Nola Boxer S3 Bookshelf Loudspeakers $3500 Review

September 30, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“In all, the Nola Boxer S3 is another exceptional offering from a heavyweight speaker designer intent on providing high quality sound at a reasonable cost. At its best, the Boxer S3 can provide moments of truly mesmerizing musical performances. At its current price, the Boxer S3 does not offer the same universal affordability as the original model, but the sonic improvements in every area that matters makes it a fine choice for those who just want more. ”

Allnic Audio L-7000 Preamplifier $16,500 Review

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“The transparency the L-7000 creates is beguiling and projects the most wonderful, tactile feeling—from the ‘reach out and touch it’ variety. Many friends who heard my system just before this review’s publication said they have never heard it sound so good, so musical, and, especially, so transparent”

Vinnie Rossi previews his L2i-SE amplifier

September 30, 2019 § Leave a comment

ABYSS AB-1266 PHI TC HEADPHONES UPDATED $7,955

September 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“The life-like bass has translated over very strongly to the Phi TC versions, but what I hear is even more definition and clarity, but I think the biggest area of improvement is the increased transparency in the mids and treble regions. I had to remind myself that these were a pair of orthodynamics and not a pair of electrostatic headphones. The sound staging was truly epic. The whirl of the vending machines around my head from “Money” placed me in a large room well beyond my personal head-space and very much mimicked a 5.1 speaker presentation. Again, this was something that no other pair of headphones could reproduce with such transparency and openness.”

Klipsch Reference R-820F Loudspeakers $898 Review

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I enjoyed my time with the Klipsch Reference R-820Fs, and think their sound quality is competitive with anything in their price range. And if you like to play your music loud, and/or pressurize a home-theater room with maximum SPLs, the R-820F might be your best bet in a pair of budget floorstanders. I like the unique styling of Klipsch’s Reference models — their copper-colored woofers and horn-loaded tweeters set them apart from a crowded field of competitors. Kudos to Klipsch for remaining true to their heritage while providing excellent value in a reasonably priced floorstanding speaker.”

CSS-Audio Criton 2TD Review

September 29, 2019 § Leave a comment

AURALIC ALTAIR G1 HEADPHONE AMP REVIEW

September 28, 2019 § Leave a comment

Olympica Nova from Sonus Faber | Review

September 26, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“My first impression revolves around the huge and particularly well-defined soundstage the Olympica Novas offered. We’re not just talking about wide and deep. The Novas did a wonderful thing—they replicated the size of my own listening room on the other side of the wall. The illusion was clear. I could easily imagine a stage of equal size beyond the speakers where the performers stood and played. The wall boundaries were clearly fixed in space on both sides of the mirror.

That sounds strange, right? But that’s what I found most intriguing about that sound, the projection of a known finite space that was perfectly natural. Do we really expect a lone note played in the middle of the Mojave? Those boundaries I sensed replicated the feeling of being in a room where music is played. It was a distinctive sound, one that seemed perfectly logical and natural.”

CHORD ELECTRONICS HUGO TT 2 DAC/M SCALER UPSCALER REVIEW

September 26, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“I enjoyed similar benefits when I played the ‘Triptych (Excerpt)’ from A Company of Voices – Conspirare in Concert [Harmonia Mundi, 16/44.1]. This exuberant and syncopated piece for percussion ensemble and concert choir is not one that is easy for most DAC’s to handle, in part because of the large-scale dynamic swings involved and the perhaps slightly over-modulated choral swells that at times threaten to become ragged and strained. However, with the M Scaler assisting the Hugo TT 2, the timing and timbres of the percussion ensemble instruments improved dramatically, with more incisive transient sounds, rounder tonalities all around, and the all-important qualities of ‘swing’ and dynamic ‘jump’ in evidence. Individual choral lines also became clearer and more intelligible, while the potentially problematic vocal swells sounded better controlled and more expressive, with elements of congestion mostly (though not entirely) cleared up. In addition, the sounds of the concert venue were captured more realistically (I can say this with some conviction because I was present in the hall on one of the evenings when the recording was made) and with appropriate stage width and depth. Once again, the M Scaler/Hugo TT 2 pair made an already good recording sound a whole lot better.”

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Noble Audio’s Mighty Khan In-Ear Monitors $2399 Review

September 26, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Noble describes Khans in-ear monitors as the King who conquered Kings. The master built his armies and was able to place himself in the history books. The Noble Khan is an exceptionally well thought out universal IEM that truly is a musical instrument in itself. The midrange delivery was exceptional and it is a top tier performer with exceptional clarity of instruments and the tight controlled bass presentation was as good as I have heard in any in-ear monitor.”

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