Shunyata Research Everest 8000 power conditioner $8000 Review

May 5, 2021 § Leave a comment

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In a high-quality audio system, a reduction in noise can manifest in various ways, some of them indirect. Often, one notices an increase in inner detail and an improvement in precision. Perhaps a note’s decay extends further, or, as with two oboes playing together, the identity of the individual instruments can be heard through more of the decay. I expected much the same with the Shunyata system—and indeed that’s what I heard with the first few albums I played, all recordings of live, large-scale orchestral performances. Such recordings are inherently noisy, and yet I heard improvements of this kind.

SONUS FABER OLYMPICA NOVA II LOUDSPEAKER REVIEW

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If you’re buying the smallest floor-standing speaker in the Olympica Nova lineup, you’re probably not looking for the highest amount of bass output. The Nova II can go cleanly down to 40 Hz, and for much of the music I played, I found it to be enough. With the mighty McIntosh MC611 monoblock amplifiers (600 watts) driving the Olympica Nova II speakers, there was plenty of weight in the lower registers even when playing a demanding track like Cousin John by Marcus Miller. If you wanted more low-end extension, you could always go with the bigger brother options of the Nova III or Nova V, or simply augment the low end with a subwoofer or two.

Continuum Caliburn turntable, 400 lbs

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Wilson Audio Specialties Chronosonic XVX loudspeaker $329,000 Review

May 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

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Those other Wilson speakers didn’t have the smoothest frequency response. Coloration was low, but not the best. All of the Wilsons I’ve owned, though, have had a combination of strengths including an uncolored low end, visceral wallop, wide, effortless dynamics, and—especially—a grand, 3D spatial picture that delivers all the width, depth, and especially height that’s included on a recording. All my previous Wilsons have largely disappeared and made my room evaporate, leaving an exciting, 3D space that—again, on excellent recordings—put me in the venue as no flat-baffle design has managed, though some of those did pretty well.

Allnic Audio L-8500 OTL/OCL Preamplifier Review

May 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

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I recently received a care package of wonderful ESOTERIC SACD remasters from American Sound in Toronto, incl. a famous Boston/DG recording of Má vlast by Smetana conducted by Rafael Kubelík. It was during the many replays of this set of tone poems when I realized that I had fallen in love with the OTL/OCL’s replication of instruments. Vinyl gives the search for accurate timbre a huge helping hand, digital much less so. The 8500 spun the bits into liquid gold. Accurate, sure, but with with timbres so full of life and passion that its sound became, to use Allnic’s word, ‘addictive’. Frigging catnip for my ears. The OTL/OCL topology was winning me over. Although missing the very last 10% of the DHT’s manipulating magic or the vistas set free by the 7000, I kept throwing the L-8500 OTL/OCL into the mix. And, when replaced by the L-7000, I’d be sitting away from the system and the 8500’s sound would keep popping into my head. It felt like an illicit affair.

GE 12AU7/6189W Vacuum Tube Review

May 4, 2021 § Leave a comment

FIIO FD5 DYNAMIC DRIVER IEM & UTWS3 UNIVERSAL TRUE WIRELESS AMPLIFIER REVIEW

May 3, 2021 § Leave a comment

As befits a flagship IEM the FiiO FD5 Dynamic Driver IEM comes in an elegant magnetic clasp box with a plethora of accessories including five different styles of ear-tips (three of which come in three different sizes while the foam and tri-flange come in two), two interchangeable sound tubes (to accommodate different ear canals as well as offer different sonic properties), three interchangeable audio jack connectors (2.5mm TRRS, 3.5mm TRS, and 4.4mm TRRRS), an expanded MMCX cable with 8 strands of monocrystalline silver-plated copper cable, an HB5 imitation leather storage case, a cleaning brush, and a special Final MMCX ASSIST MMCX detachment tool, along with the obligatory manual and audio jack swap cheat sheet.

I published music on Tidal to test MQA – MQA Review

May 3, 2021 § Leave a comment

THIEAUDIO LEGACY 4 REVIEW

May 2, 2021 § Leave a comment

For its price, the Legacy 4 has an excellent package and offers a great unboxing experience. Once you open the zippered bag, you’re welcomed with the earpieces, 6 pairs of silicone tips, and a very generous carrying case. The case itself is high quality with protected foam inside. The fact that you can use the big case which stores all the content in itself for other purposes, is awesome.

The build quality is above standard in this market for a budget level like this. The IEM looks very clean, neat, and premium. Although the inside of the shell is painted black, you can actually see the internals under some light. I can say that inside the IEM is nicely packed and clean-cut as well. The tuning switches feel very nice too, and the bass port is beautifully cut. The nozzles have a seamless connection to the shells. Everything is nice and clean here with no worries regarding build quality.

Degritter Automatic RCM £2,300 Review

May 2, 2021 § Leave a comment

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With some drops of cleaning fluid added to the water to aid cleaning, I opt for the Quick program and press play. The chamber surrounding the playing surface fills with the distilled water and the record slowly rotates as the ultrasonic cleaning process takes place. The status display counts down the remaining cleaning time followed by the desired drying time that’s set separately (up to 20 fan speeds can be selected).

Even after the machine’s shortest clean, I am left with a shiny piece of vinyl that looks to be rejuvenated after removing years of dirt and grease from careless fingerprints while avoiding any moisture contamination on the record label itself. The disc looks so pristine, I play it immediately to hear the result and there’s no doubt the sound is brighter and more focused and there’s a significant decrease in surface noise.

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