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The Absolute Sound

  • newKEF Announces New Completely Revamped R Series Loudspeakers

    KEF Announces New Completely Revamped R Series Loudspeakers

    The following is a press release issued by KEF. Maidstone, Kent, UK | September 18, 2018 – Globally-renowned audio pioneer, KEF, has announced the launch of its brand-new R Series, a complete, top-to-bottom transformation of what was already one…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 12:00pm -
  • newTechnics 2018 Turntable Preview Event at the PNW Audio Society

    Technics 2018 Turntable Preview Event at the PNW Audio Society

    The following is a press release issued by Technics. September 18, 2018 - J-Corder is sponsoring a gathering to showcase the new Reference Series 2018 products from Technics. Please join us at the Pacific Northwest Audio Society event to see and he…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 9:53am -
  • newSchiit Audio Mani Phonostage

    Schiit Audio Mani Phonostage

    Young people are into vinyl. I know that’s a weird sentence, or at least it used to be. I think everyone’s aware by now that vinyl’s a viable format again. We’re all sick of hearing about it, but bear with me. Streaming is the big player in…
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 7:53am -
  • newE.A.T Brings High-Performance Vinyl Playback Components to North American Market

    E.A.T Brings High-Performance Vinyl Playback Components to North American Market

    The following is a press release issued by E.A.T. Lake Grove, NY | September 17, 2018 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com), the North American distributor for fine audio products has announced the arrival of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) Jo N05 movin…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 18, 10:07am -
  • VAC Introduces Statement Integrated Amplifier at RMAF 2018

    VAC Introduces Statement Integrated Amplifier at RMAF 2018

    The following is a press release issued by VAC. Sarasota, FL | September 14, 2018 – VAC/ Valve Amplification Company will introduce the latest member of its award-winning family of Statement audio components at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 2:34pm -

Stereophile News

  • newSonus Faber Aida loudspeaker

    Sonus Faber Aida loudspeaker

    In 1959, in their musical revue At the Drop of a Hat, the British musical-comedy team of Flanders and Swann sang their "Song of Reproduction." It's not about sex. The song mocks audiophiles (you thought this was something recent?) for how we spend "a…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 9:54am -
  • newWhat's Wrong With Classical Record Reviews

    What's Wrong With Classical Record Reviews

    I attend at least a couple of dozen classical-music performances each year. I also read reviews of recordings and live performances, and have even dabbled in writing them. Why, then, do I find classical music reviews so frequently annoying?It's the…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 9:52am -
  • newWonderful Times with <I>Wonderful Town</I>

    Wonderful Times with <I>Wonderful Town</I>

    After umpteen serious reviews, penned in serious and somber times, it's high time to lighten up. Hence to Leonard Bernstein's Wonderful Town we go, and to Sir Simon Rattle's new SACD of the musical, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and a s…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 18, 4:24am -
  • KEF Meets Porsche in California

    KEF Meets Porsche in California

    In late August, I attended the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Car Week at Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. Porsche sponsored its own "Porsche Werks Reunion" at the nearby Corral De Tierra Country Club.Walking around…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 2:07pm -
  • Recommended Components: Fall 2018 Edition

    Recommended Components: Fall 2018 Edition

    Components listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile and have been found to be among the best available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class E, we highly recommend its purchase.Each…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 18, 10:40am -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: DJ Kicks: Kruder & Dorfmeister

    Download of the Week: DJ Kicks: Kruder & Dorfmeister

    This duo has been a go-to staple of mine for chill-out listening sessions and critical review use alike because all their LPs are filthy with dense vocal, synth, drum machine and instrument layering.
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 3:56pm -
  • YG Acoustics Hailey event hosted at Hi-fi Centre

    YG Acoustics Hailey event hosted at Hi-fi Centre

    Being able to hop in a car, or a jump into a cab and in 10 minutes be at a bricks & mortar high-fidelity store of substantial selection and really personalized service is an experience that is becoming more rare.
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 2:41pm -
  • AXPONA shifts to fall show schedule for 2020 and beyond

    AXPONA shifts to fall show schedule for 2020 and beyond

    It looks like the massive success and impact of High End at Munich is taking control of the spring high-fidelity trade show schedule in North America as the Audio Expo of North America (AXPONA) just announced that the while the venue will remain at i…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 11:14am -
  • McIntosh MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier Review

    McIntosh MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier Review

    The dog raised his head from where he had been sprawled out on one of the living-room rugs and looked at me with what appeared to be real fear in his eyes.
    - 8 days ago, 11 Sep 18, 1:00pm -
  • Prince - Unreleased Music From His Infamous Vault

    Prince - Unreleased Music From His Infamous Vault

    Introduced to the world with a debut that had him writing, producing, and performing as well as playing all of the instruments, the bashful 17-year-old from St. Paul’s Minneapolis became one of few artists to live up to being labeled a prodigy.
    - 14 days ago, 5 Sep 18, 9:57am -

Computer Audiophile

  • My Quest for a New DAC, Part 3 - Denafrips Terminator

    My Quest for a New DAC, Part 3 - Denafrips Terminator

    In this installment of my article series on my quest for a new DAC, I'll be evaluating the Denafrips Terminator. When I revealed my shortlist and the criteria by which I selected DACs I'd evaluate, the Terminator was easily the one for which I re…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 8:55am -
  • Dutch & Dutch 8c Loudspeaker Review

    Dutch & Dutch 8c Loudspeaker Review

    The D&D 8c’s are the first loudspeakers to come into my room where I could achieve studio control room frequency response accuracy of 21 Hz to 20 kHz ±3 dB at the listening position without any external DSP. Also, the first loudspea…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Sep 18, 8:45am -
  • Definitive Guide: How To Copy Favorites and Playlists from Tidal to Qobuz

    Definitive Guide: How To Copy Favorites and Playlists from Tidal to Qobuz

    The reign of Tidal for audiophiles here in the US is nearly over. Yes, I can't believe I wrote the words reign and Tidal in the same sentence, but it's true. Tidal has been the only lossless streaming service supported on high end platforms here…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Aug 18, 6:26pm -
  • My Quest for a new DAC, Part 2 - Ayre QX-8

    My Quest for a new DAC, Part 2 - Ayre QX-8

    As I described in the introductory article a few months ago, I am on a  quest for my next DAC. Over the course of several articles, I'll be describing my evaluation of various candidate DACs that I try out. My requirements and criteria were laid…
    - 27 days ago, 23 Aug 18, 7:22am -
  • Kii THREE Loudspeaker Review

    Kii THREE Loudspeaker Review

    The Kii THREE’s are the first loudspeakers to come into my room where I did not feel the need to apply external Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to smooth the frequency response. As some of you know, I am big into DSP. The frequency and…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Aug 18, 9:00am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Decent Blu-Ray DVD player as transport?
    Sorry for bumping...just my two cents...There are many low cost under $300 portable Blu-ray players on the market with a built in small LCD screen that offers slightly better quality then 480I DVD. People purchasing those portable machines without 72…
    - 33 mins ago, 19 Sep 18, 1:19am -
  • newRe: Dipole tweeters

    Re: Dipole tweeters

    Plenty of reading to be done there,  Thanks
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 11:46pm -
  • newANT Meet - Oct 20, 2018
    Hello everyone,Due to being a single father to three kids, ANT has fallen to the wayside.  I'm hoping this event will reignite the group.  This is an annual event that is celebrating its seventh year and is meant as a full day celebration akin to t…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 11:35pm -
  • newRe: Dipole tweeters
    There's a list here, if you haven't seen already: https://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=149613.0
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:09pm -
  • newRe: JBL 305 Mk2
    Quote from: Doublej on Today at 01:46 amI think you are understating the price differential between the two. The JBLs are $300ish/pair delivered powered whereas the Philharmonics are $1450 plus amplification, no?...
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 9:20pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The PrimaLuna HP Integrated Amplifier

    The PrimaLuna HP Integrated Amplifier

    Do any of you know someone that knows what you want, even before you know you want it? Kevin Deal of Upscale Audio and PrimaLuna US is that kind of guy. Known the world over as a top purveyor of vacuum tubes, he and Herman Van den Dungen started Prim…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 6:09pm -
  • The Pass Labs XA200.8 Monoblocks

    The Pass Labs XA200.8 Monoblocks

    Over the past 20 years, it remains exciting to review such a range of products from so many unique audio manufacturers. Each new component provides a narrative of where the designer is in their creative process. Changing out components from one manuf…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 18, 9:43pm -
  • Focal’s Kanta No.3 Speakers

    Focal’s Kanta No.3 Speakers

    Unboxing a new pair of Focal speakers is always special. It’s like getting handed the keys to a new car, a great car. That feeling. Their new Kanta No.3 has the same level of attention to detail that their Grande Utopia EM does. The execution of me…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Sep 18, 10:11am -
  • Burning Amp 2018 on the Horizon!

    Burning Amp 2018 on the Horizon!

    Hey DIYer’s, this year’s Burning Amplifier Festival is arriving a little bit early. Sunday, September 30, to be exact and it will be held again at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Legendary amplifier designer Nelson Pass will be there with Wa…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Aug 18, 7:22pm -
  • Issue 90
    Features Old School: Jerold O’Brien revisits the Shure V15 III! 995: REGA’s FONO MC is a steal By Jerold O’Brien Journeyman Audiophile: The Boulder 508 Phonostage By Jeff Dorgay In Praise of the Party Table: Get Something for the whole family M…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Aug 18, 5:03pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • Bricasti M1 Review: Balancing Head and Heart
    Part-Time AudiophilePerks of the trade Looking at the Bricasti M1 reminds me of one of the coolest perks of reviewing high-end audio equipment: I get to hear lots of different types of gear in the comfort and familiarity of my own listening room. I…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 18, 3:00am -
  • CEDIA 2018: Whitledge Designs Magic Bus
    Part-Time AudiophileA study by Texas A&M found that on an average, an American spends 38 plus hours per year waiting in traffic.  For me, its music that gets me through the grind and takes me to my happy place. Unfortunatel,y most car audio systems…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 3:00am -
  • CEDIA 2018: JBL L100 Classic returns and we fancy orange
    Part-Time AudiophileThe JBL L100 is considered the best selling speaker in JBL’s history.  It will always be remembered for its looks, sound and its role in the famous Maxell ad, “The Blown-away Man”. Popular since the 1970’s, the L100 re-…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 3:00am -
  • CEDIA 2018: Simaudio Moon 390 hits a GRAND SLAM
    Part-Time AudiophileWe’re fortunate to get to learn, listen and play with lots of great products.  But sometimes we come across something that surprises us.  In the Roon Labs booth at CEDIA, they had assembled an army of the best streaming DACs…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Sep 18, 3:00am -
  • AXPONA 2020 moves to overcrowded fall schedule
    Part-Time AudiophileBig news today from JD Events, the organizers for the AXPONA show. AXPONA MAKES THE RENAISSANCE SCHAUMBURG HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER ITS PERMANENT HOME AND MOVES TO FALL FOR 2020 AND BEYOND SCHAUMBURG, IL (September 6, 2018) –…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Sep 18, 3:00pm -

Audiophilia

  • The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400 Amplifier

    The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400 Amplifier

    Over the years it’s been my good fortune to have reviewed and/or been exposed to many fine power amplifiers. These ranged from solid state Class A, a variety of tube amplifiers, with and without transformers, to the latest solid state Class D de…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 18, 9:38am -
  • Audiophiles and YouTube

    Audiophiles and YouTube

    The approximately 400,000 people worldwide who call themselves audiophiles are ravenous when digesting information about every facet of our avocation. In the past, other than the original word of mouth, print was the favourite, which became the le…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Sep 18, 9:36am -
  • My reference system changes—2018 (Anticables, Alta Audio, Sutherland Engineering, Phasemation)

    My reference system changes—2018 (Anticables, Alta Audio, Sutherland Engineering, Phasemation)

    2018 was a banner year for my reference system. My Hi-Fi has been a work of passion for 25 years and has gone through a myriad of changes, analogue and digital, tubes and solid state, and everything in between. I demonstrate audio zealotry the sam…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Sep 18, 9:26am -
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 coming in ONE month—Denver, CO

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018 coming in ONE month—Denver, CO

    Unless knee deep in a surprise Rocky Mountain snowstorm, Fall is a beautiful time of year to visit Denver, CO, one of the coolest, most progressive cities in the USA. It's a place that reveres craft beer (there's even a museum in the airport dedic…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Sep 18, 10:55am -
  • Pure Fidelity Eclipse Turntable

    Pure Fidelity Eclipse Turntable

    If the number of phone calls, emails and texts regarding every aspect of a review, equipment setup, discussion and follow up is the benchmark of meticulousness, then Vancouver's John Stratton, head of Canadian analogue startup, Pure Fidelity (PF),…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Aug 18, 8:58am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newAXPONA Goes Back To Original Spring Schedule For 2020 And Beyond

    AXPONA Goes Back To Original Spring Schedule For 2020 And Beyond

    This e-mail just in.... Dear Audio Industry Friends, First, please know AXPONA will not be moving to the fall dates as stated last week, but will remain in April for 2020 and beyond. As stated in our announcement last week, we have been encouraged b…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:34am -
  • newEnjoy the Music.com's Best Of 2018 Blue Note Awards

    Enjoy the Music.com's Best Of 2018 Blue Note Awards

    EnjoyTheMusic.com's Best Of 2018 Blue Note Awards celebrates the many great achievements by audiophile manufacturers within the high-end audio and Hi-Res Audio industry. Our 2018 Blue Note Awards is a culmination of eighteen years of reviewing and ca…
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 7:36am -
  • newDante Domain Manager Software For Complete Network Management

    Dante Domain Manager Software For Complete Network Management

    Audinate's Dante Domain Manager is network management software that enables user authentication, role-based security and audit capabilities for Dante networks, while allowing seamless expansion of Dante systems over any network infrastructure. Dante…
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 3:29am -
  • newTokyo International Audio Show 2018 Starts November 16th

    Tokyo International Audio Show 2018 Starts November 16th

    The International Audio Society of Japan (IASJ,) will be presenting the Tokyo International Audio Show from 16th November through 18th . Rich textured analog music to detailed and spacious sound of digital music will be played in 35 rooms. Each exhib…
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 3:28am -
  • new440Hz Versus 432Hz Tuning Standard Comparison – Again

    440Hz Versus 432Hz Tuning Standard Comparison – Again

    Every few years musical conspiracy theorists push forth a new iteration of how our A = 440Hz tuning standard was actually meant to be 432Hz instead. I've written about this in the past, but every so often a new video comparison shows up that makes it…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 18, 11:48am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS:Vitus RI 100
    Item: Vitus RI100 Integrated Amplifier Location:Perth Price: $8000 Item Condition:As new, unmarked Reason for selling:Fund change of equipment Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:Feel free to PM for any additional i…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 12:05am -
  • newFS: YG Carmel speakers
    Item: YG Carmel Speakers Location: Perth Price: $9000 Item Condition: As new, unmarked Reason for selling: Fund change of equipment Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Owned from new, PM for any additional info.…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Sep 18, 12:00am -
  • newFS: KIMBER XLR cable model KS 1136 - 1m pair
    Item: Kimber XLR cable Model KS1136 - 1m pair Location: Melbourne Price: $1650 Item Condition: Very good condition Reason for selling: Selling this pair of XLR for my friend. He is no longer require, surplus. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash,…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 11:25pm -
  • newFS: Cambridge CXC
    Item: Cambridge CXC Location:Brisbane Price: $400+postage Item Condition:Excellent Reason for selling:NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD, Bank transfer. Extra Info:CD transport, bought new from Aussie HiFi. Just over a year…
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:01pm -
  • newFS: Custom PS Audio P1000 ; 240v & 240v to 120v
    Item: PS Audio P1000 Location: McLaren Vale Price: $3000 Item Condition: Good, factory double box Reason for selling: yet more stuff in storage, no longer have 120v equipment. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Th…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 6:39pm -

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

  • newE.A.T Brings High-Performance Vinyl Playback Components to North American Market
    The Jo N05 moving coil cartridge, LPS dual linear power supply and Massive Weight are upgrade essentials for vinyl aficionados (Lake Grove, NY) September 17th, 2018 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com), the North American distributor for fine audio prod…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:53am -
  • newModWright Instruments PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage
    Presenting the new PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage, with on-the-fly loading and gain adjustment. Following in the footsteps of the Reference PH 150, the PH 9.0 offers much of the same performance and flexibility of the PH 150 at a lower price and smaller for…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 10:50am -
  • Still Audio EL84 Integrated Amplifier: Affordable Handcrafted Exotica!
    When Mark Still contacted me in June about reviewing his handcrafted Still Audio EL84 integrated amplifier (below) I was immediately intrigued, particularly when Mark urged me to give it a try with my pair of vintage Altec 832A Corona loudspeakers, w…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 18, 9:07am -
  • Ferguson Hill FH007 Loudspeaker System and FH008 Subwoofer
    Ferguson Hill are a niche British designed loudspeaker company who have garnered notable interest for their innovative and striking horn-loaded speakers and Hi-Fi components. Headed by Tim Hill, a former aeronautical engineer, the company first set t…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 11:36am -
  • Florida Audio Show Offers Warm Oasis for Music Lovers
    Tampa, Florida—September 2018—The Florida Audio Expo is happening Friday–Sunday, February 8–10, 2019, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. This inaugural FAE offers exhibitors and attendees a fantastic venue with acoustica…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 8:16am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newKIH #61 – Let’s get physical
    RIP. Rest in peace. That’s what many have said or thought about CD already years ago. My recent encounter with the Jay’s Audio CDT2 MkII looked at this reality in perspective; another RIP. Yes, sales of physical CD are down; way down. But the Red…
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 18, 3:36am -
  • newA short film about the Meze 99 Classics
    Sunday, Sunday here again, tidy attire. You read the colour supplement, the TV guide. Music on, hi-fi world off. With six and a half days of the week devoted to hi-fi reviewing – couriers, packing/unpacking, setups/configurations, listening, note-…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 18, 11:09pm -
  • Become more active with DEQX’s HD amplifiers
    Active loudspeakers – they can bring forth numerous aesthetic and audible advantages over their passive brethren. The case against centres on the elimination of choice. With electronics living inside the loudspeaker cabinet, no longer are we free t…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 18, 3:45am -
  • KORG’s Nu 1: MM/MC phono, ADC, DAC, Nutube in one box
    In July 2016, we introduced you to the DS-DAC-10R from KORG: a USB DAC/headphone amplifier whose primary raison d’être was tandem deployment with the Japanese manufacturer’s AudioGate software for a vinyl-ripping ADC. (Line-level or) phono MM an…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 18, 7:57am -
  • Letters to the editor: Paying it forward
    Nicolas P. writes: I write in relation to the observations of some of your readers on the pros and cons of WiFi versus wired. Because of the layout of my house and the headache that would be caused setting up a wired network I have no choice but to u…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 18, 11:54am -