Rock and Roll Festival in Malmo

Rock and Roll Festival in Malmo

Another year, another fantastic Rock and Roll festival in Malmö, Sweden. If you were there, you know all about it. If you missed it this year, shame on you. Anyway, music is subjective and honestly, we don’t really have a horse in this race.  Therefore, we simply hope that whichever performances you watched, you brought home a lot of great memories. However, we are all about tech so we’d like to talk about things that you might have missed. As one of the sponsors of the festival was Magico, on…

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CES 2015 Coverage Has Begun!

CES 2015 Coverage Has Begun!

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held annually in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest showcase for consumer-based electronics, including high-end-audio products, which are primarily shown at the Venetian Hotel. CES 2015 runs from January 6-9. The SoundStage! Network team is already there covering the event, with feature articles and new-product coverage already appearing on SoundStage! Global, our site specifically designed for event coverage, factory tours, and product debuts. Regular updates will continue as CES progresses, and will conclude as the event closes. Our team members include Jeff Fritz, Doug Schneider, Ken Kessler,…

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The World’s Best Audio System 2015 Event Announced by the SoundStage! Network

The World’s Best Audio System 2015 Event Announced by the SoundStage! Network

In 2009 the SoundStage! Network developed an event idea based on “The World’s Best Audio System” column on Ultra Audio. The idea was quite simple: With cost not a consideration, pick the best components available at any price and assemble them into a single super stereo system in Ultra Audio’s Music Vault listening room, with representatives from each company flying in for a celebratory gathering. The event, titled The World’s Best Audio System 2009, was written about extensively, as the entire SoundStage! Network and a team of writers produced multiple…

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Rockport Technologies’ New Avior Features First-Ever Rockport-Made Drivers

Rockport Technologies’ New Avior Features First-Ever Rockport-Made Drivers

Rockport, Maine-based Rockport Technologies is now shipping its brand-new Avior loudspeaker. The Avior is 46.5″H x 15″W x 24.5″W and weighs 220 pounds. The Avior’s sensitivity is rated at 89.5dB (1m/2.83V) and the impedance is said to be 4 ohms. Frequency response is claimed to be 25Hz to 30kHz, +/- 3dB. According to Andrew Payor, designer and president of Rockport Technologies, the Avior possesses the “newest generation of custom, carbon-fiber-sandwich-composite cone drivers designed and developed from the ground-up by Rockport Technologies. Both the bass drivers and midrange driver utilize a…

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Alpha Design Labs H118

Alpha Design Labs H118

I measured the performance of the ADL H118 headphones using a G.R.A.S. 43AG ear/cheek simulator, a Clio FW audio analyzer, a laptop computer running TrueRTA software with an M-Audio MobilePre USB audio interface, and a Musical Fidelity V-Can headphone amplifier. Measurements were calibrated for ear reference point (ERP) — roughly, the point in space where your palm intersects with the axis of your ear canal when you press your hand against your ear, and the place where the front of the headphone’s driver grille will sit when you wear the headphone….

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Sony XBA-H1 Earphones

Sony XBA-H1 Earphones

I measured the Sony XBA-H1s using a G.R.A.S. RA0045 ear simulator, a Clio FW audio analyzer, a laptop computer running TrueRTA software with an M-Audio MobilePre USB audio interface, and a Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier. Measurements were calibrated for drum reference point (DRP): the equivalent of a headphone’s response at the surface of your eardrum. This is a “flat” measurement; no diffuse-field or free-field compensation curve was employed. Except as noted, I used the XBA-H1s’ medium standard tips. I experimented with the fit of the tips/earpieces by inserting and reinserting…

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Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

Audeze LCD-3 Headphones

I measured the performance of the Audeze LCD-3 headphones using a G.R.A.S. 43AG ear/cheek simulator, a Clio FW audio analyzer, a laptop computer running TrueRTA software with an M-Audio MobilePre USB audio interface, and a Musical Fidelity V-CAN headphone amplifier. Measurements were calibrated for ear reference point (ERP), which is roughly the point in space where your palm intersects with the axis of your ear canal when you press your hand against your ear, and the place where the front of the headphones’ driver grilles will sit when you wear…

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Sanyo PLV-Z700 LCD Projector

Sanyo PLV-Z700 LCD Projector

Price: $1995.99 Read the SoundStage! A/V review. The gist: Hits the bull’s eye of a quickly moving target: affordable projectors. Website: www.sanyo.com He said: The Sanyo PLV-Z700 has a great picture, loads of flexibility, deep menus, a bright picture, cannily chosen presets, and zero screen-door effect at any reasonable viewing distance. At $1600 or even $1995.99, the PLV-Z700 is a miracle — a high-quality, high-definition LCD projector capable of offering a huge, bright, clean picture.

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Paradigm Special Edition SE 1 / SE 3 / SE Center / SE Sub Home-Theater Speaker System

Paradigm Special Edition SE 1 / SE 3 / SE Center / SE Sub Home-Theater Speaker System

Price: $3694 Website: www.paradigm.com Aron said: The new Special Edition models not only look and perform much like Paradigm Reference products, but do so at a much lower cost. If you’re looking for a home-theater package that punches way above its competition while offering genuine tastes of high-end sound and looks, then Paradigm’s new SE range deserves a serious look. Read the GoodSound! review. The gist: Reference-class sound at half the price

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Hegel Music Systems H200 Integrated Amplifier

Hegel Music Systems H200 Integrated Amplifier

Price: $4400 Website: www.hegel.com Uday said: The H200 may be new to North America, but Hegel Music Systems has brought to the table a formidable competitor in terms of both performance and price. Being able to perform as well as amps costing much more marks the H200 as a great value — and in these trying economic times, even more of one. Read the SoundStage! review. The gist: From Norway comes competition for the Brystons of the world.

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