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The Absolute Sound

  • newWadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites

    Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites

    “Name some of the iconic, landmark albums in jazz history,” said my friend, an acclaimed improvising musician. We ran through John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, Charles Mingus’ Mingus Ah Um, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Bitches Brew, and othe…
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:22am -
  • Critical Mass Systems Sotto Voce Equipment Rack

    Critical Mass Systems Sotto Voce Equipment Rack

    Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you acquire a component or accessory that is so good the thought of replacing it never comes to mind. You install it, have a listen, and say to yourself: “Well, that’s that.” For me, this happened when I replaced w…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jan 15, 10:17am -
  • Constellation Audio Inspiration Series Preamp 1.0 Linestage, Stereo 1.0 Stereo Amplifier, and Mono 1.0 Monoblock Amplifiers

    Constellation Audio Inspiration Series Preamp 1.0 Linestage, Stereo 1.0 Stereo Amplifier, and Mono 1.0 Monoblock Amplifiers

    I get more reader letters complaining about the prices of some of the products we review than on any other topic. Six-figure amplifiers are bound to offend many sensibilities. But I’m about to demonstrate how the development of those cost-no-object…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:35am -
  • Audience Au24 SE Power Cable, Au24 SE Interconnect, and Au24 SE Speaker Cable

    Audience Au24 SE Power Cable, Au24 SE Interconnect, and Au24 SE Speaker Cable

    John McDonald, the president of Audience cables, has been in business for several decades, but he isn’t someone who makes a big fuss about the properties of his cables. They’re slim and unpretentious, even—dare I say it?— unprepossessing, at…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 7:48am -
  • Female Jazz Vocalists

    Female Jazz Vocalists

    In Issue 219 I wrote an overview of contemporary female jazz singers that bypassed the most well-known vocalists. Since that issue I’ve kept listening, and gradually a new list was created. Like last time, I searched for jazz singers whose work imp…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:06am -

Stereophile News

  • newBryston Middle T loudspeaker

    Bryston Middle T loudspeaker

    Readers of Stereophile need no introduction to Bryston, a venerable Canadian electronics manufacturer known for the quality and reliability of its amplifiers and preamplifiers, and for its unique 20-year warranty. In the past few years, Bryston has v…
    - 48 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:22pm -
  • newA Tribute in Jazz

    A Tribute in Jazz

    There’s a recent recording project that I have to say exemplifies that hard as it is to believe, there are still human hearts beating in the biz.Fri, 01/30/2015
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:02pm -
  • newThe Wild Geese

    The Wild Geese

    Fri, 01/30/2015
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:52pm -
  • Jackson Browne: Enter The Natural

    Jackson Browne: Enter The Natural

    For famously civilized and jaded New York City, the crowd at the resplendent Beacon Theatre is uncommonly involved. Loud requests, many in tangled liquor dialects, boom from the balcony:"'REDNECK FRIEND'!"Onstage, Jackson Browne smiles and shakes…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jan 15, 10:03am -
  • Astell&Kern AK240 portable media player

    Astell&Kern AK240 portable media player

    Do you travel? Commute, perhaps? Just like to listen to music privately around the house? No matter—the Astell&Kern AK240 is the luxury choice in high-resolution portable music players (footnote 1). It even comes with a lovely leather case that…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:59am -

AudioStream.com

  • newJay Z Is Buying Tidal!

    Jay Z Is Buying Tidal!

    According to Endgaget, "'Project Panther,' a company indirectly owned by Jay Z's S. Carter Enterprises, has made a bid for Aspiro, a company that runs Tidal" for 464 million Swedish crowns ($56 million) in cash. From The Verge, "Norwegian media compa…
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:03am -
  • newDownload of the Week: Bjork

    Download of the Week: Bjork

    With Bjork, it's never a matter of not liking, it's a matter of liking more or less. The more the focus remains firmly on Bjork's voice, the happier I am. I don't know about you, but I get the distinct impression that she loves to wrap herself around…
    - 9 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 6:16am -
  • A Word From Qobuz

    A Word From Qobuz

    French download site and lossless streaming service Qobuz recently published "A letter from the Qobuz team to its subscribers and users". Fist off, I am very happy to see Qobuz working their way through some difficult financial times (see report) as…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 7:52am -
  • Is High Resolution Audio Elitist?

    Is High Resolution Audio Elitist?

    Reading some of the responses to Pono, and to Neil Young, you have to wonder if some of the stronger negative takes on what is a plea for better sound quality are rooted in an emotional response as opposed to a technical one. I had a conversation wit…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 11:19am -
  • The NY Post Pisses (and Misses) on Pono

    The NY Post Pisses (and Misses) on Pono

    Here's the gist of James Covert's "report" for the NY Post:Product engineers for the shaggy rock icon’s newly released Pono digital music player have privately admitted they aren’t convinced that the high-resolution audio files it plays have an…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:34am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newLPSU on a laptop PC : stupid or efficient ?
    Hi, I use my laptop as a 2nd source for multipurpose (web, work, video etc...). PC with i7, SSD, Win 8.1. I use the USB output to send PC sound to...
    - 31 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:39pm -
  • newSynology and external drive support - Drive Format
    Hopefully Chris and/or Ted can help get this feature through to Synology. The lack of exFAT drive format really sucks. The only choices do not...
    - 42 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:28pm -
  • newanyone here ever dare use the EQ in itunes?
    or is this truly audiophile verboten? Just wondering. In some sense it degrades source's "truth", but in another sense it could be a conceivably down...
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:49pm -
  • newBest way to feed my Metrum Octave II
    I have been using an Octave II for some time and find it a superbly natural DAC, especially when fed upsampled PCM. I currently use Audirvana+ to do...
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 10:35am -
  • newOptimizing PC sound with free softs
    hi, My PC is not my best source, but I use it for multipropose + youtube + tv & news etc... thus it is connected to my hifi via USB to my USB>coax...
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:57am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: If you started over...
    Another 2.6 cents (Canadian funds).  Wandill, I hate to see you confused, so I'll be up front.  The best tube amps and the best solid state amps do not sound similar.  What is generally considered the best tube sound is single ended triode (SE...
    - 19 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:51pm -
  • newRe: WAV vs. FLAC
    I'm fairly new to this site and have enjoyed this thread - and learnt quite a few things. Most of my music files have been ripped from my CD's using dBpoweramp CD Ripper to FLAC, and played using JRiver. I'm going to rip a couple of CD's to WAV to se…
    - 31 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:39pm -
  • newRe: Show me your (imaginary) SoundScape 8 Facelifts

    Re: Show me your (imaginary) SoundScape 8 Facelifts

    radiator. I raised the woofers a bit.
    - 33 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:37pm -
  • newRe: TRUTH in Audio
    Quote from: *Scotty* on Today at 04:19 amI find it interesting that Dynamic Intermodulation Distortion and Transient Intermodulation Distortion are not referenced by manufacturers of amplifiers in their "white pa...
    - 38 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:32pm -
  • newRe: Big7 tube shootout!
    I tried them in the old B7. Not the new one Ill try that over the weekend
    - 45 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:25pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Plinius Inspire 980 Integrated Amplifier

    Plinius Inspire 980 Integrated Amplifier

    New Zealand’s Plinius Audio has a track record of delivering products that offer great sound for the dollar—and its Inspire 980 certainly offers a lot, especially for $4,450. In addition the power and preamp capabilities of a standard integrated,…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 9:31pm -
  • Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

    Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

    The first thing you notice about the new Benchmark AHB2 is its diminutive size. Even with feet and binding posts, it’s only about 11 inches wide, 4 inches tall and 9 inches deep. And the heat-sink fins account for about a third of that width, makin…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 9:20pm -
  • Justin Townes Earle
    Loneliness—and the fears that accompany the threadbare emotion—has long served as the inspiration for innumerable pop songs. The subject also provided the jumping-off point for many classics in the traditional country canon, with singers such as…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 6:11pm -
  • 2014 Product of the Year – Personal Fidelity
    The OPPO amp and phones get our overall award this year because they offer unbeatable performance for the dollar, but the Woo Audio headphone amplifier gets the nod because it’s so over the top.  It’s the most amazing headphone amplifier period,…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 12:37pm -
  • 2014 Product of the Year – Amplifier
    Steve Deckert has been building some of the world’s finest tube amplifiers forever, and he’s still one of the best-kept secrets in high end audio.  Until you talk to someone who owns one of his amplifiers, that is.  Just try and pry it from the…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 12:34pm -

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

  • The Mojo Audio Mystique DAC

    The Mojo Audio Mystique DAC

    Recently, my friend and Audiophilia colleague, Karl Sigman reviewed the Mojo Audio Mac Mini server as well as the Joule V power supply. I joined him in the Mojo Audio room during our trip to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. It was my first meeting with…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 3:00am -
  • Bill Frisell: Guitar as vocals

    Bill Frisell: Guitar as vocals

    The American guitarist Bill Frisell has been a favorite guitarist (and musician and composer) of mine for many years, but something very recent in his repertoire from his newest album ‘Guitar in the Space Age’ (2014) tweaked my imagination and le…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 6:57am -
  • Streaming Music and the Audiophile

    Streaming Music and the Audiophile

    We received a SONOS system for review just before Christmas. The review of the three-piece set (Playbar, Sub, and Play 5) continues. Happily, there is a lot of free repertoire and my own library that is helping to evaluate the system, but I’ve been…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 10:20am -
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable

    Pro-Ject Debut Carbon Turntable

    I felt compelled to write a brief addition to this mini review that we posted in 2013. My 23 year old nephew has been bitten hard by the audiophile bug. His budget was set and Christmas money was saved, and he asked for a suggestion to jump into the…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 5:00am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — January 2015 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — January 2015 Update

    Schumann – The Symphonies [2 SACDs – 133 mins]Scottish Chamber Orchestra / TicciatiLinn CKD450 (2014)As previewed in this column last month, Linn’s recording of the four Schumann symphonies by wunderkind British conductor Robin Ticciati has…
    - 22 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 2:17pm -

Enjoy The Music

  • newCES 2015 Show Report By Michael Mercer

    CES 2015 Show Report By Michael Mercer

    I was going to CES for the first time since 1996 with a camping backpack (high school graduation gift from my mother – a Vaude pack that got me cross-country back then), and a second smaller backpack full of my headphone gear. It was, truly road-tr…
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:14am -
  • EXCLUSIVE! An Audiophile On Vacation... Singapore's High-End Dealers

    EXCLUSIVE! An Audiophile On Vacation... Singapore's High-End Dealers

    Does a workaholic audiophile ever truly go on vacation? Ok, that's obviously a rhetorical question. Admit it, you've been on holiday and went to visit a few high-end stores or the odd record shop (or two, or three). So would one expect any less from…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:54pm -
  • Enjoy the Music.com Adds Google+ As Part Of A Holistic Expansion Plan

    Enjoy the Music.com Adds Google+ As Part Of A Holistic Expansion Plan

    With all due apologies if this sounds like bragging, yet there is no doubt Enjoy the Music.com is the industry's leading tech-savvy high-end audio online magazine. We are always pushing the technological limits to deliver to you, our loyal readers, t…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 5:43pm -
  • Astell&Kern AK240SS Uses Stainless Steel Body For Improved Performance

    Astell&Kern AK240SS Uses Stainless Steel Body For Improved Performance

    Astell&Kern will soon be offering a stainless steel version, of their critically acclaimed AK240. Called the AK240SS ($2999), this new stainless steel version employs a completely new stainless steel body that has the hardness and tensile strength gr…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:41pm -
  • Sonos Software Update 3.5

    Sonos Software Update 3.5

    Sonos software update 5.3 for Apple iOS brings simpler room control and faster access to all your music in the Sonos app for smartphones and tablets, with Android users having the ability to try it in beta. As Sonos has updated their software, improv…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:40pm -

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

  • newFS: Audiolab 8000A stereo amplifier

    FS: Audiolab 8000A stereo amplifier

    Item: Audiolab 8000A stereo amplifierLocation: Newcastle, NSWPrice: $75 + p&pItem Condition: Externally excellent, some operational problems: some crackle in volume control when first on (dust, cat hair?); three of the input connectors separated from…
    - 40 mins ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:30pm -
  • newHas anyone bought records from vinyl-digital.com?
    http://www.vinyl-digital.com/index.php?lang=0&  Anyone purchased from this site?  If so, what was your experience?  They seem to have some pretty sharp pricing on a number of UK and EU pressings.  I'm looking to hit up my vinyl addiction once aga…
    - 10 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 5:24am -
  • newFS: AKG K712 Pro Headphones
    AKG K712 Pro Headphones Location: Melbourne western suburbsPrice: $300Item Condition: Brand new Reason for selling: Changed mind while it was being shippedExtra Info : Bought these from DWI a few weeks ago but it took too long to order so dec…
    - 10 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:48am -
  • newFS: Redgum RGi60ENR Integrated Amplifier with Dual Volume Remote

    FS: Redgum RGi60ENR Integrated Amplifier with Dual Volume Remote

    Item: Redgum RGi60ENR Integrated Amplifier with Dual Volume RemoteLocation: Melbourne CBDPrice: $1880Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: As some of you will be aware, I am also selling a Consonance CD player (http://www.stereo.net.au/for…
    - 11 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:05am -
  • newwanted:stereo or mono power amps in Melbourne please
    I have shifted to Melbourne &Im looking to buy a power amp (mono blocs or stereo)please help in anything you might have for salemy speakers are very inefficient & they need theright amp.thanks
    - 13 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:28am -

AVRev.com News

  • newSony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player Now up for Pre-Order for $1,200

    Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player Now up for Pre-Order for $1,200

    Sony is now accepting pre-orders for its upcoming Walkman NW-ZX2 (http://store.sony.com/128-gb-walkman-hi-res-digital-music-player-zid27-NWZX2BLK/cat-27-catid-All-MP3-Players;pgid=Xbta.f_FDFhSRqxfoMuM4r6B0000bdqtwNVp?_t=pfm%3Dsearch%26SearchTerm%3DNW…
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:37am -
  • Amazon Fire TV on Sale Now for $84!

    Amazon Fire TV on Sale Now for $84!

    As part of the online retailer's ongoing electronics sales and promotions, Amazon is offering a limited time discount on its Fire TV (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00CX5P8FC/panandscathed-20).
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:36am -
  • Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver Review

    Marantz SR7009 Home Theater Receiver Review

    Marantz (http://us.marantz.com/us/Pages/Home.aspx) is on one heck of a roll. Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to evaluate a slew of their products, from reference-level hifi to entry-level home theater. Some products I liked more t…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 12:18pm -
  • Walmart Releases VUDU Spark Streaming HDMI Dongle for $25

    Walmart Releases VUDU Spark Streaming HDMI Dongle for $25

    Joining Google (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00DR0PDNE/panandscathed-20), Roku (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00INNP5VU/panandscathed-20), and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00GDQ0RMG/panandscathed-20), Walmart i…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 9:34am -
  • Microsoft Announces Surface Hub 84-inch 4K Touch-Screen Windows 10 Display

    Microsoft Announces Surface Hub 84-inch 4K Touch-Screen Windows 10 Display

    Microsoft has revealed the latest device in its Surface family of products. The Surface Hub is a large-screen touch panel powered by Windows 10.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/lcd-hdtv-news/microsoft-announces-surface-hub-84-i…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 9:42am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newBaby Bird on Bandcamp: lo-fi for your hi-fi
    Intro. Chasing rumours of fresh Baby Bird material, I stopped by Stephen Jones’ Bandcamp page and snagged a 1996 live album. A ‘thank u’ email from the man himself arrived the following morning to which my reply – a mixture of journalistic…
    - 17 hours ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • Rockin’ in the free world: a factory tour of Wyred4Sound
    Fake it till you make it. And I’m not talking about success, I’m talking about arrival, turning up, being there. The Internet makes it easy to obfuscate the methodology behind a story. With the help of Google images, it must be a cinch to fake a…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 1:10am -
  • Price and prejudice: Pono’s ongoing uphill battle
    I thought I was done writing about Pono (for the time being) but no, now that the post-CES haze has cleared, a few mainstream publications have begun to take potshots at Neil Young’s dreams of a better audio world. James Covert of The NY Post claim…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 5:56pm -
  • DAR prize giveaway #2: LH Labs GeekOut 1000
    Contradictions. It’s funny how I’m totally fine with the heat that emanates from Class A stereo amplifier sitting on the floor or in a hifi rack but I’m less than down with a similarly hot-running Class A portable headphone amplifier – in thi…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:11pm -
  • Ultimate Ears UE 7 Pro custom IEM review
    Getting a great sound between your ears is as much about dialling down external noise disturbances as it is to the type of transducer chosen or the way those drivers are implemented. Active noise cancelling headphones deploy a microphone and a feedba…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 10:19pm -