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Munich Highend 2017 – amplifiers

In the heart of the systems, as they say.

Reviews

Manger Z1 – quite simply

When technical efforts have not been wasted.

Vintage

Klangfilm KL-L405

A new home for a rare vintage driver.

Reviews

Northnuance Spiro – pure northern light

Northnuance Spiro looks simple, and is simple. But simple things do not come into existence that simply.

Industry

The year of tape recorders

Munchen Highend 2017 – part one

Reviews

Roksan Kandy

The turntable specialist Roksan is not just a turntable specialist. New amplifiers will be launched and old ones upgraded. Kandy L.III belongs to the latter group.

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M2TECH hiFace 384/32 DAC

There are two reasons why this is cheerful, orange memory stick exists: to play hi-res music files and that it travels with you anytime and anywhere.

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Woodnotes Loudwhisper – a perfect mix

Many are the manufacturers that claim their speakers perfectly mix with the interior. There’s only one winner.

Blog

Texture defined

In everyday language “texture” means smoothness or roughness of the surface of an object. But what does it mean in regard to art, music, sound and audiophilia?

Vintage

Elipson – a loudspeaker that made new music

In their hayday Elipson loudspeakers were witnessing at close range the emergence of new Western art music.

Industry

Highend by the airport

A lot of faith in the future at this Show.

Technology

Want a true 3D sound? Forget surround.

Imagine a fly circles the head of the listener during the original recording. The same fly circles the head of the listener of that recording in exactly the same way, when the recording is played back through the two loudspeakers of a BACCH 3D Sound system, while surround sound reproduces the fly incorrectly near the speakers.

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Flexound HUMU – feel the sound

It may look like a gadget, but what really makes it worth resting one’s head on its soft surface, is the hard techniques that’s gone into it.

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ProAc Response D20R – an ideal Baroque loudspeaker

Industry

Stockholm Highend 2017

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Ayon CD3sx – to preamp, or not to preamp

One of world’s top CD players, Ayon Audio’s 3sx, has tubes for two different outputs; a pair for the CD player, two pairs for the preamp. Which way to go?

Industry

Gradient 1.4 – NEW

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5, 5.0, 6.0 … What’s missing? 1.4 is missing, Gradient’s next loudspeaker model. Once again, design and acoustics go every bit hand in hand.

Vintage

Mercuriale FC413

Mercuriale FC413 is an interesting looking French loudspeaker from the 1970s. A pair of FC413 was refurbished in order to hear how this vintage beauty sounds.

Enthusiasm

Honeyed, luxe, and aristocratic

A group of New York audiophiles gathered to hear Shindo-san’s amplifiers and taste the wines they’re named after.

Blog

On musical reproduction

” … mere sound is capable of expressing things, whether mental or extra-mental. And a good performance is a performance that unlocks that meaning, that lets the music speak or sing what it has to say.

Technology

Waves, Spectra and Sounds

To calculate a Fourier transform, all you have to do is listen.

Vintage

EV Patrician 800

If indeed “mighty” is an adjective that could be attributed to a loudspeaker, here’s one that definitely deserves it.

Reviews

Uraltone PP EL34

A specialty shop for audio components sells its EL34 amp primarily as a DIY kit but for butterfingers, also as assembled.

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EAT Forte S

It’s never too late to acquire a new audio dream. That is, it’s never too late to buy a turntable and a whole analogue music playback system. Why bother? Why? Because the vinyl sound is magical. It’s pure and natural. It’s 100% music. That’s why.

Technology

Current, please, no voltage

It is worrying that, against all odds, audio amplifiers of all kinds, try to drive the loudspeaker with the voltage instead of current, claims Finnish electronics engineer Esa Meriläinen in his recent book Current Driving of Loudspeakers.

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The Koda Takumi K70 Power Amplifier

What would it be like if you finally found musical nirvana, and with the equipment you already had!

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CAT SL-1 Renaissance

Long live transparency!

Reviews

VTL IT-85 Integrated

“The wisest of these discerning audiophiles will listen to their music through vacuum tune amplifiers, and they shall stand apart among the rowdy rabble.” David Manley, California, 1989

Enthusiasm

A system that makes you feel good

The more wellness there is in the listener’s brains, the better the body feels.

Technology

Tubes and Circuits by Bruce Rozenblit

Some people like to write, some other to do more concrete things with their hands. Transcendent Sound’s Bruce Rozenblit, the founder of likes both.