FINAL D8000 REVIEW

December 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The D8000 low-end is quite unlike most summit-fi planar headphones I am used to hearing. It is not razor flat, nor does it have the same amount of sub-bass roll off like the Ether and LCD-4. This is an elevated bass signature from 50Hz right up to 200Hz carrying with it both warmth and power.

There is just enough roll-off from 50Hz down to 20Hz to prevent it from becoming “all about the bass” so it remains strong but not booming to the point where nothing else shines through. There is plenty of texture and details and the layering is very nicely balanced also. Not too much “thud and boom” nor does it sound one-dimensional either. There is a slight wetness to the low-end so it is not quite as quick paced or as well defined as the TOTL Susvara.”

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CH PRECISION I1 INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER £29,500 REVIEW

December 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The CH Precision I1 has a tough job to do. It needs to be awesome enough to justify its price and position both in the CH Precision line-up and against the rarified air of some of the best ever integrated amplifiers in the price-no-object class. But it also has to be good enough to showcase what the bigger fish in the CH Precision pond are capable of, but not so good as to outshine those bigger fish. Of these tasks, only the last is a realistic goal, because the separates CH Precision components are an order of magnitude better than both the I1 and any of its rivals. But the I1 does all the other tasks, too. This is one of the best integrated amplifiers (and I still hate that term for this design) you can buy.”

MEZE 99 SERIES 2.5MM BALANCED UPGRADE CABLE REVIEW

December 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Moving on I do believe this cable is a well priced, and great accessory for the 99 Classics if you use a DAP with balanced output. I always found the mid-bass bloom on the 99 Classics to be a little overwhelming at times, this cable does not get rid of it completely but is sure is an improvement.What it brings to the table is increased control to the lower frequencies, making that bloom slightly less noticeable, and everything is a bit more precise. Moving on to the midrange you gain a little better air and separation around instruments, it lifts a slight veil off the sound. Vocals now sound a bit more realistic due to the more controlled low end, and the sound is a bit more open.”

KEF LSX WIRELESS STEREO SPEAKERS REVIEW

December 14, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Sure, if you’re a Hi-Fi enthusiast, you’ll get more in many ways with its bigger brother. And while the LSX isn’t quite at home in my dedicated room, for me at least, it certainly has a place as a second system in the living area to be enjoyed by the entire family.

The crazed music fans fortunate enough to see Hendrix play Woodstock back in 1969 could not have even imagined this level of audio quality, or the convenience we have available to us today in products such as this.

AVM Ovation PA 8.2 modular preamplifier Review

December 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The few months I spent with AVM’s Ovation PA 8.2 produced only satisfaction and listening pleasure. I didn’t expect these moderately priced modules to equal or surpass the sound quality of my far more costly, standalone reference components, and they didn’t—but I also didn’t expect to be so satisfied with the sound quality of AVM’s inexpensive analog and digital modules, especially through the Tube Output card, which I highly recommend. I switched back to my reference gear only for comparisons with the PA 8.2, and when I was working on this month’s “Analog Corner.”

Modularity aside, the Ovation PA 8.2 performed particularly well as a conventional, all-analog line-input preamplifier. Its operating system, easy to configure and use, and its outstanding sound from all of its supplied modules—each offered at what I consider to be a very reasonable price—make the PA 8.2 among the most satisfying preamplifiers I’ve reviewed, especially when you consider that the interconnects linking my own outboard gear and preamp together cost more than the fully loaded PA 8.2. Crazy, no?”

ANTHEM STR INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER REVIEW

December 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Anthem’s STR Integrated is a very musical amplifier which is capable of reproducing a wide range of instruments and vocals exceptionally well. Add in Anthem’s Room Correction functionality, and this is a component with vast appeal.

Overall it’s an excellent foray into the higher end of audio by Anthem. I have to admit I was not expecting an integrated amplifier that could play in the same price range as products produced by long-established companies such as Luxman and Accuphase, but I am delighted indeed to discover that my expectations were thoroughly exceeded. ”

EMPIRE EARS PHANTOM REVIEW

December 13, 2018 § Leave a comment

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A lot has been said about the Phantom in the past ten months since it’s introduction. I clearly can see why some people go nuts about it, it holds a very special place in today’s market with its unique way to portray music. It features a signature that doesn’t simply lock in, but requires some time to let your brain adjust to it.

Once that is achieved, you will have a hard time letting the Phantom go. It has one of the most harmonic and organic sounds in the scene, which enables the listener to kick back and relax for long sessions. The Phantom’s warm and soothing sound, coupled with the dense vocals and superb imaging makes sure that you will enjoy your favorite tunes with a grin on your face.’

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