Friday, February 15, 2019

McIntosh slimming down and looking good.

Ok, not that slimmed down once you see the details (24" wide!) but there's no denying the new RS200 wears the leaner look well.  I've never quite warmed to McIntosh products. They always seemed too blue, too blingy and too concerned with the brand over the sound, even if I've admired their longevity, loyal following and apparent bullet-proof ability to be serviced and used for decades. Now that I say it, how did I not appreciate them more? Oh well, this still smacks of marketing the 'lifestyle' but as an all in one, (yep, there's speakers built in there) it sure beats Bose. $3000. More info here, no they won't send us one to review but am sure the usual suspects will be covering them soon.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Auris new headphone amp invokes the muse


Puffy PR piece but interesting looking design. New company (to me, they've received some reviews her), tubes, decent specs and a look that seems set domestic use.  This is not listed as of today on their website but it's coming. Priced at 1499, as of today in Europe but I only see two outlets in the US for them on their site so not sure what the price here will be.   See more of their designs here
Auris Audio presents you Euterpe, a new high end headphone amplifier. According to the Greek Mythology, Euterpe was one of the nine Muses, the Goddess of music and a ''giver of delight'' and that's exactly what Auris Audio Euterpe will bring to audiophile community, more happiness.
Designed in a single ended configuration, integreted audiophile asynchronous DAC xMos/ESS Sabre, it allows you to use digital sources such as PC or mobile devices. Integeted in a piece of art chassis, Euterpre ( Headphone amplifier/DAC/PreAmp/Stand ) gives you everything you've always dreamed of.
Tubes
2 X PL 95 , 1 X ECC 81
Amplifier configuration
Single Ended
Power output
0.9 W RMS
Conversion rate
USB: DSD 64, DSD 128, PCM max 32bit/384kHz
Output Impedance
Low32–80Ohm / High>150Ohm
Power supply
115 / 230 V AC
Inputs
1 x USB, 1 x RCA
Outputs
6.3 mm Stereo / RCA Pre Out
Dimensions (WxLxH) mm
270 x 210 x 230
Weight (kg)
4.1/NET ( without PSU )
Weight (kg) PSU
1.1/NET
Dimesions PSU (WxLxH) mm
95 x 185 x 55

Saturday, February 9, 2019

NYT Article explaining loudness war and music recording

Interesting op-ed from the Times today, dealing with a topic near and dear to the h(ear)ts of audiophiles. I like how it provides examples but the lack of real comparability (either by using the same tune or explaining what to listen for) meant that well-intentioned readers I shared it with seemed to find it less than clear. Oh well, full marks for effort.  Lively comments too.


Read piece here