McIntosh Announcement | 30 Sep 2019     Bring home theater dreams to life with the sound quality and power only McIntosh can deliver. McIntosh is proud to announce the new MC257 7-Channel Power Amplifier. Bring home theater dreams to life with the new McIntosh MC257 7-Channel Power Amplifier. Experience the latest blockbusters and favorite movies at home like never before with the sound quality and power only McIntosh can deliver.   The MC257 is highlighted

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The Occasional Magazine | Summer 2019   They’re big. That’s the first impression one gets sitting in front of the GoldenEar Triton Reference loudspeakers. Physicality, writ large. Turning them on (and up) only reinforces that impression. The disconnect comes immediately: “Wait, how much did you say these things cost?!?” Modern marketing tells us, repeatedly and relentlessly, that “the more expensive a thing is, the better that thing is”. At this point, consumers have completely accepted

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Quad Artera Solus | Year Book 2018 Review Quad Artera Solus – So far, Quad's Artera family has comprised the play+ combined CD transport, DAC and preamp and the Stereo power amp. Now all of these elements (plus streaming) are fitted into a chassis having the same proportions as the other components in the Artera range. Products promoted as fine examples of industrial design can often appear as stark and cold and the Solus certainly first with

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Written by SoundStage! Hi-Fi Editors | Jun 1, 2019 In Doug Schneider’s May 2019 review of the GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R loudspeaker ($5,999.98/pair), he repeatedly referred to its bigger, more expensive sibling, the Triton Reference ($8,499.98/pair at time of review, now $8,999.98/pair), which he’d reviewed in November 2017. GoldenEar’s flagship Reference model is the source of most of their latest technology that has trickled down into the One.R. The Reference is very tall (58” with base),

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Dual Newsletter | 25 Jan 2019 Luxurious Automatic Built-In Phono Preamplifier Turntable   The new CS 460 EV has the identical built and benefits from the same technical DATA as CS 460 but with addition of a high quality, Specifically Designed and Unique MM Phono Pre-Amplifier. It is important to know that the CS 460 EV Phono Pre-Amplifier differs greatly in terms of sound quality and built from the available mass produced Phono Preamplifiers which

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By Dennis Burger | January 7, 2019 I'm starting to think that GoldenEar Technology may be playing a bit of a long prank on tech journalists. I say that in all jest, of course, but look--the reality is this: the company keeps dropping incredibly high-performance, high-value speakers on the market. Speakers that we in the specialty AV press absolutely slobber over. Speakers on which we hang any and every superlative known to man. And then a few years

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by Chris Martens| Jun 25, 2018 The White Bear Lake, Minnesota-based loudspeaker manufacturer Magnepan never takes the launch of a new flagship model lightly and this is especially true in the case of the recently released four-panel 30.7 dipolar loudspeaker system ($30,000/pair in the US). For readers who have never seen Magnepan loudspeakers in the flesh, it helps to know that they are tall, wide, thin, and completely ‘boxless’ dipolar, panel-type speakers that look much like tasteful

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Jon Iverson  |  Jan 15, 2018 HiFiMan had two new products on display this year: one for the budget-minded, and one not. First, for the entry level, is the new Sundara planar headphone which will retail for $499. Josselin Marvie from HiFiMan explains that "We spent some time designing this headphone to be more reliable and comfortable, so we have a new headband design which is more lightweight as well. We also have new cups, and everything

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 13, 2018 The three best lower-cost systems that I heard at CES were this one ($7,105 total) and others from Chord/Spendor and Music Hall; thanks in no small part to Totem's founder, Vince Bruzzese, whose extensive traveling has brought him in touch with a treasure chest's worth of eclectic titles that he searched out on Tidal and then purchased in physical form, this one was hands down the most musically enjoyable. When

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 14, 2018 In the room sponsored by distributor Musical Surroundings, I spied Clearaudio's new Concept Active turntable ($2,600 to $4,400, depending upon choice of three plinths, three tonearms, and three cartridges). The version I saw was $3,200 in black and silver with Concept tonearm and Concept MC cartridge. This all-in-one, ready-to-play system incorporates a high quality internal phono stage and headphone amp. I took a brief listen through Audeze LCD-3 headphones equipped

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