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09 / 18 / 19

Quiescent Mains Cable Loom Review

Quiescent Mains Cable Loom
The concept of vibration control in signal-carrying cables is a relatively well understood, but can the same factors affect a system via its mains cable?
Review By Kevin Fiske Of HIFICRITIC
Following my positive reviews in HIFICRITIC of the Quiescent Technologies Peak Speaker Cables (Vol. 12/2) and Peak Interconnect (Vol. 12/3) I was invited by the company to try its more costly Apex Interconnect. However, in my system the Apex sounded too fat in the bass and rather sluggish. I preferred the Peak. Quiescent's Steve Elford suspected my mains loom. Could one of his colleagues bring a selection of Quiescent – formerly Vertex AQ – mains products to try in my system?
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Synchronicity And Serendipity

Synchronicity And Serendipity
Synchronicity and serendipity took this issue of HIFICRITIC and turned it into a de facto celebration and turned it into a de facto celebration...
Article By Andrew Everard Of HIFICRITIC

There's a lot of received wisdom involved in the world of Hi-Fi: things accepted as being facts just because – well, just because they've always been so, and as a result are beyond challenge. It's a nice, cozy way of thinking, taking in all sorts of myths and legends built up over the years, such as 'source first', 'analogue is always best', and 'the more boxes the better'.
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Jensen C12-K 100 Watt 12" Loudspeaker Driver

Jensen C12-K 100 Watt 12" Loudspeaker Driver
Jensen's new C12K-2 12" loudspeaker driver provides a modern British voice in a vintage American package. This high-power 100 Watt handling capability speaker features a low-end punch with a warm, rich mid-range and smooth articulate highs. This speaker is not only capable of handling high levels of overdrive and distortion, but is also capable of achieving clarity and detailed response with those sounds says the company. The C12K-2 can beautifully produce the complex and nuanced tones of vintage and boutique amplifiers and is available in both 8 and 16 Ohm nominal impedance. Resonant frequency for the 8 Ohm version is 79Hz, with the 16 Ohm being 85Hz. Cone material is paper, voice coil is Nomex, and wire winding is copper. An integrated paper surround, non-treated cloth dome, pressed sheet metal basket, and ferrite magnet round out this design.

 

 

TACET Mozart Violin Concertos KV 207 & KV 219 SACD

TACET Mozart Violin Concertos KV 207 & KV 219 SACD
TACET's real surround sound Mozart Violin Concertos KV 207 & KV 219 (€21.47) on hybrid SACD features the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. With Gordan Nikolić on violin, this new music release features inspiring "vacuum tube sound" and presented in stereo for CD and 5.1 24-bit/96kHz 5.1 channel surround sound on the SACD layer. The orchestra including the soloist sitting within a big circle around the microphones. Gordan Nikolić, soloist and leader of the recording, delivers his musical expertise and feels entirely at home with Mozart. His love for the crazy things within the music aurally shines through. While in the fast movements you hear climbing and clambering around on the strings like a child at the playground, during slow movements he caresses his violin as you would a newborn puppy.

 

 

09 / 17 / 19

Amazon Music HD Lossless 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res Music

Amazon Music HD Lossless 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res Music
And so it finally begins as a mainstream service offers true lossless Hi-Res Music. With all due apologies to Qobuz and, to a lesser extent Tidal, Amazon Music reaches a massive amount of music lovers globally and their new Ultra HD tier ($14.99 a month, $12.99 for Prime members) delivers upwards of true lossless 24-bit/192kHz streaming music to subscribers. This price is less than what lossless Qobuz, and lower quality lossy Tidal, provides today. Amazon claims to already have over 50 million songs within their High Definition tier, yet keep in mind that is CD quality 16-bit/44.1kHz. Of those, there are 10 million songs within their Ultra HD tier. Enjoy the Music.com greatly appreciates the first mainstream music provider in offering true lossless Hi-Res Music streaming services to their customers. Learn more from Amazon at this link.

 

 

Sonus faber Olympica @ World Of McIntosh NYC

Sonus faber Olympica @ World Of McIntosh NYC
A good high-end system is akin to a time machine.
Review By Tom Lyle
Last year I took a tour of World Of McIntosh, a very impressive five-story luxury townhouse in the Soho neighborhood of downtown New York City. World Of McIntosh is an amazing place, packed with working audio systems featuring gear from McIntosh, Sonus faber, Pro-Ject Audio Systems, Audio Research, and more. This luxurious space is used as an event space, for invitation only audio tours, and for anything else one who wants to use a space "where music and design are merged in a way that's striking, memorable, and undeniably enjoyable".
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Focal Unveils Chora Loudspeaker Series

Focal Unveils Chora Loudspeaker Series
As Focal's new affordable loudspeaker design, the model lineup consists of the Chora 806 standmount, Chora 816 floorstander, Chora 826 floorstander, plus dedicated 806 stands (prices per pair $799, $1,399, $1,599 and $299 respectively). Made in France at Focal's specialist manufacturing facilities, Chora is a new generation of high quality loudspeakers featuring an all-new cone. Slatefiber is a unique new speaker driver material with a stylish slate-effect visual. This thermoplastic polymer is made with non-woven recycled carbon fiber that is said to achieve greater damping, excellent rigidity and lightness. All models have wood cabinets with bass-reflex designs. A TNF aluminum / magnesium tweeter is another Focal signature. Chora loudspeakers are available in Black, Light Wood and Dark Wood finishes.

 

 

09 / 16 / 19

RMAF 2019 Show Report Part 1 By Rick Becker

RMAF 2019 Show Report Part 1
Truckin' To Denver
Show Report By Rick Becker

 

 

09 / 15 / 19

Chord, Jadis, Sponsor And SME @ RMAF 2019

Chord, Jadis, Spendor And SME @ RMAF 2019
Excellent products distributed by Bluebird Music

 

 

09 / 14 / 19

Win FiiO's M9 High Resolution Lossless Music Player!

Win FiiO's M9 Hi-Res Audio Lossless Music Player!
Enjoy the Music.com is honored to join with FiiO for our September 2019 contest. You could win a FiiO M9 portable Hi-Res Audio portable music player valued at $299.99! FiiO's M9 Hi-Res Audio portable music player can handle everything from lossy MP3, OGG, and WMA to true lossless FLAC and WAV files for those who desire the very best in high-resolution music playback.
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09 / 13 / 19

ZeroHedge Posts About Vinyl Outpacing CDs

ZeroHedge Posts About Vinyl Outpacing CDs
ZH down-talks vinyl, backlash ensues.
Popular online financial and political website ZeroHedge just posted an article titled "Vinyl Records Set To Outpace CD Sales For The First Time In 30 Years, Even Though They Suck", and the comment sections is filled with their longtime readers who push back on the less-than-positive article about the sound of vinyl LPs. Within magazine Rolling Stone it says, "Vinyl records earned $224.1 million (on 8.6 million units) in the first half of 2019, closing in on the $247.9 million (on 18.6 million units) generated by CD sales. Vinyl revenue grew by 12.8% in the second half of 2018 and 12.9% in the first six months of 2019...."

ZeroHedge follows-up by saying, "My question is, given the amount of noise and distortion coming from an age-old source, why invest in a great, audiophile-quality amp or preamp? In effect, one is feeding it with a distortion-laden source component with poor dynamic range. It's tantamount to pumping 50-octane fuel into your new Lamborghini Aventador. Perhaps it's time to try out the higher-grade audiophile fuel, even if it costs a few bucks more, so that you can realize the potential of your music playback system." When vinyl LP sales become an article on ZeroHedge, you know there's more to the story. Read the comments section of their article, as it is quite enlightening, and entertaining too!

 

 

09 / 12 / 19

Schiit @ RMAF 2019

If You Aint Got Music
Then You Aint Got Schiit

 

 

MartinLogan MDA8 & MDA16 Series Switching And Room Correction

MartinLogan MDA Series Switching And Room Correction
MartinLogan is pleased to announce the new MDA Series of distribution systems featuring their MDA8 and MDA16 ($1999 and $3499 respectively). With the ever-growing popularity of whole-house and outdoor audio systems, the challenge of unlocking the performance potential of sound has only increased. Web-based setup, digital inputs, equalization, matrixing, plus room correction capabilities and all within one chassis. Anthem Room Correction (ARC) and bass management further extends the capability of their MDA series. Additionally, with both IP and RS-232 connections, MDAs are compatible with leading home automation systems, including Control4, Crestron, Elan, RTI, Savant, and URC.

With full matrix switching capabilities of analog and digital inputs, and independent room correction with Anthem Room Correction (ARC) in each zone, MDAs allow you to install robust audio solutions throughout a home or business. These unique technologies understand the unique acoustic signature of each listening space and correct deviations from an ideal response. With an eye on preserving even the most subtle nuances of music, MDAs accept high-resolution PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz. MDAs will never hold back a compelling musical experience.

MartinLogan's MDA8 powers up to four zones with eight total channels at 60 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms, while the MDA16 powers up to eight zones with sixteen full channels at 60 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms. Zones can also be bridged for a high output mode with 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms. MDAs are fully configurable using an intuitive web-based interface that controls every available setting for every zone and every input. It has never been easier to set up a whole-house audio system with such extremely accurate results.

 

 

HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2 Class A Amplifier Review

HeadAmp Gilmore Lite Mk2 Class A Headphone Amplifier
Makes us rethink what a $500 amplifier can sound like.
Review By Dave Hanson
The term "reference equipment" might be a bit overused in the personal audio hobby. Often times, it is simply a substitute for our "best" gear, but what should a true piece of reference gear really be? Neutral? Definitely! Transparent to all the gear in your chain? Unquestionably! Able to drive anything from IEMs to all but the most difficult planars? Indubitably.
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Sanders Sound Systems @ RMAF 2019

Sanders Sound Systems
Best Of 2019 Blue Note winner sounds off @ RMAF 2019.

 

 

09 / 11 / 19

ELAC And (Audio) Alchemy... @ RMAF 2019

ELAC And (Audio) Alchemy... @ RMAF 2019
So I Say...

 

 

Audio Ramblings And The SOtM sNH-10G Switch Review

Audio Ramblings And The SOtM sNH-10G Switch
Worth the differences? For us, yes.
Review By Dave Clark Of Positive Feedback
For those of us who are pushing things in terms of what can we accomplish with playing our music back via files within some networked system, well... where does one stop? Or better yet, what else can one do to improve things?

 

 

Noble Audio Khan In-Ear Monitors Review

Noble Audio's Mighty Khan In-Ear Monitors
A rare instrument that make listening to music as good as it gets.
Review By Frank Iacone Of Headphone.Guru

The Wiz has been busy creating new universal and custom designs using hybrid technology. Dr. John Moulton is well known in the personal audio community for creating outstanding designs with artful flair; John is an audiologist by trade and spends most of his time working with his brother Jim Moulton, an attorney by trade, who is the marketing arm and partner for Noble Audio. Jim is based in Texas and has been doing all the personal audio shows showing the new designs that the Wiz has been creating.
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Aaron Weinstein 3X3 Audiophile Edition Hi-Res Music

Aaron Weinstein 3X3 Audiophile Edition Hi-Res Music
What if you were presented the same album recorded three different ways – different microphone techniques, and different microphones? The performers and performances remain the same, but, the means used to capture their performances change. Do you feel like you'd know going in what you like best? Aaron Weinstein 3X3 Deluxe Audiophile Edition gives you the opportunity to explore this very concept. Recorded in a single day in a Brooklyn church, this intimate band of three Jazz musicians perform an album of beloved instrumental standards captured three different ways. Which version is ultimately superior will be a uniquely individual answer, and a uniquely satisfying listening experience for all.

Aaron Weinstein, a rising star in the New York Jazz community, makes his Chesky Records debut on 3x3, an album of instrumental Jazz standards that not only experiments with modern recording methodologies, but with the boundaries of Jazz expression. Featuring Aaron Weinstein (violin), Matt Munisteri (Guitar), Tom Hubbard (Bass), 3x3 is the perfect illustration of the beauty of simplicity. No unnecessary production; no extemporaneous distractions. You're left with stunning musicianship, breathtaking acoustics, and evocative and memorable music.

 

 

09 / 10 / 19

Bryston BDA-3.14 Multi-Function DAC

Bryston Launches Their BDA-3.14 Multi-Function DAC
Bryston has introduced their BDA-3.14 ($4195) multi-function DAC that adds an array of impressive features to the much heralded BDA-3 DAC platform. The BDA-3.14 is said to delivers the performance and build quality music aficionados have come to expect from Bryston. Bryston's BDA-3.14 offers streaming capability via a built-in music player that delivers access to network-connected storage and USB drives as well as streaming services such as Qobuz, Tidal, Roon and Internet radio. Digital connectivity between the internal music player and the DAC is managed using the I2S protocol that preserves audio and clock data with virtually zero error. The BDA-3.14 also features a digital volume control, enabling users to drive an amplifier directly. An updated version of Bryston's Manic Moose user interface for phones, tablets and computers provides users with intuitive control over all functionality. Virtually every digital input and both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA analog output are supported. There are also four HDMI inputs plus an HDMI output.

 

 

09 / 09 / 19 

RMAF 2019 Show Report

Enjoy the Music.com's Best Of 2019 Blue Note Awards @ RMAF 2019

Enjoy the Music.com's Best Of 2019 Blue Note Awards @ RMAF 2019

 

 

A Change Of Venue And Attendees High-end audio show in Denver matures into a true luxury lifestyle event.

A Change Of RMAF Venue And Attendees
High-end audio show in Denver matures into a true luxury lifestyle event.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin

 

 

RMAF 2019 Seminars Sponsored By Enjoy the Music.com

Blockchain & Hip Hop Panel: Smart Money Seminar @ RMAF 2019

Blockchain & Hip Hop Panel: Smart Money

 

 

The Dirty Little Secret: Powering Audio on Mains Power Line Seminar @ RMAF 2019

The Dirty Little Secret: Powering Audio On Mains Power Line

 

 

Acoustic Analysis - Optimizing the Room-Speaker Interface Seminar @ RMAF 2019

Acoustic Analysis: Optimizing The Room-Speaker Interface

 

 

Creating A Buz Streaming Hi-Res Music Via Qobuz Seminar @ RMAF 2019

Creating A Buz
Streaming Hi-Res Music Via Qobuz

 

 

Record Cleaning Made Difficult Seminar @ RMAF 2019

Record Cleaning Made Difficult

 

 

Ask Paul Seminar @ RMAF 2019

Ask Paul

 

 

Systematic Approach Seminar @ RMAF 2019

A Systematic Approach To Creating Your Ideal Hi-Fi System

 

 

Spatial Acoustics Seminar @ RMAF 2019

Spatial Acoustics

 

 

How To Care For Your Prized Vinyl Seminar @ RMAF 2019

How To Care For Your Prized Vinyl

 

 

09 / 05 / 19

RMAF 2019 Show Report -- Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2019

RMAF 2019 Pre-Show Sneak Peeks Are Now Online!
Enjoy the Music.com just posted valuable information on over a dozen new products being shown this weekend at Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019. Our exciting show report is expected to be our most extensive Denver undertaking in all of RMAF's 16 year history! Please remember to attend Thursday night's media / exhibitor party as Enjoy the Music.com is sponsoring it. Free drinks on us! We look forward to seeing everyone in Denver and be sure to check back daily for show updated too! See our RMAF 2019 show report at this link.

 

 

09 / 04 / 19

Raven Audio Captivates With New Avian Series Int. Amps.

Raven Audio Captivates With New Avian Series Int. Amps.
Raven Audio has created three new Avian Series stereo integrated vacuum tube amplifiers. Coming off the assembly line are their Nighthawk MK3, Blackhawk MK3, and Osprey MK3 ($2995, $3795, and $4895 respectively). The 20 Watt per channel Nighthawk Integrated is Raven Audio's entry-level amplifier, with your choice in tubes on a budget stock all the way to rare NOS triodes. Tube types include two each 12AT7, 12AT7, 12AU7, and four 6L6GC (self-biasing). "It creates a wideband, smooth, detailed and accurate sound without high frequency roll-off or 'fog'" according to the manufacturer. Audiophile quality gold-plated RCA inputs (six) plus a subwoofer output, and taps for 4 and 8 Ohm speakers. Proprietary output/power transformers.

Raven Audio's Blackhawk MK3 integrated stereo tube amplifier builds on the same philosophy as the Nighthawk, yet the Blackhawk adds premium custom capacitors and other components within the signal path. The result is a wider and deeper soundstage. Included in all MK3 integrated amplifiers is a high-pass 6dB crossover for those seeking to integrate an active subwoofer. This provides a modest way to achieve a seamless transition with a good quality subwoofer.

Their top-of-the-line Ospery MK3 integrated stereo vacuum tube amplifier produces 30 Watts per channel via two each 12AT7 for preamplifier stage, 12AT7 for power amplifier first stage, 12AU7 for phase inverter/driver, and lastly four 6L6GC power tubes. All Raven Audio MK3 series have upgraded boards, audiophile grade 99.95% copper RCA and speaker connectors that accept banana, spade, and bare wire as large as 8 gauge. They says, "The Osprey is an amazingly capable tube amplifier that drives speakers with all delicacy, attention to detail, and musicality of the Nighthawk and Blackhawk but, with even more power and authority." Raven Audio products are made in the U.S.A. and are built to military specifications.

 

 

Hi-Fi+ Issue 175 September 2019

Hi-Fi+ September 2019 High-End Audio Magazine
Hi-Fi+ magazine's September 2019 issue features coverage of The North West Audio Show. There's also a competition where you could win one of three pairs of 1More Triple Driver BT earphones worth £109.99! Equipment reviews include the Naim Audio Supernait 3 integrated amplifier, CH Precision L1 / X1 dual mono preamplifier / power supplies, YG Acoustics Hailey 2.2 floorstanding loudspeaker, Sonus Faber Electra Amator III stand-mounted speaker, Vitus MP-201 Masterpiece DAC, Kudos Titan 505 stand-mount loudspeaker, Melco N100 networked music server, Gold Note IS-1000 integrated amplifier, Kuzma Stabi S/4Point 9 / Car-40 turntable / tonearm / cartridge, Stack Audio Link USB streaming bridge, and Shunyata Research Alpha USB cable.

Within Hi-Fi+'s Ultimate Headphone Guide within this issue are reviews of the HiFiMAN Jade II electrostatic headphone system, Pangea Audio headphone hanger, AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt portable headphone amplifier / DAC, and Cleer FLOW noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones.

Alan Sircom's editorial within the September 2019 issue of Hi-Fi+ says, "The political world is awash with populist politicians railing against globalization, but when it comes to audio, the notion of global brands dominating the audio scene is almost nothing more than a fantasy. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, good audio brands rarely ventured far outside their country of origin; those days are gone, but the notion of global brands dominating the world-wide market is absurd. We still listen parochially; local music for local people." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this link.

 

 

Ginko Audio Introduces Their Sextet Modular Speaker

Ginko Audio Introduces Their Sextet Modular Speaker
Gingko Audio will be introducing their Sextet Modular Speaker System ($4995 to $8995) at the Capital Audiofest in November within the Monroe room on the third floor. The Sextet is a collaborative effort that builds upon the Tubulous technology from Gingko Audio, the Swarm from AudioKinesis, and unique cabinet construction from Salk Sound. This speaker system may be configured to heighten the listener's experience with a richer, fuller sound, with up to six components – monitor speakers, a variety of matching subwoofers, and stands.

The Monitor Speakers are built on Gingko Audio's Tubulous technology and experience with the ClaraVu and Clarissa LE speakers. Built on AudioKinesis's Swarm Subwoofer System, the Powered Subwoofers incorporate a built-in amplifier and digital crossover to match the Sextet Monitors. The Primary and Outboard Passive Subwoofers (up to four units) can be driven by an external sub amplifier in various configurations to suit the room's acoustics. Dedicated Stands are designed for the Sextet Monitors and can be weighted with sand or lead shots for added stability and vibration control. Standard finishes are walnut and cherry, with custom finishes available at extra costs.

 

09 / 03 / 19

Enjoy the Music.com Celebrates 10 Year Partnership With Hi-Fi World Magazine

Enjoy the Music.com Celebrates
10 Year Partnership With Hi-Fi World Magazine
Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's celebrated online site since 1995 and a leader in providing industry news, gear reviews, and show reports, is pleased to celebrate our 10 year anniversary with partner magazine Hi-Fi World. As an independently owned British magazine, Hi-Fi World specializes in reviewing high-end audio equipment, think pieces, and audiophile show reports.
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RMAF 2019 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019)

RMAF 2019 Show Is This Weekend!
Featuring a luxury destination at the brand-new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, Enjoy the Music.com's Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019 show report celebrates our sweet 16 years of covering this highly popular high-end audiophile event. Take in the friendly atmosphere at RMAF where all are welcome and questions are encouraged. You will experience in one location many major household audio brands from Klipsch and McIntosh to ultra high-end brands Acora Acoustics, Audio Research, Kimber Kable, Mark Levinson, Nordost, Pro-Ject, VAC and many others.

RMAF 2019 provides a lively atmosphere of interactive experiences that ranges from engaging with industry engineers, owners and salespeople to live entertainment and formal seminars on a variety of current topics and trends in the audio industry. Many companies present their world-wide debut of new products and, additionally, may offer discounted show-prices on selected top quality hi-fi equipment. Learn more about RMAF 2019 at this link.

 

 

09 / 02 / 19

Hi-Fi World October 2019

Hi-Fi World October Features Reviews & Think Pieces
Hi-Fi World's October 2019 issue features your chance to win a Cambridge Audio AX A35 amplifier and AX C35 CD player worth £600. Gear reviews include the Quadral Orkan 9 loudspeakers, Triangle Esprit Titus EZ bookshelf speakers, Naim NDX Streamer, Audiolab 6000n network player, Densen B150+ amplifier, B&O Beovox C40 loudspeakers, Pro-Ject x1 budget audiophile turntable, Audio Technica OC9x cartridge, Meze Empyrean headphones and more.

Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "There are upsides and downsides to the measurement of products we carry out. It takes time, using a lot of expensive test equipment – the downside. But it also unearths problems and strange behavior – the upside. Yet measurement rarely draws criticism – even interest. But not so this month as you will read on p75 where we re-test Audiolab's 6000N streamer." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.

 

 

09 / 01 / 19

High-End Audiophile Review Magazine

Enjoy the Music.com's Sept. Review Magazine

Win FiiO's M9 High Resolution Lossless Music Player!

Win FiiO's M9 Hi-Res Audio Lossless Music Player!
Enjoy the Music.com is honored to join with FiiO for our September 2019 contest. You could win a FiiO M9 portable Hi-Res Audio portable music player valued at $299.99! FiiO's M9 Hi-Res Audio portable music player can handle everything from lossy MP3, OGG, and WMA to true lossless FLAC and WAV files for those who desire the very best in high-resolution music playback.
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Best Audiophile Product Of 2019 Blue Note Award

Best Of 2019 Blue Note Equipment Awards
Celebrating the best high fidelity audio gear of 2019!
As Chosen By The Staff At Enjoy the Music.com
Enjoy the Music.com's Best Of 2019 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our 2019 Blue Note Awards is a culmination of 19 years of reviewing and carefully choosing what products have earned special recognition for our annual awards. Our Best Of 2019 Blue Note Award celebrates the finest products we have reviewed during the previous 12 months.
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RMAF 2019 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019)

RMAF 2019 Show Report
Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest 2019 Show Report
Featuring a luxury destination at the brand-new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, our Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019 show report celebrates our sweet 16 years covering this highly popular high-end audiophile event. Take in the friendly atmosphere at RMAF where all are welcome and questions are encouraged. You will experience in one location many major household audio brands from Klipsch and McIntosh to ultra high-end brands Acora Acoustics, Audio Research, Kimber Kable, Mark Levinson, Nordost, Pro-Ject, VAC and many others.
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RMAF, CAF And NYAS Plus Our Annual Blue Note Awards

RMAF, CAF And NYAS
Plus Our Annual Blue Note Awards
Three shows in three months plus our Best Of 2019 Blue Note Awards!
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
What do Denver, Washington DC and New York have in common from September through November? If you guessed luxury audio shows you'd be correct! First up is Rocky Mountain International Audiofest (RMAF) from September 6th through 9th at the brand-new Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center. From November 1st through 3rd is the Capital Audiofest (CAF) at the Hilton Hotel Rockville (near DC). Lastly, there's the New York Audio Show (NYAS) at the city's Park Lane Hotel by Central Park from November 8th through 10th. Let's take a look at each show, and then sum things up shall we?
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Why Listen? Roger Skoff writes about the very essence of our hobby.

Why Listen?
Roger Skoff writes about the very essence of our hobby.
Article By Roger Skoff
If you've read any of my other articles in this publication or elsewhere, you know that I've always advocated listening as the final basis for any audio decision: Spending your time poring over spec sheets; reading reviews – regardless of how many, by whom, or in which magazine or blog – and even discussing the latest products, systems, or "software", with your friends or fellow audiophiles (even learnedly and with great passion) are simply not adequate substitutes for the evidence of your own ears.
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The Long View On Cables

The Long View On Cables
Audiophiles are divided as to whether cables are snake oil or nirvana.
Article By David Schwartz, Member Of Gotham Audio
Last year, members of Audio Syndrome, a Long Island based audio club, got into a discussion about cables. They had all read a series of articles by Belden engineers Galen Gareis and Gautam Raja, on audio cable design. One of the club members looked into the cost of the Belden Iconoclast cables designed by the authors. He found them to be quite expensive.
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High Style In High-End Audio

High Style In High-End Audio
You don't need to be an Audiophile OG to chill with a sense of style.
Editorial By Steven R. Rochlin
Have been taking photos of audiophile gear for many decades, and am always impressed by the creative flow of many designs. Below are a very small sampling of the incredibly talented engineering and design by a variety of high-end audio manufacturers.
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Copland CTA 408 Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier Review

Copland CTA 408 Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier
A tube amplifier in disguise.
Review By Dr. Phil Gold
It has been seven years since I reviewed the Copland CTA 506 Power amp which I liked very much at the time and is still available today. From my 2012 review of the CTA 506: The Copland CTA 506 combines classic design with the latest developments in vacuum tubes to create an impressive and attractively priced power amp that seems equally at home across musical genres. It stands up well against the other power amps – tube and silicon based – that have been through my listening room.
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T+A SDV3100HV Streaming DAC And PDT3100HV Disc Drive Review

T+A SDV3100HV Streaming DAC
And PDT3100HV Disc Drive
T+A took a giant step forward with its HV series.
Review By Matthias Böde Of STEREO Magazine
Imagine if you had a free choice on the wheel of fortune. Over and over again. As often as you want! That's how it feels when you press the mighty volume control on T+A's brand new SDV3100HV Streamer-DAC-preamplifier, whereupon it jumps into source selection mode and scrolls through  the numerous options in the turquoise illuminated display kind of like you would on a smartphone.
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ELAC Alchemy DDP-2 DAC / Preamplifier / Streaming End-Point Review

World Premiere Review!
ELAC Alchemy DDP-2 DAC/Pre/Streaming End-Point
A benchmark accomplishment!
Review By Greg Weaver
Audiophiles exploring the boundaries of Red Book CD playback from the early to late nineteen-nineties will no doubt recall California based Audio Alchemy gear with great fondness; I know I do! Founded on the inspired design and engineering of one Peter Madnick, Audio Alchemy almost single-handedly set the stage for the acceptance and ascent of multi-box Compact Disc playback systems. Initially offering their lineup of very affordable yet remarkably high-performance outboard DACs...
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Legacy Audio Powerbloc2 Stereo Power Amplifier

Legacy Audio Powerbloc2 Stereo Power Amplifier
A great value Class D stereo amplifier!
Review By Rick Becker
When I first discovered high end audio nearly 30 years ago, my economic circumstances and skepticism of the value of products kept me in tortoise mode. The real value of tortoise mode early on was to allow me time to learn how to listen and time to experience of a lot of gear at audio shows to learn what my personal acoustic and aesthetic values were. As the decades have rolled on, my ability to spend larger sums of money has increased but the pace has remained in the tortoise league.
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Melco N10 Music Server With Outboard PS10 Power Supply Review

Melco N10 Music Server And PS10 Power Supply
Enveloping sound that activates all my audiophile senses!
Review By Tom Lyle
By now, the music server shouldn't be a foreign concept to most audiophiles. When servers first began to be a part of our digital front-ends, all that most audiophiles wanted and needed were designers to provide a convenient way to play their music files. Since then, enough research and development have gone into designing and building music servers that there are now plenty of options available at many different price points. Today, the name of the game is sound quality. Melco has upped the ante by providing not only a perfectionist audio module, but one that has its own outboard power supply connected to it in order to increase the level of sound quality.
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Backert Labs Rhumba Extreme 1.3 Preamplifier Review

Backert Labs Rhumba Extreme 1.3 Preamplifier
A neutral presentation that excels in micro dynamics and harmonics.
Review By Dean Cacioppo
In my humble opinion, the two most under appreciated aspects of high-end audio are room acoustics/speaker placement and the preamplifier. These are the unsung heroes of the best sounding audio systems in the world. Speakers are generally front and center - kinda like a quarterback for a great football team. The power amplifier and the speakers complete the final circuit in audio reproduction, so the matching of the power amp and the speaker is crucial.
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Audiomods Series Six Tonearm Review

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Audiomods Series Six Tonearm
It takes a great tonearm to get the best from your cartridge.
Review By Clive Meakins
The Audiomods Series Six is the first totally in-house all-Audiomods tonearm. Previous versions up to the Five relied upon the ubiquitous Rega arm-tube, albeit a modified version. Jeff Spall is Audiomods; it's his business based on his tremendous interest in vinyl replay and tube amplifiers. Jeff is an enormously practical "un-tweaky" audiophile. Over 10 years ago Jeff started out by modifying Rega arms; as the years progressed there became less and less Rega content in the Audiomods arms and upgrade kits
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08 / 29 / 19

Best Audiophile Product Of 2019 Blue Note Award

Best Of 2019 Blue Note Equipment Awards
Enjoy the Music.com celebrates the best hi-fi gear of 2019!
Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's celebrated online site since 1995 and a leader in providing industry news, gear reviews, and show reports, is pleased to announce our Best Of 2019 Blue Note Awards. Enjoy the Music.com's Best Of 2019 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry.
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McIntosh MA352 Integrated Stereo Amplifier

McIntosh MA352 Integrated Stereo Hybrid Amplifier
McIntosh Lab's new MA352 hybrid integrated stereo amplifier features a vacuum tube preamplifier mated with a solid-state amplification ($6500). An all analog design, McIntosh's MA352 preamplifier section is powered by a pair of 12AX7A and a pair of 12AT7 vacuum tubes. Its output stage is a direct coupled solid-state amplifier that produces 200 Watts per channel into 8 Ohm speakers (320 Watts into 4 Ohm). Classic dual scale McIntosh blue Watt meters give an accurate readout of power output.

McIntosh's MA352 has two XLR balanced and three RCA unbalanced stereo inputs plus a moving magnet (MM) phono input with adjustable loading. On the back are high quality gold-plated speaker binding posts to help prevent corrosion and ensure a quality signal is sent to the speakers. A stereo preamplifier output is available for connecting another amplifier; it can also be used to connect up to two powered subwoofers.

The MA352 is packed with numerous McIntosh technologies including Power Guard, Sentry Monitor, McIntosh Monogrammed Heatsinks, High Drive headphone amplifier with Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD), five-band analog tone control (each band adjustable by +/-12dB), Home Theater Pass Through, Power Control, and Data Ports.

 

 

08 / 28 / 19

Schiit Asgard 3 Headamp/DAC/Pre & Bifrost 2 DAC

Schiit Asgard 3 Headamp/DAC/Pre & Bifrost 2 DAC
Schiit Audio just announced their new Asgard 3 modular headphone amplifier / DAC / preamplifier and Bifrost 2 upgradeable DAC ($199 and $600 on up depending on configuration). The Asgard 3 headphone amp offers 3.5x the output power of its predecessor (3.5W @ 32 Ohms), as well as a modular architecture for configuration as an amp/DAC as well as just an amp. The Bifrost 2 DAC debuts Schiit's new Unison USB input and Autonomy platform, which enables user upgrades for both hardware and firmware — without returning the DAC to the factory. It also adds remote control and balanced outputs, and uses Gungnir-class AD5781 DACs.

Asgard 3 moves from Class A to Schiit's proprietary Continuity output stage, shared with Lyr 3 and Aegir. Continuity extends the benefits of Class A outside of the Class A bias region, addressing the problem of transconductance droop identified by Bob Cordell and John Broskie. Asgard 3 runs 500mW of Class A bias, so it's running Class A for most headphone loads. However, when required, it can also deliver its full output of 3.5 Watts RMS per channel into 32 Ohms, both channels driven. It can be configured with an uprated AK4490 or True Multibit DAC module for a single-box desktop solution.

Schiit's Bifrost 2 DAC offers XLR balanced output as well as unbalanced RCA output. There's now a remote control for input select, mute, and phase invert. The 18-bit Analog Devices AD5781ARUZ D/A converter is an upgrade to the previous 16-bit AD5547. Unison USB — a elevates USB input performance. DAC cards are replaceable from the back of the product for easy hardware updates, and firmware changes are handled with an external MicroSD card slot.

 

 

FiiO K5 Pro Desktop Hi-Res Audio DAC With Headamp

FiiO K5 Pro Desktop Hi-Res Audio DAC With Headamp
FiiO's K5 Pro ($219.99) all-in-one desktop DAC and headphone amplifier solution for Hi-Res Audio playback. Features include high-end AK4493 and XMOS XUF208 chips with USB DAC that decodes up to 32-bit/768kHz. Digital inputs include USB, S/PDIF coaxial and TosLink optical. Analog outputs are both 1/4" / 6.35mm and stereo RCA. FiiO's K5 Pro desktop stereo DAC with headphone amplifier follows the success of their K5.

Fiio's K5 Pro high-quality headphone amplifier output offers three gain settings, High / Mid / Low, which accommodate a variety of headphone sensitivities. There are blue/green/yellow three-color RGB sampling rate indicator on K5 Pro. For connections, the K5 pro offers stereo RCA inputs and outputs, as well as a 1650mW/channel balanced output via TRS 1/4" / 6.35 mm. A USB port is offered as a pass-through for USB functions such as USB storage read/write and USB DAC functions. The K5 Pro ships with a power supply. FiiO's K5 Pro dimensions are 120.5 x 130 x 55 mm.

 

 

08 / 27 / 19

Artisan Silver Cables Ultimate Silver Network Ethernet Cable

Artisan Silver Cables Ultimate Silver Network Cable
Artisan Silver Cables now offers their Ultimate Silver Network Ethernet cable constructed from pure silver wire (£399 for one meter length). The cable features eight 26AWG individually insulated pure silver conductors arranged in a noise-rejecting braided configuration. The cable is also shielded to avoid unwanted external electrical noise. Ultimate Silver Network cable employs Telegartner high-end RJ45 plugs. The cable comes in lengths from 0.5 to 4.5 meters.

 

 

08 / 26 / 19

Enjoy the Music.com Sponsors RMAF's Industry / Press Party Plus All Seminars

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RMAF's Industry / Press Party Plus All Seminars
Enjoy the Music.com, high-end audio's celebrated online site since 1995 and a leader in providing industry news, gear reviews, and show reports, is pleased to announce that we're sponsoring the 16th annual Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest (RMAF) Thursday night industry / press party plus all event seminars. For nearly 25 years, Enjoy the Music.com has been a major resource for information about consumer electronics high-end audio industry and high resolution / streaming music on the Internet.
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Stereo Magazine Issue 23

STEREO Magazine #23 Now Online / Free Download
This issue of STEREO Magazine features an article concerning active speakers, plus reviews of the Smart Vento 9, Phonar P4 Match Air floorstander, Piega Premium Wireless 501 floorstanders, Quadral Aurum Alpha speakers, Triangle Sensa SN 03A monitors, AVM R 5.3 turntable, Dali Oberon 1 bookshelf speaker. This month we're featuring the review of T+A's SDV3100HV streaming DAC and PDT3100HV Disc Drive. Other articles and reviews include reel-to-reel with Phillips N4522 and Revox A 700, Gauder DARC 60 floorstanding speaker, NAD M10 amplifier, and Focal Stellia headphones.

Within his editorial, Volker Pigors says "It is remarkable how the increasing globalization is spreading – also into our segment of hi-fi and high-end music reproduction. We can easily learn about loudspeakers, devices and accessories from all over the world via the web and social media, research them and even acquire them with relative ease. Sometimes it happens via traditional distribution channels, but increasingly also via purchase directly from the manufacturers." See what's within this issue of STEREO Magazine and download the entire issue for free at this link.

 

 

08 / 23 / 19

Hiromi Spectrum On Telarc Coming In October

Hiromi Spectrum On Telarc Coming In October
When she recorded her solo piano debut, Place to Be in 2009, Hiromi was on the eve of her 30th birthday. She realized that the album would offer a snapshot of the chapter just ending, the ways in which her experiences and personal growth had shaped her sound over the course of her 20s. She decided then that she would revisit the solo format at least once a decade, building a sonic portrait of her evolution and artistry. Hiromi's Spectrum album showcases a dazzling evocation of the vibrant array of colors that imbue her music. Due for release October 4, 2019 on Telarc, a division of Concord Records, Spectrum celebrates the maturity and depth that have enriched Hiromi's composing and playing.

As a whole, Spectrum is a vibrant tour of the rainbow panorama of Hiromi's jazz sound; in contrast with Place To Be it's an enthralling encapsulation of her musical maturity. "I feel I'm a little closer to the piano," Hiromi concludes. "All the pianists that I really respect not only love but are loved by the piano, and that's the relationship that I would love to build through my life."

 

 

08 / 22 / 19

Reference 3A Reflector Stand Mounted Monitor Review

Reference 3A Reflector Stand Mounted Monitor
A speaker to live with... for a lifetime.
Review By Tom Lyle
Don't bother skipping to the conclusion of this review, as I'll tell you right now: The Reference 3A Reflector is a great speaker. If one has been searching for a stand-mounted speaker anywhere near its asking price of $12,000, these are the speakers to get. Not only do they do everything that one would expect of for a speaker of its size and price, but much, much more.
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08 / 21 / 19

iBasso DX160 Hi-Res Portable Audio / Video Player

iBasso DX160 Hi-Res Portable Audio / Video Player
iBasso's new DX160 ($470) high fidelity Bluetooth 5.0 music player is based on the Android 8.1 system and includes DSD decoder. Every manufacturer has a different approach when it comes to new releases, and iBasso was due for a new DAP release. iBasso's middle-of-their-range DX160 unit features a dual CS43198 DAC implementation, Android Oreo, and a 5" 1080 x 1920 resolution screen. It come with latest Bluetooth 5.0, with their CS43198 being capable of DSD over PCM (DSD DoP) up to DSD256 and PCM 32-bit/384kHz. The chip makers also advertise a THD+N of approximately 115dB.

The DX160 design is relatively compact measuring in at 113 x 69 x 15mm. A glossy glass rear panel and matte black anodized finish on tan aluminum chassis is standard, with other colors being available. Analog headphone output is 4.4mm balanced with a voltage of 6.4Vrms. Frequency response is from 10Hz to 40kHz, SNR is 130dB, and THD+N is 0.00022%. There's also a standard 3.5mm stereo headphone output as well, with an output voltage of 3.2Vrms. When fully charged, the battery provides 13 hours of playback time. The unit weights 178 grams.

 

 

08 / 20 / 19

The Classic FM Family Music Box Book

The Classic FM Family Music Box Book
Produced in collaboration with Classic FM, The Classic FM Music Box ($25) is an entertaining book that includes a comprehensive overview of classical music accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations and eight concealed buttons that play short bursts of iconic pieces of music. The Classic FM Family Music Box is a perfect introduction to the world of classical music. Featuring beautiful hand-drawn illustrations and eight sound-chip buttons that play short bursts of iconic pieces of music, this unique book brings to life some of the greatest composers throughout history.

Readers will be introduced to the genius of legendary artists such as Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Handel, Verdi, Vivaldi and Strauss, and will experience their lives, inspirations and music as never before. In addition to high-quality sound chips, a unique QR code allows access to a bespoke landing page on Classic FM's website allowing readers to listen to full versions of the music featured in the book. It is an excellent gift for the music lover at any age in your life.

 


 

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