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  1. Audio Gear
    Here is a chance to get a truly High-End sounding speakers for a reasonable price. Overall they look very nice, natural veneers look gorgeous, and they sound amazing! Really high resolution designs and are extremely revealing and will reveal. These are in Harrisburg PA area. I have no boxes so...
  2. Audio Theory, Setup, and Chat
    Hello, I just wonder how much difference Dirac Live room correction makes when it comes to audio quality for 2-channel stereo sound? Let's say we have these two alternatives: 1. Accuphase E-480. High-end, 2-channel integrated stereo amplifier. Without room correction. ~€8.000. 2. Arcam AVR20...
  3. Speakers
    French speaker maker Focal's Utopia line of speakers is a no holds barred high-end expression of the company's engineering philosophy. At this year's High End show in Munich, which kicked off today, Focal has unveiled the Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo Speakers. These new...
  4. 2-Channel Audio
    The annual Munich High End show has become the world's premier high-end audio event. For Munich 2018, MQA has announced new hardware and software partners as well is the use of the format for CDs, which remain very popular in Germany. In Munich, MQA Live, which was launched at an event in...
  5. 2-Channel Audio
    At last year's TAVES Consumer Electronics Show, one of the very best two-channel demo rooms I heard contained a Magico plus Tenor Audio system put together by Toronto-based high-end two-channel audio specialist Mark Jones. In the report from that show, I commended Mark for including tracks I...
  6. Speakers
    One of the rarest sights in all the world of audio is a truly full-range, truly omnidirectional speaker system. Indeed, it's so rare that only two companies I am familiar with make such a product—MBL and Muraudio. What's more, the two companies take radically different approaches to achieving...
  7. Speakers
    Canadian affordable high-end audio electronics and speaker maker Bryston chose TAVES 2016 to debut the third iteration of its towering flagship Model T speaker system, one that's based on a dedicated electronic crossover. The company contends that many active speaker systems are compromised...
  8. Speakers
    Although I had recently auditioned Focal's Sopra No. 2 speakers ($14,000/pair) at AXPONA 2016 , Capital Audiofest provided another chance to hear a pair of these highly regarded speakers. I took it, hoping to figure out what makes people go gaga for the brand. My prior experiences with Focal...
  9. Speakers
    When I was in high school in the late 1980s, I read Stereophile a lot and I frequented my local high-end audio dealers after school. At the time, Legacy was a relatively new brand, but its take-no-prisoners approach to speaker design had me dreaming of the day I could own a pair. As fate...
  10. Speakers
    Dear reader, if you find it upsetting that the best system at an audio show sells for $558,200, as is the case with the MBL Radialstrahler 101 X-treme, then I suggest you stop reading now. Cool, I’m glad you are still here. I just got back from AXPONA 2016 in Chicago and have dozens of...
  11. 2-Channel Audio
    It's time for North America's largest springtime audio expo, AXPONA (Audio Expo North America). With over 110 rooms and 377 exhibitors, the Chicago-based show promises to provide a cornucopia of 2-channel and surround systems to demo, not to mention a plethora of headphones to sample. This...
  12. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Audio amplifiers have exactly one job to do—take an electrical signal and magnify it without adding distortion. That goal was elusive in the vacuum-tube era, as well as in the early days of solid-state amplification. However, modern amplifier designs have evolved to the point where measurable...
  13. 2-Channel Audio
    In the annals of high-end audio, Mark Levinson is known for practically inventing the concept of "cost no object" equipment. After a five-year lull, the company is embarking on its largest-ever product-development effort. Last week, I jumped at an opportunity to spend a day visiting the new...
  14. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
    Funk Audio Driver Measurements Funk Audio Driver Measurements Funk Audio TSAD18V2 Frequency Response / Harmonic Distortion Graph(s): Funk Audio TSAD18V2 Frequency Response / Harmonic Distortion Graph(s): This one is used in the 18.2 Funk Audio 18.2 Subwoofer Crossed at 200hz (Accurate as...
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