Rafe Arnott  |  May 24, 2019  |  0 comments
Yelling commands out loud to unseeing, but all-hearing computer software/hardware platforms just got easier for Naim Uniti owners after the company implemented AirPlay2 Support and Siri Voice Control on its entry-level line of wireless music systems.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 23, 2019  |  1 comments
With the latest news from McIntosh Labs seeming to be a nod to future-proofing, it turns out this company has been going back to the future since 2017. The newly announced Swiss Army knife of a preamplifier in the C49 ($5,000 USD) is using modular daughterboard tech first seen back in 2017 on the likes of the MA9000 two-channel integrated amplifier (among others).
Herb Reichert  |  May 22, 2019  |  2 comments
The four parts of a four-stroke internal combustion engine’s cycle are: intake, compression, power, and exhaust. The 38th consecutive staging of HIGH END Munich was pretty much like that.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019  |  0 comments
The Lumin Music room was a delight to my eyes as well as my ears. Everything in the room, including the sound, was light and bright – clean and open.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019  |  2 comments
My audiophile wine-snob friends are shunning me. I see my hipster friends rolling their eyes. My long-time readers are scratching their heads. But it is true. I am actually getting into wireless + DSP speakers.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019  |  2 comments
For years I have imagined when I retire I will buy a pair of German-made Voxativ AC-4a, Alnico magnet, wood-coned, full-range (loudspeaker) drivers; mount them on an open steel baffle; and power them with an exotic First Watt amp by Nelson Pass – or a triode amp of my own design. That is my dream system.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 18, 2019  |  0 comments
Naim has been on the home audio scene since the early ’70s when Oxford born and self-taught designer Julian Vereker brought the NAP200 power amplifier to market after his disillusionment with then current pro-audio offerings.
Herb Reichert  |  May 17, 2019  |  1 comments
Right now, in the audiophile marketplace, who is bigger, bolder, more ubiquitous, or more iconic than Harmon Luxury Audio’s Mark Levinson brand?
Herb Reichert  |  May 16, 2019  |  1 comments
The $20,995 Etsuro-Urushi Gold might be the most expensive phono cartridge in the world. I mention this because in the CH Precision room, at High End 2019 I was delighted to experience the Gold in comparison to C-H’s all-out assault on the digital art – who could ask for more fun?
Herb Reichert  |  May 16, 2019  |  3 comments
From the window in my Brooklyn bunker, Vincent Brient’s totaldac company looks like one of the coolest, most independent, audio companies in Europe. (totaldac is located near Mont Saint-Michel, France).