SPL Elector/Performer s1200 Pre/Power Amplifier £2399/£6499 Review
October 31, 2022 Comments Off on SPL Elector/Performer s1200 Pre/Power Amplifier £2399/£6499 Review
From the simplicity of Matei Varga’s The Year That Never Was set [Sono Luminus DSL-92258; DSD128], with its solo piano works – the instrument rendered with gorgeous vibrancy – to the crisp Dausgaard/Swedish Chamber Orchestra recording of Brahms’s First Symphony [BIS 1756, 44.1kHz/24-bit], these SPL amplifiers are a revelation.
They seem able to deliver realistic weight and power while still keeping rhythms tight and the musical flow unstoppable. Although the Varga album shows a battered upright on the cover, his piano is beautifully captured in a lively studio atmosphere, while the Dausgaard recording shows a lightness of touch not common with what can become a real orchestral potboiler. And then there’s the conductor – taking the piece at a thrilling pace, while still building skilfully to the big theme in the symphony’s final movement.
ATLANTIC TECHNOLOGY FS-BTWS582 HEADPHONES $499 REVIEW
October 31, 2022 Comments Off on ATLANTIC TECHNOLOGY FS-BTWS582 HEADPHONES $499 REVIEW
One odd thing I found (and this may just be me) but I found wearing the headphones backward to be far more comfortable when listening for extended periods of time. In the normal mode, they sat too far back on my head and felt like they were sliding back, pulling on my head. In reverse, they sit near perfectly at the top of my head. Let me know in the comments if you own a pair and have tried this out.
How to connect a TV to a HIFI system (for beginners)
October 31, 2022 Comments Off on How to connect a TV to a HIFI system (for beginners)
AudioQuest Dragon Interconnect $9500 Review
October 29, 2022 Comments Off on AudioQuest Dragon Interconnect $9500 Review
Last, and certainly not least, Dragon’s treble was simply stunning in its combination of openness and resolution on one hand, and smoothness and refinement on the other. One of my “go-to” evaluation tracks is “Ain’t Misbehavin’” performed by Bob James on the trio album Espresso (one of the best-sounding piano trio recordings I know of). On the intricate and subtle ride-cymbal work at the beginning of the bass solo, I heard a newfound delicacy, richness of detail, and treble purity. The treble was exquisitely detailed and finely filigreed, with no hint of hardness. The combination of high resolution and textural smoothness was extremely compelling, and greatly contributed to the musical involvement and overall ease of the presentation. If you audition Dragon, listen to how sibilance is less intrusive on an album like Diana Krall’s Turn Up the Quiet. The sibilance is still there, but it doesn’t have objectionable “ssss” component. This very fine resolution of treble detail was also apparent on “Beckus the Dandipratt” from The Arnold Overtures (Reference Recordings 176/24), particularly during a passage in which an unaccompanied snare drum is played at a barely perceptible volume. After installing Dragon, I could more clearly hear the inner detail and texture of the drum despite the vanishingly low signal level.
Technics SA-C600 $999 Review
October 29, 2022 Comments Off on Technics SA-C600 $999 Review
Mahler’s Symphony No.10 is a dense and demanding piece of classical music. The Technics does well, though to be fair if you’re after the last word in insight a well-chosen combination of separates will do better. Regardless, the SA-C600 captures the feel of the music convincingly, delivering a combination of drama and fluidity that grabs a firm hold of our attention. A claimed power output of 30 watts per channel (into 8 ohms) is pretty modest, but the SA-C600 exceeds expectations by sounding surprisingly authoritative and suitably large-scale.
The digital inputs maintain this high standard, provided the source is of the requisite quality, of course. It’s only when we feed a signal through the single line-level analogue input do we feel a tinge of disappointment, as it sounds a little more opaque and dynamically constrained than we’d hoped for. Oddly, the onboard moving magnet phono stage doesn’t exhibit these traits to any serious extent and sounds way better than is the norm from such built-in circuits. This phono stage is good enough for most price-compatible turntables, which is an unexpected but thoroughly pleasant surprise.
GoldenEar ForceField 30 powered sub
October 29, 2022 Comments Off on GoldenEar ForceField 30 powered sub
Triangle Antal 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker Review
October 28, 2022 Comments Off on Triangle Antal 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker Review
Every Triangle speaker, from the cheapest to the most expensive, is designed at the company’s workshop in Soissons, France; most are built there. Why not Asia? “That’s a loaded topic,” Decelle said. “But we decided to continue to build our speakers in France. We even repatriated some of our other building projects. There are two reasons for that. Building locally gives us a level of quality we can’t get offshore. In France, we have speaker builders that have been with us for over 30 years. It’s their career choice. They know what the quality of every piece should be, and they have access to state-of-the-art quality-control facilities. It’s they who determine if our speakers meet our standards acoustically and cosmetically before they leave the plant.
FOCAL HI-FI BLUETOOTH® AND ANC HEADPHONES
October 28, 2022 Comments Off on FOCAL HI-FI BLUETOOTH® AND ANC HEADPHONES
Born from the merger of Focal, world leader in acoustic sound made in France, and Naim Audio, world leader in British-made hi-fi electronics, VerVent Audio Group’s brand subsidiaries signal a new investment phase and direction for VerVent in the US and Canada. By creating its own distribution entity, the group is striving to turn the North American territory into the market leader for Focal and Naim.
Since joining forces, Naim and Focal have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation, meaning even higher levels of authentic audio performance are possible – taking you closer to the music you love.
Forget about SPOTIFY HI-FI: build YOUR OWN streaming service with ROON ARC
October 28, 2022 Comments Off on Forget about SPOTIFY HI-FI: build YOUR OWN streaming service with ROON ARC
Music Hall mmf-1.3 turntable $350 Review
October 26, 2022 Comments Off on Music Hall mmf-1.3 turntable $350 Review
I mentioned that Music Hall was started back in 1985. The fact that they are still around with a complete line of turntables and accessories tells you something about the dedication of Roy Hall, the president of Music Hall, to continuously improve their line of offerings. Music Hall and their authorized dealers continue to provide you with outstanding customer service.
Even though this turntable is a simple plug and play unit with everything ready to go, I still recommend purchasing it from your local authorized dealer. It is nice to have hands-on advice in case you have questions about setting up the turntable. You still need to set the tracking force. Your dealer can also be a great resource if or when you need to replace or upgrade the phono cartridge. The prices are the same and this ensures that, if you have any problems, they can be addressed right away. There are Music Hall authorized dealers all over the United States, so it is not necessary for most consumers to purchase this product online.
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