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The Absolute Sound

  • The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

    The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show

    It’s no secret that the high-end audio segment of the massive Consumer Electronics Show has been waning for years as the industry has shifted its focus to Munich and the growing juggernaut of AXPONA. But this year’s CES was the death knell. Aft…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 2:07pm -
  • Goldmund Presents The New Prana Active Speaker

    Goldmund Presents The New Prana Active Speaker

    The following is a press release issued by Goldmund. January 15, 2019 - In Hindu philosophy, the Sanskrit word for « life force » - Prana - is the universal sea of energy that infuses and vitalizes all matter. Prana is the breath. Without it the…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 8:39am -
  • CH Precision I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier

    CH Precision I1 Universal Integrated Amplifier

    The standard reason for buying an integrated amp is to save money and space—if not with total sonic impunity, then at least without incurring a major sonic sacrifice. Integrateds enable this by merging a linestage and power amp into one unit, red…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 8:09am -
  • Meiko: Playing Favorites

    Meiko: Playing Favorites

    The best, most affecting singers tend to meet us at the intersection of Nuance and Intimacy Street, a corner the folk-leaning vocalist Meiko has clearly made her home. For this tight-knit collection of an even-dozen covers, Meiko and her two bandma…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Jan 19, 4:42am -
  • Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamplifier

    Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital DAC/Preamplifier

    Pro-Ject, which hails from Austria, has been in existence since 1990. And while it isn’t the first audio firm to specialize in small modular components, it has been especially focused on miniaturized high-performance audio. Currently Pro-Ject has…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 3:02am -

Stereophile News

  • newRecords to Die For 2019

    Records to Die For 2019

    When we premiered this feature in 1991, we felt that, rather than a selection of all-time (or year's) best recorded performances or a list of audiophile reference albums, we should choose recordings that were, in then music editor Richard Lehnert's w…
    - 3 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 11:52am -
  • newAyre Acoustics EX-8 Integrated Hub integrated amplifier

    Ayre Acoustics EX-8 Integrated Hub integrated amplifier

    It's a high-end audio truism: Successful companies are founded by a creative engineer or entrepreneur with a vision. So what happens when the founder is no longer around? While Mark Levinson is an example of a brand that not only survived the exit of…
    - 4 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 10:51am -
  • newDid Music's Bad Boy Ever Really Reform?

    Did Music's Bad Boy Ever Really Reform?

    That's the question raised by Antheil: Orchestral Works (Chandos 10982), the latest anthology of symphonic music by composer/pianist George Antheil (1900–1959). This second Antheil title from John Storgårds and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra fi…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 19, 8:23am -
  • Recording of February 2019: <I>The Beatles—50th Anniversary Edition</I>

    Recording of February 2019: <I>The Beatles—50th Anniversary Edition</I>

    The Beatles: The Beatles—50th Anniversary EditionApple B0028831-01 (2 LPs). 1968/2018. George Martin, orig. prod.; Geoff Emerick, orig. eng.; Giles Martin, reissue prod., remix; Sam Okell, reissue eng., remix; Miles Showell, mastering. ADA. TT:…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 10:28am -
  • Memories: Best of, Vol.1

    Memories: Best of, Vol.1

    It happened 30 years ago, but I remember it as if it were yesterday: My best friend's brother's friend showed me his record player—an AR turntable equipped with an SME 3009 Mk.III tonearm and a Shure V15 Type V-MR cartridge—and offered to s…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 10:27am -

AudioStream.com

  • CES 2019 Highlights

    CES 2019 Highlights

    The Venetian wasn’t “dead,” so to speak. Before I set out to commit to CES 2019 I wanted to make sure there would still be something to cover. But as the weeks before the giant Las Vegas electronics show drew to a close, it become slowly appare…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 10:43am -
  • Qobuz announce US Beta Launch at CES

    Qobuz announce US Beta Launch at CES

    French high-resolution streaming and download service Qobuz used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a launch pad to announce that their US version is now in beta and “available for registration to US customers…”
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 10:18am -
  • McIntosh C2600 Tubed Preamplifier Review

    McIntosh C2600 Tubed Preamplifier Review

    Struggle. We all have at least a couple in one form or another as we live our lives, be they verb or noun. My father taught me that while struggle in life was inevitable, it was about how we dealt with it that mattered the most. Regardless, there is…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Jan 19, 11:31am -
  • NAD launches Statement BluOS Streaming Amplifier with Masters M10

    NAD launches Statement BluOS Streaming Amplifier with Masters M10

    NAD has seen the writing on the wall for music and connectivity-first oriented consumers who want high-fidelity in their homes with ease of use, as few cables as possible, one box and a price point that is going to offer high quality with technologic…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 10:51am -
  • TIDAL MQA support goes Mobile for Android Users

    TIDAL MQA support goes Mobile for Android Users

    The latest from CES in Las Vegas sees high-resolution streaming audio’s 900-pound gorilla – TIDAL – announce MQA support to their Android App to “Deliver studio quality sound on the move.”
    - 10 days ago, 7 Jan 19, 10:34am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newThe Best Version Of… Steely Dan’s Aja

    The Best Version Of… Steely Dan’s Aja

    When Walter Becker passed away in September 2017, it marked the end of one of the most quixotic music partnerships in modern American popular music. The only constant members of Steely Dan, Becker and co-conspirator Donald Fagen created some of t…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 19, 7:45am -
  • Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

       Episode 2 of our new video series called Audiophile 5 is now available. In this episode we cover the new and highly anticipated Sonore opticalRendu. A full written review will follow this video shorty, we just need to pu…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 1:30pm -
  • Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    I don't have much more, but I don't think much more needs to be said. Qobuz is now open in beta of everyone in the US! Remember, here is a how-to about moving all your favorites and playlists from Tidal.    …
    - 9 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 11:43am -
  • CA is now Audiophile Style!

    CA is now Audiophile Style!

    When I started Computer Audiophile in 2007 the site was a one man blog that educated audio enthusiasts about computer based playback and covered the slow industry uptake of high tech. From day one the user community was the most important part of…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Jan 19, 9:21am -
  • KEF LS50 (David) Versus JBL 4722 Cinema (Goliath) Speaker Comparison with Binaural Recordings

    KEF LS50 (David) Versus JBL 4722 Cinema (Goliath) Speaker Comparison with Binaural Recordings

    Here are two extreme opposite loudspeakers when it comes to sensitivity, size, directivity, topology and looks. Does the big speaker sound perceptually larger than the smaller speaker? Do the speakers sound the same if eq’d the same and level m…
    - 16 days ago, 1 Jan 19, 8:48am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newCustom X-Statik and X-Voce Speakers

    Custom X-Statik and X-Voce Speakers

    Guys,I'm kicking around the idea and have been talking to Danny about having a custom set of X-Statik's and an X-Voce built for me. I can build a box just fine but I've never veneered before and quite frankly, don't have the patience to learn  I...
    - 27 mins ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:28pm -
  • newRe: Post Xmas closet cleaning - Cables...Pwr, I/C, Dig and Video
    Hi-Interested in the BPT interconnects...Can you tell me what version of WBT RCA's are on the pair? Thanks!
    - 34 mins ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:21pm -
  • newRe: Todays Smile
    Quote from: Letitroll98 on Today at 09:23 pmCan anyone ID the brand and maybe the year of the truck from the imprint in the snow?  Apparently the home owners were laughing too hard to care about bringing the vanda...
    - 37 mins ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:18pm -
  • newRe: GAS Flea Market thread

    Re: GAS Flea Market thread

    I have a pair of Radian 5215-B 16ohm Coaxial drivers for sale.  $800 to anyone in the St. Louis area.  Comes with 900hz crossovers too.  Aluminum diapragms.  [img]https://www.audiocircle.com/i...
    - 55 mins ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:00pm -
  • newRe: AVA pre amp
    Quote from: bacobits1 on Today at 08:48 pmIs the left channel tube (either one) lit up?Thinking of a cracked tube base or connection?Caution always when inserting tubes. An example. Just got a NOS Tungsgram ECC8...
    - 1 hour ago, 17 Jan 19, 1:36pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Issue 94
    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay uncovers an ARC DAC 1 995: Will return next issue Journeyman Audiophile: The Quad Z4 Speakers By Rob Johnson Mine: It Should Be Yours Lego Cars Louis Vuitton Duffle Peter Gabriel Live Super Snacks and more…. Music P…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 11:21pm -
  • Issue 93

    Issue 93

    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay revisits the Nakamichi 400 Stack 995: The Puffin DSP Phonostage By Rob Johnson Journeyman Audiophile: McIntosh MA252 By Shanon Swetlishnoff Mine: It Should Be Yours Grinch Slippers Shinola Clock Oreo Turntable BMW Bic…
    - 28 days ago, 20 Dec 18, 1:35pm -
  • Paradigm’s Persona B

    Paradigm’s Persona B

    Listening to the intricate fretboard work of Bill Frisell on his Good Dog, Happy Man album, I’m reminded of three things: Frisell’s remarkable performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival a few years ago, how much the Persona B captures the essence…
    - 41 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 9:47am -
  • ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    Some products you have a casual, cursory exposure with, and others you have a relationship with. Audio Research is a brand I’ve had a long relationship with. They are one of about six brands that I go back decades with, having owned nearly 20 of t…
    - 46 days ago, 2 Dec 18, 6:14pm -
  • Issue 92
    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay revisits the KEF C60s 995: Kanto YU6 Powered Speakers By Jerold O’Brien Journeyman Audiophile: Totem’s Sky Towers By Rob Johnson Mine: It Should Be Yours Peanuts Watch Plaid Flannel Jammies Blue Wine Segway’s Go…
    - 60 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 9:35pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • CES 2019 Highlights
    Part-Time AudiophileRecap and highlights from Las Vegas CES 2019. An audiophile perspective on the changing landscape of the Consumer Electronics Show from Nevada. All the high end and headphone news from the event including new DACs, streamers and…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 1:00am -
  • CES 2019: New VTL Phonostage sings with Lyra
    Part-Time AudiophileLuke Manley and Bea Lam are two of the hardest working folks in the business.  At every show, you can feel confident that VTL will have a room and its going to sounds fabulous. So it’s no surprise even at CES 2019, when the ex…
    - 3 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • CES 2019: Technics SL-1500 and SL-1200MK7 | First Listen
    Part-Time AudiophileTechnics continues its re-entry into the turntable arena bringing something for both both the DJ and Audiophile audience with the annoucement of SL-1200MK7 and SL-1500 turntables. Technics SL-1200MK7 The SL-1200 originally releas…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Jan 19, 8:36am -
  • CES 2019: JBL returns to its roots with the JBL 4312G Studio Monitor
    Part-Time AudiophileJBL is returning to its roots again.  In Sept, at CEDIA 2018, we reported the return of the JBL L100. Popular since the 1970’s, the L100 re-emerged in 2018 with its iconic look and modern technology. JBL continues the party,…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • CES 2019: TIDAL Masters on all Android devices and MQA momentum
    Part-Time AudiophileAs we transit down to CES 2019, TIDAL made our journey a little easier with TIDAL Masters (MQA) now available on all Android devices! TIDAL Masters on all Android devices While LG and Essential smartphone owners have previously b…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Jan 19, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newBryston 28B³ Monoblock Power Amplifiers

    Bryston 28B³ Monoblock Power Amplifiers

    According to its website, Bryston has been in business for 35 years, has 150 dealers in North America and is in 60 countries worldwide. That is very impressive for an audio company. Bryston headquarters is located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada,…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 19, 9:25am -
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest hotel update (Sept 5 - 8, 2019) Denver, CO

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest hotel update (Sept 5 - 8, 2019) Denver, CO

    The latest from our friends at RMAF:This year we are thrilled to be expanding with you into the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, which will be our new RMAF "home on the range" starting with the 16th Annual RMAF, September 5-8, 2019…
    - 7 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 10:07am -
  • Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage

    Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage

    It’s interesting to note that a $3750 phono stage is now considered, among some audiophiles, as entry level for delivering vinyl sound as it’s meant to be heard. Sure, there are relatively inexpensive examples that do a fine job—the excellen…
    - 13 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 9:26am -
  • PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

    PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

    Over four years ago, in May 2014, I reviewed the PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC. I ended up purchasing it and I still use it as my reference. Many times over these last four years I have been approached by other audiophiles asking why I have a DAC…
    - 37 days ago, 11 Dec 18, 5:13am -
  • Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    I usually write music reviews, especially classical, with my classically-trained hat on, commenting on performance, interpretation, comparables, etc. My audiophile nature kicks in at times and posts commentary in each review, for sure, but the mai…
    - 44 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 10:39am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newGoldmund Prana Active Wireless Floorstanding Speaker

    Goldmund Prana Active Wireless Floorstanding Speaker

    Goldmund Prana, meaning 'life force' in Hindu, is a universal sea of energy that infuses and vitalizes all matter. The Prana flagship wireless loudspeaker also pays tribute to the company's engineers who worked hard to design this exceptional piece G…
    - 9 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 5:51am -
  • newCrystal Cable Now Offers Duet Series Jumper Cables

    Crystal Cable Now Offers Duet Series Jumper Cables

    Crystal Cable wants to help you take high-end sound along with you with their new Duet stereo and balanced portable audio cables. Innovation, development and striving for perfection lie at the core of every challenge Crystal Cable takes on. Not only…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 12:50am -
  • newTBT Review: Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier & XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier

    TBT Review: Pass Labs XP-12 Preamplifier & XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier

    Having much admired the Pass Labs Int-60 integrated amplifier, which combined one-box practicality with a refined Class A performance that made it well worth Audio Excellence status, I subsequently asked the UK distributor if I might try a Pass Labs…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 12:50am -
  • newEditorial: Being Obsessed With Music

    Editorial: Being Obsessed With Music

    I realize we still have a very long way to go before the audiophile "hobby" is a totally inclusive community, but it sure seems like there are so many more affordable options than there once were, and a large percentage of these lower-priced gateway…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 19, 12:14pm -
  • newAudio Research's New Headquarters & Production Facility

    Audio Research's New Headquarters & Production Facility

    Audio Research, one of the oldest continually operating manufacturers in American audio, is proud to announce the opening of an all-new headquarters and production facility. Requiring a substantial investment, the new facility is custom-designed for…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 7:30pm -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Dartzeel NHB-108 power amplifier Model One
    Item: Dartzeel NHB-108 power amplifier - available approximately March/April 2019 Location: Sydney Price: $13K Item Condition: Excellent - one owner Reason for selling: I have bought the Model 2. Please note that this amplifier is available…
    - 41 mins ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:14pm -
  • newFS: ATC SCM40 MK2
    Item: ATC SCM40 MK2 Location: MOONEE PONDS Price: $4000 Item Condition: SEE BELOW DESCRIPTION AND PICS Reason for selling: USED AS REARS IN HT AND DEFINITELY NOT USED TO FULL POTENTIAL Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra…
    - 1 hour ago, 17 Jan 19, 1:37pm -
  • newFS: Whatmough Magnum Series M05 Centre Speaker
    Item: Whatmough Magnum Series M30 Centre Speaker Location: Endeavour Hills Reason for selling: No Longer needed - Looking for quick sale. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only. Can also post Price: $130 Item Condit…
    - 1 hour ago, 17 Jan 19, 1:30pm -
  • newFS: Subsonic XS1 MK1 subwoofer
    Item: Subsonic XS1 MK1 subwoofer Price: $380 Location: Endeavour Hills Reason for selling:No Longer needed Willing to consider offers. Moving out soon so it has to go asap. Item Condition: Enclosure in very good conditi…
    - 1 hour ago, 17 Jan 19, 1:27pm -
  • newFS: Whatmough M30 magnum series floorstanding speakers
    Item: Whatmough M30 magnum series floorstanding speakers Location: Endeavour Hills Reason for selling: moving house Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Price: $150 Extra Info: Non smoking non pet household…
    - 2 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 1:21pm -

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

  • newIn Search of a Perfect Song, Part 4
    Surprise! I'm back with another installment of my "Perfect Song" series! As I started thinking about writing this article, I reminded myself that perfect isn't the same as favorite. A Google search for the word favorite netted this definition: prefer…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 19, 12:11pm -
  • newThe New Apartment Lounge: It's an Analogue World Part 2 - JE Audio's Delightful HP20 Phono Amplifier
    Inauspicious Beginnings This review has seen all manner of fits and starts. It began, as do most such endeavors, nobly intended. There was, first and foremost, my heartfelt desire to learn more about a product line (JE Audio's) that I had only recent…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 3:06pm -
  • Synergistic Research - Introducing Atmosphere X Power Cables
    Atmosphere X Alive The Atmosphere Alive Level 1 AC Power Cable is the highest performance non-Active power cord in SR history, now greatly improved with our BLUE Fuse treatment process and a new UEF Matrix Shielding first developed to lower the no…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 12:45pm -
  • Gold Note PH-10 Phono Stage and PSU-10 External Power Supply
    If you're an avid reader of Positive Feedback, you may be thinking—Déjà vu? Yes, this phono stage has been reviewed not once, but twice by different staff of the magazine (HERE and HERE). Timing wasn't right for me to be the third (of the origina…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 12:45pm -
  • VANA Ltd. Introduces the E.A.T. Prelude Turntable to North American Market
    Lake Grove, NY January 15th, 2019 – VANA, Ltd. (www.vanaltd.com), importer of world class audio products, proudly announces the arrival of the European Audio Team (E.A.T) Prelude turntable, an affordable high-performance turntable engineered to de…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 12:32pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newLetters to the editor: Konto, Lindemann, Dynaudio & more
    A new year brings a fresh batch of ‘givers’ to the yard. A firm thank you goes out to all who choose to share their findings with us. Ryan K. writes: Just wanted to say thank you for your approach to reviewing, as you’ve become my first in line…
    - 12 hours ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:58am -
  • newChord DAVE vs. PS Audio DirectStream?
    PS AudioDirect Stream vs Chord DAVE? The thirst for comparative data no doubt stems from both DACs’ use of an internal FPGA instead of an off-the-shelf DAC chip to handle data marshalling and upsampling as well as decode preparation and execution.…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Jan 19, 9:04am -
  • Global feedback: PS Audio-powered needledrops (Part 1)
    Active loudspeakers – how to square them with vinyl playback? For the KEF LS50W, we connect the twin RCA (single-ended) output of a phono stage to the twin RCA input of the master speaker. I’m using a NuWave Phono Converter from PS Audio. Those c…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 5:43am -
  • That’s Entertainment!
    Darko.Audio’s biggest success of 2018 wasn’t website related. It took place over on YouTube where a collision of circumstances – a new contributor whose day job turned out to be a professional cameraman and the laying off of Stereophile’s vid…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Jan 19, 9:23am -
  • Google pulls plug on Chromecast Audio
    Do you want the good news or the bad news? We’ll start with the bad: citing weaker sales figures than its video-capable counterpart, Google is discontinuing its Chromecast Audio streamer. The Chromecast Audio was launched in 2015 to overnight be…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Jan 19, 3:27am -