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The Absolute Sound

  • Soulution 560 DAC Release

    Soulution 560 DAC Release

    April 17, 2014 - At Highend 2014 in Munich we will launch the new soulution 560 D/A-Converter. Top class digital-to-analog converters followed by preamplifier grade output stages transform every detail of the digital source material in to the analog…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 9:04am -
  • NuForce MCP-18 Multichannel Analog Preamplifier

    NuForce MCP-18 Multichannel Analog Preamplifier

    Back in the mid-Nineties, I was still in the throes of home-theater madness and wrote: “Very soon, stereo will be only an output setting on your multichannel system.” Obviously, I was wrong. But many audiophiles do require a system that can serve…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 9:26am -
  • Fine Sounds Group Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Sonus faber

    Fine Sounds Group Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of Sonus faber

    The Fine Sounds Group, parent company to Sonus faber and iconic high-end audio brands McIntosh, Audio Research Corporation, and Wadia, rolled out the red carpet to its global distributors and a handful of audio journalists for a two-day event at Sonu…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 6:44am -
  • Robert Harley’s Guided Tour of the TAS Illustrated History of High-End Audio

    Robert Harley’s Guided Tour of the TAS Illustrated History of High-End Audio

    Join Robert Harley in his listening room for a personal tour inside The Absolute Sound's Illustrated History of High-End Audio, Volume One: Loudspeakers. This informative and entertaining video provides an inside look at this landmark 320-page large-…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 7:53am -
  • Aesthetix Romulus CD Player/DAC

    Aesthetix Romulus CD Player/DAC

    California-based Aesthetix has carved out an enviable niche producing very-high-performance products that, while not budget-priced, nonetheless offer extraordinary value. The company’s Calypso linestage, Rhea phonostage, Janus full-function preampl…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 8:10am -

Stereophile News

  • newRecord Store Day 2014
    A month ago, flying to South By Southwest 2014, the numbers on paper were grim. According to the March 15, 2014 issue of Billboard the overall unit sales of music were down 12.2 percent year–to–date. Looking at weekly unit sales figures, t…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:47pm -
  • Book Review: <I>Kansas City Lightning</I>

    Book Review: <I>Kansas City Lightning</I>

    Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parkerby Stanley Crouch (New York: Harper, 2013), 365 pp.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:49am -
  • Rotel RCD-955AX and RCD-965BX CD players
    On the mantel sat a stuffed Culo snake from Nuevo Laredo, with a red rubber tongue in freeze-frame flick. Above the bookcase hung the mounted head of a wild poi dog, killed in self-defense in Sri Lanka with only a Phillips-head screwdriver.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:44am -
  • 20,000 Facebook Fans
    It's been getting closer and closer the past few days. But this morning, Stereophile's Facebook page got its 20,000th "Like."Woo hoo!!!!
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 4:47pm -
  • Now on Newsstands: <I>Stereophile</I> Vol.37 No.5
    The May 2014 issue of Stereophile is now on newsstands. With High-Resolution Audio poised to go mainstream, the issue features Sony's $2000 HAP-Z1ES file player on its cover. Kalman Rubinson takes the Sony through its paces summing up that the "audio…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 6:05am -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: Thievery Corporation

    Download of the Week: Thievery Corporation

    It's so....organic. So bossa nova. So sultry. Five female vocalists including LouLou Ghelichkhani, Elin Melgarejo, Karina Zeviani, Natalia Clavier, and Shana Halligan join Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza and more than a dozen guest m…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 5:09am -
  • Recommended Reading: Station to Station: The Past, Present, and Future of Streaming Music, by Eric Harvey

    Recommended Reading: Station to Station: The Past, Present, and Future of Streaming Music, by Eric Harvey

    I have a love/hate relationship with streaming services. OK, to come clean I mostly don't enjoy them. I find streaming services restrictive and narrow in the music they present to me according to their notion of my taste. I grow impatient with the "l…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 2:47pm -
  • Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS

    Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS

    Another Micro DACI don't know about you, but I think choice is good. The micro DAC market has seen a rabbit-like infestation of products including the AudioQuest Dragonfly, Meridian Explorer, HRT MicroStreamer, Audioengine D3, Arcam rPAC, LH Labs Ge…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 5:03am -
  • Space Project: Sounds Outta This World

    Space Project: Sounds Outta This World

    Let's let Lefse Records explain:The audio tracks that form the raw material for Space Project were recorded by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes that NASA launched in 1977 and still uses to study the outer solar system. The satellites carry…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 5:19am -
  • Pono Kickstarter Campaign Results: $6.2M

    Pono Kickstarter Campaign Results: $6.2M

    How do we gauge success? The Kickstarter goal for the Pono campaign was set at $800,000 which was the minimum amount required for the project to get funded. Exceeding that goal by more then 7 times must qualify as an unqualified success. Perhaps the…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 11:16am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newExternal DAC or new amplifier with integrated DAC?
    Good morning everyone, This is my 1st post after extensive reading of this amazing forum. A lot of valuable info! I am French living in Cambodia...
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 11:41pm -
  • newAerial Acoustics 6Ts = Amazing
    I had the chance to sit down and listen today to the new Aerial Acoustics 6T speakers at Audio Advice in Raleigh, NC. What an amazing set of...
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 7:38pm -
  • newFor Sale EMM Labs DAC2X - Mint Condition.
    For Sale, A DAC that needs no introduction on this forum: EMM Labs DAC2x in perfect condition. Owned a little over a year and has performed...
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 3:36pm -
  • newSuggestions for upgrading a budget streaming setup
    Hi all, Brand new member here but I have been a "budget audiophile" for 20+ years. Starting in 2004 I began ripping my CD's to FLAC and since 2005...
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:34pm -
  • newWhere is my weakest link?
    Hey all, Ok, I'm ready for an upgrade. My current system consists of Peachtree220/NovaPre, Oppo BDP103 and Salk SongTowers and a Rythmik F12. It...
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:19pm -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC

    Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC

    For a company to be a market leader or maintain its position as one, it has to be bold and willing to take some risks, challenge its R&D team to go beyond its comfort zone and build a product for a market that didn’t previously exist. That’s ex…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 6:16pm -
  • Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    Rogue Audio, out of Brodheadsville, Pa., has been building rugged tube components since the 1990s, and as a result, the company enjoys a fiercely loyal customer base. Under the direction of owner and lead designer Mark O’Brien, Rogue makes great-so…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 5:47pm -
  • Elvis Costello – King of America
    Mobile Fidelity continues their excellent job of remastering the Elvis Costello catalog with his tenth album.  Never charting higher than #39 in the US, this record received more than its share of critical acclaim. Though it was not terribly success…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 11:18am -
  • Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door
    Recorded at the Cellar Door in Washington DC over a three-day period from November 30 to December 2, 1970, the latest in Neil Young’s “archives” series hits the record store shelves in vinyl format, lagging the CD by a few weeks. If you were pa…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 11:13am -
  • PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Power Amplifier

    PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Power Amplifier

    Seriously, the only thing I don’t like about PrimaLuna gear is lifting it. Recent hours at the gym notwithstanding, PrimaLuna amps keep getting heavier. Continuously improving the breed, the Dutch company keeps improving the quality of it parts, wh…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 10:51am -

HPSoundings

  • Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    For Audio Research, this 75-watt stereo amplifier represents a return to sonic form and to the basic circuitry design pioneered by the late Wm. Z. Johnson, one of the true artists of the high end...
    - 5 Dec 13, 5:29am -
  • NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    When I listen to these speakers I hear the music, and only the music, and there is really nothing more to say than that.
    - 2 Dec 13, 1:12am -
  • Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    The Wyetech Ruby STD is a hidden treasure for the analog music lover. We say hidden because if people heard this preamp, it would be the talk of the town...
    - 25 Nov 13, 5:23am -
  • Enter the Dragons…

    Enter the Dragons…

    These amplifiers could never be considered an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, fly-by-night product. This is no impulse purchase to be sold on AudiogoN months later. If you buy these amps, you will keep them because you will love them...
    - 21 Nov 13, 5:12am -
  • REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

    REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

      In the professional audio industry the name Nagra is synonymous with precision. For over 50 years, Nagra has been an industry leader in developing analogue and digital...
    - 23 Oct 13, 7:10am -

Audiophilia

  • A Quick Visit to New Orleans.

    A Quick Visit to New Orleans.

    It was my good fortune to accompany my wife to New Orleans, one of the most food crazy cities in the world, where she attended a three day business conference. This gave me some free time to explore the French Quarter, not only for food, but for reco…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 6:35am -
  • Goldpoint SA2X-I Balanced Stereo Mini-V Precision Stepped Level Control

    Goldpoint SA2X-I Balanced Stereo Mini-V Precision Stepped Level Control

    For some time now I have not had a preamplifier for my audio system. I rid myself of it when I acquired a DAC that has a built-in digital volume control (within its DAC chip). At the time of that decision, it was a no-brainer: I only had my DAC as a…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 7:29am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases April 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases April 2014 Update

    Vivaldi – Concertos for Two Violins [53:41]D Sinkovsky & R Minasi - Violin / Il Pomo D’OroNaive OP30550 (2013)Concertos for Orchestra [51:14]Concerto Italiano / AlessandriniNaive OP30554 (2013)It has been my great pleasure to sample frequen…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 6:00am -
  • The DEQX XS-1 USB Audio Option Board

    The DEQX XS-1 USB Audio Option Board

    In my recent review of the DEQX HDP-4, I mentioned that a USB card was going to be made available for connection directly from a computer to the DEQX unit. Audiophilia colleague, Karl Sigman, suggested the time had arrived to get into computer based…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Mar 14, 10:20am -
  • Schubert: Winterreise — Gerald Finley, baritone/Julius Drake, piano/Hyperion

    Schubert: Winterreise — Gerald Finley, baritone/Julius Drake, piano/Hyperion

    Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert published in 1828. Along with his earlier Die Schöne Müllerin, the two song cycles are the benchmarks for the genre. In Winterreise, Schubert uses the poems of Wilh…
    - 40 days ago, 10 Mar 14, 9:47am -

Enjoy The Music

The Audiophile Journal

  • This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This website and domain are for sale. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to maintain the site with new content as family priorities require that I devote my time elsewhere. 30-Day Google Analytics: Visits – 3,631 Unique Visitors – 3,228 Pageviews…
    - 44 days ago, 6 Mar 14, 8:21am -
  • Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    The AudioQuest DragonFly and the CEntrance DACPort have gained some rave reviews due to their portability and sound quality.  But if you’re like me and been holding off on one of those little USB DAC “dongles” because of their 96kHz sample…
    - 11 Feb 13, 2:34pm -
  • An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    I try to focus our reviews and articles on more affordable high quality audio – and for that reason don’t often get to talk about McIntosh Labs.  They make some amazing equipment that sounds great and lasts for decades and makes for a strong sec…
    - 20 Jan 13, 4:10pm -
  • New HDtracks Download Manager

    New HDtracks Download Manager

    If you’ve ever purchased high-resolution albums from David and Normal Chesky’s ever expanding HDtracks, but were put off by their strange and quirky Java download manager, rejoice!  Released today, their new download manager is an installed app…
    - 2 Jan 13, 5:08pm -
  • Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Some of you may be aware of the Sicphones project on Kickstarter that ran successfully this fall.  It was able to gain enough funding to produce somewhere around 100 headphone amplifier kits.  My box of parts arrived last week and I was finally abl…
    - 31 Dec 12, 10:31am -

StereoNET Australia

  • newGrace G-840F tone-arm - VTA?
    Hi All I have a Grace G840F mounted on my Kenwood KD-500.  The way it has been mounted, the arm does not sit horizontal on the vinyl.  It actually has a slightly upward projection.  I suspect this is because the KD-500 has a very deep recess wh…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Apr 14, 12:33am -
  • newJoe Bonamassa Tour de Force bluray box set

    Joe Bonamassa  Tour de Force bluray box set

    Purchased this from pop market recently and only just got around to giving it a spin.Four concerts in London, four nights in a row at four different venues on four disks.Absolutely sensational! The shows, the picture quality and the sound is to di…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 11:55pm -
  • newVFs System & updates

    VFs System & updates


    - 4 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 10:05pm -
  • newLine filter 'gizmo'
    I have been playing with 'The Mad Scientist Audio' line filters and the other devices called "Black Discus" units and quite surprised at how effective they are in improving the sound of both the signal lines but to a greater extent, the addition of…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 9:45pm -
  • newRega RP6/Golden Age Audio Delrin platter

    Rega RP6/Golden Age Audio Delrin platter

    Item: Rega RP6/Golden Age Audio Delrin platterLocation: Frankston (Melbourne)Price: $1400Item Condition: excellentReason for selling: no longer requiredPayment Method: Pickup - Cash/transferExtra Info:About a year old, comes with original glas…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:49pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newLG Extends Mobile Experience to TV Screens with Connect SDK

    LG Extends Mobile Experience to TV Screens with Connect SDK

    LG has announced the release of its Connect SDK (software development kit). The open source software is designed for Google Android and iOS developers, giving them more options to connect mobile devices and apps to large screen TVs.
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:40am -
  • Sony Details Pricing & Availability for 2014 Ultra HD TVs

    Sony Details Pricing & Availability for 2014 Ultra HD TVs

    After making their debut at CES back in January (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Streaming/Ultra_HD/4K/Sony/Sony_Spotlights_2014_4K_Displays_and_Content/13525), Sony's new collection of Ultra HD TVs are now available for pre-sale. The lineup i…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 7:23am -
  • Hulu Renews Criterion Streaming Deal

    Hulu Renews Criterion Streaming Deal

    Hulu and Criterion have announced the extension of their 2011 streaming deal. As part of the renewed agreement, Criterion will continue to offer a growing library of exclusive titles on Hulu Plus.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 9:27am -
  • LG G3 to Feature Quad HD Screen

    LG G3 to Feature Quad HD Screen

    Rumors about the LG G3 (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Quad_HD/Galaxy/Smartphones/LG/Samsung/_Samsung_and_LG_Smartphone_Rumors_Heat_Up_/13637) have been swirling for several months, and now it looks like the company has finally confirmed one…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 9:52am -
  • AUO Reveals First WQHD AMOLED Panel

    AUO Reveals First WQHD AMOLED Panel

    Taiwanese display manufacturer AUO has unveiled a new 5.7-inch AMOLED panel. With a 1440p screen and 513ppi, the screen is now the world's highest resolution panel of its type.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/industry-trade-news/…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 9:54am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • Yuin PK3 – a revelatory $40 upgrade to Apple earbuds
    It’s no secret that the sound quality of Apple’s white-wired earbuds leaves a whole lot to be desired but if not those, then what? Think different. Pay a casual visit to your local store and you’ll likely see earbuds outnumbered and outgunned…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 14, 8:58pm -
  • Games without frontiers at the Sydney Audio Club
    I’ve been sounding the ‘different music’ horn for a while now: audiophile societies and store demonstrators need to move with musical times if they are to swell their numbers and attract younger listeners. Playing music with which newcomers ar…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 1:40am -
  • IKEA announce EXPEDIT successor in KALLAX
    (That headline sounds kinda sci-fi-regal doesn’t it?). IKEA caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the audiophile community earlier this year when it announced plans to discontinue its EXPEDIT range. In various configurations, EXPEDIT shel…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 5:57pm -
  • 24-bit downloads coming soon to the iTunes Store?
    I wouldn’t normally report on rumours because rumours aren’t news…but this one’s a biggie: MacRumors has today reported that 24bit downloads might be just round the corner for the Apple iTunes store. Never mind a simple jump to plain old loss…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 11:02pm -
  • KIH #8 – Re-activating active loudspeakers
    CIA. Call it active. One of the more obvious subjects in need of a shake down to keep it honest is the active speaker. It’s terribly unpopular but most unfairly so. Shy of cheap units meant as convenient computer speakers with USB inputs and on-chi…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 11:13pm -