PS Audio: How do up and coming audio designers learn the art of designing high-end products that communicate with our emotions?

Paul McGowan writes: Teaching art Any competent artist can paint a pretty picture. Any competent engineer can design a good sounding audio product. It takes an artist to paint something that grabs our emotions and speaks to our souls. It takes an artist to design a piece of audio equipment that connects us emotionally with […]

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LYRIC HIFI: ‘The finest personal listening products available. Great sounding headphones from only $79, and …..’

They say: Here they are: The finest personal listening products available. Great sounding headphones from only $79, and dedicated headphone amps to enhance their performance. You’ll even find a short list of Staff Picks, our sales consultants’ favorite headphone models. (All starred photos are Staff Picks.) We’ve also provided background details on six premier headphone […]

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PS Audio: Continuing our thoughts on power supplies and the differences between a classic linear supply and a SMPS”

Paul McGowan writes: Continuing our thoughts on power supplies and the differences between a classic linear supply and a SMPS, I thought it might be helpful to list some generalized plus and minus’s of both.  For this post I will keep the supplies focused on power amplifiers – I do this because there lies the […]

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Astell&Kern: KANN portable high-res audio

Paul Rigby writes: Based upon the AKM AK4490 DAC, the new Kane supports native DSD playback up to DSD256 (11.2mHz) with PCM audio playback up to 32bit/382kHz Its built-in amp offers a normal/high gain switch while the unit is able to offer the lowest output impedance of any Astell&Kern portable high-res audio players: single-ended 3.5mm: 0.65 […]

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Rowland Model 112 or Simaudio Moon W5

Which one or how would you compare the two. I realize the Rowland is lower in power rating. Audio Research LS3 Sonus Faber Toy Towers Opus NuForce Special Edition Furman Elite 20 amp power conditioner Dedicated 20 amp power with hospital grade outlet Cardas cables Dip in and out HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed […]

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Sennheiser: HDC 820 Headphone Amplifier & CH 800 P Pentaconn Cable

Paul Rigby writes: Based upon the ESS SABRE32 DAC and supporting up to 32bit/384 kHz and up to 12.3 MHz in DSD mode, the new headphone amplifier unit utilises the analogue section and the power amplifier of the existing HDVD 800, with added tweaks Its multiple audio outputs include an unbalanced output through an XLR3/6.3mm combined NEUTRIK […]

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DENSEN: B-250CAST Reference Pre Amp: With Added Google

Paul Rigby writes: A new 2-channel preamp with Google CAST streaming capability The amplification stages are all developments based on Class A designs while the output stage is a dual mono. The Densen B-250CAST has a dedicated Densen Cast power supply for the Google Cast receiver plus a dedicated optical input. Densen has even developed a dedicated power cord to […]

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QEOS II Glass Speakers: I’m Looking Through You

Paul Rigby writes: A new pair of stand-mounted speakers from the German outfit, QEOS features glass to, says the company, prevent “…vibrations and cavity resonances…” While we’re on the theme, the company also states that vibrations are minimalist below the speaker due to the opposing force-coupled bass/midrange drivers decoupled from the enclosure. To read more, […]

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PRO-JECT AUDIO SYSTEMS: Essential III: Sgt. Pepper‘s Drum

Paul Rigby writes: After being re-worked earlier this year as the George Harrison Record Player, the Essential III is now getting the Sgt. Pepper treatment. The Essential III: Sgt. Pepper’s Drum is a non-limited, special edition release, emblazoned with the iconic group’s imagery. To read more, please click HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in […]

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AMPHION: Seasoned bass player Clay Krasner feels confident with his “little big” One15 studio monitors

Coming from a family with a strong musical background, stepping into music was a ‘no-brainer’ for Clay Krasner. His passion for music was recognized early and encouraged by his father – a musician and a choir director for both school and church. Starting with piano lessons, Clay eventually discovered the guitar and, later on, the […]

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ZESTO AUDIO: Andros Téssera Phonostage

They say: What is Téssera? Téssera means 4 in Greek. This newest product from Zesto Audio is aptly named as it is designed to work with up to 4 different tonearms or turntables. Andros is a Greek island and the home of George’s grandmother’s family. Design Philosophy George Counnas, President and Design Engineer for Zesto Audio says, “There […]

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ZESTO AUDIO: See & Hear Zesto Audio at Axpona 2017 April 21-23 in Chicago Exhibit Room #632

Zesto Audio makes the Cover of The Absolute Sound May/June issue. They say: “To say we are excited would be such an understatement around here,” quotes George Counnas, Chief Engineer and owner of Zesto Audio. “I am so pleased to be recognized for the Eros 300 Monoblocks because it’s the one piece of gear that […]

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ARCHITETTURA SONORA: The Cubo family, the new cubical omni-directional speaker collection

They say: The Cubo family, the new cubical omni-directional speaker collection, goes back to Architettura Sonora’s roots, the Cube, an iconic image of  High-End speakers, reworking and redesigning the shape into a new context, using new materials and refined details, the concrete. The result is a timeless and advanced OUTDOOR/INDOOR speaker, combining designs and meticulous […]

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FURUTECH: ‘New ‘NCF’ connectors feature innovative ‘active’ damping material for a stunningly pure and stable signal transfer’

We are told ….. Never a brand to rest on its laurels, Japanese accessories expert Furutech has once again further advanced the performance of several of its high-end connectors with the addition of a custom-developed ‘active’ damping material: Nano Crystal² Formula. Furutech’s range of connectors has always featured an impressive array of breakthrough construction techniques. […]

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