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Albedo Acclara Diamond SGS
A loudspeaker is a technical construct? Technically, yes. But when all the variables are right, the physical aspects take a back seat and the pure sound comes to the fore. A lesson with the Albedo Acclara Diamond SGS. At which...
Audiolab 9000N
The 9000 series from British brand Audiolab now has a streamer. So far, so mundane. But what you’ll find under the sturdy and shiny chic housing is a circuit from one of the alpha wolves of the streaming guild. The...
Krell K-300i integrated amplifier
Krell’s K-300i integrated amplifier shows how a classic integrated amplifier concept can be made fit for the future with innovative in-house technology. Can you relate? You’re sitting expectantly at your specialist dealer’s or at a hi-fi enthusiast friend’s, eagerly awaiting...
AVM Rotation R 5.3 MK2
The AVM brand is generally associated with future-oriented electronics, highly sophisticated media players and powerful amplifiers. At first glance, a turntable in this portfolio sticks out like a visitor from another world and era. But of course a high-end turntable...
Visit to Pure Emotion by AW
Curiously enough, SPL is rarely considered a criterion when defining what characterizes an exquisite, high-end loudspeaker. Yet the ability to push volume without distortion is a key requirement for a sound transducer (even if I assert this only off the...
Gold Note Factory Visit
Based in the Florence area, Gold Note is generally perceived as a young company. Yet the manufacturer is (mostly behind the scenes) one of the old hands in the business. Picture the situation: On a high-fidelity press trip, not a...
The (Dis-)Equalizer
Sometime in the mid to late 1990s, an article from the English DIY scene piqued my curiosity. The text was written by Thorsten Loesch, who until 2019 was the mastermind behind one of the most creative companies in the entire...
Maoz Vinyl & Kaffee
The combination of Coffee and Vinyl is a surprisingly natural fit. As soon as you enter this particular place, however, you quickly realize that it has even more on offer than it says on the tin. Maoz Barda never really...
Petra Haden versus The Who
1967 was the big year of psychedelia. It wasn’t just about LSD, the summer of love, colorful fantasy outfits, sitar sounds and slightly rapturous melodies. Psychedelia also meant: sound collage and Gesamtkunstwerk. 1967 was the big year for early concept...
News For Lulu
In the 1980s, the ole fifties were far enough in the past to become “chic” again. Gentlemen’s hats, shoulder pads, kidney-shaped tables, patent leather shoes and rock’n’roll – they celebrated a strange, post-modern comeback in the 1980s. Jazz was also...
Deep Purple - Child In Time
Prog rock entails tempo changes, classical and jazz reminiscences, extensive instrumental parts and surprising instruments. Because all of this is hard to fit into a three-minute song, there is the long track. In the early 1970s, no teenage party was...
Anneliese Brost Forum, Ruhr
Professional musician Stefan Gawlick travels the world and knows almost every major concert hall around the globe. In this series, he reports on the acoustics and other characteristics of famous venues both in the auditorium and on stage. Germany’s largest...
ELAC Adsum Collaboration
ELAC and Adsum Announce Powered Speaker Collaboration. ELAC is excited to announce a partnership with the Brooklyn-based fashion label ADSUM, culminating in the creation of a special edition for the acclaimed Debut ConneX bookshelf speakers. This ELAC Adsum collaboration infuses...
FiiO M23 and K19
FiiO unveils its latest innovations in audio technology with the introduction of the M23 Digital Audio Player (DAP) and the K19 flagship balanced Hi-Res desktop headphone amplifier/DAC. FiiO M23 The FiiO M23 DAP represents a significant advancement, incorporating the acclaimed...
Electrocompaniet EC Play App
Electrocompaniet Launches Updated EC Play App and Streaming Software, Featuring TIDAL 24/192 FLAC Support and “Plays with Audirvāna” Certification. Electrocompaniet launches a new firmware, which is available for all Electrocompaniet streaming devices. This latest version of the Electrocompaniet EC Play...
Epos ES-7N bookshelf speaker
Epos introduces the ES-7N: a compact loudspeaker that’s actually meant to go in a bookshelf Epos, a leading name in premium audio solutions, unveils its latest innovation: the Epos ES-7N bookshelf speaker. Born out of customer demand for a smaller...