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EMM Labs DV2 Integrated
A truly magical musical machine!
Review By Phil Gold
It's many years since I've owned a standalone DAC. When your CD Player is from EMM Labs it not only contains a world class DAC, but that DAC keeps improving sonically with regular free firmware updates. On top of that, EMM Labs has updated the XDS1 CD Player to V2 and now V3 with new physical components for a reasonable update charge. Without doubt today's XDS1 V3 shows remarkable improvements over the initial model I first reviewed in 2010. But this new DV2 DAC ($30,000) costs more than a new XDS1 ($25,000) even without a transport section. It is the finest DAC EMM Labs has ever made, adding a variable output, MQA support and other refinements to the otherwise similar DA2 ($25,000).
---> EMM Labs DV2 Integrated DAC
Music.com's Schiit(y) Holiday Giveaway!
Say farewell to 2020 and win a Schiit Lyr 3 with Multibit DAC option valued at $699!
With hopes of bringing great-sounding music (and humor) to cap off 2020,
Enjoy the Music.com's Schitt(y) Holiday Giveaway offers one winner a Schiit Lyr 3
with Multibit DAC option ($699). To improve on the company's Lyr 2, they had to completely reinvent the unit with two key new technologies while also making it a modular design. The Schiit Lyr 3 can be configured with
a DAC as within this contest, or a MM phono preamplifier just like their Jotunheim. Within this contest, we're including Schiit's
Multibit DAC (a $200 upgrade!).
Enjoy the Music.com's Schitt(y) Holiday Giveaway.
Great Audiophile Gift Ideas For The
2020 Holiday Season
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates our
15th annual gift ideas to give your audiophile!
the Music.com proudly presents our 15th annual Great Audiophile Gift recommendations! We all love gifts, yet getting that something special for an audiophile can be quite a challenge.
Enjoy the Music.com's annual Great Audiophile Gift wish list brings you some truly spectacular ideas for music lovers. There are so many wonderful products we recommend!
All recommended gifts this year are very reasonably priced too! We have gifts that will make your vinyl junkie smile, plus a few
surprised along the way!
---> See Enjoy the
Music.com's our Great Audiophile Gift 2020!
Gryphon Antileon Anniversary Power Amplifier
The roots of Gryphon Audio Designs' Antileon amplifier go back to the very beginnings of the company... and even beyond! Extreme, no-compromise dual mono construction, ultra-wide bandwidth, zero negative feedback, true Class A operation, huge power supplies and all-discrete components were all essential ingredients in the
recipe. In celebration of the Antileon's 25th anniversary, Gryphon offers a special numbered series consisting of 25 stereo versions and 25 monoblock
---> Gryphon Antileon Anniversary power
Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2 Balanced MM / MC Preamplifier
Pro-Ject's new Phono Box RS2 (€1499) is a fully balanced moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) stereo preamplifier. The unit is fully balanced from the input to the output. Internal electronics are fully discrete, as there are no op-amps in use, plus the Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2 uses split passive RIAA and DECCA equalization. The Phono Box RS2 employs a true fully balanced design principle. The
positive (+) and negative (–) sections of both the left and right channel are treated individually, which doubles the amplifier sections by two as a
---> Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2 MM / MC preamplifier.
Schiit's New Unison MODI 3+ $99 USB DAC
Schiit has introduced their Modi 3+, a three-input DAC with Unison USB and Schiit's highest-performing Modi ever. Modi 3+ adds Schiit's exclusive Unison USB USB input and enhances Modi's already high performance, while remaining at $99. Schiit's Unison USB is a unique UAC2 interface, developed over two person-years to deliver the highest-performance digital interface for PCM
audio. Plug Modi 3+ into any virtually any computer or streamer and you're ready to go, complete with the best USB interface available:
Schiit's own Unison USB. Or, choose and optical or coaxial digital source with the included wall power
--->Schiit Unison MODI 3+ USB DAC.
Sonus faber Adds Maxima Amator To
Their Heritage Collection
Sonus faber is proud to announce the Maxima Amator ($15,000), a two-way design speaker that the company feels successfully merges two drivers to achieve a unique emotion with the maximum representation of natural sound. As the latest addition to the Heritage collection, the Maxima Amator is made in Italy with a solid walnut wood cabinet, which has been designed thanks to modern wood working methods that allowed Sonus faber the ability to develop a reliable floor- stander cabinet and overcome the structural limits of the solid
---> Sonus faber adds Maxima Amator loudspeaker.
Hi-Fi+ December 2020 High-End
December 2020 issue features their excellent annual awards! Within this
issue, Hi-Fi+ honors the finest products within home and personal audio.
New gear reviews include the Linn Products Majik DSM integrated streaming amplifier, iFi Audio Zen Blue / Zen DAC Bluetooth DAC / DAC and headphone amplifier, Rockna Wavelength DAC / preamplifier, and Hana Umami Red moving coil (MC) phono
cartridge. Founding member of Noah and the Whale on Little Mammoths discusses
their a solo career and the impact of 2020!
---> December 2020 Hi-Fi+
Audiophile Gear Reviews, 10
...plus a Schitt(y) Holiday Giveaway
Enjoy the Music.com's December Review
Magazine features a variety of gear reviews, think pieces, videos... and
more 10 Questions answered by high-end audio manufacturers. We know 2020 has
been challenging, so hurry and enter our Schiit(y) Holiday Giveaway where you
could win the Schitt Lyr 3 with Multibit DAC option valued at $699! Reviews this month features Kimber Kable's impressive Naked Interconnects, the fantastic Pass Laboratories INT-25 stereo integrated amplifier, and a world premiere review compilation with many great audio tweaks!
--->Enjoy the Music.com's December Review Magazine.
Reflecting Back On
High-end audio and the music industry experiences impressive growth.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
spoken to many manufacturers and distributors during 2020, and without a doubt
the saying "May you live in interesting times" holds true. While that
saying is an English expression that is claimed to be a translation of a
traditional Chinese curse, the point is very valid for 2020. On one hand, both
high-end audio and the music industry experienced impressive growth. On the
other hand, we also missed seeing one another during shows. More hi-fi blogs and
YouTube videos have been produced during 2020 than perhaps any other time.
Reflecting Back On 2020.
Wanna Have Some Musical Fun?
Roger Skoff writes about another way to
enjoy the music.
By Roger Skoff
I have 14 different recorded performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade,
23 of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, 11 of Shostakovich's Symphony
No. 15, and at least 8 of his Waltz No. 2. I also have multiple live
and studio performances of all kinds of rock and pop music, either performed by
the same artists at different venues and times or with the same principal
performer(s) and different support personnel — ranging all the way from just
different backup players or singers to a full symphony orchestra (Deep Purple
"In Concert with The London Symphony Orchestra" 1999, for example).
---> Wanna Have Some Musical Fun?
Music And Mindfulness For Stress Reduction
Mindfulness is very real and it provides a powerful change in perspective.
Article By Gideon Waxman Of Drum Helper
is an incredibly liberating practice; one that has exploded as a recent
phenomenon in the western world. Interestingly, us moderns are the last people
on the planet to uncover the wealth of treasures it has to offer. Music and
mindfulness are indeed complementary practices. Music and sounds
make a wonderful object of focus for the mind, with mindful listening proven to
boost our overall well-being and reduce stress significantly.
Music And Mindfulness For Stress Reduction.
Kimber Kable Naked
Let's go skinny dipping... with an impressive leap in cabling technology!
Paul L. Schumann
we've all done it. We've swum in the water in our birthday suits. It may have
been in a swimming pool, maybe in a lake or stream, maybe even in the ocean. I
don't want to know your details, and I'm sure you don't want to know mine. But
one way or another, we got naked outside and took the plunge. And no
matter the outcome, it was a memorable experience. Such as with the Kimber Kable
Naked Interconnects. My familiarity with Kimber Kable goes back further than I like
to admit. Back then I was still a novice to the world of high-end interconnects.
It was 1997 and I just upgraded my CD player.
Kimber Kable Naked Interconnects
World Premiere Review!
Winter Tweakfest 2020!
Featuring many Great Audio Tweaks Including:
Audio Magic CE Generators (Donuts)
Captive Power Cord Conversion Male AC Plug
Herbie's Audio Lab Way Excellent II Turntable Mat
Soundeck Record Weight
Block Audio C-Lock Duplex Outlet Cable Support
Furutech NCF Clear Line Mini Power Conditioner
Review By Rick Becker
With the 2020 election behind us, we still face the battle of
Covid-19. From what I hear from manufacturers, many audiophiles have turned to
music to fill their isolation and the audio industry had not evaporated. In
fact, many high-end companies are doing quite well. Those individuals who have
maintained their professional careers in one form or another have continued to
upgrade their equipment, even in the absence of new product introductions at
shows that never materialized in 2020. Those working from home and minimizing
social interactions and errands have likely saved thousands of dollars in travel
expenses. In my case, we've downsized from two cars to one with little
Winter Tweakfest 2020 review.
Pass Laboratories INT-25 Solid-State Integrated
A fantastic sounding Class A stereo amplifier!
think that this review is simply not only more evidence that I have somehow
formed an untoward relationship with Pass Laboratories, I'd build my defense
around the fact that every time I reviewed one of their high-end audio
components, I was "assigned" the task. Sure, the fact that I use not only the
power and preamplifier but also the headphone amplifier I use as references,
must not help my case. The next thing I know I'm asked to review their INT-25
integrated amplifier. It's tough work, but someone has to do it. Yes, I'm
grateful for my problems.
Pass Laboratories INT-25 stereo integrated amplifier review.
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