How do you make a good thing better? When it comes to audio, ELAC answers this age-old question by bringing to us their recently updated Debut line of loudspeakers, now known as the Debut 2.0. What was already a widely praised entry-level series of speakers has now been thoroughly re-engineered and expanded. The goal being better overall sound, and flexibility, in a variety of installations while still providing an excellent value to the consumer.
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The Audio-Technica VM760SLC is the top model in the company’s VM series of moving magnet phono cartridges. Its product brief touts the qualities of “excellent channel seperation, extended frequency response, and nuanced audio reproduction” for prospective buyers.
When ELAC first hired well regarded speaker designer Andrew Jones and product development specialist Chris Walker away from TAD/Pioneer back in 2015, the company made plain the seriousness of their intention to re-establish the brand back in the US market.
Based off the stylish looking STR integrated amplifier, Anthem electronics has added two, full-blown, separate components to augment their STR two-channel audio line.
I first encountered Starke Sound at CES a couple of years ago. I’d never heard of the independent, California-based company before, but that’s part of the fun of going to audio shows; discovering new things!
If you are searching for a way to make the music from your smartphone/DAP sound better, or if you need to drive some less efficient headphones, iFi Audio submits the xDSD portable DAC/Amp for your consideration. It looks to be an impressive little beast that is barely bigger than a deck of cards.
The NAD VISO HP70 headphone is the fraternal twin to the PSB M4U 8. Both have essentially the same internal components and specs, and both are equipped with the latest iteration of Paul Barton’s RoomFeel tuning. That is where the similarities end however, as their external design and aesthetics are about as different as can be.
If wireless noise cancelling headphones happen to be on your purchasing radar, the Bowers & Wilkins PX are definitely worth your time and consideration. They offer rakishly good looks, advanced design and more than a few clever touches to augment their compelling sound quality.
Intended as a step-up from the well-received M4U 2 noise cancelling headphones, PSB’s new M4U 8 shows us how designer Paul Barton takes a good thing….and makes it wireless!
I found myself in the interesting position of having three different high performance wireless Bluetooth headphones in my possession at the same time.
During my preparations for the review of Mark Waldrep’s book, Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound (link), I was able to interview Mark by phone from his home on the California coast. We discussed the new book and touched on various aspects of his career in music and on the state of high-resolution audio in general.
Many of our Secrets readers are, undoubtedly, already familiar with Mark Waldrep. His AIX Records audiophile label has been producing high-resolution music in stereo and multi-channel surround sound for almost twenty years. Mark recently decided to draw upon his 40 years of combined audio engineering, production and teaching experience to put together what amounts to a reference book about high-resolution audio. It neatly covers practically every link in the chain, from studio production to home playback.