Audio Arc: Audiophile Blogs Digest – Sep 14, 2023

Welcome to a new edition of Audio Arc!

We take a broad sweep across a diverse range of blog posts to bring you a comprehensive and exciting perspective on everything sound-related. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this week.

Technics Releases Their Latest Generation of the SL-1200 Turntable

By: AudioHead, audio-head.com

On September 9, 2023, Technics unveiled the latest addition to their long-standing SL-1200 turntable series, the SL-1200GR2 in silver and SL-1210GR2 in black, set to retail for $2,199.99 in December. Originating in 1972, the SL-1200 has seen various iterations but has consistently been a hallmark of high-fidelity audio. The new model introduces a groundbreaking drive control technique, boasting enhanced rotational stability, a state-of-the-art power supply ensuring a notably low noise floor, a Delta-Sigma-Drive and coreless direct-drive motor for augmented precision, a Multi-Stage Silent Power Supply for superior audio performance, a classic yet refined design, and 3mm die-cast aluminum cartridge spacers for heightened cartridge compatibility. Read more

MoFi Distribution Reveals the New Quad Revela Loudspeakers

By: Michael Lavorgna, twitteringmachines.com

MoFi Distribution has introduced the new Revela Loudspeakers from Quad, marking the company’s first new loudspeaker release in seven years. The Revela series includes the QUAD Revela 1 standmounts and the QUAD Revela 2 floorstanders. Both models showcase Quad’s latest True Ribbon high-frequency driver, which took four years to develop, offering superior high-frequency performance compared to traditional dome tweeters. Another significant feature is the unique ‘Reveal’ diaphragm for the mid/bass drivers, made from a mix of wood pulp and artificial fibers. The Revela 1 is priced at $2,250 without stands or $2,995 with stands, while the Revela 2 is priced at $4,495, set to be available in Q4 of 2023. The series promises an authentic auditory experience, upholding Quad’s legacy of producing the “closest approach to the original sound.” Read more

COMETE SPEAKERS FROM TRIANGLE

By: Paul Rigby, theaudiophileman.com

The Triangle Comete 40th Anniversary stand-mount speakers, priced at £1,500, are revamped versions of the original 1994 Comete model. Sporting a 25mm horn tweeter and a 165mm paper-wood fibre mid-bass unit, they showcase a sensitivity of 90dB, making them relatively easy to drive. Their design captures a retro aesthetic with finishes like ‘Golden Oak and Santos Rosewood’. When tested for sound quality, the speakers excelled in clarity, especially in the upper mids and treble. However, they were noted to be boisterous and could seem undisciplined in the midrange. They offer a unique sonic personality, leaning more towards heart than precision. Overall, they are commended for their finely-detailed treble, bass flair, midrange style, and aesthetic quality, but could improve in midrange discipline and focus. The speakers received a rating of 8. Read more

BluOS 4.0 Promises Improved Interface, Better Search, Faster Navigation

By: www.audioholics.com

BluOS 4.0, an update for the BluOS multi-room audio platform, promises users an enhanced experience with a completely redesigned user interface, improved search functionality, and faster navigation. Developed originally for Bluesound by Lenbrook International, the BluOS platform supports high-resolution audio streams and integrates with popular music streaming services like Tidal, Spotify, and SiriusXM. The latest 4.0 version introduces a bottom navigation bar, a unified Music screen, a personalized Favorites screen, and optimized Player controls, ensuring a more intuitive user experience. Previewed at CEDIA 2023, the official firmware update will be available for download on iOS and Android devices starting October 17th, 2023. Read more

MSB M500 Mono Amplifier

By: press release, www.audiophil-online.com

The MSB M500 Mono Amplifier, produced in Watsonville, California, represents a pinnacle in audio performance, boasting a fully modular design, a 1.0 Farad Power Core, and a billet CNC case. MSB aimed to pair their world-leading DACs with an amplifier that delivers unmatched audio output. The M500’s discrete design emphasizes a class A matched impedance input stage, reducing noise and distortion while maximizing power transfer and dynamic range. The amplifier is distinguished by its meticulous component selection, promising durability and a transparent, fatigue-free listening experience. Its design features include a heatsink crafted from a 51lb aluminum block, which after machining, provides an efficient thermal performance. The core enclosure enhances the amplifier’s reliability and performance, while its user-friendly control interface allows seamless operation. Technical specifications reveal the M500’s superior capabilities, including power outputs of 500W and 1000W for 8Ω and 4Ω respectively, and an impressive signal-to-noise ratio. Read more

Aurender A20 reference analog output network player Review

By: Doug Schroeder, www.dagogo.com

In his review, Doug Schroeder discusses the evolution of his experience with streaming and file playback devices, particularly focusing on the Aurender A20 Network Player. He details his journey from using a Mac Mini with HQ Player, to the Wolf Audio Red Wolf Server, and then to the sonicTransporter/SONORE combination. Despite appreciating the sonicTransporter and SONORE combination, Schroeder highlights the considerable price difference between these components and the A20, with the latter being more expensive but also offering both a DAC and pre-amp in a single unit. Doug Schroeder praises the A20’s design, user interface, sound quality, and aesthetics. He also delves into a comparison between streaming services Tidal and Qobuz, concluding that Qobuz’s high-resolution tracks have a superior sound quality. Throughout the article, Doug Schroeder underscores the importance of simplicity and sound quality in his equipment choices and offers candid insights for audiophiles seeking to enhance their audio systems. Read more

King Crimson / Red – Our First Shootout Winner Since 2009

By: humorem, ontherecord.co

In a detailed review, a UK Island pressing of King Crimson’s “Red” album was identified as a standout in a “shootout” competition for its exceptional audio quality, with it being the first victor since 2009. The pressing is celebrated for its authentic vintage sound, providing a depth and clarity that is rarely replicated in modern repressings. The post emphasizes the attributes of vintage vinyl, such as “Tubey Magic,” transparency, and vibrant energy, that make it distinct from contemporary pressings. The blog delves into the technicalities of judging vinyl sound quality and confidently assures readers that this particular pressing of “Red” offers an unparalleled listening experience. The post also touches upon the album’s musical content and its historical significance, hinting at the transitional phase of the band. Read more

Conclusion

And that’s a wrap on this week’s edition of Audio Arc. Don’t forget to join us again next week for another compilation of compelling audiophile content. Until then, happy listening!

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