World Premier Review of the $3,500 Astell&Kern SP1000 A&ultima Series High-End Music Player Review

August 28, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“I did not dive into all the myriad of features and future upgrades planned for the Astell&Kern SP1000 A&ultima Series High-End Music Player. You can count on a ton of them in the works, including a high speed CD ripper which will plug directly into the 1000, sans computer. The SP1000 is beautifully packaged and comes with key cables and assorted goodies. Everything has been thought through, and the IRiver team headed by Owen Kwon is ready to serve all your needs now and in the future. I have never met a friendlier group of techies and music lovers. ”

VALVET A4 CLASS A MONOBLOCKS 6890 per pair REVIEW

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“With the Valvet monoblocks I found myself enjoying some of the most coherent, balanced sound I’ve heard in my listening room. Bass notes are present, separate enough from the midrange to allow you to follow instruments easily without ever thinking they were dominant or disproportionate. Midrange is simply magical, with voices, strings and keys reproduced with a level of reality that makes you relax into the music. Upper frequency resolution is not softened as might be anticipated if the amps were to seem ‘tube-like’ but instead were clean and sufficient to serve musical purpose without drawing unnecessary attention to themselves. In combination, you hear full-bodied, realistic, musical instruments and performers with appropriate dynamic punch and swing.”

AMG Giro Turntable, 9W2 ‘Arm, and Teatro Moving-Coil Cartridge Review

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Now, their recorded performance is very fine, one of the best of the set—if not as riveting as the one we’d just attended—and the engineering is also quite fine, nicely conveying the sound of the orchestra in its home, Davies Hall. Yet if we double-back to Valin’s notion of “real,” I gotta say that the Giro setup did not disappoint. That is not, of course, to say that it was a replica of the real experience, but as the reproduction of a large symphony orchestra goes, it was nevertheless pretty damn impressive.”

GOLD vs COAL – Sony Signature Series Walkman 2017 – Video

August 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

HiFiMan RE2000 Review – Video

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Totem Acoustic Sky Loudspeaker $1850 Review

August 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“A caveat: There are two sides to the Sky personality worth taking note of. It plays easily and pleasantly with lower-priced low-to-medium power electronics—perfectly at ease, but also a bit dry with a whitish top, its limits more perceivable. Fact is, what it really needs to take flight are higher-quality electronics. After all, that’s what those big voice coils and long-throw diaphragm are all about, right? Strap on seventy-five to a hundred watts or more of high-end power and watch the Sky soar. ”

Top 10 Best Portable Music Players For Audiophiles – 2017 Edition

August 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“The body of the NW-WM1A is made out of aluminum chassis and Sony used MELF registers instead of Fine Sound registers found on the NW-WM1Z. Whether or not there is a huge difference in the audio performance it up to your ears. But I doubt that both DAPs will have huge difference in sound quality, by huge I mean really significant. Diminishing returns in audio equipment is very real and unfortunately huge as well.”

AUDIOQUEST NIGHTOWL CARBON $699 REVIEW

August 26, 2017 § Leave a comment

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‘This Owl hits harder than the Fostex TH series headphones. Yep, it really is a monster in that regard. If you like abundant physical impact and high levels of low-end dynamics, this is the set for you. Despite being powerful, I do not consider it harsh. Tracks without a ton of bass do not ever come off as annoyingly painful or impacting, so no worries there. When the track calls for it, bass can really pack a serious punch, or it can feel relatively soft. Seems to be very track dependent here, which is a fantastic thing.”

Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic £700k

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“Consequently, the Master Chronosonic’s adjustable speaker array features a ‘Micrometer System’ that offers module adjustment in increments of just five microseconds. Align the drivers correctly to the listening position, contends Wilson Audio, and the result is far more lifelike sound. ”

Roller MK01 headphones by Luzli sell for $3000 – Video

August 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

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