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04 / 13 / 21

ESS Technology 32-bit/768kHz SABRE ES9033Q DAC

ESS Technology 32-bit/768kHz SABRE ES9033Q DAC
ESS Technology's new SABRE ES9033Q DAC handles 32-bit/768kHz, DSD512, as well as TDM and DoP formats. While the ES9033Q is a two-channel DAC chip, it can be employed in mono balanced mode as well. This new chip has a dynamic range of 122+dB (A weighted) with DRE and -108dB of THD+N per channel. It also features a very useful 2Vrms line driver output stage resulting in "an optimum system performance" says the company. In addition, system designers can save on the total bill-of-materials (BOM), board space and power consumption by taking advantage of the ES9033Q's built-in phase lock loop (PLL), eliminating the need for an external crystal or oscillator.

There's no need to decode lossy proprietary formats as ESS Technology's ES9033Q includes eight pre-programmed filters that are designed to preserve the time-domain response while providing the best imaging and accurate signal preservation possible. A stereo de-emphasis filter can also be set if required. This not only ensures accurate timing, it also provides a variety of settings depending on the sound 'personality' desired. The ES9033Q can be programmed using various input methods including I2C, SPI, and hardware modes are available. It also features ESS' proprietary HyperStream II modulator that gives their DACs "legendary sound quality". HyperStream II modulation allows for timing jitter to be pushed out of the audio range so the resulting soundstage is pure and consistent.



04 / 12 / 21

The HiFi Summit's Q2 2021 Online Trade Show

The HiFi Summit's Q2 2021 Online Trade Show
The HiFi Summit's third online trade show, taking place from June 24th through 28th, seeks to deliver the best possible experience for attendees. This time around, Joe Mariano truly wants to connect with you and the audio community. Seminar speakers will take the time after their sessions to answer attendee questions in the VIP video chat. They've made videos specifically to introduce you to their brand and products.

When it comes time to upgrade your system or to recommend products to others, remember that these companies are the ones who thought it was important to interact with customers and potential customers. They felt that it was worth their time and effort to participate. "I applaud them for their courage, conviction, and belief in us. I am proud to be a part of this audio community," says Joe Mariano of The HiFi Summit. In addition, you the audience and enthusiast can decide which products will win awards for Most Innovative, Best Design, Best Presentation, and Most Desirable.



04 / 09 / 21

SoundCheck 19 Multi-Channel Measurements Systems

SoundCheck 19 Multi-Channel Measurements System
With modern times comes modern solutions for immersive audio / immersivephilesTM, which is already in millions of automobiles and hi-res 192kHz true lossless high-end audio systems. SoundCheck 19's new release of Listen Inc.'s flagship audio test and measurement system offers additional functionality for multi-channel measurements. This includes a new multi-channel RTA, WASAPI-exclusive mode, and AmpConnect 621 control. Additionally, the inclusion of room acoustics measurements offers increased capability for those looking to evaluate devices in real-world situations. The original ANSI S1.11-2004 Class 0 standard compliant, single-channel RTA has been enhanced to show multiple channels simultaneously. Settings for these can be configured independently, e.g. adding different weighting curves, and the power-averaged response displayed. This is a convenient way to view many measurements across a wide range of applications.

The optional RT60 Room Acoustics module enables measurement of the reverberation time and clarity of any room or space with fully calibrated signal paths. Another enhancement is the option to use WASAPI-exclusive mode with Windows 10 audio devices, allowing SoundCheck to bypass the Windows audio engine. SoundCheck 19 supports AmpConnect 621, Listen's new high resolution (up to 192kHz) multi-channel audio interface. The absence of front panel knobs also provides an added level of test integrity by ensuring that settings cannot be inadvertently adjusted outside of your test configuration. SoundCheck 19 with AmpConnect 621 is a simple and cost-effective solution for automotive and immersivephileTM setup measurements with a six-microphone array, sound power measurements, etc.
Note: Immersivephile(s) is TM by Steven R. Rochlin.



04 / 08 / 21

EMM Labs CDSA SE Stereo SACD / CD Player Review

EMM Labs CDSA SE Stereo SACD / CD Player Review
The gold standard!
Review By Phil Gold
I'm going to say upfront that this machine is capable of the best digital sound it has been my pleasure to hear, the best by some margin. It will open your eyes to the stunning potential of SACD, so often hidden by mediocre implementations, and can go head to head with exotic vinyl spinners for ultimate fidelity. There is no aural sugar coating, artificial warmth or hyped up dynamics designed to impress in the showroom. This is the real McCoy — a machine dedicated to extracting the maximum accuracy from a two channel SACD signal. But it is not the user-friendliest piece of equipment, it won't do multi-channel or DVD-Audio, and who knows where SACD is heading!
---> EMM Labs CDSA SE stereo SACD / CD player review.



Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference Turntable For Sale.... Again

Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference Turntable For Sale.... Again
As seen in the retro-futuristic classic movie A Clockwork Orange, the Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference turntable (£4000) in now available for sale. In Alex's (Malcolm McDowell) bedroom in A Clockwork Orange we find a stunning turntable on which he plays his beloved Beethoven records. This, the Transcriptors Hydraulic Reference Turntable, is an award-winning piece first produced in the 1960s and was selected by Stanley Kubrick himself to appear in the film. This iconic turntable, which also appears in the hospital scene as well as in Alex's bedroom, was first designed and manufactured by the late David Gammon in 1964. Gammon's son Michael told us how it came to appear in the movie: "In 1969 Stanley Kubrick visited my father at his Borehamwood factory and asked him if he could purchase a Hydraulic Reference to use in his latest film project. He let Stanley have the turntable".

Their turntables have been widely used in numerous television commercials and in many films: The Skeleton turntable was used in the X-Men: First Class (2011) and Creepshow (1982) and the Hydraulic Reference Turntable can be spotted in The Look Of Love (2013) as well as A Clockwork Orange (1972). Various turntable parts were also used in another Stanley Kubrick production, 2001 A Space Odyssey. These turntables are still handmade to order today exclusively through Film And Furniture website. They are hand built to the same design and specification as they were in 1964, with an individual serial number featured on each product.



T.H.E. Human Side Award-Winning Documentary

T.H.E. Human Side Award-Winning Documentary
Please join us today as T.H.E. Show will make available their new award-earning video T.H.E. Human Side. T.H.E. Human Side is a documentary short film about enjoying the music and what is means for you. They will have a live interactive chat running, so you'll be able to comment and ask questions as you watch. This documentary had a private, limited premiere at T.H.E. Show 2019 but has never been seen by the global public. We hope you will enjoy this celebration of the human spirit in audio and music as we look forward to T.H.E. Show 2021 this coming June 11th through 13th at the Hilton Long Beach, CA.



04 / 07 / 21

Pacific Audio Fest 2021 Show Report

The Pacific Audio Fest 2021 From July 30 Through August 1
"Covid has obviously thrown more wrenches into the audio show schedule. Considering the constantly changing dates of some shows this year we want to assure everyone that if we cannot safely hold the Pacific Audio Fest on our scheduled dates (July 30 -- Aug. 1 2021) then we will simply refund all deposits and plan on similar dates for 2022," says PAF's Lou Hinkley. "We will not change our dates in 2021 because doing so would intrude on the long established show dates of RMAF and Capitol Audio Fest, and our belief and policy is that we are all in this together. Our firm policy is 100% refunds in case of a Covid cancellation and vendors will have first right of refusal in 2022 on the rooms they reserved. We strongly feel this is the only way to deal responsibly with everybody in the audio community."

Held at the Doubletree Hilton Sea-Tac Washington, it this time it looks like PAF will have a good shot at holding the show as planned and they'll make an announcement around May 1 to confirm the situation. That should give everyone enough time to adjust their plans if need be. Lets is all hope that the progress of the last month continues and we can get close to normal, or the new normal, by the end of July. Thanks to everyone who has been so supportive, the Pacific Audio Fest will be a great and fun show for everybody! Enjoy the Music.com's Pacific Audio Fest (PAF 201) show report will be online shortly after the event.



RMAF Show 2021 Show Report

RMAF Show 2021 From October 8th Through 10th
Featuring the most luxurious destination for America's high-end audio, personal audio, and immersive sound exhibition, plus excellent weather too, the family friendly Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center is Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest's (RMAF) 2021's home in Denver. Celebrating RMAF's very special 17th continuous Denver event, more than any other American audiophile show, attendees can enjoy the beautiful atmosphere and consistently glorious weather. All are welcome and questions are encouraged. Many exhibit spaces will, in total, feature more than 200 high-end audio, video, personal audio, and immersive sound  brands. Many exhibitors continue to come back each year to showcase the very finest of high fidelity luxury audio gear. Come experience many major household audio brands from around the world during this truly international showcase of luxurious lifestyle for music lovers.

RMAF opened exhibitor registration on Monday, March 15 and is begin assigning proprietary rooms. As you may remember, those exhibitors who participated in RMAF 2019 will have the first opportunity to claim their same rooms or request a change. Beginning on Monday, April 12, exhibitors who are new to RMAF and those who are returning after a hiatus will be able to reserve any rooms not yet claimed by 2019 exhibitors. "Because of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 information and mandates, we are not accepting payments for exhibit space until May 17," says



04 / 06 / 21

The Science of Rock N' Roll Exhibition For Sale

The Science Of Rock N' Roll Exhibition For Sale
Rasmus Auctions has been tasked to sell the Science Of Rock N' Roll Exhibition. This is a complete liquidation auction of the exhibition and includes a 10,000 sq/ft space that provides a fresh look at the history of rock from the perspective of science and technology. This is offered in its entirety to include rights and title to all exhibits, light, sound, show, fixtures, trademarks, artwork, materials, and intellectual property. Hard assets are stored on four tractor-trailers and kept in exhibition cases designed for touring.

"Rock n' roll is as much a product of science and technology as it the offspring of the blues, R&B, hillbilly and jazz," says the exhibition's website. "Scientific discoveries have had an incalculable effect on how we make, listen to, sell, acquire, perform, share and enjoy music. The more You think about it, the more fascinating it gets. The Science of Rock N' Roll tells the story of rock n' roll from a different perspective: how our need to make music has led to new technologies and how those technologies ended up changing the way we make music. We hope you will enjoy this new spin on rock history."



04 / 05 / 21

Gold Note Audio PH-1000 MM / MC Phono Stage

Gold Note Audio PH-1000 MM / MC Phono Stage
Gold Note Audio's new PH-1000 MM/MC phono stage (€9600) is the best phono stage the company has ever offered and is 100% made within Italy. Featuring a Class A headphone output, it also provides +40 EQ curves preset, four adjustable custom EQ curves, and an optional high-quality Class A line preamplifier. Besides the amazing amount of 40 EQ curves available, you can customize the EQ curves manually by adjusting three main parameters. With seven gain and 12 load levels, as well as six capacitance options, the PH-1000 can drive the most exotic of cartridges easily.

All the functionalities are managed through discrete audio-grade components and sealed single switches, always shortening the signal path to deliver superior audio quality and extract even the finest details from the vinyl record. Gold Note Audio's PH-1000 offers three independent inputs, two unbalanced RCA and one balanced XLR. There are also two other inputs, one RCA and one XLR, that can be used either for the external load plugs for even finer control of the load, or as line inputs on the PH-1000 with preamplifier. Add the other functionalities, such as the headphone output, a stereo / mono control with phase inversion, L/R channel swap, and rumble subsonic filter.



04 / 02 / 21

FLAC Lossless 24-bit/192kHz Zappa Albums On Qobuz

FLAC Lossless 24-bit/192kHz Zappa On Qobuz
Qobuz has partnered with UMe and Zappa Records to provide dozens of Frank Zappa albums for the first time in true lossless Hi-Res Audio. Totaling 29 albums spanning all phases of Zappa's groundbreaking career, the new five-week campaign will span a series of drops between now and May 7th, with classic and influential albums released for download and streaming in true lossless Hi-Res Music quality for the first time in history. Beginning April 2, fans will be able to stream and download nine albums exclusively on Qobuz. The albums will be available in native 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res Music FLAC format. Each will include an extensive PDF digital booklet, a feature only available on Qobuz's streaming apps. On April 1 more Zappa album will drop. Also of note is that Qobuz is running a program now through May 15th called 'Qobuz music gifts,' where they're offering a wide array of Hi-Res albums for free download.



04 / 01 / 21

High-End Audiophile Hi-Fi Gear Review Magazine

Enjoy the Music.com's Special April Review Magazine
This month's Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine features some special goodies for April 1. We also have a glorious variety of great gear reviews, thoughtful think pieces, and more! See Enjoy the Music.com's March Review Magazine at this link.


A Primer: Attending An Audio Show

A Primer: Attending An Audio Show
Plus a few tasty bits of insider info you need to know.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
Hi guys and gals in AudioLand. With all these show reports contained within the Enjoy the Music.com pages, i felt you would be interested in what it takes to cover shows as a humble writer looking to get scoops on all the groovy gear. First comes making all the arrangements. The airline tickets, the hotel reservation, the rental car... Nothing hard with that except being a bit strenuous on your wallet. Have you seen what these hotel rooms cost? Almost 300 sheckles for the 'phile City show... each night! Hmmm, being short on cashola i guess it will be fun staying at the YMCA for me again this year....
--->A Primer: Attending an audio show.



Digital Audio Consumption Grows, Even In A Pandemic Article By Ted Green, President Of The Stratecon Group, Inc.

Digital Audio Consumption Grows,
Even In A Pandemic
Article By Ted Green, President Of The Stratecon Group, Inc.
In new data from eMarketer, we learn that digital audio continues to grow even in the wake of a global pandemic. And by grow, they mean that the time users spend listening to this type of content continues to increase. Early in the pandemic, this didn't necessarily look like it would be the case, as homebound consumers turned to traditional TV or social media (or both) leading many researchers to suggest digital audio would lose some ground. Many market researchers, including eMarketer, had predicted that digital audio would be hit hard by the pandemic. Why would they think that? Because conventional wisdom had it that most users enjoyed listening to this kind of content during their commute to/from work.
---> Digital audio consumption grows...



CH Precision — A Postscript

CH Precision — A Postscript Review
Three months after the dust settled on last issue's marathon project covering CH Precision's all analogue A1.5, P1, L1, X1 amplifier system, some more aspects came to mind.
Review By Martin Colloms
While I was in the thick of considering the CH Precision A1.5, P1, L1 and X1 late last year, such was the complexity and range of settings and modes and connections, and not least power supply options, that a considered overview was somehow just out of reach. Moreover, those continued and complex evaluations were inevitably constrained by particular circumstances in that more extended trial and error methods to establish quality limits could have added value, for example exchanging multiple cables in all positions, signal, and loudspeaker, and also mains connection methods, whether central or extended line. Then there is the matter of optimising the choices and subsequent alignment of anti-vibration frames and optional intermediary supports.
---> CH Precision — A Postscript.



Avantgarde Acoustic Duo XD Hornspeaker Review

Avantgarde Acoustic Duo XD Hornspeaker Review
Blow Up! – With the Duo XD, Avantgarde Acoustic shows what horn technology and a perfectly matched active woofers... are able to do to the sound.
Review By Matthias Böde
Yes, you have read the measurement results from our lab correctly (in case you checked them): For 94 decibels of sound pressure at a distance of one meter, this speaker needs just 0.07 Watts of power. Seven Watts would be somewhat normal, 0.7 Watts already a sensation – but 0.07 Watts reads like a typo. It is completely true though! This is made possible by the large horn at the top end of the Duo XD, coming from the specialist Avantgarde Acoustic, based in a small town in the Odenwald mountain range in southwestern Germany. This horn is connected directly to the amplifier without any intermediate crossover and visually symbolizes the phenomenal efficiency with its huge opening of 67 centimeters.
---> Avantgarde Acoustic Duo XD hornspeaker review.



Radio Shack's Realistic System 200 Stereo Review

Radio Shack's Realistic System 200 Review
Tremendous features and an authentic value!
Review By Mark Rochlin
Today I received the most amazing unit to evaluate, the Realistic System 200! New for 1988, this unit represents a new peak of the Tandy / Radio Shack line and continues the tradition of quality and value that makes Radio Shack famous and guarantees their continued success. Their System 200's ingenious design revolves around both sonic excellence and ease of use. Styled in a custom made faux walnut-looking rack with matching speakers, this unit will enhance the style of your living room. Radio Shack has taken the unique approach of enclosing the entire unit within one single chassis. This allows them to invest into their system where it counts, the internal electronics.
---> Radio Shack's Realistic System 200 stereo review.



AGD The Audion MKII Monoblock Amplifier Review

World Premiere Review!
AGD The Audion MKII Monoblock Amplifier Review
The Audion MkII takes this prized monoblock to the next level.
Review By Rick Becker
To be a successful manufacturer it is imperative to know when to draw the line on product development and call it ready for production. The problem is most designers know the creative process can go on indefinitely. Technology rarely stands still. What is cleverly called "passion" often can be arguably described as an obsessive-compulsive addiction to perfection. Those who cannot draw the line and commit to even small-scale production become artisans of serial, unique products, no two of which are alike. A clever way to avoid this trap is modular construction. Alberto Guerra was thinking several chess moves in advance when he came out with his stunning Vivace monoblock Class D amplifiers with GaN MOSFET transistors.
---> AGD The Audion MKII monoblock amplifier review.



Audience adeptResponse aR6-T4 Passive Power Conditioner Review With Audience's frontRow powerChord

Audience adeptResponse aR6-T4 Passive Power Conditioner With Audience's frontRow powerChord Review
Reacquaint yourself with the art of deep listening.
Review By Dr. Michael Bump
I recently came across an article written in early March 2020 by LA Times Staff Writer, Randall Roberts. The write-up, entitled, The Lost Art of Deep Listening: Choose an album. Lose the phone. Close your eyes, is offered as a challenge (to those who are otherwise not of an audiophile persuasion) to listen with all manner of intent as if binge-watching all seven seasons of Sons of Anarchy (which I admittedly have done now on three occasions). The assignment: Clear your schedule for the next three hours of all distractions. Choose three full recordings from your collection and put them in an ordered queue (as if you were programming a triple feature binge-watch). Then, close your eyes, and just listen... Roberts reflects, "There was a time when listeners treated the mere existence of recorded sound like a miracle – a wonder, a kind of time travel. Vintage images from the space age, recalling couples seated around their high-fidelity systems as if being warmed by a fireplace."
---> Audience adeptResponse aR6-T4 passive power conditioner with Audience's frontRow powerChord.



FiiO FD5 Flagship Dynamic In-Ear Monitors (IEM) Review

FiiO FD5 Flagship Dynamic In-Ear Monitors (IEM) Review
You can teach an old dog new tricks!
Review By Paul Schumann
As I approach the big 6-0, I have become more mindful of the choices I make and how I spend my time. I am constantly asking myself, "How can I get the most out of this day?" Sure, I still waste too much time on Facebook and YouTube, but I still try to block out some time each day for something that will challenge me in some way. It might be trying a new recipe, coming up with a new teaching strategy, working on a new audio equipment project, listening to a new challenging piece of music, attempting a new yoga pose, or watching a new show. Included in this endeavor is reviewing new and different pieces of equipment. Thanks to Steven's benevolent leadership, I have been able to listen to, and write about a wide variety of high-end pieces of equipment from all over the world.
---> FiiO FD5 flagship dynamic in-ear monitors (IEM) review.



Sennheiser HD820 Closed Back Stereo Headphones Review

Sennheiser HD820 Stereo Headphones Review
Following on from his review of the classic open-back HD 800 headphones from Sennheiser in the last issue of HIFICRITIC, Keith Howard now assesses the closed-back version HD 820.
Review By Keith Howard
This is a rhetorical question because I don't pretend to have an answer to it. Why did it take Sennheiser so long, in the wake of the successful launch of the HD 800 in 2010, to develop a closed-back version? A glance at the HD 820 ($2399.95) is enough to tell you that that's what it is – but we had to wait a further eight years for it. Could it be that Sennheiser was diverted into serving the burgeoning mobile audio market? Or that developing a closed-back sibling to the HD 800 proved tough? Having spent a month measuring and listening to the HD 820, I reckon the latter is at least a realistic possibility. Because if you expect the HD 820 to provide HD 800-like sound quality (but with improved isolation of external sound), you're destined to be disappointed.
---> Sennheiser HD820 stereo headphones review.


High-End Audio Reviews & Audiophile Articles

High-End Audiophile Review Magazine

Read All Articles, Hi-Fi Gear Reviews, Etc.
We have more wonderful high-end audio equipment reviews, think pieces, etc within this month's Enjoy the Music.com's Review Magazine available at this link.



03 / 31 / 21

Audio Research: Making The Music Glow Book

Audio Research's Making The Music Glow Book By Ken Kessler
Audio Research is honored to partner with author Ken Kessler in releasing a book timed to the company's 50th anniversary. Audio Research: Making the Music Glow ($150) describes the people behind the company, designing, manufacturing, fine-tuning, and marketing the audio amplification and source components that have been regarded perpetually as among the best in the industry. Celebrating their first half-century, Audio Research's book tells the story of a manufacturer that helped define high-end audio, with the sole purpose of elevating the sound quality of music in the home.

William Zane "Bill" Johnson established Audio Research in 1970, basing its products on what was then considered by many to be obsolete technology: vacuum tubes. Guided by his passion for music and quality listening with a refusal to fall victim to fashion and design trends of the times, Johnson was revolutionary in sound reproduction. With open access to the company's archives, the participation of employees, and the support and insights of Bill's wife, Nancy, Audio Research: Making the Music Glow is filled with rare images, curated reprints of period interviews, the definitive product listing, and a study of what the experts have determined to be the company's 25 greatest achievements, augmented by fresh photography of each model. Within the pages are the stories of the company's roots, its development, its evolution, and its tenacious hold on delivering industry standard in music playback. You can buy Making The Music Glow book by Ken Kessler from Audio Research's website.



Hi-Fi World May 2021

Hi-Fi World's May 2021 Reviews & Think Pieces
Hi-Fi World's May 2021 issue features your chance to win Esprit Beta loudspeaker cables worth £580.. Reviews within this issue include the Hart Vinyl Brush / Russ Andrews Stasis Super Clean Brush, ED A270 integrated amplifier, Ortofon Per Windfeld Ti MC cartridge, Soundeck Platter Mat, Focal Chora 806 loudspeakers, B&W 607 S2 Anniversary Edition bookshelf speakers, Topping e30 DAC, Moonriver Audio Model 404 integrated amplifier, Black Rhodium Quickstep S loudspeaker cables, L'Acoustics Creations Contour XO earbuds, and Focal Clear MG headphones.

Within his editorial, Noel Keywood says "Everyone, it seems, has the sound of an ideal loudspeaker in their head. That's why there are so many loudspeaker manufacturers on this planet, each founded to deliver that elusive perfect sound. Ah – what simple romance! It's easy enough to achieve. Buy some drive units, put them in a box of specified volume, knock up a crossover and get twiddling! I've done it all in the past, with circular saw, sheets of MDF and a lot of necessary enthusiasm. There's no end of design software available to match bass unit to cabinet and design a suitable crossover." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi World at this link.



Hi-Fi+ Issue April 2021

Hi-Fi+ April 2021 High-End Audio Magazine
Hi-Fi+'s April 2021 issue features reviews of the CH Precision L10/M10 line-level preamplifier & stereo power amplifier, Copland CSA-150 hybrid integrated amplifier, Monitor Audio Bronze 200 floorstanding loudspeaker, Melco S100 audiophile network switch, Accuphase DP-570 CD/SACD player, Leben CS 300F integrated amplifier, Innuos Phoenixnet audiophile network switch, Norma Audio Revo IPA-140 integrated amplifier, Audel Milika MK2 floorstanding loudspeaker, Network Acoustics Eno Ag / Streaming Cable Ag audiophile network filter and Ethernet cable, CrystalConnect By Crystal Cable MonetT audio cable system, RSX Technologies Prime power cord, Shunyata Research Omega QR-S/DF-SS power cord & cable isolation system, and Espirit Audio GAIA interconnects and loudspeaker cables.

Within this month's editorial, Alan Sircom says, "It was 30 years ago today that I walked into the Bristol Sound and Vision show, wearing for the first time a badge proclaiming that I was a reviewer. I had recently moved from working for a London audio retailer to writing for a then-new magazine. I've only missed two Bristol Shows since that day in 1991; one a few years ago due to illness, and this one that 'The Illness' cancelled. Hopefully, by the time we go back to the Bristol Show once again in 2022, the Marriott team will have cleaned the damn building and fixed the damn elevators!" See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ magazine at this link.



03 / 30 / 21

Deezer Follows Spotify With 1980's CD Quality Music Streaming

Deezer Follows Spotify With 1980's CD Quality Music Streaming
Deezer announced that 1980's compact disc (CD) quality is a bigger part of their Family package for just $19.99. According to Deezer, "Your whole family deserves the supreme music experience. Today Deezer's new dedicated Family HiFi tier launches worldwide. If you're one of Deezer's HiFi users, you can instantly upgrade to 'Family HiFi' and get up to six profiles for just $19.99. The new offering costs just $5 more than a regular HiFi subscription, which means that you pay only $1 for each additional profile. Deezer will also open Family HiFi to new subscribers for the same price later this year."

While music streaming services Qobuz and others have embraced modern 2000s technology with 24-bit/88.1kHz or higher true lossless music streaming, Spotify and Deezer and still stuck maxing out at 1980's technology with lower quality CD 16-bit/44.1kHz music. The good news with Deezer is there are no annoying ads and you get access to access to 70 million tracks plus a way to filer kids' access with parental controls. Another plus is unlimited skips and offline listening / downloads in CD quality using the widely-accepted, and playable on virtually all devices sold today worldwide, FLAC file format. There's also curated recommendations, smart mixes and editorial playlists, including your own Family Mix. Of note is you'll also get access to '360 by Deezer' app with tracks in Sony's new 360 Reality Audio format.



03 / 29 / 21

Tacet Real Surround Sound Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphonies

Tacet Real Surround Sound Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphonies
Recording label Tacet, with their innovative 'Real Surround Sound', has released their Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphonies KV 551 and 543 by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (0259-4 SACD, €21.47 plus VAT). Featuring Gordan Nikolić on violin, this album has two devilishly good performances, which "centuries after their creation they still knock people who have an antenna for it off their feet," says Tacet. "The way he quasi throws down the last movement of the Jupiter symphony like a gauntlet at the feet of his contemporaries is inimitable. Unfortunately, you can't see it on this SACD when the bassoons and cellos laugh up their sleeves, but you can hear it all the better. What contrasts!"

Tacet continues by saying, "After the bright beginning with timpani and trumpets, the second movement comes from a completely different world. "Con sordino", seductively and gently Gordan Nikolic and the girls and guys of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra caress the ears. And so it goes on and on. Same with the E flat major symphony. Yes, but aren't there already many wonderful recordings of these works? Yes there are. But as is the case with Mozart, the most famous interpreters can fail and the least known can hit the mark. Decide yourself. Also with sound there is always headroom upwards just as on the Richter scale, upwardly open. Speaking of sound, during the recording the orchestra sat in a circle around Mozart, similar to the other symphonies in this series. Native TACET Real Surround Sound. Sit down with him, right in the middle!"



03 / 26 / 21

RMAF 2021 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2021)

Celebrate The Wonderful ~17 Years Of The RMAF
Enjoy the Music.com invites you to celebrate the truly wonderful ~17 years of reporting on the RMAF (Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest) event in Denver. Their upcoming 17th annual show is the most innovative consumer audio and home entertainment industry-operated show within the United States of America. Attendees are encouraged to go from room-to-room, interact with salespeople and engineers, have a seat and casually listen. Many bring their own iPods, discs or vinyl records, as most exhibitors are happy to play one or two favorite songs as a demonstration of sound quality. A variety of equipment is demonstrated, ranging from affordable audio systems to ultra-expensive high-end gear. RMAF also features live entertainment, informative seminars, equipment show specials, and prize drawings throughout the weekend. RMAF also records their seminars filled with valuable info not to be missed, which you can watch right now within our show reports. We look forward to seeing you at RMAF 2021 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center from October 8th through 10th.


RMAF 2021 Show Report (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2021)

Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) Show Report 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 , 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004.



You Can Meet Grammy Winner Niles Rogers Online

You Can Meet Grammy Winner Niles Rogers Online
Imagine music lovers being able to meet their idols, or ask them questions and interact freely when you have time. The Forever Project creates one-to-one digital encounters between A-List people and the people who love them. These are in-depth question and answer sessions, using digital projections of real public figures. The Forever Project integrates a range of new technologies, enabling major public figures to answer questions put directly to them by their fans, in real time, from a rich set of pre-filmed replies. Here In The Room is offering multi-Grammy winning musician Niles Rogers for a one-on-one experience.

This is a voice driven experience, designed to enable you to ask questions directly to music legend Nile Rodgers. Once you have entered the experience, you can press the speak button and ask Nile a question. If the answer was recorded from the five hours of content we filmed with him, the system will play that answer or will get as close as it can. If an answer wasn't recorded, Nile will let you know and suggest you ask a different question. If you can't think of what to ask, just open up the suggestion questions option and you'll have a selection of three to choose from - invaluable for those harder to find gems! You can access the experience on your computer or mobile devices as they have also developed a virtual reality 3D experience too!



03 / 25 / 21

Schiit Hel 2 PC/Console/Gaming DAC And Headamp

Schiit Hel 2 PC/Console/Gaming DAC And Headamp
Schiit's new Hel 2 ($199) is an excellent value-oriented Hi-Res DAC and headphone amplifier for your PC, gaming console, etc. Simply plug the Hel 2 in to any PC, Mac, PS4, PS5, or Switch, and you'll get excellent sound quality that Schiit is known for. The high-quality headphone audio amplifier is combined with a podcast-quality microphone input, which means you're listeners can hear every detail plus you sound great too! Hel 2 ups the sound quality of your typical office computer system with the aid of 24-bit AKM analog-to-digital conversion, and you'll enjoy headphone audio with much higher power and lower distortion than virtually any PC. 

Hel 2 is also an amazing DAC/amplifier, with incredible flexibility. The high-end AK4490 digital-to-analog converter delivers exceptional sound. Connect to your computer via USB, your TV via optical, and create an entire system with powerful headphone output and versatile preamp output for powered monitors or external speaker amplifiers. The AKM AK4490 D/A converter is coupled with an Alps RK09 potentiometer, high-quality filter and amplification stages from Texas Instruments, a sophisticated bipolar +/-12V supply, and precision thin-film resistors and film capacitors. This unit is designed and built in California and includes a two-year warranty.



VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V With MM/MC Phono Stage Review

World Premiere Review!
VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V With MM/MC Phono Stage
For serious music lovers living at the cutting edge of what is possible.
Review By Ron Nagle
The letters VAC is not an abbreviation for vacuum, although the VAC Renaissance Mk V does have five miniature twin triode vacuum tubes on board. The company banner is actually an acronym for, Valve Amplification Company. This Mk V preamplifier is something entirely new in the VAC lineup for 2017. There is a basic MkV line stage preamplifier without the phono stage that sells for $9990. That configuration uses just two miniature Dual Triode tubes. The Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V, under evaluation here, contains an optional MM/MC (moving magnet and moving coil) phono amplification stage that adds three additional 12AX7 tubes. With the optional phono stage on board, the cost increases to $12,990.
---> VAC Renaissance Preamplifier Mk V with MM/MC phono stage review.



03 / 24 / 21

Qobuz Lossless 24-bit Streaming Available On Sonos

Qobuz Lossless 24-bit Streaming Available On Sonos
One of the most long-awaited features for Sonos has become a reality as Qobuz, the music lovers' true lossless Hi-Res Music streaming and download provider, is the first provider to deliver lossless 24-bit/48kHz higher-res music streaming on Sonos. Qobuz customers will be able to listen to slightly better than the 19080's 'lossless' CD music on their newer Sonos speakers. We agree it is better than lossy mp3 as you'll enjoy more details and color of original recordings with the ease of simply pressing play within the Sonos app. Available with the Sonos S2 app, this new integration is one of Qobuz's broadest expansions of Hi-Res streaming support to date.

In 2013, Qobuz became the first music service to offer 16-bit FLAC streaming on Sonos. They are continuing to expand access to higher-resolution streaming on Sonos by introducing 24-bit music via the longstanding industry standard lossless FLAC file type, so there's no need to deal with any lossy proprietary codec(s). Qobuz' 24-bit files are compatible with most products within Sonos' S2 platform. This new integration builds on Qobuz's continued expansion of hardware partnerships, including the addition of Hi-Res compatible hardware on the Android platform several years ago. Qobuz 24-bit Hi-Res FLAC streaming is available on Sonos in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.



03 / 23 / 21

64 Audio Launches U18s 18-Driver In-Ear Monitor (IEM)

64 Audio Launches U18s 18-Driver In-Ear Monitor (IEM)
64 Audio is proud to announce the launch of their U18s ($2,999) audiophile-grade universal fit 18-driver in-ear monitor (IEM). The U18s includes 18 precision-balanced armature drivers per earpiece, and is handcrafted in the USA from aerospace-grade aluminum billet. CNC milled, hand blasted, fly cut, and twice anodized... the result is "a striking fractal design that is inspired by nature itself" says the company. Driver configuration is one TIA high, one high-mid, eight midrange, and eight low-frequency units. Frequency response is from 10Hz to 20kHz with a sensitivity of 106dB/mW @ 1mW. Impedance is 8 Ohms nominal and isolation is a good -10dB with mX module, better -15dB with m15 module, and excellent -20dB with m20 module.



03 / 22 / 21

Zylia Streaming Application For MacOS

Zylia Streaming Application For MacOS
Zylia has announced their new streaming application for MacOS that empowers musicians and recordists a solution for easily setting-up live streaming of your music performance in the Ambisonics format. The core of this application is Zylia Ambisonics Converter that converts the ZM-1 multi-channel recordings into Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA). With this tool, you can stream your audio content directly in HOA format (1st, 2nd, and 3rd order) or Binaural format by using an additional binauralization plug-in. This new plug-in is easily configured with streaming software like OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) that allows combining your audio stream with a video stream and transmitting directly to most of the well-known multimedia platforms (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, etc.). In addition to this application, Zylia provides the beta OBS plug-in, which is able to get direct output from Zylia streaming application without using any virtual sound card. With its' software-based adjustment of Zylia ZM-1 microphone position, you can take advantage of multi-channel immersive HOA or two-channel binaural output mode.



03 / 19 / 21

Celebrate Nearly 20 Years Of The HIGH END Show

Celebrate Nearly 20 Years Of The HIGH END Show
We invite you to celebrate Enjoy the Music.com's nearly 20 years of reporting on the High End Society's event in Germany. As perhaps high-end audio's very first dedicated online web site to report on HIGH END, which years ago was in Frankfurt at the beautiful Kempinski Hotel, this event now takes place at the MOC within Munich. Their success shines through as during HIGH END 2021 the High End Society have added an International Parts + Supply Event. Furthermore, the High End Society just announced they're adding a very special ALTI Automotive Audio Conference. This brings home audio, personal audio, mobile sound, and the parts that make it all happen within a must-see event! Once again, let's celebrate HIGH END as you can see their industry-leading events for the past two decades! Come re-live the immense history of the most important annual audiophile event in the world. Enjoy the Music.com looks forward to seeing you at HIGH END 2021 in Munich at the MOC.


HIGH END 2020 Show Report Munich Germany

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SVS Announces 3000 Micro Active / DSP Subwoofer

SVS Announces 3000 Micro Active / DSP Subwoofer
SVS' just launched their 3000 Micro reference subwoofer ($799.99), which is said to produce "chest-pounding, musical bass with accuracy and depth from a shockingly compact 10-inch cabinet that fits anywhere." Benefiting from SVS' many years of innovation in producing award-winning active subwoofers, this compact 10-inch cabinet features dual opposing 8-inch SVS drivers that output in opposite directions. As for the 8-inch drivers, a progressive inverted surround allows for maximum excursion and is critical to moving massive amounts of air and generating sound pressure levels you can feel at the deepest frequencies down to 23Hz. SVS' Sledge STA-800D2 amplifier with discrete MOSFET output combines the high-current output of MOSFET transistors with Class D efficiency to produce 800 Watts (2500+ Watts peak power).

Specialized 50 MHz Analog Devices Audio DSP with 56-bit filtering ensures ample processing power for the many features available via app control. Many convenient controls and custom presets are easy to use via SVS' Subwoofer DSP smartphone app available for Apple, Android, and Amazon devices. The SVS subwoofer app is the most convenient way to control volume, access multiple DSP functions and program custom presets for one-touch tuning optimized for music, movies, gaming, and more. You can also adjust crossover frequencies, a three-band parametric EQ, polarity, room gain and more. Frequency response for the SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer is from 23Hz to 240Hz (+/-3dB) and the cabinet's overall dimensions are 10.9" x 11.7" x 10.7" (HxWxD). Enjoy the Music.com has reviewed the SB-2000 active subwoofer and we reviewed the SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer.




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