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ISSUE 74 july/august 2014

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REVERBERATIONS

Our Readers Respond… and We Respond Right Back!

 

AUDIO DISCOURSE

Skoff Goes Blind!
by Roger Skoff

Musings on Building a Digital Music Server: The Ayre QB-9DSD and the State of the Art
by Andy Schaub

Headphones as Heard From an Engineer's Perspective
by Jeremy R. Kipnis at Kipnis Studios (KSS)™

The AK240 and JH Audio Roxanne's Rock My World
by Frank Iacone

 

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e-Onkyo Music Releases New Album by The DSD Trio
by Brian Moura

HiFi Supreme and Audio Horizons' "Platinum Reference More Than A Fuse" Fuses
by Robert Youman

Impressions: Notes on the Astell&Kern AK240 DSD Player…You can take it with you!
by David W. Robinson

Astell&Kern AK240 - Impressions of the DAP King
by Michael Mercer

Duelund Coherent Audio from Denmark: The Duelund-WRSE Project, Part 2: Duelund CAST Silver Capacitors and Duelund CAST Silver & Copper Autotransformers
by Jeff Day

The Big 7, and a Chat with the Lampizator
by Brian Moura

The Absolute Sound's Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume One: Loudspeakers
by Greg Weaver

Impressions: The PS Audio DirectStream DSD DAC
by David W. Robinson

The Neoteric Listener and the Schiit Lyr2, Bifrost Uber DAC, and Valhalla 2
by Dean Seislove

The Audio Circular: No. 10 in a Series of Parallel Narratives: Push-Pull Thermo Muscle: The Rogue Audio M-180 Monoblock Amplifiers!
by Gary L. Beard

The UFO-DSD Special Edition Has Landed
by Brian Moura

 

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT HIFISTATEMENT.NET

Read a portrait of MYTEK DIGITAL in Warsaw (in German)

A review of the KRON's integrated tube amplifier (in German)

A review of AQUA ACOUSTICS QUALITY's cd-transport and DAC La Scala MK II and La Diva (in German)

A review of the KORG's DAC DS-DAC 100 and the Audiogate DSD-upsampling-software Audiogate (in German)

A review of the van den Hul's cartridge The Crimson (in German)

A review of THOMAS MAYER's tube amps 10Y (in German)

A review of the EINSTEIN's MC-cartridge The Pickup (in German)

Listen to it's sound via three free downloads in our sound library

And enjoy a free download of a song in highres and DSD played by THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS, a steaming British funk band (music international, text in German)

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT HIGH FIDELITY

C.E.C. TL0 3.0 CD Transport
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła and C.E.C., translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

75 YEARS | 10 YEARS
by Wojciech Pacuła

elinsAudio MILLE Line preamplifier + power amplifier
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła and elinsAudio, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

The Funk Firm Little Super Deck Turntable + F5 Arm
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła and Bartosz Łuczak/Piksel Studio

The Aurender X100L - And Audio File Transport
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Thales TTT Compact Turntable, Levi-Base, and Simplicity Mk2 Tonearm
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła and Thales, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Krakow Sonic Society, Meeting No. 93 - Audiodesksysteme Gläß, The CD Sound Improver
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła | Bartosz Pacuła | Marcin Bobula, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Albedo Aptica Loudspeakers
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Bartosz Łuczak/Piksel Studio | Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Pylon Audio Pearl 25 Loudspeakers
text by Wojciech Pacuła, images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

Thrax Maximinus D/A Converter + Dionysos Preamplifier + Spartacus Power Amplifier
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

An Interview with John Marks - "The Editors" Series
interviewed by Wojciech Pacuła, images by John Marks | Wojciech Pacuła

 

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT AUDIO360.ORG

The Crystal Method by The Crystal Method Subtitle: Los Angeles is Crackin'
by Arly Borges, Michael Mercer, and Kevin Venable

Astrotec ax-30
by Ethan Wolf and Bowei Zhao

Nuforce Primo 8
by Michael Mercer and Kevin Venable

Early Impressions: Woo Audio's WA7TP

T.H.E Headphonium at T.H.E Show in Newport - An Audio360 Show Report

Phonat Drops Some Dirty Bizness on Identity Theft EP

Review: MHDT Labs Stockholm 2 Jeff Day at Positive Feedback Online Was Right!

Can Your IEMs Save Lives? This One Did!

McIntosh Brings the Bizness! The Statement MHA100 Headphone Amp/DAC

V-MODA XS Goodbye M-80. Hello XS

 

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HARDWARE REVIEWS

LampizatOr Level 4 DAC - Smooth Operator
as reviewed by Mark Pearson

Symposium Acoustics Svelte and Segue Line of Platforms
as reviewed by Andre Marc

Kaiser Kawero Chiara Loudspeakers
as reviewed by Jurgen Saile

Ypsilon PST 100MKII Preamplifier
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Red Dragon Audio M500 and M1000 MkII Amplifiers
as reviewed by Jim Merod

Audience The ONE Personal Reference Loudspeakers - John McDonald's Personal Mystery Gift
as reviewed by Jim Merod

 

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Magico S5 Loudspeakers - End of a Love Affair
as reviewed by Myles B. Astor

SOTA LP RCM Record Cleaning Machine
as reviewed by Marc Phillips

Kiseki PurpleHeart MC Phono Cartridge
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

TiGLON Magnesium Cables
as reviewed by Gary Lea

CH Precision C1, D1, and X1 - The Ultimate Digital Source?
as reviewed by Marshall Nack

Avanti Audio Allegro Cables - Big League, Top Flight, No BS Musical Signal Conductors
as reviewed by Jim Merod

Manley Chinook Phono Preamplifier
as reviewed by Mark Pearson

Grado PS1000e Headphones
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

MrSpeakers Alpha Dog Headphones
as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

PrimaLuna Dialogue Premium Preamplifier - The Real Deal
as reviewed by Jim Merod

Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC
as reviewed by Ken Micallef

 

 

INTERVIEWS

David Robinson and David Elias on DSD... Interviewed by Steve Rochlin  - Video!

 

EVENTS, CONCERTS, AND SHOWS

Newport THE Show 2014 - A Pictorial Essay of Sorts... Part 1
by Dave Clark

Newport THE Show 2014 - A Pictorial Essay of Sorts... Part 2
by Dave Clark

Newport THE Show 2014 - A Pictorial Essay of Sorts... Part 3
by Dave Clark

Newport THE Show 2014 - A Pictorial Essay of Sorts... Part 4
by Dave Clark

T.H.E. Show Newport 2014
by Steve Lefkowicz

Impressions: Robinson's Audio Oasis! Awards for THE Show Newport Beach 2014
by David W. Robinson

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Live
by Annie Merkley

2014 Capital Audiofest
by Scott Dorsey

Monterey Jazz @ 57 - Herbie Hancock: Lifting Our Spirits Once More
by Jim Merod, images by Michael Oletta

 

MUSIC REVIEWS

Plastikman, EX (Performed Live At The Guggenheim NYC)
by Michael Mercer

Notes of an Amateur: Zemetsov, Viola; Pacifica Quartet and Anthony McGill Play Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets; Finnissy's String Quartets; Music of the European Renaissance.
by Bob Neill

The Future is Here - Audio Still Rules
by Karl Lozier

Eno & Hyde, High Life
by Michael Mercer

Impressions: High Definition Tape Transfers' Double DSD Download of Duke Ellington Indigos
by David W. Robinson

Notes of an Amateur: Ibragimova's Prokofiev; Lera Auerbach... and friends.
by Bob Neill

Classical Releases
by Karl Lozier

Fhloston Paradigm, The Phoenix
by Michael Mercer

Nothing but the Music - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 7 Inch Platinum SHM-CD
text and images by Wojciech Pacuła, translation by Andrzej Dziadowiec

 

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