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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe Hot Club of San Francisco: John Paul George & Django

    The Hot Club of San Francisco: John Paul George & Django

    Ever wonder what Beatles tunes might sound like in the hands of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the fabled Quintette du Hot Club de France? Witness then this Hot Club of San Francisco gypsy-jazz homage to the songs of Lennon-McCartney and G…
    - 9 hours ago, 23 May 17, 9:50am -
  • newSoulution 755 Phono Preamplifier

    Soulution 755 Phono Preamplifier

    This has been a very good year for phonostages chez Valin. Over the past twelve months or so I’ve had the opportunity to audition four outstanding units: the Audio Consulting Silver Rock, the Constellation Perseus, the VAC Statement, and the primar…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 9:14am -
  • Paradigm Persona 9H Loudspeaker

    Paradigm Persona 9H Loudspeaker

    Let me begin with the conclusion. The Paradigm Persona 9H is a new assault on the state of the art in speaker design by one of Canada’s leading companies. It may cost some $35,000 a pair, but it’s one of the best speaker systems I have ever had t…
    - 5 days ago, 18 May 17, 12:29pm -
  • The Emperor's New Server

    The Emperor's New Server

    So much has been written so enthusiastically in this magazine and others about the manifest superiority of computer audio over “old-fashioned” optical-disc technologies (and, presumably, over even more old-fashioned analog ones) that even an LP h…
    - 6 days ago, 17 May 17, 8:39am -
  • Jimmy Scott: A Story About Hoping and Dreaming

    Jimmy Scott:  A Story About Hoping and Dreaming

    Time was rarely on singer Jimmy Scott’s side. He launched a promising career in the early 1950s but saw it go dormant in the 60s. He experienced a comeback in the early 90s but was on death’s door by the time he recorded these collaborations. And…
    - 7 days ago, 16 May 17, 1:52pm -

Stereophile News

  • newGramophone Dreams #16: Sony & AudioQuest headphones

    Gramophone Dreams #16: Sony & AudioQuest headphones

    As much as I delight in pagan dreams of sweetly perfumed garden nymphs, I'm embarrassed to admit that my mind also drifts in pleasant reveries whenever I hear the words research and development in the same sentence. I am by nature a greasy gearhead.…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 May 17, 11:45am -
  • newPS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier

    PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier

    "Let be."Those two words, from Shakespeare's Hamlet, express an entire philosophy of life in one of the shortest sentences possible. The quotation may not be familiar, but the concept certainly is—contemporary equivalents, each with its own in…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 May 17, 11:41am -
  • newMiles Davis' <I>E.S.P.</I> at 45rpm

    Miles Davis' <I>E.S.P.</I> at 45rpm

    E.S.P., recorded over three sessions in January 1965, marked a major turning point in the music of Miles Davis...Mobile Fidelity's 45rpm two-disc vinyl reissue—mastered from the original ¼-inch, 15ips, two-track tapes by Krieg Wunderlich—c…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 3:59pm -
  • newA Video VPI Tour with Mat Weisfeld

    A Video VPI Tour with Mat Weisfeld

    Last week, I embarked on a nearly three-hour public transportation trek from Queens to Cliffwood, NJ to take a tour of turntable and tonearm manufacturer VPI Industries, with Mat Weisfeld as my host. During the tour, I got to meet every member of the…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 10:18am -
  • <I>Rímur</I>: Trio Mediaeval Makes the Ancient Modern

    <I>Rímur</I>: Trio Mediaeval Makes the Ancient Modern

    Twenty-four years after The Hilliard Ensemble and saxophonist Jan Garbarek recorded Officium, the first of their three haunting, century-crossing collaborations for ECM New Series, Trio Mediaeval has done something similar with trumpeter Arve Henriks…
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 17, 5:45am -

AudioStream.com

  • newDALI KATCH

    DALI KATCH

    At €399.00, the new Dali Katch is a cute yet not inexpensive portable battery-powered Bluetooth (apt-X) speaker wrapped in aluminum and topped off with a leather handle that also includes an analog input, USB charge port so you can keep your phone…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 May 17, 5:12am -
  • Roon Does...Hardware

    Roon Does...Hardware

    an angelic (looking) Rob Darling with NucleusThat's right—Roon will soon be shipping two Roon servers; Nucleus and Nucleus+. Here are the specs:
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 17, 12:16am -
  • Estelon Lynx

    Estelon Lynx

    The first wave of jet lag washed over me, turning my view into a fun house mirror when I entered the Estelon room to hear their new Lynx more-than-a-speaker. So it did not help my 'condition' when the black driver column of the Lynx started to descen…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 12:48am -
  • dCS Does MQA

    dCS Does MQA

    Pictured is the dCS Rossini Player, which received a favorable review from John Atkinson in Stereophile, just received a firmware update making it MQA-enabled. John Quick, General Manager at dCS Americas Inc., played some wonderful tunes, as usual, a…
    - 5 days ago, 19 May 17, 12:17am -
  • AudioQuest DragonFlys Do MQA Today

    AudioQuest DragonFlys Do MQA Today

    I took a photo of my AudioQuest DragonFly Red before and after the MQA update ($free) so you can experience the change and not have to rely on what I have to say about it. Above is the before photo. Here's after:
    - 5 days ago, 18 May 17, 3:27pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: 12v trigger mono to stereo?
    Here's a solution in case anyone else runs into this.Support: "starting from the tip of stereo plug 12V, 12V, ground"You'll need a mono -> stereo adapter that's wired to each channel, and a 3.5mm stereo cable. So really easy solution, I just didn't .…
    - 31 mins ago, 23 May 17, 6:35pm -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    The Chameleons - Strip (2000)Samples
    - 45 mins ago, 23 May 17, 6:21pm -
  • newRe: ***X-LS Extravaganza***
    A LONG time ago folks used to pour sand into sandwiches of MDF (i.e. between two layers).  Stuff was very inert and dead sounding (minimal resonances) but it weighed a lot. Even bookshelf sized speakers were heavy.
    - 55 mins ago, 23 May 17, 6:11pm -
  • newRe: Roger Moore Pased Away
    Octopussy forever!My favorite James BondRIP
    - 1 hour ago, 23 May 17, 6:06pm -
  • newRe: Uh oh.

    Re: Uh oh.

    I think he prefers "The Abyss".  I wonder if I should take bids to break them in? 
    - 1 hour ago, 23 May 17, 6:02pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newThe Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated Amplifier

    The Sonneteer Alabaster Integrated Amplifier

    Sonneteer is a new name to many, admittedly including me. In the 1980s, college friends Haider Bahrani and Remo Casadei discovered their shared passion for live music and audio recording. After years envisioning products for their own use, and leanin…
    - 37 mins ago, 23 May 17, 6:29pm -
  • newThe Gold Note Machiavelli Cartridge

    The Gold Note Machiavelli Cartridge

    For many, when you ask them to complete the sentence “Italian high performance….” they might say “cars, Ferrari,” or “bikes, Ducati.” Yet after living with a few of their phono cartridges for a while, I suggest adding “audio, Gold Not…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:20am -
  • The Audio Physic Step plus

    The Audio Physic Step plus

    Only because I’ve heard it three times today (in the airport, at Home Depot and lunch) listening to the Audio Physic Step plus speakers begins with the Squeeze classic “Pulling Mussels (From the Shell). Not terribly audiophile-y by anyone’s sta…
    - 10 days ago, 13 May 17, 3:48pm -
  • Pass Labs XS Preamp

    Pass Labs XS Preamp


    - 12 days ago, 12 May 17, 1:09am -
  • The Dell XPS 27 Computer

    The Dell XPS 27 Computer

    Before we get started, I must confess a few biases. I love Apple products. Been using a Mac since the day after the Super Bowl ads ran in 1984. That’s product loyalty. I’m not crazy about Windows (but liked XP) but OS is not the religion for me t…
    - 12 days ago, 11 May 17, 10:11pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newBreaking News: Manchester Bombing

    Breaking News: Manchester Bombing

    Due to the terrible events that unfolded in Manchester, England on Monday evening, Part-Time Audiophile will not be publishing today. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the family, and friends of the victims and all those affected by this se…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 May 17, 2:36am -
  • High End 2017: Tidal Audio releases Camira Reference DAC, Ferios Monobloc

    High End 2017: Tidal Audio releases Camira Reference DAC, Ferios Monobloc

    Tidal Audio from Germany put on an outstanding presentation at High End in Munich, and Dr. Pangiotis Karavitis, and I took part in an invite-only audiophile press event for a private listening session while there. Company CEO, and chief designer Jor…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 2:36pm -
  • High End 2017: Turntables, digital, CD and the future of music mediums

    High End 2017: Turntables, digital, CD and the future of music mediums

    Turntable, turntable, turntable, turntable, turntable, turntable, turntable. DAC, DAC, DAC, DAC, DAC, DAC. CD/SACD, CD/SACD. Reel-to-reel. This would be my count if I had to choose a ratio at the High End Show in Munich this week for analog, and digi…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 8:41am -
  • High End 2017: MQA upgrade in under 5 minutes with the Audioquest Dragonfly

    High End 2017: MQA upgrade in under 5 minutes with the Audioquest Dragonfly

    You can now upgrade your AudioQuest DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red to include support for MQA with a firmware update. We’ve upgraded a few of our Red Dragonfly’s over at Part-Time Audiophile today, and encourage you too as well. The process ta…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 7:46am -
  • High End 2017: Michael Latvis provides the skinny on the HRS Vortex feet

    High End 2017: Michael Latvis provides the skinny on the HRS Vortex feet

    Tweaks are aplenty in this industry, some that work, and others less so. But when it comes to reducing vibration, I have been a longstanding believer. At T.H.E. Show @ Newport, HRS introduced the Vortex feet.  I was impressed at the impact that they…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 17, 7:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Philadelphia Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall

    Philadelphia Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall

    BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 1, "Jeremiah"MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2The Philadelphia OrchestraYannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director and ConductorSasha Cooke, Mezzo-SopranoRadu Lupu, Piano May 9, 2…
    - 14 days ago, 9 May 17, 8:28pm -
  • Miles Davis -- Great 5 [5CD Esoteric remaster]

    Miles Davis -- Great 5 [5CD Esoteric remaster]

    Miles Davis could say more musically with a handful of notes than just about everybody else armed with a thousand. Each note is placed perfectly, phrased flawlessly, and is channeled directly to the listener's heart. Well, at least his early stuff…
    - 21 days ago, 2 May 17, 2:00pm -
  • VPI Industries Prime Turntable

    VPI Industries Prime Turntable

    Recently, I had an unforeseen reason (disaster?) that offered me a chance to check out a new phono cartridge for my VPI Industries Scout turntable. Among the cartridges I focused on for review was the Grado Labs Statement v2 (reviewed here), but i…
    - 31 days ago, 22 Apr 17, 10:45am -
  • Markaudio-Sota Viotti One Loudspeaker

    Markaudio-Sota Viotti One Loudspeaker

    In 2014, Steve Cheng founded Sota Acoustics Limited, fulfilling a life long dream to design and manufacture high end audio equipment. Based in Hong Kong, Cheng set about to build a team that could produce high quality loudspeakers available for a…
    - 32 days ago, 21 Apr 17, 10:55am -
  • Raidho Acoustics XT-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho Acoustics XT-1 Loudspeaker

    I had a lovely Facebook Messenger conversation with Lars Kristensen of Denmark's Raidho Acoustics about how much I was loving my X-1 Loudspeakers -- more like adoration, if truth be told. He mentioned the X-1 now had an upgrade to XT-1 and that…
    - 46 days ago, 7 Apr 17, 8:47am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newThe Recording Academy P&E Wing Hi-Res Music Prod. Recommendation

    The Recording Academy P&E Wing Hi-Res Music Prod. Recommendation

    Coinciding with "Stream the Studio" panel featuring leading executives from the music and technology industries, The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing has released their "Recommendations for Hi-Resolution Music Production" paper. As the re…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 May 17, 5:00am -
  • newPro-Ject And Ortofon Team Up With Triangle For Their LN01A Pack

    Pro-Ject And Ortofon Team Up With Triangle For Their LN01A Pack

    Triangle's special LN01A pack (€899) is a ready-to-listen to system featuring a Pro-Ject turntable, Triangle tonearm, Ortofon OM-10 E cartridge and LN01A powered speakers. The active LN01A two-way bass reflex speakers have a multitude of connectors…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 May 17, 4:59am -
  • newPass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier And XP-17 Phono Stage

    Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier And XP-17 Phono Stage

    Pass Labs rarely makes changes to their lineup, and so they felt it was time due to "significant improvements over previous versions". Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier and XP-17 Phono Stage ($5800 and $4300 respectively) bring higher quality music within…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 8:59am -
  • newOutlaw Audio Retro RR2160 Hi-Res Audio Stereo Receiver

    Outlaw Audio Retro RR2160 Hi-Res Audio Stereo Receiver

    Outlaw Audio's new RR2160 hi-res audio stereo receiver ($799) preserves the analog signal purity of its predecessor while adding DLNA and high-resolution capabilities via a multitude of digital audio inputs. The RR2160 also offers both HD Radio and i…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 8:58am -
  • Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's May / June Issue

    Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's May / June Issue

    This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features sound bites of the Klipsch wireless audio, Cyrus One App, Sugden Grande, Densen Cast, IsoAcoustics Aperta, Audio Research DAC8 upgrade, KEF Space One, Pioneer XDP-300R, Benchmark DAC3, Amina Edge, NAD M50.2, an…
    - 8 days ago, 16 May 17, 6:56am -

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

  • 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…
    - 62 days ago, 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 -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • newPass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier
    A few times I've been lucky enough to review a product before the rest of the audio-press get their red-hot hands on it, but mostly I've been Gary-come-lately to the audio-party. I'm grateful of course, for opportunities to be the first to review a n…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 May 17, 9:11am -
  • newAudio Ramblings - The WyWires Diamond Loudspeaker Cables
    So, we come to you with another cable review. Sorry, I know many of you believe that cables cannot have a sound or character—that is either they work or don't and any audible impact on the sound would suggest that something is broken… like my ear…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 4:17pm -
  • newELAC Uni-Fi UF5 floor standing speakers
    What we have from the outside is, as I mentioned, a pair of fairly conventional-looking narrow-baffle towers. Each speaker stands 39 inches in height (not including its spiked outriggers) and measures just under eight inches in width. The overall foo…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 9:36pm -
  • newFostex TH-610, Massdrop TH-X00, and TH-X00 Ebony
    Fostex has a long history in the audio business. The company was founded in 1973, but its parent company Foster Electric Co., Ltd was formed way back in 1949. The company was originally a mass producer of OEM speaker and transducer products, but brok…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 9:34pm -
  • newdarTZeel CTH-8550 integrated amplifier (with Siltech)
    The $25,000 USD gold, and Ferrari-red, solid-state integrated amplifier from Switzerland exuded raw sex appeal as it sat in my listening room oozing quality. With it’s staggeringly addictive color scheme (a point of opinion, and contention I know),…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 17, 9:31pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newMytek Digital talk Brooklyn Amp, Clef MQA/Bluetooth DAC
    Clean&direct. That’s how we might best describe the personality of the Mytek Brooklyn DAC (reviewed here). You don’t buy the Brooklyn because of its full MQA support but in spite of it: a powerful headphone amplifier; a decent-sounding MM phon…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 May 17, 10:52am -
  • newConstellation Audio tease Leo ‘smart’ speaker
    Bluetooth loudspeakers aren’t generally poorer sounding than two loudspeakers and an amplifier because of their lossy transmission protocol. Their weakness is in their deployment: singularly with right and left channels spilling from the same po…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 May 17, 9:07am -
  • newHigh-end audio’s hypernormalisation
    In the lobby area of Munich High-End 2017, an small exhibition of album cover art. To name five of these contemporary, almost-classic artists: Fever Ray, Manic Street Preachers, Muse, The Klaxons, Caribou. Journey upstairs to the listening rooms that…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 May 17, 2:35am -
  • newDynaudio ready Special Forty standmount loudspeakers
    With forty years clocked up in the loudspeaker business, Dynaudio were at Munich High-End 2017 to launch a fortieth anniversary model: a standmount called The Special Forty. It does what it says on the tin. The Special Forty’s 3cm tweeter, exclusi…
    - 1 day ago, 22 May 17, 8:41am -
  • newRoon announce Nucleus server
    We’ve heard a good deal about Roon Ready endpoints this past year – devices made by third party manufacturers that play catch on a Roon (RAAT) stream. Roon Ready hardware partners number around 65. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the de…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 17, 12:06am -