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Periodic Audio launches Rodium DAC

Periodic Audio launched their Rhodium DAC today, a mobile focused DAC that falls right in line with portable amplifiers and IEMs like the one’s Periodic Audio makes. This little DAC (also preamp/ IEM amplifer) aims to deliver a substantial upgrade in sound quality and versatility heretofore never heard from mobile devices. SPECIFICATIONS & PERFORMANCE Frequency Response 2 Hz to 192 kHz, +0/-3 dB Dynamic Range: 113 dB SNR: 108 dB A wt. THD: Less than 0.007% Output Power: 31 mW @ 32 Ohms Current Consumption: 23 mA @ 1 mW output More details about the Rhodum from Periodic Audio enclosed below. Enjoy! Press Release Below Periodic Audio’s Rhodium—A Digital Delight in a Pint-Sized Package A precision DAC that delivers category-leading performance and value March 2021—Ventura, CA—Periodic Audio proudly announces the Rhodium, an ultra-compact high-resolution DAC that offers the music lover incredible performance, value ($49), and versatility. “The Rhodium is a no-brainer for anyone looking to seriously boost their digital music’s sound quality,” said Periodic Audio co-founder Dan Wiggins. “Its simple plug-and-play design and tiny size make it perfect for music lovers working from home who may not have the space to dedicate to a full-size audio system. “Although the Rhodium [...]

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Wilson Audio Alexx V Launches with XVX DNA | Announcements

The Wilson Audio Alexx loudspeaker needs little introduction. I had instant envy the first time I heard it, with its thundering low frequency slam. The original Alexx was lead by Daryl Wilson while his father David finished the Wilson Audio – WAMM Master Chronosonic, a speaker that changed my perspective on music reproduction. Fast forward to 2019, Wilson slipped some WAMM sauce into the slightly smaller Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX. At Music Matters 2020, the Wilson XVX loudspeaker, paired with Dan D’Agostino Relentless electronics, produced the closest experience to what I heard while listening to the Wilson Audio WAMMs in David Wilson’s home.  Today the new Wilson Audio Alexx V is taking a significant number of advancements of the XVX in a smaller form factor and price point. Visually, the biggest change is the introduction of the open upper gantry similar to its larger siblings the XVX and WAMM. This new frame and associated hardware allows customers to adjust each upper module individually allowing for more precise adjustments. Other key changes includes the utilization of Wilson proprietary V Material at the top of the woofer cabinet and in the upper gantry consistent with the XVX. At the same time, there [...]

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Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Sale Starts Today

Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Sale Starts Today at Noon (12pm) MST. These speakers sell out fast! Click the link below for buying information. https://www.zuaudio.com/odw Keep scrolling to see our review and product information. To read our review of the Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Mk.II, click THIS LINK. Product Information Below QUALITY SOUND, AFFORDABLE PRICE Omen Dirty Weekend features the same nanotech full-range driver and super-tweeter as the standard Omen Mk.II, and is based on the Omen Mk.II, sans a few of the fancy bits to get the price down while keeping performance up. Omen Dirty Weekend is a high performance yet generally affordable, U.S. made loudspeaker that will deliver fantastic sound in any living room. Omen is not fussy with placement or with electronics, matching up nicely with most any amplifier or receiver—modern or vintage. Omen is also built to last a lifetime, like everything we make. Every component (cabinet material, adhesives, driver assemblies, etc…) is a quality part engineered and built to create a loudspeaker system that will continually satisfy and amaze decade after decade.  

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Qobuz Becomes First Hi-Res, 24-bit Streaming Service Available on Sonos

Huge news announced from Qobuz and Sonos! The world becomes a bigger place today with millions of new, and existing, Sonos users now having access to Qobuz Hi-Res Streaming with just plug and play, no additional equipment needed. This marks the first ever availability of hi-res music streaming on the Sonos platform. Never will it have sounded so good. When I say millions, I mean millions. Back in 2018 during the filing of their IPO, it was reported that Sonos had over 19 million registered devices in close to 7 million homes world-wide. I can’t imagine what those numbers are now, just based on year-over-year earnings reports for the company. With multiple Sonos devices being common in the home setting, the Qobuz’ Family Plan Subscription now makes more sense than ever before. Details and more below. Press Release Below Qobuz Becomes First Hi-Res, 24-bit Streaming Service Available on Sonos March 24, 2021 — Qobuz, the music lovers’ Hi-Res streaming and download provider, is now the first music service to deliver 24-bit Hi-Res audio streaming on Sonos. Qobuz customers will be able to listen to studio-quality music on their Sonos speakers, preserving all of the details and color of original recordings, [...]

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Volti Audio introduces Lightning Razz, featuring a Fractal Burned Finish

Right on the heels of our two-part review of the Razz loudspeaker, Volti Audio founder and owner Greg Roberts releases a new wood finish unlike anything we’ve ever seen in high-end audio. The process is called Fractal Wood Burning, and it’s been a growing trend with custom woodworkers over the last few years. The process is time consuming, but the results can be downright stunning. Check out our two-part review of the Volti Razz located here: Part 1 by Marc Phillips, and Part 2 by Graig Neville Fractal Burning is tedious, and in the hands of amateurs it can be dangerous, as seen in this video. More about the Volti Audio Razz and the “Lightning” finish can be found in the press release below. Press Release Below “Lichtenberg Figuring” or “Fractal Burning” as it has become known, is a technique that uses high-voltage electrical currents to ‘burn’ dazzling tree-like figures into the wood finish of our speakers. The resulting figures are 3D in nature, burned down into the wood veneer of the cabinets, and then sprayed with a clear lacquer finish, creating a very interesting, and unique cabinet finish. Volti Audio can apply this technique to any of our speaker [...]

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FOCAL Clear Mg Headphones Announced

Following in the tradition of excellence found in both the Focal Utopia (reviewed by Grover Neville) and Focal Stellia (reviewed by Dave McNair and Nan Pincus), we have the all-new Focal Clear MG for the home and on the go. Myself am excited to get my hands and ears on a review pair when they become available. All early reports are that the new Focal Clear MG includes a bevy of refinements over the outgoing model. For more information on the new Focal Clear MG, check out the press release enclosed below. Cheers. Press Release Below Focal Presents Clear Mg, New Luxury Headphones for The Home March 16, 2021 – Focal, the French brand renowned worldwide for its audio expertise, unveils a new reference: Clear Mg. In addition to their sophisticated finishes, the sound reproduction of these open-back headphones is even sharper than that of their Clear predecessor. The luxury of Focal products lies in their performance and the experience they offer, as well as in every detail that enhances the object to make it more than a set of headphones. INNOVATIVE HEADPHONES MADE IN FRANCE After four years of research and development, the engineers at Focal have designed a [...]

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AXPONA 2021 Rescheduled to Later Dates | BREAKING

With a clearer picture of the Coronavirus vaccination schedule in view, AXPONA has decided to adjust their upcoming show schedule to better reflect an actual (yet cautious) return to some type of normalcy. AXPONA new dates are October 29 – 31, 2021. Enclosed below is the notification letter I received of the new schedule this morning. In the letter AXPONA VP, Event Director Liz Miller Smith outlines the precautions and concerns of holding the forthcoming audio show with the most regard for participant safety. Hard to believe it’s been almost two years since we attended AXPONA 2019. Press Release Below Dear Eric Franklin Shook, We miss seeing you in person and are optimistic we can all gather again this year. Our team is closely monitoring the vaccine rollout, international travel rules, and state and local government regulations for holding indoor events in 2021. Based on this holistic perspective, and given that the summer months remain unpredictable, we have decided to take advantage of an opportunity to move AXPONA two months later from August 27 – 29 to October 29 – 31, 2021. Our sole priority is to hold AXPONA safely in 2021. There is an increasing concern among event organizers [...]

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INNUOS Announces PhoenixNET Network Switch

Sometimes you see a product and think, “This makes so much sense, I can’t believe I didn’t see it coming.” Innuos today released their new PhoenixNET switch that was designed from the outset as an audiophile grade product. The details below outline why it is a necessary compliment to any server based system, but especially in concert with other Innuos products. Currently our own Grover Neville is reviewing a Zenith server and PhoenixNET network switch combo. Press Release Below INNUOS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE NEW PhoenixNET Audiophile-Grade Network Switch Innuos is excited to announce the release of their new PhoenixNET Audiophile-Grade Network Switch, designed from the ground up for network audio. The PhoenixNET is the realization of Innuos’ philosophy of simplicity and signal purity applied to the network switch. Having started with improvements to the Ethernet ports’ clock on their flagship STATEMENT, Innuos has now taken the concept to the next level with a completely new network switch design that focuses exclusively on audio use. The design of the PhoenixNET is focused on four areas: Minimize Network Switch Noise – Reduces high-frequency noise through a simpler 100Mbps network switch chip with no power switching regulators. Connected through high-end Isolation [...]

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Spotify Hifi lossless streaming announced by Billie Eilish & Finneas

Spotify announced earlier today its new audiophile streaming tier that will be available in select markets later this year. Joining the ranks of streaming services like TIDAL and Qobuz, which pioneered hi-res streaming, and the more recent late comer Amazon Music HD. I’m going to go ahead and claim this as the biggest news in hi-fi for 2021. Yeah, I know. Mainstream acceptance, always late to the game. But with welcoming arms, we’re ready to embrace the new blood. Currently Spotify Hifi no pricing has been released for the “music in CD-quality lossless audio format” streaming tier. A far cry up from the current 320kbps. I’m going to turn it over to Billie and Finneas to explain the benefits of Spotify Hifi (and hi-fi stereo systems) as it concerns the artists’ intent for presenting the music the way it was meant to be heard.

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Gary Morrison of Plinius and Pureaudio, RIP | Announcements

The first time I met Gary Morrison in person, for our Down Under Audio exhibits at the 2016 Newport Show, I quickly learned he had a fondness for well-timed flatulence. He was a master at delivering the final product, punctual and almost shocking in its sheer visceral impact, and when he did it he would look deep into your eyes to see if you’d respond in any perceivable way. He was sizing you up, figuring out what kind of person you were. Once, in a crowded room on set-up day, he presented a real champion, one that made us all look at each other in confusion because, as an old friend of mine used to say, it must have rippled the sand dunes in Arabia. “It’s okay everyone,” he said in his soft, measured New Zealand accent. “I’m a vegetarian.” Why am I starting off this tribute with such a horrible story about my friend Gary Morrison, founder of Plinius and then Pureaudio, a genius when it comes to pure Class A amplification? It’s partly Irish wake mentality, telling a horrible story about a recently passed friend to help the healing process and all those messy feelings. I’m not going [...]

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