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The Absolute Sound

  • new2018 AXPONA Show Report: Loudspeakers $20k and Up

    2018 AXPONA Show Report: Loudspeakers $20k and Up

    The Windy City should have been renamed the Chilly City given the unspring-like weather during the show’s April 13–15 weekend. But really this was a blessing in disguise because a nice early spring day in Chicago would have meant the masses would…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Apr 18, 11:15pm -
  • newMartinLogan Impression ESL 11A Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

    MartinLogan Impression ESL 11A Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

    MartinLogan’s new Impression ESL 11A is a direct replacement for the company’s Montis that I reviewed so enthusiastically almost three years ago. Like the earlier model, which is priced identically to the new one at $9995 a pair, the Impression i…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 18, 6:34am -
  • 2018 AXPONA Show Report: Electronics

    2018 AXPONA Show Report: Electronics

    The enormous, palatial Schaumberg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center played host to this year’s fully resurrected Audio eXPO North America. Boasting over 165 listening rooms, with another 125 exhibits on site, and with attendance up 21% from 2…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 3:32pm -
  • The TAS Super LP List: New Entries for 2018

    The TAS Super LP List: New Entries for 2018

    Editor's Note: This list only contains new entries for the 2018 list update. Watch for the full list here coming soon, or pick up a print issue of TAS 283, where the list appears in full. Of the many articles and reviews that Harry Pearson wrote for…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 18, 6:38am -
  • 2018 AXPONA Show Report: Analog Sources

    2018 AXPONA Show Report: Analog Sources

    AXPONA 2018 starts out with a new location and a new attitude. The new location is the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, which is a 15–20 minute ride from O'Hare International Airport. The new attitude is o…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 5:33am -

Stereophile News

  • newNAD Masters Series M32 DirectDigital D/A integrated amplifier

    NAD Masters Series M32 DirectDigital D/A integrated amplifier

    When I asked NAD for a sample of their Masters Series M50.2 digital music player, which I reviewed in the December 2017 issue, they also sent me a Masters Series M32 DirectDigital integrated amplifier, which had also been introduced at the 2017 Consu…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Apr 18, 2:06pm -
  • newBowers & Wilkins 702 S2 loudspeaker

    Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 loudspeaker

    Late in the summer of 2015, I was one of the press representatives invited by Bowers & Wilkins to visit their R&D center in Steyning, West Sussex, England, and be given a detailed preview of the upcoming revision of their entire 800 series of loudspe…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Apr 18, 2:01pm -
  • Listening #185: Audio-Technica & Arché

    Listening #185: Audio-Technica & Arché

    In an oft-viewed clip on YouTube, recorded at the 2009 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, three world-class guitarists pause during a music workshop to talk about their instruments: Danny Knicely describes his 1939 Martin D-18, Chris Eldridge talks briefly…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 1:27pm -
  • LG V30 Hi-Res smartphone with MQA

    LG V30 Hi-Res smartphone with MQA

    "Phones are the gateway device," proclaimed Marc Finer, executive producer of the Hi-Res Pavilion, at the start of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. When he pointed to LG Electronics' V30 Hi-Res+MQA smartphone, which includes streaming apps for Qob…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 1:27pm -
  • Herb's Binaural Video at AXPONA

    Herb's Binaural Video at AXPONA

    After visiting the Expo Hall with Herb Reichert, we move on to the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel's upper levels to visit a few rooms, capturing binaural sound so, on headphones, you can hear what Herb heard.Mon, 04/23/2018
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 4:46am -

AudioStream.com

  • newMétronome Technologie C5+ DAC

    Métronome Technologie C5+ DAC

    As an audio reviewer, there are times I find it necessary to pull back from over-analyzing the sound of a product and get back to the fundamentals that drew me into this hobby in the first place. Engaging musicality can often be lost to one that is f…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 9:36am -
  • Audio Without Numbers, by Herb Reichert

    Audio Without Numbers, by Herb Reichert

    Two Men Meet, Each Believing the Other to Be of Higher Rank, Paul Klee (Etching and tonal etching on zinc, 1903)[Please join me in welcoming columnist Herb Reichert to AudioStream. Ed. (yay!!)]"Knowledge" that a storm is a Level 5 hurricane with…
    - 22 days ago, 4 Apr 18, 5:09am -
  • Spotify's NYSE Debut: Irrational Exuberance

    Spotify's NYSE Debut: Irrational Exuberance

    Here we go again—a company that's never seen a profit and doesn't make its product has a big opening day on Wall St. making its owners wealthy (or wealthier). Gee, how great.
    - 22 days ago, 4 Apr 18, 4:27am -
  • Monthly Spins: April 2018

    Monthly Spins: April 2018

    I guess I could say this every month but there’s so much amazing stuff to share with you that it’s a little overwhelming. Many of these albums I’ve listened to several, even a dozen times already and can easily imagine them making the best of t…
    - 23 days ago, 3 Apr 18, 6:55am -
  • Audio Talk with John, Herb, and Mike

    Audio Talk with John, Herb, and Mike

    Pull up a comfy chair and join us for a chat about some of our favorite things.
    - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 18, 3:45pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • newThe Music In Me: (I Can’t Get No) Sleep

    The Music In Me: (I Can’t Get No) Sleep

    (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Sleep  I don’t think I’ve written about the Hard Corps before, but it’s worth knowing about their protean efforts on behalf of the Rolling Stones, and this one is about sleep. The Hard Corps?…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 18, 1:50pm -
  • AXPONA 2018 Show Report

    AXPONA 2018 Show Report

    AXPONA 2018 was a great show on several levels. The new venue is far better than last year and likely better than any other show venue in the US. The fact that there's an attached convention center made the show feel a bit more official than othe…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Apr 18, 1:53pm -
  • AXPONA Meetup and a Question for the Community

    AXPONA Meetup and a Question for the Community

    PART 1 Hey Everyone - AXPONA starts this Friday! Based on the current AXPONA thread going on in the forum, some personal emails, and last year's show I'm very much looking forward to attending. Sure the new products and crazy systems w…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Apr 18, 7:16am -
  • Introducing Tonal: A Minimalist Music App for Collectors and Audiophiles

    Introducing Tonal: A Minimalist Music App for Collectors and Audiophiles

    Editor's Note: A few weeks ago I was contacted by Baoshan about his application named Tonal. With several hundred messages perpetually in my inbox, I'm unsure why I read the entire unsolicited email. There was something about him and what he had…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Apr 18, 7:34am -
  • Audiophile Imagery Volume 2: AURALiC ARIES G2

    Audiophile Imagery Volume 2: AURALiC ARIES G2

    Hey Guys - While I'm on spring break this week, I thought I'd publish Volume 2 of this new series. No audio system to listen to here in Florida, but I certainly have my laptop and all the images I shot just prior to departing cold Minneapolis. …
    - 28 days ago, 29 Mar 18, 5:50pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Picture Of The Day

    Re: Picture Of The Day

    I've seen a lot of images from ANP, yours is great and unique 
    - 24 mins ago, 26 Apr 18, 3:05pm -
  • newRe: LSAF
    Quote from: Rick Craig on Today at 09:06 pmForgot to answer - yes, my first visit to the show. Looking forward to it!I'll check in with you on Saturday. Looking forward to it.gab
    - 25 mins ago, 26 Apr 18, 3:04pm -
  • newRe: Hypex, ICEPower and DSP amps
    Quote from: UltraFidelity on Today at 07:42 pmI apologize about the lack of pictures in this thread - I am having some issues with uploading images and inserting them and will try to add them again shortly.  We bu...
    - 27 mins ago, 26 Apr 18, 3:02pm -
  • newRe: LSAF
    Aiming to be there on saturday. Have a new born at home ... so i'll have to be on my best behavior leading up to that day!
    - 29 mins ago, 26 Apr 18, 3:00pm -
  • newRe: Picture Of The Day

    Re: Picture Of The Day


    - 31 mins ago, 26 Apr 18, 2:58pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Dynaudio Special Forty Loudspeakers

    Dynaudio Special Forty Loudspeakers

    For their 40th anniversary, Dynaudio endeavored to make something very special. Their team faced a choice: design a new flagship speaker or make a top-shelf bookshelf at a price point accessible to many more music fans. Fortunately for budget-conscio…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Apr 18, 10:15pm -
  • The Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

    The Brinkmann Audio Nyquist DAC

    HiFi reviewers and enthusiasts often talk about “analog magic,” but that term is seldom if ever used when discussing digital gear. Considering the progress made in the digital arena, it’s somewhat puzzling. I submit the Brinkmann Nyquist has ma…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Apr 18, 9:43pm -
  • HiFi Attic Shows…

    HiFi Attic Shows…

    Canadian audiophiles from the Kelowna/Vernon side… HiFi Attic will be hosting a music demo with B&W, AudioQuest and Bluesound this Friday the 13th at their Vernon store from 3:00 – 9:00pm, with lots of music and prizes. They are located at 3108 3…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Apr 18, 8:20pm -
  • MartinLogan’s Perfect TV Partner

    MartinLogan’s Perfect TV Partner

    In my other job in the 2-channel world at TONEAudio magazine, I’ve put the MartinLogan Motion 35XT’s through their paces, and they are fantastic speakers. Taking the concept further, we have the SLM range of speakers you see here. The X3 is the m…
    - 24 days ago, 2 Apr 18, 11:13am -
  • The Audio Research DAC 9

    The Audio Research DAC 9

    I became an audiophile during the period when digital playback began to make its first attempts to address the shortcomings plaguing the new medium. Despite the BS “Perfect Sound Forever” marketing hype heaped upon the unwitting music consuming p…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Apr 18, 10:24pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newAXPONA 2018: In-depth with Zesto Audio
    Music is a thread that seems to run through the lives of audiophiles. I say “seems to” because often in my conversations with those who profess to be said audiophiles at large high-fidelity trade shows such as AXPONA in Chicago this year, it’s…
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 2:00am -
  • newTOP Season 1.5: AXPONA 2018 Highlights
    AXPONA 2018 Recap and Highlights. Co-Host Bryan Beasley reminisces about his first big audio show, what its like crossing paths with a my little pony convention and why Macallan 18 is no substitute for malt liquor. Special thanks for contributions fr…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 1:00am -
  • newVancouver Audio Festival 2018: Klipsch Heritage pairs with McIntosh for vintage vibe
    I can remember seeing my first pair of Klipschorns many years ago, and being entranced by their majesty, their size, their build quality, and most importantly their sound. A sound which seemed to be calling across oceans of time from an era when imme…
    - 2 days ago, 25 Apr 18, 3:00am -
  • AXPONA 2018: Innuos unveils more than a new ZENith Statement
    The Story Introducing a new two-box solution to something that wasn’t a problem seems kind of silly at first. The single box reference version of Innuos’ digital-everything box named ZENith Special Edition, now gets the Statement label, a second…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 2:00am -
  • AXPONA 2018: Wilson and friends – 4 rooms, 4 delicious flavours….
    Audiophiles can’t always agree on what tastes delicious. Maybe you like tubes, solid state, digital, or pure analog… 31 flavours can’t do it justice, but there is something for everyone. Chicago based Quintessence Audio and Michigan based Parag…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 18, 9:30am -

Audiophilia

  • Phasemation PP-2000 MC Phono Pickup Cartridge

    Phasemation PP-2000 MC Phono Pickup Cartridge

    A reexamination of my Phasemation PP-300 cartridge review will be helpful in learning about Phasemation as a company, its info/philosophy, etc. I spent a few very pleasurable months listening to and writing about the gorgeous little nugget from t…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 18, 9:25am -
  • Bruckner Symphony No. 7—Andris Nelsons

    Bruckner Symphony No. 7—Andris Nelsons

    This April 2018 DGG release begins with a fine performance of Wagner's Funeral March from Siegfried, full of gorgeous sonorities and German style from Andris Nelsons' 'other' orchestra, the wonderful Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. As I mentioned in…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Apr 18, 12:57pm -
  • Mahler Symphony No. 5—François-Xavier Roth

    Mahler Symphony No. 5—François-Xavier Roth

    A friend in a European orchestra Facebook Messaged me about the qualities of French flutist turned conductor, François-Xavier Roth. The orchestra loved the well-dressed musician's approach and generally pleasant nature. This coupled with expecta…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Apr 18, 12:46pm -
  • Vinyl you may not know that should be in your collection.

    Vinyl you may not know that should be in your collection.

    If you visit the top vinyl sales websites such as Elusive Disc, Soundstage Direct, Acoustic Sounds among others, the quality vinyl lists are fairly similar. All the familiar suspects—RCAs, Lyritas, EMIs, Mercurys, Blue Notes, Argos, Deccas—pop…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Apr 18, 1:35pm -
  • The Soundsmith Paua II Fixed Coil Phono Cartridge

    The Soundsmith Paua II Fixed Coil Phono Cartridge

    Serendipity plays a role in discovering new equipment. Lately my vinyl setup wasn’t sounding the way it should so I started to examine my components to see if there were any obvious problems. I then decided to do a little house cleaning and rear…
    - 28 days ago, 29 Mar 18, 10:04am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newAXPONA 2018: Magico, Tekton Design, Parasound, And Raidho

    AXPONA 2018: Magico, Tekton Design, Parasound, And Raidho

    Magico brought their A3 small floorstander ($9800 per pair) to AXPONA 2018 that brings a lower entry price to their line of loudspeakers. This three-way, four driver full range speaker employs their 1" MB7 Beryllium Dome tweeter, a 6" midrange made w…
    - 8 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 7:23am -
  • newTBT REVIEW: Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier And XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier

    TBT REVIEW: Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier And XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier

    Having much admired the Pass Labs Int-60 integrated amplifier, which combined one-box practicality with a refined Class A performance that made it well worth Audio Excellence status, I subsequently asked the UK distributor if I might try a Pass Labs…
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 5:05am -
  • newIFPI Global Music Report 2018 Says Revenues Increased 8.1%

    IFPI Global Music Report 2018 Says Revenues Increased 8.1%

    According to the IFPI, a non-profit organization that represent the interests of 1300 record companies from across the globe, says that streaming revenues grew 41.1% to become largest revenue source. This figure was driven by 176 million users of pai…
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 5:04am -
  • newInstagram Sneak Peek! Wholehouse High-Resolution Audio. Myth Or Reality?

    Instagram Sneak Peek! Wholehouse High-Resolution Audio. Myth Or Reality?

    Like many out there, I struggle with the daily challenges of being an audiophile. Whatever that term means to you; it's usually a lifelong (unachievable) goal. For me, it means listening to the finest music reproduction possible, at all times. No mat…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 18, 4:40am -
  • newCary Audio SA-200.2 ES And SA-500.1 ES Solid-State Power Amplifiers

    Cary Audio SA-200.2 ES And SA-500.1 ES Solid-State Power Amplifiers

    ary Audio just announced their SA-200.2 ES and SA-500.1 ES solid-state power amplifiers ($4495 and $4995 respectively) that represent the next generation of the SA design. They embody a modular approach that ensures consistency in performance, and ea…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 18, 4:16am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Audia Flight Two integrated amp
    Item: Audia Flight Two integrated amp Silver Location: Berowra NSW Price: $3,200 (RRP $6,999) Item Condition: Good used condition Reason for selling: Trade-in Payment Method: Any Extra Info: Just traded, this silver 100w integrated amp is…
    - 13 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 2:06am -
  • newFS: Ayre Acoustics V-5xe 2 CH Power Amp
    Item: Ayre Acoustics V-5xe Power Amp (this is the Evolution model) Location: Adelaide Hills FS: $2,999 ono (donation to sna) Item Condition: Excellent 9/10 Reason for selling: Opportunity to upgrade & I may have convinced the CF…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 1:15am -
  • newFS: SONY HS50 PROJECTOR & GRAND VIEW 92" SCREEN
    Item: SONY HS50 & 92" MANUAL SCREEN Location:WANTIRNA, VIC Price: $400 Item Condition:GOOD Reason for selling: PURCHASED JVC X7500 Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Extra Info: 1065 hours on the bulb. Picture quality and black levels are sti…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 1:03am -
  • newSOLD: FS: IFI Ipower DC PSU 9V 
    Item: IFI Ipower DC PSU 9V Location: Brisbane Price: $55 including postage Item Condition: Great. Still have the box and all accessories. Reason for selling: I bought this to power an Ethernet Switch to see if it wou…
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 12:57am -
  • newRELISTED: Lenehan ML 1 REFERENCE (Perth)
    Lenehan ML 1 REFERENCE (Perth) Location: Perth (Willagee) Price: $2000 firm Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Too many speakers (unplanned purchase of another pair of floorstanders) Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Onl…
    - 15 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 12:56am -

AVRev.com News

  • Darwin Cable Company Truth II Interconnect and Power Cables

    Darwin Cable Company Truth II Interconnect and Power Cables

    There is one thing that all high end audio components require to function as a system, and that is signal and power cables. No getting around it. Of course, there is no market segment more controversial than audiophile cabling. This is partially due…
    - 22 Mar 17, 1:45pm -
  • Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers & DAC Review

    Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers & DAC Review

    Multi-function powered speakers are all the rage in 2017, and no other company has been more at the forefront than Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-loudspeakers/bookshelf-monitor-loudspeakers/audioengine-hd3-powered-speakers-dac-review…
    - 6 Feb 17, 8:02pm -
  • Burson Cable+ Active RCA Cable Review

    Burson Cable+ Active RCA Cable Review

    A lot of excellent HiFi products are designed and produced in Australia, and none more than Conductor DAC/Preamp and Timekeeper power amp combo (home-theater-power-amplifiers/stereo-amplifiers/the-burson-conductor-timekeeper-review.html) sometime ago…
    - 24 Jan 17, 9:10am -
  • Sony Details New EXTRA BASS Wireless Speaker Lineup

    Sony Details New EXTRA BASS Wireless Speaker Lineup

    Sony has detailed the latest additions to its EXTRA BASS Wireless Speaker Series. The new models include the SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB20, and SRS-XB10.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/speaker-systems-news/sony-details-new-extr…
    - 24 Jan 17, 9:02am -
  • Hulu Set to Add Streaming Titles from Magnolia Pictures

    Hulu Set to Add Streaming Titles from Magnolia Pictures

    Hulu and Magnolia Pictures have announced a new output licensing agreement. As part of the deal, Hulu will receive the pay one window streaming rights to films released by the distributor.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/indust…
    - 24 Jan 17, 8:58am -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • newMore Than 8,000 Attendees and 400 Exhibitors at the 9th Annual AXPONA
    Schaumburg, IL (April 26, 2018) - AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) welcomed 8,134 attendees to a new location for the 2018 show at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center and Hotel, April 13-15, 2018.  AXPONA offered music lovers, audiophi…
    - 6 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 9:58am -
  • newFeuilleton: Celebrating 10 Years of Bergmann Audio
    Bergmann Audio is a company and not an individual—and that's a good thing. Otherwise it would not have been very charming to admit that I did not quite believe the news about their tenth anniversary. For me, the Danish manufacturer appeared to be m…
    - 7 hours ago, 26 Apr 18, 8:38am -
  • newAXPONA 2018: End of the Road, Snow on the Horizon?
    Top Five Show Sounds at AXPONA 2018 1. GTT Audio lineup YG Acoustics Sonja XV Jr. speakers Audionet Heisenberg amplifiers, Stern preamplifier, PAM 2 phonostage Kronos turntable Air Tight Opus 1 cartridge Kubala-Sosna cabling 2. Quintessence Audio lin…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 18, 9:18am -
  • newDay 3 AXPONA 2018: The Final Push
    By Sunday all that was to give it the olde college try and go for broke. Sunday's game plan was to start as early as possible—beginning with a 7:30 AM breakfast with buddy Andre Jennings from The Absolute Sound—and visit as many of the rooms that…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 5:54pm -
  • newDaria and Her Trio in Concert!
    For Immediate Release! When: Sunday, April 29th, 2018 Time: 6:30pm-9pm Who: DARIA & Her Trio Where: Fenix Music and Supper Club 919 4th Street, San Rafael, CA  94901 415-813-5600 info@fenixlive.com www.fenixlive.com Ticket Link: https://www.fenixliv…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 3:53pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newMaster & Dynamic introduce Lightning and USB-C cables
    Metal and leather: aluminium and stainless steel; cowhide and lambskin. These are the core materials used by Master & Dynamic to carve out their own space in the prosumer headphone market. The Manhattan-based company consistently lavish as much atten…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 18, 10:22am -
  • Darko.Audio Podcast #4 – Uptown Top Ranking
    The Darko.Audio podcast is primarily intended to provoke thought among listeners. But gently. Carefully. With consideration. “I think listeners see right through presenters who try to jazz up their talk with hollow words such as amped, pumped and…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 6:26am -
  • Japanese Future-Fi: Hearable Lab’s flapFit FF-TW10
    Looking for a better sounding pair of wireless IEMs? Japan’s Hearable Lab could well have you covered with their debut product: the Bluetooth-fed flapFit FF-TW10 IEM. TW = true wireless. IEM = in-ear monitor. Hearable Lab is headed up one Akihiko…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 18, 12:47am -
  • Astell&Kern, JH Audio ready Billie Jean IEM

    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 10:57pm -
  • In Berlin, by the wall of sound: Technics’ SL-1000R
    We’ve seen Technics’ re-imagining of the SL-1200, the vinyl DJ’s turntable of choice, as the audiophile-aimed SL-1200GAE and SL-1200G. That was 2016. We’ve seen the more affordable variants: the SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR. That was 2017. At IFA…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Apr 18, 12:19am -