Isolation Platforms from Marigo Audio Lab Review

January 18, 2022 § Leave a comment

If you own one of the discontinued Isothermal Platforms, you’ll find the same features present in the replacement product, but better in every way. Instruments seemed to bloom with a constant swirl of shifting micro dynamics when I swapped in the Level 2 Isolation Platform. With the Level 3 Isolation Platform, the innermost action of the instruments was exposed as never before, bringing us closer to their real world behavior. You don’t often encounter this level of acuity in reproduction.

These platforms are powerful. I found some degree of placement experimentation useful, so be prepared to putter about. But when you hit upon a synergistic placement, the benefits are indeed significant. They invite you to sit down, chill a while, and be amazed. With a few of the L2 and L3 platforms, the competing demands of musicality and resolution were satisfied, and my soundroom was at peace. The King and the Bishop were quietly glowering in their corners, awaiting the next bout.

Clarus Concerto Power Conditioner $3600 Review

January 9, 2022 § Leave a comment

Retailing for $3600, the Concerto is not inexpensive, but it offers a lot of technology and useful features, including the ability to run high-powered amplifiers and further optimization for digital and analog components. All of that considered, along with the protection it offers against power surges or instability, the Concerto’s asking price is an insurance policy that a good system will be able to live up to its full performance and be protected against damage from most power fluctuations or even catastrophic failures.

For those with great audio systems, power filtration is necessary to get the most from them. The Clarus Concerto is a top-notch performer and very competitively priced given its impressive design and sophisticated engineering. I recommend it highly!

Audes ST3000 Review

December 27, 2021 § Leave a comment

In addition, the Audes developers have decided to balance (or symmetrize) the mains voltage. That means that, instead of 230 volts between both “poles” (phase and neutral) or between the phase (outer conductor) and the protective conductor, they have realized 115 volts each between the two poles and the protective conductor. Of course, that still means that there are 230 volts between both “poles”. To illustrate this, imagine it on an electrical socket on your wall. The secondary winding is thus divided into two halves, which have an (artificial) center tap that is connected to the ground contacts. This is also the place to which all interferences are diverted. That‘s all, but the effect is enormous.

JVC DLA-NZ9 8K D-ILA Projector $24,999 Review

December 26, 2021 § Leave a comment

Wrapping up, the big question for me is: Are JVC’s new projectors a worthwhile upgrade if you already own one of the previous NX series models? The new DLA-NZ9 without a doubt delivers a better-looking image than my DLA-NX9, and I already thought the NX9 was one of the best projectors at any price point. Again, the difference wasn’t night and day, but there were appreciable differences when it came to image definition, contrast, and depth. The NZ9 also offers higher light output, quieter operation, and support for true 8K (not to mention 4K/120Hz for gaming) should that ever become a consumer option. And I know that the projector’s laser light engine will outlast a bulb by a considerable amount, so as a long-term projector it easily makes the case for itself.

Ultimately, one must weigh modest improvements in image quality against a substantial increase in features. I don’t think anyone upgrading will regret the decision, and I’ve already decided to take the jump myself by replacing my own NX9 with the new NZ9. I can’t think of a better recommendation than that. If JVC’s NZ9 provides the light output you need for your screen size, I can’t think of a projector that offers better overall picture quality at anywhere near its $25K price point.

Tidal Update Review

December 25, 2021 § Leave a comment

We also originally noted that Masters tracks and albums (all marked with an ‘M’ logo) could be hard to find, but Tidal has worked to make this less of a sore spot by offering a growing number of Masters playlists and increasing discovery of these hi-res streams. The Masters home page in the ‘Explore’ tab is a good place to start. Or you can type ‘Masters’ into the search bar, filter by ‘playlist’ and see curated selections for pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B and even for more niche genres such as K-Pop and latin. 

Masters-specific playlists expand past genre, too: there’s now ‘Tidal Masters: New Arrivals’ and ‘Tidal Masters: Essentials’, genre-specific (‘Tidal Masters: Motown’) and artist-specific (‘Tidal Masters: The Smiths’) options, plus ‘Master Edition’ Artist Radio and Track Radio stations, which allow subscribers to listen to an uninterrupted stream of Tidal Masters tracks based on their listening habits.

Synergistic Research Ethernet Switch Review

December 25, 2021 § Leave a comment


December 24, 2021 § Leave a comment

It was really hard to stop listening once I had my reference system going with the Core Power Technologies AV Equi=Core 1000, the sound was that good. Being a long-time tube lover I’m used to listening through that little bit of tube noise in the background and to have it removed was an absolute treat. From the moment I hooked it up, there was no question that the Equi=Core was having a huge effect. At a thousand Watts, the Equi=Core 1000 is perfect for demanding Personal Audio systems or for medium-sized two-channel loudspeaker systems. For a heavily amped multi-channel system you might want to move up to the Equi=Core 1800, and some amplifiers will demand a separate unit to themselves (though if you are running that kind of system, the added expense of another unit will be nothing as compared to the payoff in sound quality). As to value, at the current introductory price of $999, 

Ready to Buy Your First Reel to Reel Player? Everything you need to know in 20 min.

December 23, 2021 § Leave a comment


December 21, 2021 § Leave a comment

The Audioquest Niagara 1200 Review

December 20, 2021 § Leave a comment

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