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GoldenEar Triton One’s Get Rave Review in The Absolute Sound

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AUG

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SEPT

“The GoldenEar Triton One is an exception. It provides both extraordinary Sound quality and value for money.”

 

“The Triton’s bass quickly proved to be exceptionally deep and detailed, and to have excellent dynamic range.”

 

“The Triton Ones are one of the best buys in speakers I’ve had the chance to hear at anything like their price. They have all—or more—of the features and technology that anyone looking for specsmanship could want, but their real merit is that they provide sustained musical pleasure with exceptional realism. Highly recommended, and if $5000 is too much, be aware that the Triton Twos have many of the same design features and share the same tweeter.”

Simaudio Moon 610LP gets strong review from TONE Audio

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SEPT

The $7,500 MOON 610LP, though not inexpensive, opens another door. The 610LP has similar, yet slightly softer voicing than the 810LP. A socket on the rear panel of the 610LP marked “power supply,” allows you the option to take advantage of Simaudio’s 820S external power supply. For all but the most obsessed, this will be the last phonostage you need to buy. Very enthusiastically recommended. Simaudio’s MOON Evolution 610LP phonostage is a fantastic addition to an analog system, offering an incredibly high price to performance ratio for the analog enthusiast that wants a cost no object phonostage in a single turntable system without refinancing their home.

Introducing the McIntosh MHP1000 Headphones

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OCT

McIntosh is proud to announce their first headphones, the McIntosh MHP1000 (MSRP: $2,000).

 

The MHP1000 headphones have the same superior sound characteristics as McIntosh speakers and will envelope you in your music. The smooth, full bodied, non-fatiguing response is easy to listen to and allows you to hear new facets of your favorite songs. Outside noise and distractions are isolated by the closed headphone design, fostering a fully immersive personal listening experience. The ear pads and headband are a premium, natural, soft leather for luxurious comfort. A lightweight design combined with minimal pressure used to secure them on your head permit long, relaxing listening sessions.

 

The McIntosh designed headphone driver is engineered to work with any current or legacy McIntosh headphone amplifier. Two detachable cables are included: a 1-meter cable with a 3.5mm stereo connector and a 3-meter cable with a 6.3mm stereo connector. Both cables feature gold plated McIntosh custom designed connectors and shielded wiring for maximum sound quality.

Synergistic Research - Atmosphere

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SEPT

Atmosphere is a room treatment system that transforms your listening room from smoky jazz club to a live studio session to a holographic outdoor performance, at the touch of your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Atmosphere sets you free! Atmosphere room treatment system transcends the boundaries of your current listening space, allowing you to shape your sound stage while controlling low and high frequencies, in real time.

Synergistic Research - HOT

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OCT

Headphone Optimized Transducers or HOT for short, is a new UEF based headphone filter that dramatically improves headphone / amplifier performance. When used with your favorite cans, you hear music that gets out of your head with smoother highs and improved base.  If you've been looking for more holographic and organic sound with smoother highs and increased resolution from your headphone rig, your search is coming to an end!  

Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards features GoldenEar Triton 1’s

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DEC

Triton Ones routinely do things loudspeakers priced at 2, 3, even 4x higher might find difficult to match. The Triton One is merely a scaled-up Triton Two with a larger footprint and more of the same drivers: three 5-by-9-inch Long-Throw Quadratic Subwoofer Bass Drivers instead of two, and four 7-by-10-inch Quadratic Planar Infrasonic Radiators instead of two. The amplifier that powers the Triton One's built-in subs has also been redesigned with numerous separate power supplies rather than the single larger supply of past designs, an element borrowed from truly high-end standalone amps. “Arguably one of the best loudspeakers under $5,000” –HomeTheaterReview.

Devialet Silver Phantom

MSRP: $2390

 

Phantom on its own will replace your stereo systems, speakers, docking stations and home-cinema. It exceeds them at least 1.000 times in terms of sound quality, thanks to several extraordinary engineering inventions, among which the ADH Intelligence and the Heart Bass Implosion.

 

3000 Watts, ZERO Distortion, and ZERO background noise. Devialet’s Hi-Tech “Phantom” Implosion Stereo Sounds Better Than Speakers 20X Its Size.

 

Read more here…

Berkley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference Series

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JAN

“Berkeley's Alpha DAC Reference redefines what we can expect from digital playback. The Reference is simply stunning in its ability to render instruments as real-sounding objects in three-dimensional space." The presence and sonic reality of the Reference Series is the result of digital to analog conversion at a new level of accuracy made possible by tremendous electrical and mechanical noise isolation coupled with extreme time domain stability. The Alpha DAC Reference Series is provided by a state of the art software application for the best possible audio fidelity.

 

"The build-quality is many steps up from the original Alpha DAC, including a chassis milled from a solid aluminum block. The Alpha DAC Reference is an unqualified triumph! " - Robert Harley

 

 

MSRP: $16,000.00

NEW Magico S7 Loudspeaker Announced

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APRIL

 

Introducing the Magico S7 Loudspeaker! The S7 is a full range, 3-way design, floor standing loudspeaker that incorporates a new tweeter, midrange and bass driver design. The S7 houses three new 10-inch bass drivers, which are capable of producing deep powerful bass frequencies with speed and accuracy. The 6-inch midrange driver in the S7 brings a new benchmark of measured performance to Magico. The S7 incorporates a new (1-inch) tweeter that features a diamond-coated beryllium diaphragm with optimized geometry, created using state-of-the-art Finite Element analysis modeling tools.

 

 

 

MSRP: $58,000/pr

GoldenEar's Triton Series has a New Member – The Triton Five

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MAR

The Triton Five, a worthy step-up from the best selling, double Product-of-the-Year winning Triton Seven, made its debut at CES 2015. The new Triton Five tower speaker joins the Triton Seven as a passive member of the Triton lineup, lacking the built-in powered subwoofers of the Triton One, Two, and Three. A larger version of the Seven, the Triton Five combines one HVFR tweeter with dual six-inch cast-basket mid/bass drivers and four eight-inch planar sub-bass radiators, and it has a rated frequency response of 26 Hz to 35 kHz.

 

The new Triton Five is a larger version of the Seven, with greater dynamic range and even deeper bass extension. In addition, several important refinements carried over from the Triton One development program result in even better imaging as well as a more sophisticated overall sonic presentation. Like the Seven, it achieves superbly deep, very impactful bass performance by combining advanced technology drivers with our highly evolved and sophisticated bass-loading technologies. And, as with all of our Triton Towers, the Triton Five is also ideal for use in two-channel systems of the highest quality, as well as complete multi-channel surround music and home theater systems.

 

MSRP: $1999/pr

Synergistic Research Grounding Block

The SR Grounding Block was originally engineered to improve ground performance on the new Atmosphere Series interconnects and speaker cables, as well as all SR products with external ground plane connections like Tranquility Base isolation platforms and FEQ and Atmosphere wave generators. SR later discovered nearly any component with an active circuit and or ground connection is dramatically improved when connected to the SR Grounding Block.  Now with optional connectivity cables, the SR Grounding Block improves the performance of turntables, DAC’s, Pre-Amps, Power Amps, USB devices or any component with an active circuit or ground connection.

 

MSRP: $595/ea

VAC Statement Line Preamp -- VAC Statement Phono Preamp -- VAC Statement 450 iQ Monoblock Amplifiers

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MAY

"This beautifully engineered and exquisitely manufactured trio sits right at the top of the tube electronics pyramid. And yet the odd thing is that, in certain key ways, it doesn’t sound all that traditionally “tubey.” Yes, of course, it has what you would expect from tubes in the way of beautiful tone color from top to bottom. But it also has what you wouldn’t expect (or wouldn’t expect to this extent): speed, grip, and definition, particularly in the bottom octaves." - Jonathan Valin    

 

MSRP: VAC Statement iQ Monoblock $116,000

MSRP: VAC Statement Line Preamp $66,000

MSRP: VAC Statement Phono Preamp $70,000

 

 

 

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JUNE

Robert Harley gives strong review of Scott Walker Audio's room @

T.H.E. Show Newport 2015

"Retailer Scott Walker Audio and Synergistic Research teamed up to show the Magico S5 in a room that felt as though it were the size of an aircraft hanger. Despite the hostile acoustic environment, I can say that I’ve never heard S5s sound so spectacular. Synergistic demonstrated the effects of their room-treatment products, and although some are head-scratchers, they made an obvious audible improvement." - Robert Harley

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JUNE

McIntosh MX160 Home Theater Processor AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

The MX160 audio/video processor brings McIntosh-quality 4K to your home theater for the first time ever. The newest MX-series processor supports the latest in digital audio and video technologies available and yet to come. This new audio/video processor supports:       4K Ultra High Definition native video and upscaling, Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D, DTS:X (new from DTS, still unreleased), RoomPerfect room correction technology, 11.1-channel surround sound in a 7.1.4 configuration, Up to 32-bit/384kHz audio signals.

 

You can watch movies and TV in 4,096-by-2,160 pixel resolution with the MX160.

 

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AUG

MAGICO Q7 MKII wins Golden Ear Award 2015

"Magico has taken the Q7, a speaker I’ve long considered to be the state of the art and, surprisingly, made it significantly better. The Q7 Mk II benefits from an entirely new tweeter, designed from the ground up, a fresh midrange diaphragm made from graphene (a new carbon-fiber-like material), and a redesigned crossover with exotic capacitors. The Mk II obviates the classic dilemma of resolution vs. ease by combining the highest resolution midrange and treble I’ve heard in a loudspeaker with tremendous delicacy and a complete lack of hardness and glare. The sonic impact is so profound that the Mk II sounds as though it has a different tonal balance, but the two speakers have identical responses. Although the woofer section remains unchanged, the Mk II’s bass is considerably improved, perhaps by virtue of the midrange’s higher-resolution reproduction of the overtones of bass instruments. I’ll have a lot more to say about the Q7 Mk II in my upcoming review, but for now I’ll enthusiastically give this stunningly great transducer a Golden Ear Award."

 

-Robert Harley

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AUG

Highly upgraded drivers, cabinets and performance. The new REL Ti models come fresh with new asthetic appeal and optional arrow zero compression wireless capabilities. With the Ti model, REL has set a new standard for performance in this price category. AVAILABLE FOR ORDER AUGUST

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SEPT

New Product Announcement - McIntosh C1100 Preamplifier

REL updates T Series to Ti Series

The C1100 preamplifier brings a new level of performance and luxury to McIntosh’s heralded preamplifier offerings – evidenced by its high level inputs having the lowest noise of any McIntosh preamplifier ever produced. It utilizes a two-chassis design where the control and power sections are completely separate from the audio section. Absolute isolation of a preamplifier’s two main functions – control and sound – is achieved by this unusual but effective design and will provide you with the purest sound reproduction possible for generations of listening enjoyment.

 

The C1100 is comprised of the C1100 controller and the C1100 vacuum tube preamplifier. Inside each, the left and right channels are electrically and mechanically isolated from each other to allow true dual mono operation - resulting in the ultimate stereo separation and sonic purity. The two units are connected together via a pair of specially designed, high performance umbilical cables that are shielded to prevent outside noise from leaking into the audio signal. While they are two separate units, when connected they act as one and are easy to control and operate from the included remote control or the C1100 controller front panel. Both units’ chassis are comprised of polished stainless steel and hairline brushed black Titanium stainless steel, offering a new degree of richness and refinement.  

 

MSRP: $6,500 (ea. chassis)

 

 

 

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SEPT

McIntosh adds new product - C52 Preamplifier - MSRP $7,000

The C52 is the most advanced, single chassis solid state preamplifier we’ve ever made. This feature packed stereo preamp lets you connect virtually any of your analog components and digital music sources – including those that play the latest high resolution formats such as DSD files – to one easy-to-use device to enjoy them all.

 

For connecting analog devices, it includes 3 balanced and 4 unbalanced fully assignable inputs plus 1 each of Moving Coil and Moving Magnet phono inputs. On the digital side, it has 3 optical, 2 coaxial and 1 USB input. The optical and coax inputs will decode digital music at up to 24-bit/192kHz for high resolution audio playback. The C52 is also capable of decoding and playing back DSD files for the latest in high fidelity performance; the USB input accepts PCM signals up to 32-bit/384kHz and supports DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 plus DXD 352.8kHz and DXD 384kHz. An MCT input offers a secure, custom DSD connection for playback of the high definition audio found on SACDs when paired with the MCT450 SACD/CD Transport to deliver the purist possible sound quality from your CD library. The C52 features a 24-bit/192kHz, DSD digital-to-analog-converter (DAC).

 

New to the C52 is that all inputs are available all of the time – even if you assign certain inputs to certain devices, giving you more freedom to configure your system the way you want. The outputs have also been updated to be easier to operate when bi-amping or tri-amping so that your highs and/or lows are not inadvertently turned off. An 8 band analog equalizer allows you to fine tune your various music sources just the way you like. For headphone listening, an added dimension can be brought to your music with the addition of Headphone Crossfeed Director (HXD®). The Home Theater Pass Through feature allows for seamless integration into your multi-channel home theater system.

 

The C52’s classic black glass front panel, blue meters, knobs, illuminated logo and brushed aluminum end caps are all housed in an attractive polished stainless steel chassis that delivers a timeless look. It can be paired with a variety of amplifiers, speakers, room correction devices, CD players, turntables, tuners and other source components to make a complete home audio system.

 

MSRP: $7,000

 

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OCT

Yarlung Records to use SWA facilities to examine recording & microphone test tracks in MAGICO reference listening room...

Yarlung Records will be recording at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in early November, 2015. Yarlung will take their microphone test tracks to Scott Walker Audio (Orange County, CA) for a final check of levels and balance.  Coincidentally, the Magico speakers used at Scott Walker Audio are featured in a current newsletter from The Absolute Sound. Yarlung was delighted to see a glowing review of their first 45 RPM vinyl release Ciaramella Dances in the same newsletter.

 

This November recording, J Schlichting executive producer, celebrates the music of James Matheson,  who will be with us during the sessions.  Color Field Quartet from the Chicago Symphony plays Jim’s string quartet, and soprano Laura Strickling and pianist Tom Sauer join us from New York for Jim’s song cycle Times Alone.  These two works will accompany Jim’s violin concerto, with Baird Dodge as soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor.

 

We return to Samueli Hall at The Segerstrom Center for the Arts with executive producer Ann Mulally, to create the debut album for The Sibelius Piano Trio in March, 2016.  Repertoire includes works by Wennäkoski, Saariaho, Dorman and Sibelius, as well as a new Yarlung commission from Argentine composer Diego Schissi.

 

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OCT

CNET Review -- Bowers & Wilkins 805 D3 ... Exquisite diamond tweeter speakers worth their weight in gold

The best loudspeaker isn't the one that produces the most, it's the one that loses the least." Those words ring true when listening to the company's flagship 805 D3 monitors; they let the music speak for itself. At $6,000 per pair the all-new 805 D3 is the most "affordable" stereo model in Bowers & Wilkins' 800 Series lineup.The 800 D3 Series speakers are the culmination of seven years of development at the company's research center in Steyning. The 805 D3 is a large, two-way monitor speaker. Though it doesn't look radically different from the second generation 805 Diamond Series speakers, Bowers & Wilkins informs hundreds of design changes have been made from the model that was introduced in 2010. Build quality standards are commensurate with the 805 D3's high asking price. Bowers & Wilkins also offers handsome floor stands for use with the 805 D3, which will cost $1,000 per pair.

 

 

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MAR

NEW -- MAGICO S3 MkII speakers have arrived!

The S3 Mk II features all of the advanced design elements of the S-Series Mk II models, including a new 9-inch bass driver with the lowest measured distortion born from the design and engineering tof the 10th Anniversary M-Project. The S3 MkII brings exemplary high frequencies using a diamond coated beryllium tweeter which has extremely wide dispersion and fine detail. New midrange cone material is formulated using MultiWall carbon fiber and a layer of XG Nanographene.The new combination is 20% lighter and 300% stiffer than the previous S-series cone designs, producing faster tighter bass & more coherant musical reproduction.

 

Magico S3 MkII's are now available for demo at Scott Walker Audio. Call today to book your appointment to audition the new Magico S3 MkII.

 

MSRP: $28,000/pr M-Cast

MSRP: $32,000/pr M-Coat

21

JULY

GoldenEar Triton Reference Speakers Have Arrived!

The Triton Reference is an evolution of everything that we have achieved with the Triton One, but taken to a stunning new level of sonic performance and sophisticated visual design. All the components in the Reference - the active sub-bass drivers, upper-bass/midrange drivers, and high-velocity folded ribbon tweeter - are new, and have been specifically developed for use in the Reference. The fully balanced crossover is, of course, specially engineered for the Reference, and the powerful subwoofer amplifier and 56-bit DSP control unit are an evolution of those used in the Triton One and our SuperSubs.

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AUG

Berkeley Audio Design Alpha DAC Reference 2 Now Playing MQA!

The unprecedented resolution of the Alpha DAC Reference Series allowed Berkeley Audio Design to develop analog circuits and digital algorithms that achieve completely new levels of realism in the Alpha DAC Reference Series 2. The only way to understand the level of excellence of the Alpha DAC Reference Series 2 is to hear it.

 

Now playing in MQA!

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OCT

NEW - Synergistic Research Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Power Cord!

 

 

 

Synergistic Research Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Power Cord!

 

It has a linear electromagnetic cell in the form of a handmade Pure Silver ribbon laminate that runs the length of the cable, two electromagnetic cells inside the carbon fiber housing, including a Swiss made power supply. Conductors are 6-gauge 99.9999% pure mono crystal silver totaling 6 gauge. Only 100 SR25 power cords will be made! Get them while you can! This cable is the power cord against which all others will be measured for years to come.

 

MSRP: $20,000 ea.

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DEC

NEW - ELAC Adante AF-61 Floorstanding & AS-61 Stand Mount Speakers

The ultimate Adante is a bold loudspeaker that breaks through boundaries and challenges the limitations of traditional designs. Engineered and built to quality standards that exceed every expectation, the AF-61 Floorstander delivers performance that will satisfy the most demanding audiophile. It is a loudspeaker of substance for uncompromising listeners searching for the speaker that does it all, at a price as satisfying as its sound. ELAC’s chief engineer Andrew Jones says, “With Adante, what we’re trying to do is bring excellent value to a new price point.”

 

 

24

MAR

NEW -- MAGICO A3 Loudspeaker System

MAGICO A3 speaker system.  MAGICO has announced the most affordable speaker they have ever offered: the new A3 priced at $9800 per pair.  This 3-way all aluminum speaker boasts a MAGICO beryllium tweeter, a 6" graphene Nano tech midrange driver and (2) 7" graphene bass woofers.  The speaker has a very sophisticated brushed aluminum finish with spectacular all around performance.  Call Scott Walker Audio at 714-630-4100 for more info, to demo or purchase a pair.

 

MSRP: $9,800/pr

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DEC

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APRIL

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The MA252 Integrated Amplifier is the first hybrid integrated amplifier from McIntosh. Taking retro design cues from the legendary McIntosh MC275 Vacuum Tube Amplifier, the MA252 combines the best of vacuum tube and solid state circuit design to create an amplifier that’s both visually and sonically stunning. The preamplifier portion uses two 12AX7a and two 12AT7 vacuum tubes and the solid state delivers 100 watts per channel into 8 Ohms or 160 watts per channel into 4 Ohms. Call Scott Walker Audio at 714-630-4100 for more info, to demo or to make a purchase.

 

8

JAN

NEW -- McIntosh MA252 Hybrid Integrated Amplifier