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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 10, 2013 4 comments
It seems like everyone and their grandma is releasing a headphone these days. If you’ve got a brand (or a band), you might as well add a line of headphones. One of the latest to join the trend is the English rock band, Motorhead, famous for their jukebox wonder, “Ace of Spades.” Lead singer, Lemmy, was on hand to introduce his Motorheadphones. (Hee hee.)
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 10, 2013 0 comments
With all the headphone options out there, it might be hard to find the one that’s right for you. If quality, rather than superficial associations with aging rock bands, is what you want, one outstanding option would be Sennheiser—a company that’s been perfecting the art of headphones even longer than Motorhead’s been playing “Ace of Spades.”

And that's a long time.

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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 09, 2013 2 comments
"I had no idea the day was going to start like this," exclaimed a jovial Jiverson.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2013 Published: Jan 09, 2013 7 comments
Audioengine’s A2+ will offer several attractive upgrades over the original A2.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2013 Published: Jan 09, 2013 0 comments
The track was “Common Exchange” from Emika’s awesomely sensuous, dark, and alluring self-titled debut.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 09, 2013 2 comments
Cambridge Audio’s good-looking Azur 351A integrated amplifier ($599) is rated to deliver 45Wpc into 8 ohms, has a front-panel iPod input, headphone jack, balance and tone controls, and a handy USB input mated to an onboard Burr-Brown DAC so you can connect your computer and get better performance out of your music files.

Also new to the line are the 75Wpc Azur 651A ($799) and 120Wpc Azur 851A.

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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2013 Published: Jan 09, 2013 5 comments
At $1295, Rogue Audio’s latest hybrid integrated amplifier is also the company’s most affordable amplifier. Don’t you love that? I do. The Sphinx is rated to deliver 100Wpc into 8 ohms; looks tough; has a phono stage, headphone amp, and an optional remote; and is handmade in Pennsylvania, USA.
Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 04, 2013 6 comments
There I was, sitting on the orange couch, with just a few hours to kill before my scheduled departure to Denver, Colorado—I'd been invited to the eighth annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, where surely I'd be moved to tears by some of the greatest, most advanced, most expensive hi-fi systems known to man—and I could not believe the awesome sound coming from my modest little stereo.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 04, 2013 10 comments
Today’s payday. These are the albums I bought.
Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 03, 2013 5 comments
I was ready to have some fun with Dayton Audio's B652 loudspeakers—the ones with the outrageously high price of $39.80/pair.

Available from Parts Express (catalog #300-652), the Dayton B652 is a simple two-way, sealed-cabinet design with a 6.5" polypropylene mid/woofer and a ferrofluid-cooled, 5/8" polycarbonate tweeter. The cabinet is clad in black vinyl and has a removable grille of black cloth. The B652s sounded pretty much the same regardless of whether the grilles were in place, but I preferred their looks with the grilles off, so that's how I listened. Better looks often equal better sound—at least in my home.

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