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  3. Monrio's largest and most powerful integrated amplifier, the MC 207-NC, sits squarely within the company's core product ranges. The model line-up so far consisted of the MC 202, MC 200, MC 205 and MC 207. With the MC 207-NC, Monrio are introducing a further refined version of the MC 207. Read More View the full article
  4. It all started with "Mary had a little lamb...". Those were the very first words ever recorded, and they were said by Thomas Edison into the horn of his new and amazing sound recording device, the phonograph. That was on December 6, 1877, in the town of West Orange, New Jersey, and that first recording was carved by a needle into a layer of tinfoil (yes, tin; not aluminum) wrapped around a revolving cylinder. Frankly, the sound was awful – scratchy and barely recognizable, but that a recording had been made at all was phenomenal and ushered in a whole new era of technology and, soon, entertainment. Read More View the full article
  5. This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features HIGH END Munich show report plus sound bites of the Dali Wireless, Audeze Sine DX, E.A.T. B-Sharp, AM Relaunch, Sonos Playbase, Sennheiser HDV820, Pioneer XDP-30R, Inakustik, Sonic Purity, Audio-Tech DSR7BT, Boulder 3010, Melco 2nd Gen DML, Leica Headphones, Revox, Nagra HD Pre, Rega in Red, Wharfedale Diamond 11, Billie Jorgen Series 5 and more. High-end audio equipment reviews include the Mitchell & Johnson SAP201V integrated AmpliDAC, Castle Avon 4 loudspeakers, Pioneer PD-30AE CD player, Pryma 01 headphones, Boenicke W8 loudspeakers, JL Audio Fathom F112v2 subwoofer, and JPLAY software for music. Read More View the full article
  6. The high level of quality that came from Pro-Ject's sub $400 Head Box DS headamp is quite astounding, really. It was able to draw me into the composition because of its ability to make space between instruments and groups of instruments, while also preserving the timbre in the large orchestra. Read More View the full article
  7. According to the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA), a trade group representing UK digital services plus digital and physical retailers, says in their recent report that music sales are up 11.2% in the first half of 2017 as compared to 2016. Music sales in 2017 climbed to reach £564.7 million in sales. Read More View the full article
  8. A new report from Futuresource Consulting shows the home audio market continues to outpace the wider home electronics market. Home audio revenues grew by 20% in 2016 to $11.7 billion (at trade) and are on course to grow a further 17% in 2017, benefiting from the success of smart speakers coupled with the continued growth of soundbars as well as Bluetooth speakers in emerging markets. Read More View the full article
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  10. James Loudspeaker has announced the introduction of their Q-Series floorstanding loudspeakers, which are a built-to-suit array of three models offering the company's unmatched resolution, detail and dynamic realism. In addition to three standard models, James Loudspeaker's Q-Series can be custom sized and finished to meet the exact needs of any environment. Read More View the full article
  11. M2Tech is proud to introduce the Young MkIII 32-bit/384kHz DAC/preamplifier and Van Der Graaf MkII low noise power supply. Their new Young MkIII improves the sonic qualities of the company's previous offerings while adding useful features that allow users to more fully enjoy their favorite music. The Young MkIII retains the basic hardware structure of the Young DSD, with the Xilinx FPGA handling the input signals and feeding the PCM1795 DAC IC, as well as the proprietary output buffer structure with passive anti-alias filter and the servos to remove the I/V offset, directly driving the CS3318 volume control/buffer. Read More View the full article
  12. Multiple Grammy-nominated guitarist and former member of Miles Davis' band during the early 1980s, Mike Stern is set to release his new album Trip on Heads Up label. Following an accident that left Mike unable totour, he is now back on the scene and co-leading a band with longtime friend, collaborator, and drummer Dave Weckl. Mike and his band mates went into Spin Studio in Long Island City between January and March of 2017 to record his 17th album as a leader. Read More View the full article
  13. Moving up to the critical midrange, I could bask within it all day long; provided the recording is up to challenge. In fact, here is what separates the DAC men from the boys; since most acoustic music lives and breathes in the midrange, this is also where some recordings show their lacklusterness. The Gryphon Audio Kalliope was so incredibly transparent that certain aural cues most people never truly hear are laid bare, yet without minimizations or augmentation. Whatever digital music file you feed the Kalliope comes out the other end without any flavoring. Read More View the full article
  14. Swapping over to headphones, it is instantly apparent that Agartha is an amp that looks just like it sounds: huge. The dynamics pack a powerful wallop. And as you would expect from a 300B tube amp, the spotlight shines brightly on a larger-than-life midrange with a gorgeous, bloomy, liquid flow. But perhaps the biggest and most impressive thing about Agartha was once again the massive soundscape and sharp imaging. Read More View the full article
  15. Studio Electric is pleased to announce the launch of the all new m4 monitor ($2750 per pair, less $350 without grills). Building on the success of their award winning SE Monitor, Studio Electric's new m4 features the company's proprietary highX 6.5" midrange/woofer driver. Read More View the full article
  16. Falcon's LS3/5A excels in well-recorded human voices too like this dark, moody, sparsely spread blues vocal works of Doug Macleod "Norfolk Country Line". Doug's voice is intensive to a vengeful level that sounded real and natural, which only soothes by a calm, heart-warming duet vocal of JanivaMagness, Falcon's LS3/5A is capable of delivering multiplexes extremes of the vocal works found in this Audioquest recording [AQ 1054]. Read More View the full article
  17. Conrad-Johnson's CL120SE vacuum tube stereo amplifier is a truly spectacular and emotionally engaging amplifier that would be a significant part of bringing out the soul of any system. Some amplifiers let your system sing louder, others have perceptible benefits to certain frequencies, the CL120 immediately calls attention to itself (in a very good way) in allowing your system to get out of its own way and start sucking you into the experience. Read More View the full article
  18. The Absolute Sound's July 2017 issue features AXPONA show coverage plus reviews of the Continuum Audio Laboratories Obsidian turntable and Viper tonearm, Technics SL-1200G turntable, DS Audio DS 002 Optical phono cartridge, AMG Giro turntable, Acoustic Signature Challenger Mk3 turntable, Record Doctor V vacuum record cleaner, AudioQuest Conductive Fiber Record Brush, Morrow Audio 5-Series cables plus Cardas Iridium interconnects and speaker cables. Read More View the full article
  19. Rotel's tradition continues with the latest introduction of three new stereo components as part of the 15 Series. Their RA-1572 stereo integrated amplifier ($1699) recognizes the newfound roles of audio components as a central, cost-effective, music system. Rotel's new RA-1572 is their best example of melding classic analog design with contemporary digital circuits to bring all sources to life with surpassing fidelity. Read More View the full article
  20. Gold Note's P-1000 is the company's first remote control stereo preamplifier to fill their amplification line-up. Operating in pure Class A, this preamplifier was born with a new proprietary six gain stage design and with relays and optical encoder volume control. Powered by a triple linear transformer power supply, Gold Note's P-1000 preamplifier features 10 independent stereo inputs: five fully balanced XLR and five RCA plus a TosLink optional digital input available on demand. Read More View the full article
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  22. McIntosh Laboratory's MA9000 integrated amplifier ($10,500 is the company's largest integrated in both size and power. It offers 300 Watts per channel stereo and provides 10 stereo analog connections comprised of two balanced and six unbalanced inputs plus a Moving Coil (MC) and Moving Magnet (MM) for turntable connectivity. Both phono inputs feature adjustable loading for fine tuning of vinyl playback. All RCA unbalanced analog connectors are made from premium gold-plated solid brass for superior signal handling and grounding. Read More View the full article
  23. So, in a nutshell, the JE Audio HP 10 MM / MC phono stage's bass is superb, digging as deep as the recording demands. Its midrange is superb, sounding as if the combination of its solid-state input and a tube-output are working in harmony to produce a component that reproduces a midrange that sounds neither solid-state or tube-like. It simply sounds like music, and this trait is a big reason why when it comes to its midrange, it seems as if the HP10 is an inaudible piece of the analog-chain. Read More View the full article
  24. Cables and power conditioners were gaining serious traction as significant components back in the early 1990's when I came into the realm. But for nearly a decade I remained content with home-brew interconnects, generic shielded power cords and a Tripp-Lite power conditioner. There were other contenders for my attention and my dollars in those days beside audio. When the urge or the need to upgrade struck it was usually for critical components like amplifiers or speakers that desperately needed replacement. Along the way – maybe from rec-audio.high-end or from observing successful layouts in rooms at shows – I developed a critical understanding of the importance of the listening room. When I re-married and we bought a house, the listening room was a prime factor. My wife, on the other hand, was thrilled with the kitchen. The new (to us) home opened the possibility of reviewing equipment and among the very first products I reviewed was the new JPS Labs In-Wall cable which I installed along with a 20 Ampere Romex line for comparison. I immediately began to take electricity more seriously. Read More View the full article
  25. Some recent photos at Slamology 2017 when we debuted the SSA IC150.4 and SSA IC2200.1 amplifiers. If you are wondering why Scottie Johnson of XS Power is holding the monoblock, that is because there is XS Flex OFC wire inside (see bright blue contrast to red board).
  26. This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features sound bites of the Klipsch wireless audio, Cyrus One App, Sugden Grande, Densen Cast, IsoAcoustics Aperta, Audio Research DAC8 upgrade, KEF Space One, Pioneer XDP-300R, Benchmark DAC3, Amina Edge, NAD M50.2, and Marten Mingus Quintet. High-end gear reviews include the HiFiMAN Edition X V2 headphones, Harbeth Monitor 30.1 loudspeakers, Denon DCD-2500NE SACD player, Questyle Reference System Golden Edition, Torus AVR2 power conditioner, and Krix Epicentrix Mk2 center channel speaker. Read More View the full article
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