2 Days To Go: Merging at AXPONA Apr 11 by Michael Broughton in Merging Preps for AXPONA 2018, News

written by Michael Broughton of the Audiophile Source
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Clearly I am impressed with the Merging Technologies products. And yes, also with the NativeDSD DSD256 recordings.

I did not surrender my collection of vinyl when CD’s came along. I still enjoy that tactile experience of dealing with a physical medium every once in a while. Likewise, I have no intention of surrendering my current CD collection for High Res downloads.

But as it turns out I don’t have to. The Merging Technologies products can accept a signal from your CD player and play that music as well as any setup out there. The fact that NativeDSD is generating these growing selections of superbly musical High Res pieces of music is just lots and lots of icing on the cake. In essence, my choices for musical source material has expanded dramatically. And this is a very good thing for us all as music lovers.

We all know that great sound systems, like many other things in life are a combination of contributions from other folks or companies coming together to make a greater whole. That dinner party is not much of a dinner party if no one else shows up, is it?

There are certain things that are basic in a great sound system and, if you think about it, you have to have in one form or another to build upon. In this case a great audio rack or, as Star Sound Technologies refers to it’s products, platforms. If I were to build an audio system from scratch drawing upon my years of experience in the audio industry it would start with the Star Sound platforms period!! These platforms are a component, not an add on!

Those of you that have been lucky enough to come through the Merging Technologies room at the last couple of shows have seen a gorgeous black and brass Star Sound Technologies Rhythm RP3 platform with the Merging Technologies products resting on this visual work of art. Every system I build these days starts with this platform it’s that good at doing what it’s designed to do. It would be worth your time to investigate Star Sound Technologies products.

As I’m sitting here browsing through NativeDSD’s DSD256 collection of music we plan to use at the show I’m finding it difficult to single out which recordings are becoming some of my new favorites. Have you listened to Sufi Taksim? My wife and I were listening to this album the other day. I have to say the Oud just calls to ones soul.

written by: Michael Broughton of the Audiophile Source

Jaber Fayad: Sufi Taksim


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Michael Broughton

This will be the third show that Merging Technologies of Switzerland has hired Michael from the Audiophile Source to produce for them. He has been working audio shows since the Nineties.

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