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  1. OPPO Releases UDP-205 Audiophile Universal Player

    The following is a press release issued by OPPO. MENLO PARK, California | April 24, 2017 – OPPO Digital announced that its UDP-205 4K Ultra HD Audiophile Blu-ray Disc player is available for purchase. A step-up version of the recently released UDP-203, the UDP-205 brings top-of-the-line audio performance to a universal player that supports 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other digital audio and video formats. The OPPO UDP-205 carries many of the same features as the UDP-203: playback of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, Audio CD and many other formats; High Dynamic Range...

  2. Long Live the Dead

    When Jerry Garcia passed away on August 9, 1995, it seemed to spell the end of…well, the Grateful Dead, for starters, and perhaps the spirit of a group who along with spawning countless splinter bands and the jam band scene in general had a cultural impact at the same time that the spirit of the 60s seemed to recede in other respects. (Surely that was part of the draw: something to cling to in an increasingly soulless world.) As sad as it was to see Garcia die and the Grateful Dead proper fade away, the wonder was that their songs...

  3. 2017 Editors' Choice: Interconnects and Speaker Cables Part 2

    MIT StyleLine SL 8 Interconnect and SL 9 Speaker Cables $499/1m pr. interconnect; $799/8' pr. speaker: RD always equated MIT (Music Interface Technologies) audio cables with crazy-unreachable prices, but now there’s the new entry-level StyleLine Series. The SL 8/SL 9 pairing offered a very neutral top-to-bottom balance, allowing RD to indulge in the detail-fest that makes the sport of the high end so much fun. Mouth sounds, the sonic signatures of the microphones, the “sound” of the recording studio—all came through clear as day. Clarus Cables Aqua $500/1m pr. RCA interconnect; $1520/8' pr. speaker: Clarus Aqua not only satisfies audio...

  4. Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Announces Powerful Addition to Progression Series

    The following is a press release issued by Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems. CAVE CREEK, AZ | APRIL 21, 2017 — Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems today announced the Progression Stereo, the second model released in the Progression Series that debuted in 2016. Leveraging the innovative Super Rail circuitry, first unveiled in the Progression Mono amplifier, the Progression Stereo amplifier exploits this unique technology to deliver remarkable control and fidelity to any connected loudspeaker. Every amplifier employs a voltage rail, actually two, a positive one and its companion negative partner. Voltage rails support the delivery of power to the speaker....

  5. Spatial Audio Introducing M3 Triode Master Open Baffle Speaker at Axpona

    The following is a press release issued by Spatial Audio. PARK CITY, Utah | (April 18, 2017) - Next generation open-baffle technology will be on display during the Axpona show in Room 634 with the new Hologram M3 Triode Master loudspeaker. The award winning M3 has been re-engineered to present an optimal load to tubed amplifiers with its16Ω design and simple load characteristics. Compatible with SET, Push Pull and OTL designs. The new Triode Master provides outstanding musical realism in a completely passive design, with full dipolar operation. The Hologram’s full-range, open baffle design employ twin 15 inch drivers and...

  6. Accuphase C-3850 Preamplifier and P-7300 Power Amplifier

    The Accuphase brand was originally marketed under the company name of Kensonic Laboratory, Inc. in 1972. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the company changed its name to Accuphase Laboratory, Inc. The name Accuphase was chosen as a merging of the words accurate and phase. One of the basic ideologies of the company has been quality over quantity, from the first C-200 preamplifier and P-300 amplifier to the latest products under evaluation—the C-3850 preamplifier ($43,500) and P-7300 power amplifier ($32,000). First introduced in the U.S. at CES 2015, the C-3850 preamplifier is the company’s newest flagship model, replacing the C-3800 (introduced...

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