Constellation Audio Revelation Taurus Mono Amplifiers

May 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Of the three speakers Doug used, the most difficult to drive is the four-way, five-driver Ultima2 Salon2 — but even with the Revels, Doug found nothing to dispute Constellation’s power-output claims: “the 500W each Taurus Mono could provide wasn’t excessive — they produced SPLs as high as I’ve ever experienced with the Salon2s, with utterly clean, effortless sound throughout the audioband with every type of music I played.” And the Tauruses provided far more power than the GoldenEar Triton References and Dynaudio Special Fortys — the former with its own powered bass section, the latter a compact, stand-mounted two-way — could ever need.”

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Fidelizer Nimitra Review

May 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Once you have decided how you will insert it into your current system, the next decision is one of control. The most traditional method would be a UPnP control software for whatever platform you plan to use. I tried Linn Kazoo on my Mac which is free and available for any OS, it worked just fine. That being said as you already know I am a big fan of Roon and with this being both Roon Ready and with an option to be a setup Roon Endpoint, I have taken advantage of this. This means the Nimitra has become my Roon Core and I can control my Core from my iMac, my OnePlus Two phone and output music stored on the core via my phone, DACs connected to my iMac and of course, DACs connected to the Nimitra. I could have left my iMac as my Roon Core and with the Nimitra being Roon Ready streamed through it to my DAC using storage within my iMac. This is an area where Fidelizers first-rate customer support comes in as they will actually go onto customers Nimitras remotely to make sure that any drivers are installed etc for what DAC you use or to reconfigure if you decide down the line you would like use this with Roon.”

Abyss Diana Review

May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Diana doesn’t sound much like its bigger brother AB-1266 headphone. That one demonstrates what a talented headphone designer can accomplish when the compromises of size, weight and cost are put aside to achieve greatness. If you want the absolute best sounding headphones, the AB-1266 deserves serious consideration. It was revised last year and is now called the AB-1266 PHI Reference. Its prices start at $4,495”

MOON NEO MIND STREAMING UPNP RENDERER REVIEW

May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The Moon Neo MiND UPnP renderer/ streamer does its job so well, you sometimes wonder if you are being subtly influenced to like it through MiND control. It slots into practically any system with a DAC with ease and brings what could easily be dismissed as a ‘legacy’ system bang up to date. The chances are, if you are exploring this kind of upgrade, the Neo MiND might be your first Moon product, but once you’ve played with it for even the shortest time, you’ll realise it won’t be your last. Outstanding and highly recommended”

ATLAS CABLES ZENO HEADPHONE CABLE REVIEW

May 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“What the Zeno does is lift a slight veil from the sound of most stock cables, subtle details are now more easily picked out and instruments find a more defined place within the soundstage. The Zeno is an effortless sounding cable; it will not alter the stock sound signature but rather enhance it. The stock HiFiMan cable is terrible ergonomically and it is silver plated copper bringing out a little bit of extra presence in the treble. Now I do not think the stock cable is bright, but it does not have the most natural of timbre to it, it can sound a little metallic. Changing over to the Van Damme cable brought out a little more linearity, but not a huge difference. Going to the Zeno you immediately notice that there is more substance to the sound, more body but not at the expense of extension or detail retrieval.”

Spendor A2 Loudspeakers $2395 Review

May 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“My preamp is the new PS Audio Gain Cell DAC (reviewed HERE), which combines a truly superb balanced, analog preamp with an ambitiously good and tailorable DAC; it also offers every digital input imaginable, and is remarkably transparent for an under $2K combo unit. For digital sources, I have an Oppo disc-spinner that I use as a CD transport and for SACDs; I also employ a custom-built Acer laptop with a complement of multiple Solid State Drives as my music server. It’s connected to the Sonore UltraRendu (reviewed HERE) for streaming digital files to the PS Audio DAC; in between is a JCAT USB Isolator for galvanic noise suppression. Analog sources include a new Project The Classic SB turntable (reviewed HERE); it’s fitted with a magnificent Hana EL moving coil cartridge that’s connected to the also superb Sutherland KC Vibe Phono Preamp; reviews of the two latter items are forthcoming shortly. Cables are all by MG Audio (loudspeaker connections), AudioQuest and Project (single-ended analog interconnects), Pangea (silver USB and coax digital interconnects), and Blue Jeans Cables (balanced analog interconnects and system network cables).”

Audirvana Launches its Version of Audirvana Plus for Windows 10

May 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Founded in 2011, Audirvana is a French company created by Damien Plisson, a well-known developer acknowledged as an expert in the audiophile community. Since its launch in 2011, Audirvana Plus for Mac has become the reference hi-fi software player for audiophiles around the world. Its sound quality and reliability have won over sound engineers, who use it in the recording studio as well as in live concerts. Audirvana has received many awards, such as the “Audio Excellence Award 2016” from the Japanese magazine Audio Accesory and the “Exceptional Product – 5 Stars Award” from iCreate magazine in September 2017.”

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