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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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Clarus Releases USB-DAC With Headphone Amplifier

Clarus Releases USB-DAC With Headphone Amplifier

The following is a press release issued by Clarus. November 2020 — Clarus® is excited to announce the release of CODA, a new USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier that includes an MQA renderer. The CODA features the latest in USB-DAC technology that provides ultra-low distortion, more detail, greater dynamics, and a bigger sound stage. Designed to be used with a smartphone, tablet or computer, the CODA has a 2-button volume control and a choice of three roll-off filters. The heart of the Clarus CODA is a New Legendary ESS Professional Series SABRE® DAC audio converter with Hyperstream® II modulation that ...

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Underwood Hifi & LSA Delivers Discovery DPH-1 DAC/Preamp with Headphone Amp

Underwood Hifi & LSA Delivers Discovery DPH-1 DAC/Preamp with Headphone Amp

The following is a press release issued by Underwood HiFi and LSA. November 2020 - Walter Liederman and Underwood Hifi announces an Incredible Full-Featured High Res DAC with remote controlled Preamp and Headphone Amp that has both Vacuum Tube Outputs as well as Solid State - you choose Your Voice and Musical Style. Liederman went on to explain – This is the type of high value product that Underwood is all about. It exemplifies our new mantra of Value Innovation in High End Audio. The Discovery Series is all about introducing audiophiles to quality at down to earth prices. This ...

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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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Townshend Audio Allegri Reference Line-stage passive preamplifier

Townshend Audio Allegri Reference Line-stage passive preamplifier

Max Townshend is not the sort of guy to make a product and then focus on marketing and selling it; he is an engineer to the core and cannot stop thinking of ways to improve his products. He is one of the few in this industry that doesn’t follow the herd, who goes back to the science to find new solutions to the problems of audio signal retrieval, control and transmission. He was the first to introduce cryogenic treatment, an idea he shared far and wide and shouldn’t have been surprised that it was copied by all and sundry. As ...

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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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Mytek Audio Introduces Empire DAC/Streamer/Preamplifier

Mytek Audio Introduces Empire DAC/Streamer/Preamplifier

The following is a press release issued by Mytek Audio. September 16, 2020 - Mytek Audio proudly introduces the EMPIRE DAC/Streamer/Preamplifier; An "all out" assault on the state-of-the-art, the EMPIRE establishes Mytek as a top echelon player in the high-performance audio arena. The Streamer is “Powered by RoonOS” and features internal Roon Core that can drive both the ultra-high performance EMPIRE DAC and external Roon endpoints. There is a dual mono fully balanced differential analog preamplifier with an ultra quiet phono stage for both MC and MM cartridges. Going one step further, a high current, dual mono, fully balanced headphone ...

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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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New AXPONA 2021 Date Announced

New AXPONA 2021 Date Announced

The following is a press release issued by AXPONA. Dear AXPONA Community, As the world continues to navigate the challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we at AXPONA are focused on 2021 and making plans with the health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees and press in mind. Given the continued unpredictability and the expectation that restrictions on travel and large gatherings may continue into early next year, we do not believe it would be wise to hold AXPONA in April 2021. We asked the Renaissance Schaumburg for later dates in the calendar year that could accommodate our entire event ...

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