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07 / 27 / 23

LSA Diamond Headphones Review

LSA Diamond Headphones Review
A revelation in detail and musicality.
Review By Frank Iacone
Living Sound Audio is a company that Walter Liederman started with the intent to build world-class speaker designs that are offered at real-world affordable prices through Walter's retail outlet Underwood HiFi. As an extension of this LSA began sourcing headphones made exclusively for them under their brand name manufactured by Kennerton, a world-class headphone company that specializes in designing and manufacturing dynamic planar drivers. The Diamond has an 80MM Planar Magnetic Driver that has a frequency response of 10 to 55000 Hz with an easy-to-drive 105 dB efficiency, making it easy to match with portable music players and low-powered amplifiers. The Diamond is made using lightweight wood outer cups with comfortable leather pads. Unique to the Diamond is the headband which adjusts automatically on the user's head without moving the band. The design makes this one of the most comfortable planar headphones on the planet.
---> LSA Diamond Stereo Headphones Review.



Vertere Techno Mat For Turntables Review

Vertere Techno Mat For Turntables Review
A change almost comparable to a significant cartridge upgrade.
Review By Martin Colloms
Call me a mat sceptic: it's not that I am against accessory mats but rather that I have tried numerous examples on my highly-spec'ed Linn LP12, and so far have not found better than the current thin, designed and calibrated density, black wool felt example Linn provides. I recall extensive tests on the LP12 some eleven years ago (July Aug Sept 2009 issue) where I even went as far as to check the sound difference for the Linn mat for the normal side up and then when inverted: yes, there was a small difference as felt manufacture involves laying the wool fibres such that there is a graded density with thickness. The 'correct' upper side is a better impedance match in the mid treble for the audio vibrations induced in the LP disc by the speaker-generated soundfield, and also from the stylus tip reaction while tracking the music modulations.
---> Vertere Techno Mat For Turntables Review.



07 / 25 / 23

UK Audio Show At Staverton Park Hotel October 2023

UK Audio Show At Staverton Park Hotel October 2023
This year's very special UK Audio Show will once again take place at the Staverton Park Hotel on October 7th and 8th, 2023. With four established events, plus a new one, and the return of an old favorite, let's raise a glass to the Chester Group and the enterprising UK industry. Manufacturers and distributors can now cover the whole of the UK, and local dealerships benefit from local promotion and sales.

Once again the Staverton Park Hotel will expand further, with brand new and unique attractions and the enduring support of the their team. According to the show promoter, "Sales now ahead of last year... and even more unique attractions mixed with many exclusives!" And not to forget the Chester Group's New York Audio Show in September as well, plus a new alliance in Australia too! Come celebrate premium audio consumer products that is the attraction of High-End Audio & AV music/sound reproduction and presentation. Learn more about the UK Audio Show 2023.



07 / 24 / 23

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2023 Show Report -- CAF 2023 premium luxury audio event coverage.

Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2023 Show In November
Capital Audiofest (CAF), taking place at the Twinbrook Hilton (Rockville Maryland) from November 10th through 12th, is the Northeast's favorite audio show! CAF started out in 2010 as a very casual show and has evolved into a well-organized and well-attended event that most everyone in the audio industry knows about. CAF is recognized as a fun, friendly and family-oriented show, where you often see families strolling from room to room listening to music, auditioning gear and browsing the multiple bins of vinyl records, CDs and accessories in the Atrium Marketplace. In the evenings we have live music in the bar and special live performers in the Theater, and local distillers offering tasting.

During the event will be wonderful live music plus Enjoy the Music.com in once again sponsoring the Thursday night vendor / press party with live music and free drinks! In 2022 CAF had 92 listening rooms and over 50 booths spanning more than four floors of amazing audio gear, which was the largest CAF to date! CAF opened up many new floors during 2022 to make room for over 150 exhibitors representing hundreds of premium luxury audio brands from around the world. There may also be over 50 Atrium Marketplace vendors including at least two dozen vinyl/LP sellers, making the show a veritable Record Fair. Qobuz may once again set up a Listening Lounge in the Plaza II Ballroom, for show-goers to sample streaming and turntable set-ups with headphones, and just hang out and chill, with free Wi-Fi. Learn more and see our Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2023 Show report when it goes live.



07 / 20 / 23

Aavik Acoustics I-180 Integrated Amplifier, D-180 DAC, And S-180 Streamer / Network Player Review

Aavik Acoustics I-180 Integrated Amplifier, D-180 DAC, And S-180 Streamer / Network Player Review
A symbiotic sonic relationship... for your listening pleasures.
Review By Tom Lyle
The Danish high-end audio manufacturer Aavik was nice enough to send me three components from their entry level-line. I call this gear "entry-level" not because it is a system priced for those new to the exciting world of high-end audio but because they are the least expensive components in Aavik Acoustics' 180 / 280 / 580 line. I did not know the price of these three components when they arrived at my home for review. On looks alone, I assumed that they would cost much more. About halfway through the review period, I peeked inside the cabinet of this integrated amplifier. Its innards looked as if they were constructed by an engineer but also by a visual artist. Its complex yet very neatly arranged interior was impressive. During my audition of all three components, I determined that their display and intelligent functionality belied their relatively low price.
---> Aavik Acoustics I-180 Integrated Amplifier, D-180 DAC, And S-180 Streamer / Network Player Review.



JERN 11S Compact Loudspeaker Review

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JERN 11S Compact Loudspeaker Review

A well-balanced speaker that presents a lovely neutral rendition of music.
Review By Robert Jorgensen
What is a poor reviewer to do when he would rather put on some more music than write on the review? My wife might say "Suck it up and get on with it". This could imply that I do not want to say anything but that's not the case. I am just enjoying the music too much. There is a bit of a backstory here. If I remember well, the first time I saw the JERN Speakers was a couple of years ago at the ISE Exhibition in Amsterdam. Ole Lund Christensen, whom I have known for 20 odd years, was banging away on a piece of steel, a piece of aluminum, and his very heavy cabinets made of a special kind of cast iron using a little hammer. There is a video floating around on YouTube where he does it with a piece of aluminum and a piece of his special "Vibrakill" cast iron. It was very instructive since both the steel and the aluminum rang like bells and the JERN cabinet just gave a dull thud. As he explained that was exactly the point of the demo.
---> JERN 11S Compact Loudspeaker Review.



07 / 19 / 23

Reference Recordings Sergei Kvitko Schubert And Candles

Reference Recordings' Sergei Kvitko Schubert By Candlelight
Reference Recordings, for nearly 50 years one of the most innovative and respected independent labels in the music business, is proud to present pianist, composer, and producer Sergei Kvitko's new album, Schubert By Candlelight — Live In Madrid. This album features a stunning collection of Schubert's piano works. The album features thirteen piano works that showcase the beauty and depth of Schubert's music, as well as the artistry and versatility of Kvitko, who is not only an award-winning, critically acclaimed pianist, but also a composer, arranger, and internationally sought-after producer and sound engineer. The album was recorded at Hinves Pianos, Madrid, Spain during 2022. It was performed, produced, and engineered by Sergei Kvitko, assisted at the session by audio engineer Jorge Núñez Colell.

This recital reminds us that Schubert's music is imbued entirely by the beauty and sweetness of the melody yet is intensely spontaneous and unplanned. Writing in his diary, Schubert stated: "Imagination — Man's greatest treasure, the inexhaustible spring at which we all refresh ourselves—be with us, even if few respect and honor you. You alone can save us from so-called 'enlightenment,' that hideous skeleton without flesh and blood." Robert Schumann, writing in his diary, contemplates "And you, heavenly Schubert who left this world too soon — if ghosts and spirits and geniuses spoke to each other, they would speak like you; you are the celestial flowing spirit covered by its spring flowers."



07 / 18 / 23

The 'Sound' Of Renault By Jean-Michel Jarre

The 'Sound' Of Renault By Jean-Michel Jarre
With car manufacturers using various electronic sounds, beeps, and buzzes for alerts within automobiles, it makes sense to bring in a professional musician such as Jean-Michel Jarre. Longtime and well respected musical artist, songwriter, and electronica pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has joined forces with Renault, along with Ircam and the Group's sound design teams, to develop two types of sounds for the brand's future electric vehicles. Specifically, VSPs (Vehicle Sounds for Pedestrians) and the Welcome sound sequence (which plays when you sit in the car). As an artist and engineer, Jean-Michel Jarre's contribution assists with the goals and challenges surrounding sound design.

The decision by French manufacturer Renault to enlist Jean-Michel Jarre's services to develop the sounds for future electric vehicles started when the artist and Luca de Meo, Renault Group's CEO, sat down during the International Motor Show in Munich in 2021. They were keen to work together straight away, on the sound experience inside vehicles and outside them: the Welcome sequence when you step into the car and the VSP (electric vehicles make no sound at slow speeds as their motor is silent). A crew from Ircam and a sound design team that is up to date on the latest technical and regulatory requirements and the issues associated with developing these sounds. This meeting between Jean-Michel Jarre's world of sound creation and Renault's world of electric vehicles is an opportunity for the brand to stand out and assert itself in an underexplored and practically unexploited territory for expression.




07 / 17 / 23

audioXpress August 2023

audioXpress' August 2023 Issue
Editorial: The Perception Of Change
AXPONA 2023 Home Audio Show
SonicEdge Ultrasound Speaker Modeling And Application
Noise Cancellation In Automotive Audio
Designing A True Midrange Driver
Bass Reflex Performance Envelope Part 2
Instrumentation Amplifier-Based Preamplifier Line Stage
Power Transformer Parameters, Selection, And Testing Part 10
Electroacoustic Enhancement And Active Acoustics
Visiting The Western Electric Vacuum Tube Factory
And Much More!

Within his editorial, J. Martins says "As I always like to say: I know that I know nothing, but I'm always learning. (Plato would agree if he had said it) Unfortunately, in the life of a magazine editor I have long learned that there is never enough time to just study and learn. I strongly admire people who have devoted their whole career to study, research, and publish what they learned (many times combined with teaching). That's what I always like about attending conferences, where here and there you come across people and work that shake the foundations of our knowledge and understanding. That was the case recently, when I — together with our technical editor Jan Didden, and a good number of audioXpress authors — attended one of the opening sessions of the 154th Audio Engineering Society (AES) International Convention, held at Aalto University in Espoo, Helsinki, Finland, from May 13th through 15th."
---> audioXpress' August 2023 issue.



07 / 14 / 23

Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report An audio triumph in the Pacific Northwest! PAF 2023 Show Report By Greg Weaver

Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report
An audio triumph in the Pacific Northwest!
PAF 2023 Show Report By Greg Weaver
First, my apologies for this report's tardiness. Within days of returning home to the Midwest, I came down with some kind of flu or cold (not you-know-what 19) that had me out of commission for some ten days. Once I was on the mend, I got right back to work. Here is my take on my experience in Seattle... pardon the delay. My flight from Chicago to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport arrived more than forty minutes ahead of schedule. As I collected my checked bag and headed out to catch a ride to the Doubletree by Hilton, less than half a mile from the airport, I was treated to the beautiful weather that late June in the Pacific Northwest had promised! After checking in, saying hello to all the friends and colleagues I ran into in the halls, getting settled into my room, and washing up after the trip, I joined in the welcoming meet and greet on the fourteenth floor at Maxi's. Good food, free drinks, and great conversation set the tone for what would turn out to be an amazing show!
---> Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report.



07 / 13 / 23

Verdant Audio Blackthorn 1 Monitor Speakers Review

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Verdant Audio Blackthorn 1 Monitor Speakers

An over-achieving monitor with a musical performance well beyond its' modest size.
Review By Dr. Michael Bump
I first had the pleasure of meeting Scott Bierfeldt, President and Chief Designer at Verdant Audio, at AXPONA 2019 in a by-chance meeting. I was planning on heading out earlier than expected on Sunday, as the snow was starting to come down (attendees may recall), and I was a bit nervous about the six-hour mark. drive home to the cornfields of Missouri. Nevertheless, the rooms beckoned me back for one more quick tour that morning, where I happened to walk by a familiar blue glow within the Verdant Audio room. At the center of a very attractive system were a pair of stunning Art Audio Quartet 845 push-pull monoblocks. I was familiar with Art Audio from an introduction years prior to their 50-Watt SET Adagios, and was aware that Verdant Audio had re-introduced the UK company to the U.S. earlier that year as the sole domestic distributor. Needless to say, my curiosity was piqued stepping into the room noting several examples of Art Audio pieces, as well as the premiere of two monitor designs created by Scott, under the Verdant Audio name.
---> Verdant Audio Blackthorn 1 monitor speakers review.



McIntosh MP100 Phono Stage / Stereo Preamplifier Review

McIntosh MP100 Phono Stage / Stereo Preamplifier Review
Does it make sense to spend $2000 on a phono preamplifier? The McIntosh MP100 might be the best reason yet.
Review By Ian White
The more I listen to vinyl and the wide range of phono cartridges at my disposal — the more I realize that a phono preamplifier is either the weakest link or most important component in the chain. The more I listen to the McIntosh MP100 Phono Preamplifier, the more I realize just how wide of a gap there is between them. Our picks at either end of the spectrum will not break the bank for most audiophiles, but I'm starting to finally hear the differences between those phono preamplifiers that I've always considered to be great and the phono stages that actually are "great." The McIntosh MP100 stereo unit is not inexpensive at $2000; some audiophiles will think it's pretty affordable considering the brand behind it, but I know that $2000 is a very firm ceiling for 99% of the population that listens to records with the same passion as the rest of us.
---> McIntosh MP100 Phono Stage / Stereo Preamplifier Review.



07 / 11 / 23

Concert Ticket Pricing In Europe Versus USA

Concert Ticket Pricing In Europe Versus USA
According to Statista, "With concert ticket prices on the rise in the United States, some fans have decided they would rather pay for a flight and a cheaper European concert ticket than for a more expensive ticket to the same show on homeground. The following chart looks at Daily Mail analysis of ticket sales on Ticketmaster to show just how much more expensive tickets can be in different cities in the U.S. compared to Europe, with Beyoncé's Charlotte show costing more than three times that of the Stockholm gig."

"It's not only Beyoncé charging supreme prices in the U.S. though," says Statista, "Madonna's gig in New York City cost $2,666 versus London's $1,838, while Bruce Springsteen tickets were more than fivefold in Newark at $537, while Copenhagen's cost $96 this year. This chart uses data for selected concert tickets with comparable seating in the U.S. and Europe. Read more about this at Statista.



07 / 07 / 23

Hi-Fi+ July 2023

Hi-Fi+ July 2023 High-End Audio Magazine
Editorial: Cult Of Personality
Chris Thomas 1949 – 2023
Waversa Systems Digital Audio Streaming Solution
MOON by Simaudio North 791 And 761 Pre/Amp
Engström Arne Mk 2 Integrated Valve Amplifier
Quiescent T100MPA Mono Power Amplifier
Bowers & Wilkins 702 S3 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Leben CS300XS Integrated Valve Amplifier
Allnic Audio D-10000 OTL / OCL DAC
SoundSpace Systems Robin Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Network Acoustics Muon Pro Ethernet Filter
And Much More!

Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says "We have a cult of personality in high-end audio. Unlike almost every other branch of consumer electronics – where the product is created by a team of engineers and industrial designers – a lot of high-end audio is the result of one very bright person at the helm of a small company making incredibly specialist products for a small, but select clientele. This has its upsides and downsides. The great advantage in the audio industry's need to have some kind of close contact with the designer is that they are very close to direct customer feedback. When the guy making the thing is the same guy demonstrating the thing at a show, they are only a few sentences from getting a full break-down of their products by those who use them daily. This kind of direct 'focus group' feedback is something large corporations pay handsomely to obtain." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this link.



07 / 06 / 23

Pass Labs X260.8 Monoblock Amplifier Review

Pass Labs X260.8 Monoblock Amplifier Review
Prestigious power, glorious grace, and terrific transparency.
Review By Dwayne Carter
Pass Laboratories, Inc., is a name that most audiophiles utter, after describing a product that comes close to perfection. "XXX amplifier almost sounds as good as the Pass Labs XXX model". We've all done it. Fortunately, "as good as" will have to wait. Thanks to the good people at Pass Laboratories; I get the real thing. As the world was on pause, my listening room entertained a pair of Pass Labs X260.8 monoblock amplifiers. In full disclosure, I would like to admit that I have been a fan of Pass Labs products for many years. I've never owned or reviewed any of their products, so I was looking forward to this delivery.... The Pass Labs X260.8 monoblock amplifiers require two people to move. I know most amplifier manufacturers recommend this, but this is the first time I heeded their recommendation. Luckily, my good friend Michael was able to help me wrestle these beasts into place.
---> Pass Labs X260.8 Monoblock Amplifier Review.



Mark Levinson No.5909 Noise-Cancelling Stereo Headphones Review

Mark Levinson No.5909 Noise-Cancelling Stereo Headphones Review
The No.5909 is versatile, solidly built, and demonstrates the virtues of a neutral tonal balance.
Review By Keith Howard
If we set aside its in-car systems, Mark Levinson has never before had its imprint on a transducer. But a step into the headphone market with the No. 5909 – a £999 design intended for use boat at home and peripatetically – is clearly a watershed moment. You could argue that its involvement in automotive systems and turntables had already widened the Mark Levinson brief from the electronics-only product line-up of yore, but this is a move you might argue has arrived a little late given that the heat is going out of the audiophile headphone market. And had I known in advance an ML headphone was due, I'd have supposed it to be an uncompromisingly purist, open-back design for the hi-fi cognoscenti. But – perhaps precisely because that market is approaching saturation – Harman Audio took the decision to make the No.5909 a headphone for all seasons.
---> Mark Levinson No.5909 Noise-Cancelling Stereo Headphones Review.



07 / 01 / 23

High-End Audiophile / Immersivephile Hi-Fi Gear Review Magazine

Enjoy the Music.com's July Review Magazine
With additional show coverage this month plus new premium audio gear reviews, our July issue is HOT for the summer (note: only valid within the Northern Hemisphere; as it is Winter for our friends in Australia). We've completed our coverage of AXPONA, the Australian Hi-Fi Show, HIGH END, and T.H.E. Show; look for our coverage of the Pacific Audio Fest show shortly. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music.
---> See Enjoy the Music.com's July 2023 Review Magazine.


Let's Talk About Luxurious Premium Audio Shows Hi-fi shows and what they ought to be. Article By Roger Skoff

Let's Talk About Luxurious Premium Audio Shows
Hi-fi shows and what they ought to be.
Article By Roger Skoff
If you're an audiophile, you've almost certainly either been to a high-fidelity audio event (Hi-Fi Show) or wanted to go to one. Back in the days before I got into the industry, every time CES – the Consumer Electronics Show – came around (There used to be two of them – Las Vegas and Chicago), I would always ask my industry friends if they had gone to it; how they liked it; what had been the hit of the Show; and what new great stuff I should hunt down and buy for myself. Invariably, the answer I got was that they had been too busy working their own exhibits to actually go and see or listen to anybody else's; and that they had effectively seen or heard nothing. NO FUN! That was back years ago, when hi-fi was – following the great hi-fi boom of the late 1950s and 1960s when stereo LP records were first introduced, and the second boom in the 1980s, when CDs came along offering "perfect sound forever," a common interest....
---> Let's Talk About Luxurious Premium Audio Shows.



Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report

Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report
Enjoy hearing premium audio gear in Seattle at PAF 2023.
The Pacific Audio Fest (PAF) 2023, which took place at the Doubletree-Hilton Sea-Tac / Seattle from June 23rd through 25th, is the USA's very best Northwestern premium audio event. There was live music Friday and Saturday nights, with NW regional wine and beer tastings, and ~80 rooms of quality audio, Marketplace, Record Fair, HeadZone and much more! Renowned audiophile and reviewer Greg Weaver spent Friday and Saturday evenings presenting his curated after-hours music sessions.
---> Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report.



T.H.E. Show 2023 SoCal Report / Coverage  --  Luxury Premium High-End Audio Show / Audiophile

T.H.E Show 2023 SoCal Report
T.H.E. Show's June Orange County music and luxury audio show in California.
T.H.E. Show SoCal 2023 (The Home Entertainment Show) took place at the the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa from June 9th through 11th. This was the destination where music, entertainment, tech, and media meet in an integrated, state-of-the-art experience trade show. Spotlighting a breadth of brands spanning from classic industry leaders to up-and-coming rising stars, T.H.E. Show 2023 was no ordinary luxury audio event. T.H.E. Headphonium section specialized on personal / portable audio including DAPs, headphones and more, and was presented by Enjoy the Music.com partners eCoustics! For vinyl LP lovers, an expanded section this year called T.H.E. Vinylonium featured a variety of outstanding vintage and budget LPs to rare and high-end audiophile editions.
---> T.H.E Show 2023 SoCal Report.



HIGH END And International Parts + Supply 2023 Show Report Munich Germany

HIGH END 2023 Munich Show Report
High End Society's Event In Munich Germany
From May 18th to 21st, 2023, the very special 40th HIGH END trade show in Munich will once again shine the spotlight on luxurious premium music reproduction systems, inspiring listening enjoyment and exquisite audio technology. For many years, the HIGH END has been providing both the big players in the industry and smaller owner-managed companies with their ideal presentation platform as the world's leading audio trade show. It is the perfect place to establish business relationships, expand networks and exchange ideas and experiences with other industry experts.
---> HIGH END 2023 Munich Show Reports.



LampizatOr Horizon DAC Review

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LampizatOr Horizon DAC Review
A new benchmark!
Review By Greg Weaver
My history, and fascination, with Łukasz Fikus and his Poland-based LampizatOr heralds back to my first exposure to the Golden Gate's introduction at AXPONA 2015. It may be significant to point out that this timing is eerily coincident with my choice to begin to more deeply explore the validity of digital audio as a source. To that point, in my system, digital file playback had shown no real ability to favorably compete with my analog reference system, sonically or with the breadth and depth of my LP collection. Keep in mind, Norway's Tidal, the first music streaming service to offer at least Redbook CD quality streaming had just launched in the US that previous October, and – I was not an early adopter.
---> LampizatOr Horizon DAC Review.



Metronome Audio Le DAC 2 Review

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Metronome Audio Le DAC 2 Review
The Spice must flow.
Review By Paul Schumann
It's no secret that Hollywood has become the land of the sequel. Nine of the top ten grossing movies from 2022 were sequels. I excluded The Batman because it technically wasn't a sequel, but it was a reboot, for goodness' sake. Now I'm not going to bash sequels out of hand. I watch a bunch of them myself. My big complaint is when a sequel is done by a different set of writers and a new director and is so different from its predecessor in tone and theme that about halfway through I throw up my hands and ask, "Why am I watching this?". One sequel I'm looking forward to watching is Dune: Part 2. While they call it a sequel, it's more of a continuation of the first movie with Denis Villeneuve and his team completing the task. Even though I've only seen 2.5 minutes of it in a trailer, I am incredibly hopeful that this crew will bring the ship safely into the harbor. Yes, I could be wrong, but like Fremen, I believe.
---> Metronome Audio Le DAC 2 Review.



ATOLL ST200 Signature Streamer / DAC / Preamplifier Review

ATOLL ST200 Signature Streamer / DAC / Preamplifier Review
Wonderful tonality with transparency and speed.
Review By Neven Kos
There aren't many devices like the ATOLL ST200 Signature. It's a streamer, a DAC, and a full-blooded preamplifier in one case. And while trends dictate that DACs / streamers be incorporated with one kind of volume control or another, it is clear that they rarely represent a real preamplifier solution and volume control takes place most often in the digital domain, mainly by reducing resolution. Few have built-in analog volume control systems, and even rarer devices like the ATOLL Electronique ST200 Signature, have a built-in and right preamplifier. Add to this the volume control performed by a resistor network, which is a more precise solution than a conventional potentiometer, and it will become clear to you that the ATOLL ST200 Signature is a well-designed and elaborate device.
---> ATOLL ST200 Signature Streamer / DAC / Preamplifier Review.



I Never Met A 2A3 Amp That I Didn't Like

I Never Met A 2A3 Amp That I Didn't Like
Article By Editor Joe Roberts
From Sound Practices Issue 15
Nothing in audio is a sure deal but if I were forced to come up with a foolproof recommendation to stake my name on, I would have to go with the classic no-brainer: "It's hard to build a bad 2A3 amplifier." There might be some bad ones somewhere but I have to say that every 2A3 amp I ever had the pleasure to hear was at least pretty good and some were downright amazing. My introduction to triode amps came with restoring a few Brook 2A3 amps of the early 1950s, which I didn't get to hear until they were certified antiques in the early 1980s. Even in the late 1940s / early 1950s when they were current models, the Brook designs were a throwback to prewar technologies (see Sound Practices issue 2), valued by a few purists who knew that those newfangled pentodes were nothing but a sell out.
---> I Never Met A 2A3 Amp That I Didn't Like.



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