Peachtree Audio nova150 Review

August 31, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Combining a high power amp, preamp, DAC, and phono in a footprint just over 14 inches wide by 13.25 deep is no small feat. Giving it the ability to be so musical is excellent engineering. Finally, having it built in North America for under $1600 is remarkable. The only thing missing is streaming software and or Roon integration. But at this price point the nova150 is chalk full of value. The nova150 checks off virtually every category one could want. Admittedly, I’m searching for the next generation of all-in-one integrateds to take me into downsizing phase of life. The Peachtree nova150 is a definite finalist! -Mark Marcantonio”

Klipsch Klipschorn AK6 loudspeaker $14,998 Review

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“And my time with the Klipsches was a sobering reminder: Amplifiers and loudspeakers—especially low-power amplifiers and ostensibly easy-to-drive speakers—require careful matching. If the output characteristics of the former don’t suit the impedance characteristics of the latter, it doesn’t matter if both components offer Class A performance under optimal conditions: The sound won’t get off the ground. (I shudder to think how many great products have been poorly reviewed by gurus who condemned them merely for not performing well with their references.) It’s tempting to think that very sensitive speakers in general, and horns in particular, will sound great with virtually any low-power tube amp—but it just ain’t so.”

Human Headphones are the World’s first true wireless over-ear headphones

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Mytek Brooklyn Bridge streaming DAC/network server $2995 Review

August 30, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“I’ve been meaning to set up a proper network-attached storage (NAS) system for a while. This seemed like a good time. I went to B&H, a sort of photography and technology superstore here in New York—if you’re a photographer you know it—and came home with a Synology NAS enclosure and four 4TB Western Digital hard drives. A few hours later, my NAS was up and running. My music library now lives on this NAS, set up in RAID 5 configuration, which means that if any one of the four discs fail, I can pull it out and replace it and it will heal itself—no data loss.

SVS SB-3000 powered subwoofer $999 Review

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“Optimally positioning the SB-3000 subs in my room was critical for attaining smooth integration of its output with that of the Quads. Usually I position each sub behind each Quad panel in the two front corners of the room, but this setup overloaded my small, square listening room. I then moved each SB-3000 subwoofer into opposite corners of the room, as advised in the SVS manual, with positive results, including excellent blending of subs and satellite speakers, consistent bass down to extremely low frequencies, and no room overload.

Hi End Audio Audiophile setup ‘VIDEOS’

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Full scale Viva Audio project

August 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

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QDC ANOLE VX REVIEW

August 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“qdc has created a flagship monitor that definitely plays in the big leagues and rivals some of the global players. The Anole VX to me stands head-to-head with some of the industry’s finest IEMs and deserves every spotlight it can get. qdc shows us, that in spite of the recent trend of multi-driver, multi-tech hybrid flagship monitors, an all BA design can still be very competitive.

The switch-system of the Anole VX makes it a very versatile monitor. I can see many people being taken care of with it. People that enjoy a good neutralish sound, others that want more bass, vocal lovers and treble heads. They all can find what they are looking for in qdc’s Anole VX. My personal favourite is the standard setting, as I just love the balanced sound with superb body and soul.”

TechDAS Air Force V turntable $19,500 Review

August 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Of course, there was that surprising degree of quiet—but beyond that, with the Air Force V, the sound was bigger and more fully fleshed out than I had imagined was possible. The bass lines on “Mother Earth Blues” were firm, grippy, and forcefully presented. On the bottom end, bass extension was effortless from both guitar and kick drum, and neither got lost in the generously live room sound. The snare drum snapped and, of course, the guitar transients were sharp and cleanly drawn.

Shortly thereafter, I was off to Europe (see last month’s Analog Corner), but as soon as I returned home, I played a direct-to-disc record that mastering engineer Rainer Maillard had handed me in Berlin: the Joscho Stephan Trio’s Paris-Berlin (BMS 1817V). This “finger picking good” trio of double bass and dueling acoustic guitars plays Django Reinhardt-style acoustic swing music with remarkable speed and dexterity.”

Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/techdas-air-force-v-turntable-page-2#m8mXXiO3gZzHtJrI.99

Vitus Audio SIA 030 Integrated Amplifier Review

August 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

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