Kuzma STABI R Turntable Review

March 28, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Frank Kuzma’s turntables have a common quality that you can recognize in almost every case, regardless of whether we are talking about the cheapest Stabi S, the most expensive Stabi XL DC or the reviewed Stabi R—it’s how natural they are. They sound so organic, so smooth—but in the sense that there is no distortion that could distract listener—so fluidly that “natural sound” is the first phrase that comes to mind already when listening to the first record played on these turntables.

One can say that the Stabi R model is the case, where one could add another term to describe its sound—”analog.” Seemingly simple, but… music lovers and audiophiles looking for an “analog ound” often do not know what they are really looking for. Based on stereotypes, exclamatory descriptions of audio products, and finally yielding to the ignorance of the so-called “experts” think that if something sounds warm, it means that it sounds analog. They include both sound sources and amplifiers to this group, and even cables”.

Audiophile IKEA Hack, Sound Diffuser Under $20

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Elac Adante AF-61VR Loudspeaker $5000 Review

March 27, 2019 § Leave a comment

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‘The Elac AF-61 reminds me of that person in school who always had the right answer but never put his hand up first—the understated, confident one. Mid-priced by today’s standards, the AF-61 delivers in all the areas that a loudspeaker needs to. It can image precisely, play loudly without distress, extend low enough that with a bit of room-gain assistance a subwoofer may not be necessary, and be driven easily by the vast majority of good amplifiers, and looks comparatively unflashy while doing all this.

The ideal physical situation for this impressive loudspeaker would be a room that is slightly too big for the stand-mounted AS-61, and the ideal listener would be one who likes his music played louder than the AS-61 can muster. So, if you heard the AS-61 at a show or in a store, and thought “That’s the sound I want, but I just need a little bit more,” the AF-61 is very likely to supply the more that you crave.”

Jomo Audio Salsa Review

March 27, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“According to the catalog, this is a Tidal Purple Mist design which is one complete make-up including purple translucent shells and an internal flake ‘scatter’ that covers the body and faceplate. I suspect it is a premium request and may cost a bit more. Something I will try to flesh out in the main review. For now, it is a cracking acrylic hollow body shell design that the camera picked up quite well.”

2019 CanJam Singapore Preview

March 27, 2019 § Leave a comment

CH Precision P1 Phono Preamplifier $31.000 review

March 26, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“I was really quickly entangled with the CH Precision P1 mind-boggling and complex core. I certainly didn’t predict to dip that deep and thoroughly into this apparatus, but once I’ve discovered P1’s current input potency I’ve literary pull out all of my cartridges that I own or have them in the review loop (Top Wing Blue Dragon, Top Wing Red Sparrow, Lyra Etna SL, Gold Note Tuscany Gold, Hana SL, Murasakino Sumile Mono, Etsuro Urushi, Miyabi Labs, Soundsmith Paua Mk Ii Cartridge etc.) and entered the non-plotted, but a most rewarding and prolonged sleepless nights analog adve”nture.

The cartridge list itself reveals my passion for the MC cartridges and with the up to 25dB user adjustable input gain, there was never even the slightest trait of the missing gain.”

Samsung Galaxy Buds Review

March 26, 2019 § Leave a comment

Von Schweikert Ultra 55 Debut and Listening session

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Naim ND5 XS 2 media player Review

March 25, 2019 § Leave a comment

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"Most of the other setup chores were straightforward. To listen to Internet Radio, I chose that icon from the Naim app's home screen and was off and running. Having done that, I could sort and ultimately select stations by genre, country of origin, and other logical criteria. Similarly, to listen to files stored on a thumb drive, I inserted the drive in one of the ND5 XS 2's two USB ports, selected the app's USB icon, and presto—once again, I was off to the races.

Pairing a user-supplied smartphone with the Naim's Bluetooth input option isn't covered in the Quick Start Guide. Through trial and error, I found that getting my iPhone to communicate with the Naim depended on my turning off and then turning on all associated products and functions in just the right order. And although Naim's implementation of Bluetooth sounded no worse than any others I've heard, it was nevertheless not worth the trouble: As with just about every other Bluetooth-as-serious-audio-source effort I've experienced, the sound quality was to Tidal as soft-serve ice cream is to the real thing, only filled with slightly more icy particles. Don't bother."

Final E5000 Universal-Fit Earphone $279 Review

March 25, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“In my listening experiments the E5000 had a rich and solid midrange above par in its price class. Curtis Mayfield’s “Underground” from Roots [Curtom] is an excellent indicator of how the E5000 can move you to the music, putting a substantial bite and body to the midband groove. The treble, which I felt was a bit harsh out of the box, mellowed and became truly outstanding by the end of my tests. I would say the E5000 does just about everything well. Sure, I could have used a wider soundstage or maybe a more aggressive bass line on some hard-driving funky tunes. Who couldn’t? The E5000 is already a fantastically well-rounded earphone, and it’s scary to think that I am only just now in sight of the 200-hour break-in mark. Things are bound to get even better!”

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