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audioXpress Is Now Available On Enjoy the Music.com

audioXpress Is Now Featured On Enjoy the Music.com
Combining great articles, projects, and techniques for producing the best in quality audio, audioXpress connects manufacturers and distributors with audio engineers and enthusiasts eager for innovative solutions in sound, acoustic and electronics. Every month, audioXpress combines excellent educational articles on topics including audio electronics, speaker and headphone design, amplifiers (from vacuum tube to Class D), acoustics, practical test and measurement, audio engineering praxis, and standards.
---> Read Enjoy the Music.com's audioXpress press release.

 

 

The HiFi Summit Q2 2020 By Joe N Tell

The HiFi Summit Q2 2020 By Joe N Tell
Finally, the audio community now has an excellent high-quality online streaming show resource for 2020 and beyond! 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 stream.
---> Learn more and watch videos from The HiFi Summit.

 

 

AXPONA Worldwide Audio Fest 2020

AXPONA Worldwide Audio Fest 2020
Due to the Coronavirus, this year's event was rescheduled to AXPONA 2021. JD Events found a way to do an excellent job with their Worldwide Audio Fest, which is a virtual (online) show on Instagram. To quote AXPONA, "The Audio World is alive and thriving! With music lovers staying home around the globe, you can virtually experience what is new in high end audio. In two jam-packed days, over 50 of the world's top audio brands will introduce new products, make announcements and interact.
---> See AXPONA's Worldwide Audio Fest 2020.

 

 

Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020 Report By Ed Selly Of HIFICRITIC

Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020 Report
The first UK show of the year brought the audio industry out of hibernation, with no shortage of new arrivals to temp visitors.
Report By Ed Selly Of HIFICRITIC Magazine
The Bristol HiFi Show is now comfortably the longest-running UK audio show and the 33rd iteration took place in February in the familiar surroundings of the Marriott Hotel in the city centre. After a few years of dabbling in AV as well as two-channel audio, taking the Sound & Vision name, the event Bristol reverted to its roots, describing itself as a hi-fi show, last year.
---> Read our Bristol Hi-Fi 2020 Show report.

 

 

It Was The Best Of Times It Was The Worst Of Times High-end audio sales skyrocket during COVID-19.

It Was The Best Of Times,
It Was The Worst Of Times

High-end audio sales skyrocket during COVID-19.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
We can all agree that 2020 has been an eventful year, yet one without virtually any high-end audio events! Many companies worldwide joined together with online videos, yet none of us met in person. Sales for many audiophile companies have increased dramatically during 2020, yet it was not due to physical shows some claim are a must. Unemployment for millions of workers globally is at record highs, yet there's an abundance of currency flowing thanks to government and Central Bank intervention.
---> Read It Was The Best Of Times....

 

 

Life And Music After COVID-19

Life And Music After COVID-19
Roger Skoff writes about possible lasting gains from short-term ills.
Article By Roger Skoff
Although it seems vastly longer, it's really just a very few months since we first heard of COVID-19. For now, at least – although another outbreak this fall is declared certain by one group of "experts" and roundly denied by another – it seems that the disease has largely passed and that, after months of self-quarantining, it's time for what might well be described as a new kind of "Groundhog Day."
---> Read Life And Music After COVID-19.

 

 

Why Hi-Fi Part 4 What Is An Audiophile Audio Musings By Gary Alan Barker Of HiFiAudio.Guru

Why Hi-Fi Part 4
What Is An Audiophile
Audio Musings By Gary Alan Barker Of HiFiAudio.Guru
A little while ago I read an article by an audio reviewer stating that the audiophile community is perceived as an elitist group of "White Rich Men". Which is true, the perception that is, though I would have added "Old" to the description, and I believe the "Old" was implied by the content of his article. Truth be told, most of the audiophiles I know are non-Caucasian. He went on to lament that there were very few female audiophiles, which is also true. I see two main reasons for this...
---> Read Why Hi-Fi Pt. 4: What Is An Audiophile.

 

 

Greg Weaver's Informative The Audio Analyst Videos

Greg Weaver's The Audio Analyst Videos
Music lover and reviewer Greg Weaver takes you though his life's journey.
Editorial Videos By Greg Weaver
Greg Weaver's The Audio Analyst first appeared during 1988 as the title of a small, high-end audio publication that he founded that same year. Through the years, Greg have maintained and used the name on many of his writings for Positive Feedback, starting in 1996. As many Enjoy the Music.com readers know, Greg Weaver has been involved within the high-performance audio industry for more than five decades.
---> Read more about Greg Weaver and watch his videos.

 

 

Go Buy A Song Roger Skoff worries about the future of music. Article By Roger Skoff

Go Buy A Song
Roger Skoff worries about the future of music.
Article By Roger Skoff
Before the phonograph came along, if you wanted to hear music, you either played it yourself or with your friends or family; you went to someplace that music was being played (a church, a salon, a party, a fair, a tavern, a concert, or wherever); or you hired somebody to play it for you. (Imagine King George saying to his Court Musician, George Frederic Handel, "Hey, George, the wife and I are going for a boat ride on the 17th, can you and the boys whip up a little something for the occasion?").
---> Read more about buying a song.

 

 

Video: A Look Behind The Curtain At Abyss Headphones Enjoy the Music.com features a look behind Abyss Headphones.

A Look Behind The Curtain At Abyss Headphones
We take a look behind Abyss Headphones.
Abyss makes some of the finest planar magnetic headphones within the high-end audio industry. They engineer, machine, and assemble their headphones from scratch using the finest materials. Patented planar speaker drivers deliver music to your ears with a speaker-like performance that will astound you! Quality shines though with solid aluminum frames, minimal moving parts, comfortable and soft lambskin leathers plus Italian Alcantara... built within the USA.
---> See a look behind the curtain at Abysss.

 

 

Bass Worship The story of Dub and Sound System culture documentary.

Bass Worship
Dub and Sound System culture documentary.
According to Wiki: "Dub is a genre of electronic music that grew out of reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and is commonly considered a subgenre, though it has developed to extend beyond the scope of reggae. The style consists predominantly of partly or completely instrumental remixes of existing recordings and is achieved by significantly manipulating and reshaping the recordings, usually through the removal of some or all of the vocals, emphasis of the rhythm section (the stripped-down drum-and-bass track is sometimes referred to as a riddim)....
---> See the Bass Worship video documentary.

 

 

Blues Story: A Documentary Plus bonus video from Blues Masters At The Crossroads.

Blues Story: A Documentary
Plus bonus Blues Masters At The Crossroads video.

The below vibrant video brings the beautiful Blues genera of music to light. Here's the story of the Blues as told through the eyes of many musical artists who lived it. This video features such legendary musicians as Charles Brown, Buddy Guy, BB King, Robert Lockwood, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor, Hubert Sumlin, and many more!
---> Watch Blues Story: A Documentary.

 

 

Genelec: Immersive Audio Demystified AES Virtual Vienna Platinum Partner Presentation

Genelec: Immersive Audio Demystified
Plus An Introduction To Networked Audio

AES Virtual Vienna Platinum Partner Presentation
With the new generation of broadcasters producing an increasing amount of high quality content featuring immersive audio, it's an exciting but sometimes challenging time for audio engineers. In this G*Connect webinar, Eric Horstmann will walk you through the principles of immersive audio, discussing the major audio formats, their application in the real world, and what type of loudspeaker systems you'll need to handle this type of content.
---> Watch Immersive Sound Demystified and more.

 

 

Ultimate Stream Live Featuring AURALiC's Richard Bates And Stereonet's David Price

Video: Ultimate Stream Live
Featuring AURALiC's Richard Bates and Stereonet's David Price.
Ultimate Stream in a UK-based retailer with a portfolio of products and streaming solutions that suit most music lovers and seasoned audiophiles. This video features them chatting with Richard Bates from AURALiC and David Price from Stereonet magazine about digital streaming and the AURALiC Altair G1 Digital Streamer. Within their Jazz By Request Interview, we meet the multi award-winning jazz vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Ian Shaw.
---> See Ultimate Stream Live with AURALiC and Stereonet.

 

 

Historic Video: A Dream Of Audio Perfection

Historic Video: A Dream Of Audio Perfection
Stereo: Three dimensional sound.
The biggest contribution to music since Barnum & Bailey.
Throughout the years, even from the very beginning, there was audio gear... and critics soon thereafter. Audio gear evolved, just as audiophiles carefully adjusted our listening space to accommodate it all. Finding the best recordings can be a challenge, too! Here's a great look back at the beginnings of high fidelity home audio equipment, and the reviewers in hopes of finding gear that achieved sound perfection. Call it what you will, perfect sound forever or the absolute sound, audiophiles seek to reproduce music within homes that is indistinguishable from what was heard during the live event.
---> Watch this historic video about hi-fi dreams.

 

 

Six Reasons Why Subwoofers Are Important For Music

Six Reasons Why Subwoofers Are Important For Music
Article By Nick Brown Of SVS
There is a lingering sentiment in the hi-fi community that subwoofers are only for home theater and the benefits to music playback are suspect or even negative. It's true that lesser subwoofers are not designed to optimally handle the speed, detail and nuance of certain music, but it's certainly not a steadfast rule. A great subwoofer elevates the listening experience in a way no other audio component can, into the tactile realm.
---> See six reasons why subwoofers are important.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Rune Skov, Sales Director Of Gryphon Audio

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Rune Skov Of Gryphon Audio

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Rune Skov, Sales Director of Gryphon Audio. Gryphon was started by Flemming E. Rasmussen, after he obtained a degree in graphics arts from the Aarhus Art Academy in Denmark and he had been involved in the local music community as well as employed as a designer for a sportswear company.
---> Read about Rune Skov of Gryphon Audio.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring James Chung, CEO Of FiiO

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring James Chung, CEO Of FiiO
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring James Chung, CEO of FiiO. FiiO was established in 2007 and has experience in researching and developing countless portable music products of different types, and sell FiiO-branded products through sales agents worldwide.
---> Read about James Chung, CEO of FiiO.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Ethan Winer Of RealTraps Acoustics

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Ethan Winer Of RealTraps Acoustics
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Ethan Winer of RealTraps Acoustics. RealTraps was founded by Ethan Winer and Doug Ferrara, who have been friends for more than thirty years. Ethan is well known throughout the audio industry for his magazine articles in Electronic Musician, Mix, PC Magazine, EQ, Keyboard, Recording, Audio Media, Strings, The Strad, R-e/p, and others.
---> Read about Ethan Winer of RealTraps Acoustics.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Holger Mueller, DDD / German Physiks Founder

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Holger Mueller Of DDD / German Physiks
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Holger Mueller, DDD Manufactur GmbH (German Physiks) company founder and CEO. According to the company, "Speaking as a lover of music, there is one special moment of realization."
---> Read about Holger Mueller of DDD / German Physiks. 

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Jean Marie Clauzel, Owner and Chief Designer of Métronome Technologie

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Jean Marie Clauzel Of Métronome Technologie

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Jean Marie Clauzel, Owner and Chief Designer of Métronome Technologie. Founded in 1987 and developed by a group of passionate music enthusiasts, Métronome is one of the highest audiophile brands.
---> Read about Jean Marie Clauzel of Métronome Technologie.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Walter Liederman of Underwood HiFi Inc.

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Walter Liederman Of Underwood HiFi

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Walter Liederman of Underwood HiFi Inc. Underwood HiFi is the home of Underwoodwally, a name very familiar to AudiogoN shoppers as the e-mail alias and user name of Walter Liederman.
---> Read about Walter Liederman of Underwood HiFi.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Charles van Oosterum, Founder Of Kharma

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Charles van Oosterum Of Kharma
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Charles van Oosterum, Founder of Kharma. Kharma has an endless vision beyond imagination. A vision that has driven all of us from the moment Charles van Oosterum started with O.L.S. in 1982 and founded the brand Kharma in 1993. All the energy you put into this world will eventually make his return to you, is one of our beliefs, which is derived from karma.
---> Read about Charles van Oosterum of Kharma.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Hideto Watanabe, Senior Manager, Home Audio Business, Of Eclipse TD.

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Hideto Watanabe Of Eclipse TD

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Hideto Watanabe, Senior Manager, Home Audio Business, of Eclipse TD. Eclipse TD's goal was 'Accurate reproduction of waveforms. Comparing an audio device to a camera lens, the ideal one is transparent, to accurately reproduce the original colors (sound).
---> Read more about Hideto Watanabe of Eclipse TD.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Israel Blume Of Coincident Speaker Technology

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Israel Blume Of Coincident Speaker Technology
During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology. Coincident Speaker Technology was established by Israel Blume in 1993 for the sole purpose of creating a superior loudspeaker.
---> Read more about Israel Blume of Coincident Speaker Technology.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Jim Thompson, Founder Of Egglestonworks

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Jim Thompson Of Egglestonworks

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Jim Thompson, owner and chief designer of Egglestonworks. Music is the soul of Memphis: Birthplace of Rock 'n 'Roll and Blues; Home of Sun Records, Gibson Guitars and Stax Records... and Elvis.
---> Read more about Jim Thompson of Egglestonworks.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Lee Taylor, Founder Of Leema Acoustics

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Lee TaylorOf Leema Acoustics

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Lee Taylor, Founder of Leema Acoustics. Leema Acoustics was originally founded in 1998 as a means of further exploring the fanatical interest in audio reproduction of its two founders ex-BBC engineers Lee Taylor and Mallory Nicholls.
---> Read more about Lee Taylor of Leema Acoustics.

 

 

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers Featuring Les Thompson, Managing Director Of Sound Damped Steel And Soundeck

10 Questions For High-End Audio Manufacturers
Featuring Les Thompson Of Sound Damped Steel And Soundeck

During Enjoy the Music.com's very special 25th Anniversary we're asking various high-end audio manufacturers to answer the same ten questions. Their answers may surprise you! This month we're featuring Les Thompson, Managing Director of Sound Damped Steel and Soundeck. Sound Damped Steel is a multi-award winning noise control company launched by Les Thompson in 2003 to develop, manufacture and supply highly damped materials for industrial noise and vibration control applications.
---> Read more about Les Thompson of Sound Damped Steel and Soundeck.

 

 

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.

MB&F + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer
With commercial space flight a reality, it's time to upgrade your desk / table clock.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
Six years after the launch of the Starfleet Machine, the first clock co-created by MB&F and L'Epée 1839, a new expedition is underway. The space station returns in 2020, in a more compact size and enhanced with bright colors, accompanied by a fleet of three small spacecraft exploring the universe; it rightfully bears the name of Starfleet Explorer. Designed by MB&F, the Starfleet Explorer is an intergalactic spaceship-styled table clock crafted by L'Epée 1839, the last remaining Swiss manufacture specialized in high-end table clocks.
---> Learn more about MB&F's + L'EPEE 1839 Starfleet Explorer.

 

 

Golden Hills Coffee Roasters A coffee and espresso lovers dream bean.

Golden Hills Coffee Roasters
Update: A coffee and espresso lovers dream bean.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
Based in sunny Groveland, Florida, you'll find Golden Hills Coffee Roasters who are a family-owned company roasting custom blends of specially prepared and roasted coffee beans for both Americana and espresso. Their artisan handcrafted micro coffee roasting is done by hand, in the classic method, which allows them to carefully control the process using sight, sound, and smell for every part of the roasting process.
---> Read more about Golden Hill Coffee Roasters.

 

 

Philips HR2357/05 Pasta Maker Plus

Philips HR2357/05 Pasta Maker Plus
Enjoy tasty, meaty, fantastic freshly-made pasta!
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
Look, no one has to tell you that freshly made pasta is far better than a box of old, dried up sharp bits you find at the grocery store. Even that 'fresh refrigerator' stuff lacks the true essence of homemade pasta. Anyone who has enjoyed freshly made pasta knows the difference. Another factor is how inexpensive it is to make once you have the right machine. Enter the Philips kitchen appliances Noodle HR2357/05 pasta maker plus.
---> Read more about Philips pasta maker.

 

 

The Older Person's Guide To New Stuff

The Older Person's Guide To New Stuff
Here's a great guide book to the modern world.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
The world moves pretty fast. Do you feel a bit left behind by modern times and advanced technologies? Fear not, as there' a book with easy to read large print for that. While I could go on trying to describe the technical jargon within this old-school hardcover book, will instead let it speak for itself. So below are a few pages from The Older Person's Guide To New Stuff: From Android to Zoella by Mark Leigh.
---> Read more about The Older Person's Guide To New Stuff.

 

 

Tales Of Woe? There's A Violin For That You can play the world's smallest violin as you listen to others.

Tales Of Woe? There's A Violin For That
Play the world's smallest violin as you listen to others.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
With Staycation 2020 and CV-19 looming large, many essential workers are busy helping save the lives of many. In fact, my brother's daughter is a first responder EMT, so she's at the front lines. For those staying at home while she works to save lives, you may feel like griping about things. So to go along with your tales of woe, this month Enjoy the Music.com is featuring the world's smallest commercially-made violin.
---> Read more about the world's smallest violin.

 

 

Raidho TD4.2 Floorstanding Loudspeakers Review

Raidho TD4.2 Floorstanding Loudspeakers
Raidho's TD4.2 delivers the meaning of music.
Review By Tom Lyle
I admit it. The pair of TD4.2 speakers that have taken residence in my listening room are the best speakers I have ever had the pleasure of auditioning. They are also the most massive, most substantial, and at $122,000 to $142,000 a pair, the most expensive. It was a bit of a humbling experience unpacking these speakers. This is because getting them out of their crates and into the listening room required hired help - there was no way I could move these speakers into the listening room upstairs by myself.
---> Read our review of the Raidho TD4.2 speakers.

 

 

BØrresen Acoustics 01 Two-Way Monitor Review

BØrresen Acoustics 01 Two-Way Monitor
An unending oasis of musical reality.
Review By Dr. Michael Bump
As a professional musician and university professor of 36 years, I can appreciate the weight behind Benjamin Franklin's infamous quote. Though people may well forget what you say or present, engaging them holistically – mind, body, soul – often translates into a life-learning moment. Thus the question; Are we involved within the moment and, in turn, an extension of the moment? The power of music, in particular, is a spiritual transfer of learning energy.
---> Read our review of BØrresen Acoustics 01 monitor.

 

 

AudioNec Evo #2 Loudspeakers Review

AudioNec Evo #2 Loudspeakers
These speakers will not be for everyone, and not for every amplifier.
Review By Dr. Matthew Clott
I happen to be one of those audiophiles that are always drawn to eclectic and unusual speakers. Not that I dislike or don't own the 'standard' dynamic box speakers, but planars, electrostatics, open baffle designs, horns, omni-directionals, line arrays, plasma tweeters and the like satisfy my inner physicist and draw me to them like a black hole capturing a photon! Brilliant designers and engineers who take the path less traveled, resulting in sensational designs that sound fantastic and look like the love child of art and science.
---> Read our review of the AudioNec Evo #2 speakers.

 

 

Alta Audio Alyssa Loudspeaker Review

World Premiere Review!
Alta Audio Alyssa Loudspeaker

A wisp of warmth that makes the human voice seem more human.
Review By Ron Nagle
It is an age of caution. It is the time of cloistered living. I found two large boxes were left on my doorstep. Donning latex gloves I sprayed all surfaces of those UPS boxes with disinfectant, and I left them till morning. Bright and early I opened the boxes and found purposely shaped inserts cradling a pair of Alyssa speakers. It was then that I noticed the handwritten note informing me that the contents had been carefully sanitized.
---> Read our review of the Alta Audio Alyssa speaker.

 

 

KEF R5 Loudspeaker And KF92 Subwoofer Review

KEF R5 Loudspeaker And KF92 Subwoofer
A system with wonderful synergy.
Review By Frank Garofalo
KEF is a company cherished in the audiophile world for bringing great sound to many around the world at all price ranges. KEF employs some of the industry's most innovative engineers and designers. KEF, in many ways, is one of the leaders in acoustic reproduction technology as KEF continues to push the envelope when it comes to perfecting loudspeaker design. KEF uses a combination of computer simulation, modeling, and measurement throughout its extraneous development process.
---> Read our review of the KEF R5 and KF92.

 

 

Rotel RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier Review

Rotel RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier
A stereo pre that should be on your list to audition.
Review By Brett Rudolph
The world of stereo equipment started with very humble beginnings. Many types of equipment have changed from their historical roots to today's modern versions. For example, the preamplifier began as nothing more than a device to amplify low-level signals into ones that are capable of being amplified for playback. The same is true of many companies that produce the equipment for the audio industry.
---> Read our review of the Rotel RC-1590 preamp. 

 

 

RSX Prime AC Power Cord Review

RSX Prime AC Power Cord
Presents the music to best serve your audio system.
Review By Dr. Michael Bump
Guilty as charged. I'm one of those audiophiles who, in the early days of my high-end audio explorations, was a non-believer in the significant effects of after-market cabling, in particular, power cords. I figured, as long as it looked like a garden hose, it qualified to bring the goods from my (modestly) high-end components. Quickly, however, I realized how naïve I was.
---> Read our review of the RSX Prime AC Power Cord.

 

 

TriArt Audio S-Series MM Phono Amplifier And B-Series DC Linear Power Supply Review

World Premiere Review!
TriArt Audio S-Series MM Phono Amplifier
And B-Series DC Linear Power Supply

Find your bamboo groove.
Review By Paul Schumann
Yes, I am old. Old enough to remember when you could still buy mono and stereo versions of your favorite album. Old enough to have double-disc albums that were set up to play on your automatic record player. Old enough to remember when a company called Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab started producing "audiophile" versions of popular records because many of the run-of-the-mill pressings were so terrible.
---> Read our review of the TriArt Audio S-Series MM Phono.

 

 

HiFiMAN Ananda BT Over-Ear Bluetooth Headphones Review

HiFiMAN Ananda BT Bluetooth Headphones
HiFiMAN impresses with their high-end BT headphones.
Review By Dave Hanson
Bluetooth used to be a dirty word in audiophile circles, but over the last few years, the technology has grown in both quality and esteem. Even still, Bluetooth headphones have been almost exclusively in the entry-to-mid-fi range, until now. The HiFiMAN Ananda BT ($999) is the first true attempt to change all that, bringing wireless Bluetooth connectivity to a truly high-end headphone.
---> Read our review of HiFiMAN Ananda BT headphones.

 

 

Danacable Lazuli Reference Cables Review

Danacable Lazuli Reference Cables
Excellent build quality, durability, aesthetics, and sound.
Review By Smit Patel Of Audiosolace
While some cable companies explore the use of exotic materials or employ cryogenics to alter carrying signals, Danacable adopts a "back-to-basics" approach to enhance cable quality and transfer. Their philosophy concentrates on extremely low resistance to allow for unadulterated signal flow from amplifier to transducer. This review shall be focusing on the $1099 Lazuli Reference headphone cable that incorporates 1200 strands of oxygen-free cable (OFC) into a neat (but large) brown sheath design.
---> Read our Danacable Lazuli reference cables review.

 

 

Simaudio Moon 680D Streaming DAC Review

Simaudio Moon 680D Streaming DAC
Great build quality, great looks, great sound.
Review By Robert S. Youman Of Positive Feedback
Simaudio recently introduced a new streaming digital to analog converter to their Moon product line. The 680D ($9000) streaming DAC slots in somewhere between the 780D v2 ($15,000), and the 280D ($3000). As with many, if not most of the products in the Moon series, the 680D has the same width and depth (18.75 x 16.8 inches) only varying in height. Additionally, it shares other cosmetic touches in industrial design, including the heat sinks on the side panels, height adjustable aluminum feet at the four corners, and a rather massively built chassis with a shipping weight of 38 pounds.
---> Read our Simaudio Moon 680D Streaming DAC review.

 

 

HEDD Audio HEDDphone Review

HEDD Audio HEDDphone Review
The new and amazing HEDDphones. Yes, I spelled that correctly!
Review By Peter Pialis Of HiFiAudio.Guru
When I first saw their press release in 2019, I was very intrigued by HEDD / Heinz Electrodynamic Designs' new foray into the world of personal audio – the aptly named HEDDphones. I have previously been a big fan of their studio monitors and found them both very balanced and revealing and I was very curious to see how this incredible transparency translated into a pair of headphones. Using their patented and truly unique AMT (Air Motion Transformer) driver technology, these headphones offer the potential for some of the fastest and cleanest audio drivers around.
---> Read the HEDD Audio HEDDphone review.

 

 

Rega Aethos Integrated Amplifier Review

Rega Aethos Integrated Amplifier Review
Rega moves to fill a key space in its amplifier range with the Aethos, an unusual exercise in 'trickle up' engineering. 
Review By Ed Selly Of HIFICRITIC
Over the last eighteen months, the main focus of Rega Research's activities has been its range of turntables, cartridges and phono stages. While hardly surprising, this has but it meant that the range of supporting amplifiers no longer matched the turntables as closely as they once had. In particular, the significant hole between the £1679 Elicit R and the £6399 Osiris was an issue for people looking to partner the Rega Planar 8 or 10 with a matching Rega amplifier.
---> Read our Rega Aethos integrated amplifier review.

 

 

exaSound Delta Server For Streaming Music Online Review

World Premiere Review!
exaSound Delta Server For Music Streaming
A powerful music server for audiophiles.
Review By Phil Gold
I've been late to a number of parties. I had such a great vinyl collection I was no early adopter of digital audio. When I did dip my toes in it was a Denon 3520 in around 1990, eight years after the launch of the CD, and I continued to favor my Linn Sondek LP12 until I reviewed and bought a very musical CD player, the Meridian G08 in 2004. I've progressed through a series of upgrades since then, culminating in the EMM Labs XDS1 which I use as a transport and the EMM Labs DV2, which is my DAC and volume control, eliminating the need for a preamp in my all-digital system.
---> Read our review of the exaSound Delta Server music streamer.

 

 

Chisto Easy Groove Solutions Concentrate, Virgin Concentrate, Extreme, Enzycaster, Concentrate, Spray & Wipe, Disk Analoguer, and Hi-End Show-Gloss Review By Tom Lyle

World Premiere Review!
Chisto Easy Groove Solutions
Concentrate, Virgin Concentrate, Extreme, Enzycaster, Concentrate, Spray & Wipe, Disk Analoguer, and Hi-End Show-Gloss.
Review By Tom Lyle
For the last few years, I've been cleaning my records by using a VPI 16.5 wet/vacuum record cleaner. My record cleaning liquid of choice has been for quite some time a simple solution of distilled water and a surfactant (the surfactant reduces the solution's surface tension, making it spread more easily on the surface of the record). Before the VPI, I used a Nitty Gritty record cleaner, and before that, an Audio Advisor record cleaner. With those machines I've tried countless solutions sold by many different companies. None were worthy of a review.
---> Read our review of Chisto Easy Groove Solutions.

 

 

Loudspeaker Mega-Tweakfest!

Loudspeaker Mega-Tweakfest
Featuring Synergistic, Bybee, Soundeck And More!
Rick Becker reviews the Synergistic Research Cable Risers, XOT Transducers, HFT Speaker Kits, Plus Bybee Technologies Quantum Clarifiers. Also included are the Soundeck Damping Feet, Synergistic Research Tranquility Pod, and MiG SX Footers.
Review By Rick Becker
As I said at the beginning of my previous review, the Synergistic Research Tweakfest, my original plan was to review a bunch of speaker mods that would negate the need for a $10,000 to $20,000 speaker upgrade. Surely a couple of thousand dollars-worth of tweaks could bring my speakers up to acceptable standards? In light of the crippled economy during the COVID 19 pandemic, what could be a more noble effort — short of making face masks and providing PPE to hospitals and meat processing plants? Given that I can barely pour scotch on the rocks, much less come up with a vaccine, the best I can do is self-isolate and not become part of the problem.
---> Read Rick Becker's Loudspeaker Mega-Tweakfest review.

 

 

Listener Magazine The Intro: What Is Important To Men And My Readers Editorial By Herb Reichert

The Intro:
What Is Important To Men And My Readers

Editorial By Herb Reichert
My first wife used to have this Madison Avenue market research job, and her main assignment was to do surveys-to find out what women wanted and what men thought was important. Not surprisingly, she discovered that women desired economic security and status in the community way more than sex or power or even love. Shockingly, sex was usually seventh or eighth on the woman's list. What really surprised me, though, was what men claimed was important to them.
---> Read more about what is important to men by Herb Reichert.

 

 

Listener Magazine Art Dudley

Flashback Editorial: The Intro
When I first heard about the Internet, I thought it was a load of crap.
Editorial By Art Dudley
When I was five years old, grocery stores began selling a product called Happy Nut, which I considered ingenious: peanut butter shaped into quarter-pound sticks, like butter, and filled with a core of grape jelly. With Happy Nut on the butter dish, one did not have to bother opening two jars (or even one!) before enjoying a healthy, satisfying meal: It was a simple and time-saving matter of dipping one's knife, spreading one's spread, and eating. The fact that the Happy Nut logo was a picture of a monkey was icing on the cake.
---> Read Art Dudley's The Intro editorial from Listener magazine.

 

 

Sound Practices Issue 4, Summer 1993

Fellow Travelers
Editorial By Joe Roberts
From Sound Practices Issue 4, Summer 1993
In an age when the upward march of progress is taken for granted in most fields, more and more audiophiles a e embracing obsolescent vacuum tube technology. The advance guard even seems to be moving further and further back in time, reviving and reassessing circuits which first came to light in the 1920s! The sonic rationale for keeping the filaments lit is certainly apparent to readers of this publication and discerning audiophiles in general.
---> Read Joe Robert's' Fellow Travels editorial.

 

 

VALVE Magazine

Editor's Thing
Article By Dan Schmalle
From VALVE Volume 2 Number 2 February 1995
Our good friend and fellow member Jim Lissa got a sickening surprise last Wednesday when he arrived at his store, Classic Audio. Someone had come in the night before, apparently using copies of Jim's keys, and taken virtually all of the vintage tube gear in his  store. The list of items taken includes four HK Citation ll's, a Heathkit W-6, a pair of Classic Radio modified Dyna Mklll's, a Stereo 70, a couple PAS3's, a Scott 399, Mac 501s, 250's and a C-24.
---> Read Dan Schmalle's Editor Thing editorial.

 

 

Sound Lab Majestic 545 Full-Range Electrostatic Loudspeakers Review

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Sound Lab Majestic 545 Full-Range Electrostatic Loudspeakers
The quest for realistic sound from a pair of speakers is likely to end here.
Review By Tom Lyle
The same pair of Sound Lab loudspeakers have been my reference for about 15 years. The reason I acquired them is simple: Back in the day, I heard a pair of Sound Lab A-1's in a friend's large system, and fell in love. To this day, these speakers are the best I've ever heard of any type, as they produce a sonic hologram of the recording that I can visualize with my ears. But I didn't immediately go out and purchase a pair of A-1s. This was not only because they cost much more than I could afford at the time, nor was it because they weighed nearly 200 pounds. It was because of their size. The massive Model A-1's are over 7 feet tall, 3 feet wide, and at their base about two feet deep.
---> Read our Sound Lab Majestic 545 electrostatic speaker review.

 

 

Aric Audio Alpha 300B Push-Pull Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier Review

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Aric Audio Alpha 300B Push-Pull Tube Amplifier

One of the best sounding tube amplifiers you have (probably) never heard of.
Review By Dwayne Carter
Until last week, I had in my possession one of the best sounding tube amplifiers in the world (from my small world view). Even better, I was fortunate enough to have this amplifier mated with a pair of the most recognizable speakers in the world (Avantgarde Uno Fino). On top of that, my wife joined me in the Audio Room for two(!) listening sessions with drinks in hand. It's true what they say: You never know a good thing... until it's gone.
---> Read our review of Aric Audio's Alpha 300B tube amplifier.

 

 

Nagra Classic Preamp Review

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Nagra Classic Preamp Review
For those who have a system that can appreciate its ultra-luculent and musical sound.
Review By Tom Lyle
Nagra is a Swiss company that has a well-established reputation as a leading manufacturer of professional recording equipment. They were founded about 60 years ago, but it wasn't until 1997 that they also started making high-end audio equipment for home use. I was already afflicted with the audiophile bug back when Nagra introduced their first components for the high-end market, and it was then that I knew that I wanted to own one, or, at the very least hear one. I finally have a Nagra component in my system, their very attractive looking Class A vacuum-tube powered Classic Preamp.
---> Read Enjoy the Music.com's review of the Nagra Classic Preamp.

 

 

 

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