January 24, 2020 § Leave a comment
“Bose Corporation, a leading manufacturer of headphones and other audio equipment announced that they will be closing HALF of their retail stores worldwide due to a dramatic increase in online purchases. Although founded in Massachusetts in 1964 by Amar Bose, the first retail store was opened in 1993 in Kittery Maine. Bose was founded on creating speaker systems which used multiple drivers aimed at the surrounding walls to reflect the sound to replicate the sound of a concert hall, it has diversified its products to include smaller portable speakers, earbuds, and the highly promoted and profitable sports, military, and consumer based sound cancelling over the ear headphones.”
December 5, 2019 § Leave a comment
I’ve always experienced power line conditioning products to have a more noticeable effect on vacuum tube gear than solid-state, and the Deep Core offers the same result. Interestingly enough, regardless of circuit topology in the source component, the Deep Core had a more profound effect on lower priced gear, no doubt because these components do not have as sophisticated power supplies as those further up the range.
Proof for the snubbing effect took no more than powering up my vintage Dynaco Stereo 70, which always makes a nasty click through the speakers. Via the Deep Core, tweeter destroying clicks are a thing of the past. My mid 80s vintage Linn LP-12 is guilty of the same offense. Again, its crimes pardoned with the Deep Core in place. If you happen to be riddled with noise in your environment from an older furnace or appliance somewhere, the Deep Core may be the only thing that cleanses the artifacts these things produce from your listening environment.
Power products are basic – you either hear the difference they make in your audio system or you don’t. Some change the sound without necessarily improving the presentation or revealing more musical detail.”
December 4, 2019 § Leave a comment
“The app can’t work miracles, though, and my 20-year-old CD of Spem In Alium by Thomas Tallis sounds only marginally clearer. With its single-minded focus on creating a neutral sound, the app doesn’t provide much in the way of manual controls, other than an ‘age’ slider and simple +8/-8dB bass tweak.”
November 14, 2019 § Leave a comment
“dCS feels that listening tests have proven to their engineers that having a dedicated master clock delivers superior sonic results over a DAC alone acting as the system’s master clock. The current dCS clock features the latest iteration of the company’s multi-stage Phase-Locked-Loop (PLL) system, outfitted with multi-stage power regulation and housed in an “aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels [to] reduce magnetic effects and vibration.” Special crystals are employed in clock systems which are chosen for their oscillation accuracy over both short and long-term timing domains. At dCS (and many other high-end companies), these crystal oscillators are pre-aged. They are “… selected for long term stability and then individually calibrated over a wide temperature range to ensure consistent optimal performance. [The] Rossini Master Clock uses a sophisticated microcontroller system to ensure smooth frequency correction as the temperature changes, and this approach gives a more stable result than either oven-controlled crystal oscillators (OCXO) or even atomic clocks,” according to the company.”
November 3, 2019 § Leave a comment
“What this truthfulness emphatically does not mean, however, is that nothing stands out in Rossini 2.0’s intrinsic sound. It displays impressive speed, bass depth and power, midrange color and heft, and an inherently natural way with tone and transients. It’s more transparent, and less obtrusive, than any collection of digital electronics I’ve heard, other than the Vivaldi 2.0, that is. It’s just that, on the one hand, it revels in the fireworks of Keith Richards’ Main Offender [Virgin V2-86499] as readily as the gentle, lilting instruments lines of Thelonious Monk’s Plays Duke Ellington, so nailing it down to a base signature is difficult, if not impossible. Yet, the resolution is so high that discerning the differences between the JVC K2 remaster of the Monk album [Riverside RCD-201-2] and the earlier regular issue [Riverside OJCCD-024-2] is a cinch, with the remaster displaying meatier individual notes — a virtue with Monk’s playing — and a more up-front and vivid presentation.”