Aluminous Audio Announces Newest Version of Gravitas Loudspeaker System

Aluminous Audio Announces Newest Version of Gravitas Loudspeaker System

The following is a press release issued by Aluminous Audio. March 30, 2017 - Aluminous Audio is proud to announce the newest version of the GRAVITAS loudspeaker system. This is the first loudspeaker system in the world to use gravity as the primary isolation technique. Previously, only the GRAVITAS monitors were fully isolated through their integrated isolation stands. Now, we have enabled our subwoofer pairs to benefit from the same level isolation. Each subwoofer now includes four patent pending IVCM modules. With the IVCM modules in place on each subwoofer, full mechanical isolation of the subwoofers from the floor is ...

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2017 Editors' Choice: Turntables $5,000 - $10,000

2017 Editors' Choice: Turntables $5,000 - $10,000

Rega RP10 $5495 ($6695 with Apheta 2 MC cartridge) Rega has been on some roll the past few years, significantly upgrading its line and taking its low-mass/high-rigidity philosophy to impressive new heights. And its new top model, the RP10, outfitted with a “skeletal” plinth, new motor, ceramic platter, Rega’s best arm yet, and a new power supply, is quite the statement from this venerable British firm. The sound has a great sense of detail and dynamics and the usual audiophile checklist. But most importantly, it’s fluid, articulate, cohesive, and exceptionally immediate and communicative with its musical delivery. Merrill-Williams R.E.A.L. 101 ...

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NAD C 338 HybridDigital Integrated Amplifier Now Available

NAD C 338 HybridDigital Integrated Amplifier Now Available

The following is a press release issued by NAD Electronics. Pickering, Ontario, Canada | March 23, 2017 – NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium high-performance home audio and video products, today announces the new C 338 HybridDigital™ Integrated Amplifier ($649 MSRP) is now shipping. The first hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in for music streaming, the C 338 is a highly versatile Class D amplifier designed in NAD’s Classic Series tradition to deliver class-leading performance, connectivity and flexibility at a remarkably affordable price. Stream Hundreds of Apps with Chromecast With Chromecast built-in the C 338 allows users to seamlessly ...

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Warner Music Group Opens Vaults to Launch Fan-Selected, Limited-Run Vinyl Label

Warner Music Group Opens Vaults to Launch Fan-Selected, Limited-Run Vinyl Label

The following is a press release issued by Warner Music Group. NEW YORK, NY | March 28, 2017 - Warner Music Group has announced the launch of RUN OUT GROOVE , a new fan-driven, vinyl-only record label. Each month, RUN OUT GROOVE allows fans to vote on the label's next high-quality vinyl pressing, chosen from three selections of either unreleased material, out-of-print material, or brand new collections compiled from the Warner Music vault. Initial offerings from RUN OUT GROOVE come from an eclectic group of artists including Echo & The Bunnymen, Golden Smog, MC5, Secret Machines, and Solomon Burke. "Warner ...

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2017 Editors' Choice: Power Amplifiers $1,000 - $3,000

2017 Editors' Choice: Power Amplifiers $1,000 - $3,000

NuForce STA200 $1299 Basic solid-state power amplifiers are not, due to their essential nature (boxes with parts inside), sexy objects that inspire a lot of audiophile lust. The STA200 will never be accused of looking sexy or especially stylish unless you’re into stark minimalism. But if sound quality and solid-state reliability are your primary purchasing criteria, the STA200 should be on your radar. You may not be blown away by the STA200’s looks, but its sound turns it into one sexy beast. Wyred 4 Sound ST-500 mkII/ST-1000 mkII $1499–$1999 These high-efficiency power amplifiers—delivering 250 and 500Wpc respectively—have got to be ...

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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque: Oddara

Canadian soprano saxophonist-flutist Jane Bunnett continues her 30-year love affair with the music and culture of Cuba by joining forces with the all-female Cuban group Maqueque. Their 2014 self-titled collaboration won a Juno Award for Best Group Jazz Album. This follow-up takes things up a couple of notches. The glorious power of the group’s multi-voice choir comes into play on “Dream,” “La Flamenco Maria,” and the exhilarating folkloric number “Tres Golpes—Pa Eleggua.” Bunnett’s warm, mellifluous tones and improvisational abandon on soprano sax carve out a resounding presence on “25 New Moves” and “Changui del Guasa.” Violinist Elizabeth Rodriquez makes a ...

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Magico Introduces SPOD

Magico Introduces SPOD

The following is a press release issued by Magico. March 24, 2017 - Magico, LLC the Leader in High Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce a newly developed spiked footer solution called the SPOD. The SPOD is based on the scientific design principles of Constrained Layer Damping (CLD) and provides an effective way to couple Q-Series, S-Series (MkI / MkII) and V-Series loudspeakers to the floor while dissipating unwanted mechanical energy away from the enclosure. Demonstrable results include increased dynamics, enhanced focus, greater resolution, and a closer representation of the original musical performance as it was intended ...

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Gamut Product Demo at Kyomi Audio of Chicago

Gamut Product Demo at Kyomi Audio of Chicago

Saturday, March 18, 2017, marked the official return of an authorized Gamut dealer to the greater Chicago market. To celebrate the occasion, Gamut’s Chief Designer and CEO, Benno Baun Meldgaard and Michael Vamos, President of Gamut USA, were on hand for an event at Kyomi Audio, located in the Irving Park area of Chicago, approximately halfway between Navy Pier and O’Hare International Airport. Kyomi Audio’s owner, George Vatchnadze, is a touring and recording concert pianist as well as the Coordinator of the Keyboard Division of DePaul University’s School of Music. For both roles George travels the globe: In May he’ll ...

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The Band FAQ

The Band FAQ

The latest in Backbeat’s FAQ series, The Band FAQ: All That’s Left to Know about the Fathers of Americana, fills 400 pages, making it clear there’s still plenty left to learn about this iconic and influential group. The book is packed with inside stories about members of The Band—but beneath it all lies the personal musical journey of Peter Aaron. Musician/journalist Aaron came late to the party, discovering The Band in the early 80s though a thrift-store find of their game-changing 1968 debut, Music from Big Pink. He was then living in Cincinnati, where I covered music for The Cincinnati ...

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The Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium

There are great places to hear music, and then there are the sacred spaces—the cathedrals of Europe, Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, Barcelona’s art icon La Palau De Musica Catalanya, Manhattan’s Carnegie Hall. In the rock era, venerated venues have less to do with pristine acoustics or architectural grandeur than the musical history that took place at, say, Liverpool’s Cavern Club, the Fillmores East and West, or the Apollo Theater. But only a rare few combine the magic and the music, the soul and the sound. One of the truly great ones is Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, longtime home of the Grand ...

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2017 Editors’ Choice: DACs $3,000 - $10,000

2017 Editors’ Choice: DACs $3,000 - $10,000

Auralic Vega $3499 The elegant Vega is a tour de force in DAC design, supporting DSD64 and DSD128 bitstreams plus PCM data ranging from 44.1/16 on up to 32/384 resolution levels. Moreover, the Vega automatically upsamples PCM data to 32-bit/1.5Mhz levels, incorporates six user-selectable digital audio filters, provides an ultra-low-jitter “FemtoClock,” includes a precision digital volume control that enables the Vega to serve as a digital preamp, and supplies proprietary balanced output analog modules said to mimic the voicing of Neve’s legendary 8078 recording console. It also sounds superb, offering dead quiet backgrounds, remarkable transparency and resolution, highly expressive dynamics, ...

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