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 TAS Staff | Dec 07th, 2018 The following is a press release issued by Magico. HAYWARD, CA (USA) | December 7, 2018 – Magico, the Leader in High-Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce the M2 which expands the M-Series product lineup and features many ground-breaking engineering designs distilled from the M6 and M3. Our materials science research in the properties and applications of carbon allows the M2 to feature a new monocoque enclosure. Similar

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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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by John H. Darko | 23 Mar 2018 Last November we reviewed and DAR-KO awarded the ProAc Tablette 10 (£995) – an LS3/5a-nodding two-way loudspeaker that comprises a sealed box – wider than it is deep – capable of low bass but with a particular talent for extracting the human voice from the densest of indie rock/pop mixes. As that review wrapped there came via ProAc’s German handler whispers of an improved model’s imminent arrival. And sure

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27. August 2018 | HifiPig Quad has replaced the original Artera Play source component with a new version called the Artera Play+. Like its predecessor, which launched in 2015, the Play+ is a CD player, DAC and preamplifier combined in a single compact chassis. But while its form is familiar, the ‘plus’ suffix denotes a range of improvements that broadens functionality. The first addition is the inclusion of aptX Bluetooth, enabling users to pair smartphones,

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by TAS Staff | Nov 23rd, 2018 ATC SCM19-AT $9999 The active, two-way, tower version of ATM’s compact, passive SCM19, the 19-AT equals or betters the stand-mounted version across virtually all sonic criteria. It has superior bass extension, although its greatly improved low-end control and pitch definition are what truly engage the listener. Images just lock in. Its comforting warmth in the lower mids and upper bass further adds to the impression of musical scale and

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Jon Iverson  |  Jan 13, 2018 The sign up above said GoldenEar Technology, but when I walked in it looked like any normal hotel room. No big banners, black cloth draped along the walls or spotlights. And then at the far end I spotted company president Sandy Gross sitting on the couch and a single bookshelf speaker sitting on a stand. That was it. But as soon as I introduced myself, Sandy jumped up and starting talking

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by Jonathan Valin | Dec 02nd, 2017 I’m going to start this blog by repeating some of what I wrote about Magico’s limited-edition, tenth-anniversary M Project loudspeaker, since Magico’s new M Series flagship, the M6, wouldn’t exist without it. After this, I will delve into how the M6 differs from its superb predecessor (and it differs quite significantly) and how those differences affect its presentation. I might as well say at the start that the M6 is,

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John Atkinson  |  Jan 16, 2018 I was working on our video coverage of the 2018 CES with our resident videographer Jana Dagdagan, and as video is such a time sink, I wasn't able to visit as many rooms as I usually do. But one room I managed to visit and that stood out when it came to sound quality was Constellation's. Jon Iverson already blogged about this room, which featured the Revelation Series Pictor preamplifier and Taurus

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by Neil Gader | Jan 22nd, 2018 Terror on the 29th Floor It’s over. Or, is it? First impressions at CES 2018 told me that for all intents and purposes the high end will not be returning to Las Vegas in the foreseeable future. However, my thoroughly unscientific polling of exhibitors revealed a roughly fifty-fifty split in favor of giving it one more go. What gives? It all depends on perceptions. For example, since exhibitors were mostly concentrated

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