Simaudio Moon 240i Integrated Amplifier-DAC Review

May 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“With the plainchant Pange Lingua (anon.), from The Tallis Scholars Sing Josquin (16/44.1 AIFF, Gimell), it was as if I were seated in a back pew of Merton College Chapel, Oxford, where it was recorded. As the voices rose to the ceiling, the Moon 240i adeptly portrayed the vast emptiness of the chapel, giving me a sense of its size. I love the way this track was recorded, with the microphones well away from the singers. The sensation is one of a solemnity that suits this music. One experiences an emotional impact when hearing things like this, and though it’s rather intangible, the ability of the Simaudio Moon 240i to trigger them in me was undeniable.”

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Small Subwoofer Build – Video

May 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

High Fidelity Cables MC-1 Pro vs. MC-0.5 Power Conditioners

May 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“All of our technologies, including the MC-0.5, indeed works off magnetic conduction but in regards to the MC-1 Pro, the similarities end there. The MC-1 Pro has a new active circuit that helps strengthen the magnetic system. This “active” magnetic system exists only in our Pro Elite power conditioners but operates a bit differently. This system helps to better center electrons and functions as if it were wired in series. A simple series of capacitors are used to help the magnets center the electrons. They are used for the magnetic waveguide not as a filter themselves.”

MARTINLOGAN IMPRESSION ESL 11A HYBRID ELECTROSTATIC LOUDSPEAKER

May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Whether or not you decide to use the optional PBK system, the Impression ESL 11A is one of the hidden secrets in the MartinLogan line-up. Some will miss this on the way to bigger speakers, but they shouldn’t. It’s a powerful, dynamic, musical fun maker with the usual MartinLogan characteristics of good imagery and great detail, but adds to that a relatively small footprint, and terrific integration between cones and panel. Factor in the benefit of subtle DSP room compensation and this electrostatic hybrid design comes extremely highly recommended!”

Engström • Monica Preamplifier and Lars Mono Amplifiers Review

May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“If the benefits of the analog original are really that apparent, how about resorting to LP? Comparing the Previn performance on LP to the CD version shows the same yawning chasm in quality that I’ve come to expect. The LP offers a deeper, broader and far more dimensional soundstage, richer colors, greater presence and a far greater dynamic range. It’s not so much that the LP goes louder, but it delivers more concentrated energy to greater musical effect. Comparing it to the Berglund recording again highlights just how clearly these amps differentiate between performers and performances. Berglund is hardly a shrinking violet, as witnessed by his EMI/BSO Sibelius cycle, but in this repertoire the Bournemouth simply can’t match the discipline and the resulting concentrated power and expressive contrast generated by the LSO, power that is essential to this piece.”

High End 2018 Munich: TotalDac – Video

May 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

BEYERDYNAMIC WIRELESS AVENTHO ON-EAR HEADPHONES $500 REVIEW

May 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“In short, I love these headphones! Incredible sound quality, seamless Bluetooth functionality, great comfort and good noise isolation all combine into a truly new innovative product for Beyerdynamic. Cutting the chord so to speak and freeing up these headphones is a wonderful feature that make it hard to go back to wired headphones for when portability is a requirement. Don’t let the on-ear nature scare you as the comfort, noise isolation and resulting sound quality are all top notch and among the very best in the $500 wireless headphone market space. Throw in the fact that the folks at Beyerdynamic just know what sounds good and you have a real winner on your hands! If you are in the market for a portable pair of wireless headphones, you need to check these out right away.”

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