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The Absolute Sound

  • new2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $1,500 - $3,000

    2019 Editors’ Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $1,500 - $3,000

    KEF LS50 $1500 With its pink-gold Uni-Q coincident midrange/tweeter mounted in bulls-eye fashion atop the uniquely arched baffle of its beautifully crafted high-density enclosure, the LS50 is as visually arresting as it is sonically satisfying. Ima…
    - 16 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 8:09am -
  • newSoulution 330 Integrated Amplifier

    Soulution 330 Integrated Amplifier

    When you think of almost anything made in Switzerland, what comes to mind? Extreme precision, pristine aesthetics, painstaking research, and exemplary quality. (And yes, as you’d expect, this all comes at a considerable cost.) Enter Soulution. Fr…
    - 19 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 5:47am -
  • newQ&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side, family, or the electronics side? I was fascinated by music and sound reproduction from an early age. At age two I was putting my plate upside down and using the knife as a…
    - 19 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 5:40am -
  • newRanagri: Playing for Luck

    Ranagri: Playing for Luck

    This is soulful music played by gifted artists who bring vision and virtuoso chops to their work. The contemporary-folk group Ranagri enchants while living up to the promise of the SACD stereo format, putting the listener virtually in the studio wi…
    - 19 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 5:26am -
  • Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

    Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

    In 2016 the Chinese high-end audio specialist Cayin Audio introduced two impressive personal audio components: the fully balanced iHA-6 solid-state headphone amplifier and its sibling, the fully balanced iDAC-6 hybrid solid-state/tube high-resoluti…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 10:06pm -

Stereophile News

  • newMagnepan LRS loudspeaker

    Magnepan LRS loudspeaker

    A visitor to stereophile.com named billmilosz commented: "Compared to these, everything else sounded like it was coming out of a cereal box." When I read that, I laughed out loud.That reader was responding to my AXPONA report about Magnepan's new $…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jul 19, 12:53pm -
  • newRecording of August 2019: Henry Brant: <I>Ice Field</I>

    Recording of August 2019: Henry Brant: <I>Ice Field</I>

    Henry Brant: Ice FieldCameron Carpenter, organ, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater, Conds.SFS Media SFS 0075 (24/48 WAV). 2019. Jack Vad, prod, and eng.; Roni Jules, Gus Pollek, Jonathan Stevens, Denise Woodward, supporti…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 11:03am -
  • Munich!

    Munich!

    By the time you read this, Munich's High End 2019 will be a distant memory. Yet as I write this, having just returned from Munich, the experience is fresh in my mind. It's the most compelling audio topic I can think of, crying out for commentary.Mu…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 11:01am -
  • Klipsch Forte III loudspeaker

    Klipsch Forte III loudspeaker

    I'm fortunate to have reviewed in recent years not one but three different pairs of horn-loaded loudspeakers. My jaw dropped when I reviewed what would prove the finest loudspeaker to ever grace my home, the Volti Audio Rival. Second came a pricey bu…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 10:52am -
  • Keith Jarrett’s Live Well-Tempered Clavier Resurrected

    Keith Jarrett’s Live Well-Tempered Clavier Resurrected

    Thirty-two years after it was recorded, pianist Keith Jarrett’s live reading of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, has seen the light of day.Fri, 07/12/2019
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 4:51pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Naim XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3 Launched now with Phono: Why Digital Audiophiles should care

    Naim XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3 Launched now with Phono: Why Digital Audiophiles should care

    System synergy. It’s one of the most critical factors in building a high-fidelity kit. I say kit because it is very much like constructing a model – the wrong pieces together (or something missing) and it won’t ever be finished.
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 9:57am -
  • Roon Nucleus+ Arrives at AudioStream

    Roon Nucleus+ Arrives at AudioStream

    Roon Labs is comprised of a dedicated crew of individuals who toil endlessly to hone their audio software-engineering chops so that their digital-audio player is always at the bleeding edge of development, delivering the best possible music-listening…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 8:15am -
  • McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

    McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

    TIDAL and Qobuz music streamers take note, a next generation Quad-Balanced eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz DAC is at the heart of McIntosh’s new upgradeable DA2 digital-audio module in their just-announced $8,000 USD C53 preamplifier.
    - 8 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 10:34am -
  • Great Electronic Albums: Strange Cargo Hinterland

    Great Electronic Albums: Strange Cargo Hinterland

    Shoreditch doesn’t exactly bring to mind transcendental synth-drenched sonic landscapes.Yet the working-class district in London’s east end which is its geographic namesake is where electronic music composer and producer William Orbit (née Wainw…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 9:56am -
  • AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.According to the company: "Now comes DragonFly Cobalt—AudioQuest's new flagship DAC. Cobalt takes what music lovers around the world have c…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 12:00am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newThe Audio Value Proposition Special Topic: Downsize To Upgrade

    The Audio Value Proposition Special Topic: Downsize To Upgrade

    A PARABLE OF ADAPTATION While sitting in the sand meditating, an ancient sage noticed a man crawling toward him with a boat strapped to his back.  The sage walked over the man and asked why he was carrying a boat across the desert.  …
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 7:45am -
  • Audiophile 5: Elac DDP-2 DAC / Preamp / Streamer In 5 Minutes

    Audiophile 5: Elac DDP-2 DAC / Preamp / Streamer In 5 Minutes

    Here's my five minute take on the Elac DDP-2 Alchemy Series DAC, streamer, preamp. Everything you need to know in five minutes, and nothing more. Look for the full written review here on Audiophile Style very soon.  Subscribe to our Y…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 7:04am -
  • Playback Designs MPS-8 CD/SACD player, DAC and Streamer Full Review

    Playback Designs MPS-8 CD/SACD player, DAC and Streamer Full Review

        “I know you will want to hear what will comes next from Playback Designs. Unlike your MPS-5, this new series will be made up of 3 different components; 2 complimentary double-box units “endgame” sort of…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 10:25am -
  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC (Snowmass) Full Review

    PS Audio DirectStream DAC (Snowmass) Full Review

    Introduction Having recently completed the “My Quest for a New DAC” series of articles, my first response to @The Computer Audiophile when he asked me if I wanted to review another DAC was: “¡no más!” “Even Snowmass?” he asked.…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 7:25am -
  • My New Speakers Have Arrived!

    My New Speakers Have Arrived!

    After a year of research and getting great feedback from the members of this community, I've finally selected, paid for, and received my new speakers, the Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2! File this one under first world problems we all wish we had,…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 9:53am -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The Paradigm Premier 700F Speakers

    The Paradigm Premier 700F Speakers

    Rickie Lee Jones’ version of “Bad Company,” from her latest album puts the Paradigm Premier 700F speakers in perspective immediately. These speakers create a massive, immersive soundfield on this ethereal track. Combine this with a level of res…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 1:30pm -
  • Issue 96
    Features Old School: Michael “Muppet” Laurance continues our love affair with vintage Pioneer gear, this time one of their disc players 1095: Jeff Dorgay spins a lot of CDs with the new Rega Apollo Journeyman Audiophile: The MoFi StudioDeck+U Tur…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Jun 19, 8:09pm -
  • The Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier

    The Vitus Audio RI-101 Integrated Amplifier

    Vitus Audio is well known around the world for fantastic sound and multiple box amplification chains that weight hundreds of pounds. Even their two-box reference phono stage weighs more than most power amplifiers! Underneath the massive metalwork lur…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 11:14pm -
  • The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400

    The Audio by Van Alstine Vision SET 400

    Audio By Van Alstine produces line stage preamplifiers, phono stages, DACs, and more, the marvelous AVA Vision 400 SET amplifier we review here represents a culmination of Van Alstine’s knowledge applied to music reproduction. Frank Van Alstine br…
    - 28 days ago, 22 Jun 19, 1:33am -
  • ROON Nucleus and Nucleus+

    ROON Nucleus and Nucleus+

    We’ve been using ROON at TONE since the final alpha release, and it’s a powerful solution. None of the other music delivery platforms come close – if you love music and the discovery of more music, it’s the only way to go. ROON allows you to…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Jun 19, 9:50am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newIan Wardenski Quintet, Collective Thoughts | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Part-Time AudiophileWhile researching the Ian Wardenski Quintet and their new album, Collective Thoughts, I came across a curious news article titled “Prof Takes Break, Works on Recording His Music.” This was from the Anne Arundel Community Coll…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 4:00am -
  • Audio Limits, Thrax, Hemingway, Weiss Engineering, Antipodes, CEC, Sound Application | T.H.E. SHOW 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLOS ANGELES (PTA) — Audio Limits of Laughlin, Nevada was showing a nearly all Thrax Audio system, barring a few components from Weiss Engineering, Antipodes, Soul To Sole Audio, and Hemingway Audio. The Story Most exciting at T…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 7:00am -
  • Billy Brandt, City Noir | The Vinyl Anachronist
    Part-Time AudiophileSinger and guitarist Billy Brandt‘s new album, City Noir, sounds almost exactly as you might expect from the title. Brandt, who hails from Seattle, has filled these tributes to film noir with rain, slick streets and a steady pa…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 4:00am -
  • LKV Research, Sonner Audio, Butcher Block Acoustics | T.H.E. SHOW 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLOS ANGELES (PTA) — LKV Research announces a new power amplifier, Sonner Audio rides high on their superb bookshelf monitors, and Butcher Block Acoustics holds everything up in style. The Story LKV Research of North Conway, New…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 10:00am -
  • Wavetouch Audio | T.H.E. SHOW 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLOS ANGELES (PTA) — Wavetouch Audio was showing a small, and slightly underlit, stereo system that in many ways tugged at my heart strings. Also showing, electronic components from Bakoon Audio. The Story There is a special pla…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 7:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newStreaming the Classics—3/Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

    Streaming the Classics—3/Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 18 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 6:46am -
  • Streaming the Classics—2/Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies—Box Sets

    Streaming the Classics—2/Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies—Box Sets

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 10:21am -
  • Periodic Audio Carbon (C) In-Ear Monitor

    Periodic Audio Carbon (C) In-Ear Monitor


    - 8 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 7:25am -
  • New series—Streaming the Classics—1/Holst: The Planets

    New series—Streaming the Classics—1/Holst: The Planets

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 9:14am -
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 9–Herbert Blomstedt/Bamberger Symphoniker

    Mahler: Symphony No. 9–Herbert Blomstedt/Bamberger Symphoniker

    How does a medieval Bavarian town of 70,000 have an orchestra this good?It doesn’t hurt that one of the great maestros, Herbert Blomstedt (92 this month), is on the podium. Blomstedt is the Honorary Conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker. For t…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Jul 19, 9:48am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newREVIEW: Cardas Audio Clear Beyond XL Phono Cable

    REVIEW: Cardas Audio Clear Beyond XL Phono Cable

    The story begins with my review of the House of Cardas Clear Beyond Phono Cables back in PF Issue 102, clearly then the best ever from the genius we fondly refer to as George Cardas. They equaled or exceeded the overall performance of anything I have…
    - 20 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 4:42am -
  • newTBT Review: Siltech Classic Anniversary Cables

    TBT Review: Siltech Classic Anniversary Cables

    One of my favorite parts of "The Grinch" is when Mr. Grinch complains about Christmas and all the "noise, noise, noise". We live in a noisy world. Even in the middle of the night I can go out and hear the sound of distant highway traffic. Have you ev…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 4:11am -
  • World Premiere Review: Wells Audio Commander Level II Tube Line Stage

    World Premiere Review: Wells Audio Commander Level II Tube Line Stage

    For much of my life I tried my hand at playing guitar – with little, if any, success. Truth be told, early and often friends and family – several of whom are professional musicians – encouraged me to abandon my efforts. Ultimately, fear of bein…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 4:31am -
  • Apurna's New Carmina Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Apurna's New Carmina Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    French high-end audio manufacturer Apurna has announced their stylish Carmina floorstanding loudspeaker. After having put the company's aerospace expertise into analog amplifiers, the company has now unveiled their ultra-high-end Carmina loudspeaker.…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 1:29am -
  • World Premiere Review! Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp

    World Premiere Review! Merrill Audio PURE Tape Head Preamp

    Have you ever noticed how people's pets tend to look like them and reflect their personalities? Well, I have noticed a similar congruency between audio components and their designers – for good or bad (no names mentioned here are the astringent amp…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 4:57am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Transparent Audio High Performance Coaxial Cable
    Item: Transparent Audio High Performance 75-Ohm Digital Link Cable Location: Brisbane Price: $300.00 + Shipping Item Condition: As New Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Ext…
    - 28 mins ago, 20 Jul 19, 12:00am -
  • newFS: Zu Mission Speaker Cable 2.5m
    Item: Zu Mission Speaker Cable 2.5m Location: 2148 Sydney Price: $100 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: using different cables Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Purchased approx 6 months ago. Spad…
    - 31 mins ago, 19 Jul 19, 11:57pm -
  • newFS: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter
    Item: PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter Location: Perth Price: $800 firm plus freight Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Brilliant phono and ADC converter that is g…
    - 55 mins ago, 19 Jul 19, 11:33pm -
  • newFS: Rega RB250 tonearm (modified) + Grado Cartridge
    Item: Rega RB250 tonearm (modified) + Grado Cartridge Location: Perth Price: $500 firm plus freight Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: Upgraditis Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Tonearm mods - Isokin…
    - 1 hour ago, 19 Jul 19, 11:26pm -
  • newFS: PMC Twenty.23 Walnut speakers
    Item: PMC Twenty.23 Speakers in walnut Location: Surry Hills, Sydney Price: $1900 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Wife Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Whilst my wife was away last week…
    - 1 hour ago, 19 Jul 19, 11:20pm -

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 -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • newMy Summer at NASA (in 1969)
    Herb Reichert and Lynn Olson at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, 2015 (photograph and image processing by David W. Robinson) In my sophomore year in college (in Claremont, California), I applied for several Federal summer jobs in Washington, D.C. since…
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 4:53pm -
  • newMaster & Dynamic MW65 Wireless Headphones
    New York based audio company Master & Dynamic have always pushed the envelope in product design where styling and aesthetics are concerned. This, coupled with their striving for audiophile sound, has earned them acclaim from many a critic. It is not…
    - 14 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 10:53am -
  • newGold Note announces a new product launch: The DS-10 DAC & Streamer with Headphone Amp!
    FLORENCE, Italy: Gold Note - the Italian High-End Audio manufacturer based in Florence – is introducing DS-10, an innovative D/A Converter & Streamer with Headphone amplifier and analogue preamplifier stage designed for the contemporary audiophile.…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jul 19, 1:55pm -
  • newAlibaba Group's Xiami Music is the First Music Streaming Service in China to Add MQA Studio Quality Audio
    LONDON / HANGZHOU, JULY 16th, 2019 - Xiami Music, a wholly-owned entity of the Alibaba Group, will be the first music streaming service in China to adopt MQA.  With the implementation of MQA, Xiami Music will become the audio quality leader in China…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jul 19, 12:46pm -
  • My Journey Into Audio - Pandora Pang
    Original version published Feb 20, 2015. Revised after stumbling onto Positive Feedback's Carol Clark's recent post, My Journey into Audio Pandora, Carol Clark (image by David Clark, Positive Feedback) It looked like Carol recently had a similar expe…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 3:02pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newGold Note announces DS-10 streaming DAC
    As teased at Munich High-End earlier this year, Florence’s Gold Note has announced the imminent availability of their DS-10 streaming DAC, one that features an internal headphone amplifier and switchable analogue pre-amplifier. The DS-10’s broad…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 2:25am -
  • newFinal introduces D8000 Pro Edition headphones
    AFDS. Air Film Damping System — the technology found in Final’s flagship D8000 headphone where two perforated metal plates straddle a planar-magnetic driver to create an air chamber that aims to better control the driver’s low-frequency resonan…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 19, 1:40am -
  • Hifime’s S2 is an €80 DAC for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio
    Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV,…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 1:23am -
  • Getting high on dynamic range with Jerry Harrison
    Jerry Harrison’s solo album Casual Gods landed in British record store racks in February 1998 – just a few weeks ahead of Talking Heads’ Naked, with whom Harrison had played keyboards and guitar since he left Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 1:51am -
  • Letters to the editor: The KIA, Nova Fidelity, Denon
    We give and you take. That’s the deal of publishing. What the following respondents have in common is that they generously return the favour by offering up their own insight. It’s why their missives are run here (and not solicitations for buying…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Jul 19, 1:48am -