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The Absolute Sound

  • newMusical Surroundings Appointed Hana Cartridge Distributor for USA

    Musical Surroundings Appointed Hana Cartridge Distributor for USA

    The following is a press release issued by Musical Surroundings. Oakland, California | May 24, 2016 - Hiroshi Ishihara, Director of Sales for Sibatech Japan, appoints Musical Surroundings as US distributor of Hana MC cartridges. The Hana cartridges b…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 May 16, 1:11pm -
  • newWyred 4 Sound to Showcase All-New STATEMENT Amplifier at T.H.E. Show Newport.

    Wyred 4 Sound to Showcase All-New STATEMENT Amplifier at T.H.E. Show Newport.

    The following is a press release issued by Wyred 4 Sound. ATASCADERO | May 19, 2016 - Wyred 4 Sound is proud to showcase its all-new flagship stereo amplifier, the STATEMENT, at T.H.E. Show, Newport, June 3-5, 2016 in Irvine, CA. At its core is Wyred…
    - 24 hours ago, 26 May 16, 7:26am -
  • Phish: Rift

    Phish: Rift

    Toward the end of last year Phish released limited and numbered LPs of some of their early records, including 1993’s Rift, a concept album tracking a man’s dreams about the rift in his relationship—not quite a course of normal love/worry/ break…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 12:02pm -
  • German Physiks Appoints Distinctive Stereo LLC as Their New U.S. Distributor

    German Physiks Appoints Distinctive Stereo LLC as Their New U.S. Distributor

    The following is a press release issued by Germany Physiks and Distinctive Stereo LLC. May 25, 2016 - Distinctive Stereo LLC in New Jersey is pleased to announce that we have been appointed Distributor in the U.S. and Canada, for German Physiks speak…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 9:46am -
  • Tannoy Definition DC10 Ti

    Tannoy Definition DC10 Ti

    If you read a lot of audio equipment reviews (who, me?), you’re aware that it’s de rigueur to note that: (a) the Scottish manufacturer Tannoy Ltd has been in business for a long time (since 1926); and (b) the word “tannoy” has been used in co…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 12:12pm -

Stereophile News

  • newBowers & Wilkins 802 D3 Diamond loudspeaker

    Bowers & Wilkins 802 D3 Diamond loudspeaker

    "This is getting to be a habit."That's how I ended the first paragraph of my review of Bowers & Wilkins' 800 Diamond speaker, in the May 2011 issue; apparently, Stereophile's habit of reviewing models from B&W's 800 series remains unbroken.Later…
    - 16 hours ago, 26 May 16, 3:38pm -
  • newLinear Tube Audio microZOTL2.0 line stage/headphone amplifier

    Linear Tube Audio microZOTL2.0 line stage/headphone amplifier

    This is a true story about a surprising 1W integrated amplifier—a push-pull, class-A, output-transformerless tube amp—that drove my DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 speakers to 90dB average levels with grace, spiderweb detail, liquidity, and&…
    - 16 hours ago, 26 May 16, 3:35pm -
  • George Bischoff RIP

    George Bischoff RIP

    The audio industry lost another of its veterans on May 23 with the passing of George Bischoff. Over more than four decades, George touched many facets of the industry beginning with Personalized Audio, his retail shop in Dunellen, NJ. Thu, 05/26/2016
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 5:29am -
  • Marten Coltrane 3 loudspeaker

    Marten Coltrane 3 loudspeaker

    Marten is a small Swedish loudspeaker manufacturer with great aspirations, some of which the company has largely met. Leif Mårten Olofsson founded Marten and designs the speakers, while brother Jörgen Olofsson runs the business as CEO—a divisi…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 6:41pm -
  • Ayre Acoustics Codex D/A headphone amplifier

    Ayre Acoustics Codex D/A headphone amplifier

    I first spied the Ayre Codex two Januarys ago, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, and its scrappy proletarian vibe sure made it look different from any other Ayre creation. On learning that its price would be well under $2000, I was immediately c…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 6:38pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: Jack Nitzsche

    Download of the Week: Jack Nitzsche

    Miles Davis and John Lee Hooker. Sold!
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 16, 5:18am -
  • MQA Reviewed

    MQA Reviewed

    Intro to MQAI have never witnessed a hi-fi topic with a seemingly self-perpetuating cycle where the more answers given give rise to more questions than the Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio codex. At the risk of continuing this cycle, I'm goi…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 5:37am -
  • MQA Warner Music Group (Important) News

    MQA Warner Music Group (Important) News

    Short and sweet: A company spokesperson for Warner Music Group has confirmed in a phone conversation earlier today that WMG will continue to provide their distribution partners, like HDtracks, with high-res PCM music.[1]
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:28pm -
  • Is High-Resolution Music Dead?

    Is High-Resolution Music Dead?

    Carnival of Souls in high-resIn a manner of speaking, it should be. Now that The Industry is promoting the crap out of High-Res Music, with that godawful logo, you may as well throw a flower on it and call it a day.
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 5:20am -
  • A Thing Of Beauty: Bandcamp's Ongoing Success

    A Thing Of Beauty: Bandcamp's Ongoing Success

    From the Bandcamp Blog:Bandcamp grew by 35% last year. Fans pay artists $4.3 million dollars every month using the site, and they buy about 25,000 records a day, which works out to about one every 4 seconds (you can see a real-time feed of those pu…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 5:03am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: microRendu power connector takes things up to 11
    Quote from: matthewpartrick on Today at 01:38 pmThank you.  I think that's what I'm asking.  Currently my path is:mac--airport express--optical line--LIOand it would change to:mac--airport express--microrendu--...
    - 28 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:43am -
  • newFS: Bent Audio TAP-X (fully balanced)
    Up for sale is my John Chapman built TAP-X in the black shallow chassis.  I approached him at RMAF years ago about this concept of balanced and SE automatically switching and he delivered a few months later.  It's the best pre I've ever had in my s…
    - 30 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:41am -
  • newRe: microRendu power connector takes things up to 11
    Quote from: jtwrace on Today at 01:29 pmIf you're asking, yes, it's a bridge.  It works very well. Thank you.  I think that's what I'm asking.  Currently my path is:mac--airport express--optical line--L...
    - 33 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:38am -
  • newRe: BG Neo8 and Possibly Other Drivers to be Available Again
    Quote from: studley on Today at 09:01 amThanks for the reply Danny and good to hear that the Neo 3 replacement is progressing nicely.  That does prompt a further thought.  I'm wondering whether you could make a lo...
    - 37 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:34am -
  • newRe: Want to RAWK240SS

    Re: Want to RAWK240SS

    Greetings & Welcome to AC Kelvin   
    - 39 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:32am -

Head-Fi Updates

  • newSennheiser HD 800 Headband Headphones - Silver
     "Selling my mint HD800. Selling because it has been sitting in the box for over 6 months..."
    - 41 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:30am -
  • newOppo HA-1
     "Item: Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amp/DAC/Preamp Location: Sydney Price: $1200 ONO Item..."
    - 44 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:27am -
  • newOppo PM-1
     "Item: Oppo PM-1 Headphones Location: Sydney Price: $1100 ONO Item Condition: As new...."
    - 46 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:25am -
  • new[WANTED] MUsical Fidelity V-Link
     "Hello - I am looking for a V-Link or V-Link II. If anyone has one they are not using..."
    - 58 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:13am -
  • new1964 Ears V6
     "Selling my gently used CIEMS. These are the no longer avialbe V6 offering from 1964..."
    - 2 hours ago, 27 May 16, 5:04am -

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The Newest Rega!

    The Newest Rega!

    The Sound Organisation is excited to announce the new Rega Planar 3 turntable and RB330 tonearm. Arriving at the TSO headquarters by the end of May, the Planar 3 has improved sonic performance, aesthetics and usability. The new ‘Planar 3’ is com…
    - 10 days ago, 17 May 16, 8:02am -
  • The Truth According to Whammerdyne

    The Truth According to Whammerdyne

    Walking past Pat Hickman’s pristine vintage 600SL on the way to his listening room, I already know I’m going to be in for something special. The car is perfect from top to tires, with no attention to even the smallest detail overlooked. After abo…
    - 20 days ago, 7 May 16, 1:42pm -
  • ModWright’s First Offering Revisited…

    ModWright’s First Offering Revisited…

    13 years ago, Dan Wright was building his first product, the SWL 9.0, named after his son and I had just begun my career of reviewing audio gear for The Absolute Sound. I was building my first major system and wasn’t getting quite the sound I wante…
    - 21 days ago, 6 May 16, 1:24pm -
  • Guys Night Out in Atlanta!

    Guys Night Out in Atlanta!

    HiFi Buys (3157 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta) will host the inaugural Guys’ Night Out event—an evening of cars, cigars, craft whiskeys, hi-fi presentations, and luxury showcases, with a focus on creating unforgettable, high-quality experiences. Fea…
    - 31 days ago, 26 Apr 16, 9:02am -
  • Q&A with Marine Presson, General Manager, T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

    Q&A with Marine Presson, General Manager, T.H.E. Show Newport 2016

    Amidst the hectic planning for 2016′s T.H.E. Show Newport starting June 3, General Manager Marine Presson took time out to talk with us about the coming event. Read her advice for first time attendees, planned highlights of the coming show, and New…
    - 43 days ago, 14 Apr 16, 11:36am -

Ultra High End

  • Wireworld Brings the Best Test of Cable Fidelity to T.H.E. Show Newport 2016
    Wireworld Cable Technology—respected manufacturer of high-performance audio and video cables—will bring its acclaimed Audio Cable Polygraph presentation to T.H.E. Show Newport on June 3-5, 2016 at...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Th…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 8:31am -
  • Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier
    Chris Martens has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC (£1980) and Ragnarok headphone amplifier (£1580) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Rarely have I been as favourably impressed by a...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater R…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 6:11am -
  • Wireworld Starlight 7 Digital Cables
    Marc Andre has posted a review of the Gold Starlight 7 balanced AES/EBU digital cable ($), the Starlight 7 USB ($90) USB cable, and the Platinum Starlight 7 USB cable ($550) at Audio Video...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Review for…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 5:35am -
  • Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC
    Jim Austin has posted a review of the Meridian Explorer2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Leave MQA out of the mix, and the Meridian Explorer2 is a fun, capable...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Revi…
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 16, 5:31pm -
  • Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Announces the Christine Reference Preamplifier
    Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs, LLC is proud to announce the gold series Christine Reference Preamplifier. Finally, experience the illusion of space with detail, midrange and a solid...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Review f…
    - 7 days ago, 20 May 16, 6:06pm -

Audiophilia

  • Anticables Level 6.2 Absolute Signature IC and Level 4.1 Reference Plus Xhadow IC Interconnects

    Anticables Level 6.2 Absolute Signature IC and Level 4.1 Reference Plus Xhadow IC Interconnects

    After reviewing Anticables’ top speaker wire in October, I put away all thoughts of reviews for three wonderful weeks in Italy. I’m still getting over it. Upon my return, owner of Anticables, Paul Speltz, contacted me to see if I had any interest…
    - 13 Jan 16, 11:25am -
  • PS Audio PerfectWave Network Bridge II

    PS Audio PerfectWave Network Bridge II

    About two and a half years ago, I reviewed PS Audio’s first generation of its Bridge, an optional small board that snaps into the back of PS Audio’s highest end DAC (which at the time was their PerfectWave MKII), that allows one to use an etherne…
    - 1 Jan 16, 1:04pm -
  • A Scottish Bach Magnificat

    A Scottish Bach Magnificat

    J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata Hybrid SACD - DSDDunedin Consort / John Butt Linn CKD 469D [87:00]I love the sound of Linn recordings. Everyone I’ve heard has been a winner in the sonics department and many in the performance of wonder…
    - 31 Dec 15, 11:32am -
  • Philharmonia Loudspeakers by Jean Nouvel

    Philharmonia Loudspeakers by Jean Nouvel

    You know a loudspeaker is going to be expensive when it’s heard by appointment only and is the brainchild of French architect provocateur, Jean Nouvel (Price TBA). Nouvel is the creator of the Philharmonie de Paris, the worlds newest, grand concert…
    - 29 Dec 15, 2:00am -
  • Joey Roth Steel Speaker

    Joey Roth Steel Speaker

    Portland’s Joey Roth is a favourite designer around here. Whether designing the world’s most beautiful teapot, garden ceramic pots or lifestyle speaker systems with emphasis on the style and excellent sound, Roth can be counted upon to produce se…
    - 28 Dec 15, 2:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newSchiit Audio Currently Not Supporting MQA

    Schiit Audio Currently Not Supporting MQA

    Schiit Audio has announced that they would not be supporting MQA, a proprietary audio format claiming "studio quality sound you can stream or download." Schiit Audio feels that it is important to support its customers – and potential customers –…
    - 3 hours ago, 27 May 16, 4:06am -
  • Viewpoint: Is It Live, Or Is It... Better?

    Viewpoint: Is It Live, Or Is It... Better?

    When we get into modern and "pop" music, something else comes to bear, too: Much of what we hear on recordings can only be heard on recordings. It's not that the recorded sound is better than the original live performance; it's that for a great many…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 3:35am -
  • EnjoyTheMusic.com Celebrates Our 200th Report

    EnjoyTheMusic.com Celebrates Our 200th Report

    EnjoyTheMusic.com is celebrating our 200th combined music event and show report online! This celebration continues highlighting our site's 20th anniversary and ability to deliver as an innovative industry leader at providing key information within th…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 1:59am -
  • Pro-Ject The Classic Turntable Mates Classic And Modern

    Pro-Ject The Classic Turntable Mates Classic And Modern

    Pro-Ject Audio Systems is very proud to present their The Classic turntable for the company's 25th anniversary celebration (€950 with standard cartridge and € 999 with the 2M Silver version). Heinz Lichtenegger started his turntable career close…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 4:23am -
  • T.H.E. Show Newport Brings High-End Audio Gear To SoCal

    T.H.E. Show Newport Brings High-End Audio Gear To SoCal

    The Home Entertainment Show Newport (T.H.E Show) 2016 marks the sixth year of this informative, fun, and relaxing southern California event. T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 will be held at The Hotel Irvine in California from June 3rd through 5th, with a spe…
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 16, 6:21am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS:(SYD) Schiit Magni Amp & Modi DAC combo

    FS:(SYD) Schiit Magni Amp & Modi DAC combo

    Item: Schiit Magni headphone amp and Modi USB DACLocation: SydneyPrice: $150Item Condition: Perfect operating condition. Cosmetic condition: Magni - Excellent, Modi - FairReason for selling: No longer neededPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal…
    - 54 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:17am -
  • newStylus cleaner question
    I am currently using the AM stylus cleaner. Brush dipped in liquid.Is then preference dry cleaning instead of wet? My concern is dust sticking to the stylus when it's wet and I don't know long term will damage the stylus with who knows what chemical…
    - 55 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:16am -
  • newSo I'm having a bad run
    The other day I was asking the forum about a lack of bass from my meadowlark swifts and got some great ideas. BUT since then my turn table has send a shorted signal to my amp (frayed cable) and it has in turn damaged one of my speakers. There is no…
    - 59 mins ago, 27 May 16, 6:12am -
  • newFS: (SYD) Oppo HA-1 Balanced Headphone Amp / DAC / Preamp

    FS: (SYD) Oppo HA-1 Balanced Headphone Amp / DAC / Preamp

    Item: Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amp/DAC/PreampLocation: SydneyPrice: $1200 ONOItem Condition: As new condition. In original packaging with all accessories.Reason for selling: Raising funds for other upgradePayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank t…
    - 1 hour ago, 27 May 16, 6:07am -
  • newFS:(SYD) Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones (inc. balanced cable)

    FS:(SYD) Oppo PM-1 Planar Magnetic Headphones (inc. balanced cable)

    Item: Oppo PM-1 HeadphonesLocation: SydneyPrice: $1100 ONOItem Condition: As new. No cosmetic flaws. No functional issues. Includes all accessories and packaging.Reason for selling: Raising funds for other upgradePayment Method: Pickup - Cash, P…
    - 1 hour ago, 27 May 16, 5:56am -

AVRev.com News

  • LG Kicks off Summer With OLED Ultra HD TV & SUPER UHD TV Deals & Bundles!

    LG Kicks off Summer With OLED Ultra HD TV & SUPER UHD TV Deals & Bundles!

    In preparation for Memorial Day Weekend and Father's Day, LG is running a special promotion on its OLED 4K Ultra HD TV and SUPER UHD TV lineup. Starting May 22, select LG displays will be on sale along with special bundles that include options fo…
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 16, 6:11pm -
  • Hisense Launches H8 Series 4K Ultra HD TVs with HDR Processing

    Hisense Launches H8 Series 4K Ultra HD TVs with HDR Processing

    Hisense has announced the launch of its H8 Series entry level Ultra HD TV line. The collection includes the 50-inch 50H8C (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01E6PGSGY/panandscathed-20) ($600) and the 55-inch 55H8C ($700).
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 16, 6:08pm -
  • Wireworld Digital Cables Review

    Wireworld Digital Cables Review

    Wireworld (http://www.wireworldcable.com/) has been making audiophile grade cables for decades now, and the company’s products have been on my “to investigate” list for several years. This is for a number of reasons.They don’t pack their prod…
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 16, 6:00pm -
  • Sony Readies HDR Support for VPL-VW365ES 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector

    Sony Readies HDR Support for VPL-VW365ES 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector

    Sony has announced plans to add HDR (high dynamic range) support to its VPL-VW365ES 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B016IL60LM/panandscathed-20). The update will be available through a firmware upgrade set f…
    - 30 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 5:09pm -
  • Director Francis Ford Coppola Praises LG OLED TV Tech & Perfect Black Levels

    Director Francis Ford Coppola Praises LG OLED TV Tech & Perfect Black Levels

    Francis Ford Coppola has announced his support for LG's OLED TV tech. With their perfect blacks and vivid colors, OLED panels are capable of presenting the director's films as they are intended.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/…
    - 30 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 5:06pm -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • Wyred 4 Sound Statement Amplifier
    Wyred 4 Sound is proud to showcase its all-new flagship stereo amplifier, the STATEMENT, at T.H.E. Show, Newport, June 3-5, 2016 in Irvine, CA. At its core is Wyred 4 Sound’s completely proprietary Class-D design. This revolutionary technology prod…
    - 2 days ago, 25 May 16, 6:19pm -
  • Audio Sensibility Cables: Musings on Price and Prejudice
    "I can cable an entire audiophile system for $1000" This was back in May of last year, and I was on the phone with Steven Huang of Audio Sensibility Cables, based in Toronto, Canada. I'm an old-school audio cheapskate, and had just remarked on how we…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 8:18am -
  • LampizatOr Euforia
    Apparently, I left a few readers in the lurch by closing my LampizatOr Euforia review saying I'd discovered a difference making change and that I'd follow-up the review, but was too lazy to rewrite it before posting. I've been overwhelmed at work, ha…
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 16, 4:38pm -
  • OPPO Digital Releases Sonica Wi-Fi Speakers
    “Where Sound Takes You” OPPO Digital, renowned for award-winning universal disc players and personal audio products, announces that a new product, the Sonica Wi-Fi Speaker, is now available for immediate shipping. Sonica is an elegant and powerf…
    - 4 days ago, 23 May 16, 12:17pm -
  • Impressions: AXPONA 2016 and my Audio Oasis! Awards, Part 2
    In part two, I cover the balance of my Audio Oasis! Awards for AXPONA 2016. As I said in part one, these notes are presented in no particular order, and so there is no greater or lesser in the sequence. Read on… ModWright/Ryan Loudspeakers/Aurender…
    - 5 days ago, 22 May 16, 2:56pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newSchiitting on MQA
    PREVIOUSLY ON MQA: a new file format that promises something for everyone but for which we would do well to wait until a sizeable catalogue arrives – 1000s not 10s – before getting all fired up about its potential to revolutionise the listen…
    - 16 hours ago, 26 May 16, 3:17pm -
  • Night Phonehawk: Quest of Audio
    I realized that even before getting a sample of the AudioQuest NightHawk into my hands that they wouldn’t be just one more pair of cans from an old name company who’d recently felt the need to join the headphone market. The failure of thi…
    - 1 day ago, 26 May 16, 1:18am -
  • Taste the mainstream with OPPO Digital’s Sonica
    OPPO Digital and OPPO are two distinct companies despite sharing a name and a Guangdong factory. OPPO manufacturer smartphones aimed at the man in the street whilst OPPO Digital look after the considerably smaller audiophile market with disc spin…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 6:09pm -
  • Three (more) amplifiers for the KEF LS50, ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
    The most talked about standmount loudspeaker/s of the past twelve months is almost certainly ELAC’s Debut B5 (US$250). Pulling up in second place is the same company’s Uni-Fi UB5 (US$500). Why? Not simply because they each offer outstanding perfo…
    - 3 days ago, 24 May 16, 2:32am -
  • DAR’s top 5 trends of Munich High-End 2016
    With Munich High-End 2016 coverage now in the bag, let’s turn our attention to trends. What themes shot through this year’s event? Here’s my Top 5: 1. Turntables, turntables and more turntables. Big black disc spinners were more prevalent at Mu…
    - 5 days ago, 21 May 16, 8:05pm -