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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe 40 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

    The 40 Greatest Bargains in High-End Audio

    Entry-Level Pioneer SP BS-22 loudspeaker, $129 Audioengine A2+ loudspeaker, $249 Magnepan MMG planar loudspeaker, $599 NAD D3020 solid-state integrated amplifier, $499 NuForce MCP-18 solid-state preamplifier, $599 Rega RP 1 record player, $445 AudioQ…
    - 14 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 10:04am -
  • TEAC Introduces UD-301 Dual Monaural Digital-To-Analog Converter

    TEAC Introduces UD-301 Dual Monaural  Digital-To-Analog Converter

    Montebello, CA - November 2014… Montebello, CA - September 2014… TEAC, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of high grade audio video electronics, is pleased to announce the debut of the UD-301 Dual Monaural Digital-To-Analog Converter.…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:36am -
  • Zellaton Stage Makes North American Premier At CES 2015

    Zellaton Stage Makes North American Premier At CES 2015

    Zellaton Stage To Premier At CES 2015 The Zellaton Stage is the latest handmade masterpiece to come out of Munich. With new in-house designed and custom built Zellaton drivers and tweeters, along with proprietary Dueland Coherent components, the Stag…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:09am -
  • New Methods for Quantifying Sonic Performance

    New Methods for Quantifying Sonic Performance

    Introduction In a previous four-part series of articles on computer audio we described a variety of factors that influence sound quality (abbreviated as SQ throughout this article) of digital music files (see TAS, December 2011 through March 2012; is…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:20am -
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #11

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #11

    Good morning, and happy Sunday Morning Hi Fi. Today we are going to talk about proper speaker placement and setup—arguably the most important step to achieving great soundstaging, imaging, and overall sonic accuracy. With a few simple tools and abo…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 8:24am -

Stereophile News

  • newRecording of December 2014: <I>Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris, 1971</I>

    Recording of December 2014: <I>Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris, 1971</I>

    James Brown: Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris, 1971Polydor/Sundazed 5470 (3 LPs). 2014. James Brown, prod., mix; Ron Lenhoff, eng., mix; Bob Irwin, mastering. AAA.? TT: 92:50Performance *****Sonics ***½In the one scene in the new…
    - 12 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 1:02pm -
  • newThinking Outside the Niche

    Thinking Outside the Niche

    With increasing frequency, many audiophiles and industry professionals have accepted that the quest for highest-quality sound quality is a luxury and esoteric pursuit that, by its very nature, can appeal to only a small niche market. According to thi…
    - 12 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 1:02pm -
  • A Jazz Thanksgiving in New York City

    A Jazz Thanksgiving in New York City

    Maria Schneider, photographed by Jimmy & Dena KatzIt’s Thanksgiving time, and New York jazz fans know what that means. No, not the Macy’s parade down Broadway or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. The really big shows fo…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 3:03pm -
  • Hear The Wind

    Hear The Wind

    Fri, 11/21/2014
    - 4 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:08pm -
  • <I>Stereophile</I>'s Products of 2014

    <I>Stereophile</I>'s Products of 2014

    The December issue is here and it features our annual "Products of the Year" (cutely referred to as "PotY" in-house). 67 products made it through to the final round of voting from the magazine's editors and reviewers—read Art Dudley's comments t…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:42am -

AudioStream.com

  • newLinn's 24-Bits of Christmas

    Linn's 24-Bits of Christmas

    Linn is at it again, giving away a high resolution 24-bit track-a-day in December. If you head over now, there's a preview track available titled "Caledonia" from Dougie MacLean & Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Sweet!Linn's 24-Bits of Christmas…
    - 11 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 1:52pm -
  • Coming Soon

    Coming Soon

    Exogal Comet DAC ($2500)Here's what's in-house or en-route to AudioStream for review.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:23am -
  • Download of the Week: Aphex Twin

    Download of the Week: Aphex Twin

    Sometimes I'm in playful mood and I want my music to match. Aphex Twin's latest Syro (Warp), his first album since 2001’s Drukqs, is about as seriously playful as they come. Richard D. James is a master of sounds both analog and eclectic and there'…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 5:34am -
  • Is Free On-Demand Album Streaming Fair?

    Is Free On-Demand Album Streaming Fair?

    From an article in the NY Times:In a radio interview on Friday, Scott Borchetta, chief of Ms. Swift’s record label, Big Machine, said that the label wanted to restrict access to her music to Spotify’s paid tier, but Spotify refused.The issue…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 9:57am -
  • Sony May Jump on the Swift Boat Away From Streaming
    According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is re-thinking "its support for free, advertiser-supported online music after U.S. pop star Taylor Swift pulled her music from Spotify, the popular digital streaming service." Here's Kevin Kelleher, chief…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 10:57am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

  • new[AUS] Burson HA-160
     "For sale is a Burson HA-160 that has been collecting dust for over a year now. Apart..."
    - 22 mins ago, 26 Nov 14, 12:11am -
  • newPolk Audio N1 ($139)
     "Okay so a few months back my house burned down. Luckily it wasn't totally ruined but..."
    - 46 mins ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:47pm -
  • newDenon d2000
     "Up for grabs - denon d2000. Have some normal wear, but nothing that affects the sound...."
    - 49 mins ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:44pm -
  • newSony XB500. Worth it?
     "As you may know the XB line was discountinued and replaced by a new XB line which is..."
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:14pm -
  • newAudeze (aftermarket cable) with RSA termination
     "Looking for a headphone cable with RSA or mini 4 pin termination for my LCD3. Shipping..."
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:08pm -

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Rega RP10 Turntable

    Rega RP10 Turntable

    Our publisher has been a Rega fan since the fateful day in the mid-’80s when we happened by our local dealer (Audio Emporium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) to find them opening a shipment of Planar 3 turntables.  As they lifted a bright, fluorescent gre…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:56pm -
  • Primary Control Tonearm

    Primary Control Tonearm

    If you are lucky enough to have tried bespoke tailoring in Savile Row, you will know that nothing off the rack really comes close to it. The term “bespoke” originates in Savile Row, a street in Mayfair, Central London, famous for prestigious tail…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:43pm -
  • VPI Classic Two Turntable

    VPI Classic Two Turntable

    VPI’s Classic One set the standard for analog performance at its price a few years ago when introduced and one is still in service at TONEAudio as a reference component, recently revised by Harry Weisfeld to accommodate an Eminent Technologies tone…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:32pm -
  • MartinLogan Motion 35XT Speakers

    MartinLogan Motion 35XT Speakers

    MartinLogan continues to expand their phenomenal Motion series of loudspeakers to the new 35XTs you see here, featuring a 6.5” woofer and their incredible folded motion (ribbon) tweeter, all in a solid wood cabinet, available in a variety of colors…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 11:11am -
  • Alta Audio FRM-2 Speakers

    Alta Audio FRM-2 Speakers

    The arrival of the Alta Audio FRM-2 loudspeakers exposed a certain prejudice or bias of mine against ribbon tweeters. But it’s a valid one, as I’d never heard a ribbon tweeter that was properly integrated with the rest of the drivers in the syste…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 10:54am -

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

  • Mojo Audio Joule V Power Supply

    Mojo Audio Joule V Power Supply

    About a year ago I reviewed Mojo Audio’s upgraded Mac Mini music server with its at-the-time newest linear external power supply: the Joule III.An impressive accomplishment by Mojo Audio, the upgrade turns a Mac Mini into a first- class but reason…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 10:57am -
  • Merrill Audio THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

    Merrill Audio THOR Monoblock Amplifiers

    In a previous post for Audiophilia, I stated that I was anticipating the return of Merrill Audio’s Veritas amps for a full review. In the interim, the smaller and less expensive sibling of the Veritas, the Thors, were shipped to me. I unpacked them…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:40pm -
  • Toronto Symphony Orchestra debuts on Chandos Records

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra debuts on Chandos Records

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade Op. 35Jonathan Crow, violinToronto Symphony Orchestra/Peter OundjianChandos CHSA 5145 (45:20)For home town Torontonians, this Chandos Records release is a fairly momentous occasion. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 8:49am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — November 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — November 2014 Update

    Mahler – Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” [78:00]Cutting / Turner / Emmerson / Kelly - PianoMelba MR301144 (2014)As off-the-wall as Linn’s recent release (CKD438) of a chamber arrangement of Mahler’s “little” 4th Symphony had seemed…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 11:53am -
  • Victoria Symphony conducted by Tania Miller — Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

    Victoria Symphony conducted by Tania Miller — Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem

    Benjamin Britten: War Requiem (1962)Joni Henson, sopranoBenjamin Butterfield, tenorPhillip Addis, baritoneVictoria Choral SocietyVox Humana and FriendsSt. Michael’s Children’s ChoirVictoria Symphony conducted by Tania MillerNovember 8, 20…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Nov 14, 8:15am -

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…
    - 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

  • newWTB: Woo WA22 (silver) / DNA Stratus
    Looking for a Woo WA22 / Stratus / high end balanced headphone tube amp to drive HD800s. Got all the time in the world. Located in Brisbane.Alex
    - 29 mins ago, 26 Nov 14, 12:04am -
  • newStreaming ABC Classic FM etc- how?
    Hi I am new to streaming music. My set up is a Win 8 PC, with Minimserver.....Android phone with BubbleUPnP....Simaudio Moon 180 Streamer (+ the usual DAC, Amp etc)....plus Chromecast. All connected with ethernet (not the Chromecast & phone!). Tel…
    - 31 mins ago, 26 Nov 14, 12:02am -
  • newFS: Van den Hul D352 speaker cable

    FS: Van den Hul D352 speaker cable

    Item: Van den Hul D352 speaker cables Location: AdelaidePrice: $300 inc post to Eastern StatesOther: pair of cables. One is 3.5m, the other is 4.5m. Unterminated. Purchased from Australian retailer.PicsAttached Images
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 10:24pm -
  • newPS Audio Perfectwave CD Transport
    Guys, looking for the above, please PM if you have one you don't use etc.Would require proof that it is an Aus model.Daz
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 10:15pm -
  • newFS: Octave HP300 Mk2 Valve Preamplifier

    FS: Octave HP300 Mk2 Valve Preamplifier

    Item:Octave HP300 Mk2 Tube PreamplifierLocation: Brisbane QldPrice: $2500Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: Upgraded to Octave HP500SEPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, EFTExtra Info: I am the original owner of this fantastic preamp…
    - 3 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 9:42pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newDH Labs Mirage USB Cable Review

    DH Labs Mirage USB Cable Review

    DH Labs (http://www.silversonic.com) -- run by Darren Hovsepian, hence the initials -- makes excellent analog cables, including interconnects, speaker wire, and power cords. They also make top-notch digital cables. I know this because I own and use e…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 11:53am -
  • newDish Regains Turner Broadcasting Channels, Including CNN, TCM & Cartoon Network

    Dish Regains Turner Broadcasting Channels, Including CNN, TCM & Cartoon Network

    After suspending access (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/DISH/Satellite/TV/Cable/turner-networks/turner/dish-customers-lose-several-turner-channels/18736) to several Turner Broadcasting channels, Dish and Turner have reinstated their carriag…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 9:59am -
  • Amazon Rumored to Be Prepping an Ad-Supported Streaming Service

    Amazon Rumored to Be Prepping an Ad-Supported Streaming Service

    According to a report from the New York Post (http://nypost.com/2014/11/21/amazon-plans-a-streaming-video-alternative/), Amazon is gearing up to launch a new streaming video platform. Unlike its current Prime Instant Video option, the new service wil…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 9:43am -
  • Denon Details Flagship AVR-X7200W A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos for $2,999

    Denon Details Flagship AVR-X7200W A/V Receiver with Dolby Atmos for $2,999

    Denon has revealed its latest A/V receiver, the X7200W. The premium audio device comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and HDMI 2.0 ports.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/av-receiver-news/denon-details-flagship-avr-x7200w-a-v-receiver-wit…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 10:30am -
  • Disney Movies Anywhere Adds VUDU Support, Offering Disney, Pixar & Marvel Digital Titles

    Disney Movies Anywhere Adds VUDU Support, Offering Disney, Pixar & Marvel Digital Titles

    Disney and VUDU have announced that Disney Movies Anywhere can now be linked with a VUDU account. The subscription-free service lets customers redeem Disney digital copies through VUDU.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/general-n…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 10:12am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • Tidal streaming comes to Logitech Squeezebox and AURALiC Aries
    Squeezebox owners have been through a lot of uncertainty these past couple of years, not least because Logitech abruptly pulled the pin on the Squeezebox Touch in 2012. That ~$300 streamer was arguably one of the highest value digital audio products…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Nov 14, 6:30pm -
  • Removing the grain (Part 2 – Zu Soul MKII and ClarityCap MR)
    The great crossover potential. A loudspeaker isn’t simply two (or more) drivers fitted inside a cabinet with each directly fed by the full frequency range. It’s a little more complex than that. On the inside of a speaker, usually behind the bindi…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:42pm -
  • Astell&Kern AK120 II review
    Powerplays. Eyeing up a pair of Abyss AB-1266? You’re going to need a dedicated headphone amplifier that can do them righteous justice. Invariably that means power and lots of it. It’s a similar story for Hifiman homeboys, Sennheiser HD800 seduce…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 11:56pm -
  • KIH #18 – Product vs. Marketing
    Attending audio shows creates opportunities. Some of those involve sitting down for extended chats, perhaps over a quick lunch or an after-hours dinner. It’s during such times that a curious journo can learn things about the industry which go beyon…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:29am -
  • Around the world with the Sony NWZ-ZX1 Walkman
    Sony is in the midst of a slow-mo roll of the dice on HRA. Over the past twelve months, the Tokyo-based giant has bet their audio division’s house on the broader uptake of hi-resolution formats. Unlike Pono, this isn’t a game of all mouth and no…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 9:04pm -