Jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant has recently released her fourth album, Dreams and Daggers. The album combines live recordings from the Village Vanguard in New York with studio recordings. It features Aaron Diehl on piano, Paul Sikivie on bass and Lawrence Leathers on drums. Also appearing are the Catalyst Quartet on strings and Sullivan Fortner on piano.
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) continues to divide opinion in audiophile circles. It has been discussed in a number of previous posts in the Serious Music Blog:
- MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): An Insight
- Tidal Introduces MQA Streaming
- MQA Update
- Yes ... no ... maybe: Thoughts on MQA from AXPONA 2017
Raidho Acoustics demonstrated their D-5.1 and D4.1 loudspeakers and the MB-2.5 from sister company Scansonic HD. Amplification for the demonstrations was provided by the Aavik Acoustics C-300 preamplifier and a pair of M-300 mono power amplifiers. Cabling, grounding and power conditioning for the system came from Ansuz Acoustics.
In its various configurations this is the system that I most enjoyed. The D-5.1s produced a wonderful, truly 3D soundstage, with lifesize images of every instrument and vocalist, stable, precisely placed and each occupying its own space. The system delivered the scale of orchestras and large ensembles effortlessly. The fullrange sound was completely grainless and seamless throughout the audio spectrum and produced with the grace of a true flagship system.
Pro-Ject Audio introduced may new products at High End 2017.
The new Essential III range of turntables is based on the Essential III, with its diamond-cut aluminium drive pulley, resonance-optimized MDF main platter and chassis, and Ortofon OM10 MM cartridge mounted on an 8.6" aluminium tonearm. The other models of the range add such features as a built in phono stage, electronic speed control, Read the full post
Here's a list of links to other online show reports from High End 2017 in Munich. These reports provide a wealth of pictures and information from the show. Unless otherwise indicated reports are in English.