Audeze LCDi4 $2,500 Review

March 27, 2023 § Leave a comment

With the help of the larger transducer, the LCDi4 capably outputs revered bass with both power and finesse. It is a bass which straddles along the lines of neutrality without borrowing warmth from elsewhere. Perhaps some may prefer more voluminous bass akin to the Campfire Audio Atlas or the 64 Audio Nio, however the LCDi4 yields a solid foundation which extends well into sub-bass territory.


Audiovector R 8 Arreté Loudspeaker £53,495 Review

March 27, 2023 § Leave a comment

The natural, open-voiced delivery of the R 8 Arreté also delivers wonderful string tones, so that Ensemble Allegria’s recording of Britten’s ‘Variations On A Theme Of Frank Bridge’ [Britten/Hagen/Strauss; Lawo Classics LWC 1241] offered crisp yet fluid performances enhanced by the striking sense of the musicians laid out before the listener. There was such speed and drive in the March of Variation 2, and Variation 5’s Bourée, while the final Fugue built superbly with attack in its growing scale.

The speakers are also completely at home with the BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins recording of Vaughan William’s 6th Symphony [Hyperion CDA68396], with fabulous drama and superb brass timbres. The massive orchestral scale is delivered without any loss of definition and insight, turning to wonderful fluidity as the movement’s tone calms.

Yamaha YH-5000 Review. $5000 Open Back 

March 27, 2023 § Leave a comment

Sony NW-WM1ZM2 $3699 review

March 26, 2023 § Leave a comment

The Sony NW-WM1ZM2  is a cultured-sounding player and beautifully made. It is an immensely capable performer that verges on excellent, even considering the money. Our issue with this product is much more about the limited power output, which means we struggle to use our favourite headphones, as well as the lack of sophistication in the way it works. Sony, by all means improve the sound for the next generation, but what you really need to do is concentrate on making that version better to use.

Western Electric Type 91E Integrated Amplifier Review

March 26, 2023 § Leave a comment

On the title track, as he trades lines with Dianne Reeves, the listener is drawn into a duet that provides both harmonising and contrast. The listener who is most captivated by the emotional elements of a performance will revel in the way that the two singers’ peerless powers of expression are presented against a backdrop of rich textures and tones, especially the piano, dominant from the outset. It’s as if one has recreated a smoky nightclub in one’s listening room. It almost begs the audience to dress for the occasion.

As voluble as I am most of the time, I find myself at a loss to convey just how marvellous is this amplifier though I will repeat to the point of tattooing it on my forehead that it must be matched to speakers of high sensitivity. I can only dream about how it will sound with Quad ESL 57s, which were never designed to demand bags of power though, to be fair, plenty of users will still pair the 91E with traditional horns. But the experience with DeVore’s O/93s? It’s a marriage to join Krell/Apogee and Audio Research/Magnepan in the annals of high-end audio.

Ultrasonic Vinyl Record Cleaner Review

March 26, 2023 § Leave a comment


March 25, 2023 § Leave a comment

Hifiman Svanar Review

But, the real gimmick here doesn’t come from the driver, but from the housing. How? By mimicking a principle seen (and heard) in almost every opera theater: a secondary cavity designed to smooth frequency response intersection. An idea that popped up when the Hifiman team saw the ballet “Swan Lake” at the Moscow State Theater, where they were amazed by the secondary diffusion ceiling design, resulting in an extended soundstage.

The Listening Room

March 25, 2023 § Leave a comment

“This setup was carefully curated to create a one-of-a-kind project. The room features a harmonious blend of bold configurations and intricate shapes, adding depth and dimension to the space. Every element in the room is meticulously crafted, culminating in an extraordinary design that is both visually stunning and acoustically pleasing. This Hi-Fi room stands out as a remarkable project that seamlessly integrates art and technology to provide an unparalleled audiovisual experience. Congratulations to AV Mat, HIFI Lausanne and HIFI Group for this fantastic setup.”

16 Woofers: Magnepan Ultra-Wideband Bass System

March 25, 2023 § Leave a comment

DALI Kore Floorstanding Speaker €80,000 Review

March 23, 2023 § Leave a comment

Following that, we listened to “Carmen” under Lorin Maazel with Julia Migenes and Placido Domingo, a recording from 1984. Of course, dynamics, authentic reproduction of the entire frequency spectrum and presentation of details are important criteria for an orchestra as well. Here, however, high demands for credible, physical voice reproduction and high tonal fidelity of instruments as well as solo and choral voices were added to that. In addition, the voices are also supposed to be distinctly detached from the orchestra. The depicted stage was large and perfectly to scale in terms of width, height, and depth – broad grins and incredulous head shaking were unavoidable. It was like “taking a bath in the music” as might be experienced with a select few big line-source speakers, if you’re lucky. The release of happiness hormones occurred to a degree that is only rarely experienced; goosebumps, foot tapping, and occasionally watery eyes alternated.

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