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The Absolute Sound

  • TEAC Debuts HA-P50 Headphone Amp With USB DAC

    TEAC Debuts HA-P50 Headphone Amp With USB DAC

    Montebello, CA - October 2014 - TEAC, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of high grade audio video electronics, is pleased to introduce the HA-P50 Portable Headphone Amplifier with an integrated USB DAC (digital to analog converter). The i…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:12am -
  • Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    Somi: The Lagos Music Salon

    The daughter of immigrants from Rwanda and Uganda, Somi recently moved from New York City to Lagos, Nigeria, for 18 months, an experience that inspired this major label debut. She’s lived in Africa before, and her music has the depth and sophistica…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 8:19am -
  • GoldenEar Triton One Loudspeaker

    GoldenEar Triton One Loudspeaker

    I’ve reviewed a number of great speakers over the last few years, all of which have had prices to match. The GoldenEar Triton One is an exception. It provides both extraordinary sound quality and value for money. It does not fall short in a single…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:06am -
  • Bowers & Wilkins Launches T7

    Bowers & Wilkins Launches T7

    October 21, 2014 - Bowers & Wilkins T7 combines Bluetooth wireless streaming with compact size, rechargeable convenience, Bowers & Wilkins’ legendary approach to high-quality sound and the first commercial application of Bowers & Wilkins Micro Matr…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 1:20pm -
  • A Magical Hour at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

    A Magical Hour at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest

    Nominally, I was at RMAF 2014 to cover software—that is, music. But it would be a gross misrepresentation to suggest that I applied myself with anything like the energy, discipline, and sheer will-power that colleagues Spencer Holbert, Steven Stone…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:05am -

Stereophile News

  • Sentec EQ11 phono preamplifier

    Sentec EQ11 phono preamplifier

    With quiet elegance, the Sentec EQ11 phono stage and equalizer entered my expanding world of gramophone dreams. The EQ11 ($2500) is a modestly sized, tubed phono stage with the industry-standard RIAA phono equalization and five other EQ curves. These…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:15pm -
  • Billy Sedlmayr's <I>Charmed Life</I>

    Billy Sedlmayr's <I>Charmed Life</I>

    Musicians whose careers were derailed by personal demons is a very old tale. Write about music and after a couple decades they all begin to have a similar ring: someone got addicted to something and began blowing off gigs, trashing friendships, and g…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:47am -
  • It's the Real Thing!

    It's the Real Thing!

    We are aware that much of what we have to say about reproduced sound in these pages goes completely over the heads of a lot of our readers, simply because they have not heard live, un-amplified music recently enough (if ever) to relate their own list…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:17pm -
  • Norman Chesky of HDtracks and Chesky Records

    Norman Chesky of HDtracks and Chesky Records

    Both Chesky Records and HDtracks have a pair of co-founding partners, but the music-minded press has perpetually focused on one of them, pianist and composer David Chesky, while ignoring his younger brother, Norman. Mainstream reporters and photogra…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 7:29pm -
  • Recording of October 1983: <I>The Stranger</I>

    Recording of October 1983: <I>The Stranger</I>

    Billy Joel: The StrangerCBS CD 35DP2 (CD) and JC34987 (digitally mastered, CX-encoded LP).This is one of four recordings we now have on hand in both the CD and digital-mastered LP formats, and all reviews of these will be parallel reviews. In the…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:07am -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: Caribou

    Download of the Week: Caribou

    Just a few weeks ago we had Flying Lotus' album You're Dead! (see review) with his ruminations on, well, death so I thought I'd balance that out with this week's pic Caribou's Our Love (City Slang) a collection of songs about...love. Dan Snaith is Ca…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:51am -
  • Shunyata Research Hydra DPC-6 Digital Power Distribution Center

    Shunyata Research Hydra DPC-6 Digital Power Distribution Center

    The Hydra DPC-6 Digital Power Distribution Center is the first power conditioner made by Shunyata Research designed specifically for digital media products. Components such as computers, digital servers, disc-arrays, and cable modems-routers present…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 5:48am -
  • Streaming Services: How Much Is Too Little?

    Streaming Services: How Much Is Too Little?

    With Spotify's recently announced family plan that effectively makes family members accounts come in at $5/month, and Apple's rumored $5/month target for its Beats music streaming service, I wonder how much is too little when it comes to the monthly…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 8:17am -
  • November Stereophile

    November Stereophile

    My review of the Astell & Kern AK240 portable high res player appears in this month's Stereophile, available on newsstands now! Spoiler Alert: I liked it.
    - 6 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:37am -
  • Download of the Week: Winterpills

    Download of the Week:  Winterpills

    Cover songs. I have a soft spot for cover songs as they tell us about artist's influences while giving voice to difference. Ideally. Northampton Mass's Winterpills new album Echolalia is filled with lovely covers from Sharon Van Etten, Nick Drake, Bu…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:35am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Manley Classic Neo 300B preamp?
    I've owned one for a while now. It replaced a Manley Jumbo Shrimp. It is an outstanding headphone amp and I doubt there is much it won't drive in that department - it certainly handles my Sennheiser 600's and Beyerdynamic T1's without any issues. I u…
    - 20 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 10:34pm -
  • newRe: Just ordered a Big 7
    I wish I had a Lampi Big 7.
    - 49 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 10:05pm -
  • newRe: 12AU7's vs. 12AU7A's
    Depends on the brand... A can mean a more rugged tube. May also mean a controlled heater, but they are electrically identical. Feel free to roll away mang!
    - 51 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 10:03pm -
  • newRe: Class D versus the rest
    Quote from: roscoeiii on Today at 04:49 amAlso Tom, have you compared attenuating the gain from the Crown vs. using the iTube attenuator to reduce gain? Curious which is more transparent.I have started t...
    - 59 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:55pm -
  • newRe: Headphone Help, please!
    I will take a look at those.What do you think about the Phiaton MS 400's.  I can get a discounted pair for $125http://phiaton.com/ms-400-1 The reviews are excellent.  My only concerns are if they will fit around the ear.   I have read that on som…
    - 60 mins ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:54pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Van Alstine Vision Phono Preamplifier

    Van Alstine Vision Phono Preamplifier

    Though famous for his tube designs, Frank Van Alstine is no slouch with solid state either.  With passive EQ and no coupling capacitors, this American made phonostage offers no frills high performance.  And MC owners take note, AVA can customize th…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:13pm -
  • Simaudio MOON Evolution 610LP phonostage

    Simaudio MOON Evolution 610LP phonostage

    Bouncing between St. Vincent’s current and last album, I can’t help but be in awe of the staying power of the vinyl record.  Thanks to the many manufacturers, like Simaudio, who have not only kept the faith, but continue to innovate and refine t…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:05pm -
  • PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

    PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium Preamplifier

    PrimaLuna and I go way back; back before TONEAudio was even a twinkle in my eye back.  The first audio review I wrote for The Absolute Sound happened to be the original EL-34 based ProLogue 1, and was way more exciting than the boring NAD integrated…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:52pm -
  • Devialet 120

    Devialet 120

    Everything we loved about the Devialet 110 is here in spades with the new 120, but the addition of a crucial feature makes the 120 more than a simple upgrade.  Devialet’s new SAM (Speaker Active Matching) technology, in a nutshell, provides a more…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 5:03pm -
  • Peachtree nova220SE Integrated Amplifier

    Peachtree nova220SE Integrated Amplifier

    The idea of an integrated amplifier has always appealed to me. Combining the amplifier and preamplifier sections in a properly isolated design makes economic sense—just sit back and enjoy the music without the bleed-through of a tuner. Last year, I…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:59pm -

HPSoundings

  • Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    For Audio Research, this 75-watt stereo amplifier represents a return to sonic form and to the basic circuitry design pioneered by the late Wm. Z. Johnson, one of the true artists of the high end...
    - 5 Dec 13, 5:29am -
  • NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    When I listen to these speakers I hear the music, and only the music, and there is really nothing more to say than that.
    - 2 Dec 13, 1:12am -
  • Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    The Wyetech Ruby STD is a hidden treasure for the analog music lover. We say hidden because if people heard this preamp, it would be the talk of the town...
    - 25 Nov 13, 5:23am -
  • Enter the Dragons…

    Enter the Dragons…

    These amplifiers could never be considered an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, fly-by-night product. This is no impulse purchase to be sold on AudiogoN months later. If you buy these amps, you will keep them because you will love them...
    - 21 Nov 13, 5:12am -
  • REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

    REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

      In the professional audio industry the name Nagra is synonymous with precision. For over 50 years, Nagra has been an industry leader in developing analogue and digital...
    - 23 Oct 13, 7:10am -

Audiophilia

  • newToronto Audio Video Entertainment Show 2014 (TAVES) — Coming Soon.

    Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show 2014 (TAVES) — Coming Soon.

    Due to a move to the west coast, Audiophilia will be unable to cover the 2014 TAVES show. We’ve covered them all since inception. It will be much missed for the TAVES show always presents the best of the audiophile world in one of the loveliest of…
    - 17 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 5:30am -
  • Peachtree Audio Nova 125SE

    Peachtree Audio Nova 125SE

    My stereo system has been configured with tubed electronics for the last ten years. However, I own a PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport and PS Audio Perfect Wave DAC, which I use to listen to high resolution recordings and to provide a contrasting persp…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:00am -
  • Audiophilia Exclusive: Denon partners with Waves to include MaxxAudio in their Next-Generation Speakers and Audio Systems

    Audiophilia Exclusive: Denon partners with Waves to include MaxxAudio in their Next-Generation Speakers and Audio Systems

    Waves Audio, through their consumer division, MAXX are working to place Waves’ Grammy winning sound enhancing technologies into consumer products like speakers, tablets, phones, laptops and more. They are currently in products by Oppo, Dell, Asus,…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:34am -
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 — Mountains of Sound

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2014 — Mountains of Sound

    After the recent successes of the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) both in the real world and electronic, and the onslaught of press and manufacturers tweets, Facebook posts and LinkedIn articles (Audiophilia’s included), of course I was excited. B…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 5:00am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — October 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — October 2014 Update

    Beethoven – Complete Fortepiano Concertos [3 CDs – 200 mins]Arthur Schoonderwoerd - Fortepiano / CristoforiAlpha 820 (reissued 2014)The five piano concertos have a special place in Beethoven’s oeuvre; all were completed during the earlier…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 5:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • Blues Masters at the Crossroads Video Featuring Rip Lee Pryor
    Enjoy the Music.com and Enjoy the Music.TV presents live concert footage from Blues Masters at the Crossroads 2014 by Acoustic Sounds and Chad Kassem. The Blues Masters at the Crossroads event at Blue Heaven Studios, now in its 17th year as the preem…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:55pm -
  • CanJam Report By Michael Mercer Plus More RMAF 2014 Videos Too!
    We just posted eight more videos from the RMAF 2014 plus have an extensive CanJam report by Michael Mercer. Enjoy the Music.com now has, in total, 25 videos from RMAF 2014 online filling over 4 hours and 30 minutes of high fidelity audio awesomeness!…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:15pm -
  • Pandora AMP Connects Bands With Fans
    Online streaming music service Pandora has introduced AMP, Artists Marketing Platform. This new initiative helps artists understand where their fans are located, to then better target their audience. Solving this problem has always been one of the gr…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:20am -
  • MUSIC That Makes You DUMB
    Whilst Music That Makes You Dumb research is a bit dated, this 2009 research by Virgil Griffith correlates between musical tastes and one's dumbitude or smartitude. The equation is Music, Colleges, and then Average SAT Scores. Then plot the average S…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:20am -
  • MORE RMAF 2014! We Have Many Hours Of Videos Online!
    We've been busy adding new videos from our live netcast during RMAF 2014. We now have 8 videos totaling many hours of excellent information from the RMAF 2014 show that is not to be missed. You can learn about a variety of new products plus watch a l…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:55pm -

The Audiophile Journal

  • This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This website and domain are for sale. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to maintain the site with new content as family priorities require that I devote my time elsewhere. 30-Day Google Analytics: Visits – 3,631 Unique Visitors – 3,228 Pageviews…
    - 6 Mar 14, 8:21am -
  • Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    The AudioQuest DragonFly and the CEntrance DACPort have gained some rave reviews due to their portability and sound quality.  But if you’re like me and been holding off on one of those little USB DAC “dongles” because of their 96kHz sample…
    - 11 Feb 13, 2:34pm -
  • An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    I try to focus our reviews and articles on more affordable high quality audio – and for that reason don’t often get to talk about McIntosh Labs.  They make some amazing equipment that sounds great and lasts for decades and makes for a strong sec…
    - 20 Jan 13, 4:10pm -
  • New HDtracks Download Manager

    New HDtracks Download Manager

    If you’ve ever purchased high-resolution albums from David and Normal Chesky’s ever expanding HDtracks, but were put off by their strange and quirky Java download manager, rejoice!  Released today, their new download manager is an installed app…
    - 2 Jan 13, 5:08pm -
  • Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Some of you may be aware of the Sicphones project on Kickstarter that ran successfully this fall.  It was able to gain enough funding to produce somewhere around 100 headphone amplifier kits.  My box of parts arrived last week and I was finally abl…
    - 31 Dec 12, 10:31am -

StereoNET Australia

  • newLED ZEPPELIN III - RARE ISRAEL SPLATTERED SILVER VINYL LP

    LED ZEPPELIN III - RARE ISRAEL SPLATTERED SILVER VINYL LP

    Item: ZEPPELIN III - RARE ISRAEL SPLATTERED SILVER VINYL LPLocation: BrookvalePrice: 30Item Condition: UsedReason for selling: DuplicatedPayment Method: Pickup - CashExtra Info:Hi all,Selling this copy of Zep III as misus bought me a new one for my…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:51pm -
  • newThe Mysterious NwAvGuy . Who is he? Where is he? Is he a He?
    The designer of the famous open source O2 Head Amp seems to have disappeared .His design is being manufactured by several companies such as JDS, Mayflower and Epiphany and he has never even asked them for any money. Now he no longer blogs or maintai…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:05pm -
  • newDRT's system

    DRT's system

    Hi good peoples of Stereo net Have just spent many hours fitting my new nad C375bee (from was_a)m, I even did a small diy job making a shelf to sit on top of my existing unit. An attempt to stop Whoopie (cat) from running, jumping or sitting on t…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:32pm -
  • newGarrott Brothers cartridges
    I found a TT on the side of the road and was given another. I replaced the belt in one and stylus in the other. But now I need a cartridge for one, wanted to stay with MM and only wanted to spend no more than $300 to $500. Tivoli had Garrotts and the…
    - 3 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:18pm -
  • newSTAX SR LAMBDA EAR SPEAKERS (Headphones)

    STAX SR LAMBDA EAR SPEAKERS (Headphones)

    Item: Stax SR Lambda Signature Ear SpeakersLocation: Goulburn NSW 2580Price: $475 inc Postage to East Coast side of Au. Item Condition: Perfect condition Recently had new replacement Stax ear pads & inserts fitted & tested. Reason for selling…
    - 3 hours ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:25pm -

AVRev.com News

  • Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier & CD5005 CD Player Review

    Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amplifier & CD5005 CD Player Review

    It’s no accident SA-14S1 SACD Player & DSD DAC (home-theater-audio-sources/dvd-audio-sacd-players/marantz-sa-14s1-sacd-player-dsd-dac.html), SA-11S3 SACD Player & DAC (home-theater-audio-sources/dvd-audio-sacd-players/marantz-sa-11s3-sacd-player-da…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Oct 14, 2:56pm -
  • B&O Play Releases Bluetooth Speaker

    B&O Play Releases Bluetooth Speaker

    B&O Play has announced the launch of the BeoPlay A2. The new Bluetooth speaker is geared toward portable and outdoor use.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/bookshelf-monitor-loudspeakers-news/b-o-play-releases-bluetooth-speaker.htm…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:43am -
  • Dish Customers Lose Several Turner Channels

    Dish Customers Lose Several Turner Channels

    Dish announced today that Turner Networks has removed several of its channels from the satellite subscription service. The channels have been eliminated due to the companies' failure to agree to terms for a renewed contract. Read more... (http://…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:10am -
  • Denon & Marantz Set to Offer Auro-3D Audio

    Denon & Marantz Set to Offer Auro-3D Audio

    Denon and Marantz announced they will be providing downloadable updates for select AV components that will add support for the Auro-3D audio format. The upgradeable devices will include the Denon X4100W (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00MK3B…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Rdio Music Service Upgrades Streaming Quality

    Rdio Music Service Upgrades Streaming Quality

    Rdio has announced an upgrade for its entire music streaming library. The company's global catalog of over 30 million songs has been converted into high-quality AAC audio. Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/music-technology-news/…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:48am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newSynergy, Cambridge Audio bring affordability to AAAV ’14
    With a total of seven systems each seeing randomly-timed turns in the William Pitt room of the Intercontinental Rialto, the Synergy Audio room was warm. Really warm. Each time I stopped by it was pretty much full to capacity, thus giving lie to claim…
    - 1 hour ago, 25 Oct 14, 9:31pm -
  • REDGUM demonstrate affordable amplification at AAAV ’14
    AAAV? Australian Audio and AV Show. Quite the mouthful, so let’s AAAV it. Another Chester Group affair, it’s this reviewer’s third show in almost as many weeks. For 2014 Roy Bird and co. bucked the trend of alternating with Sydney and kept thei…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:46pm -
  • ALO Audio International+ portable amplifier/DAC review
    If you look at the ALO International+ and see only a headphone amplifier for coupling to an existing digital audio player, look again. It’s much more than that! US$599 gets you a portable 24/96-capable DAC coupled to a Class A/B headphone amplifier…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:50pm -
  • Tidal charm through connectedness at RMAF ’14
    You might recognise the chap on the far right in the above picture. That’s the eminently affable David Solomon. Having founded Peachtree Audio in the mid-noughties, Solomon has stepping-stoned via Audioquest to become Tidal’s Director of Sales a…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • Schiit exhibit Fulla USB and Yggdrasil DACs at Canjam ’14
    Schiit head. Ape Schiit. Schiit for brains. Schiit storm. The Dad-punning goes on and on for those not too uptight to dig this Californian company’s wordplay. You’re either a little bit offended or you think it’s genius. I fall into the latter…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 10:34pm -