No tubes, no transistors, no bells, no whistles and no power cords because there’s no power. If less is more, than this is a whole lot of less, er… or more. Thad Aerts delves into Luminous Audio’s new and improved offering to the passive preamp world with their Axiom II, and concludes, “I highly recommend the single-input Axiom II.”
Perhaps because it’s not a part of the system per se, the price of a basic measurement setup can be something of a barrier to audiophiles. So it’s good to know that there’s an inexpensive alternative to professional-grade measurement microphones, in the form of these mics calibrated by Cross-Spectrum Labs. John Reekie measures one up.
“Almost Charlie has returned after three years with more beautifully crafted and skillfully recorded songs,” writes Walker Burns of Almost Charlies followup work to The Plural Of Yes. “There are marvelous wordplays, edges of wit and subtle metaphors in the lyrics resulting in another collection of musical gems.”
“Of all the exciting new products, innovations, and breakthroughs in audio science that are claimed for 2012, BSG’s qøl Signal Completion Stage will be the most talked about by year end. Already the subject of numerous reviews, mostly positive, skeptics are having a field day with this unique component.” Patrick Dillon investigates in depth.
“You don’t have to spend a long time among audiophiles before realizing that electricity, particularly the clean supply of sufficient electricity to power your components, is a topic of some interest. We seek to reduce noise, stifle radiation, recalibrate voltage and suppress electro-magnetic radiation.” Patrick Dillon continues.
Notable (among other things) for having Wendy Carlos as sound engineer, the 1973 Brazil-released version of João Gilberto – more commonly known as Gilberto’s “White Album” – was reissued in CD format in the late ‘80s, and has recently been released on vinyl by Klimt records.