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The Absolute Sound

  • newWilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Launch Event at Excel Audio Newport Beach

    Wilson Audio Chronosonic XVX Launch Event at Excel Audio Newport Beach

    The following is a press release issued by Excel Audio. November 13, 2019 - Excel Audio invites everyone to join us to experience Wilson Audio’s latest triumph the Chronosonic XVX. We will be showcasing the XVX’s driven by D’Agostino electron…
    - 16 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 1:49pm -
  • newMagnepan Doubles Down

    Magnepan Doubles Down

    No sooner has Magnepan’s Wendell Diller finished with his nationwide demonstration tour of the company’s new 30.7s, when he and his wife Galina are planning yet another tour to show off an even-newer Magnepan loudspeaker innovation: the “Doub…
    - 18 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 11:15am -
  • newWilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic Event at Audio Advisors in West Palm Beach Florida

    Wilson Audio WAMM Master Chronosonic Event at Audio Advisors in West Palm Beach Florida

    The following is a press release issued by Wilson Audio. November 13, 2019 - Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio will be demonstrating the WAMM MASTER CHRONOSONIC with the WAMM MASTER SUBSONIC SUBWOOFERS. A wide variety of music will be presented, includ…
    - 22 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 7:18am -
  • newAnthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier

    Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier

    For eight years, an Anthem Statement D2v processor has been at the heart of my audio system. Multichannel music is a priority for me and in 2011, when I purchased the D2v, there were not many other suitable products at anywhere near the Anthem’s…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 9:21am -
  • Merrill Audio Jens Reference Phonostage

    Merrill Audio Jens Reference Phonostage

    Merrill Audio Advanced Technology Labs was founded by Merrill Wettasinghe with the goal of offering purist audio designs that aim squarely at the state of the art. As Merrill puts it, “We are focused on audio and not price points.” That’s an…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 10:00pm -

Stereophile News

  • newWAMM Master Chronosonics in West Palm Beach, Florida

    WAMM Master Chronosonics in West Palm Beach, Florida

    On Friday, November 22, from 4–9pm, at Audio Advisors in West Palm Beach, Florida, Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio will be demonstrating the WAMM Master Chronosonic with the WAMM Master Subsonic Subwoofers. Wed, 11/13/2019
    - 16 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 2:07pm -
  • newRecording of December 2019: <I>Abbey Road (3-LP Anniversary Edition)</I>

    Recording of December 2019: <I>Abbey Road (3-LP Anniversary Edition)</I>

    The Beatles: Abbey Road (3-LP Anniversary Edition)Apple Corps/Universal Music Group 0602508007466 (3 LPs). 1969/2019. George Martin, orig. prod., Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald, orig. engs.; Giles Martin, reissue prod., Sam Okell, reissue eng.Perform…
    - 20 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 9:32am -
  • newQobuz Lowers Pricing, Other Streaming Services Respond

    Qobuz Lowers Pricing, Other Streaming Services Respond

    New York, NY. On November 8, at the very small New York Audio Show, Paris-based music streaming service Qobuz announced that it has streamlined its subscription plans, lowered prices, and discontinued MP3 streaming. Tue, 11/12/2019
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 1:09pm -
  • newOn Genre

    On Genre

    "There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind . . . the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds."—Duke EllingtonBefore I became Stereophile's editor—when I still had time f…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 11:40am -
  • The MBL X-treme Roadshow Visits Sarasota, Florida

    The MBL X-treme Roadshow Visits Sarasota, Florida

    Please join Suncoast Audio in Sarasota, Florida, for the MBL X-treme Roadshow on Saturday, November 16th. Jeremy and Tara Bryan from MBL North America will present the 101 X-treme Radialstrahler loudspeaker system driven by MBL’s Reference Line Ele…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 9:25am -

AudioStream.com

  • newHi-Fi: 1999

    Hi-Fi: 1999

    I used to religiously watch a sci-fi TV show called Space 1999 when I was kid. Who would have guessed that four decades later it would help inform my take on the current state of wireless high fidelity.
    - 1 day ago, 12 Nov 19, 6:59pm -
  • Audio Note DAC 5 Special Review: The $43,500 Question

    Audio Note DAC 5 Special Review: The $43,500 Question

    When I was growing up my father spoke to me about the danger of hyperbole – I was 11 or 12 years old at time. I bring it up because that moment popped into my consciousness again as I was transcribing the listening notes from my time with the Audio…
    - 4 days ago, 9 Nov 19, 7:07pm -
  • Qobuz kills MP3, Offers High-Res and CD Lossless for $14.99

    Qobuz kills MP3, Offers High-Res and CD Lossless for $14.99

    In a bold move that could rock TIDAL’s boat, Qobuz, the French high-resolution and CD-lossless music streaming and download service, has eliminated lossy, MP3 files from its paid catalog.
    - 6 days ago, 8 Nov 19, 11:31am -
  • Speak To Me: AirPlay 2 and Siri support coming to Naim Network Streamers

    Speak To Me: AirPlay 2 and Siri support coming to Naim Network Streamers

    Traditional UK high-fidelity doesn’t have much more of a poster child than Naim Audio. With more than four decades of experience as a purveyor of audiophile sound, the company rolls out changes with thought, cadence and a nod to longevity and futur…
    - 7 days ago, 7 Nov 19, 8:28am -
  • Capital AudioFest Part 2: WADAX, Innuos, QLN and Vinnie Rossi

    Capital AudioFest Part 2: WADAX, Innuos, QLN and Vinnie Rossi

    Although proudly analog systems were plentiful at CAF, some of the absolute best sound at the show was produced in digital rooms.
    - 8 days ago, 6 Nov 19, 5:52am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newHome Audio Fidelity - Room Shaper Review

    Home Audio Fidelity - Room Shaper Review

     Home Audio Fidelity - Room Shaper Review Home Audio Fidelity’s “Room Shaper” is an innovative digital signal processing (DSP) software product designed to even out low frequency room modes in your listening environment.…
    - 22 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 8:00am -
  • Qobuz Tugs on Superman's Cape, Makes Bold Move With Industry's Best Pricing

    Qobuz Tugs on Superman's Cape, Makes Bold Move With Industry's Best Pricing

    Today Qobuz dropped a bomb that nobody saw coming. The company lowered its lossless / high resolution streaming price to $12.50 /month (annually) or $14.99 /month monthly, and said "so long" to its MP3 service level. This new price is for what it…
    - 6 days ago, 8 Nov 19, 10:50am -
  • RME ADI-2 DAC FS Review

    RME ADI-2 DAC FS Review

    I’m a DAC junkie. Sure, DACs fall far behind speakers, headphones, and (of course) source material in importance. Amps, too, probably outrank DACs in the audiophile hierarchy. But a DAC is, quite literally, a system’s link between the digital…
    - 8 days ago, 6 Nov 19, 7:20am -
  • Focal Powered By Naim Store Opens In AZ

    Focal Powered By Naim Store Opens In AZ

    Tonight was a big night for Focal, Naim and LMC Home Entertainment of Scottsdale, AZ. It was the grand opening of the Focal Powered By Naim store. This isn't just a corner of a store dedicated to the brands or even a store within a store, it's a…
    - 14 days ago, 31 Oct 19, 1:05am -
  • Favorite Female Vocalists

    Favorite Female Vocalists

    I know more than a few audiophiles who consider themselves as connoisseur of female vocals and often use them to demo systems at audio shows. With some audio shows coming up soon here on the east coast, I thought it a good time to give a partial…
    - 16 days ago, 29 Oct 19, 9:35am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Morning Coffee - Discussion
    Good Morning!Waking up to a little Norah Jones and I Dont Know Why.Recently I watched the Echos From the Canyon and it made me order several oldies but goodies from the A.Buffalo Springfield, Mommas and Poppas, The Byrds, and Joni Mitchells Turbulen.…
    - 6 mins ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:37am -
  • newRe: Extreme Toe-In
    I tried it too. Didn't work for me either. The most natural position in my room is with the speakers crossing just behind my head. Shakey
    - 23 mins ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:20am -
  • newRe: Bryston now has a BIT

    Re: Bryston now has a BIT

    MEMO: To All Bryston CustomersSUBJECT: Bryston BIT Isolation Transformer/Power ConditionerNovember 2019James, “It’s hard to explain to people how much noise is imposing on th...
    - 27 mins ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:16am -
  • newRe: M5 Sapphire - All new M design introduction
    Thanks, on order.
    - 33 mins ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:10am -
  • newRe: What jazz ALBUM are you currently listening to?

    Re: What jazz ALBUM are you currently listening to?

    Quote from: won ton on on Today at 12:36 pmA D      That's  two good albumsMorning (or?) wto    Looks like I've got some catching up to do on my ECM artists. A lot of folks noted in the list I have...
    - 39 mins ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:04am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Issue 99
    Features Old School: Looking back at the Meridian 808 1095: Michael Laurance really enjoys the latest from Cambridge Audio Journeyman Audiophile: Jeff Dorgay celebrates the CDs resurgence with GOLD NOTE The Audiophile Apartment: Rob Johnson puts his…
    - 2 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 7:02pm -
  • The Rega Apollo CD player

    The Rega Apollo CD player

    Everything seems to come around. With all the excitement for streaming building at a feverish pace, some people still like the old-fashioned way of serving up digital; namely, spinning a silver (or maybe gold) disc. World-renowned turntable manufactu…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 5:17pm -
  • The Mytek Liberty DAC

    The Mytek Liberty DAC

    It’s the week of Halloween here in the Midwest, which mean a few things – crisp air, beautiful colors, falling leaves, and warmer clothes, but it also means the usual plethora of haunted houses. They pop up everywhere, and inevitably, someone tri…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 5:01pm -
  • Esoteric N-01 Network Player

    Esoteric N-01 Network Player

    Listening to a slew of Peter Gabriel favorites, via NAS drive and ROON, I ponder in earnest the thought of life without a turntable. Which trend to follow? The declutter lady, telling us to pare down to a minimal compliment of things that bring us jo…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 4:27pm -
  • The Golden Ear Triton 5 Speakers

    The Golden Ear Triton 5 Speakers

    If you’ve ever experienced a set of Golden Ear speakers, you know that their founder and head designer Sandy Gross is a master of great sound without breaking the bank. And for a good reason, he’s a music and hifi guy to the core, with decades of…
    - 3 days ago, 11 Nov 19, 3:27pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newUnited Home Audio, ESD Acoustics, Aesthetix and Synergistic Research | CAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileTo me, United Home Audio means one thing–fabulous reel-to-reel decks. Scot Hull has one in his reference system, and I’ve been mesmerized by the sound from this deck on more than one occasion. At the 2019 Capital Audiofest, U…
    - 17 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 12:36pm -
  • newWell-Pleased Audio Vida, Vinnie Rossie, Qln, Innuos, Triode Wire Labs | CAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileI’m looking at my notes from the Well-Pleased Audio Vida room at the 2019 Capital Audiofest, and I spot this little nugget: “OMG. What can I say?” The Well-Pleased Audio Vida room is more commonly known as the “Vinnie Roo…
    - 21 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 9:03am -
  • newThe Audiophile Socialites | CAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileWASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Most of the things I love about attending an audio show seldom have anything to do with audio. As for Capital Audiofest 2019, it has proven itself to be one of the most exhilarating and welcoming audio sho…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 11:00am -
  • newTenacious Sound, Fyne Audio, Unison Research, MoFi, Rogue Audio, Audience | CAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileI usually don’t do a lot of “after hours” coverage at high-end audio shows–cuz it’s Miller Time!–but my buddy Shayne Tenace of Tenacious Sound convinced me to stop by his room Saturday night and listen to a new pair o…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 7:40am -
  • Perfect8 Technologies and Ypsilon | CAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileI was excited to see that Perfect8 Technologies and Ypsilon were exhibiting together at the 2019 Capital Audiofest. I’ve always felt that Ypsilon is in the running for the greatest solid-state amplifier manufacturer on the plan…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 2:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newvan den Hul Colibri Master Signature Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

    van den Hul Colibri Master Signature Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

    van den Hul is a Dutch company, created in 1980 by renown A.J. (Aalt Jouk) van den Hul (VDH) that designs and manufactures high-end moving coil phono cartridges, audio cables and other audio electronics. (Bowers & Wilkins, for example, among other…
    - 20 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 9:29am -
  • newFocal Powered by Naim: Scottsdale, AZ Grand Opening

    Focal Powered by Naim:  Scottsdale, AZ Grand Opening

    On October 30th I was lucky enough to attend the grand opening of North America’s first ‘Focal powered by Naim’ showroom in Scottsdale, Arizona. This specialty showroom features the two keystone brands of Vervent Audio Group, in partnership…
    - 23 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 7:04am -
  • newMaster & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones: 5th Anniversary New Wireless Model

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Over-Ear Headphones: 5th Anniversary New Wireless Model

    Five years ago, at the New York Audio Show, I came across a new Manhattan-based headphone Company, Master & Dynamic, debuting their first headphones. The MH40, at $399; was an over-the ear closed model. I was impressed, and planned on trying to ge…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 8:48am -
  • A quick listen to the Allnic Audio L-1500 Line Preamplifier (sponsored post)

    A quick listen to the Allnic Audio L-1500 Line Preamplifier (sponsored post)

    I recently got a call from David Beetles of Hammertone Audio, Allnic Audio’s distributor, about an end of line run of one of Allnic Audio’s products—the venerable and highly respected L-1500 Preamplifier. The preamplifier has been a mainstay…
    - 8 days ago, 6 Nov 19, 9:16am -
  • Streaming the Classics 10/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

    Streaming the Classics 10/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

    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…
    - 13 days ago, 1 Nov 19, 10:16am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newBrett Enjoys NYC High-End Audio Event -- NYAS 2019 Report By Brett Rudolph

    Brett Enjoys NYC High-End Audio Event -- NYAS 2019 Report By Brett Rudolph

    The New York Audio Show was held at the Park Lane Hotel, a beautiful venue overlooking Manhattan's famous Central Park on November 8th through 10th. It is the perfect place to host such a plethora of audio equipment from affordable to price-no-object…
    - 32 mins ago, 14 Nov 19, 5:11am -
  • newTBT Review: FiiO FH5 In-Ear Monitor Review

    TBT Review: FiiO FH5 In-Ear Monitor Review

    The FiiO brand is really synonymous with high bang-for-buck value in the personal audio world. For many people, FiiO is a launching pad – the first "audiophile" amp or DAC they ever own. For me personally, it was the FiiO E6 – just a tiny little…
    - 2 hours ago, 14 Nov 19, 3:25am -
  • newReview: Manley Labs Absolute Headphone Amplifier / Preamplifier

    Review: Manley Labs Absolute Headphone Amplifier / Preamplifier

    I had the pleasure of meeting Manley Labs VP of Engineering and Design, Zia Faruqi, in the CanJam exhibit at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018. While I was more than familiar with the Manley name, this was the first time I had seen them in the personal…
    - 19 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 10:49am -
  • newReview: Cardas Clear Loudspeaker Cables

    Review: Cardas Clear Loudspeaker Cables

    Cables are a source of much contention in our epic. So much so that some publications seem afraid to discuss them anymore. YouTubers will show you a coat hanger that somehow out-performs, or at least equals, Monster Cable. Devout subscribers to the e…
    - 1 day ago, 12 Nov 19, 9:38pm -
  • Townshend Allegri Reference Passive Preamplifier

    Townshend Allegri Reference Passive Preamplifier

    Introducing the new Townshend Allegri Reference preamplifier (£6667 plus VAT), which sets a new standard for the company in volume control performance. With 129 step in 0.5dB, a reed relay switched Auto-transformer Volume Control (AVC) is also remot…
    - 2 days ago, 12 Nov 19, 4:37am -

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StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Klipsch Sub-10 Subwoofer
    Item: Klipsch Sub-10 Subwoofer Location: Cranbourne North, Melbourne Price: $200 firm Item Condition: Functionally excellent / Cosmetically very good (Some hairline scratches in front top area as seen in photos) Reason for selling: Moving in…
    - 3 hours ago, 14 Nov 19, 3:05am -
  • newFS: Bottlehead Crack + Speedball Upgrade
    Item: Bottlehead Crack + Speedball Upgrade Location: Sunbury or Mitcham during Business hours. Price: $850 Item Condition: Used Reason for selling: No longer required. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought at…
    - 3 hours ago, 14 Nov 19, 2:48am -
  • newFS: BIC America F12 12-Inch Subwoofer
    Item: BIC America F12 12-Inch Front Firing Powered Subwoofer (240v) Location: Cranbourne North, Melbourne Price: $250 firm Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Moving interstate Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal (Covering fees)…
    - 3 hours ago, 14 Nov 19, 2:46am -
  • newFS: Wharfedale subwoofer 12 inch !!
    Item: Wharfedale subwoofer 12 inch Location: sydney Price: $299 FREE POSTAGE Item Condition: Very good Reason for selling: surplus Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Wharfedale subwoofer 12 inch model…
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 11:37pm -
  • newFS: Cambridge Audio AZUR 650A Amplifier!
    Item: Cambridge audio 650A amplifier Location: sydney Price: $299 FREE POSTAGE Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Beautiful cambridge audio amp…
    - 6 hours ago, 13 Nov 19, 11:25pm -

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 -

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Digital Audio Review

  • A short film about the Hegel H390 + KEF Reference 1
    Hegel’s H390 is a 250 wpc dual-mono integrated amplifier with its distortion targeted by the Norwegian company’s feed-forward Soundengine 2 circuit design. Internal Ethernet streaming and a bit-perfect (non-upsampling) DAC hook us directly into t…
    - 14 days ago, 31 Oct 19, 3:10am -
  • The 2019 UK Hi-Fi Show, Live from Ascot
    The 2019 UK HiFi Show Live. The same ingredients but a new venue: the Grandstand at Ascot Racecourse, which gave it a really different feel, the imposing architecture generating a real sense of occasion. Tasteful grandeur, a statement without braggin…
    - 15 days ago, 30 Oct 19, 10:31am -
  • Play AND record with Schiit’s Fulla 3, Hel 3
    Schiit Audio enter the gaming/podcast space this week with a pair of products first teased at RMAF 2019. The Fulla 3 adds an ‘electret’ microphone input + automatic level control + 24bit AKM ADC to the company’s transportable AKM AK4490 DAC and…
    - 16 days ago, 29 Oct 19, 8:31am -
  • Future-Fi from Cabasse, Linn & Cyrus Audio
    Future-Fi? That’s high-end audio for those who care not for the journey of system compilation and its (potentially) endless revision but would rather an all-in-one, set-and-forget hardware purchase. How do manufacturers talk to this kind of consume…
    - 17 days ago, 28 Oct 19, 1:29am -
  • Home and away with the iFi xDSD
    iFi pitches the xDSD primarily as a mobile DAC with an onboard headphone amplifier, its 2200mAH rechargeable battery sufficient for up to 8 hours’ playtime. The line-out mode also makes it suitable for connection to the pre-amplifier section of a l…
    - 20 days ago, 25 Oct 19, 4:54am -