Stenheim • Alumine Five Loudspeakers $60,000 Review

August 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Likewise, I heard a similar but different sense of scale and proportion to the playing in the 1965 Martha Argerich recording of the Chopin Piano Sonata No.3 in B Minor (Op.58 [Warner Classics 825646 372867]). In this case, it was the clarity in the lines and phrasing, the balance between left and right hands that illuminated the piece, a sense of musical shape and purpose built on the system’s ability to be both loud and quiet, delicate and powerful simultaneously, preserving the attack, poise, weight and placement of even the quietest notes alongside the loudest and most suddenly explosive. Even the rumbling of a repetitive bass arpeggio couldn’t disturb the crystalline clarity and astonishing delicacy of the upper registers, or the way that each note was spaced and placed with musical purpose.”

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Roon Labs Nucleus+ music server Review

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“Who knew Jason would have the B-52’s in his library? “Rock Lobster,” sourced from Tidal and the NUC, had excellent impact, with good low-frequency extension. Streaming the same track from Tidal via the Nucleus+, perhaps there was a touch more authority in the bass. Perhaps. With “Every Day I Have the Blues,” from the Morrison-DeFrancesco album, the sound through the NUC was less authoritative, less open. However, the comparison was unfair: Though both versions were 16/44.1, I was streaming from Tidal with the NUC, and playing a WAV file from local storage with the Nucleus+. Nevertheless, while changing to the Tidal stream with the Nucleus+ reduced the difference between the servers, the Nucleus+ sounded still a tad tidier.”

AURALiC Aries G1 network streamer review

August 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

GRYPHON AUDIOPHILE HEAVEN

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“A peek into the Gryphon Audio audiophile heaven. This is the second Gyphon Audio Kodo speaker system in Vietnam. The owner has mimicked the design of the Musikverein, Vienna. Thanks Pham Thanh Coung. ”

Astell And Kern ak70 mkii Player Review

August 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

Dynaco ST-70 Series 3 Stereo Tube Amplifier World Premiere $2999 Review

August 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“No device is perfect. But aside from replacing the tubes every so often, an easy matter of removing four screws (two on either side) and then popping out and popping in new tubes – you can’t miss with a little care to where the pins go into the matching sockets – and four screws to re-secure the tube cover. You are back to running like new in less than five minutes! And you could potentially experiment with different brands of tubes to get a slightly different sound quality to the presentation. But I found the factory chosen matching JJ Electronics EL-34 to perform wonderfully.”

Muraudio SP1 Loudspeakers $14,700 Review

August 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“In the 1990s, I had a pair of Apogee Centaur Minor speakers and, fairly or unfairly, they’ve affected my view of hybrid designs ever since. The Centaur Minor had a 6.5” dynamic woofer alongside a 26”-high ribbon tweeter, and were murder to set up properly in my room — they sounded good only in just the right places, and then only if I never moved my head. If I moved my head even an inch to left or right, the soundstage would disappear and the tonal balance would go all wrong. But even with my head in that virtual vise, I could always tell which sounds were being produced by the dynamic woofer and which by the ribbon tweeter — the former sounded a bit rubbery and soft, the latter fast and crisp. Forget any sort of convincing reproduction of the sound of an acoustic piano, which ranges from the very low bass up past 4kHz — the very different sounds of the Minor’s drivers screwed that up completely.”

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