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Enjoy the Music.com's July 2022 Luxury Audio Review Magazine
With our extensive show coverage of AXPONA and HIGH END now online, we focus on hot fun in the summertime! Within this month's issue, we have a world premiere of the highly-anticipated value-priced LampizatOr Amber 4 DAC / Preamplifier, the extraordinary dCS LINA headphone system, Crystal Cable's Monet power cable, Pass Labs' X260.8 monoblock amps, Critical Mass Systems' Center Stage 2M Footers, the marvelous McIntosh MP100 Phono Stage / Stereo Preamplifier... and more!
---> See this month's Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine.



HIFICRITIC Volume 16 Number 2 April / May / June 2022

HIFICRITIC's Latest Issue Is Now Available
Editorial: We Welcome Back Hi-Fi Shows
Munich HIGH END Show Report
Magico A3 Loudspeaker
Marantz Model 40N Amplifier And Network/SACD Player
Icon 4Pro Passive Line Controller
Measuring Speakers It's All About The Bass
Q Acoustics Concept 50 Speaker
Audiolab Omnia 'Just Add Speakers' System
Russell K Red 120 SE Floorstanders
Mark Levinson No.5909 ANC Headphones
...And Much More!
---> HIFICRITIC April / May / June 2022 Magazine.



Spaced A-B Microphone Placements / Array

Spaced A-B Microphone Placements / Array
A recent paper from Florian Grond, Jack Kelly, and Wieslaw Woszczyk of the McGill University Schulich School of Music brings new insights to space microphone arrays. Titled "Spaced A-B Microphone Placements Of Higher-Order Ambisonics Microphone Arrays: Techniques for recording and balancing direct and ambient sound," they end by acknowledging that their findings may open more question than it answers. "In acoustic music recording, spaced microphone positions typically give an impression of spaciousness and depth in the rendered sound scene. Inter-channel decorrelation, particularly at low frequencies, is thought to contribute to this effect, and cannot be achieved through coincident techniques."
---> Spaced A-B Microphone Placements / Array.



UK Audio Show To Go Large In Major Development

UK Audio Show To Go Large...
This just in: A significant announcement from the organizers of The UK Audio Show reveals plans for a major expansion of this premier Audio Show. For 2023, organizers have announced that 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. Next year's event will also see a special zone, dedicated to manufacturers from a specific country under a new handshake scheme.
---> UK Audio Show To Go Large In Major Development.



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High-End Audio Show Reports

HIGH END Munich 2022 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2022


AXPONA 2022 Chicago


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


T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
T.H.E. Show 2021


Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2020
Bristol Show 2020


HIGH END Munich 2019 Show Report
HIGH END Munich 2019


---> More Show Reports



A Look Into The Future

A Look Into The Future
Roger Skoff peers into his hi-fi crystal ball.
Article By Roger Skoff
Have you seen what house prices are like recently? I live in California the State with the highest State Income Tax rate; the highest gas prices (the cheapest near my house is well over $6 a gallon, still cheap by European standards); and, according to Forbes Magazine, the State that has, in terms of 2022 real estate prices, five of the ten most expensive zip codes to live in in the entire United States. And, except for the taxes (which might also increase) all of that is likely to change not at all for the better very soon. In an (futile) effort to counter the greatest surge of inflation in more than 40 years, the Federal Reserve, on June 15th, 2022, raised its interest rate by three quarters of a basis point (0.75%). That's the third increase this year, triple the usual rate for such increases, and a strong indicator of more increases yet to come.
---> A Look Into The Future.



Crystal Cable Monet Power Cable Review

Crystal Cable Monet Power Cable Review
A very pleasant surprise!
Review By Marshall Nack
When the Monet power cables from Crystal Cable were offered for review, the first thing I went online for a look-see. The photos suggested a slimmed-down cable with no surplus parts, nothing more than the elemental hardware required for the task at hand. The Monet is the thinnest power cables in the new Art series and features the company's latest generation of pure silver conductors. Putting these data points together minimum hardware, slim appearance, silver conductors I jumped to conclusions and replied back to Gabi Rynveld, founder of Crystal Cable, "Might they sound a little light-weight?" She assured me, "Absolutely not! Well, then, bring them on!" I was enthused and so, about a month or two later, the samples arrived.
---> Crystal Cable Monet Power Cable Review.



Pass Labs X260.8 Monoblock Amplifier Review

Pass Labs X260.8 Monoblock Amplifier Review
Prestigious power, glorious grace, and terrific transparency.
Review By Dwayne Carter
Pass Laboratories, Inc., is a name that most audiophiles utter, after describing a product that comes close to perfection. "XXX amplifier almost sounds as good as the Pass Labs XXX model". We've all done it. Fortunately, "as good as" will have to wait. Thanks to the good people at Pass Laboratories; I get the real thing. As the world was on pause, my listening room entertained a pair of Pass Labs X260.8 monoblock amplifiers. In full disclosure, I would like to admit that I have been a fan of Pass Labs products for many years. I've never owned or reviewed any of their products, so I was looking forward to this delivery.... The Pass Labs X260.8 monoblock amplifiers require two people to move. I know most amplifier manufacturers recommend this, but this is the first time I heeded their recommendation. Luckily, my good friend Michael was able to help me wrestle these beasts into place.
---> Pass Labs X260.8 Monoblock Amplifier Review.



LampizatOr Amber 4 Stereo DAC / Preamplifier Review

World Premiere Review
LampizatOr Amber 4 Stereo DAC / Preamplifier Review
It's hard to imagine a more musical DAC in its price.
Review By Rick Becker
A decade ago LampizatOr was not yet on my radar. My review of the LampizatOr Amber 4 stereo DAC / preamplifier, as seen here, is a testament to their efforts over the years. It wasn't until the New York Audio Show in 2014 that I first heard one. The rig was totally comprised of gear that was new to me. The only familiar thing was Lyle Lovett singing "North Dakota." I didn't have much to say about the sound quality, which is neither good nor bad. Spring forward to November, at the Capital AudioFest 2021 and there were more than a handful of their various DACs on display. LampizatOr has become a top brand, and while they are best known in the US for their DACs, they offer four levels of "turnkey" systems in which everything, including cables, is made by LampizatOr. Their speakers feature open baffle midrange and tweeters with enclosed woofers, much like the early Tekton Design speaker I found so delightful back in 2009. Today, I dare say they are at the leading edge of DAC design.
---> LampizatOr Amber 4 Stereo DAC / Preamplifier Review.



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