On its most recent edition, The Absolute Sound awarded the Golden Ear 2019 winners and this year’s Munich High End Show’s best performers .
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“Combining a simple and marvelous user experience with a clean, incisive, and accurate sonic envelope, the Select DSM won me over in short order.”
Greg Weaver, The Absolute Sound
“Linn’s complete reforming of its Network Music Player platform, introduced to the world last September as the Selekt DSM, brings a new level of convenience, functionality, and especially performance to the “lifestyle” category of product that Linn created. Combining a simple and marvelous user experience with a clean, incisive and acurate sonic envelope, the Slekt DSM won me over in short order. The combination of its distinctly accurate and articulate sound, when taken to the next level by the application of Room Optimization (Linn’s native room-correction technology), easily fits this new, modular solution to the top of the list of a growing number of similarly priced products from competitors with names like Aurender, Cary, Esoteric and more notably Naim.”
In an unexpected twist, Anthony H. Cordesman includes Qobuz Streaming Service as an essential part of a high-end system, especially for classical music. Linn streamers, Devialet Phantoms and Technics streamers support Qobuz. We invite you to audition and compare.
“The Expert Pro 220 is one of the best amplifiers ever. Its technical performance is at the very highest level, with extremely low distortion, low noise and extraordinarily low response into loads.”
Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound
“The amplifier uses Class D circuit to rough out the output signal and Class A analog amplifier to trim things to perfection. And effectively perfect they are. But what sets the Expert Pro into a realm above all the others is the SAM system, wherein the performance parameters of your speakers, measured by Devialet, are downloaded (by the user) onto a n SD cardayd the n loaded into the Expert Pro. At this point, the Expert Pro ‘knows’ what electrical signal in the bass should be sent to the speakers to produce an acoustic replica of the Expert Pro’s input.[…] The result is better phase behavior (and hence better ‘timing’) and lowered distortion”. Read More
“The Technics R1 Reference System remains as compelling than ever, consistently ranking among Best in Show contenders. […] It features a directness and purity that is rare, beguiling and intensely musical”.
Alan Taffel, The Absolute Sound
“At $53,000 for the whole shebang – network audio player, stereo amp, and full-range speakers – […] the R1 components wield innovative technology to address some of audio’s most intransigent problems. The result is solid-state electronics that produce the dimensionality of tubes, digital sources with analog alacrity, and dynamic speakers as coherent as planar. In the years since the R1’s introduction, Technics has expanded the Reference Class to include two new turntables: the gorgeous SL-100R ($20,000, includin’ arm) and SP-10R ($10,000 drive only).” Read More
“The Aavik C-300 preamplifier with DAC served as the digital front end to a thrilling system with Aavik M-300monoblocks, Borresen 05 speakers, and Ansuz DTC Supreme cabling, which has half of the inductance of its predecessor. By so effectively damping resonances, one can hear deeper into the music. It makes for a very engaging system! As in Chicago, this combination was stunning with incredible soundstaging, bass slam and articulation, and transient speed—it sent shudders down my spine! Mercifully, the system also produced natural timbres along with incredible detail.”
“New to Munich, Michael Børresen’s $110k, two-and-a-halfway, seven-driver (with ribbon tweeter), Børresen 05 quasi-D’Appolito floorstander driven by an Aavik C-300 integrated preamp and M-300 monoblock amps, and cabled by top-line Ansuz wire in a CD-only digital system was the last exhibit I visited on the last day of the show—and the listening experience was well worth the wait. Very beautiful in timbre with truly remarkable delicacy of color and articulation on guitar and voice, it had the naturally crisp presence of Michael’s previous ribbon designs combined with a newfound sweetness of timbre that was ravishingly lovely and natural.”
Sonoma M1 – 2018 Editors’ Choice Awards: Headphones $700 and up
“This new electrostatic design is packed with proprietary technologies, including an innovative electrostatic panel. The result is a headphone of extraordinary clarity and cohesion, a “whole cloth” sound that can only be achieved with a single full-range transducer and no crossover network. The speed and clarity of the electrostatic panel are presented within a harmonically neutral tapestry along with spot-on pitch precision in the bass. A world-class design.” Read More