, it was a fun show with people visiting with old friends and making lots of new ones. Plus getting the opportunity to see, touch and hear a lot of really high quality audio components." See our compete coverage by clicking here.

 

Amphion Krypton3 LoudspeakerAmphion, based in Finland and since 1998 has been designing and manufacturing loudspeakers for audiophiles worldwide, has launched their Argon3L and Krypton3 (€2999 and €15,900 respectively). The Argon3L has undergone a complete redesign with the goal to keep the midrange purity and openness of Argon3. And benefit from the better bass extension, which can be achieved from the larger floorstanding cabinet. The two-way design employs a 1" titanium Integrator tweeter from SEAS and 6.5" aluminum midrange/woofer also from SEAS. Impedance is 8 Ohms and sensitivity is rated at 86dB/W/m. Frequency response is from 32 Hz to 25kHz. Amphion's Krypton3 (pictured here) marks the final outcome of the company's 10 year development project, which offers a magnifying glass to the Amphion world. Special care has been paid to the cabinets to control the vibration and internal air turbulence, which has raised the performance to a new level. Specially developed internal wiring and binding posts ensure an improved signal transfer. This design uses a 1" titanium Integrator from SEAS, a pair of 8" paper papyrus from SEAS and 10" aluminum woofer. Impedance is 4 Ohms and sensitivity is 87dB/W/m. Frequency response is from 22 Hz to 25 kHz.

 

05 / 17 / 10

Pass Labs  XP-25 Phono Preamplifier  Pass Labs, founded in 1991 by legendary audio designer Nelson Pass and offers unique amplifiers, preamplifiers and speakers throughout the world, is launching their XP-25 phono preamplifier ($10,600). This ultra high-quality line-stage audio preamplifier features a unique dual-chassis to keep the critical analog circuitry away from power supply noise. The front panel has rotary switches to select gain, loading, and cartridge type. Pass Labs' SP-25 is ideal for use with both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges plus the company says, "It presents in performance a new dimension of dynamics, inner detail and spectral richness with a very low noise floor and a more expansive soundstage than previous Pass Labs phono stages." Developed by Nelson Pass' co-designer Wayne Colburn, the XP-25 is a larger, higher performance sibling to Pass Labs' exceptional XP-15 phono preamplifier, which followed Pass Labs' award-winning X-ono phono-stage. The XP-25 also boasts adjustable gain, two separate inputs, a low-cut filter, mute, and resistive and capacitive loading on the front panel for easy access. Its twin chassis of brushed aluminum each measure 17 inches wide by 12 inches deep by 4 inches high, and total 55 pounds in weight.

 

Audio Research Reference Anniversary PreamplifierAudio Research, founded in April of 1970 and has built their reputation of manufacturing excellent and award winning vacuum tube amplification products, is going to offer their limited edition Reference Anniversary preamplifier ($24,995). As a two chassis design, the Reference Anniversary uses an all-tube Class-A triode audio circuit uses no feedback. The dual-mono gain stage has eight 6H30 tubes while the separate power supply is immensely overbuilt. There are separate low- and high-voltage transformers and separate vacuum-tube regulation (6550C and 6H30 tubes) for each channel. Multiple stages of electronic regulation are used. Separate umbilical chords for each channel attach the power supply to the audio chassis. All critical components were designed and manufactured solely for use by Audio Research. The front-panel layout is identical to that of the Reference 5, with knobs for volume and input on either side of a vacuum-fluorescent display. Six small aluminum buttons provide control functions, which are duplicated on the Reference Anniversary's remote control. Inputs and outputs are typical of recent Audio Research preamps: seven balanced/single-ended inputs and two pairs of balanced/single-ended main outputs along with a monitor (record) output. When the Reference Anniversary is turned on, the vacuum-fluorescent display will read "Anniversary Edition Reference Preamplifier 1970-1971" and begin to count up, year by year, until it reads "1970-2010." Silver handles are standard on silver units, but all-black units are also available. For optimal sonics and beauty, the top covers of both chassis are smoked acrylic. Black metal covers are also available at no additional cost. Frequency response is from 0.2 Hz to 200kHz, gain is 12dB and the volume control has 120 steps.

 

05 / 14 / 10

Review Magazine  Enjoy the Music.com now offers our midmonth update with two new articles now available.

Regular Reading
Sound Practices
W.A.F. By Joyce
The Art Of The Deal

VALVE Magazine
Editor's Thing
Article By Dan Schmalle

See the mid-May Review Magazine by clicking here.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
As more and more musicians are waking up to the joys of independence from their major record label contracts (and the internet), Herbie Hancock has been joined by producer David Passick and former Verve Records president Chuck Mitchell to start their very own record label called Transparent Music
. The company will generally focus on adult alternative pop/rock and world music, adult R&B and contemporary jazz. The new label's first CD Soul Conversation is a jazz-funk title while their second CD due out in June, Like A Brother, is a pop/rock title. "Music is always developing, but the marketing of music is radically changing," said Hancock, Passick and Mitchell in a joint statement. "Transparent Music has been created to nurture artists and projects that major labels can't focus on. We're going to use all of the media tools available to use in order to enrich the mix of what's commercially possible in the next century."

 

05 / 13 / 10

Electrocompaniet ECI-5 MKII  Electrocompaniet, celebrating 37 years of quality hi-fi audiophile products from Norway, is shipping their new ECI-5 MK II integrated stereo amplifier (€3790). The company sought to improve the previous model through careful analysis and redesign and thus make the sound more modern and enhancing the details and dynamics. In many ways this MK-II version is a brand new amplifier as it has a more powerful output stage compared to the existing ECI-5. Twice the number of output devices has been utilized to improved bass control and stability when driving low impedance loads and each channel has an output of 120 watts. To improve the current reservoir, the capacitor banks has been increased to 80000 microfarad that is fed by a powerful 500Va transformer. Electrocompaniet's ECI-5 MK II also has a new and improved overload detection system that allows us to remove the output relay. Hence the output stage is connected directly to the speaker with no relay controls within the signal path. All input switching is handled by high-end analog switches while the input stage is built from discrete circuits running in Class A with zero feedback. Like all other products from Electrocompaniet it has a fully balanced design. It has a total of six inputs that consist of two balanced (XLR), three single ended (RCA) and one direct Home Theatre input. The ECI-5 MK has a new and larger display that improves readability; the display can be dimmed.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
One of the leaders and longtime manufacture of horn loudspeakers Klipsch is now offering their unique Synergy Custom Series that are claimed to sonically match their Synergy Series powered tower, floorstanding, bookshelf, center channel, surround and subwoofer counterparts
. What makes this new series unique is the square Tractrix Horn included with these new models. The proprietary pivoting square Tractrix used in the Synergy Series in-wall models provide smoother response and a more consistent coverage pattern across the board. To quote the press release "Each Klipsch square Tractrix Horn has a consistent 90° x 60° coverage pattern and delivers realistic spatial imaging, smooth, neutral musical reproduction and minimal sonic coloration."
Some of the standard materials and techniques for this new line include the use of aluminum diaphragms, injected graphite cones with rubber surrounds, cast polymer frames and phase-aligned drivers. The three Synergy Custom Series in-ceiling products — SCR-1 5.25" two-way, SCR-2 6.5" two-way and SCR-3 8" two-way — feature a newly developed 1-inch 360 degree rotating aluminum dome Tractrix Horn tweeter and a –3dB tweeter attenuation switch that is accessible from the front baffle. The three Synergy Custom Series in-wall products — SCW-1 5.25" two-way, SCW-2 6.5" two-way and SCW-3 8" two-way feature this new 5.25" square Tractrix horn that rotates +/- 10 degrees in the horizontal plane. The is the first commercial horn-loaded design of its kind in the marketplace.

The Synergy Custom Series loudspeakers retail at:
* SCR-1 5.25" two-way in-ceiling, $330/pr.
* SCR-2 6.5" two-way in-ceiling, $400/pr.
* SCR-3 8" two-way in-ceiling, $550/pr.
* SCW-1 5.25" two-way in-wall, $330/pr.
* SCW-2 6.5" two-way in-wall, $450/pr.
* SCW-3 8" two-way in-wall, $550/pr.

 

05 / 12 / 10

  Enjoy the Music.com has just posted the June / July edition of The Absolute Sound (Issue 203)! This edition of The Absolute Sound features Harry Pearson's 2010 Golden Ear Awards, the entire TAS staff's choose the products that rocked their worlds in the past year, plus equipment reviews of the DALI Mentor Menuet and Nola Boxer loudspeakers, DaVinci Grand Reference Cartridge Grandezza, Sutherland Engineering Hubble phonostage, Aperion Audio Home Audio Link, Monitor Audio Silver RX8 floorstanding loudspeaker, Quad 99 Series preamplifier and 909 stereo power amplifier... and more! You can see the complete table of contents and editorial of TAS by clicking here.

 

Hi-Fi WorldEnjoy the Music.com has a world premiere of Hi-Fi World's Volume 20 Number 5 (July 2010) including the compete editorial and table of contents. This issue includes reviews of the Magicbox Nocturne XP-2 iPod dock, Black Rhodium Opera DCT cable, Wireworld Eclipse 6 interconnect, Focus SB iPod dock, Keystrobe strobe disc, Bren 1 record clamp, Ayon Audio CD-1s/Orion/Ibis system, Esoteric X-05, and Tim Jarman tries five of the latest or greatest mini music players including those from Apple, B&O, Philips, Samsung and Sony... plus more reviews! The editorial by David Price says, "In the past decade, things have simply got more diverse. In this issue we showcase several examples of contemporary speaker thinking; Triangle's Antal [p10] is a great do-it-all modern floorstander; quite nineties in profile but packed with the latest drivers and tuning. Revolver's Cygnis Gold [p34] is a 'big banger' that's closer in size to huge, high-end seventies designs, but again uses contemporary tricks in its cabinet, crossover and drivers. My Audio Design's My Clapton Grand MM [p68] is very eighties in dimensions, and uses a coaxial driver the like of which I haven't seen since the sixties. Yet it's all bang up to date technologically, and sounds it..." See the July 2010 issue of Hi-Fi World by clicking here.

 

05 / 11 / 10

  HDtracks.com, founded by multi-Grammy nominated composer David Chesky and his brother Norman as the world's pre-eminent high-resolution music downloading web site, is now offering The Verve Music Group's legendary audiophile classic Getz/Gilberto to its ever-growing online store. Available for download in high-resolution 24/-bit/96kHz sound., the 10-track album features world-famous jazz artists Stan Getz (tenor saxophone) and João Gilberto (guitar, vocals) in a 1963 recording of timeless standards. Getz/Gilberto also features world-renowned musicians Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano), Tommy Williams (bass), Milton Banana (drums) and Astrud Gilberto (vocals). Tracks include such classics as "The Girl From Ipanema," "Doralice," "Para Machuchar Meu Coração," "Desafinado," "Corcovado" ("Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars"), "Só Danço Samba," "O Grande Amor" and "Vivo Sonhando" ("Dreamer"). The recording puts listeners in the middle of the session, revealing every nuance of Gilberto's lyrical voice, Getz's sultry tenor saxophone, the easy, laid-back vocals of João Gilberto, and the fabulous piano work of the master composer himself, Jobim. As with all HDtracks.com downloads, Getz/Gilberto includes full PDF liner notes to provide context and enrich the listening experience. HDtracks.com also welcomed The Verve Music Group in April with albums from legendary jazz vocalists Billie Holiday and Diana Krall.

 

HDtacks.com has also just added Peter Frampton's Thank You Mr. Churchill, an album that follows his Grammy Award-winning instrumental album Fingerprints. Music lovers can now download the new album in pristine, DVD-audio-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio on HDtracks.com. The 11-song set, co-produced and co-engineered by Frampton, features the legendary guitarist at his most incisive, lyrically, as he tackles the battles that wage within us and the outside forces that rage around us. His searing guitar work flows over every song, setting the mood. Nowhere is this clearer than on Churchill's centerpiece, the evocative, two-part, eight-minute instrumental, "Suite: Liberté." Recorded at Frampton's home studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, Churchill is deeply intimate, weaving tales of loss, love and redemption and the lessons learned along the way. Churchill also includes Frampton's reflective take on troubling world events, including the Wall Street bailout ("Restraint") and the tragic case of Megumi Yokota, a Japanese girl kidnapped more than 30 years ago in North Korea ("Asleep At The Wheel"). Frampton wrote all the tracks on Churchill, penning many with longtime collaborator Gordon Kennedy. His co-producer/co-engineer, Chris Kimsey, was the engineer on Frampton's first solo record, 1972's Wind of Change. It marked the first time the two, who reunited via Facebook, have worked together in 30 years. Co-engineer Don Gunn (Death Cab For Cutie) also contributes to Churchill. Guests include Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, who also played on Fingerprints, and the legendary Funk Brothers, who appear on Frampton's Motown homage, "Invisible Man." Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history.

 

05 / 10 / 10

Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) Reference 3.5 Loudspeaker   Anthony Gallo Acoustics (AGA) has announced that its highly anticipated Reference 3.5 loudspeaker is now shipping. This new loudspeaker features an enhanced version of the company's exclusive OPTR (Optimized Pulse Technology) system, known as OPTR Level 2, which corrects electrical phase errors inherent in most audio systems. "Our original Reference 3.1 loudspeaker was incredibly popular, and we are getting a tremendous response to our new Reference Strada loudspeaker," says William Fried, Vice President of Operations for AGA. "In creating the Reference 3.5, we married key elements of the Reference 3.1 with new innovations found in the Strada, added OPTR Level 2, and the result is an engineering masterpiece that connects the listener with their entertainment on entirely new levels." With the original OPTR system responsible for mechanical timing relationships, OPTR Level 2 takes into consideration the electrical phase response and applies a countermeasure to prevent the deleterious effects due to dielectric absorption. These negative effects can result in the smearing of audio and the creation of phase anomalies. As with all AGA speakers, the Reference 3.5 features the company's patented S2 Technology, which enhances low frequencies. In addition, the loudspeaker's new CDTT 3 tweeter utilizes a new grill topology, which improves vertical dispersion.

 

Audience aR12-TS Power Conditioners Audience, a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing ultimate-performance audio/video equipment, is currently shipping its upgraded Adept Response aR2-TS, aR6-TS and aR12-TS high-resolution power conditioners ($4100, $5000 and $8600 respectively). The three models incorporate Teflon capacitors with mono crystal copper wire leads plus a large ground plane with all wiring secured by heavy-duty welded connectors in a star-ground configuration. The Audience Adept Response power conditioners overcome the liabilities of poor AC power through the use of sophisticated filtering circuitry, premium-quality components and optimized component layout. Teflon, says Audience, is the most ideal dielectric for capacitors. A dielectric is supposed to act as an insulator of an electric charge, but other dielectric materials do not insulate as well as Teflon or sound as refined. The newly added ground plane provides additional sonic benefits. All ground wires are weld connected to the ground plane with heavy-duty connectors, rather than mechanically fastened. Audience says that this simple but important detail further improves the sonic performance.

 

05 / 07 / 10

Neat Acoustics SE2 Loudspeakers  Neat Acoustics is shipping their full production units of their SE2 and Ultimatum XL6 loudspeakers ($2200 and $12,000 per pair respectively). The SE2 is based on the company's Motive 2 from the award-winning Motive series that has been in production for five very successful years. Outwardly, there is little to distinguish between the SE2 and its brother. The main clue being the inclusion of the 25mm EMIT planar/ribbon type tweeter, which replaces the inverted titanium dome used in the standard Motive 2. This new version of the EMIT device is compliantly mounted to provide isolation from cabinet vibration effects. Internally, the cabinet includes additional bracing and damping plus is divided into discrete volumes. The tweeter is housed in one, to isolate it from the back pressure developed by the main 134mm LF/Midrange drive unit. This main drive unit now operates in a smaller internal volume than previously. The second 134mm drive fires downward and the reflex port has been re-tuned accordingly. The hard-wired crossover has been re-optimized using upgraded components, including differing value polypropylene film capacitors wired in parallel and oxygen-free copper air-cored inductors with reinforced glass-fibre formers. Impedance for the SE2 is 8 Ohms nominal (6 Ohms minimum) and sensitivity is 86dB/W/m.

Neat Acoustics Ultimatum XL6 LoudspeakersNeat Acoustics has also announced their first new Ultimatum model in eight years. The Ultimatum XL6 will be available in September 2010 and is a multi-chamber, multi-facet loudspeaker system incorporating six drive units per enclosure. The visible drive units are mounted on sub-baffles, attached to the main enclosure via a polyethylene damping membrane. Ultra-rigid birch-plywood enclosure and innovative baffle-decoupling technology, isobaric bass loading and use of twin EMIT ribbon-type super-tweeters are employed. The enclosure comprises five discrete internal volumes each optimized for purpose. The Bass and Mid/Bass volumes are large to suit the low frequency tuning while the HF cabinet is small to increase rigidity and to stop back pressure from the Mid/Bass driver adversely affecting the rear chamber of the tweeter. The two EMIT supertweeters are similarly isolated. The main structure is damped 18mm Birch Plywood sourced from slow-growing forests. The drive unit baffles are constructed from a 45mm thick sandwich of Birch Plywood, polyethylene damping membrane and MDF. This provides a rigid non-resonant platform, which is ideal for optimal performance of the drive units. A pair of hidden isobarically loaded Neat 168mm bass drivers are flux optimized for purpose and use dustcaps for rigidity. The main Mid/Bass driver is a special version of the Neat 168mm driver with an aluminum phase plug to aid dispersion and reduce dynamic compression. A sealed sub-volume contains the main HF drive unit a modified SEAS XL SONOMEX domed XL unit with additional damping and support. A separate sub-volume contains two EMIT type supertweeter drive units. These fire upwards operate quietly and add a sense of space and realism to the performance. The crossover is a minimalist five element type (plus damping and attenuating resistors) employing precise-tolerance, low-loss air-cored inductors and high tolerance polypropylene film and foil capacitors. The speaker exploits predominantly first-order crossover slopes and mechanical roll-offs for a natural, uninhibited performance. Impedance is 8 Ohms average (minimum 5 Ohms) and sensitivity is 87dB/W/m.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
Next month will ring the opening of the world's largest gathering of Rock and Roll memorabilia and information since the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This new high-tech gallery will include exhibits on the history of guitars. In fact rock guitarist legend Jimi Hendrix, who himself was a Seattle native. Not to worry as punk and hip-hop is also featured within the museum. The high-tech part may be due to the efforts of one of the founders of this museum, Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen who himself donated quite a bit of his collection of Hendrix memorabilia.
Of course as is expected with any great Rock and Roll museum opening, many concerts will be performed all around Seattle including Metallica, Kid Rock, Alanis Morissette, Matchbox Twenty, Dr. Dre, Eminem, James Brown, Kid Rock, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Beck, the Eurythmics, Patti Smith, Bo Diddley, Dave Avlin, Rickie Lee Jones and Taj Mahal to name a few. "Part of [the visitor's] experience here is to be creative, to create their own music." said Paige Prill, Experience Music Project spokesperson. Prill also said "You could point to everything from the design of this building, which is about the flow of music and the ever-changing elements of rock 'n' roll... all the way down to the genres of music that we've chosen to use in the museum to the way that we display them." The high-tech angle is partially in that the visitors to the museum will have the availably of using a handheld computer to guide them through the building. When a visitor finds a certain exhibition of piece of memorabilia interesting, they can "bookmark" it on the handheld PC to later go back to a "Digital Lab" area for more in-depth information.

 

05 / 06 / 10

Naim Audio UnitiServe  Naim Audio is about to launch their new UnitiServe, which is a compact digital audio player and music server. Deliveries will begin July 2010. UnitiServe is designed to serve three key purposes; all significantly benefitting from Naim quality, secure CD ripping and storage. Local digital playback is via the 75 Ohms BNC or TOSLINK connected digital output. Multiple music streams made available from the Naim written UPnP server. This is suitable to single- or multi-room systems using NaimUniti or UnitiQute. Streams are at native bit rate unless the UnitiServe is configured to downsample the streams on the fly should the UPnP renderer require it. Up to six StreamNet streams of CD Quality to supply a NaimNet whole-house multi-room system. There are two versions of UnitiServe, with the standard version including a 1TB Pipeline low-noise drive for local storage of up to around 1200 CD rips. The SSD variant substitutes the 1TB drive for a 16GB solid-state drive. UnitiServe-SSD is designed for the music lover with a larger music collection who chooses to have no local storage and is designed to save to a Network Attached Storage (NAS), thus giving almost infinite storage capability. UnitiServe can play most common audio formats from files stored on a network providing they are not subject to Digital Rights Management (DRM). WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC and AAC together with MP3 and more are easily found, with Network Scanning, and played. The unit can handle sample rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 and 192. Ripping utilizes the same Naim secure ripping engine that helped the Naim HDX gain its superb reputation. Ripped music is stored in Naim's preferred WAV format that requires no further processing thus reducing processor overhead, current draw and power supply pollution; hence improving sound quality. The Naim UnitiServe also includes an RS232 interface, video out via S-Video, composite and D VGA, there are four USB ports, an RJ45 Ethernet jack plus PS2 keyboard and PS2 mouse input. In other Naim Audio news, their multi-award-winning Naim HDX will soon be offered with a 16GB solid-state drive (SSD). This totally silent drive will contain the operating system and includes space for future upgrades. This option is ideal for those with a larger music collection who choose to use a Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Naim Audio Nait 5 integrated amplifier (click here) and Naim's X Series System that includes the CD-5x CD player, NAC-122x remote preamplifier, Stageline phono preamplifier, NAP-150x power amplifier and a pair of Flatcap power supplies (click here).

 

Channel D Pure MusicChannel D, developers of innovative audio software solutions for Apple Macintosh computers-including the acclaimed audiophile-quality Pure Vinyl software, recently introduced their new Pure Music ($129) high-resolution digital audio playback software program for Apple iTunes. Pure Music, based on Channel D's acclaimed Pure Vinyl audio playback engine, automatically docks with Apple's free iTunes digital jukebox software to handle music playback, using a high-resolution playback engine. iTunes acts as the database and playlist organizer; Pure Music leverages the user's familiarity of iTunes functions such as track selection, music library navigation, and more. When combined with a high-resolution sound card or DAC, Pure Music delivers dynamic and detailed audio playback. The advantages of using Pure Music include automatic sample rate switching (16 to 24 bits and 44.1 to 192 kHz), gapless track playback and Memory Play, dithered volume control and 64-bit adjustable subwoofer crossover. Pure Music natively plays all iTunes-supported audio formats, including but not limited to Apple Lossless, AIFF, Wave, AAC and MP3. All audio is rendered and played via Pure Music's low CPU overhead, audiophile quality 64-bit resolution playback engine. Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the Pure Vinyl Playback And Recording Software by Channel D (click here).

 

05 / 05 / 10

Vincent Audio SA-31MK  Vincent Audio, distributed by WS Distributing within the USA, adds their SA-31MK and SP-331MK to their lineup ($2200 and $1400 respectively). The new Vincent Audio SA-31MK (pictured) stereo preamplifier and SP-331MK Class A/AB stereo power amplifier are based on the current SA-31 preamplifier and SP-331 Class AB power amplifier, which will continue in the line. The new models make extensive use of Class A circuitry in the signal path, add additional vacuum-tube stages plus employ precision European resistors and capacitors in key circuits. The new preamplifier also adds more line inputs, precision electronic level controls, and a wireless remote control. The results of these changes deliver the increased clarity, sonic detail, and musical balance that audiophiles have come to expect from properly designed Class A circuitry. Since the Vincent SP-331MK Class A/AB power amplifier was designed to achieve that last incremental measure of detail and accuracy, its output stage operates in pure Class A mode for signals up to 10 watts output. It then shifts imperceptibly to Class AB up to its full power rating of 150 Watts into 8 ohms and 300 watts into 4 ohms. The Vincent SA-31MK was also upgraded for pure Class A operation with a new output stage using two additional 6N16 vacuum tubes. Beyond the improved performance, the SA-31MK increases the number of line inputs from four to six channels, and adds a wireless remote control for electronic level adjustment and source selection.

 

V-Cap CuTFVH Audio is pleased to introduce their new line of V-Cap CuTF (Copper Foil and Teflon Film) audio capacitors. The result of intensive research and development, new CuTF capacitors are the first to utilize Oxygen-free High Conductivity Copper Foil, pure Teflon film, Ohno Continuous Cast solid copper leads with AirLok insulation (a proprietary form of foamed/cellular Teflon), and a uniquely designed capacitor core that further enhances performance. The new CuTF series extends the existing V-Cap TFTF and OIMP offering, providing discerning audiophiles and modification professionals with another choice for their most critical signal applications. The compan says, "Early on, we were convinced that one of the keys to better performance would require the use of pure copper foil. However, five years ago, the copper foil of the purity and precision needed to make the capacitor we envisioned, just didn't exist. When we found it, the resultant domino effect led us on a journey that would reexamine ALL current processes and materials, and work with our vendors to explore even better ways of constructing an audio capacitor. Given the many challenges, most bottom-line driven companies would have long abandoned the effort. In the middle of a Global Recession, it was madness to pursue a high-end product that would appeal to a tiny percentage of the overall capacitor market." The lead material is 18 AWG solid core high purity OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) copper with VH Audio's AirLok insulation- a proprietary form of foamed/cellular Teflon with a Dielectric Coefficient of less than 1.45. Their pure Teflon film dielectric was chosen after extensive listening sessions. The Oxygen Free High Conductivity copper foil (IACS of 101%) is rolled to extremely tight tolerances using state-of-the-art machinery and computerized electronics that constantly monitors the foil in real-time, and makes corrections while the material is being rolled. Even the rollers are machined in-house to ensure a smooth and consistent surface finish. The copper foil is dead-soft annealed in an inert atmosphere, and treated with an anti-oxidant bath before being slit with blades that might rival the edge of a Hanzo sword. The copper foil is vacuum packed before undergoing our proprietary Cryogenic treatment process (below -300 degrees F). A select group of dedicated Master Winders (averaging over 14 years of experience) perform the winding operation with meticulous attention to every detail.

 

05 / 04 / 10

Lone Star Audio Fest 2010  For those located or wishing to visit Texas, the Lone Star Audio Fest in Dallas will be held at the Embassy Suites Dallas Park Central on May 14 through 16. According to the show promoter, "There has been a need of a common place for fellow audio enthusiast to meet in our region. And Dallas seemed like the logical place that is central to several surrounding states and cities for us to meet. Therefore, LSAF was born with the hope of bringing our community closer together. LSAF 2010 is the fourth annual meeting, with the desire to expand attendance and continue our festival into future years." There is no registration cost for exhibitors and no admission price for attendees. Your relationship is entirely between you and the hotel. Everyone is basically just all agreeing to meet there, and by booking as a group we are able to get a better room rate. So be sure to let them the hotel know you're attending the LSAF event.

 

Audiophilleo1Audiophilleo, with the goal of designing the best of breed audiophile components for the growing computer audiophile market, offers their Audiophilleo1 ($895) and Audiophilleo2 ($495) USB to S/PDIF device. The Audiophilleo1 is an audiophile USB to S/PDIF audio converter with unique end-user features and low jitter. The design goal for Audiophilleo1 was to create a replacement for a CD transport with SPDIF output, with the addition of features typically found in AV receivers. This is why we incorporated features such as low jitter, an infrared receiver for controlling the computer, 12V triggers for powering up amplifiers, digital volume control, and BitPerfect for testing the accuracy of the audio data stream. In order to achieve our design goals, the USB firmware and output stage had to be custom designed instead of using off the shelf components. Low jitter SPDIF output of <6ps RMS period jitter and asynchronous USB transfer plus fixed frequency clocks. A regenerative power supply is said to isolate the S/PDIF output stage from USB power while the unit has a fully differential ECL galvanically isolated transformer-less output stage. The unit can handle signals upwards of 24-bit/192kHz and works with Windows, OSX and Linux. The Audiophilleo2 ($495) is a simplified version of the Audiophilleo1 and does not provide the display and additional advanced features. It makes use of the same software and hardware technologies in order to provide the same low jitter performance.

 

Music Industry News 10 Years Ago
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) conducted a study online with a sample of 1551 young adults aged 15 to 21 (a subset of Generation Y) during March 2000. From this survey, 57 percent claimed to have played an MP3 music file. To quote part of this report by CES "Although sound quality expectations vary from consumer to consumer, the data suggests that the majority of Generation Y listening to the MP3 format rate its sound quality as comparable to a typical stereo." Around 14 percent of respondents said they used their PC more than a traditional stereo for enjoying music. Meanwhile 25 percent of others surveyed said they used both the computer and home stereo equally for a total of around 40% using their PC as much, or more so, than the more traditional stereo system. To add to this, Thirty percent stated that they would be very or somewhat interested in enhancing their PC for higher sound quality while 55 percent were "very or somewhat interested" in a home stereo with Internet music capabilities. Within this survey, 64 percent of participants have already used the MP3 format.

 

05 / 03 / 10

  Enjoy the Music.com's May edition of our Review Magazine includes new audiophile equipment reviews and articles plus music reviews. We have delivered a special edition of Superior Audio with a manufacturer tribute to KR Audio that includes some company background and packed with five equipment reviews!

 

Superior Audio
Special Manufacturer Tribute!
KR Audio: A bit of history.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

KR Audio Kronzilla DX Monoblock Amplifier
A 20 year tradition!
Review By Rick Becker

KR Audio VA340 Integrated Amplifier
A Tale of Two Tubes.
Review By Rick Becker

KR Audio 300B Balloon Triode Tube
Review By Dick Olsher

KR Audio Kronzilla DM
(Dual Monoblock) Power Amplifier
Review By Dick Olsher

KR Enterprise Antares Amplifier
Review By Bill Roberts

 

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Time For A Vacation
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Audiolics Anonymous Chapter 127: Recordings Of Merit
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Hearing Loss: Noise Induced and Safe Guidelines
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The Nearfield: Amplification Delights!
Article By Steven Stone

 

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Stephen Hough In Recital
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Jeremy Kittel Chasing Sparks
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