Bayz Audio Courante 2.0
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!
Bayz Audio Courante 2.0 speaker review.
Pass Labs XP-17 Phono Preamp &
Pass Labs X250.8 Power Amplifier Review
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.
Pass Labs XP-17 phono pre & X250.8 amp
audioXpress' November 2021 Issue
Is Now Available
audioXpress' November 2021 issue features:
Editorial: What's Old Is New Again
SPL Phonitor One D Headphone Amplifier System
A DSP Audio Processor At The Heart
Ultra-Linear: Why It Works And When It Will Not (Part 2)
Cascodes, Folded Cascodes, And Current Mirrors (Part 2)
The History of the American Magnetic Head Industry
Market Update: Digital Signal Processing
DSP Evolution: Audio Processing Powered by AI
Automotive Audio: Interior Car Acoustics and DSP
From Open Office to A/V Recording Complex
And much more!
---> audioXpress' November 2021
KEF Celebrates 60 Years Of Pioneering
This just in from KEF: For six decades, KEF has been a proud pioneer of extraordinary sound quality, creating remarkable, award-winning speakers. Over its time its continuous innovation and pursuit of excellence has earned the brand a justifiably devoted following of audiophiles, artists, and creatives. KEF is named after its original site
– Kent Engineering and Foundry in Maidstone – where it continues to develop its bar-setting products today. Established in 1961 by Raymond Cooke
OBE, the BBC engineer was propelled by a love of music and refusal to compromise. Since its inception, KEF has existed to fill rooms with music as it was made to be heard and to move souls with truly authentic soundscapes. Over the years it has never lost sight of its British roots, uncompromising quality, or boundary-pushing
---> KEF celebrates 60 years of pioneering audio
MedRhythms Pioneering Prescription Music Platform
MedRhythms, a therapeutics company that uses clinical-grade sensors, software, and music to help medical patients recover, aims to restore function lost to neurologic disease or injury. A first-of-its-kind partnership with Universal Music Group
(UMG) will provide MedRhythms with access to UMG's catalog for the purpose of providing prescription music to patients.
MedRhythms' platform is based on cutting-edge neuroscience that demonstrates how music can profoundly impact the human brain, target specific neural circuitry to enhance clinical outcomes and boost
---> MedRhythms pioneering prescription music
Reviews & More
This issue of HIFICRITIC features:
Editorial: Ideas, Discoveries, And Upgrades
Heinz Lichtenegger: High-Value Products That Sound Good
Stan's Safari: Stan Examines How Changes In The Way We Listen.
Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Speaker Review
Cambridge Audio Evo 150 Review
Linn Karosel Turntable Bearing For The LP12 Review
AURALiC Altair G2.1 Network Player / Preamplifier
Noise Cancelling Investigated
CEC'S Digital Duo CD Transport And DAC
Cyrus i7 XR Amplifier Review
Austrian Audio Headphone Review
Franco Serblin Accordo Standmount Speaker
Denafrips Terminator Plus DAC
Audio Note Pallas II Digital Interconnect
McIntosh MCD85 SACD/CD Player
Townshend Audio Allegri Preamp Revised
Edwards Audio TT4 Turntable System
The Music: The Latest In Classical, Jazz, And More
SoundStage: Having Fun With the Music...
---> HIFICRITIC's latest reviews
Are You Part Of The 80 Percent?
Roger Skoff writes about performance measurement.
By Roger Skoff
a few days ago, some guy wrote on one of the social media that he had come
across some thousand dollar speakers that were eighty percent as good as ten
thousand dollar ones. What does that mean? Do you know? Does he? Could it be that the less expensive speakers have only eighty
percent of the frequency range of the more expensive ones? Or that their
frequency response curve is only eighty (80) percent as "flat"? If so, which
twenty (20) percent of the frequency ranges are being shorted? Bass, treble,
mid-range? Can any of those be compromised and still have speakers that sound
good? Maybe the difference is one of relative sensitivity. Maybe the
thousand dollar ones are only 80 percent as loud per watt of input power as the
ten thousand dollar ones.
---> Are you
part of the 80 percent?
World Premiere Review!
Acme Audio Labs Silver Cryo Fuses Review
Is this the best $20 bucks you can spend?
Review By Rick Becker
arrived in a Flat Rate envelope via US Postal Service. It took a while to get
them. Patience is key. The fuse packaging was appropriate for such modestly
priced product and very professional. The plastic and Mylar envelops had a
tear-off top and were re-sealable. The fuses inside were further encapsulated in
clear, snap-top plastic cylinders. A sticker on the Mylar side indicated the
Silver Cryo Fuse inside and the value of each fuse was marked by hand. A list of
Small 5x20, Large 6x32, Slow Blow T, Fast Blow F, and Special CFC Coating each
had a small box that was manually checked off to identify the fuse contained
within. This was an enormous help, not only because I had two sets of fuses to
keep track of (with and without the CFC coating), but because with
the matt-silver caps on these small fuses the engraved lettering was more
difficult to read than on typical shinny end caps.
Acme Audio Labs Silver Cryo Fuses review.
Octave V 70 Class A
Int. Amplifier Review
Merging Class A sound with the performance of an AB circuit.
Review By Michael Lang
Anyone who finds themselves exposed to the dry humor of Octave
boss and mastermind Andreas Hofmann for the first time won't be ready for it
– especially if not warned beforehand. It is likely that you'd be stunned at
first by the mixture of short, dry verbal jabs and thoughtfully delivered oral
punches. But don't worry, Hofmann is not a vicious cynic who aims to hurt or
rant. The knowledge he has acquired over many years of developing tube
amplifiers, and the worldwide recognition that comes with it, have however given
him the healthy self-confidence to put his own work into the limelight when
compared to the competition. This also entails him taking a small dig or two at
the activities of his colleagues.
Octave V 70 Class A integrated amplifier review.
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