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Herb Reichert  |  Oct 15, 2017  |  3 comments
Vana Ltd. had two rooms at RMAF. Both rooms had stereo systems set-up, but the first room I entered was filled by a hoard of standing, chattering people of all sexes. It looked like they were making big business deals so I decided to not eavesdrop or interrupt. However, the sound of music coming from the Vana room next door was inviting. I slipped in and was greeted warmly by Nancy Weiner and Audio Physic's Manfred Diestertich.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 14, 2017  |  7 comments
Day three began with me feeling sick and beaten down. I needed to pay a visit to the doctor. Dr. Vinyl. (But also probably a real doctor, too.) Jose Ramirez (aka Dr. Vinyl) always knows how to make his listeners feel at ease.
Herb Reichert  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  4 comments
Last year, Vaughn Loudspeakers' flagship Plasma Signature towers ($20,000/pair), featuring eight midrange drivers in a bipolar configuration (four front and four rear), a 12" powered subwoofer, and their signature plasma tweeter, were my BIG best-in-show discovery…
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  73 comments
Everything matters. Everything is not always necessary, but everything does make a difference….
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  9 comments
For those who have been thinking it's time for the people in white coats to carry me away—they actually did.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  6 comments
Wanna see the speaker component of my hands-down steal system of RMAF 2017…?
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  1 comments
Impressive bass control and speed on a recording of taiko drums, excellent timbres, and an equally captivating sense of spaciousness on Lyle Lovett's "North Dakota" left no question that this attractive mid-priced system from Paradigm and Anthem would make many an audiophile very, very happy.
Jana Dagdagan  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  5 comments
Overheard in the hallway:
"Babe, can you please buy me that cable?"
"But I just bought you so much for your birthday…!"
And just like that, day two begins.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  0 comments
I didn't need Rapunzel to let down her golden hair in order to ascend the Marriott Tower. Rather, on Saturday afternoon, I encountered so many good systems in a row on the 7th floor that the music simply pulled me up.
John Atkinson  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  First Published: Aug 01, 1987  |  1 comments
Introduced in 1985 as the smallest model in JBL's "Ti" range, the 18Ti ($590/pair) shares with its larger siblings, like the JBL 250ti (recently reviewed by J. Gordon Holt), a high-tech tweeter that uses a one-piece ribbed titanium-foil dome/surround just 25µm thick. This is both rigid and of very low mass, pushing its first-breakup mode up to the region of 30kHz. The tweeter is mounted above the polypropylene-cone woofer, offset a little to one side to make room for the 45mm diameter port (though the speakers are not supplied as a handed pair). The 10-liter internal volume box is well-constructed from 20mm chipboard, covered in real-wood veneer.

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