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HiFi Media Issue 111 September / October / November 2020

HiFi Media Features News, Reviews & More
HiFi Media's latest issue features AV news, gadget news, plus reviews of the TAD-D1000MK2 CD / SACD / USB player, Audiovector R 3 Signature loudspeaker, Q Acoustics 3030i speaker, Arcam Solo Uno streamer with built-in amplifier, Denon Home 250 wireless speaker and IKEA Symfonisk Wi-Fi bookshelf speaker. Other reviews include the LG OLED55C9PLA 4K OLED TV, Strong SRT 8550 DVB-T2 receiver, Audio-Technica ATH-CK3TW & ATH-CKS5TW headphones, Jabees Firefly 2 IEMs, JBL Tune 120 TWS wireless IEM, and Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt USB DAC.
---> See what's within this issue of HiFi Media.



Lector Strumenti Audio Grounding Box

Lector Strumenti Audio Grounding Box
Lector Strumenti Audio's new Grounding Box (4700 including two cables) is based on the company's big Aamorph low noise capacitor built within their laboratory. The unit features large copper plate and a round disk made by copper fitted over pillar on top plate. The grounding capacitor is isolated by aluminum box and closed by silicium pills for to reduce humidity. Grounding Box offers a supply with very low noise ground (GND-Earth) terminal for optimal interface with your audio equipment.
---> More about Lector Strumenti Audio's Grounding Box.



HIFICRITIC Volume 14 Number 3 July / August / September 2020

HIFICRITIC Latest Issue's Reviews & More
HIFICRITIC's latest issue features retailer Absolute Sounds founder Ricardo Franassovici looking back on high-end culture wars and the early days of his company, Stan's Safari where he's not convinced by expensive streaming hardware, getting your record player's cartridge aligned perfectly for accurate tracking of the record groove, and having interviewed PMC founder Peter Thomas HIFICRITIC reviewer Kevin Fiske found himself intrigued enough to try some of the company's speakers. There's also a review of Bryston's BP-173 / 3B3, Focal Stella, Clear, & Archie, Audeze LCD-X headphones, and Novafidelity / Cocktail Audio HA500H headamp / DAC / preamplifier.
---> See what's within this issue of HIFICRITIC.



McIntosh MC830 Amplifier And C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

McIntosh MC830 Amplifier & C8 Tube Preamplifier
McIntosh's new MC830 solid-state monoblock amplifier and C8 vacuum tube stereo preamplifier ($4000 and $3500 respectively) feature styling reminiscent of the company's 1950s and 1960s designs. McIntosh's MC830 is a monoblock amplifier with direct-coupled output that produces 300 Watts @ 8 Ohms (480 Watts @ 4 Ohms). A fast-responding dual scale Watt meter gives an accurate readout of power output for both speaker impedances. McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks add visual appeal and will keep the MC830 running cool for optimum performance.
---> More about McIntosh's MC830 & C8 tube preamplifier.



Harmonic Resolution Systems Helix Footer

Harmonic Resolution Systems Helix Footer
Harmonic Resolution Systems' (HRS) new Helix ($450 for a set of three) is designed to significantly reduce the negative impact of air and structure-borne noise on your audio / video component performance. Naturally they can be used in combination with HRS Damping Plates when needed to control both top and bottom chassis noise. The very low profile design is virtually invisible under most components, so it is ideal when you wish to maintain the original look of the component.
---> More about Harmonic Resolution Systems Helix footer. 



The HiFi Summit Q4 2020 By Joe N Tell

The HiFi Summit Q4 2020 By Joe N Tell
The journey continues with The HiFi Summit Q4, from October 22nd through 26th, as 2020 has been a true test for many of us personally and professionally. Companies who have adapted to our new reality are seeing unprecedented growth. While we would love to get together for a physical trade show to talk with colleagues and friends, that's not possible quite yet. So now what?
---> More about The HiFi Summit Q4 2020 By Joe N Tell.



Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition Wireless Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition Wireless Headphones
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition over-ear wireless stereo headphones ($399.99) includes adaptive noise-cancelling. Since 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of Bowers & Wilkins first-ever headphone design, their new PX7 Carbon Edition highlights the use of carbon-fiber composite reinforcement in its construction. Special diamond-cut detailing on each ear cup creates a premium look, which is inspired by the company's original P5.
---> More about Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Carbon Edition Wireless headphones.



Sennheiser HD 800 S Anniversary Edition Headphones

Sennheiser HD 800 S Anniversary Edition Headphones
To celebrate 75 years of audio history, Sennheiser has announced their Anniversary Edition HD 800 S stereo headphones ($1700) that is limited to 750 units worldwide. The HD 800 S Anniversary Edition comes in an exclusive matte gold colorway, each unit made truly unique by a laser engraving with the individual serial number on the headband. With a frequency range of 4Hz to 51kHz make the HD 800 S an audiophile and studio headphone.
---> More about Sennheiser's HD 800 S Anniversary Edition headphones.



Mytek Empire DAC / Streamer / Preamplifier

Mytek Empire DAC / Streamer / Preamplifier
Mytek proudly introduces the Empire DAC / streamer / preamplifier ($19,995) as an 'all out' assault on the state-of-the-art hi-fi. The streamer is Roon-ready and features internal Roon Core that can drive both this ultra-high performance unit and external Roon endpoints. There is a dual mono fully balanced differential analog preamplifier with an ultra quiet phono stage for both MC and MM cartridges. Going one step further, a high current, dual mono, fully balanced headphone amplifier is part of this extraordinary package.
---> More about Mytek's Empire DAC / streamer / preamp.



Futuresource Consulting Audio Collaborative Event

Futuresource Consulting Audio Collaborative Event
This just in: Futuresource Consulting is delighted to announce that their well renowned Audio Collaborative event will be shifting to an all-virtual experience for the first time in six years. With health and safety being of prime importance during the coronavirus outbreak, Futuresource must ensure all co-workers, exhibitors, thought leaders and attendees feel at ease to best experience and deliver the range of fascinating topics lined up. Taking place over the 4th and 5th November, Audio Collaborative 2020 will continue to be an event to share industry insights.
---> More about Futuresource's Audio Collaborative Event.



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High-End Audio Show Reports

The HiFi Summit Q2 2020 By Joe N Tell
The HiFi Summit Q2


AXPONA 2020 Show Report
AXPONA 2020 Show


Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020
Bristol Show 2020


Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2020


HIGH END Munich 2019 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2019


Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report (CAF 2019)
Capital Audiofest 2019


Toronto Audiofest 2019 Show Report
Toronto Audiofest 2019


Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019 Show Report (RMAF 2019)
RMAF 2019 Show


---> More Show Reports



Noble Zephyr Hybrid In-Ear Monitor Prototype Review

Noble Zephyr Hybrid In-Ear Monitor
Giant killer!
Review By Gary Alan Barker Of Headphone.Guru
It is little secret that the Noble Katana is my favorite IEM, in fact, it is the best sounding headphone I have in my possession period, and has only been outperformed by the very best in electrostatic headphones (which puts them on a par with a minimum $5,000 investment). That being said, the Katana is not the end of the Noble IEM story. At $1,850 the Katana is no longer even the top of the Noble IEM line (a position filled by the Noble Sultan, an IEM I have yet to have an opportunity to listen to, in fact, when I began testing the Noble Zephyr I was under the mistaken belief that I was reviewing the Sultan).
---> Read the Noble Zephyr Hybrid IEM review.



AURALiC Aries G1 Streaming Transporter Review

AURALiC Aries G1 Streaming Transporter
Polish, software, and beautiful case work.
Review By Sam Rosen Of Positive Feedback.

When it comes to streamers, my point of view is simple: software is king. Good software can make a streamer, and bad software can break a streamer. For example, I have a streamer that sounds wonderful; however, it crashes at least once a listening session. For a time I tolerated these crashes, however, with no fix coming from the manufacturer, and the crashes becoming a consistent part of my audio experience, my frustration grew. As my frustration hit its peak the AURALiC Aries G1 arrived for review. The end to end experience with the Aries G1 was eye opening....
--- Read the AURALiC Aries G1 Streaming Transporter review.



Sonus Faber Nova II Floorstanding Speakers Review

Sonus Faber Nova II Floorstanding Speakers
These are immensely sexy speakers with the build quality, and attention to detail, that you would expect on an Italian sports car.
Review By Dean Cacioppo
Let's get this started with a hi-fi thought exercise. When does a loudspeaker become something that is considered a luxury item? Is $1000 per pair of speakers a luxury item? How about a $5000 pair? What about those that are priced at $100,000? Although we all may have a different idea of what luxury is, we all know when we are in the presence of something that is truly luxurious.
---> Read our Sonus Faber Nova II speaker review.



SVS Pinnacle 3.5-Way Floorstanding Speakers Review

SVS Pinnacle 3.5-Way Floorstanding Speakers
These speakers can rock, plus produce excellent macro and micro dynamics too!
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
SVS came on the scene several years ago and impressed everyone with their range of high performance subwoofers. They established themselves as a high value to performance product and sold primarily dealer direct. Their subwoofers come in multiple sizes, multiple price points and in both sealed and ported versions to seamlessly mesh with home audio and home theater systems. With their success, speaker production was an obvious progression and they introduced a 5.1 HT system, bookshelf speakers, dedicated surround speakers and floorstanders.
---> Read our SVS Pinnacle speaker review.



Synergistic Research Foundation Cables Review

Synergistic Research Foundation Cables
Oracles house themselves within temples of the humble.
Review By Rick Becker
Like with climate change, it's hard to believe there are still cable deniers in this world, but they show up in the forums with a loud voice. You would think the multitude of High End cable manufacturers would be a clue. After all, if high end cables were all snake oil would so many companies exist? Would so many people buy them? And importantly, would brick & mortar stores, who build their reputations and depend on repeat customers, be selling them? At audio shows nobody runs generic power cords or interconnects.
---> Read our Synergistic Research Foundation cables review.



Top Wing Suzaku - Red Sparrow MC Phono Cartridge Review

Top Wing Suzaku/Red Sparrow MC Phono Cartridge
Perhaps the last cartridge you will ever need.
Review By Tom Lyle
A few years ago I reviewed the Van den Hul Crimson Stradivarius phono cartridge. I began that review by expressing my love-hate relationship with phono cartridges. The love stems from my love of music, and the fact that I prefer music reproduced by vinyl, and that the phono cartridge converts vibrational energy from the grooves of the records into an electric signal and then this electrical signal is somehow converted into the music that comes forth from our speakers.
---> Read our Top Wing's Suzaku / Red Sparrow MC review.



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