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  • newRecording of February 2021: Newvelle Records Season Five

    Recording of February 2021: Newvelle Records Season Five

    Newvelle Records Season FivePablo Ablanedo, Dave Douglas, Sullivan Fortner, Elan Mehler, OWL Trio, Rufus Reid, Carmen Staaf, Patrick ZimmierliNewvelle Records NV025–30 (6 LP) 2020. Reviewed from 16/44.1 AIFF files. Elan Mehler, prod.; Marc Urs…
    - 14 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 10:56am -
  • newComplicated Stories

    Complicated Stories

    In my As We See It column in the January 2021 Stereophile, I wrote about stories we tell ourselves to make our lives and music better—personal stories like the one about my relationship to my Thorens TD-124 turntable, or about hanging out with y…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 9:42am -
  • Records to Die For 2021

    Records to Die For 2021

    Records To Live For! In an ordinary year, the name of this annual feature, published every February since 1991, is a harmless, even amusing joke. In last year's opening essay, I evoked a heavily armed intruder perusing your record collection late at…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jan 21, 9:25am -
  • Revinylization #13: Tone Poet, Analogue Productions, ERC reissues

    Revinylization #13: Tone Poet, Analogue Productions, ERC reissues

    For jazz fans, a new batch of releases in Blue Note's Tone Poet series—vinyl reissues remastered with care and cut from the original analog tapes—is reason for celebration. Fortunately, the batches come frequently. The latest releases, as I…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Jan 21, 8:17am -
  • Fostex M22RP/S M-S microphone

    Fostex M22RP/S M-S microphone

    Coincident stereo miking (footnote 1) has two advantages and one disadvantage. Its advantages are that it gives the most stable, specific imaging of any mike technique, and its outputs can be summed for mono reproduction without loss of quality. Its…
    - 8 days ago, 7 Jan 21, 12:31pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newRecording of February 2021: Newvelle Records Season Five

    Recording of February 2021: Newvelle Records Season Five

    Newvelle Records Season FivePablo Ablanedo, Dave Douglas, Sullivan Fortner, Elan Mehler, OWL Trio, Rufus Reid, Carmen Staaf, Patrick ZimmierliNewvelle Records NV025–30 (6 LP) 2020. Reviewed from 16/44.1 AIFF files. Elan Mehler, prod.; Marc Urs…
    - 14 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 10:56am -
  • newComplicated Stories

    Complicated Stories

    In my As We See It column in the January 2021 Stereophile, I wrote about stories we tell ourselves to make our lives and music better—personal stories like the one about my relationship to my Thorens TD-124 turntable, or about hanging out with y…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 9:42am -
  • Records to Die For 2021

    Records to Die For 2021

    Records To Live For! In an ordinary year, the name of this annual feature, published every February since 1991, is a harmless, even amusing joke. In last year's opening essay, I evoked a heavily armed intruder perusing your record collection late at…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jan 21, 9:25am -
  • Revinylization #13: Tone Poet, Analogue Productions, ERC reissues

    Revinylization #13: Tone Poet, Analogue Productions, ERC reissues

    For jazz fans, a new batch of releases in Blue Note's Tone Poet series—vinyl reissues remastered with care and cut from the original analog tapes—is reason for celebration. Fortunately, the batches come frequently. The latest releases, as I…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Jan 21, 8:17am -
  • Fostex M22RP/S M-S microphone

    Fostex M22RP/S M-S microphone

    Coincident stereo miking (footnote 1) has two advantages and one disadvantage. Its advantages are that it gives the most stable, specific imaging of any mike technique, and its outputs can be summed for mono reproduction without loss of quality. Its…
    - 8 days ago, 7 Jan 21, 12:31pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • newReality Quest: Power and Digital Audio with the Sean Jacobs DC4 and Sound Application PGI TT-7 (Part 1 of 2)

    Reality Quest: Power and Digital Audio with the Sean Jacobs DC4 and Sound Application PGI TT-7 (Part 1 of 2)

     Reality Quest: Power and Digital Audio with the Sean Jacobs DC4 and Sound Application PGI TT-7 (Part 1 of 2)  A hundred years ago at the start of the pandemic, I had a few words to say about the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme digi…
    - 15 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 9:30am -
  • Audiophile Style Podcast: Episode 1 | Roon Labs Interview

    Audiophile Style Podcast: Episode 1 | Roon Labs Interview

    It's a new year and it's time for something new here at Audiophile Style. Actually, what's old is new again. I launched a podcast back in 2009, but quickly realized "nobody" was listening to podcasts back then. I put the show on hiatus, was a gues…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jan 21, 8:29am -
  • At Long Last! Listen To Your (Physical) SACDs Through an Outboard DAC

    At Long Last! Listen To Your (Physical) SACDs Through an Outboard DAC

     At Long Last! Listen To Your SACDs Through an Outboard DACGeorge Graves  When Sony/Phillips Announced their new Super Audio CD format (SACD) in 1999/2000, Sony opened a marketing office in NYC to advertise and promote the…
    - 10 days ago, 6 Jan 21, 7:50am -
  • The Best Version Of ... Nick Drake's Bryter Layter

    The Best Version Of ... Nick Drake's Bryter Layter

     When 26-year-old Nick Drake passed away in November 1974 at his parents’ home south of Birmingham, England, his three albums on Island Records (1969’s Five Leaves Left, 1971’s Bryter Layter, and 1972’s Pink Moon) had sold fewer than…
    - 19 days ago, 28 Dec 20, 7:50am -
  • Review | Boulder 866 Integrated Amp

    Review | Boulder 866 Integrated Amp

     As many Audiophile Style readers know, I fell in love with the RAAL-requisite SR1a headphones this year (link). They are the first true ribbon headphones and have very unique power requirements. Other than using one of only two direct drive…
    - 31 days ago, 16 Dec 20, 10:45am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: BDP-3 with internal SSD
    If I install internal SSD or HDD, will it affect the warranty? Local agent has no ideas which amazed me.
    - 1 hour ago, 15 Jan 21, 11:29pm -
  • newRe: Is it worth it ?
    Don't forget, long, unbalanced IC's make great radio antennas.
    - 1 hour ago, 15 Jan 21, 11:06pm -
  • newRe: Help with wood finish
    Proceed with caution and test first. Oil based polyurethane is specially  listed as an incompatible finish and TransTint goes in almost anything. See page 5https://homesteadfinishingproducts.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/TransTintTDS-7-2013.pdfYou…
    - 2 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 10:55pm -
  • newRe: There are so many GR-Research speakers - which once are "better"?
    If you can pair them with a good sub or 2, the NX-Studio is clearly the best of that lot (and one of the very best speakers in the world, period).
    - 2 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 10:47pm -
  • newThere are so many GR-Research speakers - which once are "better"?
    I am pretty sure I will build GR-Research speakers but I am a little confused about all the options.Here are a couple of options with a similar price point:X-LS Encore Kit   $249.00 - $795.50X-Statik Kit   $669.00 - $891.00NX-Studio      …
    - 2 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 10:44pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Issue 105
    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: Awards! And… Integrated amplifier roundup
    - 12 days ago, 3 Jan 21, 11:04pm -
  • REVIEW: Totem Skylight

    REVIEW: Totem Skylight

    Ironically, this review starts out with the title track from the Kinks classic Low Budget. However, low budget doesn’t mean low quality. Just because you don’t have $60,000 to spend on a pair of speaker cables, doesn’t mean you don’t love mu…
    - 13 days ago, 3 Jan 21, 10:44am -
  • REVIEW: Conrad-Johnson CAV-45S2

    REVIEW: Conrad-Johnson CAV-45S2

    As Ella Fitzgerald’s voice coos out of the Dynaudio Confidence 20s/Rel T-510 six-pack combo, I’m back home again. Not with Ella, mind you, but the sound of a smaller CJ amplifier. Conrad-Johnson has been building great tube amplifiers for just ov…
    - 14 days ago, 1 Jan 21, 2:30pm -
  • First Test

    First Test

    The sun still burns hot, a U.S. dollar still equals four quarters, and Klipsch still makes Cornwall loudspeakers. Refreshingly, some things never change. Save for a gap between 1990 and 2005, the company has been building the floorstanders in its Ark…
    - 16 days ago, 30 Dec 20, 8:41pm -
  • T+A 2500R Disc Player

    T+A 2500R Disc Player

    We’ve been listening to T+A’s 2500R for the last few weeks, and are really enjoying it. In addition to playing SACD and CD discs, the 2500R is a DAC, streamer, and ROON endpoint. It also includes an FM/DAB tuner, so you can listen to the radio as…
    - 26 days ago, 21 Dec 20, 8:42am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newLiving Voice IBX-R3 Loudspeakers | REVIEW
    Here’s a little witticism for you all to ruminate upon before I dive into the Living Voice IBX-R3 (website) loudspeakers: “You can have it all, but just not at the same time.” My wife really likes this one, as it was told to her many years ago…
    - 23 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 2:00am -
  • newJudy Stuart, The Apostolic Session | The Vinyl Anachronist
    I really want to more about this Judy Stuart. A couple of days ago I received this 10″ 45rpm single in the mail, The Apostolic Session, and I’m still reeling from the discombobulation of it all. First of all, how many 10″ records do I have in m…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 12:00pm -
  • John Redmon, Honoring Louis Armstrong | The Vinyl Anachronist
    I review a lot of contemporary jazz albums that are tributes to jazz legends. A big chunk of the jazz canon is about honoring traditions and keeping those musical pioneers at the forefront of the genre. But have I ever reviewed an album from a jazz i…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jan 21, 9:04am -
  • The Jeff Benedict Big Big Band, The Weather Is Here… | The Vinyl Anachronist
    This new album from the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band (website) turned me into a mess for a few hours. That’s mostly because of the title: The Weather Is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful.  I’m not a Jimmy Buffett fan, so I took this title rather liter…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jan 21, 2:00am -
  • Ana Mighty Sound, Great Cartridge Maker and Rebuilder | REVIEW
    Before I even bring up Ana Mighty Sound (website), let me state that I abhor rebuilt cartridges. They are to me, unholy, defiled, inferior, and more often than not, a far cry from the real thing.   It is like having your Ferrari serviced by the cor…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jan 21, 2:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newApple AirPods Max

    Apple AirPods Max

    No company takes as much flack for even the merest misstep as Apple. It’s like the social media universe is just waiting for another ‘battery-gate’, ‘keyboard-gate’, or ‘bend-gate’ (not forgetting brand new ‘condensation-gate’ at…
    - 21 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 3:55am -
  • newRemgewogen—Martin van Hees, guitar/TRPTK

    Remgewogen—Martin van Hees, guitar/TRPTK

    The new recording from classical guitarist Martin Van Hees (on the TRPTK label), brings together compositional works from prominent Dutch composers: Roderik de Man, Aart Strootman, Jan-Peter de Graaff, Christiaan Richter, Leo Samana, Louis Andries…
    - 21 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 3:55am -
  • Denafrips Ares II DAC

    Denafrips Ares II DAC

    As a devoted analog guy and digital skeptic, I was intrigued by the internet whisper network earlier this year talking about a company making DACs that “sounded like analog”. Enter Denafrips, a company founded just 8 years ago and based in Gua…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Jan 21, 4:04am -
  • Apple HomePod mini

    Apple HomePod mini

    For a deep dive into the big sibling of the new HomePod mini ($99), please refer to our review of the original, full sized Apple HomePod (and our six month follow up). Many HomePod features found at launch and in updates can be found on the new mi…
    - 8 days ago, 8 Jan 21, 3:51am -
  • Audiophilia Products of the Year 2020

    Audiophilia Products of the Year 2020

    Our writers are lucky to intersect with the gear we do. Even luckier to have the kit in our homes and review it for you. There are numerous requests for reviews that we just do not have the manpower to cover. Imagine the hundreds of pieces we miss…
    - 36 days ago, 11 Dec 20, 3:22am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newMytek Audio Liberty THX Stereo Headphone Amplifier

    Mytek Audio Liberty THX Stereo Headphone Amplifier

    Mytek Audio proudly introduces their new Liberty THX AAA HPA ($1495), an analog headphone amplifier featuring THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier technology. The patented THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (THX AAA) is claimed By ytek to be the most linear a…
    - 21 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 3:43am -
  • newEnjoy Reading Your Fave Hi-Fi Magazines Online

    Enjoy Reading Your Fave Hi-Fi Magazines Online

    EnjoyTheMusic.com invites you to read the many excellent articles and reviews by our partner publications. Stay safe, and remember that our love of music / hobby is one that can be enjoyed within the privacy, and security, of your home, within your…
    - 21 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 3:02am -
  • newTekton Moab Floorstanding Speaker Review

    Tekton Moab Floorstanding Speaker Review

    For virtually everyone on the planet, this past calendar year brought a range of challenges and sorrows; 10/10 would not recommend. Hooray for 2021, with its promise of health, actual instead of virtual hugs, and a return to normalcy. When looking b…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Jan 21, 12:38pm -
  • newTBT: Enjoy the Music.com's 20 Year Anniversary

    TBT: Enjoy the Music.com's 20 Year Anniversary

    Frankly, 20 years is a short period of time. Has it really been 20 years since EnjoyTheMusic.com was launched?? Would love to say it seems like only yesterday that Yours Truly was this wild four ear piercings, nose ring and dog collar wearing avant-…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 5:06am -
  • newKEF Creates Maximum Bass With Uni-Core Technology

    KEF Creates Maximum Bass With Uni-Core Technology

    KEF is releasing their new Uni-Core design, which delivers a completely new take on speaker and subwoofer design for the company. Uni-Core seeks to create a high-level of performance, while reducing the subwoofer or speaker cabinet volume significan…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jan 21, 5:05am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

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 & DAC Review

    Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers & 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

  • newA Conversation with Tom Peeters, Cobra Records
    You know how certain record labels become favorites that you come back to again and again? For me, it comes from a developing trust in the label and the people behind that label—it's a brand thing. I know that I'll be safe taking a chance on a new…
    - 11 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 1:20pm -
  • newStunning Binaural Recordings from Tom Peeters at Cobra Records
    If you listen via headphones or earbuds, you need some good binaural recordings in your music library. Binaural listening is the only way we get to hear true imaging and instrument positions via headphones. Stereo recordings, no matter how good, simp…
    - 11 hours ago, 15 Jan 21, 1:19pm -
  • newiDSD Diablo: revel in the detail
    Dressed in a devilish red, iFi’s new top-of-the-range transportable DAC/headphone amp sports a powerful engine under the hood, expertly tuned to deliver an exhilarating sonic performance. Southport, England – iFi ushers in the New Year with the b…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Jan 21, 4:57pm -
  • newiFi NEO iDSD DAC
    Though I'm known among my audio friends as an analog and LP guy, I actually spend more time listening to digital music than my LP collection. Especially since I first signed up for Tidal in 2017, streaming has been my main source for listening to new…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Jan 21, 4:39pm -
  • newImpressions: Robinson's Brutus Awards for 2020, Part the Fourth
    Yon Editor, contemplating... Photograph by John Robinson; image processing by David W. Robinson. Here's the fourth installment of my Brutus Awards for 2020. Time flows...I goes. Onwards.... The Mytek Brooklyn Bridge Streamer/DAC & the Mytek Brooklyn…
    - 1 day ago, 14 Jan 21, 4:31pm -

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 -