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The Absolute Sound

  • newQ&A with Jorn Janczak of Tidal Audio

    Q&A with Jorn Janczak of Tidal Audio

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? Both! Disassembling our old TV, taking out the speaker, and building it into an Adidas shoebox. The first song I listened to was “The Sun Always…
    - 11 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 8:08am -
  • newParasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier

    Parasound JC 3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier

    In the interests of transparency readers should know that the $2999 Parasound JC 3+ has been my reference phonostage since I reviewed it in Issue 245. I say this not because I’m partial to Parasound products in general, but because I flat out bel…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Aug 18, 7:12am -
  • KEF LS50 Wireless Nocturne Active Loudspeaker System

    KEF LS50 Wireless Nocturne Active Loudspeaker System

    I’ve always been something of a night owl. And perhaps like many of you I enjoy listening to music later in the evenings. Lights low, wine glass in hand, ready to relax into stereo sound. For some reason I’ve also always gotten a kick out of st…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 9:35am -
  • dCS Launches New Bartók Upsampling Network DAC with Headphone Amplifier

    dCS Launches New Bartók Upsampling Network DAC with Headphone Amplifier

    The following is a press release issued by dCS. August 13, 2018 - dCS proudly announces its Bartók network DAC and headphone amplifier – a singlebox, state-of-the-art digital-to-analogue converter with full network streaming functionality and Cl…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Aug 18, 6:21am -
  • Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Sleeping Cats Meets QCA

    Spring Grove Avenue is a street in Cincinnati, Ohio, that, due to its wide lanes, light traffic, and limited stoplights, makes for a leisurely drive. It’s also a picturesque thoroughfare flanked with large old factories and warehouses, highlighti…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Aug 18, 8:37am -

Stereophile News

  • newKalista DreamPlay One CD player

    Kalista DreamPlay One CD player

    Some of my reviewer colleagues would have you believe that negative reviews are the most difficult of all to write, and that positive reviews fairly write themselves. What nonsense!As I write this, my copy deadline is three days away, yet I've succ…
    - 9 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 10:13am -
  • newRecording of Septenber 2018: Pärt: <I>The Symphonies</I>

    Recording of Septenber 2018: Pärt: <I>The Symphonies</I>

    Pärt: The SymphoniesTõnu Kaljuste, NFM Wroclaw PhilharmonicECM 2600 (CD). 2018. Manfred Eicher, prod.; Andrzej Sasin, Aleksandra Nagorko, engs. DDD. TT: 79:40Performance *****Sonics *****Arvo Pärt is now so popular that it's no longer necess…
    - 9 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 10:13am -
  • The 2018 EISA Hi-Fi Citations

    The 2018 EISA Hi-Fi Citations

    EISA is the biggest and, at nearly 40 years, the oldest general consumer-electronics awards association in the world; its members include 50 special-interest magazines in over 23 European countries and, now, the US, Canada, India, and Australia. Thro…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 3:37pm -
  • Zen & the Art of A/D Conversion

    Zen & the Art of A/D Conversion

    In a series of recent feature articles for Stereophile, Jim Austin has examined how the controversial MQA codec works: "MQA Tested, Part 1," "MQA Tested Part 2: Into the Fold," "MQA Contextualized," "MQA, DRM, and Other Four-Letter Words," and, most…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 10:06am -
  • "You love your audio more than you love me!"

    "You love your audio more than you love me!"

    The blowout happened as I climbed the stairs from the basement, where I'd just spent two hours listening to musi on my hi-fi. Standing rigidly in the archway, a wet sheen of hurt trembling in her eyes, my wife shouted: "You love your audio more than…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 10:05am -

AudioStream.com

  • Aurender N10 preview and a lack of subtlety

    Aurender N10 preview and a lack of subtlety

    I’ve heard tell that subtlety is an art, but I feel that sometimes the art lies in not being subtle at all.
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 6:19pm -
  • Aqua La Voce S3 Discrete arrival

    Aqua La Voce S3 Discrete arrival

    Musicality, resolution and realistic timbre to instruments seems to be the overarching focus of the engineering behind the proprietary FPGA-based digital decoding (with no digital filtering) and the discrete R2R ladder DAC design the newly-upgraded S…
    - 13 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 5:39pm -
  • AV Tech Media review policy reminder

    AV Tech Media review policy reminder

    Due to a number of recent unauthorized solicitations to high-fidelity manufacturers, distributors and media-relations personnel for review equipment, we feel it necessary to post this policy reminder.
    - 15 days ago, 1 Aug 18, 9:05am -
  • Summertime Music Mix

    Summertime Music Mix

    Where the best winter music celebrates solitude, summer selections should be generously inclusive: Like nachos, cold beer, and BBQs, this music is meant for sharing.
    - 16 days ago, 31 Jul 18, 3:04pm -
  • Getting the music through to you

    Getting the music through to you

    The goal of the system is to successfully allow me to interface — with you, the reader — through my writings what it is I am not only hearing, but physically experiencing.
    - 21 days ago, 26 Jul 18, 4:40pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • Live Rock For The Audiophile

    Live Rock For The Audiophile

    IntroductionThree live concerts: Dead & Company, Yes, and Radiohead. From somewhere in the front 10 rows and back of the venue.The Grateful Dead, in 1974, introduced the famous "Wall of Sound" to bring a better amplification system…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 7:15am -
  • Aurender S5W True Wireless Speaker Review

    Aurender S5W True Wireless Speaker Review

    Aurender is widely known for pioneering high end music servers and continuing to launch industry leading audiophile products. The company also offers a category of products under the heading Premium Audio. These premium products are a bit less kn…
    - 13 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 11:05am -
  • American Routes - Listen, Learn, Enjoy

    American Routes - Listen, Learn, Enjoy

    Chalk this one up in the "where have I been" category. I just stumbled upon the American Routes radio show when listening to the local Minneapolis public radio Jazz station Jazz 88 (KBEM). The American Routes show has been on the air since 1998.…
    - 21 days ago, 26 Jul 18, 6:44pm -
  • Should You Rent or Buy Audio Software?

    Should You Rent or Buy Audio Software?

    When CA started in 2007 audiophiles had a handful of choices for playback and library management applications. Some popular apps were iTunes, JRiver Media Center, Foobar2000 and MediaMonkey. Over the years many apps have come and gone, some haven…
    - 22 days ago, 25 Jul 18, 1:20pm -
  • Calibrating My Ears at the San Francisco Symphony

    Calibrating My Ears at the San Francisco Symphony

    Most of us audiophiles like to attend and experience live music, not just for the sonic treat that it is, but also as a way for us to calibrate our ears and brains - i.e. to provide a reference which we strive to approach with our audio setups.…
    - 29 days ago, 18 Jul 18, 11:27am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Give It Up - Bonnie Raitt     [1972]samples
    - 19 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:49pm -
  • newRe: Today I dropped an amp!
    Really sorry to hear what happened, hope your ok.   BUT, you're not alone, day before, a friend of mine was cleaning the floor, slipped and fell, on the way down the Vandy 5 went with him and into the shelf where the preamp and dac got a good knock…
    - 34 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:34pm -
  • newRe: Free crossover design services for the rest of the summer.
    Quote from: WC on Today at 01:12 amSo a LGK linesource. Interesting...an array , not a  real  line  source.  Still cool......  I actually  have  drawings for the  10  above and  10 below  a    neo3 in a...
    - 50 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:18pm -
  • newRe: Today I dropped an amp!
    I saw this title and just cringed.  Then I read the OP's post and realized this is something I have been afraid of for some time now.  I have some really heavy gear and the thought of dropping one of my VAC PA-160 mono amps is a hideous picture in…
    - 51 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:17pm -
  • newRe: Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76
    If you haven't already seen it, watch Aretha at the Kennedy Center Honors doing 'Natural Woman'. (YouTube has it). Even in her 70's, she could still blow  all of today's posers right off the stage,
    - 55 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:13pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • A Small Miracle From Jern

    A Small Miracle From Jern

    After an impressive showing at this year’s Munich High End show, the tiny Jern 14EH monitors are indeed impressive at first listen. Combining high quality ScanSpeak drivers, a 6db/octave crossover network and a cast iron enclosure that redefines th…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Aug 18, 12:36am -
  • dCS announces their new Bartok DAC

    dCS announces their new Bartok DAC

    dCS has just announced the official release of their new Bartok DAC. John Quick and Jesse Luna were kind enough to show me the final prototype at this year’s Munich show, but I promised to keep it under wraps. At $13,500, the Bartok effectively rep…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Aug 18, 11:45am -
  • EATs E-Glo Phono

    EATs E-Glo Phono

    There’s just something synergistic and entirely analog about vacuum tubes and vinyl. Part romance, part legend, who knows? Placebo or not, vinyl just takes on a different vibe when played through an all tube front end. And EAT’s top of the line E…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 11:49am -
  • The PS Audio P20 Power Plant

    The PS Audio P20 Power Plant

    -Photos courtesy of PS Audio What’s a power conditioner review doing in discussion about analog? Considering how faint the signal coming from your phono cartridge is, anything you can do to keep that precious signal intact is a good thing. Many ana…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Aug 18, 1:53pm -
  • hORNS!

    hORNS!

    We’ve just received the new “Atmosphere” speakers from hORNS in Poland. You can read more on their website, at horns.pl. This two-way speaker has an additional, rear firing woofer than can be switched in and out as room placement demands, no do…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Aug 18, 2:31am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • Monthly Spins: August
    Part-Time AudiophileJuly slipped by rather quickly and here we are with a new edition of Monthly Spins for August 2018. A rather light month compared to those recently. Still, a great deal of lovely music for you to check out. Enjoy. Chancha Via Cir…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Aug 18, 3:00am -
  • How do we attract more younger listeners? | The Listening Room
    Part-Time Audiophile[Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the spring/summer edition of The Occasional, Part-Time Audiophile’s free, downloadable print/web magazine. You can read previous columns and other exclusive stories in that issu…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Aug 18, 3:00am -
  • Pure Fidelity Eclipse Turntable Review
    Part-Time AudiophilePure Fidelity Eclipse Turntable Review: Total Eclipse of the Art, as originally seen in The Occasional Magazine.The post Pure Fidelity Eclipse Turntable Review appeared first on Part-Time Audiophile.
    - 7 days ago, 10 Aug 18, 3:00am -
  • Luxman L-550AXII Integrated Amplifier Review
    Part-Time AudiophileBy Steve Folberg Memory Lane Long before the Luxman L-550AXII ever graced my door, there was a stereo system. I bought my first real system just out of graduate school in 1985: a Systemdek turntable (with a glass platter and the…
    - 13 days ago, 4 Aug 18, 3:00am -
  • Zoho Rising: Jazz Label as Creative Force | The Deep End
    Part-Time AudiophileZoho Music, a contemporary jazz record label you've never heard of, is producing some fantastic new music.The post Zoho Rising: Jazz Label as Creative Force | The Deep End appeared first on Part-Time Audiophile.
    - 14 days ago, 3 Aug 18, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • My new reference loudspeaker—Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2

    My new reference loudspeaker—Alta Audio Celesta FRM-2

    Several years ago, I experienced Mike Levy’s original loudspeaker design, the FRM-1s, at a well attended CES. The sound was wonderful but the design was hamstrung somewhat, needing four channels of amplification and DEQX room calibration.  Sco…
    - 15 days ago, 1 Aug 18, 8:22am -
  • Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier

    Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier

    When Pass Labs comes out with a new piece of gear the audio industry takes notice. Well known for the quality of its products, the longevity of its designs and the seriousness to which it addresses the ever evolving science and art of sound reprod…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Jul 18, 5:17am -
  • Brahms: The Symphonies—Daniel Barenboim

    Brahms: The Symphonies—Daniel Barenboim

    I began this review period disliking much of what I heard from the first, casual run through of this new set of Brahms Symphonies by Daniel Barenboim and his Staatskapelle Berlin. My ears were perked, but the style was not what I was used to.  …
    - 22 days ago, 25 Jul 18, 10:59am -
  • Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 “The Year 1905”

    Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 11 “The Year 1905”

    This July 2018 release is the third of Andris Nelsons' DG Shostakovich Symphony cycle and contains live performances of the 4th [1936, but withdrawn 'till 1961] and 11th [1957] Symphonies. Nelsons is performing his Shostakovich cycle with the Bos…
    - 23 days ago, 24 Jul 18, 11:11am -
  • Mojo Audio Deja Vu Music Server with Linux, Roon, Tidal, and HQPlayer Software

    Mojo Audio Deja Vu Music Server with Linux, Roon, Tidal, and HQPlayer Software

    Five years ago I began using a music server and DAC in lieu of a compact disc player, thus starting my journey into digital audio streaming. Keeping in mind that music servers are in fact computers, my main motivation came from discovering Mojo Au…
    - 28 days ago, 19 Jul 18, 11:16am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newTBT REVIEW: Chord Hugo 2 Transportable DAC / Headphone Amplifier

    TBT REVIEW: Chord Hugo 2 Transportable DAC / Headphone Amplifier

    Back in 2014, U.K.-based Chord Electronics caught the personal audio industry a bit off-guard with the original Hugo. It was a somewhat novel approach to a portable DAC/Headphone Amp design, with its quirky, space-age metallic chassis and its color-c…
    - 14 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 4:47am -
  • newGlobal Home Audio Market Breaks $13 Billion Barrier

    Global Home Audio Market Breaks $13 Billion Barrier

    According to a recent press release by www.futuresource-consulting.com , "The global home audio market continues to climb, with hardware shipments increasing by 23% in 2017, according to a comprehensive new report from Futuresource Consulting. The ne…
    - 14 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 4:46am -
  • newREVIEW: Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II Stereo Integrated Amplifier

    REVIEW: Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II Stereo Integrated Amplifier

    Rogue Audio's philosophy states that they build designs they'd purchase themselves. They seek to employ the finest in highly-refined tube circuit topology and combine it with a nearly fanatic sense of engineering. During my review, not once did the R…
    - 1 day ago, 15 Aug 18, 10:41am -
  • newKL International AV 2018 Show Report

    KL International AV 2018 Show Report

    Named in a tribute to the capital city, the KL International AV Show held in Kuala Lumpur is designed to showcase the latest technology and innovations that the world's audio and video consumer electronic companies have to offer discerning enthusiast…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Aug 18, 3:01am -
  • World Premiere Review! Grail T5 Loudspeakers

    World Premiere Review! Grail T5 Loudspeakers

    Have to admit I think anyone doing a start-up in high-end audio must be slightly off kilter. It’s not like the early 1980s when new high-end companies were springing up like weeds. Still remember vividly when I went to buy my first pair of speakers…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 8:50am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Rega P7 Turntable and Exact Cart
    Item: Rega P7 Location: Brisbane Price: $1500 plus insured postage, TT only Exact cart is an extra $200 Item Condition: 8.5/10 TT - 9.5/10 cart Reason for selling: Upgraded Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Cla…
    - 31 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:37pm -
  • newFS: Monitor Audio BX2
    Item: Monitor Audio BX2 Location: Melbourne (3032) Price: $320 Item Condition: Immaculate. Reason for selling: Not required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Sweet as a nut. Won’t buy better at this price! Al…
    - 41 mins ago, 16 Aug 18, 6:27pm -
  • newFS: Chord c screen factory terminated 3m pair
    Item: Chord speaker cable Location: Sydney, Northern Beaches Price: $150 plus 5 for postage Item Condition: as new 100% Reason for selling: sold all my gear due to loss of job and these are just sitting around. Purchased new from Lifestyle st…
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 4:35pm -
  • newNaim nac202
    Item: Naim Nac 202 Location:byron bay Price: 1350 Item Condition:excellent Reason for selling:different direction Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: This is a super pre-amp from Naim which is an ideal par…
    - 5 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 1:54pm -
  • newFS: Kenwood/Trio Model 600 integrated Amplifier
    Item: Kenwood/Trio Model 600 integrated Amplifier Location: Melbourne Price: $2200 Item Condition: Very good condition Reason for selling: funding upgrades. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: No introduction…
    - 13 hours ago, 16 Aug 18, 5:55am -

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

  • newEISA awards 2018/19 ring the bell for Future-Fi
    EISA. The European Image and Sound Association is a conglomerate of (some of) the world’s finest tech journalists who annually bestow awards on the best in in-car electronics, mobiles devices, home theatre, photography and hi-fi equipment. Winning…
    - 20 hours ago, 15 Aug 18, 10:46pm -
  • A short film about the AURALiC Aries G1
    Using a standard Mac or PC as a network streamer – WiFi/Ethernet in, USB out – will only get you so far on sound quality. So too will patching the Mac or PC’s electrically noisy USB output with filters and/or USB re-clockers. Adding a linear po…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Aug 18, 6:16am -
  • Darko.Audio podcast #9 – Music formats
    Vinyl sales are on the up and up. Audiophiles already know that. But cassettes are coming back too. UK cassette sales were up 90% on the same period last year. Moreover, almost all new releases still get pressed to CD. And yet that DSD-loaded future…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Aug 18, 4:39am -
  • The Bartók streaming headphone DAC is a new low for dCS
    Low? At £9,999, the all-new Bartók from dCS is the UK manufacturer’s most affordable D/A converter to date, inheriting the Ring DAC™ circuit and digital processing platform from the Rossini DAC to add network streaming and a suite of tradition…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Aug 18, 2:49am -
  • Ethernet or WiFi – which is better for high-end audio streaming?
    WiFi or Ethernet? For high-end audio streaming, the decision is often made for us. Manufacturers such as Antipodes, Innuos, Roon Labs and Sonore kicking WiFi to the curb at the product design stage to favour an Ethernet input’s lower electrical no…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Aug 18, 12:50am -