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  • Luxman introduces Its first network transport: NT-07

    “The NT-07 supports streaming services, USB, and network file playback via connection to outboard D/A converters.”

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  • MAF 2024: Studio Economik / Kii, Wattson Audio

    Prices listed in CA$. This was probably the most different room from the others of the entire show. There was no stack of electronics in sight, just a small Wattson Audio Emerson Digital network streamer ($2095) connected to all-in-one speakers outfitted with every signal input you can imagine. One component made up 90% of the…

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  • Streaming vs. Lossless: Understanding Audio Formats

    In the ever-evolving landscape of digital music, the quest for pristine sound quality amidst the convenience of digital formats has led to the creation of an array of lossless audio codecs. These formats serve as a beacon for audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike, offering a sanctuary where the integrity of sound is preserved in its…

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  • MAF 2024: Bowers & Wilkins, Classé Audio, DR Acoustics

    Bowers & Wilkins 800 speaker series has a long history, and the D4 is the latest line in that series. According to the company’s own description, its flagship 801 D4 is the most advanced 801 it has ever produced, and its “Signature Series” version ($55,000/pr)—the one demoed at the Audiofest—is an optimized version of it. Driving…

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  • MAF 2024: Altitudo Audio, Electrocompaniet, Harmonic Resolution Systems, Tri-Art Audio, Nordost, Audio Note

    Prices listed in CA$ unless otherwise note. When I first heard Audio Physic speakers (the Classic 15) at Audio Element in Pasadena, California, I was immediately impressed. They were featured in PMA Magazine’s “Best Audio Systems For $10,000” series. I couldn’t believe that speakers costing less than US$ 5000/pair could sound so accomplished or have…

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  • Steven Stone’s Super Budget Components: Fosi, Sound Artist, Rod Rain Audio

    “Some of the best values pass unnoticed. This series—Steven Stone’s Super Budget Components—will be an attempt to remedy that a bit.”

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  • Review: Cyrus Stream-XR Streaming DAC

    “I certainly prefer the weight and presence… musicality, of the Stream-XR”

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  • Can Cables and Ancillary Equipment Improve Digital Sound?

    “I’ve downloaded digital files from Qobuz and HD Tracks that were compressed by as much as 80%!”

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  • How a Vinylphile Found His Groove, Part 2

    “Holy ‘Groove Echo’, Batman!”

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  • Understanding Music Streaming: A Guide for Beginners

    No time to read? Click here to access our easy-to-understand grid covering what you need to know. Welcome to our beginner’s guide to understanding streaming. This guide is designed to help individuals with little to no knowledge of the streaming industry understand which service best caters to their needs, without delving too deeply into technical…

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  • How a Vinylphile Found His Groove, Part 1

    The microscopic world on a vinyl record is full of unusual things.

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  • TAF2023: Audio Note UK, Eversolo, Triangle, Kimber Kable

    Prices listed are in CA$. This compact setup in one of Motet’s several rooms at the show surprised me. I didn’t expect it to sound this good. Fronting it was an Eversolo DMP-A6 Master Edition streamer ($2000) feeding FLAC files into a class-A, single-ended Audio Note M2 preamp ($9000) and a class-A, directly heated triode…

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  • TAF2023: Hegel, Magnepan, Analysis Plus

    Prices listed in CA$. The Hegel room was showing off its Viking CD player ($6000), on static display when I visited, and 308Wpc, dual mono, DAC-equipped H600 integrated amplifier ($15,000). The source was FLAC files streamed from a laptop hard drive, while the speakers were Magnepan’s model 3.7i ($11,875/pair), which looked taller to me, and…

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  • TAF2023: American Sound, Audio Research, Rethm, Qobuz, Transparent Cable, AudioQuest

    I can’t imagine bigger audio news this year than that of Audio Research filing for something akin to a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Fearing that such an iconic company – one I always took for granted as being indestructible – might possibly go under and disappear from the audio landscape was disheartening and unsettling to me.…

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  • TAF2023: PSB Speaker, NAD, AudioQuest

    Prices listed are in CA$. You might assume that my mood darkened when a bass beat began pounding through my hotel room wall from the adjacent room while I was trying to concentrate on my writing, but it was the opposite. My mood was lifted. Swayed by the music’s tribal pulsations and sense of immediacy,…

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