Von Schweikert Ultra 9 Premiere, VAC Statement 450i RMAF

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SONUS FABER AMATI HOMAGE TRADITION FLOORSTANDING LOUDSPEAKER REVIEW

November 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Don’t underestimate the Amati Homage Tradition. It is not the Sonus faber of even 10 years ago. This is a Sonus faber that combines the best of the past with the clarity and energy of the present. And yet, it’s not a forward sound… it’s just a ‘right’ sound. If you are the kind of person who thinks Sonus faber is all about the looks and not so much about the sound, then the Amati Homage Tradition will be something of a wake-up call. Don’t be surprised if you end up thinking it’s one of the best speakers on sale right now!”

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AGD Production Vivace GaNTube Monoblock Amplifiers $15,000 Review

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“All in all, I can’t say enough good things about these amplifiers. While auditioning them, I couldn’t wait to share my findings with you. I truly believe that these are one of those disruptive products that can change one’s mind about how much better high-end audio can get—which is rare these days. I urge you to check these amplifiers out. Especially if you are really into the tube sound but don’t want to fuss with tubes going bad and high power bills. If you’re like me and you are a music addict, your system is on all day and it’s quite nice when you can simply hit play (using Roon of course!) without the entire song and dance warm-up process.”

PS Audio DirectStream Power Plant 20 AC regenerator $9999 Review

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“I’ve used my PerfectWave P10 Power Plant continuously ever since I reviewed it for the May 2016 issue. I noted then that, with the P10 feeding all my equipment, “the aural images reproduced from digital sources” were “fleshier, more corporeal, and better located in space.” I also wrote that with the P10, the sound “seemed more natural and less electronic—almost suggesting a physical rather than electronic playback medium ”

KEF LSX Review

November 11, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Despite the smaller mid/bass driver (10cm as opposed to 13cm) and cabinet volume, it shares its sibling’s relative talent for bass performance. Whether it’s punching out the potent beat opening to St Vincent’s Los Angeles or pushing along the tubby yet tuneful bassline in Mac Miller’s What’s the Use?, the LSX’s low frequency delivery is consistently taut, agile and lucid.

With Tidal streams, the LSX remains cohesive without feeling condensed. Play Shame’s The Lick and the building swamp of electrics underneath thickens the presentation’s consistency but doesn’t drown out its clarity or that of the singer’s deliberately prolonged pronunciation.”

Chord Poly streamer/network bridge for Mojo

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Monitor Audio Studio Loudspeaker Review

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“Driver integration gelled at distances beyond about 3 feet, allowing a generous seating area for casual listening. Critical listening gave immersive results in near field and quite compelling performance far field, where bass response optimized with a meaty zest. The lower frequency limit was commendable, given the speaker’s modest proportions and 4 inch paired driver complement, plumbing down to a solid 35 cycles with good authority, provided that volume levels were kept at sane levels. I never felt the need to augment with my subwoofer, although those demanding greater impact may prefer that option. Midband performance was very much studio monitor neutral, neither adding or subtracting warmth, and could be mildly tailored to taste by choice of ancillaries. Highs reached upwards with pedigree finesse, showing Monitor Audio’s MPD tweeter to be a standout performer. With the IsoAcoustics resonance control mounts in place, the Studio transformed the character into a classic British reference monitor, becoming more midrange centric, with the response expanding in both directions as natural extension.”

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