• CES 2019 Report

    CES 2019 Report

    I arrived without any expectation. It’s hardly headline news that high-end audio at CES has been running on fumes in recent years. Would this be the year that showing up would be a waste of ...
  • 2018 New York Audio Show Report

    2018 New York Audio Show Report

    Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage ...
  • Personal Audio at CanJam RMAF 2018

    Personal Audio at CanJam RMAF 2018

    The online Head-Fi community is the world’s largest organization dedicated specifically to the enjoyment of high-performance personal audio and each year it produces multiple large-scale CanJam shows across the U.S. and in select international sites. ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

    RMAF 2018 – Electronics $15k and Up

    Most Significant New Products VAC Statement 450i iQ integrated amplifier This new and state-of-the-art Statement 450i iQ integrated amp from Kevin Hayes of Valve Amplification Company (VAC) makes a statement indeed and epitomizes extreme audio. ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Analog

    RMAF 2018 – Analog

    The analog renaissance appears to be stronger than ever with a number of new analog products making their worldwide or U.S. debuts at RMAF. While the sheer number of new offerings didn’t compare with the ...
  • RMAF 2018 – Digital

    RMAF 2018 – Digital

    In the past I’ve reported on both digital and personal audio at RMAF in one report. But as RMAF and CANJAM have continued to expand, so has The Absolute Sound’s coverage. Now Chris Martens of ...
  • 2018 Munich High-End Show

    2018 Munich High-End Show

    As a newcomer to the Munich High-End extravaganza, I was blown away by the unbelievable amount of high-end audio jewelry on display. Not only does Munich dwarf whatever is going on at CES, it dwarfs ...

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