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Newport 2015: Zu Audio

Newport 2015: Zu Audio

Zu Audio is a serious tribe of ‘philes out of Ogden, Utah led by founder Sean Casey on a sustained campaign to keep hi-fi firmly in the hands of those passionate about the pursuit of engaging, lifelike and musical sound. To quote Sean: “When an innovation and tangible products-based company loses its “hands-on” connection with […]

Newport 2015: SoTM and ESS Laboratories

Newport 2015: SoTM and ESS Laboratories

by Rafe Arnott SoTM (Soul of The Music) and ESS Laboratories paired up to show off some of their latest goodies at T.H.E. Show and it was a pleasing combo, that for an all-digital front end sounded surprisingly organic. It could have something to do with the match-up between ESS’ peculiar Air Motion Transformer (AMT 12″) loudspeaker […]

Newport 2015: Sunny Components presents Wilson Audio and Audio Research

Newport 2015: Sunny Components presents Wilson Audio and Audio Research

by Rafe Arnott Wilson Audio makes speakers that remind me of Darth Vader. Since I’m a huge Star Wars fan, this is a very good thing, and every time I see a pair of Wilson’s Sofia or Sasha, or in this particular room’s case, the big Alexia, I smile secretly to myself and with my […]

Newport 2015: Cary Audio with Tannoy

Newport 2015: Cary Audio with Tannoy

By Rafe Arnott Cary Audio‘s Daryl Berk had a nice, simple kit put together to showcase the company’s latest tubed preamplifier at Newport Beach, the TL-300d ($6,000 US ~ $8,000 US TBA, six to eight weeks wait time). Running a laptop, Berk was playing a nice mix of 16/44 files upsampled to DSD through the […]

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