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Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review

Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review
Excellent transparency and musicality deliver musical bliss.
Review By Tom Lyle
In July of 2021, I reviewed Aavik Acoustics's I-180 integrated amplifier, D-180 DAC, and S-180 streamer / network player. In the review, I practically raved about the sonic quality of all three components, so it was no surprise that Aavik earned a hard-fought Enjoy the Music.com 2021 Blue Note Award within our September 2021 issue. The three Aavik components bestowed a 2021 Blue Note award are not cheap, but neither are they extravagantly priced at $7200 each. That is certainly reasonable for high-end audio components that I thought were some of the best I've ever heard within and above their price range. Not only that, but these three components took a surprisingly noticeable step up in their sonic performance when used together. I'm willing to admit that their good looks might have initially contributed to me liking them, especially when the three components were stacked on top of each other - an Aavik stack.
---> Aavik Acoustics RIAA R-180 Phono Preamplifier Review.



LampizatOr Golden Gate 2 DAC Review

LampizatOr Golden Gate 2 DAC Review
An accurate and unfettered music source for my system.
Review By Matthew Clott
Vacuum tubes versus solid-state are the Audiophile's version of red versus white wine. Both are lovely and both have die-hard fans and haters alike. I don't buy into either club completely, and I don't want to start the next Vacuum Tube Versus Solid-State war. I have enjoyed and currently own both tube and solid-state gear, and use both for reviews. That said, years ago I developed an aversion to tubes in my DAC's, partly due to experience and partly due to unsubstantiated personal bias (hey, at least I'm honest!). Tasting LampizatOr's latest release, the Golden Gate 2, was like eating olive's. I have tried them over and over because I want to like them so badly; but I just never have, no matter which I try. My first experience with LampizatOr was with their Big 6 almost a decade ago. I was skeptical of tubes in a DAC but I just wanted to love it.
---> LampizatOr Golden Gate 2 DAC Review.



CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report  By Emiko

CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report
Aural adventures and dynamic innovations!
CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report By Emiko
I'm chuckling as I write this. I honestly thought two days of headphones would be plenty. Ha! CanJam SoCal proved me otherwise. I arrived bright and early at the Marriott in Irvine, CA on Saturday, September 17th (day one of two) to a vibe! CanJam SoCal 2022 was bubbling with energy, smiles, laughter, and yes, audible music. Previous CanJams I had attended were somewhat more mellow and quiet but for whatever reason, this one was sprinkled with some serious magic. Now, full disclosure, I know what it is to put on an audio show. I'm Senior VP of T.H.E. Show. So my kudos and congratulations to the CanJam SoCal crew are heartfelt.
---> CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report By Emiko.



High-End Audio & Music Industry News

Hi-Fi+ Issue October 2022

Hi-Fi+ October 2022 High-End Audio Magazine
Hi-Fi+'s October 2022 Issue Features The Following:
Editorial: A Fond Farewell To Our Friends
Audiovector QR 7 Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Vivid Giya G1 Spirit Floorstanding Loudspeaker
EgglestonWorks Emma Evo Floorstanding Loudspeaker
Lindemann Musicbook Combo Streaming Integrated Amplifier
Gold Note DS-10 Evo Streamer/DAC
Vermeer Audio Model THREE D Streamer/DAC
Silent Angel Bonn N8 Pro Network Switch
Burson Audio Timekeeper 3X GT Monoblock Amplifier
...And More!
---> See This Issue Of Hi-Fi+.



HIFICRITIC Volume 16 Number 3 July / August / September 2022

HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue Is Now Available
HIFICRITIC's July / August / September 2022 issue features:
Editorial: The Future Of Audio
dCS Rossini Apex DAC 
HiFi Rose RA 1800 Amplifier
Pro-Ject X8 And DS3B Turntable
Kimber Kable Naked Cable 
Vitus Audio RI-101 MkII Integrated Amplifier 
Lumin U2 Mini Network Transport
Silent Angel Bonn N8 Data Switch
Caylin C9 Headphone Amplifier
Pro-Ject MaiA S3 Integrated Amplifier
Aurosound Vida MKII Phono Stage
...And Much More!
---> See This Issue Of HIFICRITIC.



UK Audio Show 2022 Is This Weekend

The UK Audio Show Is This Weekend
As the UK Audio Show rushes towards 70 exhibitors who will showcase over 170 top brands, this could this be the biggest and most diverse event to date! With over 10 hours of special events, a host of new exhibitors a/ products, great venue, press members in attendance, and overseas trade visitors substantially increased, this year's show looks to be their best ever. The show will occupy the whole of the Staverton Park Hotel complex at Daventry, as it increases its National and International status. Further plans include a major concert on the show's Saturday evening, along with an increased presence of keynote speakers, workshops and listening sessions during show days.
---> The UK Audio Show Is This Weekend.



Happy 40th Birthday To The Compact Disc

Happy 40th Birthday To The Compact Disc
First launched in Japan during 1982, the Sony CDP-101 was the world's first commercially released compact disc (CD) player. The system was launched in Japan on October 1, 1982 at a list price of 168,000 yen (~$730). The Japan-only launch was said to be because Philips, Sony's technology partner in the development of the CD format, was unable to meet the original agreed launch date. Sony agreed to delay the launch of the format outside Japan by six months. Philips launched their CD100 during November 1982.
---> Happy 40th Birthday To The Compact Disc.



High-End Audiophile / Immersivephile Hi-Fi Gear Review Magazine

Enjoy the Music.com's October Reviews
Plus Our CanJam SoCal 2022 Report
This month's magazine features our extensive CanJam 2022 show report by Emiko plus editorials from leading premium audio magazines! We also have two videos within this issue, including one describing Elon Musk's home audio system! All that and more within our October Review Magazine. As always, in the end what really matters is that you... enjoy the music.
---> Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine.



audioXpress   Australian Hi-Fi Magazine   Hi-Fi+ Magazine

HIFICRITIC Magazine  HiFi Media Magazine  The Absolute Sound



High-End Audio Show Reports

Capital Audiofest 2022 Show Report (CAF 2022)
Capital Audiofest 2022


Toronto Audiofest 2022 Show Report
Toronto Audiofest 2022


CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report -- Headphones, HeadFi, Headamps, and More!
CanJam SoCal 2022


Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Show Report
Pacific Audio Fest 2022


T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022


HIGH END Munich 2022 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2022


AXPONA 2022 Chicago Show Report


CanJam Singapore 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022


Salon Audio Montreal / Audio Fest 2022 Show Report
Montreal Audiofest 2022


Florida Audio Expo 2022 Show Report
Florida Audio Expo 2022


Capital Audiofest 2021 Show Report (CAF 2021)
Capital Audiofest 2021


---> More Show Reports


Ampsandsound Red October Integrated Amplifier Review

Ampsandsound Red October Int. Amp. Review
Engaging, toe-tapping, fun, and tonally correct.
Review By Sam Rosen
Ampsandsound continues to surprise and delight me. Last year it was with the Rockwell, which showed me what a DHT amplifier built around a less well known tube could do. ampsandsound also rolled out the new Agartha and converted their entire lineup (with the exception of the Rockwell) to novel (9-pin) input tubes. For a small company, Justin Weber (the owner of ampsandsound) is making big changes at a speed rarely seen in high-end audio. Good news for me and everyone else, he had a few more surprises in store and one of them was the Red October. The Red October, is a no-holds-barred 300B single-ended tube amplifier. It is built on his rolled steel chassis with beautiful point-to-point and turret board construction. While the amplifier itself is built on a single chassis, it is a true dual mono design. Each channel has its own separate power supply, and the only shared components are headphone jacks, outputs, and inputs.
---> Ampsandsound Red October Int.  Amp. Review.



Dreaming In Traffic With The McIntosh MX1375 & Jeep Grand Wagoneer Review

Dreaming In Traffic With The McIntosh MX1375 & Jeep Grand Wagoneer
Two Iconic American brands. The McIntosh MX1375 and Jeep Grand Wagoneer make really sweet music together.
Review By Ian White

As the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer cut through Manhattan on its way to the Holland Tunnel, Joshua Dellinger gently raised the volume on the McIntosh MX1375 Reference Entertainment System and it became abundantly clear why the folks in Binghamton and Detroit decided to make this project a reality. After our coverage of the 2021 Houston Auto Show where we were given one of our first opportunities to experience this system, there was a surprising amount of pushback from audiophiles who could not understand why the most successful and respected brand in high-end audio selected Jeep as the showcase for their statement automotive entertainment system.
---> Dreaming In Traffic With The McIntosh MX1375 & Jeep Grand Wagoneer.



Interview With David Chesky On Music And his new venture the Audiophile Society.

Interview With David Chesky
On Music And his new venture the Audiophile Society.
Plus a very special half-off code for Enjoy the Music.com friends.
Article By Steven R. Rochlin
The Audiophile Society is the brainchild of composer, pianist, and audio pioneer David Chesky. The new label will focus on bringing even more realistic three-dimensional recordings to market with their Mega-Dimensional Sound, The Audiophile Society's name for their unique two-channel 3D audio that can play on all existing two-channel stereo, while showcasing emerging artists working in a multitude of genres. The ultimate goal of The Audiophile Society is to change the way you hear music.
---> Interview With David Chesky Concerning Music.



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