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The Absolute Sound

  • newPass Laboratories XP-17 Phonostage

    Pass Laboratories XP-17 Phonostage

    Of all the component-to-component relationships in an audio system it’s vinyl playback that most reminds me of a track-and-field relay race. It goes something like this: As the cue lever drops at the start of a record, a tiny signal is handed off…
    - 6 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 8:22am -
  • 2020 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $3,000 - $5,000

    2020 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $3,000 - $5,000

    Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 $3000 This compact two-way hits it out of the park in sound quality, build, technology, and value. The midrange driver is based on techniques developed for the flagship 800 series, and the new tweeter sits on top of the cabi…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 4:47am -
  • AMG & Hana Dealer Event in Wisconsin

    AMG & Hana Dealer Event in Wisconsin

    The following is a press release issued by Musicial Surroundings, AMG, and Hana. The Big Analog Dog is coming to town! And by that we don’t mean Garth Leerer or Ken Bowers from Musical Surroundings, importers of AMG turntables and Hana cartridges…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 3:54pm -
  • Parasound Launches JC 1+ Dealer Tour at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica

    Parasound Launches JC 1+ Dealer Tour at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica

    The following is a press release issued by Parasound. SAN FRANCISCO | February 12, 2020 -- Parasound will kick off a dealer tour for the new John Curl-designed Halo JC 1+ monoblock power amplifier on February 29th at The Audio Salon of Santa Monica…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 3:43pm -
  • PSB Alpha T20 Loudspeaker

    PSB Alpha T20 Loudspeaker

    It’s hard to believe that Paul Barton, founder of PSB, launched his Alpha range speakers all the way back in 1991. Unpretentious in style but heavy on performance, Alphas have had a remarkable run—perennial crowd-pleasers for the budget-minded,…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 10:10am -

Stereophile News

AudioStream.com

  • Aurender W20SE Preview

    Aurender W20SE Preview

    Improving on a product that already deeply impresses with its performance capabilities can be a daunting proposition for a company, but when a manufacturer decides that the time has come to improve on a lauded design – and not in some incremental m…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 1:15pm -
  • Linn Records: Vinyl to Digital – the Song Remains the Same

    Linn Records: Vinyl to Digital – the Song Remains the Same

    The year is 1973, the place is Glasgow, Scotland and Ivor Tiefenbrun and co. are spinning professional test LPs on a freshly-turned Sondek LP12, only to deduce the quallity of the albums are total rubbish. So, why not start a record label and do it p…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 11:23am -
  • An Analog Reference for Digital Reviews

    An Analog Reference for Digital Reviews

    I reference a lot of things in the course of a day. In life, I often find myself needing a point of reference to either carry on a conversation with an individual, or to make sure I’m getting where they’re coming from.
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 20, 2:01pm -
  • Undercurrents No.5: The Steig Connection

    Undercurrents No.5: The Steig Connection

    I am an audiophile, which means I exhibit certain tendencies that might be considered compulsive. I can purchase one, three, five, or even 11 records at a time, but never two or four or 12, for instance.
    - 13 days ago, 4 Feb 20, 8:48pm -
  • Digital Downloads: Reference Recordings – Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé Suite

    Digital Downloads: Reference Recordings – Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé Suite

    Any Russian composer who got through the Great War and the revolution, then received permission to leave the Motherland and work abroad for more than a dozen years before returning home to acclaim… is a composer I’d loved to have had the opportun…
    - 17 days ago, 31 Jan 20, 1:50pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • newAudiophile Style State of the Union

    Audiophile Style State of the Union

    Over the years the Audiophile Style forum has been an invaluable resource to many audiophiles and music lovers alike. This is all due to the contributions from members of the community from around the world, who freely give their time to help oth…
    - 7 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 6:50am -
  • Coffee Talk With Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Wilson Audio

    Coffee Talk With Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Wilson Audio

    Our own Danny Kaey sat down with Daryl Wilson, President and CEO of Wilson Audio Specialties, for a 45 minute chat about a wide range of topics including the new Chronosonic XVX, craftsmanship, capacitors, Daryl's vinyl collection and his lates…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 7:50am -
  • Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection 1500 | A Treasure Trove Of Music

    Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection 1500 | A Treasure Trove Of Music

       Several years ago I purchased an album on a whim. It was by an artist named Yoshio Otomo on the Three Blind Mice record label. Nobody suggested I purchase this album. I still don't know why I took a chance on it, other t…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 12:28pm -
  • Redscape 3D Audio for Headphones Review

    Redscape 3D Audio for Headphones Review

    I prefer listening to music (and movies) over loudspeakers rather than headphones. However, I listen to headphones every day, traveling, at the office, or late at night when the family sleeps. I have a love/hate relationship with headphones. I lo…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 7:20am -
  • McIntosh Labs C53 Preamplifier Review

    McIntosh Labs C53 Preamplifier Review

    Amazing. Pretty much the first word that came to mind when I first saw McIntosh Labs latest preamplifier, the freshly updated C53 two channel solid state design. A whopping 16 inputs (9 analog and 7 digital), a built in MC/MM dual input phono sta…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 11:20am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newSchiit Saga Preamplifier
    A great little preamp.  In excellent condition; works as it should.  Used but not abused.  5 RCA line inputs.  I’m the second owner; I bought it from an audiophile buddy who takes great care of his possessions.  I can put you in contact with h…
    - 3 mins ago, 17 Feb 20, 2:07pm -
  • newRe: iFi audio hip-dac: The Official Thread

    Re: iFi audio hip-dac: The Official Thread

    iFi audio hip-dac Tech note #1Beauty that is not skin deepIntroducing the smallest balanced DAC around[...
    - 5 mins ago, 17 Feb 20, 2:05pm -
  • newRe: Omega SAM and subwoofers
    ^ very nice
    - 8 mins ago, 17 Feb 20, 2:02pm -
  • newParasound A23 Amplifier
    Silver finish.  In excellent condition.  Works as it should.  Used but not abused.  I’m not the original owner.I have the manual and original packaging.I’m simplifying my system; I’m going to an integrated amplifier.Price is $650.00 which i…
    - 8 mins ago, 17 Feb 20, 2:02pm -
  • newRe: New LRS or .7's Maggies
    Quote from: smargo on  5 Feb 2020, 08:10 pmagreed!! and thank you for telling it like it isAbsolutely! I want to shoot straight with people on the Magnepan subject. By no means do I consider myself an expert...
    - 19 mins ago, 17 Feb 20, 1:51pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The JL Audio Fathom In Ceiling Subwoofer System

    The JL Audio Fathom In Ceiling Subwoofer System

    A well-integrated subwoofer is genuinely a thing of sonic beauty and functionality. Because subwoofers tend to be somewhat imposing, the toughest part of having one (or more) is where to put them. To complicate the issue, a subwoofer often must fit i…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 12:20am -
  • An answer to one of audio’s ultimate questions:
    Just say yes to streaming music at your favorite hifi show. Seriously. Sitting in the airport waiting for the flight home, I’ve just spent the most fun time ever at an audio show. The Florida Audio Expo was an absolute pleasure to attend. But you c…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Feb 20, 12:12pm -
  • The Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp

    The Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp

    If you grew up in the hifi era of the 60s and 70s, magazines featured the latest stereo equipment in their ads and editorial pages, and the reel to reel tape deck was the pinnacle. You may have owned one, yourself. Most were bought to record radio br…
    - 37 days ago, 11 Jan 20, 3:47pm -
  • The REL no.25 Six-Pack

    The REL no.25 Six-Pack

    It only takes about eight seconds listening to a double stack of six REL no.25 subwoofers to realize that this is something completely otherworldly. It’s not about sheer bass extension, though there’s plenty of that. The No.25 goes down to about…
    - 39 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 10:39pm -
  • Issue 100
    Features AWARDS! Product of the Year, Exceptional Value, Publishers Choice… AND-PRODUCTS OF THE DECADE! Old School: Juan Calvillo looks back at the Marantz 2252 Headphone Art: Auditioning the Focal Utopia Phones The Audiophile Apartment: Jeff Dorga…
    - 54 days ago, 25 Dec 19, 9:31pm -

Part Time Audiophile

Audiophilia

  • Icon Audio PS1 Mk. II All Valve Phono Stage

    Icon Audio PS1 Mk. II All Valve Phono Stage

    UK-based Icon Audio is a maker of ‘Award Winning Valve Amplifiers’. Icon also manufactures valve preamplifiers and phono stages (FYI: ‘valve’ is Brit speak for ‘tube’).I was contacted by a local Icon Audio dealer followed by the Canad…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 5:35am -
  • Linnenberg SATIE Reference D/A converter with integrated preamp

    Linnenberg SATIE Reference D/A converter with integrated preamp

    Mark Sossa from Well Pleased Audio Vida (AV) contacted me several months ago concerning a new DAC that he thought I would be interested to review. He tends to find products that are off the beaten track, are worthy of attention for their outstandi…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 20, 7:47am -
  • Focal Arche

    Focal Arche

    Nearly one year ago, Focal unveiled its first ever dedicated headphone amplifier, the Arche ($2,500). A feature-packed design, this device was offered to be the perfect companion for their ever more impressive line of headphones. But that begs…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Feb 20, 7:36am -
  • Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas—Igor Levit

    Beethoven: The Complete Piano Sonatas—Igor Levit

    These complete recordings of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas are always welcome, especially this year during the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth.Although listening and reviewing a nine disc set may seem daunting or even onerous,…
    - 17 days ago, 31 Jan 20, 10:12am -
  • Focal Chora 816 Loudspeaker

    Focal Chora 816 Loudspeaker

    I first came across Focal speakers in 2014 when they rolled out their new at that time Aria lineup. The proprietary flax drivers and attractive price/value ratio placed them on my short-list when I was hunting for my first serious floor stander…
    - 17 days ago, 31 Jan 20, 9:03am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newRave'in' 'Bout Raven Audio At Florida Audio Expo 2020

    Rave'in' 'Bout Raven Audio At Florida Audio Expo 2020

    With an incredibly smooth and musical sound, Raven Audio was at the Florida Audio Expo 2020 with two systems. One featured a Mytek Digital Brooklyn DAC+ ($2199), Raven Audio Blackhawk / Nighthawk MK3 vacuum tube integrated amplifier, Ce'Lest tower sp…
    - 15 hours ago, 16 Feb 20, 11:18pm -
  • newBryston And Audeze Rooms Plus Nagra Audio Too

    Bryston And Audeze Rooms Plus Nagra Audio Too

    Sometimes you forget to take notes, or your smartly ask the exhibitor(s) to help by e-mailing you a gear list. Alas, sometimes when covering rooms things simply 'fall apart'. No worries, as these things happen from time to time. Bryston had their typ…
    - 15 hours ago, 16 Feb 20, 11:17pm -
  • newMusical Surrounding At Florida Audio Expo 2020

    Musical Surrounding At Florida Audio Expo 2020

    Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings fame is always very welcoming and informative, with his room at Florida Audio Expo 2020 being most impressive too! A highlight of this room is the DS Audio, a division of Digital Stream Corporation, E1 Optical Car…
    - 15 hours ago, 16 Feb 20, 11:15pm -
  • newRebiew: 64 Audio Tia Fourte And U18t In-Ear Monitors

    Rebiew: 64 Audio Tia Fourte And U18t In-Ear Monitors

    With just a decade of experience, 64 Audio have quickly grown to become a tour de force in the world of portable audio. Part of their ascension has stemmed from their firm desire to challenge traditional audio standards with innovations and ground-br…
    - 18 hours ago, 16 Feb 20, 8:36pm -
  • newContest: Win Bottlehead Crack 1.1 OTL Headphone Amp Kit

    Contest: Win Bottlehead Crack 1.1 OTL Headphone Amp Kit

    Win an OTL vacuum tube headamp valued at $315! Bottlehead and EnjoyTheMusic.com are giving away their easy-to-build Crack 1.1 OTL vacuum tube headphone amplifier kit ($315 on up depending on options). For decades, Bottlehead has been providing wonder…
    - 19 hours ago, 16 Feb 20, 7:31pm -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Hifi furniture - Ekornes Stressless recliner with footstool
    Item: Ekornes Stressless recliner with footstool Location: 3178 Price: $1500 Item Condition: as new Reason for selling: want other colour Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Norwegian fine recliner, extremely comf…
    - 11 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 3:17am -
  • newFS Garrott Bros OptimS2 (Shibata)
    Item: Garrott Bros OptimS2 Location: Brisbane CBD Price: $280 (plus postage) Item Condition: used (recently inspected) Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Here we have the combo…
    - 11 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 3:14am -
  • newFS: Spider hifi shelf
    Item: spider hifi shelf/spider rack Location: 3178 Price: $100 Item Condition: as new Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: pickup in 3178 or meet up in southeastern surburbs. Pickup preferred…
    - 11 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 3:02am -
  • newMicro seki MR222 Turntable
    Item: micro seki mr222 Location:Officer or Tullamarine cbd with arrangement Price: 400 Item Condition:very good condition for it age Reason for selling:not use Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Extra Info: Rare really good…
    - 11 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 2:42am -
  • newFS: Chord Co. Epic Super Twin - Bi-wire speaker cables (2M pair)
    Item: FS: Chord Co. Epic Super Twin - Bi-wire speaker cables (2M pair) Location: Perth Price: $400 FIRM inc. shipping (RRP $220 per metre!) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Going Active soonish... Payment Method: Pickup - Cash,…
    - 12 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 1:44am -

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

  • newPushing the Envelope: The Audioquest Dragon Power Cable and Dragon Zero Loudspeaker Cables
    AudioQuest's founder, William Low, and Director of Power Products, Garth Powell, have once again co-developed the next generation of Audioquest audiophile cost-is-no-object power cables and speaker cables. Interconnects are in development and will be…
    - 1 hour ago, 17 Feb 20, 12:45pm -
  • newKEF R3 Bookshelf Loudspeakers Do Small Big
    "Let's get small, real small!" - Steve Martin, 1977. KEF's new R3 stand mount speakers, the smallest of their recently introduced, redesigned mid-priced R series are a case study in good things coming in small packages. The new R series is comprised…
    - 3 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 11:37am -
  • newThe Florida Audio Expo, Part 4
    Here's the last installment of my show coverage for the Florida Audio Expo. You can see Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE, and Part 3 HERE. An absolute semi-truckload of VAC, Esoteric, and Kronos equipment was on display in this monstrous room! The room was f…
    - 4 hours ago, 17 Feb 20, 10:31am -
  • newRickie Lee Jones will be the featured performer at AXPONA 2020!
    LIVE MUSIC Saturday, April 18, 2020  |  8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Open to All Attendees! RICKIE LEE JONES was the IT girl of the 80’s, trend setter, beautiful big smile and long blonde hair, gyrating teenager in a spandex one-piece, a temptress in lacy…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 20, 4:06pm -
  • Joanne Polk: Louise Farrenc Etudes & Variations for Solo Piano
    Our good audio brother John Marks, he who shepherds his site, The Tannhauser Gate, sends along another smoke signal about a fine recording of a nowadays-obscure composer, Louise Farrenc. I have not yet found a single recommendation of John's that was…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Feb 20, 9:28am -

Digital Audio Review

  • Best Home Recording Studio Packages

    Best Home Recording Studio Packages

    Searching for the best home recording studio package with everything to record vocals, guitar, drums, and your band is almost impossible. There are lots of different home recording kits and bundles, but not all have everything you need. It’s a good…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 9:15am -
  • Best Podcast Microphones

    Best Podcast Microphones

    Looking for the best podcast microphone for your project isn’t easy or fun. There are a ton of different podcast mics in the pro audio world and it can be almost impossible to choose between them all. Most podcasting mics have several key features…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 10:58pm -
  • Best Online Guitar Lessons Websites

    Best Online Guitar Lessons Websites

    Picking and comparing the best online guitar lessons that will help you become a better guitar player no matter what your skill level is difficult. There are so many different guitar training courses out there. How are you supposed to know which one…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Feb 20, 1:54pm -