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January 22, 2018 § Leave a comment

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Sony NW-ZX300 Review

January 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“This is a Sony very much in the manner of its personal music players we’ve had the pleasure of testing, but that brings with it the same Sony shortfalls. Were the NW-ZX300 to match its clarity with equally opulent dynamic punch it would be a shoe-in for an Award, but again this is where it misses the mark.”

Silverline Minuet Grand Loudspeakers $2,000 Review

January 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

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” This was not a bad thing, just different. The lower bass was just as good but with even more detail and definition with tubes in use. I got a better sense of the space and ambiance of the recording venue with the E.A.R. equipment. The ability of these speakers to render ambiance so well is quite exceptional for such an affordable design. Oddly, the width of the soundstage narrowed but seemed deeper with a better sense of layering in depth”

Wyred 4 Sound DAC2v2SE 10th Anniversary Review

January 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Next comes the meticulous hand-matching of all components – a tedious process considering the plethora of discrete parts employed in the device. This, plus the various upgrades mentioned by Sarmento above, allows Wyred to squeeze every last ounce of performance out of their existing design. Nearly ten years of digital adventures come to fruition here – the best DAC Wyred knows how to make in the here and now.”

THE ROOM ACOUSTIC TREATMENT

January 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“”The decoupling materials have been sourced from AcoustiGuard via their Toronto, Ontario, Canada distributor – Wilrep Ltd. I’m using their Iso-Sep PM as the under lay on the floor and high quality vinyl roll flooring on top of the underlay. Sound Channel Acoustic Wall Fabric is glued to the side walls for diffusion and the Art Diffusor Model D that it will be used on the rear wall. Those are sourced through Acoustics First.com. Their site provides 2D and 3D plots showing the dispersion characteristics of all of their diffusion panels – the only company site I know of that does this.”

VPI MW1 Cyclone Record-Cleaning Machine $1200 Review

January 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“I found the MW-1 Cyclone easy to care for. There’s a drain tube around the back that VPI says should be used to empty the reservoir after every six records. I often spilled a bit of fluid off the edge of the record, and, per VPI’s suggestion, used a cloth to soak it up right away. The seams around the edge of the plinth (for want of a better term) are sealed with clear silicone caulk — the Cyclone seems essentially waterproof. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially given that under the plinth are a motor and bearing, neither of which will appreciate coming in contact with water.”

Constellation Audio Revelation Taurus Mono Amplifiers $39,000 Review

January 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Although the Revelation Taurus Monos’ high power was far more than the Dynaudios needed, as I was already reviewing them, I used the Taurus Monos for them anyway because of how well they controlled the speakers’ drivers, particularly the woofers, and how much detail they could provide. I felt as if I was giving the Fortys their best chance to shine — which they did, with hi-rez sound very transparent to what was on the recordings (save for the low bass). When that review is published, you’ll read that I describe the Forty as being one of the most neutral two-ways Dynaudio has ever made. I felt confident coming to that conclusion because I knew that the amps were contributing no colorations of their own, which makes them a great reviewing tool for speakers.”

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