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Hegel Launches New Amp at White Plains, NY Event

Art Dudley | Aug 24, 2018 It was like going from a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey to a lecture by Stanley Kubrick: at a press event centered around the North American premiere of Hegel’s new flagship integrated amplifier, the H590 ($US11,000/$CAD13,500), the company’s founder and chief designer, Bent Holter, stood before the audience and began by offering …

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A Winner from VPI, Totem, Transparent, and Simaudio

Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 13, 2018 The three best lower-cost systems that I heard at CES were this one ($7,105 total) and others from Chord/Spendor and Music Hall; thanks in no small part to Totem’s founder, Vince Bruzzese, whose extensive traveling has brought him in touch with a treasure chest’s worth of eclectic titles that he …

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New Concept Active Turntable from Clearaudio

Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 14, 2018 In the room sponsored by distributor Musical Surroundings, I spied Clearaudio’s new Concept Active turntable ($2,600 to $4,400, depending upon choice of three plinths, three tonearms, and three cartridges). The version I saw was $3,200 in black and silver with Concept tonearm and Concept MC cartridge. This all-in-one, ready-to-play system …

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GoldenEar Technology DigitalAktiv 3 Powered/Wireless Bookshelf Speaker

Jon Iverson  |  Jan 13, 2018 The sign up above said GoldenEar Technology, but when I walked in it looked like any normal hotel room. No big banners, black cloth draped along the walls or spotlights. And then at the far end I spotted company president Sandy Gross sitting on the couch and a single bookshelf speaker …

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Quad S-2 loudspeaker

Ken Micallef  |  Dec 28, 2017 One of the better things about bookshelf loudspeakers is that they’re innately portable. Though not generally considered the sort of music-reproduction machines you’d bring to a party, a 12-step group, or a Burning Man rave (though you certainly could), high-quality bookshelf speakers are overlooked tools in the eternal work-in-progress of introducing …

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Classé Audio Revived

Kalman Rubinson  |  Jan 8, 2018  |  First Published: Jan 9, 2018 In May of 2016, Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) was sold to EVA Automation in a deal that included Classé Audio and the US distribution of Rotel Electronics. Since then, production and distribution of B&W and Rotel products has continued but not so for Classé. Initially, the new …

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