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The Absolute Sound

  • newBenchmark Media Systems HPA4 Headphone Amplifier

    Benchmark Media Systems HPA4 Headphone Amplifier

    Benchmark Media Systems is a low-profile audio company, with its roots in professional electronics. In the past decade, Benchmark consumer products, especially its digital-analog converters, have achieved acclaim for ultra-low distortion and clean…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 May 19, 8:54am -
  • newConrad-Johnson Announces Reference Headphone Amplifier.

    Conrad-Johnson Announces Reference Headphone Amplifier.

    The following is a press release issued by Conrad-Johnson. May 20, 2019 - The conrad-johnson design team is particularly excited to announce the release of our latest product, a headphone amplifier that just sounds right. The HVA1 is a reference qu…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 May 19, 8:28am -
  • Audirvana Launches New Version Audirvana 3.5 for MacOS

    Audirvana Launches New Version Audirvana 3.5 for MacOS

    The following is a press release issued by Audirvana. Paris, France | May 17, 2019 — AUDIRVANA, maker of the leading expert audio software for Mac, has redesigned the software and is thrilled to unveil its new version 3.5. AUDIRVANA, Completely r…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 12:31pm -
  • Munich High End 2019: Loudspeakers

    Munich High End 2019: Loudspeakers

    The biggest and best audio show in the world was, I’m pleased to say, good-sounding on the whole, which has not always been the case in the past in Munich. Oh, there were the usual room nodes and specular reflections, but more often than not the…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 8:02am -
  • Q&A with Hans-Joachim Voss of Accustic Arts

    Q&A with Hans-Joachim Voss of Accustic Arts

    What ignited your interest in the high end? The music side or the electronics side? My interest in music has accompanied me since my early youth. I’ve always enjoyed listening to music and attending concerts regularly. During my school years I wo…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 5:44am -

Stereophile News

AudioStream.com

  • newNaim DAC-V1 Review

    Naim DAC-V1 Review

    Naim has been on the home audio scene since the early ’70s when Oxford born and self-taught designer Julian Vereker brought the NAP200 power amplifier to market after his disillusionment with then current pro-audio offerings.
    - 2 days ago, 18 May 19, 5:14pm -
  • High End Munich 2019: Mark Levinson Strikes Again

    High End Munich 2019: Mark Levinson Strikes Again

    Right now, in the audiophile marketplace, who is bigger, bolder, more ubiquitous, or more iconic than Harmon Luxury Audio’s Mark Levinson brand?
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 10:44am -
  • High End Munich 2019 with CH Precision

    High End Munich 2019 with CH Precision

    The $20,995 Etsuro-Urushi Gold might be the most expensive phono cartridge in the world. I mention this because in the CH Precision room, at High End 2019 I was delighted to experience the Gold in comparison to C-H’s all-out assault on the digital…
    - 4 days ago, 16 May 19, 4:59pm -
  • High End Munich 2019: Totaldac Brings TotalPower to DAC Line

    High End Munich 2019: Totaldac Brings TotalPower to DAC Line

    From the window in my Brooklyn bunker, Vincent Brient’s totaldac company looks like one of the coolest, most independent, audio companies in Europe. (totaldac is located near Mont Saint-Michel, France).
    - 4 days ago, 16 May 19, 8:54am -
  • High End Munich 2019 with T+A

    High End Munich 2019 with T+A

    I admit it. Prior to visiting the extraordinary-looking, brilliantly-lit 2001 A Space Odyssey-styled T+A room at High End 2019, my knowledge of their product line was sketchy at best. I had no idea German manufacturer T+A made seven separate levels/s…
    - 5 days ago, 15 May 19, 8:57am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newMunich High End 2019 Sights and Sounds

    Munich High End 2019 Sights and Sounds

       Above is a 23 minute video of most of my clips from the Munich High End show 2019. Below the video is a table of contents with commentary. Enjoy. 0:05 AURALiC using Nagra Classic Amps and Spendor Classic 200 loud…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 May 19, 11:32am -
  • Meeting the Experts of Purifi in Munich

    Meeting the Experts of Purifi in Munich

    Meeting the Purifi'sts: A quick report from DuckToller  During final preparations for the Munich High End the audiophile universe has born a new star, Purifi ApS and audiophilestyle.com received an invitation to preview its pre-…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 9:00am -
  • Incredible Start To Munich High End 2019

    Incredible Start To Munich High End 2019

    The Munich High End show for 2019 is in the can and boy what a show it was. The MOC exhibition hall was completely full. The show organizers said there was absolutely no way to squeeze one additional exhibitor into the space this year. I have no…
    - 5 days ago, 15 May 19, 11:10am -
  • dCS Takes My Audio System To Another Level

    dCS Takes My Audio System To Another Level

    A couple weeks ago dCS brought my audio playback system from disappointing and uninviting to stellar and addictive. How did this happen? First, a little back story.  As some Audiophile Style readers know, I moved my listening room fro…
    - 13 days ago, 7 May 19, 7:19am -
  • IFi Audio xCAN Portable Headphone Amplifier Full Review

    IFi Audio xCAN Portable Headphone Amplifier Full Review

    As we all know, headphone listening has become big-business of late. As a subset of the major HiFi shows such as AXPONA and The Rocky Mountain show, there are now whole shows devoted solely to headphones and associated equipment. With such catchy…
    - 17 days ago, 3 May 19, 7:40am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt (1989)Samples
    - 2 mins ago, 20 May 19, 3:43pm -
  • newRe: Music server computer requirements
    John,  You  shouldn't  need  a  lot of horse pwer as  you won't be doing  dsd upsampling. I can't rcall the   max sample rate of that  dac but I'm assuming it's 24/192 so even if you upsample  everything  to that,  it won't  take much …
    - 33 mins ago, 20 May 19, 3:12pm -
  • newRe: BMR-CC

    Re: BMR-CC

    These look good, Rick! I'm excited!! 
    - 36 mins ago, 20 May 19, 3:09pm -
  • newRe: LDR Tube Preamp

    Re: LDR Tube Preamp

     
    - 51 mins ago, 20 May 19, 2:54pm -
  • newRe: Newcomer to vinyl
    Quote from: timind on Today at 08:43 pmMake sure you have the cart (what cart?) properly installed. I would think the phono section in the Denon is fine for starting out. Relax and enjoy.Hey!    My thou...
    - 59 mins ago, 20 May 19, 2:46pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newPass Labs INT-60 Amplifier

    Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier

    There used to be a restaurant nearby that offered small portions fantastic deserts. You could have a large shot glass full of whatever deserts were on the main menu for a couple of bucks. It wasn’t about saving on the bill; there are times you real…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 May 19, 10:31am -
  • The world’s finest 300B tubes

    The world’s finest 300B tubes

    If you are a lover of single ended triode amplifiers, no doubt you are familiar with the mighty 300B. The mightiest of them all are the vintage Western Electric 300Bs, and then if you can find them, the reissued WE 300Bs that came out around 2005 or…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Apr 19, 9:45am -
  • Issue 95
    Features Old School: Juan Cavillo restores a very old Pioneer Turntable 995: Jerold O’Brien scopes out the new mini ProJect Integrated Amp Journeyman Audiophile: Chord Qutest DAC By Shanon Swetlishnoff The Audiophile Apartment: Harbeth P3ESR Annive…
    - 40 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 5:15pm -
  • MOON by Simaudio 390

    MOON by Simaudio 390

    Building on the success of their Neo 380D DAC, Simaudio went back to the drawing board, creating the MOON 390 from the ground up, offering a perfect combination of flexibility and sonic performance that we’ve come to expect from this great Canadian…
    - 40 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 4:42pm -
  • The Devialet Expert Pro 140

    The Devialet Expert Pro 140

    It’s been a long time since Devialet set the audio world on its axis, creating a product that sounds fantastic, yet looks as it should be on display at MOMA. Or perhaps in this case, the Louvre. Since Devialet, “lifestyle” is no longer an unmen…
    - 40 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 10:13am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newSoundSmith | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileIt must be hard to be Peter Ledermann of SoundSmith. When Scot Hull and I approached his booth at High-End 2019, he was getting ready to leave because he had to do a “talk.” (From what we heard, it was a last minute thing and…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 May 19, 4:00am -
  • newAudioQuest, AudioQuest, and AudioQuest | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileI had a very pleasant surprise at High End 2019 in Munich. For the last handful of high-end audio trade shows, I’ve been assigned to cover AudioQuest. I usually choose to cover this brand because I have many of their products i…
    - 14 hours ago, 20 May 19, 2:00am -
  • newSynergistic, Thrax, MSB, Kharma | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileI was excited to finally hear the new ultra-luxury line conditioner for the Synergistic Research Galileo series which had just been on “static display” at AXPONA.  What would I hear?  What would an even lower noise floor so…
    - 1 day ago, 19 May 19, 6:00am -
  • newIntroducing the Estelon Forza | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileI still recall the first time I bumped upon Estelon speakers. Among the most outlandish cabinets in the market. They have nothing in common with a typical cabinet, neither as a form nor as materials. The looks are absolutely stun…
    - 1 day ago, 19 May 19, 4:00am -
  • newMcIntosh Labs | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileIt was probably the darkest and most crowded room at High End 2019, two things that tend to trigger my claustrophobia. But you can’t blame show attendees for wanting to file into the McIntosh room and see all those beautiful ne…
    - 2 days ago, 19 May 19, 2:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Master & Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

    Master & Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

    If you are an erstwhile reader of Audiophilia, you’ll know we have given highly positive reviews of several headphones from New York based Master & Dynamic. Although not yet adopted by some of the ‘cool kids’ as they have Beats, Master & Dyn…
    - 14 days ago, 6 May 19, 9:00pm -
  • High End Society—Munich. May 9-12, 2019

    High End Society—Munich. May 9-12, 2019

    Audiophilia will be there to bring you all the action and fun in real time with our live blog and also on Instagram. Please bookmark both addresses and check back often to experience the famous show as if you were there—May 9 through 12. Rememb…
    - 17 days ago, 3 May 19, 11:37am -
  • Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge

    Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge

    Two years ago I reviewed the Grado Labs Statement v2 Cartridge ($3500), at that time the highest priced Grado cartridge—the top of their Statement Series. Reviewed using my VPI Industries Prime Turntable, I was so impressed, it has remained as m…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 9:19am -
  • Kiseki Purple Heart NS Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

    Kiseki Purple Heart NS Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

    As soon as most vinylphiles see a trapezoidal nugget in wood, stone or metal with some delicate Japanese Kanji, our moving coil hearts skip a beat. I’m a Phasemation guy—Japanese made, but no Kanji. Just a beautiful hunk of Duralumin. How many…
    - 36 days ago, 14 Apr 19, 10:22am -
  • J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin—Henryk Szeryng, violin; DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin—Henryk Szeryng, violin; DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    For the past two or three years, German classical music label Deutsche Grammophon has been quietly releasing some rather deluxe vinyl box sets of their catalog cornerstones. One of which; Herbert Von Karajan’s recording of Brahms’ Four Symphon…
    - 36 days ago, 14 Apr 19, 10:22am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newSilbatone & Western Electric Vintage Hornspeakers @ HIGH END 2019

    Silbatone & Western Electric Vintage Hornspeakers @ HIGH END 2019

    Now also image you're a music lover and want the very best. Since you have nearly limitless funding, why not just create your own company? Go ahead and hire the very best designers, and then have them build the world's most esoteric audio gear. This…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 May 19, 10:58am -
  • newAXPONA 2019 Show Report Part 6 By Rick Becker

    AXPONA 2019 Show Report Part 6 By Rick Becker

    Saturday night was dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings followed by a return to the Hyatt to charge camera batteries. Attending the free concert back at the Renaissance would have been too distracting. I decided to drop down to the bar to cash in my ticket f…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 May 19, 6:52am -
  • newConrad-Johnson HVA1 Reference Headphone Amplifier

    Conrad-Johnson HVA1 Reference Headphone Amplifier

    The conrad-johnson design team is particularly excited to announce the release of their latest product, the HVA1 headphone amplifier ($7500). The HVA1 is a reference quality single-ended Class A triode amplifier designed to power low-impedance headph…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 May 19, 5:13am -
  • PRESS RELEASE: STEREO Magazine Teams Up With Enjoy the Music.com

    PRESS RELEASE: STEREO Magazine Teams Up With Enjoy the Music.com

    EnjoyTheMusic.com, a significant provider in high-end luxury audio equipment reviews, news and show reports since 1995, is elated to announce our teaming up with STEREO Magazine. As Europe's most respected magazine, STEREO has successfully reached mi…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 10:42am -
  • HIGH END 2019 Exhibitor And Visitors Press Release

    HIGH END 2019 Exhibitor And Visitors Press Release

    At HIGH END 2019, held last weekend in Munch, was incredibly successful as they showcased 551 exhibitors from 42 countries (+3.8% compared to 2018), had 21,180 visitors in total (+6.5%), and 8,208 trade visitors from 72 countries (+8.6%). According t…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 5:04am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: 250mm subwoofer driver and box
    Item: 250mm subwoofer driver and box only Location: Melbourne Price: 45 Item Condition: good Reason for selling: do not need Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Shiny black box and 250mm subwoofer driver designed b…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 May 19, 9:37am -
  • newFS: Dynaudio Special 40s (Grey Birch)
    Item: Dynaudio Special 40’s Location: Sydney Price: $3200 + Shipping Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Want to try something else Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Only Extra Info: Excellent speakers and lots of good re…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 May 19, 4:41am -
  • newFS: (BRI) Node N100
    Item: Bluesound Node N100 - black Location: Brisbane Price: $200 posted Item Condition: good 7/10 Reason for selling: SOTM Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Posted Bank Transfer only Extra Info: Bought this Node N100 a couple of ye…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 May 19, 4:27am -
  • newTechnics SL-1000Mk 2
    Item: Technics SL-1000Mk 2 Location: Perth Price: 3200 Item Condition: used Reason for selling: Feel like buy 4K projector Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I am selling my Technics SL-1000MK2 consists…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 May 19, 4:12am -
  • newFS: Relist - SGR Audio EL15s Stereo Power Amplifier
    Item: SGR Audio - EL15s Power Amplifier Location: ACT Price: $1300 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Integrated Valves - My journey must continue Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, Or shipping can be negotiated E…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 May 19, 4:09am -

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 -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • GALILEO POWECELL SX
    The Galileo PowerCell SX is both evolution and revolution with four times the Active Filtration of the PowerCell 12 SE thanks to eleven more densely packed Active Electromagnetic Cells to the PowerCell 12 SE’s six EM Cells. The power supply for bia…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 1:39pm -
  • Video Interviews from Munich 2019, Part 1:  NativeDSD.com Talks with the Industry About DSD
    Our good friends at the well-known DSD downloading site, NativeDSD.com, attended Munich 2019. During that time, they did a handful of video interviews with some key industry figures, which provide an excellent look at, and feel for, what Munich is al…
    - 4 days ago, 16 May 19, 4:11pm -
  • Coltrane '58: The Prestige Years
    What can I possibly say about John Coltrane that hasn't already been said? Every jazz lover worth their salt knows John Coltrane was a player and band leader of unparalleled depth, creativity, and skill. With Craft Recording's new box set Coltrane '5…
    - 4 days ago, 16 May 19, 2:34pm -
  • Brief Impressions:  Jan Kraybill, The Orchestral Organ
    Reference Recordings RR-145, SACD and HDCD™ Price:  $19.98; high-resolution download file, $24.98 While I don't do music reviews on a regular basis, there are times when a particular album really strikes me, and I have to say something…usually b…
    - 5 days ago, 15 May 19, 5:05pm -
  • 1More Stylish True Wireless In-Ear Headphones
    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience the Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild in-residence concert at the Park MGM hotel in Las Vegas. In addition to the show being one of the most extraordinary rock concerts of my life, I was treated to a direc…
    - 5 days ago, 15 May 19, 8:33am -

Digital Audio Review

  • Into tomorrow…
    The headcount is in for the 2019 edition of Munich High-End: 551 exhibitors from 42 countries (up 3.8%), 21,180 visitors (up 6.5%), 8,208 trade visitors from 72 countries (up 8.6%). That’s a total of ∼30,000 visitors and a turnaround from last ye…
    - 3 days ago, 17 May 19, 5:13am -
  • A short film about Munich High-End 2019
    Enjoy the music? Not so easy when the loudest sounds at Munich High-End don’t spill from loudspeaker systems but people. For four days in May, the M.O.C. hosts 20K+ visitors and when a few hundred convene in the glass-lined atria or warehouse-like…
    - 4 days ago, 16 May 19, 6:56am -
  • The uncompromising Sistema M2 amplifier
    Sistema’s M2 is a dual-mono loudspeaker amplifier offering 85W per channel into 8Ω. Yours for €5000 plus taxes with optional 15-day money-back trial period. Sounds straightforward, doesn’t it? Not quite. On inputs, there’s no analogue, just…
    - 5 days ago, 15 May 19, 4:01am -
  • The look of love (Part 2): Q Acoustics Concept 300
    Contiguous: “to share a common border or touching”. The traditional loudspeaker stand’s top and base plates act as common borders to its pillar/s. In unboxing the loudspeaker stand that Q Acoustics ship with their Concept 300 2-way standmount (…
    - 7 days ago, 13 May 19, 8:17am -
  • Chord introduces Huei phono pre at Munich High-End 2019
    It might look like it but this is not Chord’s Qutest. It’s not even a DAC. It’s the Kent company’s forthcoming £990 phono stage. Meet Huei: compatible with MM and MC phono cartridges and wrapped in the same machine-milled aluminum chassis as…
    - 11 days ago, 9 May 19, 8:00am -