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2020 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

2020 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

High Resolution Technologies Stage IV Loudspeaker/Amplifier System $7000 (as reviewed) And now for something else entirely different from ordinary speakers. The modular HRT Stage IV review system consisted of twelve mid/bass drivers (each channel!) arranged in a rectangle with a four tweeter sub-array running vertically down the approximate middle. (Four mid/basses in two columns to one side, eight to the other side in two columns of four. The system is modular, allowing you to choose the number of speaker modules.) This arrangement projects sound forward in a big way: Walk behind and the output almost vanishes over most of the ...

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Measurements, Listening, and What Matters in Audio

Measurements, Listening, and What Matters in Audio

An important part of every magazine editor’s job is to choose the writers who appear in the magazine, and to decide which articles to publish and which to reject. The collective result of these judgment calls over many years is an implicit statement of the magazine’s fundamental view of the subject it covers—the magazine’s heart and soul, if you will. For example, Consumer Reports evaluates automobiles from the viewpoint that cars are nothing more than transportation appliances, while Automobile reflects a passion for fine automobiles and the joy of driving. The respective editors of each magazine would surely decline to ...

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Harman Introduces The Mark Levinson No 5302 Amplifier

Harman Introduces The Mark Levinson No 5302 Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by HARMAN and Mark Levinson NORTHRIDGE, California | October, 2020 — The brand-new Mark Levinson №5302 bridgeable dual-monaural amplifier is a triumph of precision engineering and bold design in the pursuit of pristine imaging, musicality and openness. Debuting today and sporting the stark cleanness of the signature Mark Levinson look, the №5302 amplifier delivers sound that has become synonymous with Mark Levinson: a deep, expansive soundstage, accurate image placement, extended low bass response and excellent pitch definition. Commenting on the introduction, Jim Garrett, Senior Director, Product Strategy and Planning, HARMAN Luxury Audio noted, ...

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2020 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

2020 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

Avantgarde Acoustic Loudspeakers I have not been a fan of horn loudspeakers over the years, although I recognize they could have exceptional life and dynamics. Too many colorations and too many problems integrating the horn with the woofer and subwoofers. I also have never had an Avantgarde speaker in for review and have to make this recommendation on the basis of listening at shows and dealers. I do, however, think that Avantgarde has made major progress in blending horns into fully integrated speaker systems that are truly competitive in their price range. If you. too. have not been impressed with ...

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Yamaha C-5000 Preamplifier, M-5000 Power Amp, NS-5000 Loudspeaker, GT-5000 Turntable

Yamaha C-5000 Preamplifier, M-5000 Power Amp, NS-5000 Loudspeaker, GT-5000 Turntable

I have a dream for audio. It’s the dream that a brand already embedded in the greater culture will pick up the torch of “better sound matters” and expand the universe of participants, creating a momentum that sweeps our little specialty audio world into a bigger, brighter, and more prosperous future. Like I said, a dream. Imagine my enthusiasm then when I was approached to review a full system from a company that is the largest manufacturer of musical instruments on this planet, a review of highly ambitious products from a company whose corporate logo appears under the hands of ...

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CH Precision A1.5 two channel power amplifier

CH Precision A1.5 two channel power amplifier

Steve Earle’s ‘Copperhead Road’ opens with a monster chord that sounds like a something big and very dead, crashing to the floor of the studio. It’s the sort of heavily compressed thud to send a shudder through the whole room. Most amps get the weight and the thud. Some can separate out a few layers within the thud. A very select few can isolate the bass drum, the rest of the kit, the bass guitar and the keys. CH Precision’s A-1.5 is one of those – and it performs this aural sleight of hand while delivering all the thuddiness of ...

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McIntosh C8 vacuum-tube preamplifier and MC830 solid-state power amplifier

McIntosh C8 vacuum-tube preamplifier and MC830 solid-state power amplifier

From the McIntosh press release September 17th, 2020, Binghamton, NY, USA: Following in the footsteps of McIntosh’s retro-styled MA252 and MA352 integrated amplifiers, (which themselves took design cues from the MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier), McIntosh has launched two more ‘open chassis’ amplifiers, the C8 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier (£4,295) and MC830 Solid State Amplifier (£4,995 each). With style cues that nod to their 1950s and 1960s aesthetic design heritage, both the C8 and MC830 are full of modern-day technology, with a feature set that’s perfectly suited to the modern music lover. The duo offers direct turntable connectivity, thanks to MM and ...

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NAD launches C 298 power amplifier with Purifi Eigentakt Amplification

NAD launches C 298 power amplifier with Purifi Eigentakt Amplification

From the NAD press release: PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 – NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced another high- performance amplifier that uses Purifi Eigentakt<font size="1"></font>amplification technology. TheC 298 is a two-channel powerhouse that is a perfect partner to high quality preamplifiers or in any application where additional channels of audiophile amplification are desired. This new NAD classic amp boasts 185 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms and can be bridged to 620W X 1 into 8 Ohms to create a huge Monoblock. The C 298 (£1,699, €1,999 $1,999 MSRP) will be ...

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2020 Golden Ear Awards: Allan Moulton

2020 Golden Ear Awards: Allan Moulton

Yamaha 5000 System (C-5000 Preamp, M-5000Power Amp, NS-5000 Speakers, GT-5000 Turntable) $9999, $9999, $14,999, $7999 An effort of 19 engineers and eight years in development, the full 5000 Series sees Yamaha return to high-end audio’s deep end, making waves with a cannonball dive off the high platform. The NS-5000 loudspeaker will be viewed as the system’s star component, and it rightly takes a place as an underpriced overachiever in the high-performance loudspeaker marketplace. The 5000 uses one material for every vibrating surface. In this case, Yamaha uses one of the strongest fibers in existence—Zylon. The ability to develop materials on ...

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NAD Intros C 298 Power Amplifier With Purifi Eigentakt Amplification

NAD Intros C 298 Power Amplifier With Purifi Eigentakt Amplification

The following is a press release issued by NAD Electronics. PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA | SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 – NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced another high- performance amplifier that uses Purifi EigentaktÔ amplification technology. The C 298 is a two-channel powerhouse that is a perfect partner to high quality preamplifiers or in any application where additional channels of audiophile amplification are desired. This new NAD classic amp boasts 185 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms and can be bridged to 620W X 1 into 8 Ohms to create a huge Monoblock. The C ...

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