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The Absolute Sound

  • newFrom a Tender Age

    From a Tender Age

    Shostakovich’s First Piano Trio—more romantic than you might expect—is light on dissonance and angst. He wrote it at 17, but only after his death was it rediscovered and the last 22 bars filled in. It features one of his most lyrical melodies a…
    - 22 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 8:32am -
  • First Watt F7 Stereo Power Amplifier

    First Watt F7 Stereo Power Amplifier

    For more than fifteen years, First Watt has served as Nelson Pass’ creative playground, allowing him to explore unusual low-power designs with an emphasis on sound quality. Most of these designs don’t rank high in terms of commercial appeal. As N…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 10:05am -
  • Devialet Annouces Gold Phantom, Most Extreme Speaker Ever Made

    Devialet Annouces Gold Phantom, Most Extreme Speaker Ever Made

    The following is a press release issued by Devialet. JUNE 28, 2016 | PARIS - Devialet® The worldwide leader in high-end audio – today announced Gold Phantom™, the most extreme speaker ever made, incorporating: EXTREME POWER: Maximum volume of 10…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 6:49am -
  • Smoke Sessions Keeps the Fires Burning

    Smoke Sessions Keeps the Fires Burning

    In Issue 248 Jeff Wilson reported on the launch of Smoke Sessions, a young jazz label based in Manhattan. Smoke Sessions is the brainchild of Paul Stache and his partner Frank Christopher, who started their Upper West Side club Smoke in 1999 with the…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 8:45am -
  • Muraudio Launches in Sweden and Scandinavia

    Muraudio Launches in Sweden and Scandinavia

    The following is a press release issued by Muraudio. June 24, 2016 - Muraudio is pleased to announce the introduction of the Domain Omni Electrostatic Loudspeaker into Sweden and Scandinavia through a partnership with Stockholm's Audio Concept and ow…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 2:23pm -

Stereophile News

  • PDM, PWM, Delta-Sigma, 1-Bit DACs

    PDM, PWM, Delta-Sigma, 1-Bit DACs

    Editor's Note: One-bit DAC chips in the 21st century, where the anlog output signal is reconstructed from a very high-rate stream of pulses, are ubiquitous. But a quarter-century ago, those chips were only just beginning to stream from the chip found…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 10:52am -
  • A Dolby In the House

    A Dolby In the House

    By the time you read this, in the fall of 1967, the "Dolby system" will probably be old hat to you. Every other audio publication has been describing it, discussing it, and hailing it as the greatest invention since sex.We've seen that kind of pres…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 10:24am -
  • Do We Need A High-End Audio Industry Association?

    Do We Need A High-End Audio Industry Association?

    As I was scanning the comments under Jason Victor Serinus's insightful piece, "What If They Gave a CES and Nobody Came?", Bill Leebens's words caught my eye. Being the (relatively) new audiophile on the block with high hopes to entice the masses, the…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 10:41am -
  • Unison Research Unico Primo integrated amplifier

    Unison Research Unico Primo integrated amplifier

    In 1999, I visited a friend, professor of Italian history Bill Adams, at his castle lair in the mountain village of Panzano, in Chianti, Italy. The 10th-century Castello di Panzano towers over the lush Tuscan hills, offering stupendous views. Each mo…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 9:45am -
  • Nordost Valhalla 2 Reference cables

    Nordost Valhalla 2 Reference cables

    It would be an understatement to say that in 2001, when Nordost introduced their original Valhalla cables, they were a revelation for me. Their focus and resolution of detail were like nothing I'd ever heard, and revealed in recorded performances a s…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Jun 16, 9:42am -

AudioStream.com

  • newSonore by Simple Design microRendu

    Sonore by Simple Design microRendu

    WowI like simple. I appreciate uncomplicated. Yet I write about computer audio. I also listen to music every day for most of the day so I'm very much interested in the quality of that experience. I've been waiting years for these things to come toge…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 5:14am -
  • newIt's Official: People Can Hear High-Res

    It's Official: People Can Hear High-Res

    The AES has just published a peer-reviewed paper by Dr. Joshua D. Reiss titled "A Meta-Analysis of High Resolution Audio Perceptual Evaluation" which concludes:"The overall conclusion is that the perceived fidelity of an audio recording and playbac…
    - 24 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 6:49am -
  • Roon Server Now Runs On NAS!

    Roon Server Now Runs On NAS!

    Pinch me. Today, we’re proud to announce Roon Server for compatible QNAP and Synology NAS devices, which means you can enjoy the Roon experience without a PC!I like simple, as you'll read in Thursday's review of the (stunning) Roon Ready Sonore…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 5:03pm -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Alan Sherman

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Alan Sherman

    I listen to a lot of different genres of music. Jazz, jazz fusion, blues, rock, American, folk, and bluegrass fill up my music collection. Some of my favorite music, however, is music that doesn’t fit any category. Three of my favorite albums a…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 5:47am -
  • Download of the Week: Noveller & Julianna Barwick

    Download of the Week: Noveller & Julianna Barwick

    I flip-flopped all week. I even asked Art Dudley to help me out, which he did. I went from pseudo-bluegrass, to roots guitar, to songs about puberty, to a band from Montclair, but nothing felt right. Then I realized I was trying too hard, which is ki…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Jun 16, 5:21am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newBilly Squier DSD at Acoustic Sounds
    How good is the Analog to DSD transfers of Don't Say No and Emotions in Emotion? Anyone here got them? The original CDs are a thin and bright...
    - 58 mins ago, 30 Jun 16, 5:49am -
  • newHardware Requirements For HQ Player & Roon
    Hi Am kind of confused with the many threads here. I currently use an Auralic Aries and would like to go into upsampling with HQ Player. I know...
    - 7 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 12:04am -
  • newStarting from scratch help
    I need to get a computer and a dac. A friend who spent some time on this site said that many/most go with a mac mini and that a Rega Dac-R is a good...
    - 10 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:05pm -
  • newSRV & DT: Texas Flood
    I see that HDTracks has Stevie Ray Vaughn's 'Texas Flood" in PCM 24/88 and 24/176 and in DSD64, and that Acoustic Sounds has it in 24/176 FLAC. Any...
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 1:03pm -
  • newSpringsteen's Christic show from nugs.net...waste of $$$ going hi-res given source?
    Here is what the site says about the sound source: * Sourced from DAT (16 bit / 44.1kHz); Mastered to DSD; Output to PCM at 24 bit / 192 kHz. ...
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 12:55pm -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Issue 77
    Features Old School: The dCS Elgar DAC: Where they started! By Jeff Dorgay Journeyman Audiophile: Paradigm Prestige 75F Loudspeakers By Mark Marcantonio New Column! Timbre Tantrum Cat Parkay looks at the Big Ego DAC from Emotiva Personal Fidelity: Th…
    - 14 days ago, 16 Jun 16, 12:12pm -
  • Tellurium Q Silver Diamond Speaker Cables!

    Tellurium Q Silver Diamond Speaker Cables!

    Not having made changes to my system in a long time proves a double-edged sword; I know it intimately to the point where a minute change will be easily spotted and I was ripe to draw the cable review card. A number of industry friends have been ravin…
    - 14 days ago, 16 Jun 16, 1:26am -
  • The Melco N-1a

    The Melco N-1a

    We’ve been toying with the Melco N-1a for a few months now and it is superb. For $1,999 you can use it as a music server, renderer, as well as a few other things. I prefer to use it as a supercharged, mega high quality NAS. We’ll have the rest of…
    - 16 days ago, 14 Jun 16, 1:39am -
  • Why MQA?

    Why MQA?

    I gave Meridian’s co-founder Bob Stuart a difficult time a little over two years ago as he first told me about MQA, making it clear that I wasn’t going to tell you, my readers to buy Kind of Blue, again, no matter how compelling the demo he was a…
    - 22 days ago, 8 Jun 16, 11:38am -
  • The Newest Rega!

    The Newest Rega!

    The Sound Organisation is excited to announce the new Rega Planar 3 turntable and RB330 tonearm. Arriving at the TSO headquarters by the end of May, the Planar 3 has improved sonic performance, aesthetics and usability. The new ‘Planar 3’ is com…
    - 44 days ago, 17 May 16, 8:02am -

Ultra High End

  • newOppo BDP-105D USB DAC/Streaming Blu-ray pPayer
    Jack Roberts has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-105D USB DAC/Streaming Blu-ray player ($1299) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Oppo isn’t just for a home theater or secondary system. If you...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Revi…
    - 12 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 6:18pm -
  • Wilson Audio Formally Introduces the Yvette Loudspeaker
    After months of teaser videos, Wilson Audio formally introduces the new Yvette loudspeaker.Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Review for more...
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 4:03am -
  • Russel K Red 100 Loudspeaker
    Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the Russel K Red 100 loudspeakers () at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “A new product, serious, that sound good, and that shows its quality but...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Review…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 11:24am -
  • REL T/9i Subwoofer
    Alan Sircom has posted a review of the REL T/9i subwoofer (£899) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “REL’s T/9i is an excellent subwoofer for the audiophile. It’s capable of making big bass noises,...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater R…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 11:18am -
  • Elekit TU-8500 Tube Preamplifier Kit
    Noam Bronstein has posted a review of the Elekit TU-8500 tube preamplifier kit ($550) at Wall of Sound. His conclusions: “I’ve owned many preamps over the years, both tube and solid-state (as...Visit the Ultra High-End Audio and Home Theater Rev…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 11:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Anticables Level 6.2 Absolute Signature IC and Level 4.1 Reference Plus Xhadow IC Interconnects

    Anticables Level 6.2 Absolute Signature IC and Level 4.1 Reference Plus Xhadow IC Interconnects

    After reviewing Anticables’ top speaker wire in October, I put away all thoughts of reviews for three wonderful weeks in Italy. I’m still getting over it. Upon my return, owner of Anticables, Paul Speltz, contacted me to see if I had any interest…
    - 13 Jan 16, 11:25am -
  • PS Audio PerfectWave Network Bridge II

    PS Audio PerfectWave Network Bridge II

    About two and a half years ago, I reviewed PS Audio’s first generation of its Bridge, an optional small board that snaps into the back of PS Audio’s highest end DAC (which at the time was their PerfectWave MKII), that allows one to use an etherne…
    - 1 Jan 16, 1:04pm -
  • A Scottish Bach Magnificat

    A Scottish Bach Magnificat

    J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata Hybrid SACD - DSDDunedin Consort / John Butt Linn CKD 469D [87:00]I love the sound of Linn recordings. Everyone I’ve heard has been a winner in the sonics department and many in the performance of wonder…
    - 31 Dec 15, 11:32am -
  • Philharmonia Loudspeakers by Jean Nouvel

    Philharmonia Loudspeakers by Jean Nouvel

    You know a loudspeaker is going to be expensive when it’s heard by appointment only and is the brainchild of French architect provocateur, Jean Nouvel (Price TBA). Nouvel is the creator of the Philharmonie de Paris, the worlds newest, grand concert…
    - 29 Dec 15, 2:00am -
  • Joey Roth Steel Speaker

    Joey Roth Steel Speaker

    Portland’s Joey Roth is a favourite designer around here. Whether designing the world’s most beautiful teapot, garden ceramic pots or lifestyle speaker systems with emphasis on the style and excellent sound, Roth can be counted upon to produce se…
    - 28 Dec 15, 2:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newAustralian Hi-Fi's July / August Issue Now Online

    Australian Hi-Fi's July / August Issue Now Online

    EnjoyTheMusic.com has just posted the July / August 2016 issue of Australian Hi-Fi magazine! This issue includes how Munich's HIGH END show has taken over from Las Vegas' CES as the most important event on the audio calendar. Audiophile equipment rev…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 4:50am -
  • newFIRST LOOK: We Post The Research Paper Proving Hi-Res Audio Matters

    FIRST LOOK: We Post The Research Paper Proving Hi-Res Audio Matters

    A Meta-Analysis Of High Resolution Audio Perceptual Evaluation Article By Joshua Reiss. Don't miss this research paper all audiophiles are talking about. EnjoyTheMusic.com is the only high-end audio magazine that has the research paper online. You ca…
    - 18 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 1:15pm -
  • McIntosh Labs C2600 Tube Pre, MP100 Phono Pre & MVP901 Player/DAC

    McIntosh Labs C2600 Tube Pre, MP100 Phono Pre & MVP901 Player/DAC

    McIntosh Labs, has just announced their new C2600 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, the MP100 Phono Preamplifier and the MVP901 Audio Video Player ($7000, $2000 and $5500 respectively). Building upon the C2300 and C2500 – two of the most successful McIntos…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jun 16, 3:55am -
  • Queen Mary University Study: People Can Hear Difference In Hi-Res Audio

    Queen Mary University Study: People Can Hear Difference In Hi-Res Audio

    Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has released an article about their study that shows, scientifically, that people can hear the difference in high resolution audio. "Listeners can hear a difference between standard audio and better than CD qual…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Jun 16, 3:54am -
  • Hi-Fi World's August Issue Features Reviews & T.H.E. Show

    Hi-Fi World's August Issue Features Reviews & T.H.E. Show

    EnjoyTheMusic.com has just posted the August 2016 issue of Hi-Fi World magazine! This issue features T.H.E. Show Newport 2016 report by Noel Keywood heads to California to bring you all the latest equipment from Newport's high-end show. Reviews withi…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 4:54am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: ECP Torpedo III amp + Mundorf caps / Cinemag OPTs

    FS: ECP Torpedo III amp + Mundorf caps / Cinemag OPTs

    Item: ECP Torpedo III ampLocation: MelbournePrice: 1400Item Condition: MintReason for selling: StatsPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, PaypalExtra Info: Built this T3 with both major upgrades a few months ago. Its had a small amount of use (it works!…
    - 32 mins ago, 30 Jun 16, 6:15am -
  • newWA Crew CA Server and Power Supply listening Experience - An extension of the "Building the Idealish Server"

    WA Crew CA Server and Power Supply listening Experience - An extension of the "Building the Idealish Server"

    I did not want to hijack the "Idealish  Server" thread so here is another which offers some first hand experience with some of the creations from the WA team. On my recent visit to Oz had a very enjoyable day hearing the Power Supply/Server creat…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 5:14am -
  • newFS: Vinyl Job Lot Box sets (Opera)

    FS: Vinyl Job Lot Box sets (Opera)

    Please don't forget to check the Classifieds Guidelines before posting this classified ad. You many delete this text from your advertisement. Item: as belowLocation: Adelaide, but happy to post and combine postPrice: $60 the LOTItem Condition:…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 4:30am -
  • newWTB: Cheap bookshelf speakers (ala Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 etc.)
    Item: Bookshelf speakersPrice Range: <$200Item Condition: New or UsedExtra Info: It's my Dad's birthday in a couple of months and since the folks have moved house it seems he's short a set of speakers, so I thought if i can find something it could ma…
    - 4 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 3:10am -
  • newFS: Townshend Isolda 2m speaker cables.

    FS: Townshend Isolda 2m speaker cables.

    Item: Townshend Isolda 2m speaker cables.Location: Waterview Heights NSWPrice: $500 del anywhere in OzItem Condition: As newReason for selling: Have tried Studio Connections gear and like what I hear.Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExt…
    - 4 hours ago, 30 Jun 16, 2:36am -

AVRev.com News

  • CLONES Audio Asher DAC Review

    CLONES Audio Asher DAC Review

    25p power amplifier (home-theater-power-amplifiers/stereo-amplifiers/clones-audio-25p-power-amplifier-review.html), Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-accessories/acoustics-eq-room-tuning/clones-audio-asher-dac.html)
    - 30 days ago, 31 May 16, 2:22pm -
  • LG Kicks off Summer With OLED Ultra HD TV &amp; SUPER UHD TV Deals &amp; Bundles!

    LG Kicks off Summer With OLED Ultra HD TV &amp; SUPER UHD TV Deals &amp; Bundles!

    In preparation for Memorial Day Weekend and Father's Day, LG is running a special promotion on its OLED 4K Ultra HD TV and SUPER UHD TV lineup. Starting May 22, select LG displays will be on sale along with special bundles that include options fo…
    - 39 days ago, 22 May 16, 6:11pm -
  • Hisense Launches H8 Series 4K Ultra HD TVs with HDR Processing

    Hisense Launches H8 Series 4K Ultra HD TVs with HDR Processing

    Hisense has announced the launch of its H8 Series entry level Ultra HD TV line. The collection includes the 50-inch 50H8C (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01E6PGSGY/panandscathed-20) ($600) and the 55-inch 55H8C ($700).Read more... (http://w…
    - 39 days ago, 22 May 16, 6:08pm -
  • Wireworld Digital Cables Review

    Wireworld Digital Cables Review

    Wireworld (http://www.wireworldcable.com/) has been making audiophile grade cables for decades now, and the company’s products have been on my “to investigate” list for several years. This is for a number of reasons.They don’t pack their prod…
    - 39 days ago, 22 May 16, 6:00pm -
  • Sony Readies HDR Support for VPL-VW365ES 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector

    Sony Readies HDR Support for VPL-VW365ES 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector

    Sony has announced plans to add HDR (high dynamic range) support to its VPL-VW365ES 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Projector (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B016IL60LM/panandscathed-20). The update will be available through a firmware upgrade set f…
    - 64 days ago, 27 Apr 16, 5:09pm -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • newBurson Conductor Virtuoso and Timekeeper Virtuoso
    There's been a long, and I think unfortunate trend in the upper reaches of high-end audio over the last fifteen years or so. It is the moving of high end audio from an endeavor based on making gear whose principle raison d'être is to sound really go…
    - 21 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 9:59am -
  • Extreme Gold Phantom from Devialet
    THE EXTREME PHANTOM, EIGHT TIMES MORE POWERFUL THE BEST SOUND IN THE WORLD DEVIALET ANNOUNCES THE MOST EXTREME AND PRECISE AUDIO PRODUCT EVER: "GOLD PHANTOM" WITH 4,500 WAT TS OF A/D POWER, BETTER THAN HUMAN "PHANTOM" WAS PREVIOUSLY BEST OF CES 2015…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 9:40am -
  • Rhapsody from Bali - Cables from Vermouth Audio
    Checking my email inbox I was happily surprised to find an email from the owner of Vermouth Audio. Based out of Bali Hendry Ramli has created a line of loudspeaker cable, power cables, and speakers. Being impressed with his top model Black Pearl spe…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 5:19pm -
  • The Neoteric Listener - The WyWires Platinum Series
    And, now, a quick audiophile word association game. What comes to mind when you read the following? Belt drive turntables Quad DSD Marantz Model 9 Electrostatic loudspeakers High End Cables  If you're like me, all of those items produced definite re…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 5:11pm -
  • Marc Phillips Music Review: Ingvild Koksvik’s Og sangen kom fra havet
    I absolutely adore Ingvild Koksvik. A small part of that is because she's this beautiful and almost ethereal creature wandering through vast Norwegian landscapes and singing in this clear and goosebump-inducing voice that is sounds like it's from a d…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Jun 16, 1:21pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newA measured response: the KEF LS50 + Devialet’s SAM
    Phono stage. DAC. ADC. USB-S/PDIF converter. Network streamer – five additional roles playable by the Devialet Expert 200, which first and foremost is a loudspeaker amplifier. But even here there’s a wrinkle. The French manufacturer have added a…
    - 8 hours ago, 29 Jun 16, 10:59pm -
  • Extreme! Devialet’s Gold Phantom loudspeaker
    Previously on Phantom: A quick glance at the Devialet marketing spiel for their Phantom loudspeaker series reveals an extreme factoid-based approach – “10 years of R&D”, “a $30M budget”. This might play well with the mass market but aud…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Jun 16, 6:00am -
  • NAS NOW! Roon Core lands on Synology and QNAP
    Double E. Once we get past the wow factor of the Roon interface – it begs to be touched – the first E-word surfaces: expense. At US$119/year or US$499 for a lifetime license, Roon isn’t cheap and being glib about money isn’t cool. Instead…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Jun 16, 6:34pm -
  • Next level KEF LS50 with the DEQX PreMATE+
    Waiting for a mate. Recent years have seen the KEF LS50 hold their ground at (close to) the top of goto lists for loudspeaker auditions in the sub-US$2K space. Rolled up inside an enclosure that makes a break from the aesthetic conservatism of the pa…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Jun 16, 11:11pm -
  • Noble’s BTS adds aptX Bluetooth to ANY headphone for $99
    All other things being equal, headphones included, would you prefer to listen to an MP3 on an Astell&Kern AK380 or a FLAC file on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone? I know which I’d choose – and it wouldn’t be the smartphone. The Astell&Kern DAP’s…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jun 16, 8:57pm -