Infinity Co-Founder Arnie Nudell: 1937–2017

Infinity Co-Founder Arnie Nudell: 1937–2017

It is with great sadness that we report the passing Arnie Nudell, one of the pioneering designers and company founders who helped define the American high-end renaissance. Arnie's story epitomizes everything that's great about the high-end audio industry. He became a speaker designer purely out of love of music and a passion for recreating the orchestral experience in the home. In addition to being one of history's greatest speaker designers, Arnie was a wonderful human being. It was always a joy (and a learning experience) to be in his company. To celebrate the Arnie's life and share with you his ...

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T+A elektroakustik PA 2500 R integrated amplifier and MP 2000 R MKII media player

T+A elektroakustik PA 2500 R integrated amplifier and MP 2000 R MKII media player

T+A elektroakustik of Germany represents one of the most successful and technologically innovative manufacturers of electronics and loudspeakers in Europe. Staffed by top-notch engineers including specific teams for DSP and software development, and with the critically lauded flagship HV Series under its belt, T+A continues to see its fortunes rising in North America and in global markets. Its official title is Theory + Application—a moniker that doesn’t exactly fall trippingly from the tongue, hence the unforgettable acronym T+A. To paraphrase the J.M. Smucker slogan, “With a name like T+A, it has to be good.” Fortunately it is much more than ...

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ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership With Universal Music Group

ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership With Universal Music Group

The following is a press release issued by ECM Records. Munich/Berlin | November 17, 2017 – Esteemed independent label ECM Records today announced they are expanding their partnership with long-standing distribution partner, Universal Music Group (UMG), the world leader in music based entertainment to bring the entire ECM catalogue to major streaming platforms on Friday November 17, 2017. Renowned for contemporary, jazz and classical music, ECM's catalogue is critically-acclaimed as the finest of its kind. Curated by its visionary founder Manfred Eicher, ECM has maintained a consistently high standard of artistry and production. The music and its accompanying artwork have ...

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Soundtracks Series Vol. 10: Julie Mullins' Top 10

Soundtracks Series Vol. 10: Julie Mullins' Top 10

Movies are a form of escapism. As such, they invite you to visit and experience a different world. Considering that a film’s score plays an essential role in conjuring a movie’s mise en scène, I noticed the common thread connecting my ten picks is these soundtracks each conjure an indelible musical landscape to transport you to a particular time and place whether it’s a film evoking a different geographical, metaphysical, or spiritual locale. Is it the journey or the destination that matters more? Getting there is half the fun, even if it’s not via the usual routes. Call it a ...

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Soundtracks Series Vol. 9: Jeff Wilson's Top 10

Soundtracks Series Vol. 9: Jeff Wilson's Top 10

For my list I focused on soundtracks of recent vintage, including both reissues and newer works. The latest film score trends emphasize a growing list of audiophile recordings and a renewed interest in vinyl. In other words, soundtracks continue to offer fresh surprises for both movie and music fans. 1. Mark Koven: The Witch. Milan. Puritans in 17th-century New England were wary of music, lest it lead pure-minded souls into the snares of Satan. So what would the music sound like if you wandered out of your log cabin and happened to stumble upon a Satanic hotspot? No one knows ...

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Bluesound Introduces Wireless Surround Sound System

Bluesound Introduces Wireless Surround Sound System

PICKERING, CANADA | NOVEMBER 20, 2017 – Bluesound, a leading manufacturer of wireless multi-room music systems, today introduced the ability to create a PULSE 4.1 wireless home theater system with support for Dolby Digital® surround sound. Using the new BluOS® software and app released today, version 2.14, the PULSE SOUNDBAR and SUB can be wirelessly connected with a pair of PULSE FLEX speakers to act as dedicated rear wireless surround speakers for an immersive high-fidelity listening experience. Designed to be bring rich, detailed sound to movies, TV shows and games, Bluesound’s first-ever wireless surround sound system can be seamlessly integrated ...

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Oppo Digital Sonica Network DAC

Oppo Digital Sonica Network DAC

Oppo Digital has an enviable reputation for manufacturing high-value audio and video equipment. Sometimes “high value” is a euphemism for “cheaply made,” but not so with Oppo; its universal disc players totally rewrote the book on what constitutes good value for the money, making things very uncomfortable for manufacturers whose products didn’t measure up. In addition to the disc playback units that gave the company its start, Oppo produces a line of headphones, a headphone amp, and now this stand-alone digital-file player. What’s a digital-file player? It’s a combination of a digital player that streams music files from a drive, ...

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Sanders Model 10e Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

Sanders Model 10e Hybrid Electrostatic Loudspeaker

The Sanders Model 10e is the culmination of decades of work by designer Roger Sanders towards perfecting hybrid electrostatic design. And a culmination it is, indeed. This is one of the best speakers ever made. Forget that the price of it is modest by contemporary standards for speakers aspiring to be as good as possible. Within its design brief of producing a relatively narrow radiation pattern that emphasizes direct sound, the Sanders 10e’s are as close to perfection as any speaker system I have ever encountered, outside of installations where room and speakers were purpose-built as a unit. For domestic ...

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Shinola Introduces Collection of Four New Heaphones

Shinola Introduces Collection of Four New Heaphones

The following is a press release issued by Shinola. DETROIT, MI | November 14, 2017 - Shinola is proud to announce The Canfield Headphone Collection. Designed and developed in Detroit and based in the belief that how it’s made matters, that how things look, feel and sound, matters. The Canfield adds to a range of Shinola Audio goods (Runwell Turntable, Bookshelf Speakers) that are distinctive in every detail. Two years in the making, Shinola’s in-house team carefully tuned and engineered the Canfield Collection with the same rigor and craftsmanship we employ across our growing number of product categories. It was ...

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Three Astell&Kern Portable High-Resolution Audio Players Receive CES 2018 Innovation Awards

Three Astell&Kern Portable High-Resolution Audio Players Receive CES 2018 Innovation Awards

The following is a press release issued by Astell&Kern. New York, NY | November 16, 2017 – The three newest portable high-resolution audio players from Astell&Kern, the global leader in high-resolution portable audio players, have been named as CES 2018 Innovation Award winners. Astell&Kern will display these award-winning products and other products in the lineup at CES 2018, January 9 – 12, 2018 in their booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, booth # 18218. The A&ultima SP1000 has been named the CES 2018 Best of Innovation Honoree in Portable Media Player and Accessories Category. The A&ultima SP1000 ...

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2017 Golden Ear Awards: Jacob Heilbrunn

2017 Golden Ear Awards: Jacob Heilbrunn

Wilson WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeaker $685,000 With the new WAMM, an entirely reconceived version of the legendary original, David Wilson has broken new sonic ground. Wilson has gone to considerable lengths to refine its emphasis on the time-domain—here via the ability to adjust the driver modules for optimal sound reproduction—down to five millionths of a second. This helps provide a vanishingly lower noise floor that supplies the foundation for the WAMM’s sonic prowess. Its scale and dynamic power have to be heard to be believed, and even then it requires something of a mental adjustment to comprehend just how expansive ...

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