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Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Highlights premium
Show Highlights
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Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 5 premium
Day 5 - Second Public Day, 22-05-2022, covering the Hifi Deluxe show at the Marriott Hotel
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Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 4 premium
Day 4 - First Public Day, 21-05-2022
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Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 3 premium
Day 3 - Second Business Day, 20-05-2022
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Munich High End 2022 Show Report – Day 1 and 2 premium
This edition of the HFA Munich High End Show Report will be different than in the past years. As HFA cannot attend in person, this edition will feature photos, comments, and other content supplied by friends in the industry. The article will continually be updated as new coverage is received.
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11 May 2022
Mad Scientist Black Magic Speaker Cables premium
Having reviewed a fair amount of Mad Scientist Audio products, I thought that I had a pretty good handle on the performance of their cables and accessories relative to other products, as well as on the brand's house sound in general. Well, let me just say that going into this latest review, my preconceptions were about to be turned upside down.
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10 May 2022
CH Precision Introduces the C1.2 DAC/Controller – Industry Update premium
Introducing the CH Precision C1.2 DAC/Controller. Same pretty face – all-new heart!
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Ansuz Mainz8 D2 and Mainz8 D-TC Power Distributors premium
Here is an in-depth review of the Ansuz Mainz8 D2 and Mainz8 D-TC Power Distributors, enhanced with an assortment of Ansuz Mainz D2 power cables and Darkz T2 and T2 Supreme Resonance Control Footers.
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3 May 2022
Diptyque Reference – Industry Update premium
We made our dreams come true - Introducing the new Diptyque Reference, using proprietary "crossed push-pull" technology.
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Final Touch Audio Metis Ethernet Cable premium
From the very first notes, I knew I had something special on my hands. This cable's superiority is so evident that the review has practically written itself!
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30 April 2022
atm-audio Migjorn Phono Stage premium
The atm audio Migjorn phono preamp has been designed to enjoy at a reference level. Its single purpose is to deliver the music as conceived by its artists and producers. This is what can be read on the atm audio website and I can totally get behind that aspiration!
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24 April 2022
Final Touch Audio Sinope USB cable premium
After all the USB cables that I reviewed, at some point, I truly felt that I had heard it all and there were no more surprises for me in store. Against this backdrop, it's an absolute joy to come across a new product that is so evidently superior to everything that came before it.
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20 April 2022
Antipodes Oladra – Industry Update premium
The new Antipodes Oladra music server will debut at the Munich High-End Show in May 2022 and will begin to ship in August 2022. The Oladra integrates Server, Player, and Reclocker functions in a single and beautifully elegant chassis.
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Western Electric 91E premium
The 91E is a Class A, single-ended (SE), integrated amplifier that was inspired by its predecessor, the 91A. Compared to the original, the 91E offers double the power, made possible by a completely new approach to SE amplifier design.
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11 April 2022
Rhapsody Show – CH Precision 10 Series with Marten Mingus Orchestra premium
For 700.000 Euros you could get a house, a very nice apartment, a super cool car, or a non-plus-ultra high-end audio system!
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NuPrime Evolution STA stereo power amplifier premium
With the Evolution STA, NuPrime has delivered an amplifier that manages to strike a beautiful balance between the strong qualities of the ST-10 and the AMG-STA, while raising the overall performance even further. 
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16 March 2022
New Audiogroupdenmark website for Ansuz, Aavik and Børresen – Industry Update premium
Announcement of the new combined website for Ansuz, Aavik and Børresen: www.audiogroupdenmark.com
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Denafrips Ares II, Pontus II, Venus II, and Terminator Plus premium
Ever wonder what spending extra on the next level DAC from the same company gets you? Let's find out by directly comparing all the DACs that Denafrips currently has on offer.
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2 March 2022
New LinQ Core firmware release available – Industry Update premium
Aqua - Acoustic Quality is pleased to announce that a new LinQ Core firmware release is available (v. 1.4). This release is updated to the latest changes introduced by Roon version 1.8 build 904 with respect to HQPlayer and indicated to be operational on Monday, February 28.
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22 February 2022
Care Orchestra Spiritual Blue Evo and Celestial Deep Breath Evo premium
Reviewed here are two very different models, one monitor/stand-mount model, and one floor-standing model. The speakers have some similarities and some differences but both models impress with a sound that is full-bodied and tonally saturated yet also well-paced and engaging.
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13 February 2022
Ansuz Sparkz and Sortz premium
Whether or not one is into tweaks or enhancers such as Ansuz Sortz and Sparkz, my tests have shown that there is simply no debate whether or not they work. Even the addition of a single Sparkz or Sortz in an otherwise standard setup already makes a large difference.
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4 February 2022
Main System January 2022 premium
This is a quick summary of the Main System as it was in January 2022.
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4 February 2022
Aqua La Diva M2 – Part 2 premium
After my review of the La Diva M2, Marco of Hexagon Audio was so kind to leave both La Diva models with me for some time. This has allowed me to carry out some more comparisons.
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2 February 2022
HFA Audio Setup History 32 – More speakers – Late 2018-2020 premium
For some time after Ben's efforts as part of his Acoustic Matters services, I was happy with the Wilson system. But soon, annoyances crept up again. This was because as part of the main issue was addressed, other issues were now made more abundantly clear.
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31 January 2022
Welcome To Playground premium
In addition to showcasing the finest audio equipment in an inspiring setting, Welcome to Playground buys and sells used, demo, and new high-end audio equipment. Upon request, Ray will also go and hunt down and assemble the ideal high-end audio system within a given budget.
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30 January 2022
Concert Fidelity DAC-040 – Mini Review premium
After a listening session at Callas Audio, Ron Ploeger directed my attention to a neat-looking DAC by Concert Fidelity. With two rear-lit 12AU7 tubes sticking out vertically from its rear panel, the DAC-040 has an aesthetically clean and simple appearance, yet is also technically interesting. In this mini-review, I will describe how it sounds in my own system.
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24 January 2022
Diptyque DP 107 premium
The Diptyque company is born from the meeting between two men passionate about acoustics: Gilles Douziech and Eric Poix. Among others what makes these speakers unique is their proprietary PPBM Push-Pull Bipolar Magnet technique that uses large section bipolar magnets located both at the front and the rear of the Mylar membrane. This makes it possible for the membrane's coil to remain in a constant magnetic field while it moves, allowing a much higher level of control than with a single-ended construction.
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16 January 2022
Qln Prestige Three premium
The Qln Prestige Three is a 2-way floor standing speaker, based on the classic Qln Signature 3 design. Several parts have been sourced from the earlier design, such as the time alignment leaning baffle, and the minimized baffle area around the dive units. The crossover has been redesigned and major parts have been improved.
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12 January 2022
Aries Cerat preamplifiers compared – Incito S and Impera Reference premium
The Impera Reference is easily the most powerful-sounding preamp that I have heard. Its bass rivals that of many solid-state preamplifiers in terms of solidity, precision, and drive while its overall impact, expression, and dynamic slam are either on par with or actually outperform other preamplifiers.
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8 January 2022
System Synergy Q&A premium
This section is created specifically to allow comments that do not pertain to any single component that I reviewed, or that otherwise don’t fit in a particular category, such as questions relating to overall system synergy. Feel free to ask me anything and, time permitting, I will respond below. Related Posts JVC XD-Z505 DAT Recorder […]
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31 December 2021
Signal Projects Lynx and Apollon premium
These Signal Projects cables provide a superbly liquid, lush, deeply saturated, highly refined, and smooth sound but, especially in the case of the Apollon, with great transparency and resolution. This is seduction at its best.
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25 December 2021
Wadia CD Mechanisms premium
Here's an overview of all the CD mechanisms used inside the now-classic Wadia CD players and CD transports.
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15 December 2021
Qobuz Duo – Industry Update premium
This is an Industry Update, listing the latest Qobuz news. Two people living under the same roof can each have an account under the same subscription.
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1 December 2021
Aqua La Diva M2 premium
Ever since I was aware that a new model was coming, I had been awaiting its arrival with immense anticipation. Fortunately, the M2 delivers on its promise. It is not only a successor with a different CD mechanism but indeed a wholly different player.
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Bowers & Wilkins 801 D4 premium
After the D4 range was released, the new model was said to be not only the best incarnation of the series but actually the best that Bowers & Wilkins has issued. Of course, this is more often said with the introduction of a new reference series. In order to find out, I went to hear the speakers in the SoundUnited demo room.
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23 November 2021
Qobuz – Industry Update premium
This is an Industry Update, listing the latest Qobuz news, the most important of which probably is the new lower price point!
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Antipodes K50 Music Server – Update Nov 2021 premium
Recently, Antipodes updated the firmware to from V3.0 to V3.1 to support the upcoming changes in how Roon runs on home servers and they took this opportunity to also further streamline and enhance their User Interface. Interestingly, I also noticed significant sonic benefits with the K50!
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23 November 2021
Aqua La Diva M2 CD Transport – Industry Update premium
The new generation of La Diva, La Diva M2, is a machine that, while keeping the previous name, is completely new, both in terms of CD mechanics and all internal electronics, power supply, FPGA decoding, clock, display, and more.
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20 November 2021
Rhapsody Show – CH Precision D1.5, L10 and M10, Dohmann, and Estelon Forza premium
Friday, November 19th and Saturday 20th, Rhapsody held a show using a host of ultra-high-end equipment, showcasing the Estelon Forza loudspeakers and the CH Precision L10 Dual Monaural Twin-Chassis Line Preamplifier and M10 Twin-Chassis Power Amplifier. Also present was the brand-new CH Precision D1.5 SACD transport.
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Reference Sounds – Wilson Alexx V with Audio Research premium
Last month, I published my first experiences with the Wilson Audio Alexx V loudspeakers paired with Dan D'Agostino Momentum pre-and power amplifiers at Ducth Distributor Reference Sounds. At the end of that initial experience, I was informed that a second event was planned, showcasing the Audio Research Ref 6 SE preamplifier and Ref 160 mono power amplifiers. This is my report of this second event.
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Degritter premium
The Degritter not only cleans records very deeply, but it also makes them sound leaps and bounds better. It is a must-have for everyone who values their vinyl collection.
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15 November 2021
Main System November 2021 premium
this is a quick summary of the Main System as it was in July 2021.
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10 November 2021
Lejonklou Källa Network Player premium
When Lejonklou launches a network player, you better believe that it will be anything but ordinary.
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COS D10 DAC, preamp, and network player premium
The D10 is a highly versatile control point, built in a modular fashion. As standard, it contains a preamp and DAC. Optionally, one can add a streaming input and a phono preamp. With every input that it offers, the D10 has surprised me with consistently fantastic performance.
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4 November 2021
CH Precision Releases D1.5 SACD/CD Player/Transport – Industry Update premium
With an almost identical form-factor and operational interface (as its predecessor), the D1.5 continues the established CH aesthetic, fitting in perfectly with existing and future systems. However, internally it is a completely different machine, based around our own, all-new, proprietary transport mechanism.
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22 October 2021
Secondary System October 2021 premium
This is a quick summary of the Secondary System as it was in October 2021.
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22 October 2021
Grandinote Volta Network Player premium
Contrary to many similar devices that offer every conceivable input, output, and protocol, the Italian Volta does not try to be the equivalent of a Swiss army knife. Rather, it focuses on a single task that it aims to perfect.
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Reference Sounds – Wilson Alexx V with Dan D’Agostino premium
When I received an email from Michael Huigen of Dutch Distributor Reference Sounds with the subject "Invitation for the Wilson Audio Alexx V Listening Session", it only took one look at the first image to decide right away to come and listen to these magnificent beasts. In this review, I will explain all the design changes and will of course share my listening impressions.
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Dutch Audio Event 2021 – Industry Update premium
It is time to get ready for a new edition of the XFi audio show, after joining forces with HiFi.nl, now rebranded as Dutch Audio Event. The show will take place on October 30 and 31 21021 at the Koningshof in Veldhoven.
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30 September 2021
Grandinote Shinai Class-A integrated amplifier premium
It's the seemingly unachievable: a very neutral and linear, and robust amplifier that is fast, expressive and dynamic, but equally lush, liquid, and seductive. Seems unbelievable? Better believe it!
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30 September 2021
ZYX R50 Bloom3 premium
Even though I have found time and again that the marriage between a turntable, the arm, and the cartridge can make or break a performance, the Bloom3 worked just as magnificently with the AVID Sequel and Audio Origami PU-7 arm as with the Thorens TD1601 and its stock TP-92 arm.
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Aries Cerat Heléne DAC and Incito S preamp premium
When you frequently review products, and especially when the target is usually the high-end segment, true surprises are few and far between. So, it's a treat when a product comes along that truly brings something new to the table.
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27 August 2021
Jena Labs Valkyrie and Aurora XLR – Mini Review premium
The antithesis of a "filtered" sound, the Jena Labs Valkyrie and Aurora are remarkably neutral and direct-sounding cables.
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27 August 2021
Stealth Indra XLR and Cinch – Mini Review premium
Truly excellent, superbly natural, neutral, and transparent, non-sounding cables that would be my all-time favorites if it wasn't for a certain other, more affordable cable.
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Denafrips Terminator Plus premium
This DAC not only sets the standard at its retail price, but it even presents a challenge for the top-performers in the business.
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6 August 2021
AudioQuest Fire premium
Positioned 3 models above the Water in the Elements series, the Fire is not only better, it is incomparably better. The Fire is the best cable I have heard thus far!
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Driade Flow Link Reference 808 XLR and RCA premium
The Flow Link Reference 808 provides a wholly unforced, pure, and natural rendition of anything that you play. The cables have the fluidity, smoothness, and organic presentation that I have come to know from the Flow 405 speaker cables but with a new level of articulation, precision, and transparency, that fully justifies their "Reference" moniker.
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R.T.F.S. Stripe premium
The Stripe is made from the same material as the Carreau but the added benefit of the Stripe segments is that they provide precise control over the exact balance between reflection and absorption while also enabling precise tuning of the bass behavior.
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Main System July 2021 premium
This is a quick summary of the Main System as it was in July 2021.
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Secondary System July 2021 premium
This is a quick summary of the Secondary System as it was in July 2021.
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HFA Audio Setup History 31 – Secondary Setup 2018-2021 premium
Since I was content with the sound in the Main Setup, it was time to accommodate the video section to the new situation. As it would turn out, beamer issues would lead to the start of a new Secondary Audio Setup / Cinema Room.
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27 June 2021
Melody WE-2688 Signature preamp with 211 MAX mono amplifiers premium
Deviating from my normal routine, this review is carried out on location at A Tube High Fidelity where I will assess the Melody components using the famous Klipsch Klipschorn AK6 speakers.
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Pylon Audio Jasper 25 premium
With their curved enclosures and available in any RAL color, the Jasper 25 looks refreshingly different. Sonically, as well, it is far from anonymous.
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15 June 2021
AVID Pellar, Pulsus, Pellere, and Pulsare II Phono Stages premium
AVID is widely known for producing superb turntables. What's probably less well-known is that they also produce a range of phono stages. The technology and engineering involved in the turntable motor power supplies are right at the basis of their phono stages.
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8 June 2021
Mad Scientist Black Magic Ethernet Cable premium
Theoretically, since we're talking about data packets sent unrelated to a time domain, a network cable cannot affect the sound of network transfer. It either works, or it doesn't. But apparently there is more to this. The Black Magic UTP cable certainly makes this abundantly clear.
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3 June 2021
Thorens TD1601 vs AVID Diva II SP – Mini Review premium
A quick comparison between two very different turntables, done in the Ayon/Xavian system.
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