Musical Artisans Winter Open House

Musical Artisans Winter Open House

The following is a press release issued by Musical Artisans. February 21, 2017 - Musical Artisans will host their Winter open house event on Saturday, March 4th from 5:00-9:00pm. We are pleased to introduce Nagra Audio and the Helix 1 turntable by Mark Döhmann to the Chicago area. Two systems will be showcased featuring the full line of Nagra’s new Classic series components. The main listening room will also include the Helix 1 turtable with Schröder CB tonearm and Nagra VPS phono preamplifier. Nagra’s Classic Integrated Amplififer and Classic DAC will be playing on the lower level. Please RSVP to ...

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Esoteric Announces Grandioso G1 Master Clock Generator

Esoteric Announces Grandioso G1 Master Clock Generator

The following is a press release issued by Esoteric. Upper Saddle River, NJ | February 21, 2017 - ESOTERIC announced a new Master Clock Generator in the Grandioso line, the Grandioso G1. (MSRP: $22,000 U.S.D.) 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, and the joy of music that feels so real you can almost touch it. After the ...

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2017 Editors’ Choice Awards: Cables and Interconnects under $1000

2017 Editors’ Choice Awards: Cables and Interconnects under $1000

Transparent Audio The Link interconnect, The Wave speaker cable, PowerWave 8 AC conditioner $100/1m pr., interconnect; $220/8' pr., speaker; $125, Performance Power Link; $1195 PowerWave 8 The $100 The Link interconnect brings more than a taste of high-end interconnects to an entry-level price. Similarly, the $220 The Wave speaker cable is a bargain, offering superior tonality, wider dynamics, and a more open soundstage. The PowerWave 8 conditioner is also an extremely cost-effective upgrade, rendering wider dynamic expression, smoother timbres, and greater musical involvement. Wireworld Nano Eclipse $175/1.5m Nano Eclipse is about midway up Wireworld’s comprehensive line of headphone cables, but ...

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Magico S1 Mk II Loudspeaker

Magico S1 Mk II Loudspeaker

Magico loudspeakers have impressed a good number of TAS equipment reviewers. No fewer than seven Magico models are endorsed in the 2017 Buyer’s Guide and the most ambitious designs have served as references for Robert Harley (the Q7 Mk II) and Jonathan Valin (the M Project). Alan Taffel and Anthony Cordesman were not stinting in their praise for two models in the less elaborately, but no less uniquely engineered S Series, the S5 and S7. At $38,000 per pair, the S5 is the lowest price of the products just mentioned. All these speakers represent a substantial investment, a reflection of ...

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Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player

Esoteric N-05 Network Audio Player

You’ve probably seen the music industry data: Sales of physical music playback discs (CDs and SACDs) are dropping sharply. In their place have sprung up two alternatives: file-based music playback and streaming digital playback. The former, also known as computer audio playback, consists of music stored in digital file format on some sort of storage drive: a spinning hard drive, a solid-state drive (including USB flash drives), or a network drive. To enjoy file-based music playback, you must acquire music files, either by downloading them over the Internet or copying (ripping) them from your CDs. Music files can range from ...

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North American Launch of the Vivid Audio Giya G1 Spirit Loudspeaker

North American Launch of the Vivid Audio Giya G1 Spirit Loudspeaker

Saturday, February 11, 2017, marked the official North American launch of the Giya G1 Spirit loudspeaker from the UK’s Vivid Audio. The invitation-only event for selected members of the media and the public was co-sponsored by U.S. importer Philip O’Hanlon of On a Higher Note and Prof. George Vatchnadze, who is the owner of Kyomi Audio in Chicago, the head of the Piano Department at DePaul University, and a touring concert pianist. Reflecting a decision to skip the typical launch venue of CES, the event was held at the home of long-time audiophile Mario Presta, in Itasca, IL, a northeastern ...

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David Bowie’s Who Can I Be Now? 1974–1976

David Bowie’s Who Can I Be Now? 1974–1976

The notion that life is what happens while you’re making other plans would apply to Rhino’s new David Bowie compilation, Who Can I Be Now? 1974–1976, an exquisitely packaged 13-LP/12-CD box set that sounds as good as it looks. After retiring his Ziggy Stardust persona and dismantling the Spiders from Mars, Bowie had a head full of ideas, but complications abounded. The second leg of a 1974 tour drew controversy as Bowie trotted out some as-yet-unreleased music that sounded more like Soul Train than glam rock, and the album he began that year was shelved before getting reworked. The rights ...

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Universal Music Group Adopts MQA

Universal Music Group Adopts MQA

Robert Harley comments: Universal Music Group announced that it would offer its catalog as MQA-encoded streaming files. Universal controls the largest, richest, and most diverse music archive in the world, including the catalogs of Capitol Records, Decca, EMI, A&M, Verve, Geffen, Motown (to name a few), in addition to the vast catalog of music and artists under the Universal name. With Universal joining Warner Music Group in offering its catalog in MQA, MQA appears to have reached critical mass. Stay tuned. The following is a press release issued by MQA and Universal Music Group. LONDON AND SANTA MONICA | FEBRUARY ...

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Esoteric Announces Grandioso K1 SACD Player

Esoteric Announces Grandioso K1 SACD Player

The following is a press release issued by Esoteric. Upper Saddle River, NJ | February 13, 2017 - The supreme SACD Player reigning over all other single chassis models. ESOTERIC announced a new single unit SACD Player / DAC in the Grandioso line, the Grandioso K1 (MSRP: $27,000 U.S.D.). The Grandioso series is the supreme range of Esoteric products. The Grandioso K1 takes its place at the pinnacle of this range as an all-in-one SACD player comprised of only the very best in luxurious materials expected of a flagship model. It adopts a high precision VRDS-NEO VMK-3.5-20S transport mechanism and ...

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T+A PDP 3000 HV CD/SACD Player and DAC

T+A PDP 3000 HV CD/SACD Player and DAC

Theory + Application Elektroakustik (T+A) may be the biggest and most technically innovative high-end audio company you’ve heard little or nothing about. The Germany company has been on a long-term growth trajectory but has intentionally kept a low profile in the U.S. so that it could focus on the European and Asian markets. That’s unfortunate for those of us in North America because T+A makes an extensive range of technically innovative, beautifully built, forward-looking, great-sounding products that are fairly priced. Founded in 1978 by Siegfried Amft, T+A began life as a loudspeaker company with just two employees. Amft still heads ...

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PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamp and HP Stereo/Mono Amplifiers Tube Audio Made Simple

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamp and HP Stereo/Mono Amplifiers Tube Audio Made Simple

When Kevin Deal, of Upscale Audio in California, and Herman van den Dungen, of Durob Audio in the Netherlands, both audio importers and distributors, started collaborating in the late 1990s, they found that they shared a common concern. They both felt the existing tube component market was plagued by too many examples of high-priced, poorly built entrants of questionable reliability, and that when presented with such uninspired choices, more and more music lovers would forgo the joys of listening to and owning tube gear. With classic designs like the Marantz 8B or Dynaco ST-70 in mind, they felt that music ...

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