McIntosh MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier Review $15,000

September 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“I’ve had numerous amplifiers through my home for review at multiple price points, both integrated and as separates that have left deep impressions upon me but that as impressive and emotion-inspiring as some of them were, either didn’t fit into the context of my own take on a personal reference system component, or if they did, were simply too far out of reach for my bank account. I’ve heard an almost untold amount of integrated, stereo power amplifiers and mono blocks over the years at friend’s homes or hi-fi shows that I loved, but again, were either too dear financially for me to ever seriously consider or didn’t fit into my holistic vision of a personal reference system.

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Master & Dynamic MW07 Review

September 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

FIIO ΜBTR REVIEW

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“Even stereo image, which almost everyone seems to screw up is good. It’s not got the most nuanced rendering of stereo texture, but it sure as hell nails details. There’s no frequency that stuffs up even under load. In fact, it may be the best-testing device I’ve ever had on the bench- again, as it comes to loaded/unloaded ratio testing. But even with that proviso in place, it handles load so damn well I wonder if it’s magic. Jitter is mild to invalid. And by and large, no harmonic or phase artifact jumps testably under load. ”

Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Review

September 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Spatial resolution is one of the JC 5’s greatest strengths. Its ability to provide a pristinely focused center image could be easily heard in both Linda Rondstadt’s Blue Bayou and Diana Panton’s A Little Girl A Little Boy A Little Moon. There’s no guessing how the recordings were mixed and laid out. There’s plenty of refined air and aural layering that encompasses the shape and texture of the instruments. The strums and plucks of guitar and bass notes are elegantly played with tangible weight and accurate decay. It’s also capable of delineating fine lines of strings and leading edges of rapid piano notes with confidence and speed.

BOWERS & WILKINS PX WIRELESS NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONE REVIEW

September 16, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Of the three wireless noise cancelling headphones that I introduced in my “First Look” video, the Bowers & Wilkins PX stand out the most to me. Not because of some overwhelming superiority over the other two (they are all very capable, high performance headphones), but it’s because of what they do differently that makes them so memorable. From the quality design and build that make them feel immediately special to hold, to the high comfort and spacious, balanced sound character that make them addictive to listen to, the Bowers & Wilkins PX demand attention and earn respect. If you want gobs of bass from your headphones, don’t bother with these”

Focal Kanta No. 2 Loudspeaker Review

September 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“If price is your main consideration–and it certainly is for most people–there are plenty of options available at roughly the $10,000 level. An equally important consideration, though, is size. A smaller speaker is much easier to integrate into a room, and if it can perform at the level of the Kanta No. 2, you will score some bonus points with your significant other. I would contend that most audio enthusiasts are guilty of believing that more is better. Go big or go home is the typical thought process. I would caution to choose speakers for the room size, not based on your insecurities: Bigger is not always better and is more often a problem when considering the speaker to room proportion ratio. Having lived with the Kanta for a few months, I began to appreciate the total package: a huge and high-resolution soundstage with manageable dimensions.”

COMPUTER AUDIO DESIGN GC1 GROUND CONTROL REVIEW

September 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“I’m often quizzed about the usefulness and impact of the high-end audio accessories. There’s no general-right respond to these queries. These add-on devices are ordinarily the last to be introduced to a thoroughly fine-tuned audio system. Not always, but in most instances, the benefits will be marked in an already established and balanced setup. The alternative way around would put in the preference making all right from the beginning. This approach is perhaps a painfully more complex and nonetheless more costly, but for some purists, this is the only legitimate way of matching the assembly of the high-end audio components into a balanced system.”

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