IsoAcoustics on demo

IsoAcoustics manufactures isolation stands for home audio speakers and professional studio monitors which upgrade the sound of any speaker from entry level to reference level.

Contact Serious Music to arrange a demo to hear what IsoAcoustics can do for your system.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers

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.

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The subversive power of calypso is a piece on the BBC Culture Web site which briefly highlights some of the social and political themes of Trinidad calypso.

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Hegel H160 on Sale, ex-Demo

Serious Music is selling its demo Hegel H160, at an ex-demo discounted price.  Check out the Sale page of the Serious Music Web site for more information.

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MQA: A Pradigm Shift?

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017

Gramophone, the leading classical music magazine, has announced the winners of its Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2017.

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High End 2017: Raidho, Scansonic, Aavik and Ansuz

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.

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High End 2017: Pro-Ject Audio

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

High End 2017: Other Online Show Reports

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.

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High End 2017: Sights and Sounds

Volya Bouquet loudspeaker on static display.

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