Author Archives: Eric Franklin Shook™

ROTEL Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Today we celebrate 60 years of Rotel. Launched in Tokyo, Japan in the early sixties. For six decades, music lovers of all types have enjoyed the quality sound produced by a family-owned brand. Something we [...]

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Tom Sachs “Space Program: Rare Earths” opens at Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Tom Sachs‘ marvel of visual and auditory senses—an art installation—Space Program: Rare Earths opens at Deichtorhallen Hamburg on September 19th, 2021 and will be on view until April 10th, 2022. Deichtorstraße 1 20095 Hamburg, Germany [...]

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Naim Solstice Turntable, Aro Tonearm, Equinox Cartridge, Solstice Phonostage and Power Supply

NAIM launches their first ever turntable, along with a next generation Aro tonearm, an Equinox MC phono cartridge, and Solstice Series phono-stage and phono-power-supply. These items are available as a bundle named the Solstice Special [...]

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Sonus faber Lumina V and Lumina II Loudspeakers

The popular Sonus faber Lumina collection gets updated with two exciting new models, rounding out the line. As you may have read Marc Phillips’ review of the Lumina III tower, and found that his enjoyment [...]

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NEW Rotel Preamplifiers: RC-1590MKII and RC-1572MKII

Three new preamplifiers launch from ROTEL (website) today. Each model features upgrades in circuitry and components from the award winning Michi Series of ROTEL components. Recently Rotel released a similar update to three of the [...]

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Luxman Celebrates 95 Years with the L-595A Special Edition

Luxman’s new L595A SPECIAL EDITION marks a 95 year story that still has many chapters left to be written. Some of our youngest readers may have assumed that controlled electricity itself isn’t yet 95 years old, much less an audio company. For the youngest it may be hard to imagine audio components from the black and white days. Press Release Below Luxman celebrates 95 years with the L-595A SPECIAL EDITION integrated amplifier Production run limited to 300 units, of which 100 allocated to North America BALLSTON SPA, New York, May 2021 – The new Luxman L-595A SPECIAL EDITION is a premium Class A integrated amplifier built to commemorate Luxman’s 95th anniversary. The unique industrial design reimagines the highly regarded L-570 series inaugurated in 1989. “Not many consumer electronics companies can point to a 95-year heritage,” said Jeff Sigmund, president of Luxman America. “The Luxman L-595ASE validates our ongoing commitment to sonic excellence, superb build quality and timeless design.” In place of a conventional serial number, a back-panel plate identifies the amplifier as a 95th Anniversary limited offering and cites the three-digit serial number as “### of 300.” With just 100 units allocated to North America, first deliveries will commence in June [...]

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Naim Launches Uniti Atom Headphone Edition

Naim does it again! It’s really a true statement, as the Uniti Atom Headphone Edition joins a much celebrated and capable family of Uniti products that proudly fly the Naim badge. What everyone should take away from this launch is that Naim is serious about headphones with Focal’s serious line of reference headphones under the same umbrella. Our experiences with the Focal Utopia (review here) and Stellia (review here) were nothing less than revelatory. Press Release Below Naim Launches Uniti Atom Headphone Edition: The Ultimate Music Source for Headphones Escape into your own world of high-quality sound Salisbury, England – May 11, 2021 – British hi-fi specialist, Naim Audio has launched Uniti Atom Headphone Edition – a headphone-optimized version of its multiple-award-winning Uniti Atom music streaming system, designed to be the ultimate solo listening source. Unlike traditional headphone amplifiers and DACs, which require a separate computer or streaming device, Uniti Atom Headphone Edition is a fully formed music-streaming system: just add headphones. Uniti Atom Headphone Edition is fully re-engineered to offer the optimal personal listening performance. Using trickle-down technology from its flagship Statement amplifier, Naim has engineered a new discrete headphone amplifier, capable of powering even the most premium headphones [...]

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Hypsos by Ferrum Now Available in the USA

HEM of Poland launches the Ferrum brand and introduces its first product, the Hypsos linear/switching DC power supply. The new Hypsos PSU features almost infinite custom-ability, and is designed to offer an upgrade in power quality for components such as DACs, preamps, phonostages, powered speakers and beyond. More details can be found in the press release down below. Enjoy! Press Release Below And Now, for Something Completely Different: Hypsos Hybrid Power Supply Now Available in the USA VANA Ltd. to distribute the Hypsos PSU from Ferrum, the new house brand from the engineering team at HEM Nesconset, NY — April 21, 2021: VANA Ltd announces the United States launch of the Hypsos, the inaugural product release from Ferrum: a first-of-its-kind linear/switching DC power supply suitable for DACs, preamps, phonostages, powered speakers and more. After decades of experience quietly designing, engineering and manufacturing electronics for audio brands like Mytek Digital, in 2021 HEM of Poland made an audacious debut for its new in-house brand, Ferrum, with the introduction of the Hypsos, “a revolutionary power supply.” Taken from the ancient Greek word corresponding to the modern concept of the sublime, the Hypsos sends a clear message: this is something you haven’t seen [...]

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