• The Arrival of the dCS Vivaldi

    The Arrival of the dCS Vivaldi

    For several years I’ve used the dCS Scarlatti CD/SACD playback system. Then dCS announced the release of the somewhat higher-priced and more technologically advanced Vivaldi system. After recently hearing its debut at Joshua Cohn’s Ears ...
  • Sigma DP1 Merrill

    Sigma DP1 Merrill

    The Sigma DP1 Merrill has all of the same virtues and flaws as the DP2 Merrill that I blogged about back at the beginning of October (http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/sigma-dp2-merrill-camera/). Like the DP2M, the DP1M is a relatively ...
  • Raidho C 4.1, Pt. II

    Raidho C 4.1, Pt. II

    Well, I’ve been listening to these tall, thin, exceptionally beautiful loudspeakers for several months now, and they’ve only continued to get better with settling-in time, break-in time, considerable tweaking of their position in my room, ...
  • An Ypsilon Visit From Athens

    An Ypsilon Visit From Athens

    When Demetris Baklavas, the understated chief designer of Ypsilon electronics, flew from Athens this weekend to visit me in Washington, DC, he was visibly chuffed, as the British say, by the review his PST-100 preamplifier ...
  • Setting Up A Phono Cartridge

    Setting Up A Phono Cartridge

    Because it is a thing of beauty to witness and because the results make such a huge difference in the sonic presentation, I’d like to take you through the process of mounting, aligning, and optimizing ...
  • Absolare Launches System Line in U.S.

    Absolare Launches System Line in U.S.

    I traveled last August to Istanbul, Turkey, to attend the annual dealer, distributor, and press event hosted by high-end manufacturer Absolare. The company wanted to demonstrate its products and communicate its technical and aesthetic thinking ...
  • Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Personal Fave Lists (Recordings)

    Let’s get this out of the way right now. Terrific as they are, this list won’t include Hendrix’s extraordinary retooling of “All Along The Watchtower,” The Byrds’ jingle-jangly “Mr. Tambourine Man,” or Joan Baez’s sublime ...
  • Sigma DP2 Merrill Camera

    Sigma DP2 Merrill Camera

    Why is it, I wonder, that I am drawn to offbeat cameras? Probably for the same reason I’m drawn to offbeat hi-fi gear. Oh, I’ve owned my share of stand-bys—Nikons of every variety, ‘Blads, Mamiyas, ...

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