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The Absolute Sound

  • newJohn Scofield: Swallow Tales

    John Scofield: Swallow Tales

    On his ECM debut, the guitar great celebrates pioneering electric bassist and longtime collaborator Steve Swallow, whose tunes have been recorded by the likes of Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and Carla Bley. On these nine appealing Swallow…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:51am -
  • newLinn Upgrades Majik Turntable With New Improved Tonearm

    Linn Upgrades Majik Turntable With New Improved Tonearm

    The following is a press release issued by Linn. September 25, 2020 - Further to the August launch of new Majik DSM, Linn has now announced an update for its Majik LP12: the entry level variant of the iconic turntable will shortly receive a new, hi…
    - 13 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:46am -
  • newREL Acoustics S/812 Sub-Bass System

    REL Acoustics S/812 Sub-Bass System

    The pursuit of the bottom octave in sound reproduction looms as a sort of final frontier for many enthusiasts. It’s a task that’s generally accomplished in one of two ways—by purchasing a completely new set of loudspeakers (ouch!), or by addi…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 7:34am -
  • Moon Launches 40th Anniversary Edition System

    Moon Launches 40th Anniversary Edition System

    The following is a press release issued by Moon. September 23, 2020 - MOON has created an iconic audio system to celebrate its 40th anniversary. The stunning MOON Anniversary Edition features the highly acclaimed 680D streaming DAC and the elegantl…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:13am -
  • Introducing The II Cremonese Ex3me

    Introducing The II Cremonese Ex3me

    The following is a press release issued by Sonus faber. September 22nd, 2020 – Sonus faber is proud to introduce the new special edition Il Cremonese ex3me. Introduced in 2015 with the intention of completing the Sonus faber Homage Collection, th…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 7:43am -

Stereophile News

  • newRecommended Components: Fall 2020 Edition

    Recommended Components: Fall 2020 Edition

    All products listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile. We consider all the products listed, regardless of rating, to be genuinely recommendable.Products are listed in alphabetical order within classes, each followed by a brief descrip…
    - 11 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 10:56am -
  • newRe-Tales #1: George Vatchnadze's Newest Gig

    Re-Tales #1: George Vatchnadze's Newest Gig

    Access to musical information isn't guaranteed, whether it's limited by the resolution of a recording, your audio system, or an oppressive political regime. George Vatchnadze, concert pianist and dealer in high-end audio equipment, has experience wit…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Sep 20, 10:15am -
  • newA Real, Live, In-Person Hi-Fi Event in Pennsylvania, with Actual Humans!

    A Real, Live, In-Person Hi-Fi Event in Pennsylvania, with Actual Humans!

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania–based hi-fi dealer Now Listen Here is holding a real, live, non-Zoom event this coming weekend, September 26 and 27, 2020, at the Hyatt House in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, next to the King of Prussia mall. Thu, 09/24/20…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 5:02am -
  • A Musical Inheritance

    A Musical Inheritance

    When I was a child, my father was a dealer in black-market records. We lived on what was then the outskirts of Moscow, in what was then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It was the 1970s, and our nation's record stores only sold discs of domes…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:23am -
  • Revinylization #10: Bill Evans's <I>Live at Montreux</I>

    Revinylization #10: Bill Evans's <I>Live at Montreux</I>

    The late pianist Bill Evans may be the most reissued jazz musician in the catalogs of audiophile record labels. There are reasons for that: He played standards, mainly ballads (many audiophiles shun the avantgarde), almost never in groups larger than…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 10:16am -

AudioStream.com

  • newRecommended Components: Fall 2020 Edition

    Recommended Components: Fall 2020 Edition

    All products listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile. We consider all the products listed, regardless of rating, to be genuinely recommendable.Products are listed in alphabetical order within classes, each followed by a brief descrip…
    - 11 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 10:56am -
  • newRe-Tales #1: George Vatchnadze's Newest Gig

    Re-Tales #1: George Vatchnadze's Newest Gig

    Access to musical information isn't guaranteed, whether it's limited by the resolution of a recording, your audio system, or an oppressive political regime. George Vatchnadze, concert pianist and dealer in high-end audio equipment, has experience wit…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Sep 20, 10:15am -
  • newA Real, Live, In-Person Hi-Fi Event in Pennsylvania, with Actual Humans!

    A Real, Live, In-Person Hi-Fi Event in Pennsylvania, with Actual Humans!

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania–based hi-fi dealer Now Listen Here is holding a real, live, non-Zoom event this coming weekend, September 26 and 27, 2020, at the Hyatt House in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, next to the King of Prussia mall. Thu, 09/24/20…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 5:02am -
  • A Musical Inheritance

    A Musical Inheritance

    When I was a child, my father was a dealer in black-market records. We lived on what was then the outskirts of Moscow, in what was then the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. It was the 1970s, and our nation's record stores only sold discs of domes…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 8:23am -
  • Revinylization #10: Bill Evans's <I>Live at Montreux</I>

    Revinylization #10: Bill Evans's <I>Live at Montreux</I>

    The late pianist Bill Evans may be the most reissued jazz musician in the catalogs of audiophile record labels. There are reasons for that: He played standards, mainly ballads (many audiophiles shun the avantgarde), almost never in groups larger than…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 10:16am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newSMc Audio McCormack DNA 1 Upgrade Experience

    SMc Audio McCormack DNA 1 Upgrade Experience

    I am sure that any audiophile who knows me will confirm that if most audiophiles changed their equipment as often as I do, there would be a lot less audio manufacturers around. My audio philosophy has really not changed since I entered this hobby…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 7:30am -
  • Sonus Faber Il Cremonese ex3me

    Sonus Faber Il Cremonese ex3me

    OK, call me a sucker for fine Italian craftsmanship and fine loudspeakers. Guilty as charged. I remember walking into a local HiFi shop here in Minneapolis and seeing the Sonus Faber Amati Homage in person for the first time. As a un-jaded 22 year…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 8:48am -
  • KEF's New LS50 Collection

    KEF's New LS50 Collection

    A week and a half ago I published a review of a system that I use in my dining room. This system had to meet many requirements including aesthetic considerations, size limitations, great sound quality, limited cabling, Roon Ready, etc... The final…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 12:06am -
  • Variable Gain Volume Control

    Variable Gain Volume Control

    Hey Guys, just a quick note this morning encouraging you to watch Ayre's new video about variable gain volume control. There are so many ways to control volume and it's critical to get right in a high end system. A marginal volume control will bri…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Sep 20, 7:44am -
  • The Value Proposition in Computer Audio: Entering Multichannel at the Ground Floor

    The Value Proposition in Computer Audio: Entering Multichannel at the Ground Floor

    THE VALUE PROPOSITION IN COMPUTER AUDIOEntering Multichannel at the Ground Floor   “Mommy, where does stereo come from?” Every audiophile should start each day with a thank-you to Harvey Fletcher and…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Sep 20, 9:05am -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Esoteric’s N-01XD DAC/Streamer

    Esoteric’s N-01XD DAC/Streamer

    Two years ago, we awarded Esoteric’s N-01 network player our product of the year in the digital category. Now, they return with the XD version of this highly capable network player and world-class DAC. At $20,000, this will not be an impulse buy fo…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 20, 8:54pm -
  • Issue 103
    Features Old School: The Audiophile Apartment: Mine: It Should Be Yours Music Playlists:  We share our readers choices from around the world Future Tense Gear in our immediate future Cover Feature Michi By Rotel: High performance without the high pr…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 20, 8:39pm -
  • Flagship Focal Utopia Phones

    Flagship Focal Utopia Phones

    Having lived with a number of Focal speakers over the last five years, the family resemblance between the Utopia headphones and their floorstanding speakers is unmistakable. The quick, lively, accurate sound I’ve grown accustomed to is now availabl…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Sep 20, 9:00pm -
  • The latest desktop system from Technics

    The latest desktop system from Technics

    Technics has just announced a new, Mk.2 version of their successful SC-C70… While they haven’t given us a full MSRP yet, the MK1 tipped the scales just under $1,000, so we suspect this will be somewhat the ballpark number for the Mk.2. The major…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Sep 20, 10:00pm -
  • 702 Signature from Bowers and Wilkins

    702 Signature from Bowers and Wilkins

    We’ve just received the 702 Signature floor standing speakers from B&W… Again, the UK manufacturer sticks to their path of constant refinement, with the new Signature model of this speaker borrowing heavily from the technology developed for the t…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Sep 20, 4:16pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newMola Mola Tambaqui DAC | REVIEW
    Before I jump into the Mola Mola Tambaqui, I have to share a delightful tidbit of deadpan humor from my roommate. While amusing on its own, it ended up more prescient to the little DAC on review here than I expected. I’ll preface this by saying I h…
    - 20 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 2:00am -
  • Event Horizon Jazz Quartet, Event Horizon | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Event Horizon, the eponymous debut album from the Chicago-based quartet, arrived under strange circumstances. I had just read an article on the 1993 space-horror film of the same name, and how it has achieved cult status over the last few years becau…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 2:00pm -
  • This Weekend, The NOW LISTEN HERE Micro-Show | PREVIEW
    KING OF PRUSSIA (PTA) — This weekend, September 26-27, Now Listen Here will be hosting a ‘Micro-Show’ listening event at the Hyatt House Hotel in King of Prussia, PA (a Philadelphia suburb). Special Guests include, Mat Weisfeld of VPI, and Jeff…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 9:59am -
  • HANA Umami Red – Sales Begin Today
    The announcement of a new flagship Hana cartridge has most of us at Part-Time Audiophile in a frenzy. We all want to review the new $3950 Hana Umami Red, and I think we’re going to have to enter Thunderdome to determine which of us gets the honor.…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 5:00pm -
  • Dave Askren and Jeff Benedict, Paraphernalia | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Paraphernalia: Music of Wayne Shorter from guitar player Dave Askren and sax player Jeff Benedict was released back in May–it’s another one of those wonderful releases that almost slipped through my fingers during my recent cross-country move. I…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 20, 2:00pm -

Audiophilia

  • newInnuos ZENith Mk3 1TB Black Music Server

    Innuos ZENith Mk3 1TB Black Music Server

    I first heard an Innuos product and the considerable buzz about this fairly new Portuguese company—formed in 2016 in the sunny Algarve—at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Show. The Innuos unit I heard at length was the Statement Music Server, the…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 6:00am -
  • newOrtofon 2M Mono Cartridge

    Ortofon 2M Mono Cartridge

    I’ve always had in mind a basic turntable setup for the beginner audiophile; the usual suspects: speakers, phono-stage and amplifier. They remain the building blocks for starting and developing better audio quality. To these components, I’ll a…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 5:59am -
  • IsoAcoustics zaZen Isolation Platform

    IsoAcoustics zaZen Isolation Platform

    I’ve had a lot of success using isolation devices under high end components (platforms, pucks, feet, etc). My early platform days were with a Townshend Seismic Sink (metal casing with air bladder) under a series of Rega turntables, a brief flirt…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Sep 20, 6:00am -
  • Nordost Frey 2 Speaker Cables, Interconnects and Power Cords

    Nordost Frey 2 Speaker Cables, Interconnects and Power Cords

    Cables are notoriously difficult to review. Capturing the subtle, even minute changes good cables make can be challenging to describe on the page. The ear is a much better arbiter than the written word. Thus, the description must be super accurate…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Sep 20, 6:00am -
  • Shabaka & the Ancestors—We Are Sent Here By History/Vinyl Me Please Edition

    Shabaka & the Ancestors—We Are Sent Here By History/Vinyl Me Please Edition

    2020 is shaping up to be a fine year for humanity to collectively ponder our mortality as a species. The global coronavirus pandemic, climate change, violent political unrest, accelerating wealth inequality and—for those of us in California—go…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Sep 20, 5:59am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newEnjoyTheMusic.com's Vacuum Tube Preamplifier & Amplifier Lust Pages

    EnjoyTheMusic.com's Vacuum Tube Preamplifier & Amplifier Lust Pages

    We have many pages of vacuum tube amplification lust pics online. Just look at them!!! How do they reproduce music? We just don't know, though if they sound half as good as they look....---> See Enjoy the Music.com's vacuum tube lust page.  
    - 14 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:17am -
  • newInternational Parts + Supply Show For The Audio Industry

    International Parts + Supply Show For The Audio Industry

    High End Society's just-announced International Parts + Supply (IPS) show for the high-end audio industry perfectly complements the HIGH END in Munich, which has developed into the largest international hi-fi show and enjoys tremendous significance a…
    - 17 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 5:27am -
  • newTBT Review: Townshend Allegri+ Preamplifier

    TBT Review: Townshend Allegri+ Preamplifier

    I had so used (and abused!) my first edition Allegri passive volume control that the volume wafer ganging had gone out of alignment and the input and output sockets were well worn. In the post came a refreshed example, which was first shown at the Se…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 5:27am -
  • newQualcomm's The State Of Play Report 2020

    Qualcomm's The State Of Play Report 2020

    The 2020 State of Play Report is Qualcomm's fifth annual study featuring user insights based on research data from 5000 consumers across the USA, UK, China, Germany, and Japan. The survey found that the most important factor is 74% of wireless headph…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Sep 20, 4:29am -
  • Review: Synergistic Research Foundation Cables -- Blue Note Awards

    Review: Synergistic Research Foundation Cables  --  Blue Note Awards

    Like with climate change, it's hard to believe there are still cable deniers in this world, but they show up in the forums with a loud voice. You would think the multitude of High End cable manufacturers would be a clue. After all, if high end cables…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 20, 5:32am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Bryston 4B Pro
    Further information: Hi there Bryston 4B pro Was used occasionally to drive some floorstanders in a studio environment - works great! some dust and scratches/scuffs please note this is a 11…
    - 51 mins ago, 25 Sep 20, 9:12pm -
  • newFS: Cotter type P (low impedance) moving coil transformer
    Another legendary item - the Cotter Mk2P transformer (for low impedance moving coil cartridges). The Cotter has triaxial cables and better RCA connectors than the original Verion. Sorry about the underside photo - I can put a top side photo up tomor…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:59pm -
  • newAudiolab 8000C Pre Amp
    Further information: Selling my beloved and legendary Audiolab 8000C Pre Amp. http://www.hifi-review.com/153607-audiolab-8000c.html Pure analog pre amp. If you don't need HT Bypass or Remote then you will not be disappointed.…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:48pm -
  • newSOLD: FS: Pair of RFT/SIEMENS/TELEFUNKEN EL34 Tubes
    Further information: This pair of RFT EL34 tubes have been measured on a Hickok 750 tester and pass gas and shorts tests RFT stands for Rundfunk- und Fernmelde-Technik - a group of state-owned technology companies in the former Ger…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:25pm -
  • newFS: Audio Research D250 Mk 2 Servo
    Up for sale - another legendary Audio Research item, this time the D250 Mk 2 Servo power amplifier. 240V. Rarely seen and a great, powerful amplifier. Bring a trolley or a friend to pick this up as it's very heavy. Information as below: htt…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Sep 20, 8:23pm -

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

  • Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Recording with the best DSLR Shotgun Mics on your digital camera will make your videos sound professional. After all, one of the most important aspects of a video is the sound. You can deal with grainy images, but crackles and pops will turn everyone…
    - 28 May 20, 10:45pm -
  • Best Lavalier Mics

    Best Lavalier Mics

    Using the best lavalier mic will make you sound better on stage, on a recording, and even on your video. Good lav mics don’t have to sound tinny with zero wind protection. You just have to get the right one. 🙂 Nice lavalier microphones are easy…
    - 28 May 20, 6:58pm -
  • Best Rapping Microphones

    Best Rapping Microphones

    Using the best rapping microphone to record your raps or perform live will not only make you sound better, it will also be a lot easier to use. Too many people think that any mic can be used for rapping. It’s not true. In order to get the perfect m…
    - 28 May 20, 6:18pm -
  • Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Using the best live vocal microphone for your band’s concert will not only make you sound better, it will also be much easier too use than a cheap mic. Too many people try to perform with junky microphones and lose fans because of it. Don’t be t…
    - 28 May 20, 2:59pm -
  • Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Recording with the best omnidirectional microphone is easy and can give you major tonal advantages without excess gain. Many people think omni directional mics aren’t great for recording or live sound and that’s just not true. Omni mics do produc…
    - 17 Feb 20, 6:31pm -