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The Absolute Sound

  • newUniversal Music’s Blu-ray Audio Operas

    Universal Music’s Blu-ray Audio Operas

    Universal Music has generally chosen wisely for its important series of Blu-ray audio discs taken primarily from the distinguished Decca opera catalogue. Previous releases include the legendary Georg Solti Ring (now available complete on one Blu-ra…
    - 4 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 8:13am -
  • NoHo Sound Open House in NYC on July 19

    NoHo Sound Open House in NYC on July 19

    The following announcement is based on press information provided by NoHo Sound. Manhattan specialty audio retailer NoHo Sound will be hosting an open house on Thursday, July 19th from noon to 8p.m. Special guests Jonathan Derda and Ben Newhall fro…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 2:28pm -
  • MartinLogan Dynamo Subwoofer Launch Event in Chicago

    MartinLogan Dynamo Subwoofer Launch Event in Chicago

    Abt Electronics, reported to be the nation’s largest single-store appliance and electronic retailer, played host to a launch event for the latest line of Dynamo subwoofers from MartinLogan, on Thursday, June 28th, at 6:00 p.m. in its Glenview, IL…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 4:34pm -
  • Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background

    Duke Ellington: Piano in the Background

    This fine record tends to get lost in the varied landscape of Ellington Columbia dates from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. While it is not among the very best of these, it is not far off that mark (as is the trio date that followed, Piano in the For…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 12:35pm -
  • Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

    Grado Labs PS2000e Headphone

    Grado Labs doesn’t rush new models to the market. The iconic Brooklyn-based firm moves at its own stately pace, befitting its rich history and high-end bona fides. Even so, it’s been nearly ten years since its last marquee headphone, which is a…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 10:56am -

Stereophile News

  • newExquisite Art Songs from Sandrine Piau

    Exquisite Art Songs from Sandrine Piau

    Given how much fuller and more natural I find hi-rez audio sounds, I rarely review recordings that are only available in Red Book quality in the US. But when the soprano is Sandrine Piau, whose voice conveyed the essence of springtime when I heard he…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Jul 18, 10:06am -
  • This Magic Moment

    This Magic Moment

    I remember the Tuesday night that music broke free of my hi-fi. The sound stirred my soul—everything was so right that I was tempted to call over my audiophile pals to earwitness its magnificence. But I didn't, fearing that sharing the sound mig…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 6:01am -
  • Recording of August 2018: <I>The Gershwin Moment</I>

    Recording of August 2018: <I>The Gershwin Moment</I>

    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (1924 jazz-band version, orch. Grofé). 1 Piano Concerto in F. 2 "Summertime." 3 Gershwin-Wild: "Somebody Loves Me," "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You."4 Oscar Levant: "Blame It On My Youth." 5Kirill Gerstein, piano; 1&#15…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 6:01am -
  • TAD Dems in Manhattan Thursday July 19

    TAD Dems in Manhattan Thursday July 19

    Thursday July 19, 12–8pm, Manhattan specialty audio retailer NoHo Sound (62 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003) will be having an open house. Special guests Jonathan Derda and Ben Newhall from MoFi Distribution will be on hand to demonstrate the…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 8:12am -
  • HDCD: Keith Johnson, Pflash Pflaumer, Michael Ritter

    HDCD: Keith Johnson, Pflash Pflaumer, Michael Ritter

    The men behind HDCD (L–R: Pflash Pflaumer, Michael Ritter, Keith JohnsonHigh Definition Compatible Digital® (HDCD®), the proprietary process for improving the sound of 16-bit digital audio, has finally arrived. More than a dozen digital pro…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 7:46am -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the week: Fascinoma by Jon Hassell

    Download of the week: Fascinoma by Jon Hassell

    Kicked back on a sofa with your feet up on an old steamer trunk and your laptop open for writing as acoustic instrument digital-manipulator and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell blows long and calm at you from between loudspeakers is a pretty good zo…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jul 18, 10:38am -
  • Review: DENAFRIPS Terminator DAC

    Review: DENAFRIPS Terminator DAC

    The several months I’ve spent living with the DENAFRIPS Terminator have been nothing but consistent, feral fun.
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 10:01am -
  • Roon brings music to more masses with Chromecast support

    Roon brings music to more masses with Chromecast support

    I don’t think I’m alone among many wired (and unwired) audiophiles who would say “I don’t Chromecast.”
    - 9 days ago, 7 Jul 18, 8:50am -
  • McIntosh MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier replaces MC452

    McIntosh MC462 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier replaces MC452

    What to do with a company that seems hell bent on replacing or upgrading practically every component in their very deep product line? Rejoice.
    - 13 days ago, 3 Jul 18, 11:54am -
  • Technics TRACKS packs it in

    Technics TRACKS packs it in

    I wasn’t personally a member of Technics TRACKS, their hosted, high-resolution music download service that was a going concern for those hyped on loading up hard drives, but word came rather abruptly yesterday (for some) that they had finally pulle…
    - 14 days ago, 2 Jul 18, 10:56am -

Computer Audiophile

  • Some Excellent CA Finds For You

    Some Excellent CA Finds For You

    OK, three topics and four products to discuss today.   Qobuz I tried Qobuz a few years ago from here in the US, but at the time I was less than impressed. I also was somewhat satisfied with Tidal at the time. But, as…
    - 10 days ago, 6 Jul 18, 11:54am -
  • How To CA: Custom Activity Streams, Bookmarks and More

    How To CA: Custom Activity Streams, Bookmarks and More

    Hey Guys - It's a strange week here in the US with our Independence Day holiday smack in the middle of the week. I tried to take some time off but got caught up in a few forum topics in which I couldn't stop watching and participating.  …
    - 11 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 2:41pm -
  • EMM Labs DA2 Reference DAC and PRE Stereo Preamplifier Review

    EMM Labs DA2 Reference DAC and PRE Stereo Preamplifier Review

        The EMM Labs DA2 is a hard DAC to pin down. In a good way. Many DACs present a readily apparent color or signature that's identifiable from a mile away. I've often listened to other DACs and said to myself, ther…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Jun 18, 7:47am -
  • NAD VISO HP50 with Roomfeel Headphone Review

    NAD VISO HP50 with Roomfeel Headphone Review

    NAD VISO HP50 with Roomfeel Headphone Review   “Headphone listeners listen to recorded music that was designed to be heard in a room”. That sums up Paul Barton’s design of Roomfeel. Roomfeel is a target frequency…
    - 24 days ago, 22 Jun 18, 7:40am -
  • dCS Network Bridge Review

    dCS Network Bridge Review

       Who : dCS aka data Conversion Systems from Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Creators of British designed, manufactured and assembled digital audio products. Think the Rolls Royce of HiFi build quality combined with McL…
    - 31 days ago, 15 Jun 18, 6:58am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Introducing myself
    Welcome
    - 41 mins ago, 16 Jul 18, 11:57am -
  • newRe: New Apollo's Coming!!
    I am very happy for everyone here.  Daedalus has been an adventure and finally I have a pair of Zeus being built.  Sadly my current speakers sold and are being freight shipped this week.  My LSA "signature" monitors have effectively destroyed any…
    - 42 mins ago, 16 Jul 18, 11:56am -
  • newRe: Modwright KWI 200 Hybrid-- A Pipe Dream?
    Personally, I'd like to see the KWI200 get an update and remain the flagship integrated model. Maybe KWI200 v2 with updated plug-in modules?As such, I'd like to see this new integrated be the entry to Modwright in general. Don't make it too big (whic…
    - 45 mins ago, 16 Jul 18, 11:53am -
  • newRe: The OFFICIAL Super-7 thread
    Quote from: WC on Today at 05:49 pmhttps://www.accessories4less.com/They sell refurb products. They have good pricing on AVRs, although stock does vary. All Marantz mo...
    - 48 mins ago, 16 Jul 18, 11:50am -
  • newRe: 3i update

    Re: 3i update

    Quote from: guf on Today at 05:52 pmpeckjed don't you have a pair of something for sale? I want yours too! for a third system. I want an Alnico desktop pair, but these 3i are wonderful. Sitting so close, is li...
    - 1 hour ago, 16 Jul 18, 11:36am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newA Visit To Starpower Audio/Video in Dallas

    A Visit To Starpower Audio/Video in Dallas

    The minute you walk into the door of Starpower Audio/Video, in Dallas, Texas you realize that “audio/video” is a major understatement. In addition to the stuff you do expect (big TVs’, cool couches, and a plethora of custom automation goodies),…
    - 19 hours ago, 15 Jul 18, 5:59pm -
  • newMore from Raidho!

    More from Raidho!

    While rumors abound of audio reviewers being bribed by lavish meals and travel, it’s easier to get my attention – just send a pair of speakers painted the same color as one of my BMWs. Ha. Carbon fiber is pretty much catnip too. After a bit of po…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jul 18, 8:52pm -
  • The Koetsu Onyx Platinum

    The Koetsu Onyx Platinum

    Mounting a $10,000 phono cartridge gives you a bit of respect for surgeons: one slip and kaboom! All that craftsmanship down the drain. But the effort is worth it. Once mounted, moving a smidge here, a smidge there and back a molecule at a time until…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 1:12pm -
  • Luxman PD-171A Arrives!

    Luxman PD-171A Arrives!

    If you’ve ever had the good fortune to visit Japan, one of the first things you will notice is how deliberate everything in Japanese culture is. They do not take anything, even the most minute act, lightly. The level of care they exhibit is a treat…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Jul 18, 2:48pm -
  • issue 89
    Features Old School: Paul DeMara revisits the Walkman! 995: Pro-Ject Debut Recordmaster Journeyman Audiophile: Parasound JC3 Jr. By Eric Neff Aural Exam: Stressing about Cables MINE Gig Harbor Goodies Ortofon Headshells Super Sneakers Analog Magik To…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Jul 18, 8:12pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newReview: First Watt SIT-3 Amplifier
    Skunkworks Legend To those who follow aviation history, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is something of a legend. In case you are unfamiliar with the name, Johnson was a chief designer for Lockheed Martin who was the brains behind such legendary aircraf…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Jul 18, 5:00am -
  • Monthly Spins: July
    A lot of rock this month, in various forms. I have to admit that finding new music each month has been something of a relief, given the relentless onslaught of obfuscation and horror in the news, but the search has given me the calm to face those th…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Jul 18, 3:00am -
  • Beguiling Digital: Audio Note UK DAC 2.1x Signature
    Unexpected Pleasures I wanted to share a few notes about the Audio Note UK DAC 2.1x Signature that Mr. Q sent along with the CDT-Two/II transport that I so greatly admired. The US price for the DAC2.1x Signature is $4,900. Like the transport, this DA…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Jul 18, 3:00am -
  • Roon expands to include Chromecast
    Roon Labs expands to cover Google Chromecast devices. Pretty decent headline, there. I’ve been mucking about with Google Home (and smart speakers from some other vendors) and I have to say, those devices aren’t terrible. Yes, that’s a bit of fa…
    - 10 days ago, 6 Jul 18, 4:00am -
  • Digital Throwback: Audio Note UK CDT-Two/II CD Transport
    Spinning Silver: Audio Note UK CDT-Two/II CD transports are passé. Boring. Irrelevant. So … yesterday. Now, if only someone would tell that to the 5,000+ shiny silver discs I have all over my house. Yes, sure – I most certainly can rip my entire…
    - 10 days ago, 6 Jul 18, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newDenver in Autumn (visiting Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)

    Denver in Autumn (visiting Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)

    Unless knee deep in a surprise Rocky Mountain snowstorm, Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Denver, CO, one of the coolest, most progressive cities in the USA. It's a place that reveres craft beer (there's even a museum in the airport about…
    - 2 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 10:55am -
  • Apple HomePod—Six months in

    Apple HomePod—Six months in

    I've had a cute girl in my house talking up a storm for the past six months. She tells me the weather, changes my music selections, turns on repeat when I want more of one album, changes my lighting from bright white to lavender, depending on my m…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Jun 18, 11:41am -
  • Paradox Phono 70

    Paradox Phono 70

    This is the second piece of Paradox gear reviewed by Audiophilia. Paradox is based in Victorville, CA, in the high desert east of Los Angeles. Owner and designer Terence Robinson has been in the audio business for many years, beginning as a hobbyi…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Jun 18, 10:31am -
  • Erica Morini—Milestones of a Legend (13 CD box set)

    Erica Morini—Milestones of a Legend (13 CD box set)

    The violinist Erica Morini was born in Vienna and made her debut in 1916 with both the Berlin Philharmonic and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestras under the baton of the legendary Arthur Nikisch. The critics hailed her as one of the best players before…
    - 28 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 10:18am -
  • André Cluytens—The Complete Orchestral and Concerto Recordings (65 CD box set)

    André  Cluytens—The Complete Orchestral and Concerto Recordings (65 CD box set)

    The Belgian-naturalized, French conductor André Cluytens occupies an interesting position in the pantheon of French maestros. He was the first French conductor to sell a million records and was also the first conductor after the war to record a…
    - 28 days ago, 18 Jun 18, 10:17am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newREVIEW: Allo USBridge

    REVIEW: Allo USBridge

    In my previous article I was using Wi-Fi on the Pi with music files sourced from a directly connected USB disk. With USBridge I wasn't going to use Wi-Fi, even though I could use a dongle but why would I when the idea is to reduce RF interference? Th…
    - 1 hour ago, 16 Jul 18, 11:23am -
  • newRecords Collecting Dust II Film About East Coast Music Scene

    Records Collecting Dust II Film About East Coast Music Scene

    Records Collecting Dust II focuses on the East Coast cities of Boston, New York and Washington DC and includes in depth interviews with twenty eight highly influential people from the 1980s hardcore punk and post-punk music scenes and others. This fi…
    - 7 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 5:13am -
  • Pangea Premier SE Phono Cable Improves Entry Level Turntable Performance

    Pangea Premier SE Phono Cable Improves Entry Level Turntable Performance

    Pangea Audio will soon deliver a new step-up phono cable that is said to offer a demonstrable difference in sonic output when used with the majority of currently available turntables. The Pangea Premier SE Phono Cable ($79.95) is a 1.25-meter step-up…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 4:53am -
  • TBT REVIEW: Ampsandsound Agartha Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier And Headamp

    TBT REVIEW: Ampsandsound Agartha Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier And Headamp

    Paired with the venerable Sennheiser HD800 and ZMF Atticus, Agartha was definitely able to milk the best out of both headphones. The HD800 was open and expansive, with very well-controlled treble, a filled out midrange and punchy bass – exactly wha…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 7:41am -
  • Nielsen's USA Music Sales / Stream Mid-2018 Report: Vinyl LPs Up 19%

    Nielsen's USA Music Sales / Stream Mid-2018 Report: Vinyl LPs Up 19%

    According to Nielsen, a global company that provides data on consumers and markets worldwide, "the music industry is in the midst of a growth spurt that has led to 15-year record revenues for the major label groups and continues to break new consumpt…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jul 18, 4:11am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Whatmough Audio Ondine Monitors
    Item: Whatmough Audio Ondine speakers (pair) Location: Hawthorn East Price: $2,500 Item Condition: As to be expected for their age, some marks, one speaker cover (grill) has small holes but not easily noticeable because of colour (black on bla…
    - 8 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 4:17am -
  • newFS: Graham Slee Reflex M Phono Amp
    Item: Graham Slee Reflex Moving Magnet Phono Amp Location: Canberra ACT Price: $450 Item Condition: as new Reason for selling: I no longer use so selling items for someone else to enjoy Payment Method: Cash, Paypal (buyer pays fees or pa…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 3:05am -
  • newADAM S3V 3-Way 9" Midfield Monitors (Pair)
    Item: ADAM S3V 3-Way 9" Midfield Monitors (Pair) Location:Sydney Price: 5500 Item Condition:Very Good Reason for selling:Change setups Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Swap Trade Extra Info:Swap Trade Just Monoblock or Power Amp AD…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 2:57am -
  • newFS: Consonance 5.0 Droplet CD player
    Item: Consonance 5.0 Droplet CD player Location:Canberra Price: $2,600 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: My aging ears cannot justify keeping this player Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Extra Info: I bout this new from Mr Osbou…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 2:20am -
  • newFS: Gecko Speaker Stands
    Item: 2 x Gecko Speaker Stands Location: Mt Colah, NSW Price: $50 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: New Theatre Room Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD Only Extra Info: Adjustable height from 800mm to 1400mm. Solid metal…
    - 10 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 2:18am -

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 &amp; DAC Review

    Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers &amp; 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

  • Vinyl Reviews - A New Publication Dedicated to Reviews of Vinyl Quality and Analog Culture
    Vinyl Reviews - New online publication dedicated to all aspects of the analog life, including professional reviews from amazing music writers, user reviews, feature profiles, and purchase recommendations July 11, 2018 - Puget Sound, WA VinylReviews…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 3:03pm -
  • Stein Music E-Pads in Pure Copper, Silver, and Gold: World Premiere Review
    The workhorse of the Stein Music tweaks has been, and continues to be the Stein E-Pad, a truly excellent and predictable way of precisely dampening vibration in critical components and speakers. The E-Pad put Stein on the map in America and opened t…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 2:39pm -
  • Sonarworks True-Fi for Headphones
    This past April Dave and I went to CanJam SoCal in downtown Los Angeles. It was a great show, and even though the venue was huge, it was easy to navigate. One of the first exhibitors we came across was Sonarworks. According to their website, they are…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 1:17pm -
  • Audioengine A5+ Wireless Powered Loudspeakers
    I have a fairly long history with Audioengine loudspeakers and products; in my book, they're some of the most well-designed, well-constructed, and best-sounding powered speakers and ancillary products on the market. The level of technology employed i…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 5:19pm -
  • Ortofon Cadenza Blue Cartridge
    Over the years a wide array of cartridges have passed through my reference system. While I cannot claim to have had serious relationships with designs from every cartridge manufacturer in our hobby, I have listened extensively to products from Dynave…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jul 18, 8:47am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newPlayback Designs MPD-8 Dream DAC review
    It has occurred to me that some audiophiles will find the new Playback Designs MPD-8 Dream DAC (US$22,000) to be an audacious name for a new product. But those of us that have been familiar with the work of Andreas Koch and Playback Designs might not…
    - 11 hours ago, 16 Jul 18, 1:17am -
  • Wheel love with the Naim Uniti Atom
    Naim review cliche #1: to headline the article with the pun-heavy “What’s in a Naim?”. It’s as tired as David Byrne features topped with “Still Making Sense”; a well-worn wink at the ex-Talking Head frontman’s most well-known eighties…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jul 18, 6:57am -
  • Wheeling in the years with the Naim Mu-so
    Mainstreamers visiting their local big Apple or high-end department store might see Naim’s Mu-so as a luxury (mains-powered) Bluetooth speaker. As one might expect at €1199, it stomps all over its smaller battery-powered brethren. The KEF Muo (US…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jul 18, 7:22am -
  • Global feedback: How big is your listening room?
    The Relentless monoblock amplifier from Dan D’Agostino. Launched at Munich High-End 2018 (see above). Inside: a potted and shielded transformer; ‘Super Rail’ turbocharged power stages; mechanically-grounded capacitors. The first 100 Watts spill…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Jul 18, 7:27am -
  • Qobuz cuts a slice of American pie
    Already serving European countries, French music streaming service Qobuz (“KO-buzz”) is set to become officially available in the USA, accessible via three subscription tiers. Pricing is TBC but hardcore audiophiles will likely turn their noses u…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Jul 18, 2:20am -