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The Absolute Sound

  • newNew Estelon YB Coming to America

    New Estelon YB Coming to America

    The following is a press release issued by Estelon. February 21, 2017 - The new Model YB is an asymmetrical three-way design delivering the finest sound and placing listeners at the heart of the audio landscape. As with all Estelon models, the cabine…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 4:00pm -
  • newMagico S1 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico S1 Mk II Loudspeaker

    Magico loudspeakers have impressed a good number of TAS equipment reviewers. No fewer than seven Magico models are endorsed in the 2017 Buyer’s Guide and the most ambitious designs have served as references for Robert Harley (the Q7 Mk II) and Jona…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:00am -
  • newEsoteric Announces Grandioso G1 Master Clock Generator

    Esoteric Announces Grandioso G1 Master Clock Generator

    The following is a press release issued by Esoteric. Upper Saddle River, NJ | February 21, 2017 - ESOTERIC announced a new Master Clock Generator in the Grandioso line, the Grandioso G1. (MSRP: $22,000 U.S.D.) A truly three-dimensional audio experien…
    - 17 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 7:42am -
  • newMusical Artisans Winter Open House

    Musical Artisans Winter Open House

    The following is a press release issued by Musical Artisans. February 21, 2017 - Musical Artisans will host their Winter open house event on Saturday, March 4th from 5:00-9:00pm. We are pleased to introduce Nagra Audio and the Helix 1 turntable by Ma…
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 6:58am -
  • 2017 Editors’ Choice Awards: Cables and Interconnects under $1000

    2017 Editors’ Choice Awards: Cables and Interconnects under $1000

    Transparent Audio The Link interconnect, The Wave speaker cable, PowerWave 8 AC conditioner $100/1m pr., interconnect; $220/8' pr., speaker; $125, Performance Power Link; $1195 PowerWave 8 The $100 The Link interconnect brings more than a taste of hi…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Feb 17, 5:50am -

Stereophile News

  • newAerial Acoustics 5T loudspeaker

    Aerial Acoustics 5T loudspeaker

    Long-lived loudspeaker models are rare. So it's surprising that the two-way, stand-mounted Model 5, the smallest speaker made by Massachusetts-based Aerial Acoustics, was revised just once between 2015 and April 1997, when Robert Harley favorably rev…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 4:07pm -
  • newListening #171: Bob's Devices Sky 40 transformer

    Listening #171: Bob's Devices Sky 40 transformer

    In contrast with such line-level source components as DACs and CD players, record players generate a lower-voltage signal that requires extra gain from either a standalone phono preamplifier or the phono stage of another, more comprehensive component…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 4:05pm -
  • newReference Recordings: New Website, Downloads, Recordings

    Reference Recordings: New Website, Downloads, Recordings

    For the first time in a decade, Grammy Award-winning audiophile label Reference Recordings (RR) has updated its website. Filled with new features, including new blog posts and an "Audiophile Corner," the website offers physical media and hi-rez downl…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 10:22am -
  • newArc Iris's <I>Moon Saloon</I>: Super Proggy

    Arc Iris's <I>Moon Saloon</I>: Super Proggy

    On Moon Saloon, Rhode Island's Arc Iris, led by singer Jocie Adams, has discarded any traces of the Americana that was present on the band’s self-titled debut. The sheer amount of textures present on Moon Saloon is wonderful, an attribute abetted b…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 4:57am -
  • Vivid Video: JA Interviews Speaker Designer Laurence Dickie

    Vivid Video: JA Interviews Speaker Designer Laurence Dickie

    This past weekend, John Atkinson and I attended the debut of Vivid Audio's new flagship speaker, the G1 Spirit, at a private home in Itasca, IL (to the west of Chicago.) The event was hosted by concert pianist and audio retailer George Vatchnadze of…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Feb 17, 3:21pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newWhat Do You Want From Your Hi-Fi?

    What Do You Want From Your Hi-Fi?

    A simple question. A simple question, and one that one could assume has but one answer. But it doesn't.
    - 20 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 4:58am -
  • newMarshall Bolton: Zen and the Art of Lovely Records

    Marshall Bolton: Zen and the Art of Lovely Records

    We all know what Zen is - but what are lovely records?
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 5:55am -
  • Universal Music Group + MQA = Hi-Res Streaming

    Universal Music Group + MQA = Hi-Res Streaming

    From the press release:LONDON AND SANTA MONICA, FEBRUARY 16, 2017 – Music technology company MQA and Universal Music Group (UMG), the world-leader in music-based entertainment, announced today that the companies have entered into a multi-year agr…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 5:56am -
  • Darko: Active Loudspeakers

    Darko: Active Loudspeakers

    Moritzplatz, Berlin. Just Music is a store for musicians and DJs. Up on the the third floor is the loudspeaker section; on display, models from Focal, Eve Audio, JBL, M-Audio and Pioneer. For those who care for a splash of colour, there’s NOCS. For…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Feb 17, 12:14pm -
  • Is MQA "Bad For Music"? Linn Thinks It Is

    Is MQA "Bad For Music"? Linn Thinks It Is

    Over on the Linn blogsite, Jim Collinson, Linn Product Ltd.'s Digital Marketer, argues that MQA is bad for music:But with the MQA approach, we have the worst kind of middleman: solving a problem that has already been, or could be, solved by free an…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Feb 17, 5:40am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newFor Sale Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones

    For Sale Sennheiser HD 600 Headphones

    Selling a pair of good condition, fully functional, Sennheiser HD 600 Premium Dynamic Headphones. These are one of my favorite headphones that I've...
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 9:00pm -
  • newTidal Announces 96/24bit MasterClass
    Tidal Adds a “Track Edit”Feature That Allow Users to Change Length and Tempo of Songs Added by*Senior Reporter*on January 18, 2017. Saved...
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:31pm -
  • newMedia Server/Renderer Cable Routing?
    Because I know little about how a LAN actually works, any suggestions are welcomed. I have read about Network Isolation and will eventually consider...
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 8:29pm -
  • newFor Sale [WTS] Yulong P18 Power Processing Center (Black)

    For Sale [WTS] Yulong P18 Power Processing Center (Black)

    For sale is a lightly used, Yulong P18 Power Processing Center in Black. Selling a very nice, fully-funcitonal, Yulong Sabre P18 Power Processing...
    - 7 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 5:05pm -
  • newMac Mini question
    I'm currently using my laptop (HP I/7 Envy) as my music source. I play flac files stored on this computer thru Jriver out through a Cambridge Azure...
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 4:45pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Ida8 and 12" woofer
    Thanks for this answer.I had this felling, but it is good to ear it from others.IDA-8 is coming back to my top 2 choice !! Next step is to try it....
    - 23 mins ago, 22 Feb 17, 12:07am -
  • newRe: Low noise from speakers when suing ST10 & DAC 10
    Yes the source is the same.Bluesound Node 2 Streaming Tidal.
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 17, 11:28pm -
  • newRe: How about a Woodstock ticket?
    Thanks, Phil A.Interesting. The seller says that originals have small red dots in the yellow '3', 'of' and '&' of "3 Days of Peace and Music", but mine does not and I did buy it there...
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 17, 11:16pm -
  • newRe: Tyson's iFi iTube2 Review
    Quote from: Tyson on 22 Jan 2017, 05:12 pmYour System is ShittyI'm sorry but it is.  You might not think it is, but you are wrong.  I include myself in that statement.  That's a bold statement, but unless you ...
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Feb 17, 11:08pm -
  • new[WTS] Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon Headphone Amp (Upgraded) w/NRG-X3 Power Cable
    Forced to sell my beloved Cavalli Audio Liquid Carbon amp from the first run which was recently upgraded to the latest version/model (S/N: 098). Both the second and final runs have upgraded power filtering in the unit to eliminate 'dirty' noise. This…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:07pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newAffordable, High Performance Power Conditioning!

    Affordable, High Performance Power Conditioning!

    A lot of power products have come through the door here over the years, and most of them have been escorted right out the door quickly. Way too many power conditioners shave transient edges off with the noise, unable to differentiate, or they get wac…
    - 14 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 10:12am -
  • The McIntosh MP1100 Phono Preamplifer

    The McIntosh MP1100 Phono Preamplifer

    Click here for  a quick video of the new MP1100 Phono Preamplifier from McIntosh… Click here to view all the specs at the McIntosh website…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 9:43pm -
  • The Audio Research PH9

    The Audio Research PH9

    Audio Research always has something new under the hood of any new release, but their new Foundation series is a major step up aesthetically as well. We’ve just received the entire series in for full review, but we’ve started with the PH9 phono st…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Feb 17, 6:06pm -
  • The Technics SL-1200G

    The Technics SL-1200G

    The older we get, the more difficult it is to remember some of life’s firsts. Once, while chatting with Jerry Seinfeld about his Porsche collection, a big smile came across his face recalling his first 911; a red, early 80s Carrera, and how hard he…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Feb 17, 9:38am -
  • Oppo’s latest: Sonica

    Oppo’s latest: Sonica

    We’ve just received OPPO’s latest creation, the Sonica DAC. At $799, this looks to be another killer, offering compatibility with all digital formats, streaming and multi-room audio capabilities. Featuring the latest ESS ES9038PRO chip, and synch…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Feb 17, 9:05am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newWireless TRNTBL streaming via Sonos – $429 to pre-order

    Wireless TRNTBL streaming via Sonos – $429 to pre-order

    A turntable that can rip ‘n stream your vinyl simultaneously to a Sonos system for multi-room playback  under $500 USD you say? I’m listening. VNYL is a company that is taking preorders on just such a design. Apparently this has been floating ar…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 1:00am -
  • Review: ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floor standing speakers

    Review: ELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floor standing speakers

    by John Richardson ELAC is an audio technology company that has been around quite a long time, having recently celebrated their 90th birthday. The company began in Germany back in the 1920s developing early sonar technology and introduced its first…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Feb 17, 3:00am -
  • Review: Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono II

    Review: Dynamic Sounds Associates Phono II

    Being an audiophile is difficult. Being an audiophile into vinyl is more difficult. Being an audiophile who is so into vinyl that you have more than one turntable is bordering on a personality disorder. Having a turntable is often looked upon as a lo…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Feb 17, 1:00am -
  • MQA and Universal Music Group announce multi-year deal

    MQA and Universal Music Group announce multi-year deal

    The MQA juggernaut continues to gather momentum with today’s announcement that the Universal Music Group has inked a multi-year deal with MQA to encode Universal’s massive catalog of master recordings. Those naysayers, and companies that seem ben…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 3:27pm -
  • Five turntable mats: An audiophile shootout

    Five turntable mats: An audiophile shootout

    Please don’t shoot me, I’m only the record player. That’s what I imagined my turntable saying to me after spending an entire weekend going back and forth listening to five different turntable mats varying in cost from $30 USD to $350 USD. Wh…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Feb 17, 1:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newAudience AU 24SX Interconnects and Speaker Wires

    Audience AU 24SX Interconnects and Speaker Wires

    It was just about fifteen years ago that I first became aware of and reviewed the Audience Au24 interconnects and speaker wires. At that time, I made particular mention of their user friendliness and was also favourably impressed with the musicali…
    - 6 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 6:14pm -
  • SONOS PLAY:1 Loudspeaker; 5.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Pair

    SONOS PLAY:1 Loudspeaker; 5.1 Surround Sound; Stereo Pair

    It would be instructive to read my original review of the full SONOS system [PLAYBAR, SUB, PLAY:5]. This review will examine the addition of two PLAY:1s to that superb system. The PLAY:1 is the smallest SONOS speaker at (USD) $199.00 /each. The…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 6:12pm -
  • Alta Audio Titanium Hestia Loudspeaker

    Alta Audio Titanium Hestia Loudspeaker

    When it comes to loudspeakers, I like ones that are meant for a relatively small intimate setting as opposed to a large space. This is in line with my preference for attending small get-togethers as opposed to huge parties, or my preference for li…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Feb 17, 11:01pm -
  • CANJAM NYC 2017

    CANJAM NYC 2017

    Right smack within  the hustle and bustle of the Theater District of NYC (across from The Lion King on Broadway, very close to Times Square) was the venue for the CANJAM NYC 2017; the 6th Floor of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.Living in M…
    - 16 days ago, 6 Feb 17, 9:00am -
  • Are Audio Light Roast 2.0 Loudspeakers

    Are Audio Light Roast 2.0 Loudspeakers

    I received a very pleasant email from a distributor doing his due diligence and shopping around his new speaker acquisition for review. 'Happy to',  I said. A little research led me to Are Audio's website. The speaker, the company vibe and ID wer…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Feb 17, 1:14am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newFlaskback Review: The Complete Guide to High-End Audio Fifth Edition

    Flaskback Review: The Complete Guide to High-End Audio Fifth Edition

    Robert Harley has done an excellent job continually updating this must-have reference manual and I feel every audiophile, hobbyist and music lover can greatly benefit from this masterpiece. The Complete Guide to High-End Audio Fifth Edition by Robert…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Feb 17, 8:26pm -
  • newChannel Islands Audio PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC Phono Stage Preamplifier

    Channel Islands Audio PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC Phono Stage Preamplifier

    Channel Islands Audio announcement of their long-awaited PEQ-1 MKII MM/MC phono stage preamplifier ($995) brings high-end audio sound to music lovers. The PEQ-1 is a versatile design said to offer outstanding performance with a wide variety of phono…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 4:38am -
  • Pro-Ject's Limited Edition The Beatles 1964 Vinyl Record Player

    Pro-Ject's Limited Edition The Beatles 1964 Vinyl Record Player

    With only 2500 pieces worldwide, Pro-Ject's new The Beatles 1964 record player (€650) will surely please fans of the fab four. "We are thrilled to announce that we will produce together six special edition turntables which will feature the greatest…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 8:43pm -
  • Universal Music Group Will Encode Their Music In MQA Format

    Universal Music Group Will Encode Their Music In MQA Format

    Universal Music Group (UMG) has entered into a new agreement with MQA (Master Quality Authenticated), which will see the major's extensive catalog encoded with the tech company's hi-res audio technology. This new announcement is only a few weeks afte…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 4:23am -
  • TBT 15 Years Ago: Enjoy 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res Via DVD-Audio

    TBT 15 Years Ago: Enjoy 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res Via DVD-Audio

    I'm sure most if not all of the people who frequent the cyber-pages of EnjoyTheMusic.com already know a thing or two about DVD-Audio. Along with Sony's SACD (DSD) format, DVD-Audio is the future of audio reproduction as we know it, and it is capable…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Feb 17, 10:17pm -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • Wes Phillips dies.
    Very sorry to hear about this.  I had been wondering about him, as he was one of my favourite writers. http://www.stereophile.com/content/wes-phillips-rip#O1lO7jbaBFjQXIoG.97
    - 28 Aug 16, 7:07pm -
  • 9 Vinyl LP,s FS:

    9 Vinyl LP,s FS:

    Item: Vinyl RecordsLocation: HobartPrice: $50 ono: Item Condition: Used, most look ok, one has light scratches.Reason for selling: Found in house clean up. Payment Method: Pickup only. Not interested in posting.Extra Info Sanatana - Caravanserai…
    - 28 Aug 16, 6:15pm -
  • FS: JL Audio Fathom F110 Subwoofer

    FS: JL Audio Fathom F110 Subwoofer

    Item: JL Audio Fathom F110 SubwooferLocation: SydneyPrice: $1250 (delivery at buyer's cost)Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: Not required, have purchased full range speakersPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, PaypalExtra Info:  I bought this…
    - 28 Aug 16, 5:57pm -
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm - Almost Brand New

    Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm - Almost Brand New

    Item: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 OhmLocation: MelbournePrice: $220 PostedItem Condition: 9/10 (9 because its used)Reason for selling: Doesn't get used as much as I'd like to.Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: Have 2 pairs…
    - 28 Aug 16, 4:22pm -
  • Atlas test instruments

    Atlas test instruments

    I was searching for an ESR capacitor meter that @Zaphod Beeblebrox pictured using in one of the threads and found that Altronics supplied the Atlas range of test instruments that I think are very useful to have, even for a novice like me! . But wha…
    - 28 Aug 16, 1:52pm -

AVRev.com News

  • 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…
    - 15 days ago, 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…
    - 29 days 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…
    - 29 days ago, 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…
    - 29 days ago, 24 Jan 17, 8:58am -
  • ViewSonic Reveals PX800HD Ultra-Short Throw Projector

    ViewSonic Reveals PX800HD Ultra-Short Throw Projector

    ViewSonic has unveiled the latest addition to its projector lineup. The upcoming PX Series PX800HD Ultra-Short Throw Projector is geared toward home entertainment use. "We're launching ViewSonic's new PX Series of projectors with the PX800HD which al…
    - 29 days ago, 24 Jan 17, 8:55am -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • newAudio Ramblings - The Focal ELEAR Headphones and Cabling From Moon Audio, Double Helix, Wireworld, and a Whole Lot More...
    So I've been playing around more with headphones (headphones from Sennheiser, Audeze, AKG, and OPPO are in my usual rotation of references), but after hearing the new ELEARs from Focal… uh, we got to have these. At an event held over in Torrance at…
    - 13 hours ago, 21 Feb 17, 11:59am -
  • newAudio Ramblings - USB Cables from Curious and ANTICABLE
    USB Cables… my last Rambling's column centered on the Purist Audio Luminist Revision Neptune cables and how, well either differences in cables are there for you or not. For whatever reason applies here—you hear it, you don't hear it, you can't he…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Feb 17, 2:14pm -
  • Tinariwen’s Elwan on LP
    Tinariwen, Elwan (ANTI- 87467-1, 2-LP set $19.98 through Amazon) Reviewing contemporary music is often merely a matter of describing a hybrid. "Their music is a cross between Gwar and the first three Partridge Family LPs." "This latest album blends…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Feb 17, 5:28pm -
  • Duevel Venus Loudspeakers
    The Venus is the third Duevel speaker I have reviewed and sits directly in the middle of their lineup. Since I have heard at one time or another all of Duevel's models, the Venus just might offer the biggest bang for the asking price. Let's find out.…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Feb 17, 12:52pm -
  • Channel Islands Audio PEQ1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier
    February 14, 2017 Channel Islands Audio is proud to announce the release of our long-awaited PEQ1 MKII MM/MC Phono Preamplifier The PEQ1 is a versatile design offering outstanding performance with a wide variety of phono cartridge types. This new dua…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Feb 17, 10:56am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newCleaning up in Berlin with Pro-Ject Audio’s VC-S
    Watergate, Sisyphos, Tresor, Berghain – Berlin clubs that go all night or, sometimes, an entire weekend. They highlight the popularity of electronic music in Germany’s capital city. Many Berliners don’t see house and techno as mindless. “Doo…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Feb 17, 4:24am -
  • MQA announces licensing deal with Universal Music Group
    The headline says it all. After landing Warner Music Group back in May of last year, MQA have Universal Music Group (UMG) all signed and sealed on a multi-year contract to license their “extensive catalogue of master recordings”. From the press…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Feb 17, 12:06am -
  • Electronica for audiophiles – Bandcamp Edition
    The reasons to dig Bandcamp are numerous – here are five for starters: 1. Bandcamp is a platform that enables artists to sell their music to fans directly. The company takes 15% on digital sales (which drops to 10% once total artist revenue hits…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Feb 17, 3:43am -
  • KIH #43: Feeling so real
    R-rated®. For hifi, is expecting realism realistic? After giving the dastardly n-word of neutrality a friendly grilling in the last interrogation slash instalment, today’s turn is for its R-rated cousin. When I read about people referencing sympho…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Feb 17, 10:38pm -
  • Norddeutsche Hifi-Tage 2017: Chord Electronics Hugo2
    “I go where you go” → “You go” → Hugo. Chord Electronics’ transportable DAC goes to work with (and for) you on the desktop at work with your favourite pair of headphones (6.4mm and 3.5mm sockets) and then comes home for line-level main…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Feb 17, 2:36am -