Paradigm Prestige 15B Loudspeakers $1598 Review

May 31, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“If you choose the Prestige 15Bs to be the cornerstones of a two-channel system, you’ll be getting a pair of speakers that will minimize their footprints while maximizing their sonic presence in all but the largest rooms. Your choice could also serve as the heart of a home-theater system that would be the state of the art in its category. The Prestige 15B is the complete package: aesthetically sophisticated, materially advanced, technologically progressive, and sonically and musically superior.’

Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones Review

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“The QuietComfort 35 is not the sexiest headphone. If you are going for a fashion statement, there are better-looking headphones in the category. Some may consider the QC 35’s sound to be a bit overly polite. Nothing is missing–it’s just that they aren’t going to come out and grab you musically. Think: more Lexus and less Aston Martin”

Gryphon Room Kodo Diablo @ High End Munich 2018 HiFi Show – Video

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Paradigm Prestige 15B Loudspeakers $1598 Review

May 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The 3D soundstaging I’d heard from the 15Bs in my friend’s system enriched and expanded under the influence of his NAD amplification. When his NAD C 325BEE went to the whip, the Prestiges responded, filling the room with crackling energy. These speakers sounded great at low levels, and I never suffered when listening at reasonable volumes — but as the volume knob turned rightward, the Paradigms produced a jump factor that would mitigate the tradeoffs audiophiles make when we move away from floorstanders.”

Making of a vacuum tube : ELROG 845 – Video

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MOBILE FIDELITY STUDIODECK TURNTABLE WITH STUDIOTRACKER CARTRIDGE REVIEW

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“The build quality of the Studiodeck and Studiotracker cartridge are on point with their competition, and it was clear after a short stint with the table that this is a high-quality design, high calibre performing table that has quite a bit to offer those of us who need to remain price conscious. At an extremely reasonable entry level price, the Studiodeck’s sonic strength seemed to be a well illuminated and well rounded mid-range that was able to faithfully deliver an analogue experience that exceeded my expectations given its modest price. If you are looking for a laid back easy listening presentation look elsewhere. But if your music preferences tend towards faster-paced, higher-energy music of any variety I would think the Studiodeck is right up your alley.”

PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated Amplifier Review

May 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“I was concerned that my cartridge might not work well with the Sprout100 because the Grado is a moving iron, not a moving magnet. But the fixed 47K Ohms, 100pF was just fine, and the fact that the Sprout100 has a built in preamplifier allowed the volume to be adjusted just fine too–no gain issues. Remarkably, buzz distortion (e.g., when a record is not playing but the volume is up) was almost non-existent. In short: very satisfying for what it does. (Of course one can’t expect it to compete with my reference set up–and it did not; but it certainly did well; better than I would have thought.)”

AUDIOQUEST INTRODUCES THE NIAGARA 1000 POWER CONDITIONER AND THUNDER POWER CHORD

May 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The AudioQuest power conditioning and cables made a major improvement to my system by delivering quiet and noise free music. The hum from the VPI Prime Scout turntable disappeared, as did the rumble. Hobbyists and music lovers invest thousands on components and without addressing the conditioning issues caused by dirty electricity and noise, never experience what the system is truly capable of producing”

AVM Ovation CS 8.2 All-in-One System $12,995 Review

May 28, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Obviously, I have the room and cables to handle an extensive multi-box audio system. Replacing all those boxes and wires with one AVM CS 8.2 was a refreshingly musical alternative experience. I found that when pitted against a separates system with approximately the same overall price tag the CS 8.2 can deliver equally impressive sound.

For me the one elephant in the room that kept staring me in the face and sideswiping me with its trunk was: “How does the AVM CS 6.2 compare with the AVM CS 8.2?” I have never heard the 6.2, so I am not qualified to answer that question. Since these two components are identical except for the tube linestage in the 8.2, the final decision between them is something that can only be made at an AVM dealer who has both units in stock.”

MERIDIAN REFERENCE TWO CHANNEL POWER AMPLIFIER 857 $12,000 REVIEW

May 28, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The Meridian 857 is certainly one of the nicest looking amplifiers I have seen, but its power reserves make it both Beauty and the Beast. Kudos to the Meridian team for designing an amplifier that makes us want to reacquaint ourselves with our music. Meridian has created an amplifier that demonstrates their finest ideals for an audio product. It is certainly one of the nicest looking amplifiers I have auditioned, as most other amps look like plain metal boxes compared to the rest of our components. The real trick was to add clean, unadulterated muscle that can turn the 857 into an astonishingly powerful mono-block. If this is their statement, I heard it loud and clear!”

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