Magico A5 £35,998 Review

January 31, 2023 § Leave a comment

Magico A5

The Magico A5 isn’t just another Magico loudspeaker and isn’t even just another high-end loudspeaker; it’s a point of inflexion. It’s the tipping point where real high-end happens, and its flexible enough to let high-end happen in a wider range of home than usual. The combination of being capable of being driven by a good integrated amplifier and the way it integrates into smaller rooms than you might expect all lend the A5 a gravitas that sets it apart from its peers. It’s the gateway to a higher-end world, but not simply a stepping-stone that leaves you wanting more. And for many this will be their first experience of what Magico can sound like and that’s a big step for many. For some, it will be the only step they ever need to make, for others, it will be the first step in a wholly new journey.

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FiiO FA7S Six Balanced Armature IEM Review

January 31, 2023 § Leave a comment

Rather than relying on a single driver to manage the entire frequency range, the FA7s divides it between six distinct balanced-armature drivers. This is intended to permit a quicker, more precise, and more detailed performance. From my understanding, The low- and high-frequency drivers are off the shelf from Knowles, while the mid-frequency one is a custom model designed solely for FiiO.

Dividing the frequency range between six drivers is not a simple task. If not done correctly, it may lead to an unnatural overlap of certain frequencies, as the drivers usually produce higher and lower frequencies than their assigned range.

McIntosh RS150 Wireless Loudspeaker

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VPI Avenger Direct Turntable Package Review

January 30, 2023 § Leave a comment

https://www.hifinews.com/content/vpi-avenger-direct-turntable-package

The second change I made was to swap out the cartridge. The Miyajima-based VPI Anniversary has a sweet nature that suits the likes of soft, smoky jazz to a tee. Fed with ‘Love Dance’ from Diane Schuur’s The Diane Schuur Collection [GRP Records GR-9591], it made a good case for itself, offering up an emotive, warm performance. Unfortunately, outside of this fairly narrow window I found the cartridge wanting. None of the adjustments I made to VTA, tracking force, azimuth or loading made it sound anything other than a little too soft and vague for my tastes. Swapping it out for my regular Ortofon Cadenza Black MC transformed the performance of the Avenger Direct and showed what this deck and arm were capable of.

Now that smoky jazz still gave me a warm tingle of pleasure, but the violins of The Locrian Ensemble playing the ‘Allegro’ movement from Mendelssohn’s Octet [Chasing the Dragon VALLP015] had a proper sense of bite and realism to them. The horseshoe-shaped layout of the performers was also uncannily realistic as the Avenger Direct once more set up an almost holographic sense of imagery.

NAD C399 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier $1999 Review

January 30, 2023 § Leave a comment


During the evaluation period two audiophile friends dropped in to listen a few times, both of whom have outstanding systems. The first was so impressed he asked if I could bring the C399 over so that he could hear it in his system, which consists in electronics that total over four times the price of the NAD. The other, who is into extremely expensive equipment, was so gobsmacked by what he heard as to leave him totally shaken, mumbling how that level of performance could come out of a unit this unpretentious in size, weight, appearance, and price. He visited again a week later, then again a few weeks after that, each time departing in a similar state of disbelief. Let me reassure you that with both friends, and myself, our reactions are most definitely not an instance of Dr. Johnson’s dancing dog—you know, it’s not that the dance is so good, it’s that a dog is doing it.

KEF – factory tour

January 30, 2023 § Leave a comment

Halcro dm58 monoblock Review

January 29, 2023 § Leave a comment

https://www.hifinews.com/content/halcro-dm58-monoblock


It loved the Wilson WATT/Puppies, and a few minutes with the Apogees showed it to be oblivious to loads. Quad electrostatics? No sizzle, no sting, and a dose of control that had me fantasising about how these would sound in the SME Music Room.

Yeah, I’m glad I didn’t look at the reviews, or pay attention to the stories about the stunning amp from Down Under. It’s so good that the £20,750 per pair seems a veritable snip. So, here’s another amp to add to KK‘s Lottery Win list, alongside the ARC REF600. And to think DTS uses nine of ’em plus five of Halcro’s larger dm68s for multichannel…

New RDacoustic Silentmax3D Absorber

January 29, 2023 § Leave a comment

https://www.monoandstereo.com/2023/01/new-rdacoustic-silentmax3d-absorber.html

Reduce echo and noise in a modern and simple way with the Silentmax3D acoustic panel. It is proven that noise has an adverse effect on human health. A large echo reduces concentration, the voice or the spoken word is difficult to distinguish. Listening to the spoken word in an environment with a lot of reverberation (reverberation time) is tiring and exhausting.

AURALiC ALTAIR G2.1 Review

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Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2 Power Conditioner $6000 Review

January 28, 2023 § Leave a comment

https://www.soundstageultra.com/index.php/equipment-menu/1161-shunyata-research-denali-6000s-v2-power-conditioner#most-read-equipment-reviews

The Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2 is packed with proprietary technologies designed to keep your system safe and performing at its absolute best. It does this in a beautifully crafted package that comes with a lifetime warranty. Yes, six grand is a lot of money for a power conditioner. However, if you want to extract the best performance from your stereo—in my case, less noise and a more well-formed soundstage—I don’t think there’s any way you can go wrong if you buy the Denali.

I think the Shunyata Research Denali 6000/S v2 is a buy-it-once-and-forget-it component. If you get one of these, you can rest assured that the connected components are getting exactly the power quality they need. Then instead of worrying about power delivery, you can spend your time obsessing over the other gear in your system. That’s what I’m going to do now because the power conditioning is taken care of for good.

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