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Win Bottlehead Crack 1.1 OTL Headphone Amplifier Kit Win an OTL vacuum tube headamp valued at 315!

Win Bottlehead Crack 1.1 OTL Headphone Amp Kit
Win an OTL vacuum tube headamp valued at $315!
Bottlehead and Enjoy the Music.com are giving away their easy-to-build Crack 1.1 OTL vacuum tube headphone amplifier kit ($315 on up depending on options). For decades, Bottlehead has been providing wonderful DIY kits, usually based around vacuum tubes (hence company's name Bottlehead), and with kit naming being a bit, ummm, edgy. From Wikipedia: "Crack affects the brain chemistry of the user causing euphoria, supreme confidence, alertness, increased energy and a craving for more crack."
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Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report

Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2020 was at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore from February 7th through 9th. Free admission granted access to 66 exhibitors up from last year's total of 41. Many of these exhibitors unveiled new products, giving attendees the opportunity of being among the first to experience some of the best high-performance audio equipment electronics, loudspeakers, turntables, headphones, and more from all over the world.
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High-End Audio & Music Industry News

STEREO Magazine's English Edition Going Pure Website

STEREO Magazine's English Edition Going 100% Website
As the second magazine to go pure web play during 2020, Canadian magazine NOVO High-End being announced on January 14th (2020), the English language version of Germany's highly popular STEREO Magazine is going from PDF to pure website starting immediately. As the second magazine, and surely not the last, to go 100% online for easy reading, Enjoy the Music.com continues our partnership with STEREO Magazine and we look forward to reading their excellent articles and reviews online.
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Rickie Lee Jones Performs During AXPONA 2020

Rickie Lee Jones Concert During AXPONA 2020
Rickie Lee Jones, scheduled to perform at AXPONA 2020 show, is an longtime classic audiophile favorite as she spent a lifetime dancing with her muse. She is said to be, especially by elderly audiophiles, the most iconic American female singer-songwriter of her most popular time during the late 1970s and very early 1980s. A seasoned humility brings her performances an authenticity that only long-enduring musicians achieve.
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Chord Electronics 2go And 2yu Hi-Res Music Streamers

Chord Electronics 2go And 2yu Hi-Res Music Streamers
Chord Electronics has announced 2go (995), a high-performance streamer/server designed to transform Hugo 2 into a fully featured Wi-Fi and Ethernet-enabled device. In addition to Hi-Res music streaming, 2go also benefits from 2x 2 TB-rated SD card slots for digital storage and playback, enabling Hugo 2 as a high-capacity solid-state digital music server (using MPD), all from a compact, space-saving and highly portable device. 2go is more than just an enabling device for Hugo 2, however. Chord Electronics has also developed 2yu (449), a digital interface that connects to 2go to provide four digital outputs (USB, TosLink optical, S/PDIF coaxial and BNC), effectively making 2go and 2yu a standalone Chord Electronics streamer/server, to be used with any compatible DAC or digital-input device.
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Sonus Faber Gravis III Active DSP Subwoofer

Sonus Faber Gravis III Active DSP Subwoofer
Sonus faber has launched their new Gravis III ($2750) active subwoofer system. This is the latest addition to the Sonus faber Gravis collection of active subwoofers dedicated to the reproduction of low frequency, designed to match all Sonus faber full-range loudspeakers collections. Aesthetically, Gravis III follows the style of its predeceasing products, with the body enriched by a black leather covering and discreet Piano black wooden finish.
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7RAY Featuring Triple Ace Jazzy Zoetrope LP

7RAY Featuring Triple Ace Jazzy Zoetrope LP
For nearly 30 years, Pro-Ject has been known for offering the best in luxury audio listening equipment, but now the brand is excited to extend its listening offerings with a new audiophile vinyl LP created under the Pro-Ject label! This first-of-its-kind record boasts different recording styles beautifully blended in collaboration with Austrian musician and audiophile 7RAY featuring Triple Ace Jazzy Zoetrope.
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Chord Electronics ULTIMA PRE 2 Stereo Preamplifier

Chord Electronics ULTIMA PRE 2 Stereo Preamplifier
Chord Electronics has launched its second ULTIMA stereo preamplifier following the introduction of the flagship model in 2018. The new ULTIMA PRE 2 (12,500) directly replaces its predecessor, the CPA 5000. Modernized to complement the new Chord ULTIMA mono power amplifiers, the new ULTIMA PRE 2 uses the company's striking new aesthetic, which benefits from a redesigned bolt-less fascia, featuring a 28mm-thick aircraft-grade aluminum front panel.
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High-End Audio Show Reports

Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2020

 

New York Audio Show 2019 Report (NYAS 2019)
New York Audio 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

 

HIGH END Munich 2019 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2019

 

AXPONA 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show

 

Zagreb AV Show 2019 Report
Zagreb AV Show 2019

 

CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
CanJam Singapore

 

Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Salon Audio Montreal

 

Bristol Show 2019
Bristol Show 2019

 

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Painting, Music, And The Language Of Sound Reproduction Creating a connection between the performer and the listener. Article By Jules Coleman

Painting, Music, And The Language Of Sound Reproduction
Creating a connection between the performer and the listener.
Article By Jules Coleman
Thee following is the first of a series of think pieces on audio reproduction. This one focuses on the relationship between the language we employ in discussing and evaluating paintings and how certain terms that are important in the lexicon of the visual arts like 'tonal pallet,' 'resolution' and 'reproduction' can help us better understand what we should seek in a first rate audio playback system.
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YG Acoustics Hailey 2.2 Floorstanding Loudspeaker Review

YG Acoustics Hailey 2.2 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
The middleweight contender....
Review By Phil Gold
Cards on the table. I've owned the YG Carmel and the YG Carmel 2, each of which I've reviewed in these pages in January 2012 and July 2015 respectively. You can read them here and weep. I'm addicted to the ultra-high resolution, low distortion, lightning reflexes, dynamic range and the holographic imaging of the Carmel speakers.  They are not for everyone. Due to the particular way they are constructed from billets of aircraft grade aluminum, they cost a lot of money, and due to their relatively small size, they don't reach down all that deep. The sealed box design does provide a superbly fast accurate bass, but while the quality is high, the quantity is limited.
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CH Precision I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier Review

CH Precision I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier
A new paradigm for the integrated amplifier platform.
Review By Greg Weaver
CH Precision was founded by Florian Cossy and Thierry Heeb, two alumni of the highly influential and innovative Swiss high-end audio firm Goldmund. Given the wide-reaching acclaim and the host of industry awards they have garnered since their founding, it is hard to believe this company is just rounding out its first decade! For reasons that will become clearer as you get further into this evaluation, I must preface this examination by noting that my experiences with their early offerings had left me somewhat wanting.
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64 Audio Tia Fourte And U18t In-Ear Monitors (IEM) Review

64 Audio Tia Fourte And U18t In-Ear Monitors
Serving an audiophile well in their personal audio journeys.
Review By Smit Patel Of Positive Feedback
With just a decade of experience, 64 Audio have quickly grown to become a tour de force in the world of portable audio. Part of their ascension has stemmed from their firm desire to challenge traditional audio standards with innovations and ground-breaking technologies. The pinnacle of their knowledge has culminated in the Tubeless In-Ear Audio (tia) technology that comprises open balanced armatures within acoustic chambers, and a single bore design to give incredible levels of transparency and resolution.
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AGD The Audion GaNTube Monoblocks Review

AGD "The Audion" GaNTube Monoblocks
Class D reaches the upper echelon of high-end audio.
Review By Rick Becker
Back at the turn of the millennium you could put together a pretty good audio system for $10,000, and you could listen to many of those components in a local brick & mortar store if you lived in a decent size city. Sure there was some stratospherically priced gear in the $10,000 to $20,000 range you might be able to see if you went to one of the audio shows on the left or right coasts. Then along came "quantitative easing" and the internet. Gear got more expensive, the brick & mortar landscape eroded and major as well as regional audio shows proliferated.
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