Cary Audio AiOS Review

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“MQA streaming from the handful of MQA tracks I had on hand (mostly downloaded from 2L’s excellent test track repository) showed a very subtle effect of non versus their non-MQA encoded versions. The MQA tracks showed a little more rhythmic ease and a little more light in the midrange and a more delicate high end especially on cymbal work, but I would not say that it was a super obvious difference. MQA streaming via Tidal Masters showed similar differences between 16/44 and MQA versions of the same tracks. Testing versus the MQA certified Mytek DAC showed again that there was a slight loss of tonal colour with the AiOS MQA decoding.”

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Westone Wx Review

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Built-in to the Bluetooth standard is a protocol for Hi-Res audio called the aptX audio codec. The aptX codec allows lossless and Hi-Res players to stream audio via Bluetooth without compromising the sound. The result is crystal clear audio because the signal sent is the same audio you’ll receive with the Westone Wx wireless earphone. This works incredibly well with my Oneplus 5T through use of Qualcomm inbuilt aptX codec software.”

AnalogMagik Turntable Cartridge Setup Tutorial 1: Basic Cartridge Alignment – Video

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Klipsch Heritage HP-3 Headphones $1,200 Review

April 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The Heritage HP-3s, Klipsch’s best headphones, have first-rate looks, build, and sound — and are the newest headphones to be added to our list of Recommended Reference Components.”

Constellation Inspiration Integrated 1.0 $13,500 Review

April 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Only towards the end of this evaluation did it occur to me that I’d listened to more vinyl than I normally do. This was for a couple of reasons, but primarily because the Integrated 1.0 invites the listener to play the best analog. Such was the tonal honesty and transparency of this integrated that I just couldn’t stop myself from grabbing one vinyl favorite after another and in a sense rediscovering sonic charms and, in some instances, catching a tiny musical revelation that I’d heretofore missed. That’s what great equipment can do to an otherwise familiar audio system. It reignites a passion for the hobby that even on the best days can wane just a bit. The secondary reason was because I had Parasound’s new JC 3 Jr. phonostage on hand for a forthcoming review. I was eager not only to hear its overall performance but to compare it with my current reference phonostage, the superb John-Curl-designed Paraound JC 3+. And yes, Junior is definitely a chip off the old block.”

Pro-Ject Debut III S Audiophile review

April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Product ranges don’t hang around for the best part of 20 years without reason. The S III Audiophile is solidly designed and smartly finished – and though there may be a new logo and tonearm design, it’s a chip off the old block.”

REDGUM Articulata Integrated Amplifier Review

April 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“A novelty with purpose is the Articulata’s sine wave heat sink. As viewed from the front fins, running the span of the chassis from front to back, of differing length form a wave, with the troughs, if considered in proper orientation to how a signal appears on measuring apparatus, acting as footers. My first thought was, “Rowdy! Cool! But, potentially tougher on shelving?” As rugged looking as the fins were, the finish on them was smooth such that the amp slid easily on the high gloss finish of the amp stand, and no scarring ensued. The finish, while slightly bumpy, seems smooth enough to not cause gouges. If you do not want the amp to move at all when making connections on such a surface, simply place an appropriate piece of foam or non-slip cloth beneath it.”

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