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The Absolute Sound

  • newLinn Launches Cutting Edge Upgrades with Urika II and Lingo

    Linn Launches Cutting Edge Upgrades with Urika II and Lingo

    February 19, 2018 - World-renowned music system manufacturer Linn launches two new LP12 upgrades to kick off the 45th anniversary year of the legendary Linn Sondek LP12. The 1973 Sondek LP12 is the iconic model that the company was founded on and rem…
    - 12 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 7:29am -
  • D’Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Series Preamplifier, Phonostage, and 400 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

    D’Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum Series Preamplifier, Phonostage, and 400 Monoblock Power Amplifiers

    Over a decade ago, when audio shows were still a big deal in New York, I saw a veritable galaxy of new audio equipment and demonstrations, ranging from one called the “HP Super Room,” named after TAS founder Harry Pearson, who was holding forth i…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 5:28am -
  • Product of the Year Awards 2017: Disc Players

    Product of the Year Awards 2017: Disc Players

    Oppo UDP-205 $1295 Oppo has followed up on its spectacularly successful UDP-105 universal disc player with the new UDP-205. This player does it all: CD, SACD, Blu-ray, Ultra HD (4k), and multichannel music. It even includes a multichannel digital pre…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 4:55am -
  • McIntosh Announces MCT500 SACD/CD Transport

    McIntosh Announces MCT500 SACD/CD Transport

    The following is a press release issued by McIntosh. Binghamton, NY | February 15, 2018 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport.…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 1:47pm -
  • Nordost Introduces Frey 2 USB Cable and Frey 2 USB C Adapter

    Nordost Introduces Frey 2 USB Cable and Frey 2 USB C Adapter

    The following is a press release issued by Nordost. Holliston, MA | February 2018 - Nordost is proud to introduce the new Frey 2 USB Cable and Frey 2 USB C Adapter. The Frey 2 USB Cable is the first of Nordost’s USB offerings to provide both USB C…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 9:30am -

Stereophile News

  • newPianist Hyperion Knight to Perform in Rhode Island, Sunday February 25

    Pianist Hyperion Knight to Perform in Rhode Island, Sunday February 25

    Sunday, February 25 at 2pm, audiophile-fave-rave pianist Hyperion Knight will perform a program of Bach, Beethoven, and Gershwin at the First Baptist Church in America (75 North Main Street Providence, RI 02903). The church is a short (seven minutes)…
    - 14 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 6:05am -
  • newFirst Major-Label MQA CD: Steve Reich on Nonesuch

    First Major-Label MQA CD: Steve Reich on Nonesuch

    The Nonesuch Records CD Steve Reich: Pulse / Quartet arrived with its sonic bonus unheralded. With no MQA designation on the album cover or disc, few would have known of its MQA provenance had not posts appeared on Facebook that, when inserted in a p…
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 4:44am -
  • Naim Audio Uniti Nova integrated amplifier-media player

    Naim Audio Uniti Nova integrated amplifier-media player

    Audiophiles are oblivious to the low-end music-reproduction medium that's currently staging a comeback: the cassette tape (footnote 1). I've adopted the cassette craze in my own small way. I glory in the trusted mixtape, which I play in the stereo ca…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 10:13am -
  • The Shifting Audio Showscape

    The Shifting Audio Showscape

    The 2018 audio show season is about to start and it's not just Stereophile's coverage of high-end audio shows—which has taken a leap forward with the inclusion of Jana Dagdagan's binaural videos—that's changing. The shows themselves are on…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 10:11am -
  • Service Continues for Legacy Thiel Loudspeakers

    Service Continues for Legacy Thiel Loudspeakers

    There's good news for owners of Thiel loudspeakers manufactured between 1977 and 2012. Coherent Source Service of Lexington, Kentucky, will provide Thiel warranty and non-warranty service for customers worldwide. The company has been founded by Rob G…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 7:35am -

AudioStream.com

  • newLovely Recordings Hosted by Adam Israel

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Adam Israel

    I've been an audio fool for close to twenty years now, and I gravitate to SET's and high efficiency speaker systems. Currently I am using a rebuilt Lenco table, a Schiit Gungnir DAC, Shindo Masseto preamp, and Shindo Cortese amp. I am between speaker…
    - 13 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 6:17am -
  • Download of the Week: Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Download of the Week: Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto

    Glass comes very close to the embodiment of a perfect record. Recorded live, in situ, at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto turned Johnson's people who live in glass houses into their instrument:"...the pa…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 5:17am -
  • totaldac d1-seven

    totaldac d1-seven

    I first reviewed a totaldac, the d1-Dual DAC, in September of 2014 wherein I said, "...you end up with a presentation that sounds so natural, so life-like, it leads you directly to the music being played with very little reminder that you are in fac…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 5:34am -
  • Empirical Audio Overdrive SX Ethernet DAC/Pre

    Empirical Audio Overdrive SX Ethernet DAC/Pre

    The Empirical Audio Overdrive SX Ethernet DAC/Pre represents Steve Nugent's most current thinking on DAC design. Steve, chief designer and owner of Empirical Audio, has been building Empirical Audio DACs since 2009. His engineering background and ex…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 6:37am -
  • Listening Session as History Lesson, b/w Schiit and Shinola—Together at Last

    Listening Session as History Lesson, b/w Schiit and Shinola—Together at Last

    Meg Remy is a great driver. She’s not a New Yorker, but she navigates these busy city streets as though they are her own. She seems born to accelerate, weave, brake, and reverse. You can hear it in her music, too. It offers surprises at almost ever…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Feb 18, 5:03am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Icepower 1200AS2 (Purepower) amp listening impressions.
    folks, if someone wants to upgrade from the older cases, please feel free to IM me. I am a casual lurker and am very curious to try this, and the awesome looking machined cases are an overkill (by a huge margin!)
    - 5 mins ago, 19 Feb 18, 7:32pm -
  • newRe: Open baffle 32-inch subwoofer?
    Quote from: FullRangeMan on Today at 03:04 amDave do you could comment the TS η0 % or ETA ZERO electric efficiency from this speaker in view they want drive it with a small hi-fi amp?16000 Watt 32 Inch Subwoof...
    - 13 mins ago, 19 Feb 18, 7:24pm -
  • newRe: Open baffle 32-inch subwoofer?
    Dave do you could comment the TS η0 % or ETA ZERO electric efficiency from this speaker in view they want drive it with a small hi-fi amp?16000 Watt 32 Inch SubwooferRMS Power: 8000W  Voice Coil: 6"/152mmhttps://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/16...
    - 33 mins ago, 19 Feb 18, 7:04pm -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Just Say Yes - Various Artists     [1987]samples
    - 37 mins ago, 19 Feb 18, 7:00pm -
  • newRe: Questions about salk exotica standmount
    I have tried to email and inbox their facebook page, no reply. Is a phone cajj the only way to make inquiry?
    - 38 mins ago, 19 Feb 18, 6:59pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The New Australe EZ Speaker From Triangle

    The New Australe EZ Speaker From Triangle

    French speaker manufacturer Triangle has just announced the release of the latest reference of the Esprit range – The Australe EZ. We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve heard from the Triangle speakers we’ve reviewed so far, but the new…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 8:32pm -
  • New Disc Transport From McIntosh

    New Disc Transport From McIntosh

    McIntosh just announced the release of their new MCT500 SACD/CD transport. This is great news for those of you still committed to the shiny disc. With the ability to play SACD and CD discs, the MCT500 offers TOSLINK, RCA/SPDIF and AES/EBU digital out…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 9:59am -
  • The Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable

    The Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable

    It’s an interesting journey to experience a manufacturer’s product in a gradual fashion. Beginning with Gold Note’s excellent Vasari MM cartridge, comparing to their Donatello and then Machiavelli cartridges, and finally the PH-10 phonostage, a…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Jan 18, 8:54pm -
  • The Audolici I50 Swing

    The Audolici I50 Swing

    I’ve never been to Portugal, and I had no idea they made amplifiers there. Our first experience with Audolici was earlier in the year with their AVP-01 phonostage, which proved lovely. Staffer Rob Johnson spent a fair amount of time with the amplif…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Jan 18, 8:31pm -
  • The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers

    The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers

    Starting from humble roots as a watchmaker in 2012, Detroit’s Shinola has come a long way in five years, consistently expanding its product lines in new and different ways, emerging as a major lifestyle brand. Today, the company produces clothing,…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Jan 18, 7:32pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newA visit to Hawaii’s oldest record store: Hungry Ear Records
    It was sun tan lotion, and fresh rain… no wait, tropical flowers. Errr, maybe a whiff of roasting meat on a BBQ mixed in too? This is what greeted my nose upon disembarking from the plane that had just landed in Honolulu, Hawaii. A pastiche of wond…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 2:00am -
  • Periodic Audio introduces Nickel Headphone Amplifier
    Periodic Audio makes a terrific set of inner ear monitors at very reasonable price points. Roger Skoff and I awarded their Be IEMs an Alfie Award at the LA Audio Show. And let’s be honest, the whole theme of a periodic table of elements is quite cl…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Feb 18, 2:00am -
  • McIntosh MCT500: New flagship SACD/CD Transport launched
    The hits keep coming from McIntosh Labs. Apparently the iconic American high-fidelity company can’t stop itself from launching new products, something you won’t hear any complaints from me about. The latest announcement from the Binghampton, New…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 8:05am -
  • Liberty DAC for all from Mytek for $995
    What price would you pay to be free from digital-file type constraint? $2,000? $5,000? $10,000? How about $995 USD? Mytek Digital’s new Liberty DAC can up-convert to 384K/32bit PCM/DSD256 through it’s ES9018 Sabre chipset, its array of digital in…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 2:00am -
  • Jason Stoddard
    Schiit Audio co-founder Jason Stoddard. Jason conveys his thoughts on MQA, audiophile cables and what its like taking an audio company from the garage to the warehouse. Recorded live at the Schiitr retail space in downtown Newhall, CA. ATOCHADESIGNDO…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 1:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newCANJAM NYC 2018

    CANJAM NYC 2018

    Just as last year, CANJAM NYC took place again this year Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, and at the same venue in the theatre district of Manhattan, NYC: The New York Marriott Marquis, at West 46th Street and Broadway. I arrived on a clear, s…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Feb 18, 7:24pm -
  • Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

    Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

    Back in 2012 I reviewed the Fritz Carbon 7 two-way stand mounted speakers. Prior to that, I hadn’t had much experience with small speakers in general and none in my system. During the review period, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound q…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 11:00am -
  • World of McIntosh Loudspeaker Unveiling—New York City

    World of McIntosh Loudspeaker Unveiling—New York City

    The invitation said: McIntosh Group is very proud to introduce you to the newest products from McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. and Sonus faber, featuring two speakers with aesthetic and electroacoustic excellence. We cordially invite you to an exclusive…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Feb 18, 9:13am -
  • Shelter Model 501 III MC Phono Cartridge

    Shelter Model 501 III MC Phono Cartridge

    Shelter has been hand making moving coil phono cartridges in Japan since 1986. It ships two series of cartridges, the ‘Ultimate Line’ and the ‘Legendary Line’. The 501 III moving coil cartridge is mid price point in the Legendary Line, at…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Jan 18, 5:59am -
  • Phasemation PP-300 MC Phono Pickup Cartridge

    Phasemation PP-300 MC Phono Pickup Cartridge

    Japan’s Phasemation began life in 1970 as Kyodo Denshi System. The company name was changed to Phase Tech in 2002, morphing into Phasemation in late 2010. Much like Britain's SME and other precision analogue companies, Kyodo made its real money…
    - 28 days ago, 23 Jan 18, 4:12am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newTriangle Thetis 380 And Thales 400 Powered Subwoofer Systems

    Triangle Thetis 380 And Thales 400 Powered Subwoofer Systems

    French audio brand Triangle has introduced two new subwoofers, the Thetis 380 and Tales 400 (€1500 and €630 respectively), which benefit greatly from the company's experience of its previous models and hereby expanding its model ranges. Triangle'…
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 4:31am -
  • newWorld Premiere Review! Stromtank S2500 Battery Power Supply

    World Premiere Review! Stromtank S2500 Battery Power Supply

    There are a few words when describing the sonic results of using the Stromtank S2500 to power my system: astounding, awe-inspiring, awesome, amazing, astonishing, excellent, fantastic, glorious, magnificent, sensational, spectacular, splendid, terrif…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 5:16am -
  • Nordost Introduces Their Frey 2 USB Cable & Frey 2 USB C Adapter

    Nordost Introduces Their Frey 2 USB Cable & Frey 2 USB C Adapter

    Nordost is proud to introduce the new Frey 2 USB Cable and Frey 2 USB C Adapter ($599 and $275 respectively). The Frey 2 USB Cable is the first of Nordost's USB offerings to provide both USB C and 3.0 compatibility. The Frey 2 USB C Adapter pairs wit…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 12:56am -
  • McIntosh's New MCT500 SACD And CD Transport Has Four Outputs

    McIntosh's New MCT500 SACD And CD Transport Has Four Outputs

    McIntosh Labs is proud to announce the MCT500 SACD/CD Transport ($4500) digital only unit, which features four digital outputs: industry standard balanced, coax and optical outputs plus our exclusive MCT connector. To enjoy CDs, it can be paired with…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 7:14am -
  • How A Vinyl Record Is Made: We Tour Quality Record Pressings

    How A Vinyl Record Is Made: We Tour Quality Record Pressings

    Enjoy the Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV presents to you our tour of the Quality Record Pressings (Acoustic Sounds) vinyl LP pressing plant. We join plant manager Gary and owner Chad Kassem as they take us on a step-by-step journey through how a vi…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 6:08am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: (Melb) AVM Ovation SA8.2 Power Amp (Price Reduced)
    Item: AVM Ovation SA8.2 Stereo power amp Location: Melbourne, Vic Price: $9500 minimum. Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded to monoblocs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, bank transfer, COD Only. If Paypal, buyer to p…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 5:50pm -
  • newFS: Trade In Bryston BHA1 Headphone Amplifier Silver
    Item: Trade-In Bryston BHA-1 Headphone Amplifier Silver Front Panel Location: Tivoli Hi-Fi 155 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123 Price: $1000 Including Shipping Anywhere in Australia Item Condition: Trade-In stock in Good Conditio…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 4:32pm -
  • newFS: Trade In Meridian Prime Headphone Amp/DAC with Prime PSU
    Item: Trade-In Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier/DAC with Prime PSU Location: Tivoli Hi-Fi 155 Camberwell Road Hawthorn East VIC 3123 Price: $1500 Including Shipping Anywhere in Australia Item Condition: Trade-In stock in Excellent Co…
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 3:36pm -
  • newFS: Nuforce Reference 9 V2 monoblocks
    Item: Nuforce Reference 9 V2 monoblocks Location:Sydney Price:$1000 Item Condition:excellent Reason for selling:surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:Purchased these from Audio Connection about 12 months ago…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 2:54pm -
  • newEOI : Samsung PS64F8500
    Item: Samsung PS64F8500 Plasma Location: Kellyville Price: $300 Item Condition: Used flagship Samsung Plasma. The display stopped working few months ago, heard a pop and there was no image. Reason for selling: cant be bothered to fix, bought…
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Feb 18, 12:55pm -

AVRev.com News

  • Darwin Cable Company Truth II Interconnect and Power Cables

    Darwin Cable Company Truth II Interconnect and Power Cables

    There is one thing that all high end audio components require to function as a system, and that is signal and power cables. No getting around it. Of course, there is no market segment more controversial than audiophile cabling. This is partially due…
    - 22 Mar 17, 1:45pm -
  • Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers & DAC Review

    Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers & DAC Review

    Multi-function powered speakers are all the rage in 2017, and no other company has been more at the forefront than Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-loudspeakers/bookshelf-monitor-loudspeakers/audioengine-hd3-powered-speakers-dac-review…
    - 6 Feb 17, 8:02pm -
  • Burson Cable+ Active RCA Cable Review

    Burson Cable+ Active RCA Cable Review

    A lot of excellent HiFi products are designed and produced in Australia, and none more than Conductor DAC/Preamp and Timekeeper power amp combo (home-theater-power-amplifiers/stereo-amplifiers/the-burson-conductor-timekeeper-review.html) sometime ago…
    - 24 Jan 17, 9:10am -
  • Sony Details New EXTRA BASS Wireless Speaker Lineup

    Sony Details New EXTRA BASS Wireless Speaker Lineup

    Sony has detailed the latest additions to its EXTRA BASS Wireless Speaker Series. The new models include the SRS-XB40, SRS-XB30, SRS-XB20, and SRS-XB10.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/speaker-systems-news/sony-details-new-extr…
    - 24 Jan 17, 9:02am -
  • Hulu Set to Add Streaming Titles from Magnolia Pictures

    Hulu Set to Add Streaming Titles from Magnolia Pictures

    Hulu and Magnolia Pictures have announced a new output licensing agreement. As part of the deal, Hulu will receive the pay one window streaming rights to films released by the distributor.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/indust…
    - 24 Jan 17, 8:58am -

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Digital Audio Review

  • Electronica for audiophiles (Part 8 – Ignoreland)
    Electronic music doesn’t enjoy a great deal of playtime in audiophile circles. Why? Maybe it’s snobbery? Maybe it’s a lack of exposure. Maybe it’s preconceptions of mindlessness? That so-called mindlessness is a feature, not a bug. Fresh con…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Feb 18, 2:54am -
  • Cue fanfare: Tellurium Q’s Silver Diamond USB cable
    USB cables. In joining DAC to network streamer, theoretical idealism would have us believe that they all sound the same. Real-world pragmatism tells us otherwise. Bridging the reality gap are several possible points of order: 1) There is no such thin…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 2:32am -
  • Letters to the editor: What’s best?

    - 7 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 7:59am -
  • Freedom! Mytek announce US$995 Liberty DAC
    Subtraction. Take the Mytek Brooklyn (and not the Plus). Shrink the box volume by a factor of three to remove the colour LED display and dancing signal level meters but maintain balanced outputs by converting the associated rear panel socketry f…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Feb 18, 3:38am -
  • To Core Infinity and beyond with Devialet, Seprolec
    Re-unification. UPnP, Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Roon – five key streaming connections Devialet intend to add to their Expert Pro range of ‘super-integrated’ amplifiers, bringing future software development in line with the P…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Feb 18, 3:10am -