Thorens TD 124 DD Record Player Review

August 5, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.stereophile.com/content/thorens-td-124-dd-record-player

The new TP 124 tonearm consists of an internally damped aluminum armtube with a heavy brass counterweight to balance the SPU 124 cartridge’s 30gm weight. The effective tonearm length is 9.17″. A second, lighter counterweight is included (along with a headshell) for use with more typical cartridges, which have less heft than the SPU 124. The TP 124 tonearm is a “cardanic suspended tonearm with Löfgren geometry.” Chiarella explained, in an email: “‘Cardanic” is a bearing arrangement whereby there are two ball bearing races in the vertical plane—above and below the arm tube—and another two ball bearing races to the left and right of the arm tube.” Tonearm support rod, cueing lift, and antiskate filament sleeve are made of aluminum, as is the tonearm’s cylindrical bearing housing.

DYNAUDIO HERITAGE SPECIAL STAND-MOUNT LOUDSPEAKER

August 5, 2021 § Leave a comment

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/dynaudio-heritage-special-stand-mount-loudspeaker/

Sometimes, good audio gets so wrapped up in the medium that it overlooks the message. The Heritage Special is one of those rare beasts that does both equally well. There will, of course, be those who can’t see the (nicely-finished) wood for the trees and never be able to get past the small box with a £5,500 price tag. Then there are those who heard them. Yes, you get a lot of the way there with the Special 40, but the difference between the two is marked. A rare pleasure to hear; you’ll regret it if you don’t. 

hORNS Universum speakers

August 5, 2021 § Leave a comment

PS Audio Stellar Strata Integrated Amplifier Review

August 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2021/7/16/ps-audio-stellar-strata

I relied on the assumption that the version available on streaming services came from the same master as my CD. Ohio is impeccably produced and sounded great through the analog outputs of the Yamaha, just as it always has. But switching to coax instantly via the remote was a revelation. At first I thought the Stellar Strata’s DAC must somehow add more gain than analog inputs. Even after playing around with volume matching the sound was bigger, bolder and warmer. It’s not that the Yamaha was missing anything outright, the Stellar Strata’s DAC just created a sound with real meat on the bones. Streaming the album gave the same overall presentation as playing the CD through the DAC. Slightly less realism, perhaps, but close enough that without an A/B comparison they would be indistinguishable. Why exactly they sounded different is beyond me but the experiment was a victory for both the DAC and streamer

Magico A5 Loudspeakers $8600 Review

August 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.soundstagehifi.com/index.php/reference-components/1577-recommended-reference-component-magico-a5-loudspeakers

In the “Conclusion” section of his review, Jeff summed up his listening impressions as follows: “The A5 produces deep, linear, weighty, detailed bass; clear, neutral, present mids; and highs that always reveal and never detract from the music. The A5s produced soundstages that could be vast, and images on those stages that were precisely placed and sized just as you would imagine they should be. I loved listening to all types of music through these speakers for hours on end, and at wildly varying volume levels. In all those hours, I heard no weaknesses in their sound.” It was the sound quality Jeff described that earned the A5 its Reviewers’ Choice award when his review was published, and has merited the Recommended Reference Component award this month.

Audeze CRBN Review

August 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

Sony Xperia 1 III Audiophile phone Review

August 3, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.whathifi.com/us/reviews/sony-xperia-1-iii

Bass notes sound a little tighter, meaning more control and agility, and helping tracks such as New Ferrari by Surprise Chef sound like they’re in a particularly good mood. Listening to Black Rainbow by Koreless, the brooding sense of tension is well conveyed and it’s clear the Xperia is capable of dynamics to rival any phone on the market and plenty of dedicated hi-res players.

Van Alstine DVA M225 Mono Block Solid State Amplifiers Reviewe

August 3, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.audiophilia.com/reviews/2021/5/18/uwo8qezl1oq1y1gvtphmj66gjx123f

Over the years I’ve acquired a number of performances of this piece but the one I listen to most often is an EMI Classics of Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. These amps highlighted the drama of the performance and hit all the right notes with power and precision. The brass instruments shone with full-bodied power and just the right amount of warmth. Flash, you saved us again.

Frank Sinatra. What can you say about Mr. Sinatra that hasn’t been said already? I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have at least three or four of his albums. His artistry is without peer and most of his recordings are superbly done. A classic recording, Sings For Only The Lonely, with Nelson Riddle and his Orchestra, shows off Frank’s ability to set the mood, in this case a sombre, reflective one. The detail and nuance of his voice are captured so completely you want to pull up a barstool and buy the poor guy a drink. We’ve all been down that road before. It’s a quarter to three….

Uncompressed vs, compressed audio files

August 3, 2021 § Leave a comment

PMC TWENTY5.26I FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER

August 2, 2021 § Leave a comment

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/pmc-twenty526i-floorstanding-loudspeaker/

Switching to the Moor Amps Angel 6, an amplifier that has since become a mainstay of my system, and pairing it with the Allegri Reference preamp took the experience onto another plane, revealing qualities in recordings that had hitherto been very well hidden. The twenty5.26i laps up upgrades in source and amplification, making it clear that its transparency and neutrality are there to be exploited. This amplifier’s dynamic range makes most alternatives sound compressed; it’s not unduly powerful (150W/8 Ohms) yet it finds dynamic contrasts that can be positively shocking, such as the bass that comes out of Bugge Wesseltoft and Henrik Schwarz’s ‘See You Tomorrow’ (Duo, Jazzland), is a track I’ve played many times yet never really heard it seems. It’s remarkable what modern loudspeakers can find hiding on your favourite albums, the state of the art is clearly progressing at a healthy pace.

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