Mark-levinson 5909 Review

September 22, 2022 § Leave a comment

https://6moons.com/audioreview_articles/podcast-review-of-mark-levinson-n5909/

SONOS: Bluesound’s Powernode Review

September 22, 2022 § Leave a comment

SHOZY MAGMA $500 REVIEW

September 20, 2022 § Leave a comment

The nozzles of the Magma have no etching so tip-rolling is somewhat problematic. You need tips that are narrower than the regular wide tips (e.g. SpiralDots) you normally use but still won’t cover the sound bores. Those are hard to come by and I’ve had some trouble finding aftermarket tips for it. Luckily, the included tips are quite good and I’ve had an absolutely fantastic time with the Magma during my testing phase. I’m just throwing you some extra information in case you decide to use the Magma as the daily driver.

Shunyata Research • Sigma v2 Interconnects and Speaker Cables $4,500 Review

September 20, 2022 § Leave a comment

https://www.theaudiobeat.com/equipment/shunyata_research_sigma_v2.htm

I don’t know if the Caelin Gabriel of 1998 had some idea of where he and his fledgling company would be after a quarter of a century, but I have to think he would have been very pleased with the long roster of successful products and patented technologies he has created. Shunyata’s power products have overshadowed the company’s “signal cables,” but Sigma v2 should change all that. They are reference-grade cables with nothing near reference-grade prices. If some audiophiles consider that a sign of compromise, they will be missing out on one of the great cables here and now. As much as any product I’ve reviewed, Sigma v2 urges the sage advice, Hear ’em before you buy anything else

Dan Clark Audio EXPANSE Headphones Review

September 20, 2022 § Leave a comment

Chord Ultima Pre 3/Ultima 6 18,900 Review

September 19, 2022 § Leave a comment

https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/chord-ultima-pre-3ultima-6

Listening to Massive Attack’s Atlas Air track shows that these Chords are good though not class-leading when it comes to communicating the music’s momentum. The combo sounds surefooted rather than overtly exciting. Instead, our attention is drawn to the effortless way this pairing steps out of the way and lets us focus on the music. Their presentation may be supremely insightful but it doesn’t try to highlight that fact in some kind of showy ‘look at me’ way. We also love the midrange clarity and focus with voices, and the way each sound element is given space to breathe even when the mix becomes complicated

Sony Xperia 10 IV Review

September 19, 2022 § Leave a comment

https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/sony-xperia-10-iv

Sound on the Xperia 10 IV comes in two very different halves. Starting with the loudspeaker, Sony’s mono speaker is thin, compressed and should generally be avoided at all costs if you can help it. SBTRKT and Sampha’s Trials Of The Past lacks practically any bass and features a claustrophobic arrangement. It feels like all aspects of the track are fighting for dominance over the phone’s measly single speaker. While it may suffice for some short TV and movie watching, that may be about all we can recommend for this speaker.

Thankfully, headphone performance is a completely different story. Plug some cans in and you get an impressively clear and detailed vocal performance, snappy timing and a spacious arrangement that makes listening to music on the Xperia very enjoyable. This is good sound by general smartphone standards, let alone smartphones at this sort of price.

Rotel Diamond Series RA-6000 stereo integrated amp Review

September 19, 2022 § Leave a comment

Magico A1 $10,000 Review

September 17, 2022 § Leave a comment

https://www.hifichoice.com/content/magico-a1

As we’d expect from a cabinet of this size, the standmount excels when it comes to reproducing vocals. And not because the midband is anyway emphasised at the expense of the bass and treble. Sure, it can’t quite match the ‘in-you-head’ illusion of demo-quality vocals displayed by the likes of Avantgarde horns, but challenges such as Gregory Porter’s Hey Laura and Richard Burton’s spoken word introduction at the beginning of Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds are deftly handled, revealing a seamless all-of-a-piece integration that is deeply impressive.

Even lower frequencies – so often the Achilles’ heel of even the best standmounts – keep up the good work. Listening to the Volle Dynamik remix of Yello’s Oh Yeah, taken from the 2009 album The Race sees the bass delivered with effortless drive with no sign of artificial bloom or boom. It simply descends very smoothly and then quietly exits so the absence of that missing octave goes by barely noticed. And while a glance at the specs suggests that the Magico isn’t the most sensitive of speakers, the A1 still manages to soak up plenty of power and push out those SPLs as if its very existence depends upon it.

SME Model 60/Series VA Turntable $50,000 Review

September 17, 2022 § Leave a comment

https://www.hifinews.com/content/sme-model-60series-va-turntable

This astonishing, incredible level of detail never once left the Model 60 sounding like a surgical instrument heartlessly dissecting the music. Rather, its level of insight worked to knit the music together as a whole. Detail is definitely not the enemy; I’ve always found that more information equals more musical enjoyment, and the Model 60 showcased this theory exquisitely.

The sense of sumptuous clarity continued into the top end, with vocal performances in particular an absolute joy to behold. On the a cappella version of ‘Too Many Walls’ [12in single; Polydor CATHX 4], Cathy Dennis was a clear and vivid presence, her singing given a scale greater than I have ever heard. Even more striking was the reproduction of the track’s few vocal plosives, although – again – rather than being a distraction this just added to the sense of realism on offer.

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