Auditioning Nordost cables: Do speaker cables have a ‘sound’?

Steve Guttenberg writes: It’s a safe bet that your speaker cables don’t look like Nordost’s ultra-flat cables. Founded in 1991, Nordost is a high-technology cable manufacturer using conductor technology that was initially developed for the aerospace industry. Nordost designs and builds all of its audio, digital and video cables in its facilities in Holliston, Massachusetts. […]

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PS Audio: High voltage and linearity

Paul McGowan writes: In yesterday’s post we covered the fundamental differences between tubes and transistors and one of those we’re interested in is linearity. Tubes and transistors are only partially linear devices – which means they will not always faithfully reproduce a larger version of the input signal on their outputs. In our example yesterday […]

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Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile / CAF 2013: High Water Sound (updated!)

“I’ve written many times about the audio wizardry of High Water Sound‘s Jeff Catalano. Ask around — this is one of the few rooms you can expect to hear something non-scripted. Something off the wall. Something like a first pressing, not-for-resale demo, of Dave Brubeck. Or an entire side of The Lotus Palace, by The Alan […]

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PS Audio: If you’re thinking of an amp purchase and plan to use balanced cables, simply ask what the CMRR is – it’s a valuable spec to know

Paul McGowan writes: We started our series on Class D amps and how they work.  We went through the all important input stage but before we get moving, however, quite a few of you wrote me and asked for a better idea of what common mode rejection was and what an amp designer might do […]

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MQA: Universal Music Group Goes MQA

  Jason serious writes ….. Universal Music Group and MQA announced a multi-year agreement that will encode UMG’s huge catalog of master recordings in MQA. In the language of the press release, the agreement promises “to make some of the world’s most celebrated recordings available for the first time in Hi-Res Audio streaming.” UMG’s labels […]

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AMPHION: The new floorstanding loudspeaker Argon7LS

They tell us: Finnish manufacturer Amphion Loudspeakers announces Argon7LS floorstanding loudspeaker. The newcomer replaces the Argon7L model, incorporating the passive radiator design which is already present in Argon3S and Argon3LS. The new front-runner in Amphion’s Argon family of high-end home audio speakers. Passive radiator eliminates the known problems associated with reflex cabinets, where the correct […]

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TRIANGLE ART: Osiris MK2 and Horus Tone arms

By Hifi PIG Tom Vu, president of TraingleArt, got in touch to tell us more about their latest tonearms, the Osiris MK2 and the Horus. Tom told us: “After experiments with different woods and other various materials, we found a peculiar combination of Makassar Ebony and brass that yielded a much more sonorous musical quality. […]

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ZANDEN: Launches New Reference Preamplifier

By TAS Staff: It replaces the current model 3000 preamplifier in the Classic Series and includes a number of crucial improvements. Input and output transformers have been replaced with amorphous cobalt ones. The tube rectified power supply has been completely redesigned. Zanden has also retained ALPS highest quality analog potentiometer while successfully implementing a unique […]

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TOTEM ACOUSTICS: The all-new Sky Bookshelf Monitor

by TAS staff Montreal, Quebec, Canada | January 17, 2017: Totem Acoustic, soon to be proudly celebrating its 30th year of designing and manufacturing innovative, category leading, loudspeakers, has officially launched the Sky bookshelf monitor worldwide. Purposefully designed to capture the broadest audience yet, the new Sky marries the signature Totem characteristics of enormous imaging, […]

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HAFLER: PH60 Phonostage

By Julie Mullins As every audiophile knows, David Hafler is a hi-fi legend. Among other advances, he’s known for his work, along with Herbert Keroes, on Blumlein’s ultra-linear circuit. In 1954 he founded Dynaco and soon became a household name. The Dynaco ST-70, one of the best-selling amplifiers of all time (it sold more than […]

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PS Audio: Tubes vs. transistors

Paul McGowan writes: Now there’s a hot subject for you, one that’s been debated for as many years as the two have coexisted in the world of high-end audio. First let me suggest that there can be no debate about the fact circuits built using one or the other sound differently.  But the question many […]

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BRYSTON: Unveils BDP-3 Digital Music Player

written by TAS staff , the absolute sound Peterborough, Ontario | February 22nd, 2017 – Bryston (bryston.com) has announced the introduction of the BDP-3 digital music player, a reference quality entertainment hub capable of reading virtually all digital file formats and resolutions including DSD 128 and high-resolution PCM up to 32-bit/384kHz files. BDP-3 users can […]

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OPPO: Announces Sonica DAC Audiophile DAC and Network Streamer

by TAS staff The new Sonica DAC is ready for release. The newest entry into the OPPO family of digital audio products, Sonica DAC merges audiophile-grade performance with the latest network streaming technology. With more and more music coming from digital sources, the DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) is one of the most important components in the […]

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SONUS FABER: Introduces new loudspeaker lineup

by Julie Mullins Whether it’s designing and making cars, shoes, art, fashion, furniture, or even loudspeakers, you can count on the Italian commitment to doing things with style. Such was the case at the Sonus faber world-premiere launch event February 2nd where a trio of gorgeous-looking and -sounding new loudspeakers was unveiled. Formally christened the […]

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ESOTERIC: Grandioso G1 Master Clock Generator

  The Absolute Sound write …. A truly three-dimensional audio experience delights the listener with a real sense of depth and conveys the actual feel of the high ceiling of a concert hall. High-end audiophiles know the excitement felt at the moment the first sound shatters the silence, the tense experience of impeccably tight focus, […]

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Software jitter

Paul McGowan writes: Just when we thought we had it all figured out along comes a new form of distortion to tackle: software jitter.  The culprit here is, unfortunately, a very necessary component in the chain of digital audio – the CPU (central processing unit) itself. We first noticed this problem when we started releasing […]

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An unsolicited reader comment

It is good to see Ken Kesler associated with your operation. I applaud your ethical approach to your retail product selection and your open minded position. Your recognition that the customer is not always right is spot on. The difference of opinion and the stride for the ongoing pursuit of truth is refreshing. All I […]

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