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09 / 22 / 23
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
more about the UK Audio Show 2023.
09 / 21 / 23
Gingko Audio Sextet Speaker
Enjoying everything the Gingko Swarm has to offer with many options available too!
Review By Brett Rudolph
years, I have had the opportunity to review several different speakers and
speaker systems. Each one has the character that sets it apart from the next.
So, when you can audition speakers and have the designer help set them up and
explain them to you, it aids in giving a full review. Therefore, when the
opportunity presented itself late last year, I jumped at the chance. Usually, the first contact is a brief discussion on the
product and a time to work out logistics. However, Vinh Vu from Gingko Audio,
and I spoke more about the Sextet system's potential.
---> Gingko Audio Sextet
Speaker System Review.
Gryphon Audio Essence Preamplifier
And Essence Stereo Power Amplifier Review
Blown away by an amazing musical performance!
Review By Tom Lyle
Gryphon Essence preamplifier and Gryphon Stereo power amplifier are gorgeous
looking and beautiful sounding Danish high-end audio components. Those who can
afford either or both of these components will not only enjoy stellar sound
quality but most likely will also be able to enjoy the fact that they are the
epitome of audio equipment that has a look and "feel" of luxury goods. Gryphon
founder Flemming E. Rasmussen was responsible for the stunningly beautiful
exterior of the rather large (and heavy!) Gryphon Essence preamplifier and
Stereo Essence power amplifier. Good looks and operational refinement are
especially true of the Gryphon Essence preamplifier. Its weighty
infrared metal remote was only one indication of this Danish audio manufacturer's
recognition of many audiophile's appreciation of the intangibles that are
available on many preamps.
Gryphon Audio Essence Preamplifier & Essence Amplifier Review.
09 / 20 / 23
SouthWest Audio Fest Launches In March 2024
This just in: The SouthWest Audio Fest arises from the partnership of Gary Gill (Capital Audiofest) and Lou Hinkley (Pacific AudioFest/Daedalus Audio) and their success with the inaugural Pacific Audio Fest in 2022, which is destined to be an annual event for high-end audio in the Pacific Northwest serving the entire Pacific
region. Now we are pleased to announce a new show for another underserved part of the country.... the SouthWest Audio Fest in Dallas, Texas. We have worked for over two years to secure a contract with an amazing event hotel, the Hilton/Anatole in Dallas. The inaugural show is slated for March 15th
through 17th, 2024 and initially we are focusing on a small but solid regional show. We are confident that this show will grow and the Anatole has all the room we need.
With over 17 million people and exceptional wealth in this corner of Texas the local demographics could not be better for high end audio. Couple that with two major hub airports and the ability to get a non-stop flight to Dallas from almost anywhere in this country and beyond and we have an ideal location for a major high end audio show. Spring in Dallas is beautiful, the music and clubs amazing and the show venue, pure luxury.
You can learn more at their
09 / 19 / 23
BPI's The New Music Democracy
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI), a trade body with over 500 record labels / associate members across the UK that accounts for 85% of all music sold in the United Kingdom, has released their The New Music Democracy: How More Artists Are
Benefitting From Streaming article. According to the BPI, they claim that a higher quantity of musical artists are realizing a measurable levels of success. This includes over 1000 of them from the UK, who in 2022 each accumulated over 20,000,000 audio streams of their music globally. This is an increase of ~15% YoY. Over 400 UK artists generated at least 100,000,000 audio streams of their music around the globe during 2022, while over 200 surpassed 200,000,000 streams.
The BPI says, "Less-well known UK artists are also seeing huge numbers, incl. Yorkshire’s Asking Alexandria, Liverpool-born Banners, Scottish/US act Bishop Briggs, and Northampton singer-songwriter Bruno Major. Additionally highlighted are the huge streaming plays now needed to enjoy UK success, with even the 5,000th biggest track in the UK last year streamed nearly 5 million times.... The New Music Democracy: How More Artists Are Succeeding From Streaming provides an unparalleled and comprehensive overview of music streaming in the UK last year, when the market hit a record 159.3 billion audio streams, representing an unprecedented 86.1% of recorded music consumption in the UK, compared with 36.4% in 2016. The report draws on Official Charts Company data from the UK, as well as global streaming data from Luminate to track how UK artists fared overseas."
09 / 18 / 23
Toronto Audiofest 2023 Show In October
The Toronto Audiofest 2023 show, held from October 20th through 22nd, features one of Canada's best luxurious premium high-technology home audio and video showcase. The Toronto Audiofest is an acclaimed consumer electronics (CE) exhibition. It brings together hundreds of audio brands featuring top rated audio and video equipment from around the globe. Attendees may hear, touch, and compare various sound systems within many floors of demo rooms ranging from 240 to 2400 sq. ft. It is the perfect place to experience the ultimate in sound quality. If considering acquiring a complete sound system or only a new piece of equipment, the Toronto Audiofest 2023 is the place for you!
Virtually all visitors share one thing in common, they have a deep passion for music! While some are longstanding audiophiles, many others are music lovers and/or just curious to discover the benefits of better sound quality. Approximately 60% of Toronto Audiofest's visitors are under 55 years of age and 20% are female; and so this event encourages families to discover the show together. You may wonder what is the entrance fee? Since this event is operated by a non-profit organization, they are asking only $10 a day, or all three days for $20. If you want to contribute to their development, feel free to donate more. Learn more at
our Toronto Audiofest 2023 show page.
09 / 15 / 23
audioXpress' October 2023 Issue
Editorial: Innovation Happening Every Day
Getting To Know Dutch & Dutch
Measuring Loudspeaker SPL Response
The AudioChiemgau ModeCompensator
Building A Minimally Baffled Dipole Speaker Part 2
Power Transformer Parameters, Selection, And Testing Part 12
Build The Popping Ps Filter
The Bitches Brew Open Baffle Live Edge Speakers
Passive Variable Acoustics
The Western Electric 91E Amplifier
And Much More!
Within his editorial, J. Martins says
"On December 10, 1915, Danish engineer Peter L. Jensen and Edwin S. Pridham presented a groundbreaking invention to the public in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. It was the first practical application of a moving-coil loudspeaker, using a horn to amplify the sound. They successfully took their invention to market, building speakers for public address systems and for radios under the Magnavox brand. Much earlier, British physicist, inventor, and radio pioneer Oliver Joseph Lodge described the concept of the dynamic loudspeaker and was even granted a patent for a dynamic, moving-coil loudspeaker concept. Ten years after Jensen and Pridham successfully demonstrated a moving-coil loudspeaker, in 1925, Edward W. Kellogg and Chester W. Rice applied for the first of many loudspeaker-related patents. The "Sound reproducing apparatus" was issued in 1926, and the "Loud-Speaker" patent was issued in 1929."
---> audioXpress' October 2023
09 / 14 / 23
Drive-by reviewing at Long Valley.
Investigates A Treasured Turntable.
was supposed to be a nearly five-hour trip but my wife missed a turn on the
shortcut and took the Shooting Brake through an all-terrain parking lot to buy
lunch at Subway. Then there were accidents on I-80 to slow us down.
Nevertheless, Bill Parish was all smiles, as usual, when we pulled into GTT
Audio to get a listen to Louis Desjardins' latest masterpiece, the Kronos
Discovery turntable. Bill had sent me his GTT video newsletter
with a pow-wow after David W. Robinson, Editor in Chief and Senior Writer
Maurice Jeffries of Positive Feedback had spent an afternoon listening to the
new turntable. Emails flew and Louis sent me a copy of Alan Sircom's review in HiFi+
magazine. I emailed Louis and told him I thought it was a very good
review. He replied that he thought it was an Excellent!
Kronos Discovery Turntable Review.
LampizatOr Amber 4 Stereo DAC /
It's hard to imagine a more musical DAC in its price.
Review By Rick Becker
ago LampizatOr was not yet on my radar. My review of the LampizatOr Amber 4
stereo DAC / preamplifier, as seen here, is a testament to their efforts over
the years. It wasn't until the New York Audio Show in 2014 that I first heard
rig was totally comprised of gear that was new to me. The only familiar thing
was Lyle Lovett singing "North Dakota." I didn't have much to say about the
sound quality, which is neither good nor bad. Spring forward to November,
at the Capital AudioFest 2021
and there were more than a handful of their various
DACs on display. LampizatOr has become a top brand, and while they are best
known in the US for their DACs, they offer four levels of "turnkey" systems in
which everything, including cables, is made by LampizatOr. Their speakers
feature open baffle midrange and tweeters with enclosed woofers, much like the
early Tekton Design speaker I found so delightful back in 2009. Today, I dare
say they are at the leading edge of DAC design.
LampizatOr Amber 4 Stereo DAC / Preamplifier Review.
09 / 13 / 23
PBS Special: Dolby Atmos Music Experience
As the many decades-old stereo format begins to feel the competition of truly immersive music, the just-released PBS special showcases the benefits. Many modern musicians and sound creators are enjoying the
advantages of delivering truly life-like sound as we experience in real life situations. Today's audiences can hear music in a full 360-degree immersive experience. According to PBS, "Many of the major music streaming services are now offering spatial music playlists with more immersive versions of some of your favorite songs. The Dolby Atmos Music format is heralded as important an innovation as the advent of stereo recordings in the
1960s. Special correspondent Mike Cerre reports for our arts and culture series, CANVAS."
As stereo enthusiasts become ImmersivephilesTM, the new generation of
music lovers will be able to enjoy sound in a revolutionary new way unlike that
of their grandparents. Learn more and watch the very informative
PBS video at this link.
09 / 12 / 23
IFPI Recognizes The Benefits Of Using AI For Music
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), with hopes of being the
collective voice of major recording labels and the industry globally, are seeking some form of transparency on
artificial intelligence (AI) systems to ensure "the lawful use of copyright-protected content." Just as drum machines and MIDI
back starting in the 1980s are to this day a way to use technology to avoid the need for a live musician, with the ongoing advancements of AI the IFPI hopes the European Union can point out
technological progress and make laws accordingly. While they hope to establish a responsible AI framework, technology will progress on many fronts to greatly benefit the music
industry. Since there are AI-generated 'songs' being streamed today, it is another
way for record labels to maximize profits while reducing (or eliminating) the need to pay royalties to musicians, writers, audio engineers, etc. This, in turn, will help bring increase profits for major
music companies that rely on music as their sellable product.
From AI and 'virtual' artists such as Breezers, Miquela, Daddy's Car, etc., this non-human innovation and creativity brings about
new business opportunities that can better maximize profits without having to pay (or deal with) human artists. While we can
agree copyrighting / protecting musical works by actual humans have earned the right to be protected under the law,
it begs the question if AI-created artists also deserve such protection under the law.
The IFPI has good things to say about AI too; "AI in its different forms offers new and innovative tools to support the cultural sectors, from systems that assist the creative process to those that help optimise consumer engagement, identify content quickly and accurately, assist with scheduling, automate, and enhance efficient payment systems and more."
09 / 11 / 23
Universal Music Group And Deezer Artist-Centric Model
Universal Music Group (UMG) and Deezer are launching an artist-centric streaming model that is designed to better reward the artists. This ensures payments go to music creators who music fans value the most. This new system was developed by the two companies using their respective deep data analysis to develop an economic model that better reflects the true value of artist-fan relationships. "The collaboration to launch an artist-centric model is driven by the
companies' recognition that the current music streaming model needs to be re-imagined. While streaming has been the most significant technology advancement in music in many years, a flood of uploads with no meaningful engagement, including non-artist noise content, has necessitated reassessment of the approach that platforms, labels, and artists take to foster a thriving music ecosystem."
Both desire to focus on artists, with Deezer attributing a special 'double boost' to what they define as "professional artists". In addition, assigning a double boost for songs that fans actively engage with will reduce the economic influence of algorithmic programming according to the press release. Demonetizing non-artist noise audio... Deezer is planning to replace non-artist noise content with its own content in the functional music space, and this
won't be included in the royalty pool. Furthermore, the size of the catalog available on digital platforms has exploded in recent years, from 90 to over 200 million pieces of content in the past two years alone. As part of the artist-centric model, Deezer intends to apply a stricter provider policy to ensure quality and a better user experience. This includes steps to limit non-artist noise content.
09 / 08 / 23
hi-fi+ September 2023 High-End
Editorial: Welcoming Both New And Longstanding Audio Companies
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS W/Burmester Audiosysteme
Gold Note DS-1000 EVO Streaming DAC
Sonus faber Guarneri G5 Stand-Mount Loudspeaker
Kudos Audio Titan 808 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Karan Acoustics Master Collection POWERb Amplifier
Java Hi-Fi Single Shot Integrated Amplifier
Davone Reference One Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Børresen X3 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Balanced Audio Technology VK80i Integrated Amplifier
Stack Audio AUVA 100 Loudspeaker Isolators
And Much More!
Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says
"Are there too many companies in audio? We are approaching Audio Show season for the end of 2023, and at each event there are seemingly dozens of new brands offering products, but a finite number of buyers, many of whom buy from the same companies they always bought from. Is that sustainable? This year is going to be especially interesting. Those long product development cycles used by bigger brands stalled during the pandemic lockdowns, and in more than a few cases, the products those designers weren't developing in 2020 and 2021 are the ones that aren't arriving in the stores this season. Meanwhile, the keen enthusiast with an idea and a passion had months to themselves to perfect their new product."
what's within this issue of hi-fi+
magazine at this
09 / 07 / 23
Audio CD-35 II CD Player And USA Labs RS9 Music
Two very versatile, and impressive, performers.
Review By Bob Grossman
The Ayon Audio CD-35 II as reviewed here, is the latest introduction to a long lineage of CD players that have
been well regarded going back to the various models in the 3 and 5 series, along
with ideas derived from their special edition CD35HF. But the CD-35 II is more
than a CD player – it is also a fully functioning preamplifier and DAC. It is
a single-ended triode pure Class A design using a 6H30 and a 5687 tube for each
channel, and a GZ30 tube as a rectifier for the power supply. It is also a zero-feedback
design. Ayon Audio's CD-35 II built-in DAC can be used to play music files
from your computer via the USB connection. The DAC also has a coaxial RCA input
for S/PDIF, I2S, BNC, AES/EBU, and three other BNC inputs for DSD. For this
review I also evaluated the USA Labs RS9 music server to coordinate streaming of music
Ayon CD-35 II CD Player And USA Labs RS9 Music Server Review.
FiiO E10K-TC And K3 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier Review
Going back to school.
Review By Paul Schumann
If you have
read any of my previous reviews, you know that I am a fan of Classical music.
Sure, I listen to rock, pop, and jazz, but classical music is where I will
always be grounded. I'm sure it is because I grew up listening to my father's
music. While he did listen to a mixture of stuff as I was growing up, it was
mostly classical, especially Bach. By the time I reached high school, I found
prog-rock, which of course had a heavy classical influence. And while my Dad
prefers his baroque music, as I got older, I started leaning towards the
romantics. I think it is fair to say that Brahms was my favorite composer
through my 20s, 30s, and 40s. But while I still love that music, there are only
so many times one can listen to Brahms Violin Concerto or Beethoven's 5th
Symphony before they lose their mystery. So, in my 50s, I started branching out
in my musical journey with 20th- and 21st-century composers. What made this
exploration possible was the internet.
FiiO E10K-TC And K3 USB DAC Headphone Amplifier Review.
09 / 06 / 23
Audio Engineering Society Celebrates 75 Years
During the New York Audio Engineering Society (AES) 2023 event, they will be celebrating their historic 75th anniversary. In anticipation of an incredible convention this fall, the AES ha dedicated extra special resources since it is also the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop. From October 25th through 27th, the New York AES will be held at the Javits Convention Center.
AES wants you to kick off a new era of experiences with them and join leading manufacturers and engineers demonstrating the latest solutions and products. There will also be a very comprehensive selection of workshops, panels, demonstrations, training, papers and so much more! The Audio Engineering Society welcomes you on its 75th Anniversary to a new era of experiences! Created by the industry, for the industry, the AES as a non-profit volunteer based organization designed to inspire, educate, and promote the technology and practice of audio.
09 / 05 / 23
Spotify Finds Gen Z Prefers Sad Music This Summer
They say music reflects society. And if that is true, then society is rather sad as popular online music streaming service Spotify says
this is a "bummer summer".
According to Spotify, "Lana Del Rey's song "Summertime Sadness" stuck in your head?
You're not alone. On Spotify this summer, sad songs are getting us in our feels, thanks to our listeners who are unapologetically expressing their emotions.
"Sad" is the most-searched term for Gen Z listeners on Spotify globally, and
they're tuning into our sad playlists — including pop-infused sad hour, R&B-inspired All The Feels, rap-heavy tear drop, sad sierreño, sad girl country, and sad girl starter
pack — more than any other age group."
Spotify's research also says, "To match the vibe in the U.S. and Canada, we launched bummer summer, the ultimate lineup of moody jams and soul-filling songs. Complete with tracks from d4vd, Frank Ocean, Phoebe Bridgers, Lana Del Rey, Big Thief, and Billie Eilish, the playlist echoes the honesty and transparency that Gen Zs emulate in their lives and listening—and harnesses the ability of emotive, lyrical music to enhance any mood. Gen Z listeners are seeking tracks that evoke feelings of nostalgia, wistfulness, and
wanting — songs that feel like a warm embrace. "It's important to note that not everything sounds like Billie
Eilish's 'What Was I made For?'" says Lizzy Szabo, Spotify Senior Editor for Indie Music.
"Though that was one of the breakout sad songs of the summer — probably the
biggest — and was given a lot of extra context from being in the Barbie movie. It really took this feeling of nostalgia and met it with current issues and
09 / 01 / 23
Enjoy the Music.com's Best
Of 2023 Blue Note Awards
This month we celebrate our very exciting Best Of
2023 Blue Note Awards! Be sure to join us for more fun and bonus content within our social media pages on
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Twitter. We truly appreciate our readers and thank you for your continued support over the
decades. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the
Best Of 2023 Blue Note Equipment Awards
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates the best high
fidelity audio gear of 2023!
Enjoy the Music.com's
Best Of 2023 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements
by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our
Blue Note Awards is a culmination of more than two decades of reviewing and carefully
choosing what products have earned special recognition for our annual awards. Our Best Of
2023 Blue Note Award celebrates the finest products we have reviewed during the
previous 12 months. Recipients have
been carefully chosen after much debate and consideration by our staff of
reviewers. With each passing
year our industry has experienced great advancements in technology including analog
circuitry, vinyl LP and analog tape playback, digital-to-analog
converters (DACs), headphones, loudspeaker design, plus of course portable media
players, computer software, streaming media, and more.
---> Best Of 2023 Blue Note Equipment Awards.
Aavik Acoustics System Review
High-end audio equipment is made by those who love music.
Review By Tom Lyle
Aavik S-280 Streamer, U-280 Unity Integrated Amp with built-in DAC, Ansuz Acoustics Mainz8 A2 AC Power Distribution Bar, Mainz8 A2 AC Ansuz Power Cords, Speakz Speaker Cables, Digitalz Ethernet Cable, PowerSwitch A2 Ethernet Switch,
Darkz C2t, Resonance Control Devices, and Titanium Balls for Ansuz Acoustics Darkz C2t.
subjects of this review feature components and accessories from two of the three
brands designed and manufactured by The Audio Group Denmark, which acts as an
umbrella company for Aavik Acoustics, Ansuz Acoustics, and Børresen Acoustics.
The company was started by two Danes, Lars Kristensen, and Michael Børresen,
who first met more than 20 years ago. Aavik Acoustics designs and manufactures many types of
high-end audio components, such as amplifiers, DACs, phono stages, and
streamers. Ansuz Acoustics products consist of what most audiophiles would call
high-end audio accessories, cables, power distribution, streaming accessories,
and resonance control devices.
---> Aavik Acoustics System Review.
Audio Note UK M2 Linestage / Preamplifier And Conqueror Power Amplifier Review
Taking the road less traveled.
Review By Paul Schumann
audio emerged in the 1950s with the introduction of the LP record. As the
business evolved and stereo became the norm, acoustic suspension speakers gained
popularity due to their smaller footprint in the family room. What followed
after that can be called an arms race between audio manufacturers to build more
powerful amplifiers. This continued as hi-fi became high-end audio. It was not
uncommon to see on the pages of print magazines reviewing amplifiers rated at
400 Watts per channel or more. But not all music lovers were following this path. While the
audio business was trending towards the more powerful tube and solid-state amps,
an underground movement in Japan was extolling the virtues of the old
low-powered Western Electric amps when paired with speakers of the same vintage.
Audio Note UK M2 Preamplifier & Conqueror Power Amplifier Review.
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Progression S350 Stereo Power Amplifier Review
The Dan D'Agostino S350 amplifier makes each musical selection sound spectacular!
Review By Tom Lyle
Dan D'Agostino Master Audio
products are not the most expensive audio components on the market, but in my
opinion, their audio products are some of the best sounding high-end
audio components I've ever had the pleasure of auditioning. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review two
D'Agostino Master Audio components in the past. In 2017, I reviewed the
Lifestyle integrated amplifier, which had an onboard DAC and could also
be used as a streamer with its front-panel LCD metadata display. Also in 2017, I
Master Audio System's Momentum phono stage, which I was highly impressed
with its outstanding sound quality and very user-friendly front panel controls.
Dan D'Agostino MAS Progression S350 Stereo Power Amplifier Review.
FiiO R7 Desktop Digital Music Streamer, Preamplifier, And Headphone
A superb DAC, streamer, preamplifier, and headamp designed for music lovers.
Review By Steven R. Rochlin
sent me an e-mail showcasing their new R7 desktop stereo music streamer,
preamplifier, and headphone amplifier it was perfectly timed. As a longtime
classically-trained musician, I've been using a slightly 'outdated' source unit to
stream music to play along to tunes. This could be via headphones/IEM or through
a stereo pair of QSC KS10.2 mains and KS112 subwoofers thanks to the R7's true
balanced XLR outputs. In addition, this is a relatively portable piece of gear, which means
when it wasn't being used for the percussion / drum set, it was easy to bring it
into my home audio system or use it as a dedicated desktop headphone amplifier when
tinkering with mechanical timepieces upstairs within my workshop.
FiiO R7 Desktop Streamer, Preamplifier, And Headamp Review.
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.
Métronome Technologie Le Player 4+ DAC / CD
The persistence of memory.
Review By Maurice Jeffries
an act of musical and marketplace bravery, the esteemed French electronics firm
Métronome Technologie has taken the bold step of offering music lovers still
wed to physical media a device many long ago consigned to the dustbin of audio
history: a dedicated CD player. When Toronto, Canada-based audio distributor /
dealer Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio and our Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin
contacted to gauge my interest in reviewing Metronome Technology Le Player 4+ CD
player / DAC, I thought that they both must be crazy. What sane manufacturer
would dare to offer a dedicated (and pricey) CD player in a market dominated by
digital servers, streamers, music streaming services, and outboard DACs to that
most fickle of consumers, the modern audiophile?
Métronome Technologie Le Player 4+ DAC / CD Player Review.
Synergistic Research Master Fuse Review
Take a leap of faith and trust your own ears.
Review By Rick Becker
Weiderspahn was away at the Florida Audio Expo when news broke of their new
Master fuse so Kevin Sample stepped up and obtained permission for me to receive
some review samples. Having previously reviewed the Black, Blue, Orange, and
Purple fuses over the years I was eager to investigate this new version —
especially because of the hype that went along with the introduction. Obviously,
it is not named with a color. More alarmingly, it takes a large jump in price
over the Purple fuses that grace much of my system. But most importantly, it
claims to be such an improvement over the Purple that they recommend using only
one, primarily in your source component, two at most. This last point softens
the blow of the price jump. The Master is said to work well with lesser
Synergistic fuses that may already grace your system.
---> Synergistic Research Master Fuse Review.
Vermouth Audio Studio Monitor Loudspeaker
A good-looking and great-sounding loudspeaker.
Audio is located in the Indonesian province of Bali, which is located east of
Java. Most know Bali as a vacation destination. In fact, in 2017, Trip Advisor
named Bali the world's top destination in its "Traveler's Choice
award." Bali again won this honor in January 2021. About 80% of Bali's
economy is tourism related. Vermouth Audio is part of the 20% unrelated to
tourism. They are a company that designs and manufactures high-end audio
connectors, cables, electronics, and, of the subject of this review,
loudspeakers. When I was given the opportunity to review Vermouth Audio's
Studio Monitors, which are distributed in the US by Believe Audio, located in
Hutto, Texas, I enthusiastically accepted their offer.
Vermouth Audio Studio Monitor Loudspeaker Review.
Volti Audio Razz LE Loudspeaker Review
Sometimes good things come in large packages.
Review By Ron Nagle
A buzzing bell sound sends me to my front door. Outside two large boxes hide a
sweaty, smallish UPS delivery man. I can see a faint smile cross his face as he
tells me, "My father wanted me to be a doctor." Now I have two mini monoliths inside my front door. The boxes each weigh about
97 pounds and stand five feet tall. I can see my significant other giving me the
look that means, I've been bad. I'm thinking, don't get your knickers in a
twist, I can handle this. I downloaded the unpacking instructions. And using the
instructions as a guide I peeled away the three cardboard boxes that held the
speakers. This unpacking thing is a job for two people and four hands. Volti Audio is a brilliant creation by loudspeaker engineer
Greg Roberts. He seems to be the CEO, CFO, Chief Designer, the guy who sweeps
the floor and sends out for pizza.
---> Volti Audio Razz LE Loudspeaker
Many more reviews & articles are within our Review Magazine.
08 / 29 / 23
Capital Audiofest (CAF) 2023 Show
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.
08 / 28 / 23
Listening To Music At Work
Sonarworks, an award-winning audio technology innovator, conducted a study asking what music people listen
to at work on their headphones. The study suggests "it may now be more akin to a productivity tool, with 41% respondents saying rock music is fueling their workplace productivity." Their article concerning the study states that, "While using headphones to increase productivity is not the top reason for wearing them, a little over 19% of employees wear headphones to block out distractions and improve focus. More than three-quarters of this group state that wearing headphones improves their productivity, either slightly or significantly. Others wear headphones for entertainment purposes, reducing stress or boosting their mood while working long hours."
• 93.19% of employees wear headphones for personal reasons
throughout the day at work.
• Rock music takes the top spot in audio content listened to, proven to boost productivity and relieve stress. Approximately 41% of respondents admit to tuning into music during work, with podcasts and instrumental tunes following behind.
• 57.6% of respondents wear headphones at work primarily
to block out distractions and improve focus.
• It's older generations who prefer music over any other type of content, with Gen Z having
preferring entertaining content the most.
• While music reported to improve productivity, podcasts and other
entertaining content are admitted to reduce the workplace productivity - that does not stop Gen Zs from consuming it.
08 / 25 / 23
The Absolute Sound
Basis Bravo Turntable
The Absolute Sound 2023 Golden Ear Awards
The Munich HIGH END Show Roars Back
Burmester BC350 Loudspeaker
Esoteric T1 Turntable
Hana Umami Blue Phono Cartridge
Clearaudio Goldfinger Statement V2.1 Phono Cartridge
NAD C 3050 LE "Stereophonic" Amplifier
McIntosh MC451 Monoblock Power Amplifier
NuPrime AMG One Power Amplifier
...And Much More!
Within his editorial, Robert Harley says
"When the news came out of yet
another re-mastering of a Beatles album, my first thought was, "Really, another
one?" It was a reflexive thing; no cogitation involved. Maybe it reminded me of
the constant re-packaging of products like Star Wars movies, with better
and better production values and "special features" and add-ons that lure us to
shell out the bucks again. And again. And yet, I didn't complain when something
like the Director's Cut of the original Blade Runner was released, and
yeah, I bought it. I'm a big fan of re-mastering worthy LPs and have my special
box of all-analog reissues (still have to double-check one of those MoFi
albums), plus a good number of "reissued" CDs, and, no, I didn't seem to have a
problem with buying five versions of Getz / Gilberto. So, why pick on the
latest iteration of The Beatles?"
---> The Absolute Sound
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