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Great Audiophile Gift Ideas For The 2018 Holiday Season
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12 / 11 / 18

HiFi Media Issue 107 October / November / December 2018

HiFi Media's Fall Issue Features Gear Reviews And Great Articles
HiFi Media's Fall 2018 issue includes AV news, gadget news and Danko Suvar with his New York column. Equipment reviews include Astell&Kern SP1000 DAP, AURALiC Altair wireless streaming DAC, Marantz PM8006 integrated amplifier, Spendor A1 loudspeaker, Erzetich Audio Phobos 6 Mania headphones, Exposure XM PH DAC / pre / headamp, Denon AH-D5200 headphones, Bose QuiteComfort 35 II noise cancelling headphones, Denon AVR-X2500H AV receiver, Zappiti One SE 4K HDR media player, V-MODA Crossfade 2 wireless Codex Edition headphones and Audio Technica ATH-S200BT headphones. Their special MusicStyle includes The Bambi Molesters: "A local story of global importance", Tom Waits: "Poet of The Dark Side of American Dream", In Memoriam: Aretha Franklin (1942 - 2018), Buena Vista Soicial Club: 20 years since the revival of pre-revolutionary Cuban music, plus rock / pop and jazz reviews. Within his editorial Andrija Ćurković  says, "Recently consumers in the Croatian market were delighted to hear that HDS ZAMP, the domestic copyright agency, finally signed a deal with the powerful Internet service Spotify on music distribution via streaming services However, the original enthusiasm soon swelled when the details of this contract were provided because, at least in its current state, it only applies to Croatian music distributed abroad but not vice versa For those readers who may not be familiar, in our market, besides the Deezer service, Spotify and TIDAL are still not legally available Of course, the resourcefulness of local users does not know any boundaries, so a lot of them have already found a way to open their accounts in countries where access is possible to reach an unlimited number of music content Among younger users, as well as students, the most popular platform for consuming the virtual audio & video record collection is YouTube First of all, it is easily accessible, functional and free, and the quality of the product itself is not of paramount importance." See what's within this issue of HiFi Media at this link.

 

12 / 10 / 18

Burson Audio Playmate HeadAmp / DAC And Burson Swing Pre / DAC

Burson Audio Playmate HeadAmp / DAC And Burson Swing Pre / DAC
Through 18 months of relentless research and development, Burson Audio have taken their Play concept to a completely new level. The Playmate & Swing ($399 each on up) and has once again redefined the company's performance versus size versus price ratio! Playmate is a headphone amplifier with Hi-Res Audio DAC while the Swing is a preamplifier with headphone amplifier. The DAC within both units feature SABRE32/ESS9038 DAC (PCM 32-bit/768khz, DSD512) with USB-C input for Android, iOS phone and tablets. There's also optical TosLink input for gaming consoles plus two levels of gain for smooth control with any headphone and speaker setup. Playmate's stereo headamp delivers two Watts per channel of pure Class A. Since OpAmp rolling is a major part of the audiophile hobby, there are countless online discussions dedicated to it and Burson Audio offers the opportunity to compare and appreciate different sonic performance in your own comfort zone and it is a valuable opportunity to develop listening preference and taste. The pricing for each unit starts at $399 and goes up from there depending on OpAmp version, external power supply and remote control options.

 

12 / 07 / 18

LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Gala
LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Gala
Los Angeles & Orange County Gala event with music, food, and fun for all!
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

 

 

 

Magico M2 Features Four Drivers Within A Custom Carbon Fiber Cabinet
Magico is pleased to announce the M2 speaker ($56,000 per pair plus optional M2 MPOD three part stand is $7,600), which expands the M-Series product lineup and features many engineering designs from their M6 and M3. The M2 to feature a new monocoque enclosure and is similar in construction technique introduced in the M6. It is formed using multiple layers of carbon fiber adding up to a 3/8" thickness. This enclosure construction compared to machined or extruded aluminum parts increases the structural strength-to-weight ratio by a factor of 60 says the company. It also reduces overall weight by 50% and yielding outer dimensions that are 30% smaller without compromising internal volume. The curved interior and exterior walls minimize internal standing waves and eliminate external diffractions. Magico's M2 incorporates a 28mm Diamond coated Beryllium dome tweeter with optimized geometry. The Diamond coating on the Beryllium dome increases the stiffness without adding the extra weight of a pure Diamond dome and offers a near perfect stiffness to weight ratio. The newly designed Magico 6" midrange driver and two 7" bass driver cones found in the M2 are both manufactured using Multi-Wall carbon XG Nanographene with a new ultra-stiff proprietary carbon weave. This is 20% lighter and 300% stiffer than cone materials used in previous Magico product offerings. The midrange driver features an underhung neodymium-based motor system that uses two extra-large magnets which provide an ultra-stabilized magnetic field for the pure Titanium voice coil to operate within. These dual bass drivers in the M2 are vertically aligned to achieve ideal room integration and reproduce the lowest registers of bass frequency with speed and accuracy. Within the cabinet itself, internal three-axis matrix framework along with three tension rods running front to back internally contribute to an extremely rigid enclosure which eliminates unwanted resonances and colorations. Magico's Elliptical Symmetry Crossover topology includes components from Mundorf of Germany. Sensitivity is 88dB/W/m and it presents a 4 Ohm load. Frequency response is from 26 Hz to 50 kHz, dimensions are 18" x 17.5" x 45" and weight is 165 lbs. including MPod Stand.

 

12 / 06 / 18

McIntosh 70th Anniversary Limited Edition C70 Pre & MC2152 Tube Amp

McIntosh 70th Anniversary Limited Edition C70 Pre & MC2152 Tube Amp
McIntosh will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, and to commemorate this milestone they are pleased to announce a special 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Commemorative System featuring the new MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier ($22,000 for system). Only 70 Commemorative Systems will be available, with each to benefit Save the Children. All the products in each Commemorative System are specially marked and have matching serial numbers. For each of these 70 Limited Edition Commemorative Systems sold, McIntosh will donate $1,000 to Save the Children global humanitarian organization. McIntosh's MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier is a 150 Watt per channel stereo amplifier and features a striking new design to honor their seven decades of handcrafting within the USA. Utilizing patented Unity Coupled Circuit output transformer technology, the full 150 Watts can be delivered to almost any pair of speakers regardless if you have 2, 4 or 8 Ohm impedance. The chassis features a 70th Anniversary badge that is laser engraved into the top plate of the enclosures. The MC2152 uses eight KT88 output vacuum tubes plus eight small signal tubes comprised of four 12AX7A and four 12AT7 vacuum tubes. On the back are both XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced inputs, along with McIntosh's patented Solid Cinch speaker binding. To go along with the MC2152 amplifier is the C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. The C70 features one 12AT7 and five 12AX7A vacuum tubes that are visible through a glass panel on the top cover. All control operations are done via knobs and rocker switches. Modern LED indicators will denote input selection and volume level. The C70 has seven inputs consisting of two XLR balanced inputs, three RCA unbalanced inputs, and one each of Moving Coil (MC) and Moving Magnet (MM) phono inputs. For outputs, there are two pairs each of XLR balanced and RCA unbalanced connections. On the front panel, bass and treble tone controls are included and can be adjusted in 2dB increments via rotary knobs. Rotary knobs are also used to adjust the impedance and capacitance for the phono inputs. In addition to controlling the listening level, the volume knob can also adjust the relative volume balance between the left and right audio channels. A 1/4" stereo headphone jack is powered by McIntosh's High Drive headphone amplifier is included and features Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD) technology.

 

 

PureAudioProject Trio15 Horn1 Open Baffle Design Speaker Review
PureAudioProject Trio15 Horn1 Open Baffle Design Speaker
A trip down the rabbit hole.
Review By Paul L. Schumann

 

12 / 05 / 18

HIFICRITIC Volume 12 Number 2 April / May / June 2018

HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue Features Audio Reviews And Think Pieces
HIFICRITIC's latest issue includes Stan's Safari No 44 where he asks "Why is it always possible to tell reproduced from live piano playing? Stan Curtis investigates." Martin Colloms gets to try Kii's Three active DSP loudspeaker with Kii control at last and we have the full review for you online! Passing Notes No 5 by Julian Musgrave gets an earful from Steve as he wires up a moggy and pushes the boundaries. Other gear reviews include Audion Sterling EL34 Anniversary tube amplifier, PMC Result6 active nearfield studio monitor, Origin Live Calypso / Illustrious turntable & tonearm combo, Square Audio Translator loudspeaker, Marantz NA6006 entry-level streamer, Studio 19 Solo E599X-EQ, PMC COR solid-state integrated amplifier, KR Audio VA340I tube amp, True Signal audio cables and Wire-On-Wire Experience 680/880 as Paul Messenger examines the cables made by Chris Bell. Stan Curtis reviews the 7th edition of Martin Colloms' book on loudspeakers and there's an article with MQA Revisited as Andrew Harrison explores how MQA technology works, and considers whether it's a worthwhile lossy compressed audio format. Andrew Everard asks if iFi Audio's Pro iDSD is the ultimate headphone amplifier, as the Pro iDSD also has a built in DAC/streamer and pre-amp. Philip Gold's Building A Sound Room explores how he put together a listening room in an apartment block. Keith Howard recalls Siegfried Linkwitz' key crossover innovation, plus his DIY-oriented website. See what's within this issue of HIFICRITIC at this link.

 

 

Florida Audio Expo Scheduled For February 8th To 10th At Embassy Suites
The Florida Audio Expo is excited to announce its inaugural show for 2019! This show will be held on Friday February 8th through Sunday February 10th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. The new southeast show seeks to give music lovers the chance to personally audition some of the industry's finest offerings, all taking place in sunny Florida. The show is free to the public. The exhibitor list grows daily, and currently features such prominent brands as LampizatOr, Legacy Audio, Luxman, Magico Loudspeakers, MBL North America, VAC, and many more. "Florida hasn't had an audio show in a good number of years. We look forward to bringing our speakers and electronics to this culture-rich area of music enthusiasts," said Bill Dudleston, founder of Legacy Audio. "Our mission for creating the Florida Audio Expo was to bring a strong offering to the Southeast market with a fun atmosphere for enjoying music—we want to celebrate our lifestyle and support the industry in this region," said Bart Andeer, founder of Resolution Acoustics and manager of the Expo's daily operations. "We have been working this idea for a few years, but wanted to find the right venue available at the right time of year, and we believe we have achieved both for the 2019 show. We strongly encourage regional dealers and manufacturers from all over the US who are looking for a new option." The Florida Audio Expo will provide access to incredible sounds, as well as loads of area attractions to do and see. Only a five-minute drive from the Tampa International Airport, the Embassy Suites are close to such local attractions as Busch Gardens, and just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World. Additional benefits for attendees and exhibitors staying at the Embassy Suites include free airport shuttle, free breakfast, and free happy hour. The Embassy Suites, originally built as condominiums, offer a luxury feel and the living suites are acoustically isolated — one of the key reasons this venue was selected. The audio rooms, Marketplace, and headphone/personal audio demo suites will all feature display areas that include a separate bedroom and kitchen, offering exhibitors the added benefit of a multi-purpose room as an interesting and affordable space.

 

12 / 04 / 18

Hi-Fi+ Issue 166 December 2018

Hi-Fi+'s December Magazine Features Many High-End Audio Reviews
Hi-Fi+ magazine's November 2018 issue feature coverage of The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) in Denver and Copenhagen Audio Show 2018 reports. Also within this special issue is the 2018 Hi-Fi+ Awards as the finest audio products of the year in 30 categories are announced! Reviews within this issue include the Devialet Pro 140 Expert integrated amplifier, REL Acoustics T-Zero V2 active subwoofer, Tellurium Q Statement cables, Shunyata Research Delta NR/EF power cords, plus two competitions where you could win Neat Acoustics Momentum SX3i speakers worth £2,635 and another with an AURALiC ARIES G1 streamer worth £1,899! Within his editorial Alan Sircom says "There are three big things to discuss in this issue. The first is, of course, that it's Awards season once again. We tested hundreds of products across 2018 and only the best of them make it to our annual Awards. Did your big purchase this year make the cut? Are you about to buy some new audio in 2019? If so, check out this issue to see whether or not one of our excellent Award winners fits the bill. From huge floorstanders to tiny earphones, we got it covered!" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this link.

 

 

Hi-Fi World December 2018

Hi-Fi World's January 2019 Issue Features Special Holiday Articles
Hi-Fi World's January 2019 issue features Hi-Fi World 2018 Awards where they feature stand-out offerings of many great product we'd like to own. Hi-Fi World's January 2019 issue features Hi-Fi World 2018 Awards where they feature stand-out offerings of many great product we'd like to own. There's also a Christmas Quiz to see just how much you know about high fidelity. A special contest is your chance to win an Onkyo TX-RZ830 A/V receiver worth £1100. Christmas Wish List brings reviewer Martin Pipe, Dave Tutt and Paul Rigby together to tell us what they'd like for Christmas. Here's a goody list for your other half perhaps! If you like crosswords, you might like to try Hi-Fi World's high fidelity version for Christmas... for better sounding answers! Reviews within this issue includes Spendor A1 loudspeakers, Benchmark HPA4 THX certification and balanced XLR output, Arcam CDS50 CD / SACD player, Cowon iAudio U7 inexpensive music portable, Tellurium Q Statement cables, all the latest and greatest vinyl releases for you, Audio Technica VM95 Series cartridges, audiophile book Evenings With Led Zeppelin a concert catalogue and more of the great band, Kirmuss Audio KA-RC1 Ultrasonic Vinyl Restoration System, FiiO FH5 in-ear headphones, plus Paul Rigby rounds up the latest audiophile vinyl releases. See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

 

Ortofon And Pro-Ject Announce Their Century 100 Year Turntable

Ortofon And Pro-Ject Announce Their Century 100 Year Turntable
The Century Anniversary Turntable (€2990 including VAT) brings Pro-Ject Audio Systems working once again in-concert with cartridge manufacturer Ortofon to bring these two analog powerhouses together. Pro-Ject's long-time partner and friend Ortofon have the incredible jubilee of 100 years in offering fine audio gear to music lovers worldwide. Not many companies can say that they've been the industry leader within their field and managed to exist for such a long time. Built on The Classic SB, it has a few tweaks that enhances the turntable system's overall performance. The company took the already incredible Classic SB and exchanged the sub-platter for a more sophisticated aluminum one. An Ortofon Concorde Century special cartridge come pre-installed, while an electronic speed control (33.3/45 rpm) ensures speed stability of its belt drive system. Change from 33.3 to 45 rounds per minute with the ease of pushing a single button. Even if you have a collection of 78 rpm shellack records, they've got you covered as by manually placing the drive belt on the upper ring of the pulley and you can then select the respective speed on the sub-chassis. A top grade record Clamp is included, as is a leather mat. Height adjustable decoupling feet keeps everything level while also reducing unwanted outside interference. Precision balanced TPE-damped aluminum-platter is joined by a metal/MDF sandwich chassis floating on TPE suspension. The Ortofon cartridge is mounted to a 9" aluminum s-shape tonearm with SME compatibility. High quality Japanese ball bearing (base of tonearm) ensures smooth operation. Integrated central vertical cable outlet for unhindered arm movement. Both azimuth and VTA (vertical tracking angle) are fully adjustable as is a TPE damped counterweight on the tonearm. The main chassis is in Classic Piano Black wood finish.

 

12 / 01 / 18

Enjoy the Music.com's Dec. Review Magazine Feat. 2 World Premieres
Enjoy the Music.com's December Review Magazine features multiple show reports, two world premiere reviews and much more! You can see everything within this month's edition of Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine at this link. As always, in the end what really matters is that you...

Enjoy the Music,

Steven R. Rochlin
Creative Director
Enjoy the Music.com

 

WARNING: Due to our ongoing growth and to keep this news relatively short in length, below are just a sampling of the many articles and reviews within this month's issue.

 

New York Audio Show 2018 Report -- NYAS 2018 Photo Show Report
New York Audio Show 2018 Report
NYAS 2018 Photo Show Report By Ron Nagle

 

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2018 High-End Audio Show Report
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2018 – Part 1 & 2
CAF 2018 Show Report By Greg Weaver

 


Copenhagen HighEnd 2018 Show Report
Show Coverage By Clive Meakins

 

Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018
Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show 2018
Australian Hi-Fi show surprises!
Show Report By Greg Borrowman

 

 

Have A Happy Hi-Fi Christmas
Have A Happy Hi-Fi Christmas
Roger Skoff tells how to add some Aha! To all that Ho! Ho! Ho!
Article By Roger Skoff

 


An Interview With Producer / Engineer Ed Cherney
Article By Bobby Owsinski

 

 


World Premiere Review!
ZMF Vérité Over Ear Headphone Review
Technically Glorious! ZMF’s new flagship combines stunning resolution with uncompromising musicality.
Review By Dave Hanson

 

Accusound XD Interconnect, Digital Link, And XD Loudspeaker Cable Review
World Premiere Review!
Accusound XD Interconnect, Digital Link, And XD Loudspeaker Cable
Transmitting signal to the next component with as little change as possible.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

 


Casual Reactions
The dream I want...
Article By Herb Reichert

 

 

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11 / 29 / 18

Mark Levinson No 523 Preamplifier, Phonostage And Headphone Amplifier Review
Mark Levinson No 523 Preamplifier, Phonostage And Headphone Amplifier
The No 523 is truly first-class linestage, excellent phono stage and impressive head amp.
Review By Tom Lyle

 

11 / 27 / 18

Blue Note Volume Two – Spirit & Time Vinyl LP Box Set

Blue Note Volume Two – Spirit & Time Vinyl LP Box Set
Blue Note Records announces Blue Note Review: Volume Two – Spirit & Time, the second edition of our vinyl box set subscription series, which once again was curated by Blue Note President Don Was, and beautifully encapsulates the continuum of the legendary jazz label's storied past and auspicious future. Following the sold-out success of Volume One, the box's limited edition production has increased to 2,000 sets, with orders available to subscribers and new customers now for $200. Volume Two will begin shipping to members in early December. A few notable improvements have been made to Volume Two based on feedback from subscribers. This set includes even more music with the addition of a second classic catalog reissue title. All the music here was mastered for vinyl by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and vinyl was manufactured at Record Technology Incorporated (RTI). Included in Blue Note Review: Volume Two – Spirit & Time are an exclusive new compilation album on two-LP, 180 gram vinyl (CD version also included) of current drummers from the Blue Note roster and beyond including Brian Blade, Kendrick Scott, Tony Allen, Chris Dave, Nate Smith, Eric Harland, and Rob Turner (of GoGo Penguin) paying tribute to the great Tony Williams by re-interpreting Williams' compositions from the six albums he made for Blue Note between 1985-1992. All-analog, mastered from the original master tape 180 gram vinyl. Two 12"x12" lithographs of Art Blakey and Elvin Jones by photographer and Blue Note co-founder Francis Wolff. A set of 20 Topps Blue Note Trading Cards based on Topps' 1959 Baseball Trading Cards featuring artists including Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Lloyd, Robert Glasper, and more. The book Spirit & Time: Jazz Drummers On Their Art edited by Elissa Middleton featuring insights from drummers about their craft drawn from conversations she's had with greats including Roy Haynes, Billy Hart, Joe Chambers, Barry Altschul, Kenny Washington, and others. Also included is a Blue Note Carbon Fiber Anti-Static Record Brush.

 

11 / 26 / 18

LAOCAS 25th Anniversary Gala Honoring Michael Fremer
This very special event is scheduled from 11am to 3:30pm, Sunday, December 2nd at the Holiday Inn, Grand Ballroom, 7000 Beach Blvd., in Buena Park. The Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society (LAOCAS) 25th Anniversary Gala Honoring Michael Fremer this coming weekend also has a blockbuster raffle too! Please visit www.laocas.com/gala.html to come join in the celebration. This very special raffle includes:

From Bob Carver: A one-of-a-kind "Society 25th Anniversary Edition" $8500 Stereo Amplifier! Hand built and signed by Bob Carver, just for our Anniversary Gala. 75 Watts per channel with KT 120 tubes!! May use KT 120 or KT 88 output tubes. Comes with KT120 for best sound and max output. Original Design, in bright red, champagne gold, gloss black, and chrome trim. 50 or 75 Watts, depending on the choice of output tubes. Bob Carver will personally present this premiere exclusive stereo amp to the winner. $8500. Thank you Bob Carver!

From Zesto Audio: Presenting their newest high-end creation, the "Andros Deluxe Phonostage" for vinyl lovers and connoisseurs! Fantastic all-tube design with maximum adjustability! Both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR outputs! $6900. Thank you, George and Carolyn Counnas. Both LAOCAS officers and award winners, ZESTO is available at Upscale Audio. The Deluxe will premiere at RMAF! Go to the Zesto room and be amazed by the magic!

From Grado Labs: Ultimate Blockbuster Headphones and Cartridge! Their new Aeon cartridge, the Grado Prince of high-end cartridges! MI, 1 MV output, and gold coils. Handmade by John Grado. $6000. Unique and rare cocobolo wood. STATE OF THE ART. New for 2018, a Grado Headphone Premiere: GS 3000 Headphones for the true personal listening connoisseur! New top wood circumaural model in cocobolo! 
$1795. GORGEOUS! Total retail $7795! Thank you John Grado!

From Kubala-Sosna: Custom Designed Society Edition K-S Headphone Extension Cables with Silver/Engraved 25th Anniversary! 2 Meters in Length. Six Cables Produced, $600 Each. There will be six winners today!!! $3600. May be special ordered through Alma Audio in San Diego anytime at $600 each should the best headphone extenders be all that you may require! Thank you Joe Kubala! (Whose contributions to our Society for over 15 years have been immeasurable. Bob Levi)

From Manley Labs: The Absolute Headphone Amplifier. All tubes and more! Magnificent! Brand New design! $3500. Thank you EveAnna Manley! The most powerful woman in high-end audio! We can hardly wait to see this.

From Kimber Kable: The PK14 Palladian Power Cord and the PK10 Palladian Power Cord. Both 6 feet, $1400 and $1550, respectively. $2950. Fantastic!! Thank you Ray Kimber! Our most honored member!

UMP-USB - Perfect Music Purifier USB Digital Cable 1.0 Meter, X1= $530. IMP-XLR - Perfect Music Purifier Interconnect Cable (XLR Connector) 1.5 Meter, X1= $835. IAMP - Incredible AC Purifier Power Cord 1.5 Meter, X2=$1300. Total $2665. Thank you UIT and Mitch Ko!

From Townshend Audio Presents Townshend Audio Allegri+ Autotransformer Preamplifier, Six RCA inputs and Two RCA Outputs plus convenient 3.5mm input in deluxe aluminum case, wired in original unique Fractal Wire, a first. 100% Passive Unique Design. $2995. Thank you Dan Meinwald! Townshend Distributor; Ear-USA. Consultant to the Society Board for 16 years!

From WyWires Deluxe Cable Set: Interconnects/Speaker Cables/Power Cord (3 total) Incredible performance. Handmade by WyWires. $2500. Thank you Alex Sventitsky!

From Stein Music: The Deluxe Basic Harmonizer Kit! Includes newly revised Harmonizer A & B, Blue Sun stones, and COOL stands for the Harmonizers. Winner of Golden Ear Award in TAS! Easy and fun to use. $2295. Thank you Holger Stein!, our International SVP!

From Roger Skoff: Creator of XLO Cables, presents World Premiere RSX Audio Cables: New best in the world! Available this fall! $2500 Gift Certificate for anything in the line, your choice! Thank you Roger Skoff!

From Bradford Renaissance Portraits: I am thrilled to confirm their participation of in your upcoming raffle. They will donate a family or individual (sorry, no pets) sitting, plus one 16 x 20 wall portrait on canvas richly embellished by our renown artist. This painting like portrait goes for $5000. Thank you Kelsey Nakken, GM Bradford Portraits!

From Kirmuss Audio: KA-RC-1 Ultrasonic Vinyl Record Restoration System $850. Thank you Dr. Charles Kirmuss!

From Darin Fong Out Of Your Head Experience for Headphones! Out Of Your Head is advanced audio software that replicates the experience of listening to high-end speakers using only headphones. Includes license for system $149 plus ALL additional speaker options at $24.95 each. Total Prize $900. Thank you, Darin Fong!

From Parasound Halo JC3 Junior, designed by genius John Curl, extraordinary phono stage and a sure winner in any system. Number one phono stage bargain in all of audio! Does it all, no kidding! $1495. Most original and flexible under $3000! (In my 55 years as an audiophile, the Junior is unsurpassed in any musical manner or ergonomic feature at its full retail price. Add Ray Kimber's or Joe Kubala's or UIT Audio and Power Cables and really feel the love. Bob Levi). Thank you, Richard Schram.

From ESS Loudspeakers: AMT 6 with Heil Drivers. Powerful and efficient room-filling sound! $1850. Exciting!! Thank you, Ricky Caudillo.

From Shure: SRH1540 Professional closed back headphones, gorgeous! Top of the line! $500. Elegant! Thank you Davida Rochman!

From The San Diego Music and Audio Guild (SDMAG) and Jan Montana donate a Cambridge Audio ID100 "digital audiophile iPod dock" to the raffle. Digitize direct most iPad devices. $150. Thank you SDMAG!

From Chesky Records: Chesky CD Gift Package selected by David Chesky, Winner Take All! $500. 25 of his latest creations, one lucky winner! Thank you David Chesky.

From Schiit Audio: the brand-new Vidar Amplifier, two-channel amplifier for stereo or may be strapped for mono. Class AB design, solid state, into 8 ohms 100 watts per channel, 4 ohms is 200 watts!! Just 22 lbs. with a five year warranty! Amazing SN 115 dB!! $699. Thank you Jason Stoddard and Denise Martin!

From Acoustic Sounds: Five exclusive rare LP test pressings of QRP Releases! $250 each. $1250. Thank you Chad Kassem! Five winners please!

From Eastwind Import: a special handpicked selection of audiophile LPs in honor of Michael Fremer. $350! Thank you Hajime Sato!

From Revel and Harmon Industries: A pair of Revel M16 Monitors in high gloss black. Editor's Choice Award 2018, TAS. $900. Thank you Kevin Voecks!

From Reference Recordings: "RR Gala Package- Prof. Johnson's Favorites" Personally selected by Keith Johnson for our 25th Anniversary Gala Raffle!! Thank you Keith Johnson and Marcia Martin!

From RIVA Audio: The Concert One. An amazing all in one stereo speaker system with Alexa built-in. Eliminates the need for two speakers with great full sound. An original and unique musical treasure. $199! Thank you Christine McKibban!

From Mr. Speaker: World Renowned AEON open back headphones! Built just for the occasion of our Gala. Honored by virtually everyone! $799. Killer cans these! Thank you Dan Clark!

From EAT: brilliant original Jo No. 5 MC phono cartridge! Supplied in limited edition display case. Received rave reviews from Michael Fremer of Analog Planet and Robert H. Levi, Positive Feedback. $1395. Thank you Nancy Weiner, Director-General VANA Distribution.

"Hi Bob, Looking forward to the Gala on Dec 3rd. Please add three of our New Styles Ergo21 Seat Cushions as the giveaway to the list! We are honored! Thank you, Steve Gambhir." We are honored!

Whitledge Designs raffle donation a free system performance assessment using state-of-the-art computerized measurement equipment. This gift has a value of over $1000! Thanks Jon Whitledge.

This very special raffle is only available to those that attend! We look forward to seeing you at our 25th Annual Gala!

Bob Levi
President and CEO
Los Angeles and Orange County Audio Society 
Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary! Now with over 2600 Members!
8144 E Bailey Way 
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11 / 23 / 18

Metaxas Audio Systems' Stylish T-RX Portable Reel-To-Reel
Artesian Kostas Metaxas of Metaxas Audio Systems is an articulate and forceful champion of audio without comprise. He is a connoisseur of fine music, a man for whom second best isn't good enough. Today they've announced that their T-RX Portable Reel-To-Reel (~$39,000) is finally released into production. After 35 years of serious recording work for Broadcast Television using Swiss portable and studio machines from Stellavox (the SM8 portables & TD9 Studio machine), and over 40 years experience in the high-end audio industry, artist / designer / recording engineer Kostas Metaxas has finally designed what he hopes will be the ultimate machine to capture an unrivalled realism with Analogue Tape. Metaxas wanted to see how far the medium of tape could be pushed even though it is already considered as the absolute reference for current music recording and playback. His research into the state-of-the-art machines from the 1960s through 1980s showed that despite their high quality, they were still limited by the technology of the time. When the Tape machine producers all ceased operations in the late 1980's, the manufacturers of precision motors were still in their infancy. Today, motors are an order of magnitude more refined simply because of the improvement in manufacturing techniques, technology and computer-aided software controls. Metaxas combines the absolute cutting-edge in Swiss motors and technology (Maxon) with the most inert chassis design to realize an order of magnitude improvement over past designs. First orders will be fulfilled in March 2019 and you'll be able to hear this for yourself at the world premiere during the Munich HIGH END show in May 2019.

 

11 / 22 / 18

Sennheiser HDV 820 DAC - Headphone Amplifier Review
Sennheiser HDV 820 DAC / Headphone Amplifier
Analytical, schmanalytical. Who says your HD800 can't be fun?
Review By Dave Hanson

 

11 / 21 / 18

KEF LSX Active Speakers Now Support Spotify Connect And Roon
KEF announces the addition of Spotify Connect and Roon to their new LSX ($1100) active wireless music system. This delivers high-end sound KEF is known for in an affordable system easily integrated into virtually any listening room or lifestyle. LSX is fully wireless – stream from a multitude of sources and listen to true stereo with KEF's proprietary between-speaker wireless connection. Now, with built-in Spotify Connect, Spotify's entire library can be streamed directly from the cloud without interruption via high-quality network connections. On their handheld devices, users can watch videos, play games, answer phone calls and more, without causing pauses or interruptions to the music. With the LSX integrated Roon Labs endpoint, you can manage your music library from a networked hard-drive or desktop device allowing you to enjoy all the features of Roon's impressive metadata collection with up-to-the-minute information on all of your favorite artists and songs, while using Roon's one-of-a-kind single-core music engine to hear your digital music files with the subtlety and nuance the artist intended. With an account you can also access Tidal's massive high-resolution music library via Roon for integration into music you have stored locally. For a limited time you can register your LSX or LS50 Wireless music systems and get six months of free Tidal HiFi Music Streaming for free. Registration is easy and direct using KEF's Control app. Please help support Enjoy the Music.com as KEF's LSX is available through Amazon.

 

11 / 20 / 18

American Music Licensing Collective: By Musicians, For Musicians

American Music Licensing Collective: By Musicians, For Musicians
With the recently signed into law Music Modernization Act (MMA) by President Trump, now comes the time to decide what entity will be in charge of paying musicians, engineers, etc their earned royalties. While the music industry has enjoyed quite a bit of control over the purse strings for the past decades, a newly-formed organization by and for musicians is now seeking your support. The new Music Modernization Act creates a new entity called the MLC (Mechanical Licensing Collective). Its fourteen person board of directors will be responsible for ensuring the world's music publishers and songwriters are paid their royalties. Stewart Copeland, who is Founder of The Police, songwriter, composer, and American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC) Board Member wants their organization to succeed over the music business' longstanding stranglehold on royalty payments. According to AMLC , "After decades of squinting into the murk of royalty apportionment we can now have an independent body to keep the lights on and the microscopes trained. Support the AMLC! One of the primary tasks of the MLC is to identify and pay the owners of the songs being streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Tidal and all other "interactive" digital music services in the USA. In addition, the MLC will oversee how unidentified (commonly known as "black box") royalties are held and made available for claiming. It will also recommend if these unclaimed royalties should be taken and given to others, even entities that don't use the MLC or own the copyright, based on their U.S. market share. Your voice can have an impact on keeping any perceived or actual conflict of interest of the MLC board members to a minimum while ensure the highest level of confidence and trust of the organization. According to the law, the MLC and its fourteen person board must be "endorsed and supported" by copyright owners that have music available in the U.S. on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play, Amazon Music Unlimited and other streaming digital music services. It does not matter where you live or what country you are a citizen of. If your music is available in the United States, you get to decide whom to endorse and support. There are different entities competing to be the MLC which is why we formed the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC); to represent what we believe to be the best option for you. We want to work for you to get you paid, but to do so we need your endorsement. The world of guesstimates and black boxes should be replaced by more accurate and efficient technology to ensure that all song owners, from the kid writing and recording in their bedroom, to the major music publishers, are paid what they have earned. EVERY SONGWRITER AND MUSIC PUBLISHER SHOULD BE PAID WHAT THEY EARN! THE AMLC WILL GET YOU PAID." There is a free e-book (PDF format) that will tell you everything you need to know about the Music Modernization Act (click here for PDF).

 

11 / 19 / 18

New York Audio Show 2018 Report

New York Audio Show 2018 Report  --  NYAS 2018 Show Report
New York Audio Show 2018 Report
NYAS 2018 Photo Show Report By Ron Nagle

 

CAF 2018 Show Report Part 2

Capital Audiofest 2018: As Good As It Gets! – Part 2
Capital Audiofest 2018: As Good As It Gets! – Part Two
CAF 2018 Show Report By Greg Weaver Of Enjoy the Music.com

 


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