Parasound Halo JC 5 Power Amplifier | REVIEW

May 12, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2021/04/30/parasound-halo-jc-5-power-amplifier-review/

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I really enjoyed what the Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Power Amplifier brought to my rig. It provided a fine balance between the fork in the proverbial audiophile road of good sound and accuracy. Inherently neutral, accurate without being dry, no solidstate etching or harshness whatsoever, and imaging and soundstage that could compete with similarly priced tube amps – this all adds up to what I think is a big win for Parasound.

Parasound’s design objective for the JC 5 was to meet customer requests to distill the essence of the acclaimed JC 1+ monoblocks into a stereo power amp. I haven’t heard the JC 1+ yet so I cannot comment on that, but in my opinion the Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Power Amplifier is a winner. If you are looking for a beefy solid state power amplifier under $10k I suggest giving the JC 5 an audition. Highly recommended.

DIY speaker system

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UNIQUE MELODY 3DT REVIEW

May 11, 2021 § Leave a comment

However, the soundstage is quite narrow and the instruments play a bit close to each other, which creates a cramped feeling at times. The width is not spectacular in this case. The depth is on good levels and there’s good layering here. The only thing missing is the sound-stage width. As a result, the positioning is not the best here.

Tonality is very good, especially when you consider the fact that this is a v-shaped IEM (although not substantially). Instruments have a very realistic tone with good breath, and I especially liked the guitar with the 3DT. The separation is also very good but that takes a hit because of the sound-stage width. The IEM has excellent control, especially in lows.

Elac Uni-Fi 2.0 UB5.2 $599 Review

May 11, 2021 § Leave a comment

The art of loudspeaker design is producing a product with a Uni-Fied and refined voice that sounds like music, not a patchwork of sonic criteria. I think Elac’s success in this regard is, in part, the reason for the sonic leap I hear in this next generation of Uni-Fi. Elac’s UB5.2 has taken the well-deserved success of its immediate predecessor, ratcheted up the sonic positives, and, where they merited attention, minimized the shortcomings. In my book, there’s nothing better than witnessing a maturation process that improves the breed—and all for an extra hundred bucks. A terrific speaker that I can recommend without reservation. 

Acoustic ceiling treatments

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Siltech Crown Princess Interconnect $5500/m Review

May 10, 2021 § Leave a comment

The Crown Princess sounds thoroughly modern, the sound of our time, with a cluster of characteristics that those of us who’ve been around a while would consider shouldn’t coexist in a single product; they would seem to cancel each other. At once unfailingly beautiful, yet quite capable of unleashing controlled aggression that’ll strain the capacity of your room, all while acting as if it’s no big deal. Rich sounding, but on the cool side. And there’s nothing timid about the thrust of her lower register. It’ll be the envy of your pals.

MSB Technology S202 Stereo Amplifier $29,500 Review

May 10, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.soundstageultra.com/index.php/equipment-menu/1038-msb-technology-s202-stereo-amplifier#most-read-equipment-reviews

Early in 2021, as I finished my review of the Estelon X Diamond Mk II speakers, I vowed to then clear my schedule so that I could experience MSB Technology’s ecosystem of gear. Although that journey had actually begun the previous summer, when I bought an MSB Discrete DAC, I could now hear MSB’s D/A conversion directly driving MSB amplification. This is a review of MSB’s S202 stereo amplifier; it’s also an exploration of what MSB gear can do when entrusted with the entire signal path, right up to the loudspeakers.

iFi’s ZEN DAC REVIEW

May 10, 2021 § Leave a comment

ROCKPORT CYGNUS SPEAKERS

May 9, 2021 § Leave a comment

ROCKPORT CYGNUS SPEAKERS

https://www.monoandstereo.com/2021/05/rockport-cygnus-speakers.html

Like all Rockport Technologies loudspeakers, the singular purpose to re-create a musical experience is echoed in each design choice, and every detail of the Cygnus is finished to the highest standard. The result is a loudspeaker that transcends the boundaries of technical excellence and enters the realm of actually making music.”

Thorens TD 148A Turntable Review

May 9, 2021 § Leave a comment

https://www.hifinews.com/content/thorens-td-148a-turntable


The TD 148A is an appealing turntable with slick automation that is both easy to set up and user-friendly. Yes, it falls a little short of Thorens’ manual decks in terms of performance, particularly when it comes to soundstaging, but compromise is the name of the game here. So I’m not entirely sure it heralds the start of a new automated revolution but, as a convenient package, it succeeds admirably.

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