Parasound Halo A 21+ power amplifier Review

May 31, 2020 Comments Off on Parasound Halo A 21+ power amplifier Review

Over a span of weeks, the A 21+ was a constant companion and a bringer of musical enjoyment; compared with other amps on hand and in spite of a few sonic differences, the new Parasound was impossible to fault. That shouldn’t be surprising at this point in time: Unless an amp designer imposes her will to suit a particular set of associated equipment or a particular acquired taste, the performance of modern amplifiers should and does converge.

The Parasound A 21+ is remarkably powerful, transparent and quiet. As such, it imposes no constraints on one’s desire to listen through it to the recorded performance or to experience the size, weight, and dynamics of the original event. It is large and heavy—probably of necessity, given its abilities—but it is also handsome and graced with useful connections and controls. Anyone in the market for a stereo power amp would be well advised to consider the Parasound A 21+, especially those who believe that they must spend more. With apologies to W.S. Gilbert, It is the very model of a modern power amplifier.”


Klipsch RP-600M

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Huawei Freebuds 3 – Wireless

May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Huawei Freebuds 3 – Wireless

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“The packaging is every bit Huawei and if you are in a region that Huawei markets in you would understand what that means right away. Lots of minimalism and “Apple” styling with a strong emphasis on white. It looks good, no complaints there and everything you would expect it to be for the price point.

Inside there are very few accessories mainly because this is an open bud design so do not expect to find any tips or ear hooks. Instead, you get the case on full display with the Freebuds secured inside and a white USB-C charging cable below in a separate cardboard accessories box.”

Vincent Audio SV-200 Integrated Amplifier $799 Review

May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Vincent Audio SV-200 Integrated Amplifier $799 Review

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“Smartly designed, the Vincent SV-200 fits today’s digital and analog sources seamlessly. Its sound output is much bigger than I expected – rich and detailed with a touch of warmth, I especially like its design and small footprint. This little amp exceeded expectations for its price point in every way. If you’re in the market for well-priced, authentic high-end performance gear that’s easily portab”

Chord Hugo 2 Long Term Review

May 29, 2020 Comments Off on Chord Hugo 2 Long Term Review

Estelon YB Loudspeakers $22,500 Reviews

May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Estelon YB Loudspeakers $22,500 Reviews

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“As I’ve just implied, some speakers can simulate soundstage depth by recessing the midrange. The YBs were above such trickery. If I had to venture a guess as to how these speakers mastered space so well, I’d say it’s everything about them — their rounded, organically shaped, exceptionally dead cabinets, high-quality drive units, and good engineering. None of these characteristics are unique to Estelon, but the combination of them in so elegant a package verges on the stunning.

The owner’s manual hints that it’s best not to overdrive these speakers and thus risk driver failure. Well, far be it from me to second-guess the manufacturer, but I pushed these babies pretty damn hard at times, and never once heard from them the slightest whimper of distress: no compression, no hardening, no distortion of any kind — instead, for the most part, only a direct relationship between the position of the volume knob and the volume of sound coming from the speakers. Turn it up, it got louder. Not sure what the fuss is about here.”

Clearaudio Smart Matrix Silent £1,375 Review

May 28, 2020 Comments Off on Clearaudio Smart Matrix Silent £1,375 Review

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“Running through the same cleaning process with second-hand albums also results in improved clarity and does a remarkable job of cleaning up some of my recent crate-digging purchases. Of course once cleaned, records should then be placed in a new polyethylene inner bag to avoid recontamination from any remaining dirt that is still in the old original sleeve.

The Clearaudio Smart Matrix Silent cleaning process is very easy to use and while not entirely silent, is certainly one of the quietest I have used. At £1,375 plus £125 for the optional dust cover, it’s more expensive than some record cleaning machines we’ve seen, but its build quality and ease of use make it a worthwhile investment for any serious vinyl collector. ”

New Kharma Exquisite and Enigma Veyron Interlinks.

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Acoustic Signature Turntable Factory Tour

May 27, 2020 Comments Off on Acoustic Signature Turntable Factory Tour

Andover Audio PM-50 $499 Review

May 26, 2020 Comments Off on Andover Audio PM-50 $499 Review

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“The FiiO M15 unbalanced will get loud enough but the imprecise nature of FiiO’s new volume control means I had no clue how loud it was. Forget smartphones with the PM-50 unless you are using a proper dongle. The Note 9 can get reasonably loud but the dynamic range is weak for me.

Connecting the PM-50 with a cryo-treated gold/silver and OCC copper alloy 4-pin XLR balanced cable with some proper power out of the XI Audio Broadway is really where the PM-50 excels.

It sounds far punchier and more expansive than any of the portable sources could muster. No question on the PM-50 benefitting from the additional headroom from the Broadways 1.5mW into 32Ω load.”

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