AURALIC VEGA G2 STREAMING DAC/PREAMP $5,699 REVIEW

June 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The VEGA G2 is equally effective on tightly focused and purely acoustic material such as the track ‘Le Boulet Rieur’ from Joël Grare’s Grare: Paris – Instanbul – Shanghai[Alpha, 16/44.1]. Grare leads a remarkable percussion ensemble whose talents and multi-coloured instrumental voices are highlighted in the jaunty, syncopated ‘Le Boulet Rieur’. As the track played through the VEGA G2, three things caught my ear: the brilliant purity and richness of the tonal colours of each of the instruments in play, the dead-accurate rendering of the dynamic envelopes of the instruments (and especially of their distinctive attack and decay characteristics), and—once again—the striking three-dimensionality of the overall presentation. In short, the G2 offered up a sound that was at once invigourating, elegant, refined, and realistic.”

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Sony MDR-Z7 $700 Review

June 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“First let’s discuss the bass response, which is stunning. Nothing is invented here, so if the track you’re listening to was mixed with moderate bass, the headphones won’t be boosting the lows like roughly 75 percent of the models we test do. However, if the track in question does indeed pack some powerful, deep bass, Sony delivers the ideal melding of clarity and full depth. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the drivers deliver an accurate thump that will sound dialed-back to anyone used to the full-throttle bass experience typical of today—but there’s plenty of depth here. You’d never accuse these headphones of sounding remotely thin, and the entire frequency range is well-represented—it’s a crisp, detailed, full sound.”

Chord Electronics TToby Stereo Power Amplifier Review

June 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“he TToby is a stunning achievement by John Franks and the Chord Electronics team. He obviously wasn’t willing to compromise sound quality for size or design. Most designers won’t consult with other ears when designing products, which baffles me. Mr. Franks, on the other hand, gets the team together for listening tests and takes feedback seriously. I have no doubt this is one of the reasons why the TToby is voiced so beautifully.”

Qobuz: Coming to America

June 29, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“I continue to be thrilled with the direction of music consumption. Having millions of songs in full or high-resolution at my fingertips is a dream come true. Just a few short years ago, we were at 128Kbps, then 320Kbps, then full CD quality, and now studio-quality files, up to 24/192 resolution. Seeing this technology unfold and improve to this level makes me proud to be a part of the process.”

Cyrus One HD Review

June 28, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Cyrus also keeps intact its reputation for an even balance. There isn’t heaps of low end shaking the floorboards, but it’s far from being lightweight. The sweetness is mirrored in a typically rich and unrestrained treble.Switching to digital via its SPDIF connection, each of those facets appears to have been improved upon.The performance is generally more confident and more assertive, with the assuredness to dig deeper into the detail while concurrently giving the record more space to breathe.”

Sennheiser HD 820 Headphones – Video

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JL Audio Fathom f113v2 Subwoofer and CR-1 Active Crossover Review

June 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“As I mentioned previously, the CR-1 confers a big advantage by splitting the frequency band with a true high-pass and a low-pass crossover. There’s very little overlap between the subwoofer and main speakers around the crossover point, eliminating the unpredictable result of having two different sources reproducing the same frequency band—the range of frequencies below the crossover point but above the lowest frequency the main speakers will reproduce. The combination of the high-pass and low-pass filter lets you decide, by listening, how much of the bass range is reproduced by the subwoofer and how much by the main speakers. If your main speakers have marginal bass quality below 100Hz, use a higher crossover frequency so that the main speakers never operate below 100Hz. Usually, a higher crossover frequency results in a more audible discontinuity at the crossover point. But the CR-1’s extensive controls provide seamless integration even at higher crossover frequencies.”

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