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Sonus faber Lumina III Loudspeakers | REVIEW

After spending the first 24 hours with the new Sonus faber Lumina III loudspeakers, here’s what I came up with. First, imagine you’re not an audiophile. You’re just a consumer looking for a nice pair of speakers for your probably mid-fi system, although your friends and family think it’s already pretty fancy and that you’re “really into your music.” You think to yourself that a nice pair of towers would probably suffice, slim and petite enough to blend into your surroundings and pretty enough to show everyone you have a bit of class. How about a pair of three-way towers? Made in Italy, so they’re much more attractive than a mere veneered box? Yeah? These Sonus faber Lumina IIIs are exactly what you need. They’re $2199/pair, and maybe that’s a little more than you wanted to spend but hey, made in Italy! That costs extra, and look how beautiful they are. To the average music loving non-audiophile, a slim, petite three-way tower speaker is a pretty ordinary thing, and the sales floor of most audio dealers have members of this very common species strategically placed all through the sales floors of their stores. I see ‘em all the time, lurking [...]

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Now Listen Here “Micro-Show” Wrap-Up | Now Listen Here 2020

The Now Listen Here (a Tenacious Sound company) micro-show listening event was held at the Hyatt House Hotel in King of Prussia, PA. An event location with quick access to main highways, decent shopping, and open restaurants. Which made for easy day-travel to the event and allowed one to find other things to do if audiophilia wasn’t exactly their idea of a good time. As for the space inside the hotel, the NLH event was perfectly distanced away from the main lobby of the hotel on the lower level grounds, with adequate space for sprawling out, access to fresh air, and dedicated facilities. Reporting by Eric Franklin Shook A few days after the show I reached out to Jessica Sherrick of Now Listen Here to ask a few questions and get a few takes on the first ever pandemic micro-show as she distinctly had a bird’s eye view of what was going on (and going down) all weekend. As just a press member, I could tell that the Now Listen Here micro-show was well-attended despite the slow start with Saturday’s early morning rain. Jessica Sherrick tells me that “Sunday was nearly a 100% in attendance from registered show attendees, and [...]

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Joseph Audio, Jeff Rowland, Chord, VPI, Sonore, Roon, Transparent, and the Technicolor Dreamsound | Now Listen Here 2020

Reporting by Nan Pincus Your hat and coat You know the one thing that is guaranteed to hold a room? Hospitality. Walking around the exhibit space housing Joseph Audio Pearl 20/20 Graphene speakers at Now Listen Here 2020, I felt transported back to the story of Joseph, his colorful coat, and his brothers in Egypt (Jacob’s oldest son, remember? G’mar chatimah tova, yall). After stabbing him and leaving him for dead, years later Joseph’s brothers showed up at his house in Egypt. When they rang the bell, despite their dastardly past, he welcomed them into his home and, by all accounts, treated them as the perfect host. The sweet spot’s still there, but the rest of the room gets service too Jeff Joseph is absolutely worthy of his namesake. Everything about the experience of his equipment suggested thought and consideration for his listeners. That’s right, I said listeners. The speakers are designed to sound great throughout an entire space and to provide a superior and communal listening experience. Tweeters are dual section dome designs which utilize a unique Hexadyn magnet array for refinement and extension. The mid-range drivers of the Pearl 20/20 Graphene speakers are each made of a rigid [...]

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This Weekend, The NOW LISTEN HERE Micro-Show | PREVIEW

KING OF PRUSSIA (PTA) — This weekend, September 26-27, Now Listen Here will be hosting a ‘Micro-Show’ listening event at the Hyatt House Hotel in King of Prussia, PA (a Philadelphia suburb). Special Guests include, Mat Weisfeld of VPI, and Jeff Joseph of Joseph Audio. Along with the special guests, there will be several NEW product premiers and demonstrations from companies like VPI, Joseph Audio, Fyne Audio, Jeff Rowland, Transparent, Chord UK, and Sonore. Enclosed below: Details about registration for this weekend long event and information for safe attendance. See you there! From NOW LISTEN HERE Now Listen Here to Hold Hi-Fi Listening Event with Special Guests Mat Weisfeld and Jeff Joseph The hi-fi dealer Now Listen Here is pleased to announce a two-day event September 26-27 in King of Prussia, PA. Special guest Mat Weisfeld of VPI Industries will be on hand to demonstrate—for the first time—prototypes of their new modular direct drive turntable, universal arm pod, and phono preamp. Special guest Jeff Joseph of Joseph Audio will also be on hand to demonstrate the Pearl 20/20 Graphene loudspeakers. In addition, we will be demonstrating Fyne Audio F704 loudspeakers, Jeff Rowland electronics, Transparent cabling, and state-of-the-art digital front-ends with [...]

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Luminous Audio Technology Prestige III Loudspeaker Cables | REVIEW

So I’m reviewing these Luminous Audio Technology Prestige III loudspeaker cables, ready to write down my impressions, and suddenly I remember that in my Raven Audio Soniquil cable review I spent all this time admonishing those who try to compare differences made by single cable swaps, as opposed to swapping out an entire loom. I had to think long and hard about the answer. My instinct poked me in the shoulder and said, “You have heard differences, big differences between speaker cables in the past.” In the past I’d always tease those audiophiles who “put a $500 power cord in a $1500 system and then get mad when they can’t hear the difference.” It just doesn’t work that way. But speaker cables? Yes, I’ve heard big differences while swapping out speaker cables. The first time happened back in college when I bought my first truly excellent pair of loudspeakers, the Snell Type J. This was back in the days when a hi-fi dealer would just throw in a set of speaker cables, usually unterminated, at no extra charge. I’d already made the decision to actually buy a set of quality speaker cables—a somewhat difficult task back in the early ‘80s [...]

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Now Listen Here to Host Hi-Fi Listening Event with VPI Industries, and Joseph Audio

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — Big news just in from Now Listen Here of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They’ve created a unique “scaled-down” audio show experience. The event aims to deliver a true high-end listening experience while taking all necessary guidance and precautions in consideration to create a safe(r) environment for all who attend. The event is complete with special guests Mat Weisfeld (VPI Industries), Jeff Joseph (Joseph Audio), and special product premieres throughout. More details enclosed below. Enjoy! Press Release Enclosed Now Listen Here to Hold Hi-Fi Listening Event with Special Guests Mat Weisfeld and Jeff Joseph The hi-fi dealer Now Listen Here is pleased to announce a two-day event September 26-27 in King of Prussia, PA. Special guest Mat Weisfeld of VPI Industries will be on hand to demonstrate—for the first time—prototypes of their new modular direct drive turntable, universal arm pod, and phono preamp. Special guest Jeff Joseph of Joseph Audio will also be on hand to demonstrate the Pearl 20/20 Graphene loudspeakers. In addition, we will be demonstrating Fyne Audio F704 loudspeakers, Jeff Rowland electronics, Transparent cabling, and state-of-the-art digital front-ends with Chord DACs and Sonore optical streamers. Special ‘event-only’ pricing will be available on all demonstrated lines. [...]

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Sumiko Songbird Low Output MC Phono Cartridge | Review

In reviewing the Sumiko Songbird phono cartridge, the little brother/sister to the Sumiko Starling I reviewed in The Occasional, I encountered somewhat of a dilemma. Is it wise to start off with the flagship product from a manufacturer’s line and then work back toward entry level? If you move in the opposite direction, working your way up and going on The Journey, you have the joy of discovering better and better performance along the way. If you go the other way, your observations will revolve around what the lesser product doesn’t do in comparisons. It’s kind of a bummer. In other words, you’re setting that product up for failure instead of reviewing it on its own terms. That’s one of the many reasons I try to avoid making direct comparisons between high-end audio components. That’s why I avoid answering questions such as “Which would you choose, A or B, and could you go into great detail why?” and “How did the Joseph Audio Pulsar2 Graphenes compare to the Stenheim Alumine 2s?” We audiophiles tend to obsess about comparisons, because we want to be absolutely sure we’re making the right buying decision. The answers to those questions, however, aren’t as informative—or [...]

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Alister Spence, Whirlpool | The Vinyl Anachronist

  I just finished up my review of the Joseph Audio Pulsar2 Graphene loudspeakers yesterday, which will appear in early August, and Australian jazz composer Alister Spence and his new solo piano work Whirlpool figured heavily into it. I mention my friend Bob Clarke, a high-end audio distributor, who once told me that he uses the grand piano, not the female voice, to judge an audio system’s strengths. “A great grand piano will tell you everything you need to know,” he said. I thought of that wise statement as soon as the first track began. Alister Spence sounds like a man who has spent a huge chunk of his life sitting on a piano bench, exploring every sound he could make. As I mention in the Pulsar2 review, Spence is a man who seems more fond of the left side of his instrument than the right. I’ve changed my mind–he’s fascinated with the relationship between the two ends. After repeated listens to Whirlpool, which consists of 23 improvisations using both traditional and prepared pianos, you’ll hear an incredible range of sounds, high and low. These might sound like a piano, which they do most of the time, and they might [...]

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Valve Amplification Company Sigma 170i Integrated Amplifier | Review

Valve Amplification Company Sigma 170i Integrated Amplifier Review by Lee Shelley (Disclaimer: I’m a photographer by profession and I have many clients in the high end audio industry. I have shot for Valve Amplification Company in the past. My impressions and conclusions in the following Valve Amplification Company Sigma 170i Integrated Amplifier review are unaffected by this, but I felt you should know.)  At the 2018 Capital Audiofest, there was a huge buzz about the new $150,000 Statement 450iQ integrated amplifier from Valve Amplification Company, and rightly so. It’s an enormous and visually stunning product that looks to redefine the category. However, I was more excited to see and hear the new $14,000 Sigma 170i integrated that was being shown at the same time. Why? The combination of real-world size and real-world price while offering 85w/ch of pure tube goodness. Here was a product the dedicated audiophile can afford and is still worthy of building a system around. The technical details are as follows: 85w/ch into 4, 8 or 16 ohms 4 line level inputs with an option for one to be an MM/MC phono input Speaker Taps for 4, 8 and 16 ohms 1 X 12AX7, 5 X 12AU7 and [...]

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