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09 Jul 2024
Wilson Benesch Omnium loudspeakerToday’s Wilson Benesch has full carbon-fiber manufacturing capability in-house, which may be unique in high-end audio. The 17-employee company also has a machine shop where it manufactures virtually all the parts in its loudspeakers, down to the driver-motor housings.But is there a material even better than carbon fiber, and one that is more sustainable? To find out, in 2017 Wilson Benesch joined a consortium of 17 European research laboratories, universities, and industries to explore a sustainable (non-petroleum-based) alternative to carbon fiber created from..
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02 Jul 2024
Aesthetix’s first foray into power amps is an unqualified success. Aesthetically, the Atlas is handsome in a brawny but tasteful way. Its front panel offers a convenient menu-system for input selection and crossover point, the latter feature allowing the amp to easily mate with a subwoofer. Sonically, the amp has great resolution and reflexes, making it a snap to follow interleaved melodic and rhythmic lines. The Atlas creates a cloud of air around each instrument, and a deep convincing sense of space. Indeed, its resolution, timing, and imaging are beyond reproach. Tonally, this amp is on the..
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25 Jun 2024
Sometimes I think expensive components—I'll let you decide what constitutes expensive—should come with a big red sticker on the box that reads "WARNING! This product will probably not meet your expectations!" That's because when you spend a lot of money on something, you expect that something to have no flaws and to sound nigh perfect. Why else would you have paid so much? As you gaze at it, touch it, and listen to it, it constantly reassures you that you made the right decision by picking it over all the other, less pricey candidates. It has to be unambiguously better than any component of it..
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18 Jun 2024
Built For PowerWhen someone of Steve Guttenberg’s stature recommends our Classic 98 as “for $1399 you’re not gonna get an amplifier that does it like this does… this is going to deliver more of a sonic upgrade than any other component you can buy for $1399,” one tends to take that seriously as a design team.So, what did we do? We set about building Classic 99. Yeah, we’re gluttons for punishment.The brief was clear from the start—not always the case at the outset of a new project. Sometimes, it takes a more meandering journey as various options are explored. In this case, we knew the clear a..
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11 Jun 2024
Active or powered loudspeakers seem to be gaining ground in the wireless world that so many music lovers choose. The sort of powered speakers that are making headway tend to be more about keeping costs down and features up, but that is changing; there are now some respectable speaker makers building wireless and sometimes genuinely active speakers for a market with limited space and a fear of cables. ATC have been making active loudspeakers for almost as long as they have been in business, which started in the seventies with drive units and progressed to full loudspeakers of the pro variety in..
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04 Jun 2024
Hegel H190v streaming amp for vinyl loversHaving secured the very first UK review sample of the Hegel’s new H190v (v for vinyl), the immediate observation is that a moving magnet phono stage has been added and so we have an additional pair of RCA connectors alongside a ground tag on the rear panel. Other than that it’s cosmetically identical except that this one is in matte black whereas my reference H190 is white. That’s coming soon for the revised design although I think I prefer the black, it’s more discreet. Sound qualityAll the reports I’ve heard is that it works extremely well with an MM..
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28 May 2024
The ATC SCM11 speakers are recognized for their exceptional sound clarity and balance, making them top-tier speakers for audiophiles.Known for precise and detailed sound reproduction, this model provides extraordinary sound fidelity, ideal for demanding music and home cinema systems. With a robust construction and elegant design, the ATC SCM11 combines aesthetics and functionality, ensuring long-lasting quality and visual appeal. As a high-quality stereo speaker, the SCM11 offers accurate bass, clear mid-tones, and crystal-clear highs, making every listening experience exceptional.ATC SCM 11Ne..
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21 May 2024
LUMIN P1 Mini: Compactness Without Compromise In the world of hi-fi technology, where sound quality often means large and bulky devices, LUMIN introduces a breakthrough - the P1 Mini model. This compact player is designed for music lovers who do not want to sacrifice quality for size. The LUMIN P1 Mini delivers advanced technology in a small casing that easily integrates into any space. Featuring an advanced DAC that supports high-resolution audio files and support for all popular streaming services, the P1 Mini offers an unparalleled audio experience. Smart connectivity through Wi-Fi, Etherne..
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