Wilson Audio’s Chronosonic XVX vs. Alexia V
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Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World | From Chuck D and Lorrie Boula
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Make your own vinyl records at home |
February 9, 2023 Comments Off on Make your own vinyl records at home |
Greg Weaver’s Home Audio System
January 21, 2023 Comments Off on Greg Weaver’s Home Audio System
I mention these points to highlight the fact that time and again, Greg and I were in unison about what we heard over the weekend in sound quality terms, while freely admitting (and accepting) any aesthetic differences between us. More importantly, the side-by-side comparisons discussed above reveal that the very best audio systems (and Greg’s system clearly ranks amongst the very best that I have heard) can render fine sonic details not merely as audio spectacle, but as genuine “added musical value” propositions. The better recorded Miles and Supertramp discs did not (and do not) just sound better; they also allowed me to connect with the music and the performers in a more immersive and emotionally engaging way.
Undeniably, the addition of the remarkable Kronos Pro turntable and Discovery RS tonearm to Greg’s system delivered the same overall “obliterated room boundaries” listening sessions that I enjoyed at GTT Audio & Video when I head the then new Kronos Discovery turntable and now discontinued Kronoscope tonearm (here) (the original Kronoscope has been replaced by the new Kronoscope RS tonearm that I soon hope to have in my system). Not to mention the relatively short-lived but equally transformative addition of the stellar VAC Statement Line and Statement Phono Stages andgorgeous Statement 452 iQ Musicbloc all-tubed mono amps (units that Greg sadly had to return not long after my departure).
Radialstrahler MBL 101 X-Treme £225,000 Review
January 16, 2023 Comments Off on Radialstrahler MBL 101 X-Treme £225,000 Review
This comes as a double-edged sword; the intensity of focus and sense of being a part of living, breathing musical events renders some recordings hard to stomach. Poorly recorded tracks (not ‘consciously lo-fi’… badly compressed ‘Loudness War’ casualties) are an unsettling experience, but one that makes you angry with the engineers rather than the system itself. You feel the urge to drag the producer, engineer and mastering engineers to your listening room, play them what they made and demand an apology.
Then you put something on that is well-recorded. Maybe some classic slice of late 1950s clubby jazz or an intelligently recorded singer in a studio. And you… stop. You stop and listen. Your pulse rate slows. You move quickly into that relaxed alpha wave brain state and remember why music is often used as a therapeutic key to unlocking people. Yes, of course, the omnidirectional nature of the sound makes this a visceral experience, and soundstaging elements and staging precision take on an entirely different aspect. But it puts you there in the room with the audience in a genuinely uncanny manner that is as beguiling as it is different to the norms of audio.
I thought that such a different sound might be something of a hurdle, that you would miss the more direct projection of conventional loudspeakers, but that isn’t the case at all. OK, so the big, more diffuse sound of a singer takes some getting used to, partly because we are so used to hearing singers amplified (even in classical music settings now), but even that isn’t a big jump to make in reality.
dCS • Bartók 2.0 Digital-to-Analog Converter and Headphone Amplifier $19,950 Review
January 11, 2023 Comments Off on dCS • Bartók 2.0 Digital-to-Analog Converter and Headphone Amplifier $19,950 Review
hat a reunion this turned out to be. Instead of adding a thicker faceplate or glitzy touchscreen, dCS has focused on features and performance with the Bartók 2.0. Excluding dCS’s own Rossini and Vivaldi DACs, I can’t think of another competing product with a greater level of user-adjustable sonic parameters than the Bartók 2.0. Once you begin to explore the new Mappers 1 and 3, both with DXD and DSD, I think you’ll discover that the 2.0 version easily exceeds the performance of the original. The new Bartók 2.0 with its accompanying Mosaic 2.0 app is simply brilliant
McIntosh Factory 9.6.4 Dolby Atmos Home Theater Tour
December 29, 2022 Comments Off on McIntosh Factory 9.6.4 Dolby Atmos Home Theater Tour
Audiophile Electrician – Interview and Onsite Footage of Consultation
September 27, 2022 Comments Off on Audiophile Electrician – Interview and Onsite Footage of Consultation
dCS LINA Overview: Network DAC, Headphone Amp
September 2, 2022 Comments Off on dCS LINA Overview: Network DAC, Headphone Amp
dCS | Wilson | Audio | Dan D’Agostino | Audio Research | Transparent
August 22, 2022 Comments Off on dCS | Wilson | Audio | Dan D’Agostino | Audio Research | Transparent
Paragon Sight & Sound latest install in a splendid photo album. Featured in this system Data Conversion Systems Ltd (dCS) Vivaldi One Apex Player, Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic speakers in custom white finish, Wilson Audio WAMM Master Subsonic Subwoofers in custom white finish, Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems Relentless mono amplifiers, D’Agostino Relentless preamplifier, Clearaudiohifi Statement V2 turntable, Audio Research Corporation REF10 phono preamplifier
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