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The Absolute Sound

  • Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

    Pass Labs INT-250 Integrated Amplifier

    When Pass Labs introduced its first-ever integrated amplifier, the INT-150 in 2009, the debut was hailed by many, myself included, as a watershed moment for a sector often derided as “down-market.” Reviewing the amp in Issue 184, I noted, “The…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 16, 7:06am -
  • Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    Natalie Merchant: Paradise Is There

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” can be solid advice when it comes to revisiting beloved albums. Artists risk tinkering with their classic songs till they’re unrecognizable, or sticking note-for-note to the originals so fans wonder why the…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 12:01pm -
  • Cary Audio Introduces SI-300.2d Digital Integrated Amplifier

    Cary Audio Introduces SI-300.2d Digital Integrated Amplifier

    The following is a press release issued by Cary Audio. Raleigh, North Carolina | July 20, 2016 - The SI-300.2d integrated amplifier is yet another milestone as Cary Audio forges deeper into the new era of sought after premium audio systems. Cary Audi…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 11:06am -
  • BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage

    BAT VK-P12SE Phonostage

    One of my more memorable recent audio experiences was listening for several months to the Balanced Audio Technology Rex II preamplifier and Rex 160-watt monoblock amplifiers. For one thing, the amps simply looked and sounded marvelous with their 6C33…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 7:31am -
  • Alex Sventitsky, President, WyWires

    Alex Sventitsky, President, WyWires

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? I developed a love of music at about age 7. I had a small radio next to my bed and I spent hours listening to the local rock station while my parents…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 11:56am -

Stereophile News

  • MBL/Kimber Open House in Southern California Sunday

    MBL/Kimber Open House in Southern California Sunday

    Sunday, July 24, from 2-5pm, The Source A/V Design Group (3035 Kashiwa Street, Torrance CA 90505) will host an open house with the LA&OC Audio Society, MBL North America, and Kimber Kable. Ray Kimber, President of Kimber Kable, will talk about his ne…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 16, 7:45am -
  • AudioQuest Dealer Event in New Mexico Saturday

    AudioQuest Dealer Event in New Mexico Saturday

    Saturday, July 23, 10am–12pm: Constellation Home Electronics (215 North Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe) will host a digital-audio seminar and listening event designed to equip music enthusiasts with the tools needed to understand, embrace, and optim…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 11:12am -
  • PSB Imagine T3 loudspeaker

    PSB Imagine T3 loudspeaker

    I am a big believer in supporting events promoted by specialty audio retailers. They reinforce the idea that audiophiles and manufacturers—even reviewers—are parts of a vibrant community that believes that listening to music with the highes…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 8:28am -
  • Moon by Simaudio Evolution 780D D/A processor

    Moon by Simaudio Evolution 780D D/A processor

    Simaudio saw disc-based digital audio in its rear-view mirror at least as far back as 2011, when it introduced the Moon Evolution 650D and 750D—two iterations of what it called a "digital-to-analog converter CD transport." These were actually mu…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 8:02am -
  • Great Piano Trios: Fred Hersch and Brad Mehldau

    Great Piano Trios: Fred Hersch and Brad Mehldau

    Two of the great jazz pianists on the scene have just released two of their greatest trio albums: Fred Hersch, Sunday Night at the Vanguard (Palmetto); and Brad Mehldau, Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch).Wed, 07/20/2016
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 4:31am -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: The Wailers

    Download of the Week: The Wailers

    Yea, The Wailers. They changed to "Bob Marley & The Wailers" soon hereafter. What I'm talking about, and highly recommending for every fan of lovely recordings, is Catch A Fire (Deluxe Edition). What makes it "Deluxe" and highly recommended is this i…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 16, 3:39am -
  • Electrically Isolate Your Networked Audio

    Electrically Isolate Your Networked Audio

    I've been thinking about this for years. Literally. I've had any number of people ask, "Have you tried using a Fiber Media Converter?" And I always said, "No, but I plan to." Now I can say, "Why yes, I have tried this and it works wonders."
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 11:45am -
  • Neil Young's Pono Takes 5

    Neil Young's Pono Takes 5

    From the (crazy) horse's mouth:We have some news that we want to share with you.One of our key infrastructure partners - Omnifone - has been acquired by a large company. An impact of this purchase is that all Omnifone’s supply relationships are…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 3:01pm -
  • Deezer Launches In US! (yawn)

    Deezer Launches In US! (yawn)

    But if you want their CD-quality streaming service, Deezer Elite, you can only get it through Sonos (sigh). So what are we getting from Deezer? Another $9.99/mo. 320kbps lossy streaming service (there's no free tier for US customers).
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 10:43am -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Jim Sedaikis

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Jim Sedaikis

    As not to repeat Michael Manousselis selections of Lovely Recordings where I enjoy many of the same recordings on a daily basis, I’ve chosen to go the fun route. These recordings certainly won’t be played for critical listeners on expensive rigs…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 16, 5:38am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: What's up Doc ?
    BHA and BHT preservativesButylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) aren't just hard to pronounce. They're carcinogenic ... and found in almost all packaged foods in the U.S. Human consumption of BHA and BHT is banned ...
    - 1 min ago, 23 Jul 16, 10:47pm -
  • newRe: Belden 8402 IC
    Just ordered some. Will report.
    - 19 mins ago, 23 Jul 16, 10:29pm -
  • newRe: Don Sachs SP14 Tube Preamp Review
    Well, it's been three months since anyone has posted in this thread, but I decided to post here rather than beginning a new thread. I just paid my 70% down payment for my new SP14/Model 2 Custom Line Stage tonight. I'm going to visit Don in mid-Augus…
    - 25 mins ago, 23 Jul 16, 10:23pm -
  • newRe: P-Mans "Rock and Roll" Vinyl LP page
    Quote from: pumpkinman on Today at 02:31 amYes plus America, Marshall Tucker and Jason IsbellYes also? Just kidding, catch ya later enjoy!
    - 37 mins ago, 23 Jul 16, 10:11pm -
  • newRe: Name this new 3-way
    Hi,On the Salk Sound website they are called Song3.  I would probably have bought these speakers over my original HT2's that I purchased in 2008. Another great product from Salk Sound.Cheers Rod
    - 57 mins ago, 23 Jul 16, 9:51pm -

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…
    - 37 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…
    - 38 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 68 days ago, 17 May 16, 8:02am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newCapital Audiofest 2016: Daedalus goes BorderPatrol, stirring wood

    Capital Audiofest 2016: Daedalus goes BorderPatrol, stirring wood

    I suppose it shouldn’t have been surprising to see, but the team-up between two American-Made brands was unexpected — and delightfully so. Daedalus loudspeakers, a visually striking example of modern design meets retro styling, paired with Border…
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Jul 16, 8:00am -
  • newNewport 2016: Burwell & Sons – resurrection of tone through vintage Altec drivers

    Newport 2016: Burwell & Sons – resurrection of tone through vintage Altec drivers

    Resurrection can be defined as something living coming back from the dead, and to me that is exactly what Gordon Burwell Sr., and his sons have done with their vintage Altec-based speaker designs. This is transducer as art form, transducer as religio…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Jul 16, 3:00am -
  • Newport 2016: Audioengine revs up with new HD6

    Newport 2016: Audioengine revs up with new HD6

    I occasionally have friends say to me, “Hey, you write for an audio magazine. How can I get a good hi-fi system without spending as much as you have?” These are the folks who are perilously close to hopping in the car and heading to Best Buy or T…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 16, 3:00am -
  • Newport 2016: Bryston mixes high-end sound, Canadian practicality

    Newport 2016: Bryston mixes high-end sound, Canadian practicality

    Bryston may be best known for two things: its fine-sounding, high-power amplifiers and its unmatched 20-year product warranty. But a trip to its room at T.H.E. Show in Newport proved the company has much more going for it these days than just that. O…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 3:00am -
  • Newport 2016: Redgum plays mind tricks from Down Under

    Newport 2016: Redgum plays mind tricks from Down Under

    The unassuming, and slightly rumpled dude in the corner of a Colleen Cardas Imports room at Newport Beach looked aloof, smart, and slightly bored as he scrolled through the screen on his smartphone. I immediately pegged him as Ian Robinson, founder,…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 3:00am -

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

  • Breaking News! Nelson Pass' New First Watt F7 Stereo Amp

    Breaking News! Nelson Pass' New First Watt F7 Stereo Amp

    First Watt's new F7 power amplifier ($3000) is a very unique unit with a two-stage push-pull JFET input and MOSFET for output topology. There are fewer parts than any First Watt amplifier within the F7 power amplifier than any other First Watt design…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 16, 12:14pm -
  • Dirty AC Power: Getting It Out of Your A/V System

    Dirty AC Power: Getting It Out of Your A/V System

    For most readers of Enjoy the Music.com, it's no secret that the AC power coming out of your wall outlet is shockingly (pun intended) "dirty." In a perfect world, the AC power in your house should look like a perfectly smooth undistorted sine wave (w…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jul 16, 4:39am -
  • Cary Audio SI-300.2d Int. Amp With 32-bit/384kHz And DSD 256 DAC

    Cary Audio SI-300.2d Int. Amp With 32-bit/384kHz And DSD 256 DAC

    Cary Audio's SI-300.2d integrated amplifier ($5995) is another milestone for the company as they venture into the new era of premium audio systems. The SI-300.2d mates a 300 watts per channel stereo Class A/B power amplifier with analog RCA and XLR i…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 5:00am -
  • World Premiere Review! Audience Au24-SX World-Class Cables

    World Premiere Review! Audience Au24-SX World-Class Cables

    The SX series of cables from Audience represent a new pinnacle of achievement in a distinguished, established product line, and by no small degree. While not the "sexiest" looking cable you may see, their execution and finish is exemplary. These are…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 3:22am -
  • World Premiere Review! Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II

    World Premiere Review! Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum II

    I love watching the sun rise, just wish it happened at a more appropriate time in the morning. How about we agree on 10am, as that seems a bit more polite a time than 6:30am. There's work to do and e-mails to answer.... Queuing up Billie Holiday, Reb…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jul 16, 6:23am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Aspen Naksa 70 Power Amplifier

    FS: Aspen Naksa 70 Power Amplifier

    Item: Aspen Naksa 70Location: MelbournePrice: $500  Item Condition: GreatReason for selling: SurplusPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, or Direct Deposit. PaypalExtra Info: Well regarded Naksa 70, runs excellent- just surplus to my needs. This particula…
    - 22 mins ago, 23 Jul 16, 10:26pm -
  • newFS: REGA Brio-R Integrated Amplifier

    FS: REGA Brio-R Integrated Amplifier

    Item: REGA Brio-R Integrated AmplifierLocation: SydneyPrice: $525Item Condition: Very good, as pictured.Reason for selling: No longer needed. Upgraded to Yamaha A-S2100 last year and has been stored away since.Payment Method: Direct Deposit, Picku…
    - 28 mins ago, 23 Jul 16, 10:20pm -
  • newFS: AUNE X1S 32Bit/384kHz DSD 128 DAC / Headphone Amplifier

    FS: AUNE X1S 32Bit/384kHz DSD 128 DAC / Headphone Amplifier

    Item: AUNE X1S 32Bit/384kHz DSD 128 DAC / Headphone Amplifier Location: SydneyPrice: $260Item Condition: Like new, no marks.Reason for selling: No longer neededPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: This dac/…
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Jul 16, 9:48pm -
  • newFS: QED Performance Audio 40 Cable RCA 1M

    FS: QED Performance Audio 40 Cable RCA 1M

    Item: QED Performance Audio 40 Cable RCA 1MLocation: SydneyPrice: $70Item Condition: Like new, can ship with original box as pictured.Reason for selling: No longer neededPayment Method: Direct Deposit, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: http://www.qed…
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Jul 16, 9:19pm -
  • newFS: Integra 30.5 AVR

    FS: Integra 30.5 AVR

    Please don't forget to check the Classifieds Guidelines before posting this classified ad. You many delete this text from your advertisement. Item: Integra 30.5 AVRLocation:NSW 2285Price: $550Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: Same reaso…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Jul 16, 9:11pm -

AVRev.com News

  • Bryston BDP-2 Server and BDA-3 DAC Review

    Bryston BDP-2 Server and BDA-3 DAC Review

    There has never been a better time to be a fan of high end digital audio. Audiophiles and non audiophiles alike can spend as little as a few hundred dollars for high quality sound. Or, the sky is the limit, with six figure Digital Audio Convertors an…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Jul 16, 12:24pm -
  • LG 2016 SUPER UHD & OLED TVs First To Offer Dolby Vision on Amazon

    LG 2016 SUPER UHD & OLED TVs First To Offer Dolby Vision on Amazon

    Amazon has announced the arrival of Dolby Vision HDR support for select streaming titles. Currently, LG's SUPER UHD TVs (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/LG/4K/Ultra_HD/super-uhd/hdr/high-dynamic-range/hdr10/Dolby_Vision/webos-30/Amazon/Netflix…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jun 16, 10:58am -
  • NVIDIA Shield Update Adds Netflix HDR Streaming, VUDU 4K, Dolby Atmos, Plex, and More!

    NVIDIA Shield Update Adds Netflix HDR Streaming, VUDU 4K, Dolby Atmos, Plex, and More!

    NVIDIA has released the latest software upgrade for its NVIDIA Shield set-top box (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00U33Q940/panandscathed-20). The update includes high dynamic range support for Netflix HDR titles, VUDU 4K playback, and more.…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jun 16, 10:55am -
  • Sony Launches New Ultra HD TVs with HDR Support

    Sony Launches New Ultra HD TVs with HDR Support

    Sony has announced the latest additions to its Ultra HD TV lineup. The new displays include five models across three new series: the XBR-X800D, the XBR-X750D, and the XBR-X700D. Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/lcd-hdtv-news/so…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Jun 16, 10:53am -
  • Wireworld Signal and Power Cable Review

    Wireworld Signal and Power Cable Review

    I had the good fortune to review Wireworld digital cables (home-theater-accessories/av-cables/wireworld-starlight-7-platinum-starlight-7-usb-gold-starlight-7-aes-ebu-digital-cables-review.html) last month. I say “good fortune” because their AES/E…
    - 24 days ago, 30 Jun 16, 10:48am -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • Cary Audio Introduces the SI-300.2d Digital Integrated Amplifier
    The SI-300.2d integrated amplifier is yet another milestone as Cary Audio forges deeper into the new era of sought after premium audio systems. Cary Audio is highly regarded for the rich, warm, yet detailed sound of our components. This includes both…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 16, 3:31pm -
  • Nelson Pass’ First Watt Introduces New F7 Power Amplifier
    A Very Unique Power Amplifier First Watt's new F7 power amplifier (MSRP: $3,000) is a very unique power amplifier; a two-stage push-pull JFET (input)/MOSFET (output) topology with fewer parts than any First Watt amplifier to date. The new F7 has be…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 16, 11:39am -
  • Audiomat D1 Transport
    You have not accidentally stumbled into the archives of PF. The subject of today's review is indeed a $9000 CD transport and the year is 2016 not 1996. Why would anyone buy such a thing now that CD is on the wane? Audiomat resides on a very short lis…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 16, 11:22am -
  • Klaus Florian Vogt: Helden
    It's refreshing not to have to cringe at a "new" singer's technical flaws, as I find myself doing more and more. Klaus Florian Vogt, in a program is mostly drawn from the Heldentenor (heroic tenor) repertoire, offers a clear, compact tone, a reliable…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 16, 11:12am -
  • John Marks' Vault Treasures: Frank Sinatra, *Where Are You?*
    [This week, John Marks touches on one of the truly great popular singers of the 20th Century, Frank Sinatra. Where Are You? comes to us from the later 1950s, and shows Sinatra maturing in his mastery. It also shows us just how great the recording ar…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 16, 11:35am -

Digital Audio Review

  • ‘Portable’ vinyl with the KORG DS-DAC-10R & AudioGate
    Potafesu, Tokyo. December 2015. The Diana Krall album propped up behind an 11” Macbook Air hollered “Nothing to see here”. Ditto the iPhone app promising The Eagles’ “Hotel California”. Ignoring the alarm bells and spying the Technics…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jul 16, 6:52pm -
  • All terrain USB audio with the PS Audio LANRover
    Your Asus, your HP, your Acer, your Macbook, your iMac, your Mac Mini – hook ‘em up to your DAC via USB and they play music just fine. Where’s the beef? Ones and zeroes spill but often in bursts. So too does electrical noise. Your DAC is sensit…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Jul 16, 4:08pm -
  • THE HOST – a more affordable media server from CLONES Audio

    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 16, 5:32pm -
  • The bare necessities
    The man in the street chooses to listen music on a handheld Bluetooth loudspeaker. The audiophile looks on in horror: “He no longer cares about quality!”. The man in the street, it is argued, has changed. But is that really true? Back in the 19…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jul 16, 2:32am -
  • Curing for room-atism & correcting the ELAC Debut B6 w/ DEQX
    Like many a modern day audiophile, I live in a one bedroom apartment. My listening room is also my lounge room where I do everyday things like watch TV, entertain guests, read and work. Getting jiggy with specifics, the carpeted area measures 5.8m fr…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jul 16, 2:07am -