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  • THIEL Audio Embarks on Brand Revitalization, Appoints New CEO

    THIEL Audio Embarks on Brand Revitalization, Appoints New CEO

    Brentwood, TN – July 24, 2014 – THIEL Audio (www.thielaudio.com) has announced today that as part of a complete brand revitalization plan, the company’s headquarters has been relocated to the Nashville, TN area and new ownership has appointed J…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:41am -
  • From The Editor: It's All Good

    From The Editor: It's All Good

    For some audio hobbyists, there’s only one true path to audio nirvana. That path is often exceedingly narrow—loudspeakers with first-order crossovers, or single-ended triode amplifiers, or DACs without an oversampling filter, for examples. These…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:28am -
  • Siltech SAGA System

    Siltech SAGA System

    Though other folks (including some on this very magazine) seem to think that we’ve just been marking time in high-end audio lately, building and rebuilding the same old things only with better parts and calling them “breakthroughs,” color me an…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:17pm -
  • A Visit From the Batmen

    A Visit From the Batmen

    It’s been quite a few years, more than I might care to remember in fact, since a Balanced Audio Technology piece of equipment landed in my listening room. But since I’ve been something on a tube amp tear recently—the powerhouse VTL Siegfried wa…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:06am -
  • Electronics Designer Roundtable

    Electronics Designer Roundtable

    Kazutoshi Yamada Zanden Audio System Company, Limited I studied electrical and electronic engineering at Osaka Prefecture University to understand the finest nuances of amplifier operation. Since founding Zanden Audio in 1980, I have devoted more tha…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 2:37pm -

Stereophile News

  • newDan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum line preamplifier

    Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum line preamplifier

    A preamplifier is the port of entry through which you gain access to the sources you've so carefully assembled. It's also the gate through which all of your music passes. So while its sonic performance is obviously critical, you'd also better assess…
    - 9 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:23pm -
  • newOctave Audio V 40 SE integrated amplifier

    Octave Audio V 40 SE integrated amplifier

    They spoiled all my fun.When I receive a product sample for review, I look forward to taking photos while I unpack the thing, as a guide to repacking for later on. This company provided an illustrated packing list—it was the first thing I sa…
    - 9 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:06pm -
  • newHot Bach
    It seems like the Red Hot discs have been around forever, dutifully, as their longtime motto proclaims, “Fighting AIDS Through Popular Culture.” The shtick has always been simple and appealing: choose a songwriter like Cole Porter, a genre like…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:14pm -
  • newCapital AudioFest 2014: The Evening Before

    Capital AudioFest 2014: The Evening Before

    It is really funny how a simple thing like what hat I am wearing can affect everything I see and hear. When I used to wear my audio show "visitor" hat—only a few rooms had good sound and the equipment all seemed overpriced. When I wore my "exhib…
    - 10 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:41pm -
  • newAlbert Von Schweikert's Traveling Mr. Wizard Show

    Albert Von Schweikert's Traveling Mr. Wizard Show

    Inspired by Watch Mr. Wizard, a children's science show that aired on American TV 1951–1965, loudspeaker designer Albert Von Schweikert brought his updated, all-ages loudspeaker installment to Orinda, CA last weekend. Presenting to members of th…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:28am -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: Kasai Allstars

    Download of the Week: Kasai Allstars

    The allstars in the band's name refers to the fact that the Kasia Allstars are comprised of players from 5 different bands. They also happen to be from different ethnic groups with different musical traditions all from within the Democratic Republic…
    - 19 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Focal Alpha 50

    Focal Alpha 50

    Alpha DogThe new entry level Alpha line from Focal is meant to bring Focal quality to the discerning listener on a budget. I very favorably reviewed the more upscale Focal CMS 40 (see review) and the top of the line Solo6 Be (see review) so I was m…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:24am -
  • A Collection of USB Audio Enhancement Products

    A Collection of USB Audio Enhancement Products

    IntroductionThe 3 products under review all deal with common issues encountered in USB computer audio. Most USB DACs require a 5 volt line (VBUS) in the USB cable to supply power to the USB controller in one’s DAC. Unfortunately, this power line f…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:35am -
  • PonoMusic Selects Omnifone As Their Content Delivery Partner

    PonoMusic Selects Omnifone As Their Content Delivery Partner

    Photo Credit: OmniphoneFrom the Pono Kickstarter page:Omnifone was selected to power the PonoMusic store because of its award-winning cloud music platform and its industry-leading audio expertise and commitment to audio quality. Standing at 35 mi…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:50am -
  • Peachtree Audio Crowdfunding deepblue2

    Peachtree Audio Crowdfunding deepblue2

    What is deepblue2? deepblue2 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that houses a custom developed 440-watt amplifier, a long excursion 6.5-inch woofer, two 3" mid-range drivers, and two 1" soft-dome tweeters all wrapped up in a portable 1/2 cubic foot box.…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:20am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newDoes my Oppo downsample DSD to PCM ?
    Hi All, Upgraded my BDP-105D to the latest firmware (April 2014, from memory) and it will now play the .dsf file I downloaded from Blue Coast,...
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:42pm -
  • newHighest Resolution DAC available
    I am looking for the highest resolution PCM dac available. The best measured I have seen is around 22 bit. The way I know is the old 1/3 octave...
    - 11 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:41pm -
  • newWD Red drives with 6TB - any experiences ?
    Western Digital now offers harddrives of their RED series with 6TB and 5TB. I am running on a 15% level of free disk space on my Synology NAS...
    - 12 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:30pm -
  • newSoundmagic P21 Portable On-Ear Stereo Headphone review
    I bought this little headphone from my usual dealer in the U.K. It's small and plastic and you wouldn't expect a lot for the price, but it sounds...
    - 13 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:04am -
  • new20v 3amp linear on a budget?

    20v 3amp linear on a budget?

    I wasn't sure what forum to post this in, I hope General is appropriate - So, I'm one of those odd balls not using a Mac Mini for my music server....
    - 13 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:37am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Aging VR-4 Gen II's and a Budget Below $5,000...

    Re: Aging VR-4 Gen II's and a Budget Below $5,000...

    Hi everybody,I'm new to the forum and I just ordered a pair of VR-33 too  When I spoke to Albert over the phone he sounded more excited about the 33 than me, I'm sure we will not regret this purchase Leo
    - 39 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:27pm -
  • newRe: The future of hi/end audio & a rant on honesty in reviewing (tuning fuses)
    Equating finding differences between the sound of different wires with believing in the superiority of Tuning Fuses is painting with too broad a brush, IMO. Professional recording engineers have no time to waste on imaginary differences, and some of…
    - 39 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:27pm -
  • newRe: Bose vs. Apple
    The lawyers.
    - 43 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:23pm -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?
    Quote from: Captainhemo on Today at 05:05 amSupertramp    -    Breakfast In America   '79SamplesNice string of da 'tramp...
    - 58 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:08pm -
  • newRe: BRYSTON CD PLAYER SURVEY
    James,Dialog is good but a poll along with it could give a quick picture of consumer interest.1.  Transport only2.  CD Player3.  CDP/DAC4.  Fuggitaboudit
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:48pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

    Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

    Many associate the Ortofon name with its legacy of phono cartridges, but the company’s product line includes a multiple of analog accessories, including headshells, tonearms, and high-end cables. The 6NX-TSW1010 tonearm cable, like Ortofon’s car…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

    Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

    What started as a one-off unit intended as a family birthday gift has blossomed into a full-fledged audio equipment manufacturer. Hong Kong’s Clones Audio now counts monoblocks and a DAC among its product roster, but its 25i amplifier ($865/€629)…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Speakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

    Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Speakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

    As the starship Enterprise explodes while I’m watching Star Trek: Inception, it’s clear that these miniscule satellite speakers from Dali deliver big sound. Working in concert with the tiny Fazon Sub 1, which utilizes a 6.5-inch long-throw driver…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:54pm -
  • OPPO PM-1 Headphones

    OPPO PM-1 Headphones

    Since I’m not much of a headphone guy, it takes something special for me to leave the comfort of my listening room and put a pair of cans on my head. Few ‘phones have ever given me big enough goosebumps to do so, and those that did have all been…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

    Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

    During my recent trip to the Sterling Sound mastering studio in New York City, where I visited with senior mastering engineer Greg Calbi, I had the rare privileged of listening to the new Beatles’ Yesterday and Today from Calbi’s chair. An unco…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:30pm -

HPSoundings

  • Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    For Audio Research, this 75-watt stereo amplifier represents a return to sonic form and to the basic circuitry design pioneered by the late Wm. Z. Johnson, one of the true artists of the high end...
    - 5 Dec 13, 5:29am -
  • NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    When I listen to these speakers I hear the music, and only the music, and there is really nothing more to say than that.
    - 2 Dec 13, 1:12am -
  • Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    The Wyetech Ruby STD is a hidden treasure for the analog music lover. We say hidden because if people heard this preamp, it would be the talk of the town...
    - 25 Nov 13, 5:23am -
  • Enter the Dragons…

    Enter the Dragons…

    These amplifiers could never be considered an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, fly-by-night product. This is no impulse purchase to be sold on AudiogoN months later. If you buy these amps, you will keep them because you will love them...
    - 21 Nov 13, 5:12am -
  • REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

    REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

      In the professional audio industry the name Nagra is synonymous with precision. For over 50 years, Nagra has been an industry leader in developing analogue and digital...
    - 23 Oct 13, 7:10am -

Audiophilia

  • Sounds! — Shelly Manne, percussion and Jack Marshall, guitar

    Sounds! — Shelly Manne, percussion and Jack Marshall, guitar

    I was visiting a friend who subscribes to several streaming services, including, Beats, Googleplay, Gruvshark, and Rdio, all of which have bit rates of 320. He played a CD he recently downloaded, titled ‘Sounds’, featuring Shelly Manne on percuss…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:31am -
  • Audiophilia Star Recordings

    Audiophilia Star Recordings

    Much like our Audiophilia Star Components, we are instituting an Audiophilia Star for recordings. Once again, no hard and fast rules, just an love affair between music, recording and reviewer. The list will grow over the years and our readers will b…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:14am -
  • Raidho Acoustics X-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho Acoustics X-1 Loudspeaker

    Creating a one off, great speaker is difficult. Creating a range, a family of great speakers is harder still. The basics of fine speaker design has to be there, of course, but an eye and especially an ear to tune a ‘house’ sound within boxes vari…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:00am -
  • Antipodes Audio Reference Jumpers

    Antipodes Audio Reference Jumpers

    In recent months I’ve had the pleasure of listening to several excellent pairs of speaker jumper cables and have concluded they can significantly affect the sonic presentation. Not exactly a glamorous product that every reviewer wants to address, b…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 5:00am -
  • Why — Ginger Baker

    Why — Ginger Baker

    I was waiting at the 34th Street Penn Station subway platform in Manhattan to head Uptown the other day, and I heard and saw two young African Americans playing drums using only plastic paint canisters to pound with their sticks and hands. The Africa…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:00am -

Enjoy The Music

The Audiophile Journal

  • This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This website and domain are for sale. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to maintain the site with new content as family priorities require that I devote my time elsewhere. 30-Day Google Analytics: Visits – 3,631 Unique Visitors – 3,228 Pageviews…
    - 6 Mar 14, 8:21am -
  • Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    The AudioQuest DragonFly and the CEntrance DACPort have gained some rave reviews due to their portability and sound quality.  But if you’re like me and been holding off on one of those little USB DAC “dongles” because of their 96kHz sample…
    - 11 Feb 13, 2:34pm -
  • An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    I try to focus our reviews and articles on more affordable high quality audio – and for that reason don’t often get to talk about McIntosh Labs.  They make some amazing equipment that sounds great and lasts for decades and makes for a strong sec…
    - 20 Jan 13, 4:10pm -
  • New HDtracks Download Manager

    New HDtracks Download Manager

    If you’ve ever purchased high-resolution albums from David and Normal Chesky’s ever expanding HDtracks, but were put off by their strange and quirky Java download manager, rejoice!  Released today, their new download manager is an installed app…
    - 2 Jan 13, 5:08pm -
  • Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Some of you may be aware of the Sicphones project on Kickstarter that ran successfully this fall.  It was able to gain enough funding to produce somewhere around 100 headphone amplifier kits.  My box of parts arrived last week and I was finally abl…
    - 31 Dec 12, 10:31am -

StereoNET Australia

  • newVinyl sale Melbourne trip

    Vinyl sale Melbourne trip

    Hi all you vinyl lovers in Melbourne. I am heading down to Melbourne for three days and I'm contemplating throwing some crates (up to five) of 'vinyl' in for the trip to sell. At this stage I am seeking anyone interested in checking out what I'…
    - 30 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:36pm -
  • newHey, why don't musicians have decent hifi systems?
    Feeling more than a little sheepish about the hifi at the moment.Chances are some of the bands you or I play on our stereos couldn't afford to buy the speaker cables.http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/news/40086/Violent-Sohos-guitarist-went-from-ARIA-no…
    - 38 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:28pm -
  • newETI Quiessence Q500 Speaker Cables (2.5m Banana)

    ETI Quiessence Q500 Speaker Cables (2.5m Banana)

    Item: ETI Quiessence Q500 Speaker Cables (2.5m Banana)Location: Epping, VictoriaPrice: $250 (offers welcome, and go easy lowballers, I'm a little battered by your recent efforts) Item Condition: Used but in Very Good conditionReason for selling: Too…
    - 40 mins ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:26pm -
  • newInternet/DAB/AM/FM Radio
    Not sure where to post this - moderators please move if required. I'd like to get a radio that handles all the above formats.  Does anyone know if such a unit exists?  It's to go in my kitchen/family area to replace a Bose Wave AM/FM radio which…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • newRecord Cleaning - DIY Methods and Results

    Record Cleaning - DIY Methods and Results

    Loving a bargain, fixing stuff and DIY are strong personality traits of mine. So I've taken to searching out old records and bringing them back to life like a duck to water. There are many methods to use and choose, depending on the condition of the…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:51pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newDTS Reveals New Play-Fi Partnerships

    DTS Reveals New Play-Fi Partnerships

    DTS has announced a new partnership between Fine Sounds Group that will allow McIntosh, Sonus Faber, and Wadia audio brands to integrate DTS Play-Fi technology into their consumer electronics products. Play-Fi is an advanced cross-platform wireless a…
    - 14 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • Denon Announces Pricing & Availability for Atmos Receivers

    Denon Announces Pricing & Availability for Atmos Receivers

    Denon has now provided further details on their new X4100W and X5200W A/V receivers. Both models will offer support for Dolby's new Atmos technology.
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:04am -
  • Klipsch Releases Reference Branded Soundbar

    Klipsch Releases Reference Branded Soundbar

    Klipsch has detailed its latest audio device, the R-10B soundbar (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00M0SQM2U/panandscathed-20). The speaker system is part of the company's Reference unit strategy, which aims to deliver superior audio quality t…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:14am -
  • FX Set to Stream 'The Simpsons'

    FX Set to Stream 'The Simpsons'

    FX has announced plans to bring 'The Simpsons' online by launching "Simpsons World." The upcoming digital experience will offer streaming options for all 25 seasons and 552 episodes of the beloved show.
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:28am -
  • MartinLogan Expands Motion Speaker Collection

    MartinLogan Expands Motion Speaker Collection

    MartinLogan has announced the addition of three more speakers to its Motion line. The Motion series has been designed to offer a more affordable alternative to the company's ultra-high-end electrostatic loudspeakers.
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:08am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newREDGUM Black Series RGi35ENR integrated amplifier review
    ‘Under promise, over deliver’. That’s always been REDGUM Audio’s primary motto – at least that’s the way I see it. On the wooden face of it, their key-locking entry-level RGi35 (AU$1100) is a no frills integrated amplifier, proudly made i…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Improving iOS audio with the m2Tech hiFace USB DAC
    High, in your face. When Qobuz Hi-Fi streaming is handled by a smartphone with in-app offline listening cache the need to own lossless content is eroded. Money previously spent on download purchases can be re-directed into the subscription service it…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:37pm -
  • Peachtree quietly introduce Decco65SE, Nova125SE, Nova220SE
    “Hi John, Guess who is jumping into the crowd-funding pool? Giving you and a few others a little extra heads up on this. I know, I usually suck at sending out press releases. Here’s a sneak peek. Campaign goes live noon EDT Monday. ATB, Jon” Th…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 8:30pm -
  • KIH #14 – Do It Yerself
    Do it yerself. For my interview, let’s. Q: How did you become a reviewer? A: I’m home-made. Having lived in the US when I started out, I had read all the usual suspects in the American hifi press. Reading a lot, one naturally gets influenced or p…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:59pm -
  • MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphones review
    Up until fairly recently, headphone listening has by and large been a factor of necessary convenience for me: earbuds on the train, a pair of Grados for late night listening in a shared house, a pair of Sennheiser so I could watch TV whilst my husban…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 6:21pm -