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Legendary Performance Awards 2020
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates our 25th
Anniversary reviewing high-end audio gear.
Enjoy the Music.com's
Legendary Performance Awards 2020 celebrates the incredible achievements by
high-end audio manufacturers since we've been reviewing gear for over the past two decades. Unlike our annual Blue Note
Awards, Enjoy the Music.com's Legendary Performance Awards is a
once every 25-year event, so you know it is something very special indeed! We
tasked our extensive staff in choosing products they felt earned an
extra-special mention, which in turn shows the greatness of these legendary pieces
of high-end audio equipment.
Enjoy the Music.com's Legendary Performance Awards 2020.
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020 By Joe N
the second live streaming show by Joe N Tell this year, The
HiFi Summit Q4 2020 celebrates the audio community
in having an excellent high-quality online show
resource! The HiFi
Summit, produced by Joe N Tell (Joe Mariano), brings modern features that are expected when showcasing the best in high-fidelity audio and home theater gear. Excellent seminars and group chat are joined by questions from viewers within their Lobby Discussion and YouTube live
----> Watch The
HiFi Summit Q4 2020 video show report.
Orchard Audio PecanPi Streamer Ultra
Orchard Audio is proud to announce the launch of their PecanPi Streamer Ultra ($799.95, use discount code 'preorder50' at checkout). The Ultra builds upon Orchard Audio's highly
regarded PecanPi Streamer by adding a 5" touchscreen, built-in RCA connectors, and moving all of the connections to the back of the device. The Ultra continues to use Orchard
Audio's PecanPi DAC which also has a built-in headphone amplifier.
---> More about Orchard Audio's PecanPi Streamer Ultra.
McIntosh MX100 A/V Processor
& MI347 7-Channel Amp
McIntosh has just announced their MX100 A/V Processor and MI347 seven-channel amplifier ($5000 each). Both the MX100 and MI347 represent a streamlined approach to McIntosh's home theater product offerings. The MX100 A/V Processor is designed for today's home theaters that only need digital inputs and don't require any legacy analog inputs. There are four 4k HDMI inputs and a 4k HDMI output, with all being HDCP 2.2 compliant. Each HDMI port also has 18Gbps of
---> More about McIntosh's MX100 A/V Proc. & MI347
High-End Audio And Coronavirus
Music is life!
are (mostly) still on, mountains are on fire, millions are unemployed, and there
is a multitude of "m" words that could make one mad. But there's one "m" word
that makes people happy. And that word is MUSIC. Music has brought a myriad of
marvelous emotions — magnificent memories of a better time, even motivating us
to keep vigil for better days ahead. Speaking for myself, I've seen a definite
increase in music consumption via social media networks, talking to friends, or
just hearing the murmurs when running errands.
Read High-End Audio And Coronavirus.
Bayz Audio Courante 2.0 Loudspeaker
A new and innovative design in speaker technology.
Dr. Matthew Clott
might have to stand on your head for this review because Zoltán Bay turned the
concept of speaker production upside down and inside out when he created the Bay
Radial Speaker (BRS) Tweeter. And when you see the absolutely unique and
creative Bayz Audio Courante 2.0 speaker design ($60,000), you're not going to
be able to figure out how to stand, so just have a seat and enjoy the read.
Maybe have the computer or tablet read it to you while you listen to your
favorite composition in the background.... Be sure to grab your favorite
beverage and have that cute dog (or cat) of yours sit in your lap and snuggle
in; this is gonna be good!
Read our Bayz Audio Courante 2.0 speaker review.
Pass Labs XP-17 Phono Preamp &
Pass Labs X250.8 Power Amplifier
Impressive sound quality that we've come to expect from Pass Labs.
Review By Tom Lyle
For quite some time I've been using a Pass Laboratories power
amplifier, phono stage, and headphone amplifier as references in my listening
room. There were times I thought that some might think I was a spokesperson for
this brand of equipment! I could see how some might get that idea, because not
only do I use three Pass Labs components in my system, I also will tell anyone
who will listen that I consider Pass Laboratories' high-end audio components
the best in their respective price classes. Then again, those who have read my
reviews of other brands of audio equipment will be able to tell that I approach
each review with an open mind.
Read our Pass Labs XP-17 phono preamplifier and Pass Labs X250.8 power amplifier
Core Power Technologies A/V USBe Perfect
A highly engaging musical performance from ripped CDs, downloads, and streams.
Review By Victor Chavira Of Positive
My power conditioner is an EQUI=CORE
300 by Core Power Technologies. Some time ago, the company's assets were
acquired and renamed Core Power Technologies A/V by web-based audio retailer
Underwood HiFi of Hawaii. Underwood HiFi also designs and performs upgrades to
components. The device under evaluation is a USB jitter reducer / power
conditioner called the USBe Perfect. That USB is a less than desirable method
for the transfer of music files is no longer up for discussion. Nevertheless, my
preference for USB is largely that of convenience and habit.
Read our Core Power Tech USBe Perfect review.
Little Dot CU-KIS In-Ear Monitor (IEM)
CU-KIS IEM handled all genres of music well, never being harsh or honeyed.
Review By Gary Alan Barker Of Headphone.Guru
Little Dot was a new name to me, but well known to Frank and well known to the Personal
Audio community as being one of the early voices in the field. The Little Dot
CU-KIS IEM stands as their current Flagship IEM and a shining example of what is
possible in the under $600 Universal In-Ear Monitor market. Founded in April 2006 by Mr. Yu Quan Yang (a long time audio
hobbyist who actually built his first crystal radio at the age of 14) out of his
unceasing passion for music and hi-fi equipment, Little Dot has developed many
popular products and has many loyal users around the world.
Read our Little Dot CU-KIS IEM review.
Grado Labs Gold3
& Opus3 Phono Cartridge
A nice pair of phono cartridges by Grado Labs.
Review By Danko Šuvar Of HiFiMedia
Grado Labs revamped their phono cartridges line, upgrading entry-level Prestige
series to fourth iteration (number 3 as in Black3, Gold3, etc., counting the
first versions without number as the first generation), and upgrading and
rearranging Reference and Statement series into two lines, new Timbre line
(midrange wooden bodies cartridges) and top of the line Lineage series (Aeon3,
Epoch3, and Statement3). Inside the Timbre line, there is now a new model,
entry-level Opus3, made in both high and low output versions (4mV and 1mV),
which also differs in being made of Maple....
Read our Grado Labs Gold3 & Opus3 phono cartridge review.
Novafidelity / Cocktail Audio HA500H
Made by Novatron in Korea.
Review By HIFICRITIC
Best-known for its range of network audio products, the Korean manufacturer has now turned its attention to this valve/solid state DAC/headphone amplifier, with no less than spectacular
results. Made by Novatron in Korea, the Novafidelity line is sold in the rest of the world as Cocktail Audio. The company is known for its range of network audio products, but the HA500H is its first dedicated headphone amplifier / DAC /
preamp. And there is plenty of interest here. First off is the fact that it is a hybrid design and can be operated in either valve (ECC82) or solid-state modes.
---> Read the Novafidelity / Cocktail Audio HA500H
Keith Howard supplements his headphone experience with a kick in the posterior, and find himself shaken by the results.
Review By Keith Howard Of HIFICRITIC
Bolting a low-frequency shaker to his chair gives Keith Howard's headphone listening a much-needed kick in the
a well-worn cliché that headphone listening can never match the sheer impact of
using speakers because only our ears are engaged, not our whole body. In a
soundfield we are subject to music-related vibrations that reach us via the air
itself and via structure-borne sound, conveyed through the floor to where we are
standing or sitting. We may not always be conscious of these vibrations but, the
trope goes, they have a significant effect on our perception of live or
reproduced music – an effect that headphone listening necessarily lacks.
---> Read the Headphone Shake-Up
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