Emotiva XPA Gen3 two-channel power amplifier $999 Review
July 31, 2017 Comments Off on Emotiva XPA Gen3 two-channel power amplifier $999 Review
” The Gen3’s front panel is simple and attractive, in an anthropomorphic way. The halo ring-light of its standby/on button, surmounted by two status LEDs, makes it look like a “wow” emoji. All three front-panel lights are activated by the rear-panel on/off rocker switch next to the IEC power-cord socket; above which is an oversize circuit-breaker button and a tiny switch, labeled Status LEDs, for turning off the front-panel eyes/status indicators. Each of the Gen3’s amplifier modules (two for stereo) has switch-selectable unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR inputs, and a pair of five-way speaker binding posts.
KII AUDIO KIITHREE ACTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS $4,180 REVIEW
July 31, 2017 Comments Off on KII AUDIO KIITHREE ACTIVE LOUDSPEAKERS $4,180 REVIEW
“I’m undeniably an analogue enthusiast though, so the Antipodes EDGE Music Server doesn’t quite grab me in the same compelling way. But I would have one if I needed a new server.
I wouldn’t describe any streamer heard to date as musically compelling. I can take or leave these devices without a jot of regret because I have superior high-end alternatives.”
Pangea Audio’s LS300 Speaker Stand – video
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Magnepan MMGi speakers $650 Review
July 30, 2017 Comments Off on Magnepan MMGi speakers $650 Review
“No wonder the MMGi sounds bigger — and its stereo imaging closer to life-size — than any bookshelf or small tower speaker you or I have ever heard. Magnepan has been refining this technology since the early 1970s, and builds all of its speakers in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.”
Cary Audio AiOS INTEGRATED AMP/DAC $2,995 REVIEWS
July 30, 2017 Comments Off on Cary Audio AiOS INTEGRATED AMP/DAC $2,995 REVIEWS
“If you spend more money than the Cary AiOS, and you spend that money on separate pieces of hi-fi and the cables you’ll need to connect everything (not to mention any connectivity and power supply upgrades and tweaks), you can get better sound. If you want one box that is truly all-in-one, meaning all one need do is connect it to your network and your speakers and serve and/or stream away, the Cary AiOS checks off all of the boxes.”
Focal Utopia Headphones $4,000 Review
July 30, 2017 Comments Off on Focal Utopia Headphones $4,000 Review
‘I needn’t belabor the fact that the Focal Utopia has the best top end of any headphone I’ve ever heard. But isn’t the price practically a provocation? I should point out that Focal does offer the less expensive Elear, with aluminum-magnesium dome drivers, for a quarter of the price (review at soundandvision.com), and really good headphones can be had for a few hundred. You could buy three HiFiMen, 10 Sennheisers, or 40 Sonys for the price of one Utopia. But even at $3,999, the Utopia costs less than about three-dozen floorstanding speaker models in our Top Picks. For what is surely the king of the dynamic-headphone category, that’s prac- tically a steal.”
Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier $3500 Review
July 29, 2017 Comments Off on Pass Labs HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier $3500 Review
“Putting aside its prime directive as a headphone amp for a moment, the HPA-1 got right into the swing of being a dedicated preamp as it smoothly drove the active ATC SCM19A floorstanding loudspeakers (Issue 272). It exhibited the same lack of artifice, dynamic drive, and resolving power. Differences were subtle, subtractions minor (to some degree reflecting the added acoustic of my listening room); however, low-frequency pitch definition did soften slightly and soundstaging wasn’t as dimensionally immersive as that of my reference electronics. Even as a stand-alone preamp the HPA-1 is immensely competitive in its class, and for driving a powered desktop system (the likely goal) pretty hard to beat.”
12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time (The Absolute Sound) – Video
July 29, 2017 Comments Off on 12 Most Significant Loudspeakers of All Time (The Absolute Sound) – Video
How to make DIY Audio Highend Isolation platform base – Video
July 29, 2017 Comments Off on How to make DIY Audio Highend Isolation platform base – Video
HULGICH AUDIO ASTOR LOUDSPEAKERS $12,000 REVIEW
July 28, 2017 Comments Off on HULGICH AUDIO ASTOR LOUDSPEAKERS $12,000 REVIEW
“As an audiophile, we tend to get caught up looking and listening for faults and being critical rather than appreciating the music itself. I made very few notes in this review as I really enjoyed the Hulgich Audio Astor for all its capabilities and its very few flaws.
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