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The Absolute Sound

  • Solo Bar and Solo Sub by Arcam of Cambridge UK

    Solo Bar and Solo Sub by Arcam of Cambridge UK

    December 19, 2014 - ARCAM ANNOUNCE THE Solo bar & Sub - redefining TV sound A decade ago, Arcam's Solo Music and Movie, redefined the style and performance of compact Hi-Fi & Movie systems, bringing Arcam’s legendary sound quality into ‘non Hi-Fi…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 9:55am -
  • Monitor Audio Silver 10

    Monitor Audio Silver 10

    I love to fantasize about exotic, ultra-expensive audio gear. Who doesn’t? But what I love more is when I have to opportunity to review components and speakers I can actually afford—and more importantly, that my peers can afford. Most of my frien…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:27am -
  • Stillpoints Is On a Roll

    Stillpoints Is On a Roll

    Stillpoints’ Bruce Jacobs dropped by this Wednesday to inspect my audio system, which is using a passel of the company’s resonance control devices. I’ve also installed several of its new Aperture acoustic panels. Overall, I’ve been very pleas…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 8:02am -
  • Backing Up Your Music Files

    Backing Up Your Music Files

    If you’re a computer-audio enthusiast, no matter how expensive your equipment may be, your largest investment will be your collection of music files. Downloads cost money, and the higher their resolution, the more money they cost. Even if most of y…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:00pm -
  • YG Acoustics Releases Carmel 2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics Releases Carmel 2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics, known for its high-performance loudspeakers, released a significant update to its lowest priced model at CES 2015: the svelte, floor-standing Carmel, is now replaced by the Carmel 2. I recently had the chance to visit the YG factory in…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 10:45am -

Stereophile News

  • newI've Heard the Future of Streaming: Meridian's MQA

    I've Heard the Future of Streaming: Meridian's MQA

    Meridian's Bob Stuart at the Manhattan launch, showing the law of diminishing returns regarding increasing the sample rate of PCM encoding.In almost 40 years of attending audio press events, only rarely have I come away feeling that I was present a…
    - 9 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 7:22pm -
  • Recorded Live

    Recorded Live

    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Fri, 12/19/2014
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 11:34am -
  • Smoke Sessions on Vinyl

    Smoke Sessions on Vinyl

    With so few "major record labels" left standing, the music-loving audiophile stands alert for new venture—indies by the measure of indies—that offer very good music, excellent sound, and (is it too much to ask?) the occasional slab of vinyl…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 4:43am -
  • The January 2015 issue is here!

    The January 2015 issue is here!

    We kick off the New Year with the "Loudspeaker issue"— there are seven models reviewed at all price levels, from Vienna Acoustics, Sjöfn, Monitor Audio, Wharfedale, DeVore Fidelity, Revel, and KEF, a review of an affordable subwoofer from SVS,…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:04am -
  • Stereophile's Products of 2014

    Stereophile's Products of 2014

    No one spells it out anymore: Ours is a culture of BTW, TIA, AFAIK, and other letter-lumps, some of which have taken on meanings beyond their original intent. (Only recently did I discover that LOL stands for "I'm certain you find my attempts at humo…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 6:02pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: The Bug vs. Earth

    Download of the Week: The Bug vs. Earth

    Whoa. Lean in around 2:17 of "Boa" below and hear some of the heaviest heaviness you're bound to hear this year. Originally planned as part of The Bug's recent full length Angels & Devils (see review), this two-track EP came about because this partic…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 5:46am -
  • Primare NP30

    Primare NP30

    PrimareWhat do we want from a network player? The ability to easily stream music from our network attached storage, from a USB drive, perhaps stream from Internet Radio and streaming services, a nice interface via an easy to use app, and of course…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:10am -
  • Is Spotify Going Lossless?

    Is Spotify Going Lossless?

    In an interview with Billboard, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek talks about the possibility of adding a higher tiered lossless service to Spotify:Just like we’ve had deluxe edition of albums, everyone is thinking about how does that look like in a future w…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:14am -
  • Devialet Phantom

    Devialet Phantom

    I reviewed the Devialet 120 (see review) and was very impressed by, well, everything. The design, the sound, the functionality, all added up to an engrossing musical experience. Devialet has just introduced two new products, the Phantom and the Silve…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 6:08am -
  • Warner Music Comes Out For Streaming (Paid)

    Warner Music Comes Out For Streaming (Paid)

    As reported by re/code, during the company’s earnings call last week, Warner's CEO Stephen Cooper said:As we have said before, streaming – and particularly the subscription model – more fully captures the true demand for music. In the streami…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 6:40am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Manic Moose (S2) - BDP's third major firmware release
    Hi Chris, James and all the Brystonians! Merry Christmas and great new Year!I had to reinstall the software stored on the CF Card of my BDP1. The CF card is 4GB memory. Now here's my question: will it be any performance improvement (especially in the…
    - 31 mins ago, 22 Dec 14, 4:09am -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    The Telescopes - # Untitled Second (1992)Samples
    - 41 mins ago, 22 Dec 14, 3:59am -
  • newRe: NFL Football ('14-'15)
    Seahawks!!!!
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:57am -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything? [MFSL] (1972)[url=http://www.amazon.com/Something-Anything/dp/B0012FB4IO/ref=dm_cd_album_lnk?ie=UTF8&qid=1272763180&sr=8...
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:56am -
  • newRe: In Rock We Trust

    Re: In Rock We Trust

    It's damn good album for me. I suggest buying HDTracks version because it has better dynamic range -  DR8 while CD has only DR6.  Those guys on record labels still do everything to bring CDs closer to death
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:50am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Jeff Dorgay’s 9 Favorite Amplifiers

    Jeff Dorgay’s 9 Favorite Amplifiers

    While many people argue that speakers are the anchors of an audio system, I will always contest that the power amplifier is just as critical (if not more so) to a system’s overall sound. A great amplifier can make a mediocre pair of speakers come a…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 5:35pm -
  • Mark Marcantonio’s 7 Cheap and Cheerful Favorites

    Mark Marcantonio’s 7 Cheap and Cheerful Favorites

    As the guy on the TONE staff who covers some of the more “reasonably” priced gear, I am a big fan of trickle-down technology. Amazing things are happening at the high end of the audio food chain, which means that what was once reference-grade tec…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 4:56pm -
  • Rob Johnson’s 7 Long-Term Favorites

    Rob Johnson’s 7 Long-Term Favorites

    I’ve been meaning to update my 20-year old car, but the love of music, and buying the audio gear that reproduces it, keeps getting precedence. Fueled by a life-long passion for audio, my reference system has evolved over the course of many years st…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 4:23pm -
  • Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

    Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

    Building on their momentum of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, Light Harmonic added to their Geek Out line of products: the remarkable Geek Out 1000, designed to drive larger headphones. Those seeking a similar DAC/amp device designed…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 11:34am -
  • More thoughts on the “Wife Acceptance Factor”

    More thoughts on the “Wife Acceptance Factor”

    Motivated by my friend Kirsten Brodbeck-Kenney’s article on the same subject that you can read here, I must say I agree with her, but for some different and more wide-ranging reasons. Having sold hifi years ago, I remember customers getting all exc…
    - 15 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 12:23am -

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

  • Audiophilia Audio-Food-Fest

    Audiophilia Audio-Food-Fest

    [The turntable Vegan plate above is nla, but looked perfect as a lead in to this definitely non-Vegan get together - Ed]. When my wife and several of her friends told me they were considering opening a small local catering service for freshly cooked…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • Sir Andrew Davis conducts Der Rosenkavalier with the Royal Opera House

    Sir Andrew Davis conducts Der Rosenkavalier with the Royal Opera House

    Richard Strauss: Der RosenkavalierAnna Tomowa-Sintow, Ann Murray, Barbara Bonney, Kurt MollOrchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House / Sir Andrew DavisOpus Arte 3 CD set (185:00)Recorded live by the BBC at the Royal Opera House in 1995.One c…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 4:00am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — December 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — December 2014 Update

    Shostakovich – The Complete String Quartets [8 CDs – 480 mins]Pacifica QuartetCedille Box 1003 (2014)It was inevitable that the four volumes of the Pacifica Quartet’s highly reviewed cycle of Shostakovich’s string quartets would be re-rele…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 3:00am -
  • Digital Theatre — The London Symphony Collection

    Digital Theatre — The London Symphony Collection

    The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) usually plays digital tag with its German counterpart, the Berliner Philharmoniker (BPO). On Twitter, Facebook, blogs, community outreach, etc, they’re both the benchmarks. Chicago and Amsterdam, take note. Howev…
    - 18 days ago, 4 Dec 14, 2:16pm -
  • The Victoria Symphony plays A London Symphony

    The Victoria Symphony plays A London Symphony

    Beethoven : Leonore Overture No. 3Barber : Adagio for StringsArutiunian : Trumpet ConcertoVaughan Williams : Symphony No. 2 “London Symphony”Victoria Symphony conducted by Tania MillerRyan Cole, trumpetDecember 1, 2014. Royal Theatre, Vict…
    - 20 days ago, 2 Dec 14, 4:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newThe Grammy Folks Want To Give Fans The Credit

    The Grammy Folks Want To Give Fans The Credit

    The Recording Academy an organization who gives out their annual Grammy Awards, wants to give fans proper writer, musician, engineering, etc credit within digital music files. By visiting their Give Fans The Credit page, their goal is to provide musi…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:54am -
  • newATC SCM40A Active Loudspeaker System

    ATC SCM40A Active Loudspeaker System

    Loudspeaker Technology Ltd's ATC brand is soon going to be selling their SCM40A active loudspeaker system ($11,999 per pair). As the active version of their SCM40 three-way floorstander launched in late 2013, ATC's SCM40A utilizes their soft dome dua…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:53am -
  • newCEA And JAS Collaborate On Hi-Res Audio Promotion. Article By Mark Waldrep Of Real HD-Audio

    CEA And JAS Collaborate On Hi-Res Audio Promotion. Article By Mark Waldrep Of Real HD-Audio

    The JAS organization is collaborating with the CEA to bring the logo and "the guidelines and performance requirements". However, the CEA's definition of HRA doesn't meet them... by a long shot! The press release continues with a reiteration of the "f…
    - 23 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 6:04am -
  • 7digital To Provide High Resolution MQA Music Streams And Downloads

    7digital To Provide High Resolution MQA Music Streams And Downloads

    7digital, a digital music and radio services company, announced a global strategic partnership with Meridian Audio to offer streaming MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) music online. The partnership means that 7digital will adopt MQA to become the fi…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 7:24am -
  • Help Get Mark Waldrep Of AIX Records And iTrax To CES 2015

    Help Get Mark Waldrep Of AIX Records And iTrax To CES 2015

    Many of you know Mark Waldrep and his excellent recordings on AIX Records and iTrax. His recordings have earned prestige from high-end audio magazines. These are true high resolution recordings. Thus we here at Enjoy the Music.com are reaching out to…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 4:06am -

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 Rega Planar 25 dust cover
    Seems the plastic hinges on my rega p25 dust cover have finally given up the ghost and snapped. any suggestions as to where to get a replacement, or how to replace the hinges?Thanks Phil
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:46am -
  • newWTB: JBL Speakers
    Guys, I'm hoping to track down a pair of JBL L112's. I have been keeping an eye out for a while now and the last pair I found had pushed in midrange drivers and one pushed in tweeter. Needless to say I'm hoping to get a fully working and cosmetically…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:49am -
  • newCastle Severn floorstanders - hooking up for bi-wiring?

    Castle Severn floorstanders - hooking up for bi-wiring?

    I picked these up last week at auction.I know they prefer being bi-wired from a little research.They came with these wires crossing-over the negative and positive terminals as shown.I have not bi-wired speakers before. Not sure why the cross-ov…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:32am -
  • newDac to beat my Audio Note?
    Just upgraded my surround processor and although it is very good with cd playback I thought I had heard better so I dragged my Audio Note DAC 1 out, dusted it off and fired it up. Sure enough it is superior the problem is I cant fit it in my rack.Im…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:11am -
  • newCds for sale metal T-Z the last lot.
    Item: CdsLocation: Bentleigh eastPrice: $5 unless otherwise stated.Item Condition: excellentReason for selling: FundagePayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: The Metal madness ends with this listing. Some of you have scored some…
    - 4 hours ago, 22 Dec 14, 12:53am -

AVRev.com News

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • Calyx to introduce F and PaT smartphone DACs at CES 2015
    A PaT on the back. Leading the portable player conversation in 2014 has undoubtedly been Astell&Kern. Every other operator in the DAP niche has found itself playing second fiddle to the second generation AK100 / AK120 and AK240. However, the biggest…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 7:00pm -
  • KIH #19 – DUI
    I think it’s fair to say that most hifi listeners who are involved enough to read reviews expect some type of emotional response from their system. Be it endorphins or adrenaline, the actual enablers are quasi drugs. They put us under the influence…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:11pm -
  • Dealbreakers of 2014: Pono promo, Calyx M and LH Labs GeekOut
    Reviewing, by its very nature, is mostly a subjective process. However, there are more helpful questions than “Do I like this?”. Asking oneself “What does it sound like?”, “How does it compare to rivals?” and “Who will like this?” are…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 7:26pm -
  • From Munich to Denver with AudioQuest Ethernet cables
    If you’d have told me two years ago that some USB cables sounded better than others I might not have laughed in your face but I’d have certainly afforded you a quizzical look – not sceptical to the point of refusing an audition but sceptical to…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 8:51pm -
  • Girls aloud: gender issues in the hi-fi world #WAFgate
    In his piece entitled “How not to get women interested in audio”, author Marc Phillips’ starter for ten was “Do women like hi-fi?” A question he swiftly rebuts with the suggestion that we should “Stop worrying about this crap”. A lit…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 4:19pm -