Focal Naim America
e are very pleased and excited to announce the SECRETS Audio/Video Showcase 2022. After nearly 30 years of publishing, SECRETS is launching the SECRETS Audio/Video Showcase, designed to provide A/V manufacturers a platform to announce and display their latest product offerings in a never-before-available presentation style.
The 2022 Showcase provides an active platform for participants to display and discuss their 2022 product offerings, and now that A/V shows are returning, to extend and update their A/V Show coverage through the Fall of 2022. Participants will be able to add imagery and audio/video from any A/V show, including AXPONA, CEDIA, and others.
Display options include multiple pages of images, videos, audio, and text to straightforward banners in the marketplace, highlighting a special product. Product reviews from the SECRETS of Home Theater website can be linked to the Showcase coverage.
The 2022 Showcase will also include new editorials from the SECRETS Team along with links to Videos, Product, and Technical reviews that are published on the SECRETS of Home Theater website, such as the linear phase digital EQ software that I recently reviewed. I want to call your attention to this because linear phase EQ can be applied to analog recordings that are very old and which can be aided by digitizing at high res (24/96 – 24/192 PCM) and EQ’d without phase shift.
So let us know what you think of the SECRETS A/V Showcase 2022 and any recommendations to enhance this publication in the future.
Focal Naim America
Both are recognized as exceptional brands in their countries: Naim is a multiple Queen’s Award winner, while Focal is designated by the French state as an ‘Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant’. Together, they have united their unique areas of excellence and innovation and constitute a reference point in the world.
Olympica Nova is the second generation of the iconic family of 2013, improved in its form and substance, imbued with the timeless values that inspired us in creating the original line.
The result is a new Collection that embraces the most advanced technologies that already enhance our most prestigious creations.
Sonus faber has begun a complete update to their product assortment, focusing on the attributes which originally built the brand: technological innovation, long-term listenability and Italian craftsmanship. New launches have included Sonetto and Palladio Collections, a new line of Gravis subwoofers, the Electa Amator III and the Minima Amator II, all showcasing the brand’s dedication to innovation and its Italian heritage. The reinvention of the Olympica Nova collection is just the latest step in this evolution, and a new set of offerings that truly embody the brand’s stylistic manifesto.
Dear Audio Community, Get Your Head Out of Your…
o we are now in the early part of 2022, and after two-plus years of COVID-induced hibernation, we are starting to see and feel some signs of normalcy returning… hopefully. In the meantime, Spring is starting to make itself felt in most places and it feels like a time of renewal in many respects. As such, I feel like I need to get a few things off my chest. Perform a kind of therapeutic cleansing. A detox if you will, of some of the audio-related things I’ve heard and observed which may or may not have gotten under my craw over this past period of pause.
Audio Shows in 2022
Cutting The Cord to Cable TV: How I Got More For Less
utting the cord, AKA ditching cable TV, is nothing new. Millions of consumers have been doing this for some years now and thousands more are making the switch every day, mostly in an effort to save money. But there are other benefits to streaming your entertainment.
I consider myself a latecomer to the streaming party having made the all-in conversion in early 2021. A few different factors went into my decision and I’d like to share what I’ve learned, why I did it, and what I’ve gained.
What I Had Before
How Hi-Fi Dealers (Audio Stores) Can Bring the Best Value System to Your Home
he act of purchasing any product can be most frustrating. This especially includes buying and taking ownership of a good stereo system (the same applies to home theater, but for this purpose, I am using stereo to keep it simple). There is a considerable amount of time and money invested, and when the process is done, how do we know if we made the best decisions? Let’s explore this and while doing so, lay out an understanding of the value of the audio store.
Where the Heck are the Small A/V Receivers?
recently moved into a new home. In the family room is an existing feature-wall-built-in that is wired for 7 channel (channels 6 and 7 being for front height) sound. The built-in includes an electric fireplace, a spot for a flatscreen TV above, which can be shuttered with some clunky doors. On either side of the fireplace are low-doored cabinets with three shelves above. It’s a beautiful unit and is altogether pretty awesome until the home theater geek in me took a closer look.
- The depth. The center column is only 15″ deep. The depth of the cabinets and shelves is only 10″ deep.
- The speaker wires are thin gauge and were put in first before the built-in was finished around them. Making switching them out not possible for this “unhandy” man.
The shallow depth meant that my Marantz SR6009 receiver, while already one of the shallower depth A/V receivers on the market, is too deep. And that I had to start looking at speaker alternatives as the bookshelf options I have are all too deep. The latter point is less of a problem than the former.
SECRETS Recommended Gear
elcome to our new Secrets Recommended Gear! Here you will find an annually updated list of component recommendations brought to you from our staff, encompassing every product category that we cover. Not simply just our Best of the Year Award choices, but long term recommendations that will be chosen from products that we’ve actually reviewed and found compelling enough to place them on this list. Once a product is chosen it will remain on the Recommended Gear list until it is discontinued by the manufacturer. An archive of each year’s list will remain on the Secrets Website for those shopping for used gear and wanting to research older choices.
Products chosen will fit into one of these 4 tiers:
TADL is committed to upholding this time-honored tradition of creating products that deliver a truly immersive, soul-stirring music-listening experience to their proud owners around the world.
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