Audio


  • Is Class-D Technology About As Good As It’ll Ever Get?

    As an audiophile on a journey of perpetually better sound, I was left slightly disconcerted by class-D trailblazer Bruno Putzeys’s assertion, in my previous class-D article, that, as he put it, well-done class-D amplification was now so good that “the amplifier part is basically a solved problem”. I understood the gist of what Bruno meant…

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  • Symphony of a Great City: 5 Hi-Fi Hangouts in Berlin

    Berlin, a city renowned for its vibrant music scene and cultural diversity, has embraced the audiophile movement with several venues dedicated to high-fidelity sound experiences. Here, we explore five of the city’s premier hi-fi havens: Anima, Bar Neiro, Rhinoçéros, Unkompress, and Bankert Vinyl Café. 1. Anima Location: Friedrichshain (East Side Gallery area)Features: Combines high-quality sound…

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  • Chi-Fi: The Harbinger of Doom, or Bringing High-End Sound to the Masses?

    “I’ve grown to appreciate not only how they function as a company, but also how they manage to produce such remarkably beautiful and functional products that are all essentially hand-built.”

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  • FiiO launch a transparent portable cassette player

    The eye-catching player goes on sale this week at CA$ 149.49 / US$ 129 / £99. 2024 benefits include USB-C charging, 13-hour battery life and an all analog circuit for a enhanced yet classic sound. Calling all bandcamp fans!

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  • The Patents of… Paul W. Klipsch

    Paul W. Klipsch, a visionary in the field of audio engineering, made significant contributions through a series of innovative patents. These patents not only advanced the technology of their time but also laid the groundwork for future developments in loudspeaker design and acoustic engineering. Here’s an exploration of five of his most impactful patents, including…

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  • Magnat Signature Edelstein Loudspeakers Reviewed

    “Wonderful loudspeakers that deserve to be front and centre of a two-channel system. These are mini speakers with a massive sound and which represent something unusual in audio – genuine value for money.”

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  • My Morning at the 50th Anniversary WATT/Puppy Launch

    Photos by Robert Schryer except where otherwise indicated. I’d never listened to the WATT/Puppy speaker before, but, of course, as an audiophile, I’d heard of it, although not in the last few years, the reason for which will be revealed in a moment. But I always wanted to hear it, so having been offered the…

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  • NAD Electronics Launches New C 700 V2 BluOS Streaming Amplifier

    Latest generation of NAD’s popular compact, value-driven “just add speakers” solution upgraded with ESS Sabre DAC, MM phono input, Dirac Live readiness, and Dolby Digital decoding.

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  • Observations At T.H.E. Show 2024

    “What I’m going to say now with 100% certainty is that I had never heard these two recordings sound better than they did in that room.”

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  • SIVGA P2 PRO Review: High-End Sound Without the High-End Price Tag?

    The SIVGA P2 PRO boasts several features that set it apart from the competition. Its most notable feature is SIVGA’s new sapphire vibration circuit, a so-called first in the industry designed to enhance audio performance.

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  • iFi launches the ZEN CAN 3 featuring xMEMS support

    The iFi ZEN CAN 3 supports in-ear monitors (IEMs) using xMEMS, an innovative speaker technology to push the boundaries of headphone performance.

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  • Making Speakers Smaller and Better With MEMS Technology: Talking With Moti Margalit of Sonic Edge

    “Sonic Edge’s driver is based on ultrasound, where ultrasound is generated from multiple speakers, each the width of a human hair.”

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  • Krell Industries Mourns the Passing of Rondi D’Agostino

    Orange, CT, June 22, 2024 – It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Rondi D’Agostino, CEO of Krell Industries, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. As one of the last privately owned and family-operated companies in the high-end audio industry, this loss is deeply personal for the entire Krell family. Rondi D’Agostino…

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  • The ABCs of Audio: Exploring the Hi-Fi Lexicon

    Welcome to “The ABCs of Audio: Hi-Fi Lexicon,” your ultimate guide to understanding the fundamental terms and concepts in high-fidelity audio. Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to expand your knowledge, this article breaks down complex audio jargon into simple explanations. We use two levels of simplicity: In the following sections, we’ll cover essential…

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  • Meze Audio Introduces ALBA in-ears

    “ALBA is the bridge between the current in-ear market and Meze Audio’s best-in-class collection. Priced at US$ 159.”

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