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  2. Using Sonus Faber's Amati Tradition floorstander, Keb' Mo' demonstrates the low-end prowess of the Amati Tradition with a powerful and tight bass line on "Every Morning" [UDSACD 2054]. Power and control in the deep bass is what all designers of big speakers set out to achieve, but most can only do that in large rooms, well away from room boundaries. I must give high marks to Sonus Faber here, for on most tracks it succeeds in my room where many other large speakers have sounded either loose or boomy or both. Read More View the full article
  3. At a gathering I was having a casual conversation with a friend of a friend about music and high-end audio. Eventually the discussion led to the Dan D'Agostino Momentum Integrated amplifier I was reviewing at the time for Enjoy The Music.com, and whether a $50,000 amplifier would be within any sane person's budget. He said to me that even though he is very well-off (he is about two-steps away from being the CEO at a financial company), he would never consider a purchase like that. I said to him that the D'Agostino's products were rather popular, and that some who have an extraordinary passion for music, combined the means, are willing to spend that amount of money. He was not convinced, and we ended up agreeing to disagree. Yet, I still feel that the combination of a love for music and some money in the bank not only applies to an opulent piece of gear like the Dan D'Agostino Lifestyle amplifier, but for just about any piece of high-end gear. Read More View the full article
  4. Hi-Fi+ Magazine's January 2018 issue features show coverage of both the Warsaw Audio and Zagreb AV events. Gear reviews within this issue are variety of floorstanding speakers including the Magico S3 Mk II, YG Acoustics Sonja 2.2, Focal Kanta No2, Audiovector SR3 Avantgarde Arrete Raw LE, Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2, and Chartwell LS6f. Other high-end audio reviews include the Meridian Audio Ultra DAC, Kuzma 4Point 9 tonearm, HiFiMAN Susvara planar-magnetic headphones, Auris Audio Fortino 6550 valve integrated amplifier, IsoTek EVO3 Ascension power cord, and STST Mouts II / Vetex direct drive turntable and tonearm. Within his editorial, Hi-Fi+'s Alan Sircom says "Welcome to 2018. The audio world has seen some changes good and bad in the last 12 months. We suddenly lost a spate of exceptional audio designers in November, but also audio is returning to being just a little bit cooler than it was a few years ago, thanks in no small part to turntables and headphones. It used to be slightly more of an uphill struggle for loudspeakers, but even that is changing for the better. It's not hard to see why when faced with the bumper crop of transducers in this issue. The great part of this is the diversity of the loudspeaker world; although we have concentrated on floorstanders in this issue, the loudspeaker market has really remained a diverse space where huge floorstanders can rub cabinet side panels with models that really live up to the term 'bookshelf' and there is more to come." See what's within this issue of Hi-Fi+ Magazine at this link. View the full article
  5. Hypothetically, you could try on a store's worth of clothes without ever leaving the house. View the full article
  6. As the ice recedes, these trains, ships, and helicopters will make the Arctic a busy hive of economic and military activity. View the full article
  7. The fix requires major OS rewrites which will probably make your computer run slower. View the full article
  8. Hi-Fi World's February 2018 issue features a special competition here you could win a pair of MarkAudio Sota Cesti B loudspeakers! Noel Keywood explains why and how to play DSD files. Reviews in this issue include T+A G 2000 R turntable, Pro-Ject Phono Box BT E, PMC twenty5.2 speakers, KEF LS50 wireless loudspeakers, FiiO Q1 Mk2 2nd generation headphone amplifier, AURALiC Streaming DAC, Luxman LX-380 hybrid valve amplifier, Astin Trew AT2-2100 integrated amplifier, Chord TToby power amplifier, QED XT25 loudspeaker cables and more. Read More View the full article
  9. Might I become “the destroyer of worlds,” as Oppenheimer lamented after spearheading the construction of the first nuclear bomb? View the full article
  10. Despite requiring permission, they can continue listening while the apps run in the background. View the full article
  11. And that record is expected to be broken on January 2nd. View the full article
  12. AlphaGo goes behind the scenes of the machine that beat humans at the ancient game of Go. View the full article
  13. Asahi Kasei Microdevices' AK4493Q is a new premium high-end DAC chip for processing and decoding digital audio. As an upgrade from the AK4490EQ, which has been adopted by many audio products since the launched in 2014, Asahi Kasei Microdevices Corporation has developed the AK4493EQ, a 32-bit stereo premium D/A converter. With an outstanding SNR of 123dB and THD+N is a very low -113dB, this new DAC chip can decode sampling rates from 8 to 768kHz and supports DSD to 22.4MHz. Read More View the full article
  14. EnjoyTheMusic.com's January Review Magazine celebrates a brief look back at 2017, as we also look ahead to 2018. We've been busy adding many updates to Kemper Holt's in-depth Capital Audiofest report, with more updates coming soon! Roger Skoff, a man with many years of industry experience, asks if audio is a hobby or many things. Roger also presents his view of where he thinks our hobby is going. For 2018 Enjoy the Music.com is bringing back our Sound Practices monthly features! We'll be adding new articles into our Sound Practices library during 2018! In addition, we're once again offering manufacturers the opportunity to share their knowledge, wisdom, and experience. These articles will range from basic electronics understanding to an in-depth look at specific circuitry design and implementation. We all love gear reviews, and this month there's three world premieres! Recording producer and studio owner Jeremy Kipnis praises PureAudioProject's Quintet15 Horn1 modular open baffle speaker as it delivers what he feels is the pure essence of music. Ron Nagle's world premiere review of Wells Audio Majestic integrated amplifier with MM phono stage is joined by Tom Lyle's world premiere review of Audio By Van Alstine DVA 4-2 amplifier and DAC MK 5 system. Tom says that AVA delivers a one-two punch towards producing excellent sound quality. Everyone want more of what they love, and so we also have reviews of Pass Labs' XP-12 and XA30.8 system, Line Magnetic's 218ia vacuum tube stereo integrated amplifier plus Dave Hanson's excellent review of MrSpeakers AEON open back headphones. Dave feels these are the absolute best sounding open headphones money can buy for $799.... More Articles Available Online! See all our show reports, articles, and gear reviews within EnjoyTheMusic.com's Review Magazine now available online.
  15. The robot uses advanced sensors and artificial intelligence to maximize its tomato-picking speed. View the full article
  16. The slow improvement in tunnel boring technology can be tracked through the Underground's history. View the full article
  17. Are stand-up bass and piano among the sternest tests of truthfulness at the lower reaches of the audio band? The Pass Labs combination met the challenge with contemptuous ease, sounding organic and true to life. Where so many amplifiers deliver stand-up bass as a steep transient followed by an over-damped decay, the XP-12/XA30.8 shows that it's a much more complex affair. We get skin and nail on gut string, followed by a 'woomph' as the fundamental and its harmonics develop, supported by the resonances of the wood of the instrument chiming in, then a sweet and lingering decay as the energy dissipates. Piano is similarly arresting via the Pass Labs combination, delivering a very satisfactory blend of real-world percussiveness, weight and harmonic complexity. Read More View the full article
  18. When you're so busy asking "how?" that you never stop to ask "why?" View the full article
  19. Along Australia's coasts, a cleaner train awaits for a quick ride. View the full article
  20. A fast guide to cryptocurrency's golden child. View the full article
  21. This could fundamentally change the way you charge your phone. View the full article
  22. Facial recognition tech will be everywhere at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. View the full article
  23. During a refugee crisis, a reliable source of power can mean everything. View the full article
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  25. If you ordered anything on Amazon this year, watch this. View the full article
  26. A close look at the innards of a terrific brewer. View the full article
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