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EMM Labs DV2 Integrated Digital-To-Analog Converter Review

EMM Labs DV2 Integrated DAC Review
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 review.



Enjoy the Music.com High-End Audio Contests

Enjoy the Music.com's Schitt(y) Holiday Giveaway! Say farewell to 2020 and win a Schiit Lyr 3 with Multibit DAC option valued at $699!

Enjoy the 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!).
---> Enter Enjoy the Music.com's Schitt(y) Holiday Giveaway.



Great Audiophile Holiday Gift 2020 By Enjoy the Music.com

Great Audiophile Gift Ideas For The 2020 Holiday Season
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates our 15th annual gift ideas to give your audiophile!
Enjoy 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!



High-End Audio & Music Industry News

Gryphon Antileon Anniversary Power Amplifier

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 pairs.
---> Gryphon Antileon Anniversary power amplifier.



Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2 Balanced MM / MC Preamplifier

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 result.
---> Pro-Ject Phono Box RS2 MM / MC preamplifier.



Schiit's New Unison MODI 3+ $99 USB DAC

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 supply.
--->Schiit Unison MODI 3+ USB DAC.



Sonus faber Adds Maxima Amator To Their Heritage Collection

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 wood.
---> Sonus faber adds Maxima Amator loudspeaker.



Hi-Fi+ Issue 190 December  2020

Hi-Fi+ December 2020 High-End Audio Magazine
Hi-Fi+ magazine's 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+ Awards issue.



High-End Audiophile Hi-Fi Gear Review Magazine

Audiophile Gear Reviews, 10 Questions, Videos...
...plus a Schitt(y) Holiday Giveaway too!
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.



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High-End Audio Show Reports

The HiFi Summit Q4 2020 By Joe N Tell
The HiFi Summit Q4


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


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


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Reflecting Back On 2020: High-end audio and the music industry experiences impressive growth.

Reflecting Back On 2020
High-end audio and the music industry experiences impressive growth.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
I've 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.

Wanna Have Some Musical Fun?
Roger Skoff writes about another way to enjoy the music.
Article 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

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
Mindfulness 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 Interconnects Review

Kimber Kable Naked Interconnects Review
Let's go skinny dipping... with an impressive leap in cabling technology!
Review By Paul L. Schumann
Ok, 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 review.



Winter Tweakfest 2020 Featuring Audio Magic, Captive Power Cord Conversion, Herbie's Audio Lab, Soundeck, Block Audio, And Furutech.

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 inconvenience.
---> Winter Tweakfest 2020 review. 



Pass Laboratories INT-25 Solid-State Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review

Pass Laboratories INT-25 Solid-State Integrated Amplifier Review
A fantastic sounding Class A stereo amplifier!
Review By Tom Lyle
Lest one 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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