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The Absolute Sound

  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #1

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #1

    Welcome to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #1, the first installment of a weekly blog and a place to discuss high-end audio, discover new music, get sneak peaks of new products, make breakfast, and uncover existential crises related to our favorite hobby. Each…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • Robert Harley Visits Albert Von Schweikert’s Design Laboratory

    Robert Harley Visits Albert Von Schweikert’s Design Laboratory

    After 40 years of designing loudspeakers, Albert Von Schweikert received a dream commission: Build a custom one-off loudspeaker with no cost constraints. If Albert thought of aspects of the design or construction that would improve the sound, he had…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 7:08am -
  • B&W CM6 S2 Sneak Preview

    B&W CM6 S2 Sneak Preview

    The new CM Series 2 line of loudspeakers has borrowed the signature look and performance of B&W’s decoupled Double Dome tweeter—found on the company’s 800 Diamond and PM Series speakers—and made it extremely affordable and sonically potent. I…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 4:34pm -
  • My Magico Moment

    My Magico Moment

    With a couple of hours in front of me prior to flying home after CAS, I took advantage of an invitation to check out Magico’s new digs in nearby Hayward. And why not? I’d been promising myself a visit ever since hearing about the new factory and…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:36am -
  • Bowers & Wilkins Launches New CM Series

    Bowers & Wilkins Launches New CM Series

    August 28, 2014 - The new Bowers & Wilkins CM Series dramatically improves on the audiophile-quality performance and luxurious design for which the series is renowned. Combining the latest Bowers & Wilkins technologies – including Decoupled Double…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 9:01am -

Stereophile News

  • Toronto: Angie's Audio Corner Opens an Annex

    Toronto: Angie's Audio Corner Opens an Annex

    Toronto is turning into a happening place for audiophiles. The Toronto Audio Visual Entertainment Show being held October31–November 2, 2014, promises to be bigger and better in their new venue at the Sheraton Centre Hotel downtown. The Update…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 7:26am -
  • Gross to Present Triton One Speakers at Maryland Dealer, September 4.
    A highlight for Stereophile editor John Atkinson at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show last January was auditioning GoldenEar’s new Triton One tower loudspeaker, which costs $4999.98/pair. On September 4, from 6–9pm, GoldenEar founder Sandy Gr…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 11:14am -
  • Hearts Afire
    “There are no time signatures: the tempos and rhythms are always governed by either the heart rates or the breathing rates of the individual players…to enable the players to hear and play in sync with their own heartbeats, they wear stethoscopes.…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:44pm -
  • KEF R700 loudspeaker

    KEF R700 loudspeaker

    In the late 1980s, KEF, then as now a leader in bringing new technology to loudspeaker design, developed a unique coincident driver that positioned the tweeter in the throat of the midrange/woofer cone. In a flash of inspiration, they dubbed it the…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:42pm -
  • Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum D/A processor–headphone amplifier & Voltikus power supply

    Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum D/A processor–headphone amplifier & Voltikus power supply

    Professional digital audio is like gravity to consumer audio's antigravity: pro gear draws music into digital files, and consumer audio releases those same notes back out again.It's not surprising, then, that many audiophile digital-to-analog conve…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:58pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newPono Music Store To Launch With 2.5M Tracks

    Pono Music Store To Launch With 2.5M Tracks

    Pedram Abrari, Pono’s EVP of Technology, responded to, he actually pretty much bitch-slapped, Roger Friedman for Friedman's faulty post, "Neil Young’s Super MP3 Player, Pono: Won’t Be Coming in 2014". First off, we all know that the Pono Player…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:43am -
  • newAlbum Sales Hit All Time Low

    Album Sales Hit All Time Low

    Nielsen SoundScan's weekly album sales numbers dipped below the 4M mark for the first time since they started tracking this number in 1991. As reported by Billboard, "This year, overall U.S. album sales are down 14.6 percent, while digital album sale…
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:25am -
  • Download of the Week: The Bug

    Download of the Week: The Bug

    Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune) is The Bug's latest and fourth full length and its filled to the brim with altered states of intensity. With the help of vocalists Liz Harris (Grouper), Gonjasufi, Inga Copeland, Miss Red, Flowdan, Manga, Death Grips, and…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 4:33am -
  • Qobuz Enters the Equivalent of Chapter 11 Protection

    Qobuz Enters the Equivalent of Chapter 11 Protection

    As reported in LesEchos.fr, France-based Qobuz has entered procédure de sauvegarde which is roughly the equivalent of Chapter 11 protection. Qobuz President Yves Riesel explains that they were unsuccessful in raising a third round of financing which…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 8:55am -
  • Aurender X100L

    Aurender X100L

    ServedThe Aurender X100L is the relatively new baby brother of the previously reviewed S10 (see review). Like its brethren, the X100L is a purpose built music server while upping the ante on the S10s 2TB of storage to a whopping 6TB of total storag…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 3:00am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Lounge Audio mkIII - Review - Video
    Quote from: neobop on Today at 04:26 pmGreat idea.  While you're at it throw the Bugle 2 in the mix.http://www.haglabs.com/collections/phono-preamps/products/bugle2You could have a comparison of the top 3 audiof...
    - 10 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:28am -
  • newRe: Lounge Audio mkIII - Review - Video
    Great idea.  While you're at it throw the Bugle 2 in the mix.http://www.haglabs.com/collections/phono-preamps/products/bugle2You could have a comparison of the top 3 audiofool budget favorites.  Bet you'd get a million hits on the tube.  Good job…
    - 12 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:26am -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Tsunami - The Deep End (1993)Samples
    - 12 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:26am -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Ágætis Byrjun - Sigur Rós     (1999)samples
    - 15 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:23am -
  • newRe: NFL Football ('14-'15)

    Re: NFL Football ('14-'15)

    Back in the day, us Baltimore Colts fans referred to them as the FORESKINS.   
    - 16 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:22am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newAlta Audio Launches new speakers at NY Audio Show

    Alta Audio Launches new speakers at NY Audio Show

    Alta Audio will be debuting three new speakers at the New York Audio show on Sept 26, and will be having a press meeting in their room (313) at 1:00 PM that day. They will be featuring the 7’2″ Statement tower, the full range Solo and the compact…
    - 20 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:16pm -
  • Issue 65
    Features Personal Fidelity: McIntosh’s MHA100 Headphone Amplifier! By Bailey Bernard 995: Blumenstein Audio’s Thrashers By Mark Marcantonio Getting Personal: An in-depth interview with Sharon Van Etten By Jaan Uhelszki TONE Style The Beats Pill B…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 8:09pm -
  • Ortofon’s 2M Black
    I’m sorry to say we are late to the party on this one…  Ortofon’s 2M Black has received numerous accolades from nearly every hifi magazine on the planet and with good reason – it’s a fantastic sounding cartridge. Trying to break the price/…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 7:00pm -
  • Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monoblocks

    Digital Amplifier Company Cherry Maraschino Monoblocks

    The Digital Amplifier Company—founded in 1996 and located in Allentown, Penn.—solely produces hyper-engineered, audiophile-grade Class-D amplifiers. Its products output plenty of power from manageably sized and attractive packages. The company’…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:04pm -
  • Wireworld Launches New, Updated Webiste

    Wireworld Launches New, Updated Webiste

    Wireworld has just finished work on a complete site overhaul, showcasing their products in a much more informative, graphic rich environment than ever before. The new site has plenty of product and company info, making it easier to find out more abou…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:37am -

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

  • Countdown to Denver — Rocky Mountain Audio Fest October 10-12, 2014

    Countdown to Denver — Rocky Mountain Audio Fest October 10-12, 2014

    Labour Day is done. That means only weeks ’till the must attend audio show of the year, Denver’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.I was under some silly false assumptions about the show before my first attendance a few years ago. Folksy, small, and a…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • The Essence of Music CD Treatment

    The Essence of Music CD Treatment

    Do you have the jitters ? You probably do, if you own compact discs.The deficiencies in the digital medium have been cited by audiophiles, manufacturers and reviewers. Since the advent of the compact disc, the sound quality of CDs, and playback comp…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 7:56am -
  • HDtracks

    HDtracks

    Monday August 25, 2014 — Toronto, ON. HDtracks and Audiophilia to partner.First, there was the LP (which made the most magnificent comeback), then the cassette tape, the CD, DVD Audio, SACD, etc. Most dead or thereabouts. Much like the video world…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 8:55am -
  • Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92 & 93, 97 - 99 — London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis

    Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92 & 93, 97 - 99 — London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Colin Davis

    Sir Colin Davis (1927 - 2013) and the London Symphony Orchestra created great recordings over their 54 year association. His exceptional musicianship and his friendly relationship with orchestral players (he trained as a clarinettist) has made him a…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 4:00am -
  • The Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier/Pre Amplifier

    The Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier/Pre Amplifier

    Attending listening sessions at dealer showrooms are uniquely beneficial because you can experience a wide range of gear that you otherwise would not be able to hear. It was during such a session at Wes Bender Studio NYC that I encountered a couple o…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 5:37am -

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

  • newFS: LG BD370 Blu-Ray Player

    FS: LG BD370 Blu-Ray Player

    Item: LG BD370 Blu-Ray PlayerLocation: Melbourne CBD or Surrey Hills, VICPrice: $40.00 onoItem Condition: Used but works perfectlyReason for selling: I have upgraded to an Oppo blu-ray playerPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyPictur…
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:22am -
  • newPS Audio Dectet Power Centre.
    As I'd never tried a Power Conditioner, James @ Tivoli Hi-Fi was kind enough to let me take one home on 7 day trial. After the first day it wasn't going back. I've now had this for 10 weeks. Big improvement all round on music, like I'd upgraded every…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:58am -
  • newPlessis Audio S1 Stereo Intergrated Amplifier Amp Amazing value for money sound quality. $725

    Plessis Audio S1 Stereo Intergrated Amplifier Amp Amazing value for money sound quality. $725

    Item: Plessis Audio S1 Stereo Intergrated AmplifierLocation: Brisbane, QLDPrice: $725Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: Finance studio monitorsPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: Purchased less than a year ago still u…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:49am -
  • newWTB:SME 3009
    Would like to source an SME 3009 arm to upgrade my Thorens TD160.
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:53am -
  • newFS Hoyt Bedford Type 2

    FS Hoyt Bedford Type 2

    Item: Hoyt Bedford Type 2 loudspeakers in cherry finishLocation: PerthPrice: $900Item Condition: Excellent, unmarked cabinetsReason for selling: Too many speakersPayment Method: Pickup only - CashExtra Info: Great single drivers designed by Lou…
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:50am -

AVRev.com News

  • newLG Expected to Exit Plasma Business

    LG Expected to Exit Plasma Business

    According to a report in the Yonhap News (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/140825/lg-suspend-pdp-business-near-future), LG is planning to suspend its plasma production in the near future. The decision is said to be a resul…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:53am -
  • Integra Unveils New Atmos Audio Products

    Integra Unveils New Atmos Audio Products

    Integra has detailed four additions to its home theater collection. The new lineup includes the DTR-50.6, DTR-60.6, and DTR-70.6 A/V Receivers, and the DHC-80.6 Pre-Amp Surround Processor.
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:34pm -
  • Atlantic Technology Reveals Atmos Speaker Module

    Atlantic Technology Reveals Atmos Speaker Module

    Atlantic Technology has announced its latest speaker product, the 44-DA. The specially designed Atmos module can be used both as a stand alone elevation speaker or as an expansion to existing speakers, adding overhead sound to a user's Dolby Atmos…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 6:07am -
  • Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review

    Tisbury Audio Mini Passive Review

    Tisbury Audio (http://www.tisburyaudio.co.uk/) is a relatively new artisanal audio design firm located in London, England a few blocks away from the Wimbledon village, where the famed tennis championships are played. It is rather fitting. Wimbledon i…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:23pm -
  • Showtime Anytime Comes to Apple TV

    Showtime Anytime Comes to Apple TV

    Apple and Showtime have announced the launch of Showtime Anytime on the Apple TV (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B007I5JT4S/panandscathed-20). The app allows paying subscribers to stream Showtime content on their device.Read more... (http://…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 7:33am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newPeachtree Nova 125SE integrated amplifier & DAC review
    Last year I compared the Wyred4Sound mINT with the Peachtree Nova 125 when playing into Magnepan MMG. Both mINT and Nova 125 came in at around US$1500. They both practiced the art of convergence: keeping DAC, (basic) headphone output and integrated a…
    - 14 hours ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:55pm -
  • KIH #17 – Audiophiles Anonymous
    AA. Audiophiles Anonymous. “My name is Adam. I’m an audio addict.” “Welcome, Adam.”… As I’d put it in a recent review for my site: Humans are terrifically adaptive. We get used to things very quickly. It’s why itinerant Indian sadhus…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 5:10pm -
  • PS Audio DirectStream review (Part 2 – Around The World)
    “A show report is not – NOT — a review”. Those are the resolute words of very occasional DAR contributor and regular Part-time Audiophile show coverer Mal Kenney. They are words that ring almost every bell inside this reviewer’s head. When…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 11:38pm -
  • Building a bridge to the man in the street (reprise) – Linn Lounge
    The previous editorial on the need for the hi-fi industry to build a bridge to the man in the street solicited this email from Cameron Pope of Sydney’s Krispy Audio. He’s Australia’s distributor for VPI Industries and Manley Labs . “Before I…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:31am -
  • Underworld’s 20th anniversary remaster on 24/96 Blu-ray
    Ride the sainted the rhythms. In 1998 Underworld enjoyed a minor chart hit with “Underneath The Radar”. Selling more in the USA and (especially) Australia than their UK homeland, their’s was funky pop number none too dissimilar to that which…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 7:57pm -