Amazon Music Goes High-Rez

September 25, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Amazon Music has introduced a CD-quality (confusingly called “HD” by Amazon)-plus-hi-rez (which Amazon calls “Ultra HD” so as (not) to confuse the masses) music tier at $14.99/month ($12.99 for Prime members). That price undercuts Tidal and Qobuz the two subscription streaming services most popular among audiophiles: Tidal charges $19.99/month for the tier that includes MQA, and Qobuz costs $24.99 for its Studio tier, the cheapest plan offering high-definition streaming. Amazon HD offers some 50 million songs in 16/44.1 FLAC format, with millions claimed available in hi-rez, up to 24/192 FLAC. Tidal claims a somewhat larger number of total tracks—56 million—with an unknown number in MQA. France-based Qobuz says it has about 40 million tracks online, including about 170,000 high resolution albums or some 2 million tracks”

CONSTELLATION AUDIO PICTOR PREAMP AND TAURUS STEREO POWER AMPLIFIER REVIEW

September 25, 2019 § Leave a comment

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The Pictor and Taurus are also paradoxical in performance in that they at once reveal all the performance criteria in a loudspeaker while bringing out its musical enjoyment. This left me stumped, as these are typically polar opposites; an amplifier that’s ‘revealing’ is often musically barren, while an amplifier that turns every session into an entertaining jaunt through your collection is routinely masking the limitations inherent to the speaker design. The Constellation Audio duo are unique in they show you exactly what your equipment is doing honestly and accurately, and yet make that experience as musically satisfying as it can be. Meaning it is at once the perfect tool for the designer wanting to know where the next speaker can be improved and the salesperson wanting to make their speakers sound great – that is a first, and bespeaks of the quality and accuracy of the Constellation Audio sound.”

Pro-Ject T1 Turntable Review

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Focal Kanta No1 Loudspeaker Review

September 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“The bass synthesiser modulated in an appropriately animated way, powering the song along. Above this there was a wealth of percussive detail to take in, all delicately rendered. The lead synthesiser stabs were superbly syncopated to the backing percussion, with congas and woodblocks easily discernible, alongside the funky rhythm guitar and programmed drum machine snares and handclaps. Everything arrived in perfect time, alongside a clean and smooth portrayal of Madonna’s vocals. This track can really sound like a dog’s dinner through some speakers, yet here it sounded completely at ease.

Auris Audio Euterpe

September 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“The volume pot also doubles up as a power-on resistance-based switch and you will have to wait a few seconds after turning it on for it to activate. A small safety precaution if you will. There is no stepped attenuation design to the pot here, this is a custom Alps potentiometer design with a very smooth turn. Also, thank you so very much Auris for putting in some white markers to judge volume levels accurately.

The level of potential functionality of the Euterpe seems excellent though our primary review focus will be on the built-in DAC and amp all-in-one performance. That being said, the pre-amp and analog inputs as a pure amp combined with a higher-end DAC such as the Qutest and even an M-Scaler behind that will be intriguing to see just how good the SET amp inside really is.”

CAMBRIDGE AUDIO ALVA TT TURNTABLE SYSTEM REVIEW

September 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“The fact the Alva TT sounds a little bit more enjoyable, slightly more lushly analogue, when hard-wired into a system might be a dog-whistle to sceptics. It could be said to prove that analogue will always trump digital when discussing this most analogue of sources. But it really shouldn’t.

It’s possible to spend £1,500 on a turntable that comes with more hair-shirt suffering than the Alva TT. But for listeners who want a satisfying vinyl experience without jumping through hoops, who don’t want to be dictated to by their own electronics, or who are just turned on by some worthwhile modernity crashing into some venerable technology, the Cambridge Audio Alva TT is the obvious choice.”

GRADO GR10E & IGE3 IN-EAR MONITORS $400 REVIEW

September 23, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“A few days later after some downtime by the quieter hotel pool, I decided to play some Eagles as they are my favourite Californian band. “Hotel California” is their most well-known album and definitely one of my favourites of all time. Right from the start, the theme from my flight over had definitely continued; a very open and expansive soundstage was revealed in a very balanced and transparent presentation. I have to say that the guitars just sounded so real with these IEMs, that shivers went down my spine. The sense of realism and clarity with the GR10e in-ear monitors really hit home with this high-resolution recording.”

Denon Unveils Compact, Network-Enabled Amp

September 23, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Custom electrical components are used throughout in an amp that incorporates Denon’s “direct digital feedback amplification” and AL32 Processing Plus waveform reconstruction technology in addition to an onboard 32-bit USB-DAC built to support high-resolution 2.8/5.6-MHz DSD audio and lossless files up to 24 bits/192 kHz in resolution.

The amp supports wireless streaming via Denon’s HEOS platform, Apple’s AirPlay 2 platform, and Bluetooth in addition to providing ready access to internet radio and several music services, including Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal, through the Wi-Fi-based HEOS system. The amp also supports voice control via Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant.”

Read more at https://www.soundandvision.com/content/denon-unveils-compact-network-enabled-integrated-amp#sMEk7s6ezLxRVwKA.99

PS AUDIO STELLAR POWER PLANT 3 REVIEW

September 23, 2019 § Leave a comment

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” The first thing you notice is the drop in noise floor, this not only makes for inky black spaces when the music has paused creating a much more realistic presentation allowing you to suspend disbelief and feel that the musicians are in the room with you, but opens a whole new world of micro-detail that was previously obscured by the previous noise floor. As you listen further, you start to hear the subtle increases in dynamic range that come from not only the lowered noise floor but the increased current storage in your power supply.

Pulling up Qobuz I selected “Who Killed Smiley Culture?” by Emily Capell. This piece is a single picked note acoustic guitar and vocal, with large spaces between notes. The abyssal silence lets you hear the reflections of the walls creating a greater sense of space. The quiet noises, like the buzz at the back of her throat, the squeak of her fingers on the strings, the click of the pick on the string and soundboard of the guitar all stand out in bas-relief. The sound is intimate and alive with a huge soundstage.”

Boulder 1161 Power Amplifer $22,000 REVIEW

September 22, 2019 § Leave a comment

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Nothing I’ve ever had the privilege of lifting the cover on in the audio world is built to this standard. This is what gives Boulder products the highest secondary market value of anything going – if you can even find them used. I’m sure people that trade Boulder in for something else are out there, but every Boulder owner I’ve encountered has only traded up. It’s rarely if ever for sale used, and I’ve never heard of one that has malfunctioned. I don’t even recall seeing a service area when I visited the factory, but I’m sure it’s there somewhere.”

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