ZMF Verite Headphones Review
January 31, 2020 Comments Off on ZMF Verite Headphones Review
“Tight, punchy, and definitive are few of many words that can be used to describe the Vérité’s low-end tuning. Slightly ahead of neutral, the bass is perfectly done with the right amounts of heft and slam to really make the listening experience a pleasurable one. The dynamic driver really does come into play with a great texture and weight that many planar models and electrostatic fail to recreate. It is nice to see (or rather hear) that the bass levels are not unrealistically elevated, but instead have such a natural timbre and depth that depict the realism of tracks. Compared to HiFiMAN Susvara and HE-1000 V2, the Vérité Open renders heftier slam and physical presence of bass, while the former two headphones have a more agile and intelligible bass line. The Meze Empyrean, on the other hand, is closer to the Vérité’s tonality with a linear and gently upward sloping sub- to mid-bass region. Both the Empyrean and Vérité have a pleasant low-end with the Empyreans sounding slightly more boosted and leaning more towards the smoother and warmer musical tonality. In “NICE” by The Carters, the low-end on the Vérité is represented with no bloom or bloating, but bass that stops on the dime with outstanding texturing.”
SONY IER-Z1R SIGNATURE SERIES UNIVERSAL-FIT EARPHONE $1,999 REVIEW
January 31, 2020 Comments Off on SONY IER-Z1R SIGNATURE SERIES UNIVERSAL-FIT EARPHONE $1,999 REVIEW
The third characteristic is masterful rendition of reverberant information and spatial cues in recordings, which enables the IER-Z1R to produce huge, ‘outside-the-head’ soundstages. This quality proved stunning on Elvis Presley’s ‘Fever’ from Elvis Is Back [Sony Legacy, 16/44.1]. Specifically, the earphones neatly exposed the amounts and types of reverb applied to Elvis’ vocals throughout the song, while showing how widely spaced percussion instruments define the boundaries of the soundstage through sounds that reverberate and linger on the air.
Schiit Audio Magni 3+ and Heresy Headphone Amplifiers
January 31, 2020 Comments Off on Schiit Audio Magni 3+ and Heresy Headphone Amplifiers
AUDEZE LCD-I4 REVIEW
January 30, 2020 Comments Off on AUDEZE LCD-I4 REVIEW
“The sound stage stretches wide and deep with an open feeling. You get extremely good resolution and micro detailing. The Element M fires in a ton of information, which the LCD-i4 reproduces without a sweat. Imaging is right about perfect, with sharply separated instruments. The LCD-i4 paints a beautiful picture right in front of you, where you can imagine the band and performers very well.”
Monitor Audio Gold 300 Loudspeaker $7000 Review
January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Monitor Audio Gold 300 Loudspeaker $7000 Review
These Gold 300s really grew on me over time, thanks to their powerful presence and substantial sound output. There’s a really pleasing solidity here—courtesy of the cabinet construction and other technologies—that won me over across more and more source material. Especially if you appreciate or collect well-recorded material, the Monitor Gold 300s can enable you to reap its rewards. If want a deeper dive into your music collection and you’re in the market for a solid speaker in this price tier, go for the gold and give the new 300 an audition. “
Audiophile Chromecast Audio
January 30, 2020 Comments Off on Audiophile Chromecast Audio
Sonus Faber Heritage Collection Electa Amator III Loudspeakers
January 29, 2020 Comments Off on Sonus Faber Heritage Collection Electa Amator III Loudspeakers
“My presentiments went unfulfilled. While the EAIII’s sound wasn’t strictly neutral, it was clear that its frequency response had been skillfully tailored. Consider “Take My Hand,” the final track of Dido’s No Angel (16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC, Arista/Tidal). The recording itself leans toward the hot side of neutral, Dido’s voice marked by a tetchily digital edge that highly resolving audio gear only exacerbates. The EAIII revealed the recording’s warts as well as I expected it to, with some low-level white noise audible right away, drifting in and out of audibility as the music’s focus shifted from Dido’s voice to her simple guitar chords and back again. And yet what should have been a more trebly, wince-worthy sound seemed to have been subtly glossed over. The bottom end of Dido’s voice was unusually robust. When she reached for the top of her range, I heard plenty of energy and drive, but it was delivered more smoothly than I’d expect from this track when listened to through dead-neutral speakers. Sonus Faber’s DAD tweeter was interesting, both for its performance envelope and its voicing in the EAIII. It sounded tilted up a decibel or two from what I would normally expect to hear. And while it never sounded dark, neither did this silk dome sound remotely harsh or bright.:”
CLARUS CONCERTO POWER CONDITIONER $3,699 REVIEW
January 29, 2020 Comments Off on CLARUS CONCERTO POWER CONDITIONER $3,699 REVIEW
“The point I want to make here is that high-end audio equipment will likely not have a lot of noise peaks because they already have noise-reducing circuitry. However, they may very well have some high-frequency noise that makes its way into the signal. The origin of this high-frequency noise is not known. It could be coming from anywhere in your home, including appliances, Wi-Fi router, etc. Everything these days seems to have Wi-Fi capability, so this noise can be in the megahertz range.
Removing high-frequency noise is a matter of your own priorities. If you want to maintain the purest signal possible, then adding a high-quality power conditioner is desirable. The Clarus Concerto is certainly of that category.”
Amphion Argon 3LS
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January 28, 2020 Comments Off on Tidal review
“We also noted that Masters music can be hard to find, and that’s still the case. Only a minority of tracks (around 450 albums-worth) are easily discoverable in the Tidal desktop app, found in the ‘Home’ tab under the ‘Master Quality Audio Albums’.
The other million-odd Masters (such as Fleetwood Mac’s remastered Tusk) are buried within Tidal’s 60m+ database of tracks, and there’s no way to specifically search for them.
“However, Tidal has built on its discovery feature with 30 Masters-specifics playlists such as ‘Tidal Masters: New Arrivals’ and ‘Tidal Masters: Essentials’, as well as some genre-specific (‘Tidal Masters: Motown’) and artist-specific (‘Tidal Masters: The Smiths’) options.
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