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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe Music Industry Responds

    The Music Industry Responds

    The recorded music industry has seen a steep decline in profits over the last 20 years, and we all know why. It’s not that people stopped listening to music—no, but they found a way to stop paying for it. Sales figures are less than half of wha…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 5:07am -
  • newGoodwin's High End Announces Launch of Gryphon Electronics at their Store

    Goodwin's High End Announces Launch of Gryphon Electronics at their Store

    July 22, 2019 - Goodwin's High End are delighted to announce that they will be launching Gryphon electronics at their store on Saturday 27 July. Philip O’Hanlon from On A Higher Note will present the Danish reference level electronics driving the…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 19, 4:59pm -
  • newBerlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

    Berlin Philharmonic Digital Concert Hall

    His is a rather diminutive presence. With wavy dark hair and a scruffy sailor’s beard, he has expressive brown eyes and the podium moves of a dancer. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a conductor who works so hard, yet at the same time with suc…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 5:54am -
  • 2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $1,500 - $3,000

    2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $1,500 - $3,000

    KEF LS50 $1500 With its pink-gold Uni-Q coincident midrange/tweeter mounted in bulls-eye fashion atop the uniquely arched baffle of its beautifully crafted high-density enclosure, the LS50 is as visually arresting as it is sonically satisfying. Ima…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 8:09am -
  • Soulution 330 Integrated Amplifier

    Soulution 330 Integrated Amplifier

    When you think of almost anything made in Switzerland, what comes to mind? Extreme precision, pristine aesthetics, painstaking research, and exemplary quality. (And yes, as you’d expect, this all comes at a considerable cost.) Enter Soulution. Fr…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 5:47am -

Stereophile News

  • newAesthetix Audio Mimas integrated amplifier

    Aesthetix Audio Mimas integrated amplifier

    I love listening to new audio products and discovering how they make me feel. I do my best to open my mind, ears, and pores, to trust the process and see where it leads me. Ultimately, for all the words and analogies I or any reviewer may conjure up,…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 10:28am -
  • newNotes to a New Audiophile

    Notes to a New Audiophile

    Dear Newbie: Welcome to the wonderful world of hi-fi! If you're besotted with a desire for audio gear that can make your recorded music sound better than you've ever heard it, you've come to the right place.And at just the right time: Not only is t…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 10:27am -
  • Magnepan LRS loudspeaker

    Magnepan LRS loudspeaker

    A visitor to stereophile.com named billmilosz commented: "Compared to these, everything else sounded like it was coming out of a cereal box." When I read that, I laughed out loud.That reader was responding to my AXPONA report about Magnepan's new $…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 12:53pm -
  • Recording of August 2019: Henry Brant: <I>Ice Field</I>

    Recording of August 2019: Henry Brant: <I>Ice Field</I>

    Henry Brant: Ice FieldCameron Carpenter, organ, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater, Conds.SFS Media SFS 0075 (24/48 WAV). 2019. Jack Vad, prod, and eng.; Roni Jules, Gus Pollek, Jonathan Stevens, Denise Woodward, supporti…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 11:03am -
  • Munich!

    Munich!

    By the time you read this, Munich's High End 2019 will be a distant memory. Yet as I write this, having just returned from Munich, the experience is fresh in my mind. It's the most compelling audio topic I can think of, crying out for commentary.Mu…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 11:01am -

AudioStream.com

  • Five DACs Every Audiophile Should Hear

    Five DACs Every Audiophile Should Hear

    Five DACs Every Audiophile Should Hear… Hyperbole? Perhaps to some, but I’m being serious because every digital-centric music lover has been there at one time or another. Doing our best to not look too interested in a DAC or some file-based accou…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 19, 10:29am -
  • Naim XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3 Launched now with Phono: Why Digital Audiophiles should care

    Naim XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3 Launched now with Phono: Why Digital Audiophiles should care

    System synergy. It’s one of the most critical factors in building a high-fidelity kit. I say kit because it is very much like constructing a model – the wrong pieces together (or something missing) and it won’t ever be finished.
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 9:57am -
  • Roon Nucleus+ Arrives at AudioStream

    Roon Nucleus+ Arrives at AudioStream

    Roon Labs is comprised of a dedicated crew of individuals who toil endlessly to hone their audio software-engineering chops so that their digital-audio player is always at the bleeding edge of development, delivering the best possible music-listening…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 8:15am -
  • McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

    McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

    TIDAL and Qobuz music streamers take note, a next generation Quad-Balanced eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz DAC is at the heart of McIntosh’s new upgradeable DA2 digital-audio module in their just-announced $8,000 USD C53 preamplifier.
    - 11 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 10:34am -
  • Great Electronic Albums: Strange Cargo Hinterland

    Great Electronic Albums: Strange Cargo Hinterland

    Shoreditch doesn’t exactly bring to mind transcendental synth-drenched sonic landscapes.Yet the working-class district in London’s east end which is its geographic namesake is where electronic music composer and producer William Orbit (née Wainw…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 9:56am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newMrSpeakers Ether 2 Review

    MrSpeakers Ether 2 Review

    When MrSpeakers announced the Ether 2 (U.S. MSRP $1,999) in late-2018, early impressions placed them in some enviable company. The Ether 2, it went, was a new top-of-the-line set of cans that lived up to its flagship billing, allowing the Ether 2…
    - 12 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 9:09am -
  • The Audio Value Proposition Special Topic: Downsize To Upgrade

    The Audio Value Proposition Special Topic: Downsize To Upgrade

    A PARABLE OF ADAPTATION While sitting in the sand meditating, an ancient sage noticed a man crawling toward him with a boat strapped to his back.  The sage walked over the man and asked why he was carrying a boat across the desert.  …
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 7:45am -
  • Audiophile 5: Elac DDP-2 DAC / Preamp / Streamer In 5 Minutes

    Audiophile 5: Elac DDP-2 DAC / Preamp / Streamer In 5 Minutes

    Here's my five minute take on the Elac DDP-2 Alchemy Series DAC, streamer, preamp. Everything you need to know in five minutes, and nothing more. Look for the full written review here on Audiophile Style very soon.  Subscribe to our Y…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 7:04am -
  • Playback Designs MPS-8 CD/SACD player, DAC and Streamer Full Review

    Playback Designs MPS-8 CD/SACD player, DAC and Streamer Full Review

        “I know you will want to hear what will comes next from Playback Designs. Unlike your MPS-5, this new series will be made up of 3 different components; 2 complimentary double-box units “endgame” sort of…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 10:25am -
  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC (Snowmass) Full Review

    PS Audio DirectStream DAC (Snowmass) Full Review

    Introduction Having recently completed the “My Quest for a New DAC” series of articles, my first response to @The Computer Audiophile when he asked me if I wanted to review another DAC was: “¡no más!” “Even Snowmass?” he asked.…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 7:25am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Gord's Gold - Gordon Lightfoot (1975)Samples
    - 20 mins ago, 23 Jul 19, 8:55pm -
  • newRe: Thoughts on the new C8 Corvette anyone .........

    Re: Thoughts on the new C8 Corvette anyone .........

    Exciting car. Finally an American NSX! I hope it makes a similar impact on the world of affordable high performance vehicles. Not that I could get one anyway, but man.....no manual trans option. Yeah, yeah...I know. Automatics with all the co...
    - 53 mins ago, 23 Jul 19, 8:22pm -
  • newRe: Anyone using Aussie native woods in their projects?
    I've used Australian red cedar and Huon Pine as boxes for pre-amp, amp and a turntable and Tallowood for external, 75mm X 50mm circumferential bracing "belts" around an MDF sub. I figure the stiffness of the Tallowood will make up for something of a…
    - 55 mins ago, 23 Jul 19, 8:20pm -
  • newRe: Help in picking out a tube pre?
    Quote from: JakeJ on Today at 01:53 amMe three!  I have the A2 Gold version and it definitely is one of my favorite preamps ever.  I want to get the matching phono stage too.  He has some far more expensive design...
    - 59 mins ago, 23 Jul 19, 8:16pm -
  • newFS: Elrog 300B Matched Pair Tubes
    A pair of Elrog 300B tubes for sale. The tubes were used on my Lampizator DAC for tube rolling and have low hours of use. Retail $1,450. Asking for $875 plus shipping and PayPal fee (Use F&F with no fee). [img]https://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id…
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Jul 19, 8:15pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The Paradigm Premier 700F Speakers

    The Paradigm Premier 700F Speakers

    Rickie Lee Jones’ version of “Bad Company,” from her latest album puts the Paradigm Premier 700F speakers in perspective immediately. These speakers create a massive, immersive soundfield on this ethereal track. Combine this with a level of res…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 1:30pm -
  • Issue 96
    Features Old School: Michael “Muppet” Laurance continues our love affair with vintage Pioneer gear, this time one of their disc players 1095: Jeff Dorgay spins a lot of CDs with the new Rega Apollo Journeyman Audiophile: The MoFi StudioDeck+U Tur…
    - 27 days ago, 26 Jun 19, 8:09pm -
  • The Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier

    The Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier

    Vitus Audio is well known around the world for fantastic sound and multiple box amplification chains that weight hundreds of pounds. Even their two-box reference phono stage weighs more than most power amplifiers! Underneath the massive metalwork lur…
    - 29 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 11:14pm -
  • The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400

    The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400

    Audio By Van Alstine produces line stage preamplifiers, phono stages, DACs, and more, the marvelous AVA Vision 400 SET amplifier we review here represents a culmination of Van Alstine’s knowledge applied to music reproduction. Frank Van Alstine br…
    - 32 days ago, 22 Jun 19, 1:33am -
  • ROON Nucleus and Nucleus+

    ROON Nucleus and Nucleus+

    We’ve been using ROON at TONE since the final alpha release, and it’s a powerful solution. None of the other music delivery platforms come close – if you love music and the discovery of more music, it’s the only way to go. ROON allows you to…
    - 34 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 9:50am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newMoken, Missing Chapters | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Part-Time Audiophile2019 is barely half over, and I’m already prepared to call Moken‘s Missing Chapters as the Best Album of the Year. You might think I’m being ironic, especially if you listen to the first few minutes of this incredibly crazy…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 4:28am -
  • newDaniel Elms, Islandia | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Part-Time AudiophileThe new album from British composer Daniel Elms, Islandia, takes its name from an Austen Tappen Wright’s utopian novel, and includes five separate pieces that evoke both folk traditions and some of the repetitive yet hypnotic…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 2:00am -
  • D’Agostino Momentum Phono | Review
    Part-Time AudiophileThere is no lack of religion, opinions, or passion when it comes to vinyl. Which table, which tonearm, which cartridge, which geometry or even which equalization curve to use? Lots of smoke. Maybe even some fire. But even then,…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 19, 2:00am -
  • Ian Wardenski Quintet, Collective Thoughts | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Part-Time AudiophileWhile researching the Ian Wardenski Quintet and their new album, Collective Thoughts, I came across a curious news article titled “Prof Takes Break, Works on Recording His Music.” This was from the Anne Arundel Community Coll…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 4:00am -
  • Audio Limits, Thrax, Hemingway, Weiss Engineering, Antipodes, CEC, Sound Application | T.H.E. SHOW 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLOS ANGELES (PTA) — Audio Limits of Laughlin, Nevada was showing a nearly all Thrax Audio system, barring a few components from Weiss Engineering, Antipodes, Soul To Sole Audio, and Hemingway Audio. The Story Most exciting at T…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 7:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Streaming the Classics—3/Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

    Streaming the Classics—3/Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 6:46am -
  • Streaming the Classics—2/Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies—Box Sets

    Streaming the Classics—2/Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies—Box Sets

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 10:21am -
  • Periodic Audio Carbon (C) In-Ear Monitor

    Periodic Audio Carbon (C) In-Ear Monitor


    - 12 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 7:25am -
  • New series—Streaming the Classics—1/Holst: The Planets

    New series—Streaming the Classics—1/Holst: The Planets

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 9:14am -
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 9–Herbert Blomstedt/Bamberger Symphoniker

    Mahler: Symphony No. 9–Herbert Blomstedt/Bamberger Symphoniker

    How does a medieval Bavarian town of 70,000 have an orchestra this good?It doesn’t hurt that one of the great maestros, Herbert Blomstedt (92 this month), is on the podium. Blomstedt is the Honorary Conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker. For t…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Jul 19, 9:48am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newMetaxas & Sins T-RX Portable Reel-To-Reel Player / Recorder

    Metaxas & Sins T-RX Portable Reel-To-Reel Player / Recorder

    Metaxas & Sins' new T-RX portable reel-to-reel unit is perfect for playback and on-location recording. This portable analog tape machine is designed for ultimate location recording and playback duties. Biased for either 468 or 911 1/4" analog tape, i…
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 10:28am -
  • newReviewer, And Creator Of KSS, Jeremy Kipnis Passes

    Reviewer, And Creator Of KSS, Jeremy Kipnis Passes

    It deeply saddens us to report that Jeremy Kipnis (1965-2019, pictured with Tim de Paravicini), passed away Saturday July 20th. As a longtime member of the press, reviewer for Enjoy the Music.com and many other magazines, Jeremy also created Kipnis S…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 19, 10:30am -
  • newWorld Premiere Review! Full System Of Wireworld High-End Audio Cables

    World Premiere Review! Full System Of Wireworld High-End Audio Cables

    It's no secret that cables are an important part of a high-end system, and therefore which cables one uses deserve serious consideration. As one's system improves, it is very important to make sure that the cables one uses are not only as good as the…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 19, 9:53am -
  • REVIEW: Cardas Audio Clear Beyond XL Phono Cable

    REVIEW: Cardas Audio Clear Beyond XL Phono Cable

    The story begins with my review of the House of Cardas Clear Beyond Phono Cables back in PF Issue 102, clearly then the best ever from the genius we fondly refer to as George Cardas. They equaled or exceeded the overall performance of anything I have…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 4:42am -
  • TBT Review: Siltech Classic Anniversary Cables

    TBT Review: Siltech Classic Anniversary Cables

    One of my favorite parts of "The Grinch" is when Mr. Grinch complains about Christmas and all the "noise, noise, noise". We live in a noisy world. Even in the middle of the night I can go out and hear the sound of distant highway traffic. Have you ev…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 4:11am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Sherbourn PA 2-250 power amplifier
    Item: Sherbourn PA-2-250 Power amplifier Location: Sydney Price: $500 Item Condition: Excellent - 9.5/10 Reason for selling: Downsizing to an integrated unit Payment Method: Pickup only + cash for this one, it's a beast! Extra Info: I've…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 7:17pm -
  • newFS: Denon DP45F Direct Drive Turntable
    Item: Denon DP45F Direct Drive Turntable Location: Adelaide Price: $495 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Surplus and no longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Functionality and cosmeticall…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 7:15pm -
  • newSpeaker Stands
    Item: Custom Steel Speaker Stands Location: BrisbanePrice: $70.00 ono Item Condition: Fair (structurally sound but in need of a respray).Reason for selling: NLRPayment Method: Local Pickup - Cash (Too big to post) Extra Info: The…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 6:57pm -
  • newFS: Nordost Sort Kone AC x 3
    Item: Nordost Sort Kone AC x 3 Location: Melb Price: $300 plus postage Item Condition: As new Reason for selling: Have internal rack now, so not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased locally, about 6…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 6:52pm -
  • newTurntable Wall Mount Shelf (Price Reduced)
    Item: Turntable Wall Mount ShelfLocation: BrisbanePrice: $50.00 o.n.o.Item Condition: GoodReason for selling: NLRPayment Method: Local Pickup - Cash (Too big to post)Extra Info: I'm relisting this turntable shelf I no longer use and…
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Jul 19, 6:21pm -

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

  • The New Apartment Lounge: Smooth Sailing with the Pear Audio Blue Kid Howard Turntable and Cornet 2 Tonearm
    The Unbearable Lightness of Low-Torque Motors and Heavy Platters Of the various turntable manufacturers to embrace the design principles of the late Tom Fletcher, founder of Nottingham Analogue, Pear Audio is perhaps the most visible in the United St…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 19, 10:36am -
  • Fiio FH7 In-Ear Monitors
    Fiio are a Chinese audio firm who have been well-regarded within audiophile circles. With an enthusiasm to bring affordable offerings to the mass-market, their products have received critical acclaim, and they have many awards under their belts. Henc…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 19, 9:39am -
  • The Hanze HiFi HAT Turntable Power Supply
    Welcome to Hanze HiFi! I always enjoy telling you about the people behind high-performance audio products and HiFi shops, as quite often they are the most insightful and informed of all enthusiasts about HiFi, telling us about new and exciting audio…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 19, 9:12am -
  • My Summer at NASA (in 1969)
    Herb Reichert and Lynn Olson at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, 2015 (photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson) In my sophomore year in college (in Claremont, California), I applied for several Federal summer jobs in Washington, D.C. since…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 4:53pm -
  • Master & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Headphones
    New York based audio company Master & Dynamic have always pushed the envelope in product design where styling and aesthetics are concerned. This, coupled with their striving for audiophile sound, has earned them acclaim from many a critic. It is not…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 19, 10:53am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newVinnie Rossi teases L2i & L2i-SE integrated amplifiers

    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 19, 8:29am -
  • A short film about the dCS Bartók
    dCS didn’t discontinue their long-running and Debussy DAC for nothing. In its place comes the Bartók, a D/A converter that contemporises the entry point into the Cambridge company’s range of über high-end hardware: the Ring DAC™, FPGA-centric…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 19, 4:32am -
  • Gold Note announces DS-10 streaming DAC
    As teased at Munich High-End earlier this year, Florence’s Gold Note has announced the imminent availability of their DS-10 streaming DAC, one that features an internal headphone amplifier and switchable analogue pre-amplifier. The DS-10’s broad…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 2:25am -
  • Final introduces D8000 Pro Edition headphones
    AFDS. Air Film Damping System — the technology found in Final’s flagship D8000 headphone where two perforated metal plates straddle a planar-magnetic driver to create an air chamber that aims to better control the driver’s low-frequency resonan…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 1:40am -
  • Hifime’s S2 is an €80 DAC for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio
    Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV,…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 1:23am -