Top 10 Jewish Reggae CDs

“With the popularity of Matisyahu, a Hasidic reggae rapper, interest is growing in other Jewish Reggae music. Many of these Jewish Reggae albums are hard to find, but I predict that it will become easier soon, as record labels begin to realize the value of these fine musicians and make their albums widely available. So […]

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JADIS: DPMC preamp

The DPMC is a phono MM MC preamplifier with a level control. It uses 4 ECC83 in the preamplifier and to correct the RIAA stage. A tube regulated power supply ensures stability. This unit is ideal for connecting an integrated amplifier of a phono stage. More information HERE

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AUDIO RESEARCH: VT80 Foundation Series Power Amplifier

Paul Rigby writes ….. Contained within a metal chassis (offered in a black or ‘natural’ finish), this 75W amplifier features two 6H30 driver valves plus four KT120 valves. Around the back are singled-ended and balanced inputs, a tube-hour metre, a 12v trigger and RS232 port for remote control plus brass and gold binding posts for […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Bi-wiring

Paul McGowan ….. Just when you thought I had abandoned everything high-end and gone over to wireless except the AC cord, along comes a post about adding more: bi-wiring. Bi-wiring is the practice of feeding the upper frequencies and the lower frequencies with separate speaker cables, from the same power amplifier (as opposed to bi-amping […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: We care because the quest for better is built into most of us; certainly me.

Paul McGowan ….. Now that we have a rough understanding of the differences between classic digital audio (PCM) and the format Sony popularized in their SACD version of digital audio (DSD), it probably makes sense to explain why any of this even matters. We  recognize that at the end of the day, all most of […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: What took so long?

Paul McGowan ….. “Dear Paul.  After months of your blogs, I am finally confused. You say that the sound of a 44.1K 16 bit cd copy of a vinyl record is indistinguishable from the vinyl record.  Yet, in my experience, the sound of a superbly recorded vinyl record has greater ambience, depth etc. than a […]

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MYTEK: Their Manhatten II MQA DAC

Frank Berryman writes …..   Mytek Digital, the second MQA licensee after Meridian to ship an Audiophile DAC with MQA™ technology, will be showcasing the MQA-capable Brooklyn DAC, and showing an advanced prototype of the more upscale MQA-capable Manhattan II DAC to be shipping in August 2016. MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures […]

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MARANTZ: The NR1607 Slim Design Receiver

They tell us ….. It features high current discrete power transistors on all seven channels, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with dual antennas and dual band supply for a robust connection (even in Wi-Fi crowded areas), support for AirPlay or Spotify Connect, Internet Radio, local network storage drive access and a bit more. The NR1607 comes with […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Your mileage may vary

Paul McGowan ….. A recent’s post on subwoofer placement certainly got some disagreement from folks.  So, let me start off by saying if something you’re doing works, then that’s great!  Secondly, let me suggest that while my manner of speaking and writing is one of absolutes (sorry, others are driven crazy by this as well) […]

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ROTEL: Their RA-1592 Integrated Amplifier

From the desk of Frank Berryman: Rotel Electronics, widely acknowledged for 50 years as a leader in affordable high-end electronics designed for serious audiophiles and home-theater fans, has introduced the RA-1592 stereo integrated amplifier built upon the award-winning Rotel RC-1590 preamplifier and RB-1582mk2 power amplifier in a sleek, single chassis design. While home theater is […]

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T&A Their PA 1000 E integrated amplifier

  They tell us ….. An integrated amplifier, uses op-amps (operational amplifiers) mounted on discrete, voltage-stabilised circuit boards plus a two-stage volume control based on a ALPS potentiometer. A Flat switch is present, which entirely removes the tone controls and Loudness function from the signal path.  The PA 1000 E is equipped with balanced and […]

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WILSON BENESCH: A.C.T. One Evolution P1

Paul Rigby says ….. Wilson Benesch has declared that it has produced the world’s first loudspeaker constructed using coloured carbon fibre composites. In partnership with Hypetex (noted Formula 1 Engineers) the new A.C.T. P1 Monocoque will be available in ‘Enzo’ red, with a number of other motor sport-inspired colours in the pipeline, reflecting the F1 racing origin […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: A good magic trick

Paul McGowan ….. In a recent post I apparently gave out a bad link to this fellow’s video so here’s another.   In the video, when you get a chance to watch it, you’ll probably pickup quite a few valuable tidbits of information and get a good view of how an engineer might tend to look […]

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PRISM: Callia

Paul Rigby says ….. A new PCM- and DSD-capable DAC, pre-amplifier and headphone amp that includes USB (UAC2 over USB 2 or later), Coaxial RCA Phono (supporting S/PDIF and AES3-id or AES3 with suitable adaptor) and S/PDIF OPTICAL equipped digital devices. For analogue audio outputs, Callia offers both balanced XLR as well as unbalanced RCA phono connectors […]

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ISOL-8: MiniSub 2 test review

Power delivery inevitably is a polarizing subject, the topic of filtration perhaps even more so. Should you wish to explore it for yourself with a system you find could stand somewhat more relaxed accuracy, subtlety, maturity and long-term pleasantness, the ISOL-8 MiniSub 2 would make a good subject. Without any dynamic losses but six sockets […]

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MAGICO: The M3 Loudspeaker

Frank Berryman writes ….. Magico, the leader in high performance loudspeaker design and manufacture, is pleased to announce the new M3. The 2014 release of the M-Project provided a glimpse of the innovative designs and advanced technologies that were being developed at Magico. Since then, we have continued to develop and refine the concepts and […]

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ONKYO: Their DP-X1 Portable Digital Audio Player

They say ….. The hi-res unit will be MQA-enabled via a free update to its native Music app making it one of the world’s first MQA-enabled portable digital audio players. MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. And because […]

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EMOTIVA: Their fully Integrated BasX Line

They say ….. Emotiva Audio Corporation, the company that continually proves high-end audio doesn’t have be high-priced, introduces the BasX line of audio components, including powerful multizone amplifiers and versatile stereo preamp/tuners, engineered to work together to reproduce flawless sound, with the most intuitive operation in audio. “A central part of Emotiva’s mission is been […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Tuning out problems

Paul McGowan …… If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post you’ll remember we’re in the process of setting up Music Room number Two, where we have a pair of floor standing 2-way Thiel loudspeakers.  That room is considerably smaller than Music Room One, measuring 12 x 15 feet, compared to Music Room One’s […]

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BLUE LOLA: Headphones

They say ….. A set of headphones with a sealed over-ear design and custom 50mm drivers, the same as the company’s own Mo-Fi headphone. Blue’s default headband design features a four-point multi-jointed linkage system and pivoting arms that allow the headphones to stay parallel at all times. Lola furthers this design with a new slimmer […]

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