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12 / 30 / 22

T.H.E. Show 2023 In Costa Mesa, California

T.H.E. Show SoCal 2023 In Costa Mesa, CA
With new dates and location, T.H.E. Show SoCal 2023 will be taking place June 9th through 11th at the Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa, CA. According to the show organizers, T.H.E. Show has undergone a rebrand and with this new location, we will be bringing you the very best in high-end audio, HiFi, portable and personal audio in T.H.E. Headphonium, home theater, luxury, and classic cars, expanded seminars, live entertainment, and of course, a few fun surprises we have up our sleeve that we'll be announcing as we get closer to the dates. We announced pre-sales of the exhibit rooms a couple of months ago and we are delighted to say many exhibits, both old and new, jumped on board to the point we've already sold out multiple floors!

If you are an attendee, please stay tuned for the ticket link and hotel sleeping room link which we will be releasing imminently in January. If you are an exhibitor, please contact your sales rep to confirm your exhibit space (if you haven't been assigned a rep, please e-mail T.H.E. SHow ASAP. If you are an esteemed member of the press, be sure to e-mail them for a press/media badge. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, this year, T.H.E. Show will have expanded sponsorship opportunities that include but are not limited to: evening events, swag, seminars, special exhibits, and more so please reply to this email or reach out to your rep to confirm sponsorship. Enjoy the Music.com is once again sponsoring the Thursday night exhibitor / press party and we look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

12 / 29 / 22

The Audio Analyst Episode 61 Guilty Treasures: Supertramp Crime of the Century.

The Audio Analyst Episode 61
Guilty Treasures: Supertramp Crime of the Century.
Video By Greg Weaver
Greg Weaver's The Audio Analyst first appeared during 1988 as the title of a small, high-end audio publication that he founded that same year. As many Enjoy the Music.com readers know, Greg Weaver has been involved within the high-performance audio industry for more than five decades. This episode features Supertramp's 1974 extraordinary Crime of the Century, which is somehow today one of the most overlooked, underrated, and slighted albums from its era. To my ears and mind, "Crime" unquestionably represents the zenith of the bands' efforts, their unparalleled Magnum Opus. Today, I am excited to introduce you to the unbridled brilliance of this defining, straight-ahead art-rock masterpiece.
---> The Audio Analyst: Supertramp Crime of the Century.

 

 

High Five For Hi-Fi An introduction to hi-fi for people who love music. Video By Emiko

High Five For Hi-Fi!
An introduction to hi-fi for people who love music.
Video By Emiko

Emiko, a.k.a. ThatHiFiGirl and eCoustics (one of Enjoy the Music.com's online partners) have joined together on a new video series aiming to connect with the next generation of music lovers, audiophiles and hi-fi enthusiasts. Our goal is to inform, entertain and attract an entirely new audience that appreciates music, but is not quite sure how to begin its journey. In our inaugural episode, Emiko covers the basics of what it means to be an audiophile and what "hi-fi" actually means. Future episodes will cover the building blocks of putting together a high-end system and how new listeners can actually have fun on their journey. That is allowed. Fun.
---> High Five For Hi-Fi!

 

 

12 / 23 / 22

Happy Holidays From Enjoy the Music.com

Happy Holidays From Enjoy the Music.com!
Everyone at Enjoy the Music.com wishes you and yours a wonderful holiday season. Our January Review Magazine will be online on January 1st, 2023. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... Enjoy the Music!

 

 

12 / 22 / 22

Roon: A Short Story Martin Colloms has become a Roon convert – Here he charts his path to 'Roonification'; using the company's Nucleus+ Core unit. Review By Martin Colloms

Nucleus+ Core Unit And XLCR Power Supply Review
Roon: A Short Story
Martin Colloms has become a Roon convert – Here he charts his path to 'Roonification'; using the company's Nucleus+ Core unit.
Review By Martin Colloms
I'd encountered Roon music playing and cataloguing software on a few occasions, as well as its predecessor, the Sooloos music storage and handling system, with its attractive graphical presentations of tracks, artwork and music cataloguing. Acquired by Meridian some years ago as the heart of its streaming solution, Sooloos was later spun off as a separate company, eventually becoming Roon in 2015. But the heart of the system has remained: an informative, easy to use music management system, based on extended metadata and intelligent cataloguing of content. It has seen several iterations bringing it to the present level of refinement – in fact to a level where I felt that I just had to try it out.
---> Nucleus+ Core Unit & XLCR PS Review.

 

 

AGD Tempo di GaN Stereo Amplifier Review

AGD Tempo di GaN Stereo Amplifier Review
Worthy of the highest recommendation.
Review By Rick Becker
Alberto Guerra took a dive into high-end audio using his background in the development of GaNFET transistors as his springboard to success. In bold strokes he premiered his Avant-Garde style Vivace monoblock putting out 100 Watts into 8 Ohms, 200 Watts into 4, and the Art Deco-like simulated tube design of The Audion, another monoblock putting out 85 Watts into 8 Ohms and 170 Watts into 4 Ohms. The clever ploy of inserting the power modules into the glass of vacuum tubes and featuring them prominently in his designs, allowed for easy user upgradeability when new power circuits were developed. And indeed, one was developed two years later. Pull out the old tube; plug in the new one. Suddenly you have a new, improved amplifier at a relatively small cost with a boost of power and an increase in sound quality.
---> AGD Tempo di GaN Stereo Amplifier Review.

 

 

12 / 21 / 22

Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Show Report

Pacific Audio Fest 2023 Open For Registration
Pacific Audio Fest (PAF) 2023, taking place at the Doubletree-Hilton Sea-Tac/Seattle from June 23rd through 25th, is now open for exhibitor registration. "Most vendors are returning so get on board ASAP," say show promoter Lou Hinkley. There will be 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! The Pacific Audio Fest show is located at a top tech hub and one of the fastest growing communities in the USA, plus it is a vacation paradise in the summer months. The Seattle area is said to have great demographics for the audio industry and incredible natural beauty to make this a great destination for the audio enthusiast and their families.

PAF show Director and Founder Lou Hinkley has nearly thirty years experience as an exhibitor in music trade shows and festivals with his company Daedalus Audio. The show collaborators include Gary Gill, Founder of Capital Audiofest, and other notables in the audio industry, together we will make this a fun and extremely high quality event for attendees and vendors all the while keeping this show to a scale that works for everyone. We personally believe 80-100 rooms makes for a great, stress free show and will leave larger shows than that to others. Check the their website for more information. You can see Enjoy the Music.com's Pacific Audio Fest 2023 show report page for more info too.

 

 

12 / 20 / 22

What Songs Have 1,000,000,000 Spotify Streams?

What Songs Have 1,000,000,000 Spotify Streams?
According to Visual Capitalist: Spotify has a relatively short history, launching in Europe in 2008, and eventually moving into the U.S. market in 2011. Since then, the Stockholm-based company has become the world's most popular audio streaming service with 456 million users across 183 markets.

With such a large userbase, major artists on Spotify have seen their biggest hits accumulate millions, if not billions of streams. So, in July 2021, Spotify created the Billions Club, a playlist comprising every song to reach the 1 billion milestone... With the holidays upon us, you're going to be hearing a lot of Christmas music in the coming weeks, whether it's at home, at the mall, or in a cafe. Chances are, one of those songs will be Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You". Learn more at Visual Capitalism's website.

 

 

12 / 19 / 22

Florida International Audio Expo 2023

Florida International Audio Expo 2023 Update
This just in: Florida International Audio Expo takes place Friday through Sunday, February 17th through 19th, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. The more than 65 exhibit spaces will be the scene for plenty of action — several rooms will unveil new products, letting show attendees be among the first to experience some of the best new high-performance audio gear. With over 12 floors of demonstrations to explore, attendees will experience electronics, loudspeakers, turntables, and headphones from all over the world.

"We have been traveling the globe to reach new exhibitors, and locally, we are participating in several shows to reach new attendee groups," said Bart Andeer, co-founder and operations manager of the Florida International Audio Expo. "We are proud to offer our attendees the opportunity to experience various levels of products available in the market, always with the focus on celebrating and enjoying our shared passion for music in a fun, relaxed environment."

Note: Exhibit rooms are still available through December 30. The incredible draw of Florida's warm weather makes the Expo a wonderful winter escape for many, but the cold weather in much of the rest of the country means that it will also be the height of Florida's tourism season — our host hotel will quickly sell out of rooms. Learn more at Enjoy the Music.com's Florida International Audio Expo 2023 page.

 

 

12 / 16 / 22

Capital Audiofest 2022 Show Report Musical mastery within the 3rd floor Meeting Rooms.

Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022
Musical mastery within the 3rd floor Meeting Rooms.
CAF 2022 Show Report By Rick Becker
In this edition of the Chronicles, I cover the meeting rooms on the 3rd Floor, following along in a logical path starting in the lobby over by Olive's Restaurant. There were three basic room sizes here. The first few, including a dozen of the total, were what I call 'standard-size' meeting rooms. Most of these were very good-sounding rooms as they were put together by long-established companies with many of the best names in High-End. If I didn't identify the size of the room, assume it was a standard size meeting room. Then, at the other end of the spectrum were what I call 'large' rooms. There were four of them and three of those four were problematic while the fourth was somewhat below their typical performance.
---> Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms.

 

 

12 / 15 / 22

Aavik R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review

Aavik R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review
Born To Invent: It seems as if Michael Borresen was born with a special passion for tinkering and inventing. With his smallest phono preamplifier Aavik R-180, he impressively demonstrates this once again.
Review By Michael Lang

Finally, something different! That was my first impression when taking a look at the new devices from Danish manufacturer Aavik. They are more compact than what we are used to from hi-fi and high-end and have only three buttons, but feature numerous curves and a housing that is not bursting with aluminum. The value of a device is not measured by its looks and its weight at Aavik. Instead, the design is Scandinavian in its straightforwardness and simplicity – not wholly without a reason, though, as we will discover later. In addition, a large display with red letters, which of course can be dimmed or switched off, is to be found. It even allows older listeners to recognize the selected settings from a distance. By the way, the two larger models R-280 and R-580 are characterized by the same simplicity.
---> Aavik R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review.

 

 

Raidho TD 3.8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

Raidho TD 3.8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review
Wonderfully cohesive and engaging.
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
The art of weaving pros allows us to convey description, imagery, opinion, impression, and emotion. Yet Raidho's TD 3.8 floorstanding loudspeaker, as reviewed here, lends itself to the elegance of the solitary word; my notes are awash with them.... "Behold, Shimmer, Brilliant, Wow, Delicious, Holographic, Cohesive, Decompressive." I think I made up the last one, but I'll explain later.... Raidho, as a company, has gone through some changes. The Raidho of old has matured, retaining much of the DNA of its' previous incarnation while looking to the future with a redefined path. This metamorphosis has resulted in some voicing changes and a slightly different design philosophy yet retained the passion for physical beauty and all-out audiophile performance without restrictions.
---> Raidho TD 3.8 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review.

 

 

12 / 14 / 22

audioXpress Magazine January 2023

audioXpress' January 2023 Issue
Editorial: From Ideas To Manufacturing
Benefits In Structure-Borne Sound In Headset DSP
OTC Hearing Aids
The Audio Foundry Automotive Development Platform
Loudspeaker Driver Displacement Decomposition
Power Transformer Parameters / Testing Part 3
Bone Conductors Going Mainstream
Building A Haptic Dimension
Acoustical Test Sources
And Much More!

Within his editorial, J. Martins says "If you are holding a printed copy of this issue of audioXpress or reading it on a screen, you have probably already noticed that this publication is unlike anything else out there in the audio industry. This publication was originally born from what was considered once a very niche market segment of people who preferred a hands-on approach to audio systems and reproduction, and liked to modify and (hopefully) improve existing equipment, as well as design and build their own gear from scratch. That spirit inspired the late Edward T. Dell, Jr. (1923–2013) to devote decades of his life to the DIY audio passion, leading to the creation of hallmark publications including Audio Amateur (1970), Audio Electronics, Glass Audio, Speaker Builder, Multimedia Manufacturer, and finally audioXpress, starting in January 2001."
---> audioXpress' January 2023 issue.

 

 

12 / 13 / 22

Sir Elton John 'Beyond the Yellow Brick Road' On Roblox

Sir Elton John 'Beyond the Yellow Brick Road' On Roblox
Elton John unveils his own world, 'Elton John Presents: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road', on Roblox, a global online platform connecting millions of people through shared experiences. Created by Elton John and Rocket Entertainment with Roblox creators, and support from Universal Music Group (UMG), the world-leader in music-based entertainment, the virtual experience is live now, offering fans a new way to enjoy his timeless music, express themselves through his iconic fashion co-created with the community, and experience Elton's impact on popular culture in a new, creative, and unique way. This unique experience will let fans follow the yellow brick road through an interactive world inspired by Elton's life and legacy and discover it through the eyes of the Roblox community, learning what Elton's unparalleled influence means to them.

The experience includes Elton's iconic digital fashion and photographs of memorable moments, interactive challenges set to his greatest hit songs, daily scavenger hunts and trivia quizzes. Designed in collaboration with more than 20 Roblox community creators, the digital fashion collection on virtual display is inspired by Elton's most celebrated outfits and eyewear including free items made with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball and inspired by the outfit Elton wore at his legendary concert in 1975. Fans can try on complete outfits or mix-and-match individual items to recreate Elton's look on their avatar and shop the full collection available to visitors globally.

 

 

12 / 12 / 22

Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022 Thoughts on the 3rd floor listening rooms. CAF 2022 Show Report By Rick Becker

Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022
Thoughts on the 3rd floor listening rooms.
CAF 2022 Show Report By Rick Becker
I promised I'd be going to the big rooms in this chapter but I forgot about the ten hotel rooms on the opposite side of the Atrium from the Lobby & Registration. Let's deal with those first. At the Toronto show, I got to see a real Audio Note UK Ongaku amp and lamented that I have never heard one. I almost had my wish come true here with the Audio Note Tomei integrated amp ($59,600) which is identical except for using silver-plated copper instead of all silver wiring. At the front end was a TT Three turntable with PSU1 ($9410) equipped with an Arm Three/II tonearm ($2465) and an IQ 3 MM phono cartridge. This trickled down to their R Zero phono stage ($2035). On the digital side was their CD5.1 integrated CD player ($30,850).
---> Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022 3rd Floor.

 

 

12 / 09 / 22

Capital AudioFest 2022 Show Coverage Always fun and educational to see how things have evolved... and to see old friends. CAF 2022 Show Report By Bob Grossman

Capital AudioFest 2022 Show Coverage
Always fun and educational to see how things have evolved... and to see old friends.
CAF 2022 Show Report By Bob Grossman
The Capital Audio Fest (CAF) 2022 was a tremendously exciting experience and a musically thrilling time. My memories and thoughts of the event are filled with a sense of camaraderie, stories, humor, kindness, and welcoming sense of joie de vivre from fellow enthusiastic audiophile attendees along with the presenters in each room and hosts at the festival. My heartfelt thanks to my best friend and musical audiophile buddy Ken Sternberg that took all these pictures and shared attendance at the weekend festival. This was my first public event since the Covid Pandemic, and I felt as liberated as a prisoner being set free.
---> Capital AudioFest 2022 Show Coverage By Bob Grossman.

 

 

HIGH END 2023 In Munich Is Fully Booked

HIGH END 2023 In Munich Is Fully Booked
This just in from the High End Society: Following the registration deadline for the HIGH END 2023 on 30th November 2022, the company HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH is pleased to announce that the international audio show is yet again fully booked. According to the event organizer, the demand for the popular atrium rooms in particular far exceeded the capacities available. The continued interest in the event among exhibitors is extremely positive and demonstrates how trade shows will continue to play an essential role as international marketplaces in the future. The exuberant and pleasant atmosphere at the last HIGH END confirmed this positive development after a two-year break.... 

As a solely B2B event, the OEM trade show IPS – International Parts + Supply celebrated its premiere this year. Next year, the event will take place parallel to the HIGH END on all four days of the trade show, which it will complement with a wide range of OEM products. The demand among supplier companies for the IPS in 2023 is already higher than at the first event, meaning that the OEM trade show is sure to offer trade visitors plenty of inspiration and impetus to find partners and conclude business transactions directly at the venue.

 

 

12 / 08 / 22

Are Your Ears Good Enough? Roger Skoff answers the question.

Are Your Ears Good Enough?
Roger Skoff answers the question.
Article By Roger Skoff
Somebody recently wrote within one of the Facebook audiophile groups to ask if, before going to all the effort and expense of putting together a good high-end audio system, people ought to have their ears checked to find out if they can hear well enough to make it worthwhile. Does that sound reasonable to you? Another thing about ears and hearing that's happened to me more times than I can count, and that I suspect has probably happened to you, too, is that I've mentioned – or even played – a recording or some hi-fi product or even a full audio system to a non-audiophile friend, and had him tell me something like " I'm sure that's fine for you, a golden-eared hi-fi buff, but I'm just an ordinary person, so I (whichever the case may be) didn't / couldn't / probably wouldn't hear the difference."
---> Are Your Ears Good Enough?

 

 

Rick Becker's Holiday Gift Guide 2021  --  Audiophile Presents For Christmas & Hanukkah 2021

Rick Becker's Holiday Gift Guide 2021
The Elite 8
Eight special holiday gifts for audiophiles.
Article By Rick Becker
One of my biggest pleasures of the year is to look back at the products I've reviewed or seen at shows and make suggestions for Holiday Gifts for your beloved audiophile. Unfortunately, some of these require special knowledge or data such as the size and value of fuses, so they won't qualify as surprise gifts but I strongly believe they will be treasured nonetheless.
---> Rick Becker's Holiday Gift Guide 2021.

 

 

12 / 07 / 22

Australian Hi-Fi Magazine November / December 2022

Australian Hi-Fi November / December 2022
Editorial: We Say Goodbye To 2022
Audio News: Technics SL-G700M2, Ohm Acoustics, etc.
KEF LSX II Speaker System
Adcom GFA-555se Stereo Power Amplifier
Elementi Audio Fire Home Theatre System
Grado RS1x Open-Back Headphones
The CD's 40th Anniversary
Reissues: Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick
Interview With Krispy Audio's Cameron Pope
And Much More!

Within her editorial, Becky Roberts says "And just like that, you are about to tuck into the last Australian Hi-Fi issue of 2022. It's been a year of recuperation for much of the world following the disruption of You Know What, though price hikes are seemingly everywhere you turn and, for many industries including hi-fi, supply hasn't fully recovered — as hi-fi dealers across the country are bearing witness to and determinedly grappling with. Fingers crossed that 2023 will be a year of more 'normality' in that respect. This year hasn't exactly been bereft of good times for the industry, mind you, or indeed of progress. 'Better from smaller' has lately become something to strive for, as many manufacturers are realising (and smartly adapting to the possibility) that to survive in the future, at least some of their products may have to be more domestic-friendly. That's what makes new and innovative engineering methods such as KEF's Uni-Core interesting."
---> Australian Hi-Fi November / December 2022.

 

 

12 / 06 / 22

Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022 Beautiful sounds on the 5th Floor Part B. Show Report By Rick Becker

Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022
Beautiful sounds on the 5th Floor Part B.
Show Report By Rick Becker
After a quick trip to Massachusetts for Thanksgiving and a couple of wins by the Buffalo Bills, let's get back to the 5th Floor of the Hilton. Alma Music and Audio is an established purveyor of high-end lines in San Diego, CA, that has, or soon will open a store just across the Potomac River from Rockville in Sterling, VA. The first of several Alma rooms sounded very good with Qln Signature monitors in a piano burl walnut finish ($24k) on stands (($2k). This was a gorgeous speaker that begged the question "Why not just have a floorstander?" at this price. They were driven by a pair of Nagra Classic stereo/mono amps ($19.5 each) and a Nagra Classic tube preamp with a separate power supply ($19.5k).
---> Capital AudioFest Chronicles 2022 5th Floor Part B.

 

 

12 / 05 / 22

Hi-Fi+ December 2022

Hi-Fi+ December 2022 High-End Audio Magazine
Editorial: We Celebrate hi-fi+ Awards 2022
Allnic Audio HPA-5000XL Headphone Amplifier
REL No 31 Subwoofer
Synergistic Research Black Box Resonator
PD Audio Master Series Fuses
Leah Weller Talented Singer-Songwriter
Music Reviews Contemporary, Classical And Audiophile
Competition: Win Meze Audio's 109 PRO Headphones
And Much More!

Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says "It's the combination of our Awards issue and the last issue of the year that makes it all but impossible not to be a little reflective, and while there is a lot to be extremely upbeat about in audio (at least the world is going in the right direction when it comes to music replay!), any such reflective moments can easily hit a sad note. For me, one of the early defining moments in my audio story was listening to a system I thought remarkable... and just slightly out of my league at the time. Back in the 1980s, I auditioned a system that comprised a Nottingham Analogue turntable, a Croft Acoustics pre/power amplifier combo and a pair of ProAc Tablette loudspeakers. This was before I entered the audio industry, before I discovered the joys of 'Flat Earth'... just a guy looking to get some good sounds in his rented flat." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this link.

 

 

12 / 02 / 23

The Absolute Sound January 2023

The Absolute Sound January 2023
The Absolute Sound's January 2023 issue features the following:
From the Editor: Exploring Uncharted Waters
The Absolute Sound's 2022 Product of The Year Awards
Shunyata Research Altaira Grounding System
WVL 12639 SON Loudspeaker
Dan Clark Stealth Headphones
Hi-Fi Rose RA180 Integrated Amplifier
Sonus faber Omnia Loudspeakers
IsoAcoustics ZaZen II Isolation Platform
Western Electric 91E Integrated Amplifier
Gryphon Commander Preamplifier 
And Much More!

Within his editorial, Robert Harley says "High-end audio never runs out of surprises. Just when you think that the industry has addressed every possible source of sonic degradation, along comes a new technology, product, or design technique that elevates musical realism to the next level. This steady stream of unexpected innovation in unlikely places is one of the enduring sources of fascination with high-performance audio. I'm referring to products that produce an audible improvement by addressing phenomena that one would think would be settled science or that would make so little difference as to be insignificant. For example, the Shunyata Altaira system that is the subject of this issue's cover story addresses a phenomenon that I'm sure very few of you considered to be significant — noise on the chassis of your components."
---> See what's within this issue of The Absolute Sound.

 

 

12 / 01 / 22

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

Enjoy the Music.com's December Holiday Special Review Magazine
This month's magazine features our extensive, and ongoing, Capital Audiofest show report. We also have a wide variety of premium audio gear reviews and more! For those who celebrate, everyone at Enjoy the Music.com wishes you and yours a happy holiday season. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music.

 

Esoteric N-05XD DAC, Preamplifier, Headamp And Music Streamer Review

Esoteric N-05XD DAC, Preamplifier, Headamp And Music Streamer Review
The new Japanese sound.
Review By Ran Xiang
The Esoteric sound has normally been deemed as rather representative of the so-called Japanese sound, which is to some nuanced, introverted, controlled and detail-oriented, and to others thin-sounding, sharp, lacking body and bass shy. Yet Esoteric's first self-developed Master Discrete DAC has definitely revised the stereotype of the Japanese sound which was criticized as sounding like a radish (think about the light flavor as well as the shape of a radish with a big head on the top and a thin bottom end). N-05XD has inherited the traditional focus on details and nuances, yet it is much fuller, more musical, and analog sounding compared to their previous lineups utilizing AKM chips.
---> Esoteric N-05XD DAC, Preamplifier, Headamp And Music Streamer Review.

 

 

Vermouth Audio Studio Monitor Loudspeaker Review

Vermouth Audio Studio Monitor Loudspeaker Review
A good-looking and great-sounding loudspeaker.
Review By Tom Lyle
Vermouth 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.

 

 

Gingko Audio VCS Toolkit Review

Gingko Audio VCS Toolkit Review
Improving your music system with little cost and no downside.
Review By Brett Rudolph
It is always a thrill when you are asked to review products from a vendor for which you have already done an evaluation. It was exhilarating when your editor wrote you and asked if you were interested in trying out the new version of something you had been given a brief chance to try. Nevertheless, that is precisely what happened when Vinh Vu of Gingko Audio asked if I would like to try out the improved VCS Toolk, it and I jumped at the chance. Gingko Audio is an audio company that makes various types of components. These components range from the sextet modular speaker system and the Clarissa LE speakers to the VCS Toolkit. In other words, from audio components to vibration control devices to make things perform better than they usually would inside your system, or so it claims. That is the subject of this review.
---> Gingko Audio VCS Toolkit Review.

 

 

Mojo Audio Mystique X SE Stereo DAC Review

Mojo Audio Mystique X SE Stereo DAC Review
One of the most musical, engaging, and flexible DACs I've heard at any price.
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
When Benjamin Zwickel of Mojo-Audio asked me to review his updated Mystique X SE DAC I jumped at the chance. My last experience with his equipment represented some of the best performance at any price, much less the huge bang for the buck it was at around $10K (in fact, the DAC was named the Mystique Evo B4B). The X signifies Benjamin's next evolutionary advancement. The closest I can compare is the Porsche 911. Take a thing and focus on making that thing the best it can be, limited only by the technology and advancements of the time. Don't look left or right, just ahead; make that thing better and better over time. There is both logic, and elegance, in this design principle that has worked well for both Porsche and Mojo-Audio.
---> Mojo Audio Mystique X SE Stereo DAC Review.

 

 

Synergistic Research Foundation SX Cables Review

World Premiere Review!
Synergistic Research Foundation SX Cables Review
Affordable products, due to a rising tide of innovation, deliver greater musical satisfaction.
Review By Rick Becker
When Andy Weiderspahn sent me Synergistic Research's new tweak, the Carbon Tuning discs, and told me this was technology built into their Atmosphere series cables, the handwriting was on the wall, but I didn't see it. He said it would bring the Foundation series cables up closer to the performance of the Atmosphere Excite XS, a cable that was more than four and a half times more expensive. I tried the Carbon Tuning Discs and found he was pretty much telling the truth. At $200 for a pair of Gold and a pair of Purple, anyone could try them on whatever brand cable they owned. They even had their usual 30-day money-back guarantee.
---> Synergistic Research Foundation SX Cables Review.

 

 

Vincent Audio SV-737 Hybrid Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review

Vincent Audio SV-737 Hybrid Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review
An amp that's truly exciting and fun to listen to.
Review By Francisco Duran

As far back as I can remember, I have been wanting to listen to a Vincent Audio amp. My curiosity about tube Hybrid solid-state amps is the first reason. They say if you think about something long enough, you create what you are thinking about. The Vincent Audio SV-737 came to my door a few months ago. This black, heavy, 47-pound well-appointed integrated amplifier took pride of place in my system immediately. With a little help from my son, it fit right in my audio rack. Ah strength, beauty, age, the realm of youth. Once installed there was no need to install my outboard DAC or Bluetooth device. Those units are built into this amp. There are also six pairs of single-ended / unbalanced RCA inputs that are thankfully mounted a bit further apart than the ones on my Marantz amp.
---> Vincent Audio SV-737 Hybrid Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review.

 

 

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