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The Absolute Sound

  • newSunday Morning Hi Fi #4

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #4

    Welcome back to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #4, hopefully everyone is having a great weekend of listening and sonic enjoyment from their system! Last week I said that I wanted to talk about room acoustics a bit, and that’s what we will do. Room Acoustics…
    - 5 mins ago, 21 Sep 14, 11:04am -
  • Endeavor Audio E-3 Loudspeaker

    Endeavor Audio E-3 Loudspeaker

    If you have ever been to a high-end audio show, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that there are dozens of new speaker manufacturers making outlandish claims for their babies. Even though I wish all of these products were as superlative as the claims made…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:16am -
  • Announcing Newly Updated Andros 1.2 Phonostage And Factory Upgrades For All Existing Andros Owners

    Announcing Newly Updated Andros 1.2 Phonostage And Factory Upgrades For All Existing Andros Owners

    Thousand Oaks, CA, September 18, 2014 - Zesto Audio is pleased to announce the world premiere of the new 1.2 upgrade to their award winning Andros Phonostage at the New York Audio Show held at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge September 26-28, 2014 and ex…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:15am -
  • From The Editor: The Law of Accelerating Returns

    From The Editor: The Law of Accelerating Returns

    Many audiophiles think of an audio system from the perspective of The Law of Diminishing Returns. That’s the idea that each successive dollar you add to your hi-fi budget realizes progressively less sonic improvement. To use an extreme example, the…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 9:29am -
  • Impressed to Death

    Impressed to Death

    If, circa 1971, you and I had been hanging out in my college dorm room and you had said to me “Man, I’ll bet that, 43 years from now, you’ll be attending an academic conference on Pink Floyd at an Ivy League school,” I’d have said, “Man,…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 8:13am -

Stereophile News

  • newCallas Remastered: "La Divina" Receives Her Due
    Move over John, George, Ringo, and Paul. There's another remastering that's come on the scene, and it's every bit as important as the Beatles Mono Edition. It's Warner Classics' high-resolution, 24/96 digital remastering of soprano Maria Callas' enti…
    - 24 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 11:33am -
  • 2014 Recommended Components Fall Edition

    2014 Recommended Components Fall Edition

    Components listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile and have been found to be among the best available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class E, we highly recommend its purchase.Each…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:56pm -
  • Mark Levinson HQD loudspeaker system

    Mark Levinson HQD loudspeaker system

    The name "Mark Levinson" has for some years been equated with absolute, no-compromise perfectionism in audio design. Mark Levinson's equipment is highly esteemed by many audiophiles and audio-oriented musicians (most musicians just don't care about r…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:06am -
  • Sutherland Engineering Insight phono preamplifier

    Sutherland Engineering Insight phono preamplifier

    Veteran phono-preamplifier designer Ron Sutherland has been partial, of late, to battery power. Getting off the grid can produce superb results, as demonstrated by his Hubble phono preamp ($3800), powered by 16 alkaline batteries.I favorably review…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:01am -
  • SME Series V tonearm
    Once upon a time, SME made "the best tonearm in the world." That claim may have been justifiable through the 1960s and early '70s, but then something happened—SME failed to keep pace with their competition in coping with the increasing popularit…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 2:05pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: Sister O.M. Terrell

    Download of the Week: Sister O.M. Terrell

    Sister O.M. Terrell recorded eight sides while playing music for over 70 years. These recordings, every last one of hers, were recorded in the '50's mostly for Columbia. Blues and gospel, Sister O.M. Terrell wrote, sang, and played her music in the s…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:45am -
  • Box Designs by Pro-Ject Stream Box RS

    Box Designs by Pro-Ject Stream Box RS

    Pro-JectPro-Ject may be best known for their turntables, but they offer a dizzying array of products through their Box Designs line as well. From CD players to speakers and most everything in between, in multiple lines ranging from the E Line, C Lin…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:07am -
  • Acoustic Sounds Adds Warner Music Group To Its High Res Roster

    Acoustic Sounds Adds Warner Music Group To Its High Res Roster

    From the press release:The announcement of the first live concert recording in DSD follows an agreement between Acoustic Sounds and Warner Music Group (WMG) to provide the company’s digital download music service with more than 1,200 high-resolut…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 5:10am -
  • Computer Audio 101: Playing Hi Res Audio Using Your Computer

    Computer Audio 101: Playing Hi Res Audio Using Your Computer

    What do you need to play back high resolution audio from your computer? The answer is thankfully relatively simple and we're going to give you the down and dirty guide, your hi res to-do list, so you can enjoy the sonic benefits of better than CD-qua…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:02am -
  • Philips To Offer First Lightning Compatible Headphones

    Philips To Offer First Lightning Compatible Headphones

    Due to hit the European market in December, the Philips Fidelio M2L headphones will incorporate a 24-bit DAC and cost €250 EUR. This may help answer the question as to why the iPhone 6s do not support 24-bit music—because Apple plans to put the D…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:30am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Stirling Broadcast SB-88 vs Harbeth Compact C7ES-3 Speakers

    Stirling Broadcast SB-88 vs Harbeth Compact C7ES-3 Speakers

    The Black Keys’ new record Turn Blue reminds me of some of the finest psychedelic tunes from the 1960s. The opening track “Weight of Love” has a very Clapton/Cream vibe. There’s something about British speakers and classic rock; they just f…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:16pm -
  • Penaudio Cenya Monitors

    Penaudio Cenya Monitors

    Cranking Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” to a level way beyond what I’d ever expect from a small pair of monitors causes me to redefine my mental short list for a final hi-fi system. While I routinely audition six-figure speakers (and enjoy…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:50pm -
  • Burmester B10 Speakers

    Burmester B10 Speakers

    If you’ve ever had the opportunity to audition Burmester loudspeakers, you know they mate perfectly with the company’s electronics and that, together, they put forward a very dynamic, powerful presentation. And, as founder Dieter Burmester is a b…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:34pm -
  • Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

    Jaguar F-TYPE Coupe

    Colors, like fashions, change in such a fluid manner that at times you don’t even realize that they’ve happened.  Pretty soon everyone is wearing skinny jeans and you’re caught without.  The same could be said with the color orange.  It snuc…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 11:06am -
  • MartinLogan Crescendo

    MartinLogan Crescendo

    In the years since Bowers & Wilkins introduced the Zeppelin (now the Zeppelin Air), there have been many imitators, but no one has really come close to the combination of form and function that this innovative British company started.  Until now. I…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 10:24am -

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

  • Deezer Elite on Sonos

    Deezer Elite on Sonos

    Good news in the brave new world of streaming music.‘Deezer, the premier digital streaming music service, and Sonos®, an innovator in wireless home audio products, announced an exclusive partnership that will bring streaming High-Resolution Audio…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 12:09pm -
  • Bill Bruford: A Retrospective

    Bill Bruford: A Retrospective

    Photo creditRe-listening to the track ‘Roundabout’ from the progressive rock album ‘Fragile’ by Yes (1971) recently, I once again became fascinated by the unusual sound, the precision and odd syncopation of drummer Bill Bruford’s high-pitc…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 4:00am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — September 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — September 2014 Update

    Messiaen – Turangalila-Symphonie [75:08]Hewitt / Hartmann-Claverie / Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / LintuOndine SACD 1251-5 (2014)This huge work was written during the mid-1940s, a difficult period for any French composer but one which ha…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 6:08am -
  • In the Trenches — Angie’s Audio Corner celebrates 2nd Anniversary. In style.

    In the Trenches — Angie’s Audio Corner celebrates 2nd Anniversary. In style.

    There are legacy manufacturers in our avocation. Audio Research Corporation and Wilson Audio are the first two that come to my mind. There are legacies in editorial, too. J. Gordon Holt of Stereophile and the founder of ‘high end’, Harry Pearson…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 11:18am -
  • Countdown to Denver — Rocky Mountain Audio Fest October 10-12, 2014

    Countdown to Denver — Rocky Mountain Audio Fest October 10-12, 2014

    Labour Day is done. That means only weeks ’till the must attend audio show of the year, Denver’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest.I was under some silly false assumptions about the show before my first attendance a few years ago. Folksy, small, and a…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • Milano hi-fidelity 2014 Show
    Milano hi-fidelity 2014 show autumn 2014 show will take place on the 4th and 5th of October 2014 at the prestigious four star AtaHotel Quark in Milan city. This two channel (stereo) only high-end audio event enjoyed over 4000 visitors during their 20…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:20am -
  • TACET's Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 Blu-ray
    TACET's Johann Sebastian Bach Six Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051 Blu-ray audio disc features the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in TACET's Real Surround Sound and stereo.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:20am -
  • Zesto Audio Andros 1.2 Phonostage
    Zesto Audio's newly updated to Andros 1.2 phonostage ($4700, or $1500 to update units over one year old) has the same classic look as when it was first launched in 2011, yet now features many enhancements. The new Andros 1.2 phonostage upgrade includ…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:20am -
  • Marantz HD-DAC1 Headphone Amplifier
    Marantz's HD-DAC1 ($799) is the company's first headphone amplifier featuring an integrated DAC. This high quality dedicated headphone amplifier employs technologies from Marantz's high-end Premium 11 series. The HD-DAC1 can drive high-impedance head…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:20am -
  • Enjoy the Music.TV Interviews Mark Waldrep
    Enjoy the Music.TV's interview with Mark Waldrep of AIX Records, iTrax, and Real HD-Audio discusses his impressive engineering background, in providing top quality hi-res music downloads, and today's circumstances concerning the ongoing situation wit…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:20am -

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

  • newFS: Yamaha NS-F150 + NS-B150 + NS-C150 Speakers

    FS: Yamaha NS-F150 + NS-B150 + NS-C150 Speakers

    Item: Yamaha NS-F150 + NS-B150 + NS-C150 SpeakersLocation: MelbournePrice: 350Item Condition: MINT!Reason for selling: I am looking to fund for a pair of speakers so finally decided to let theses go.Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExt…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 8:48am -
  • newFS: Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 Speakers

    FS: Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 Speakers

    Item: Wharfedale Diamond 9.5 SpeakersLocation: MelbournePrice: 300Item Condition: Good Used Condition!Reason for selling: I am looking to fund for a pair of speakers so finally decided to let theses go.Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 8:39am -
  • newFS: Hifiman HE400 Headphones

    FS: Hifiman HE400 Headphones

    Item: Hifiman HE400 HeadphonesLocation: MelbournePrice: 220Item Condition: Good used conditionReason for selling: They haven't been used much, and I am looking to fund for a pair of speakers so it's better for them to be loved in a new home than bein…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 8:25am -
  • newWTB: Violectric V200 Amplifer in Australia
    Hi Guys, Message is pretty self explanatory. Please message me with an offer if you are selling, Regards,Min.
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 8:19am -
  • newFS: Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600 Ohms Headphones

    FS: Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600 Ohms Headphones

    Item: Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600 Ohms HeadphonesLocation: MelbournePrice: 220Item Condition: Mint! Reason for selling: I  haven't really used these much, only a few times as a reference to compare against other headphones before I got my HD…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Sep 14, 8:12am -

AVRev.com News

  • DTS Play-Fi Ecosystem Expands to More Products

    DTS Play-Fi Ecosystem Expands to More Products

    DTS has announced new partnerships with MartinLogan, Paradigm and Anthem to integrate DTS Play-Fi technology into their speakers and audio electronics. Play-Fi is an advanced cross-platform wireless audio technology that lets users stream and enjoy m…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:31am -
  • Amazon Launches New Fire HDX Tablet with Dolby Atmos

    Amazon Launches New Fire HDX Tablet with Dolby Atmos

    Amazon has announced the release of the new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00HCNHDN0/panandscathed-20). The upgraded device offers several improvements over its predecessor, including a faster processor and a new OS.Rea…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:16am -
  • Apple TV Receives Software Update

    Apple TV Receives Software Update

    Apple has released the latest software update for its Apple TV (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B007I5JT4S/panandscathed-20). The streaming media player now offers support for Beats Music, along with a refreshed look and new features like Fa…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:13am -
  • Amazon Fire TV Adds Spotify

    Amazon Fire TV Adds Spotify

    Amazon and Spotify have announced the arrival of Spotify Connect on the Fire TV (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00CX5P8FC/panandscathed-20). Spotify subscribers can now use their mobile devices to send music directly to Amazon's streaming pl…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 8:39am -
  • DTS Headphone:X Tech Comes to CastLabs' Mobile Media Player

    DTS Headphone:X Tech Comes to CastLabs' Mobile Media Player

    DTS and castLabs have announced the first integration of Headphone:X into a mobile media player. The upcoming castLabs Headphone:X-enabled player will be available on Android and iOS platforms.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/gen…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:04am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • Glove Audio A1 headphone amplifier / DAC review
    From a certain perspective it could appear that the development team behind the runaway success of iRiver’s Astell&Kern digital audio players are making it up as they go along. In early 2013 the AK100 arrived and despite selling in good numbers i…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 7:08pm -
  • NAD Masters Series M22 – Hypex nCore for the rest of us
    Greg Stidsen is the director of technology and product planning for NAD. That’s ‘New Acoustic Dimension’ for those able to recall the 1970s. Back then the company was headquartered in the UK. Nowadays NAD sits with PSB loudspeakers and BlueSoun…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:38am -
  • Removing the grain (Part 1 – WyWires and MrSpeakers)
    When audiophiles talk about ‘treble grain’ they’re often referring to a sandpaper-y vine heard in the upper-most frequencies; texture where there shouldn’t be any. What should present as ‘ssssss’ instead sounds like ‘shhhhh’. This can…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:32am -
  • AURALiC Aries + WiMP HiFi puts CDs, downloads on the ropes
    Nothing screams ‘dead-on-arrival’ more than Apple’s decision this week to foist a lossy version of U2’s new album onto EVERY iTunes user. And I’m not just talking about the music itself. It’s doled out free of charge because MP3 and AAC e…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:53am -
  • Audirvana Plus 2.0 launches…finally!
    Into the wild this week goes the long awaited, long rumoured, won’t-be-much-longer-till-it’s-ready, absolutely-definitely-coming-soon, okay-here-it-is version 2.0 of Audirvana Plus. Say it with me: orrrdearrrrvarrrrna. Along for the ride comes a…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 3:18am -