Thursday, January 19, 2017

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  • AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones Sweepstakes January 19, 2017
    Register to win a pair of AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones ($699.00 Retail Value) we are giving away. According to the company: "A direct descendant of AudioQuest¹s award-winning NightHawk headphone, the closed-back NightOwl Carbon replaces its predecessor¹s biomimetic sound-diffusing grille with an intelligently designed aperiodic damping system for excellent isolation of external noise, ensuring privacy for […]
  • CES 2017: OSSIC Virtual Reality Headphone January 18, 2017
    The OSSIC X virtual reality headphone made a big splash last February when its $100,000 Kickstarter ask turned into a $2.7 million dollar bonanza. I was skeptical at the time, but I sure was curious.
  • CES 2017: Upcoming HiFiMAN Edition 6 and RE2000 Flagships January 17, 2017
    HiFiMAN was showing a prototype of an upcoming new flagship planar magnetic: The Edition 6 ($6000). They also were showing a prototype single dynamic driver IEM called the RE2000 ($2000). This move evidently crossed some sort of tripping point and triggered a firestorm of reaction from the headphone enthusiast community. Some of the response can […]
  • CES 2017: AKG N90Q Auto-Calibrating Noise Canceling Headphones January 16, 2017
    This new $1499 active noise canceling headphone has a number of cool things up its sleeves: digital operation over USB or Lightning; a continuously variable EQ circuit; and, I kid you not, voice prompts by Quincy Jones himself! The coolest thing of all is TruNote auto-calibration for individual listeners.
  • CES 2017: DIRAC VR Dynamic 3D Audio Rendering System January 16, 2017
    Dirac is well known for their room correction software and more recently among headphone enthusiasts for their HD Sound headphone compensation software that EQs headphones. At this year's CES, the company unveiled their new DIRAC VR, a dynamic 3D audio rendering platform.

RSS Stereophile News

  • AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones Sweepstakes January 19, 2017
    Register to win a pair of AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones ($699.00 Retail Value) we are giving away. According to the company: "A direct descendant of AudioQuest¹s award-winning NightHawk headphone, the closed-back NightOwl Carbon replaces its predecessor¹s biomimetic sound-diffusing grille with an intelligently designed aperiodic damping system for excellent isolation of external noise, ensuring privacy for […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Magico S5 Mk.II loudspeaker January 19, 2017
    "Dammit!" No sooner had I praised small loudspeakers while dismissing large speakers as potentially having "large problems," in my review of the Crystal Arabesque Minissimo Diamond in the www.stereophile.com/content/crystal-cable-arabesque-minissimo-diamond-loudspeaker ">October issue, than I had to eat my words. Only days after that issue had gone to press, Magico's VP for Global Sales & Marketing, Peter […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Schiit Audio Yggdrasil D/A processor January 19, 2017
    Right now, I swear, Schiit Audio's Mike Moffat and Jason Stoddard are sitting there in California, smugly smirking at me and John Atkinson. While JA was struggling to properly measure Schiit's Ragnarok (Fate of the Gods) integrated amplifier for my review in the May 2016 issue, I sent Moffat an e-mail: "Are you smiling?" "Yup," […]
    Jon Iverson
  • CES 2017: A Video Snapshot January 17, 2017
    "What are your thoughts on this year's CES?": A multi-dimensional question that means many different things to the many different people who share the high-end audio realm. For my first attendance at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, I had a mission: to compile answers to this complex question and fit my findings on a visual […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Recording of February 2017: <I>The Last Waltz 40th</I> January 17, 2017
    The Band: The Last Waltz 40th Rhino RR 273925 (2 CDs). 1978/2016. Robbie Robertson, prod.; Ron Fraboni, John Simon, co-prods.; Terry Becker, Tim Kramer, Elliot Mazer, Wayne Neuendorf, Ed Anderson, Neil Brody, engs. ADD? TT: 2:09:11 Performance ***** Sonics **** To clear the air, if not the sinuses, let's dispose right now of the traveling-booger-matte […]
    Jon Iverson