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Thiel Audio Moving from Kentucky After 38 Years

2014-04-24 News Editor

Thiel Audio Moving from Kentucky After 38 Years

According to a new article published today on Strata-gee.com, Thiel Audio is moving from Lexington, KY, which is where they’ve been based for 38 years, to Nashville, TN. The article, called “Thiel Audio Story Takes a New and Troubling Turn,” indicates that all the company’s manufacturing equipment w...

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Gryphon Audio Designs Announces the Pantheon Loudspeaker

2014-04-10 Audio/Video News

Gryphon Audio Designs Announces the Pantheon Loudspeaker

Gryphon Audio Designs, based in Denmark, has announced the fourth member of its loudspeaker line, the Pantheon. This new model slots into the Gryphon lineup as the brand's most compact floorstanding model alongside the larger Pendragon and Trident II models. The standmounted Mojo is the smallest Gryphon loudspeaker. Like Gryphon's other speakers, the Pantheon employs proprietary constant-phase technologies to ensure that all drivers are in phase at all frequencies at all times, allowing th...

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Pro-Ject's Xtension 9 Evolution Turntable Emphasizes Quality and Affordability

2014-04-03 Audio/Video News

Pro-Ject's Xtension 9 Evolution Turntable Emphasizes Quality and Affordability

Pro-Ject Audio Systems, which is based in Austria and established itself in 1991 with the P1 turntable, has announced the release of the Xtension 9 Evolution turntable. The Xtension 9 Evolution incorporates the company’s 20-plus years of know-how, and is intended to offer ultra-high-end turntable performance for a reasonable price. According to the company’s press release on April 3: “[the] Xtension 9 Evolution chassis is made from high-class ultra-dense MDF, that g...

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Oppo Announces Two New Planar-Magnetic Headphones

2014-04-03 Audio/Video News

Oppo Announces Two New Planar-Magnetic Headphones

Oppo Digital, which is based in Mountainview, California, announced the release of the PM-1 planar-magnetic headphones, their first personal-audio product. Up until now, Oppo has been known for their topflight disc players. According to their press release on April 2: “The Oppo PM-1 utilizes a unique and pioneering planar-magnetic driver that sets it apart from the majority of headphones on the market. The Oppo PM-1 driver features a seven-layer diaphragm and an FEM-optimized high-energy Ne...

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Sonus Faber Debuts the Limited-Edition Ex3ma Loudspeaker

2014-03-28 Audio/Video News

Sonus Faber Debuts the Limited-Edition Ex3ma Loudspeaker

A few days ago, the SoundStage! Network’s publisher, Doug Schneider, traveled to Italy for the Sonus Faber company’s 30th anniversary and to witness the unveiling of their new Ex3ma loudspeaker. The Ex3ma is a limited-edition speaker based on Sonus Faber’s ‘90s-era Extrema model. The Ex3ma features all-new Sonus Faber-designed drivers housed in a cabinet comprised of carbon fiber, wood, aluminum and copper. Only 30 pairs of Ex3ma speakers will be made, and each will be individually serial numbe...

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Verity Audio to Debut Parsifal Anniversary at High End in Germany

2014-03-16 Audio/Video News

Verity Audio to Debut Parsifal Anniversary at High End in Germany

At this year's High End show in Munich, Germany, Canada's Verity Audio will debut the newest generation of perhaps its most celebrated product, the Parsifal. This release coincides with Verity's 20th anniversary in 2015, an impressive mark of longevity for any high-end-audio company. Verity's recent press release states, "January 2015 will mark the 20th anniversary of Verity Audio. To celebrate this, Verity is thrilled to introduce the new generation of a legendary loudspeaker, the Parsifal Ann...

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Music and Audio Distributor SANCH Turns 35

2014-03-04 Audio/Video News

One of Trinidad and Tobago's largest distributors of high-end audio and recorded audiophile music is celebrating its 35th anniversary on March 13, 2014. SANCH Electronix was founded in 1979. The acronym SANCH was derived from the surnames of its founding directors: George Anthony Charles (now retired), the late Ruskin Lulworth Darrell Punch, and Simeon Louis Sandiford (managing). SANCH distributes brands such as NAD, PSB, AudioQuest, Aurender, Berkeley Audio Design, Torus, and Audience, to...

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PMC Unveils the twenty.26 Loudspeaker

2014-02-27 Audio/Video News

PMC Unveils the twenty.26 Loudspeaker

PMC, which is based in the UK, has announced the release of the twenty.26 loudspeaker, the new flagship model in the twenty-series speakers. The line was originally created in 2011 to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary and is now comprised of the twenty.26 and five other models, including a center-channel. Unlike the previous models in the series, which were all two-ways, the twenty.26 is a three-way design consisting of a 1” dome tweeter, a 2” dome midrange, and a 7” cone woofer. While t...

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Bowers & Wilkins Redesigns 600-Series Speakers

2014-02-10 Audio/Video News

The Bowers & Wilkins company, based in the UK, has redesigned their 600-series speaker line, which is now comprised of the 683 (shown right) and 684 floorstanding models ($1650 and $1150 per pair in the US, respectively), 685 and 686 bookshelf-type models ($700 and $550 per pair), and HTM61 and HTM62 center-channels ($750 and $450 each). Technical highlights of this series include the company’s Decoupled Dual Dome tweeter (all models), which pushes the first breakup model to about ...

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"Top Products" of 2013 Available as Monthly PDF Downloads

2014-02-04 Audio/Video News

In 2013, the SoundStage! Network began compiling lists of the highest-rated products in a given month (those that received Reviewers' Choice, Select Component, or Great Buy awards), and made those listings available as PDF downloads suitable for viewing online or printing to an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper. (Hyperlinks to the reviews are embedded, so if it’s viewed online a simple mouse click will take you the corresponding review.) Now that 2013 has passed and our 2013 Sou...

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The Luxury Technology Show Coming to New York City

2014-01-20 Audio/Video News

The Luxury Technology Show (LTS) makes its debut March 4th in New York City at the Metropolitan Pavilion. It is an exclusive invitation-only event that will gather press, retail executives, interior designers, and consumers who are interested in acquiring the world's finest innovations. Brand representatives from a wide variety of industries including audio, video, photography, home and business electronics, mobile, computers, high-end home appliances, smart watches, gaming and sports simulators...

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