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The Absolute Sound

  • newEsoteric E-02 Phonostage

    Esoteric E-02 Phonostage

    MAGNIFYcation At the most recent RMAF I was using my handheld, foldable 3x-to-8.5x magnifier to align an Ortofon A95 cartridge on a manufacturer’s turntable. The little Carson Triview is inexpensive (I think I got it at Staples), and it works gre…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 7:42am -
  • Accustic Arts Amp II Mk 3 Stereo Power Amplifier

    Accustic Arts Amp II Mk 3 Stereo Power Amplifier

    Over a decade ago, as I was traveling through Germany, I picked up an audio magazine at a train station to try and kill some time. Leafing through the periodical, I happened upon a review that announced with not atypical Teutonic certainty that the…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 11:32am -
  • CCR Revisited

    CCR Revisited

    All the studio albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival have been reissued on The Studio Albums Collection, Craft Recording’s 7-LP box set spanning the group’s run on the Fantasy label from 1968–1972. Cut by Abbey Road Studio’s Miles Showell…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 8:40am -
  • LB Acoustics Mysphere 3.1/3.2 Hover-Ear Headphones

    LB Acoustics Mysphere 3.1/3.2 Hover-Ear Headphones

    In the battle for the Samsungifcation of Harman, there were always going to be casualties of war. In the shuttering of AKG’s Vienna offices, the group lost a lot of very smart designers and builders, many of whom went to a new pro-audio brand cal…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 9:23am -
  • Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

    Hi-Fi: The History of High-End Audio Design

    The following is a press release issued by Audioarts. June 11, 2019 - A beyond-cool look at the world of high-end audio design for passionate collectors, obsessive audiophiles, and design fans At a time when sales of vinyl records have hit a 25-yea…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 5:45am -

Stereophile News

  • newGetting Real

    Getting Real

    If you: 1) live in an apartment, condo, townhouse, dorm, or share a house or apartment with someone;2) are going to, have recently graduated from, or have never gone to college and are not working at all, are working a minimum-wage job, or have jus…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 10:47am -
  • newTheta DS Pro Generation V digital processor

    Theta DS Pro Generation V digital processor

    Some high-end audio companies develop reputations for having a particular "sound." This reputation develops when every product the company makes has a similar sonic flavor. These products appeal to certain customers who like the company's sound, and…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 10:40am -
  • Mike Moffat: Re-Creating the Musical Event

    Mike Moffat: Re-Creating the Musical Event

    His background may have been in tubed audio product design, but Theta Digital's Mike Moffat is now at the forefront of computer-based digital processor development. His Theta D/A processors are among a handful of products that use Digital Signal Pro…
    - 2 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 4:55pm -
  • Assessing T.H.E. Show Long Beach 2019

    Assessing T.H.E. Show Long Beach 2019

    See the smiling woman in this photo with a dazed-amidst-all-these-rooms yours truly? Meet T.H.E. Show’s fabulous Director of Social Media and Marketing, Emiko Carlin, a former classical pianist and musician whose 3000 songs include some #1 pop sing…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 5:43pm -
  • mbl N31 DAC – CD player, N11 stereo preamplifier, N15 monoblocks, 120 Radialstrahler hybrid loudspeaker with Wireworld Eclipse Series 8 cabling

    mbl N31 DAC – CD player, N11 stereo preamplifier, N15 monoblocks, 120 Radialstrahler hybrid loudspeaker with Wireworld Eclipse Series 8 cabling

    Ah, mbl. This time, making music not in its usual large room, but rather in an 11-foot wide space. Mbl North America’s Jeremy Bryan had asked for a larger exhibit room, but none was available. After hearing the havoc wrought by air wall subdividers…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 5:36pm -

AudioStream.com

Computer Audiophile

  • Neumann NDH20 Headphone Review

    Neumann NDH20 Headphone Review

    My previous headphone reviews here at Audiophile Style looked at two upper-tier consumer closed-back cans, the Sennheiser HD820 (U.S. MSRP of $2,399) and the Focal Elegia (U.S. MSRP of $900). A common theme in those reviews was the difficulty of…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 8:18am -
  • Radiohead Gets Hacked, Sells 18 Hour Archive For £18

    Radiohead Gets Hacked, Sells 18 Hour Archive For £18

    In news only tangentially interesting to most people and very interesting to Radiohead fans, the band's singer Thom Yorke had his archive of MiniDiscs stolen. The criminal(s) demanded £150,000 for the return of the archive or said it would be re…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 9:43am -
  • Volumio Collaboration With Audiophile Style & Superphonica

    Volumio Collaboration With Audiophile Style & Superphonica

    Happy Monday everyone!  I recently spent time with the team from Volumio at the Munich High End show. I must say I was very impressed with how these guys think. Sure, they are technically very smart innovators with respect to digital…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jun 19, 7:07am -
  • The Best of Munich Wasn't At The 2019 High End Show

    The Best of Munich Wasn't At The 2019 High End Show

      I awoke Saturday morning, after ten hours of the show on Thursday and eight hours on Friday, and was offered an interesting opportunity. A great friend asked me to join him in visiting a high end dealer named Wolfgang Linh…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Jun 19, 9:39am -
  • Polyphonic: Video Essays About Music

    Polyphonic: Video Essays About Music

    Hi Guys - Just a quick note today to pass along a great music related YouTube channel. Polyphonic creates some of the best video essays about music, bands and the creation of our favorite albums. This is such an enjoyable rabbit hole to go down.…
    - 11 days ago, 5 Jun 19, 7:49am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Yarn mod question
    Quote from: HAL on Today at 02:16 amYes, wide front baffles loose the imaging capability, but not all line sources have that problem.These do very well for imaging based on Danny's angled winged side baffle.[img...
    - 13 mins ago, 16 Jun 19, 3:18am -
  • newRe: Everyone Hears Differently?
    And then there is a the proud papa syndrome where we each (perhaps should) prefer our own system that we've assembled and become accustomed to.  Naturally a $10,000 system properly setup should objectively sound better than a $100 radio. 
    - 16 mins ago, 16 Jun 19, 3:15am -
  • newRe: Everyone Hears Differently?
    Quote from: James Tanner on Yesterday at 04:33 pmHI Folks,Lets say 3 of us go to an non-amplified concert of the Boston Pops and then we go to each of the 3 individuals homes and listen to their sound system.Would w...
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Jun 19, 12:20am -
  • newRe: Nick Mason’s radio show, “A History of Music and Technology”.
    Certainly a interesting event to anyone like music, I will look forward some time to listen this drummer.
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Jun 19, 12:17am -
  • newRe: Akiko Tuning Stick, RCA
    Price is per pair? or it dont apply.What it does?
    - 4 hours ago, 15 Jun 19, 11:43pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Sugden A21SE Signature Edition

    Sugden A21SE Signature Edition

    Listening to Dexter Gordon’s classic, “GO” through the Sugden A21 (actually the A21SE Signature, but I don’t want to keep writing that) and my Quad 2812s is positively heavenly, with all the tone, texture, and dynamics I’d ever need. There…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 11:52pm -
  • The Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement

    The Artisan Fidelity Garrard 301 Statement

    The first time I drove an Aston Martin, it was an otherworldly experience. The sheer opulence of the car was equally matched by the performance, providing a feel in a sporting car like no other. Yes, a geeked out Subaru STi is just as fast, but the s…
    - 4 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 9:31pm -
  • The JBL L-100 Classic

    The JBL L-100 Classic

    In 1982 I wanted three things: A Nikon F2 with motor drive, a BMW 320i and a pair of JBL L-100s. I got two out of three. I needed the Nikon to earn a living, and a new 3-series was about 13k, well equipped. But I did get a pair of L-100s and they roc…
    - 10 days ago, 6 Jun 19, 10:56am -
  • The Whammerdyne DGA Amplifier

    The Whammerdyne DGA Amplifier

    Stopping by Pat Hickman’s place to drop off a pair of vintage McIntosh amplifiers for his special level of detail and restoration is always a treat. There’s always something super fun on his test bench, either about to be restored, or just finish…
    - 25 days ago, 22 May 19, 7:47am -
  • Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier

    Pass Labs INT-60 Amplifier

    There used to be a restaurant nearby that offered small portions fantastic deserts. You could have a large shot glass full of whatever deserts were on the main menu for a couple of bucks. It wasn’t about saving on the bill; there are times you real…
    - 27 days ago, 20 May 19, 10:31am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newAGD Productions, Ocean Way Audio, Audiophile Zone | T.H.E. SHOW 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLOS ANGELES (PTA) — In operation since 1995, Audiophile Zone is a high-end audio store that serves California’s central coast. Originally started as a retail site, Audiophile Zone became the repair center for many of high-end…
    - 14 hours ago, 15 Jun 19, 1:30pm -
  • newVAC, VSA Steal the Show | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileWhere did that instrument come from? The soundstage is huge and background dead quiet.  That instrument just popped out of nowhere.  Wow, that is spooky real.  The timbre is dead on.  I don’t understand a word of this Frenc…
    - 24 hours ago, 15 Jun 19, 4:00am -
  • newButcher Block Acoustics debuts new models | T.H.E. SHOW 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLOS ANGELES (PTA) — I met with Jim Whithorne of Butcher Block Acoustics on Sunday afternoon, just before the wrap of the show. During my visit, Mr. Whithorne gave me a guided tour through their rapidly growing product line, alo…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 10:00am -
  • newCocktail Audio X45 Pro Music Player/DAC | Review
    Part-Time Audiophileby Steve Marsh Introduction: Cocktail Audio X45 Pro I spend most of my time listening to vinyl rather than digital.  I have a lot invested in my analog front end and the musical satisfaction I get from it is quite complete.  Th…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 6:00am -
  • newEggleston, Doshi, and Pre-Audio Turntables | High End 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileTwo familiar brands I saw at Munich were Eggleston Works and Doshi Audio.  Nick Doshi popped in for a day but I completely missed him.  I had better luck with Jim Thompson from Eggleston.  Jim has a lot of exciting things in t…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 4:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newVinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 2—The L2 Phonostage Module)

    Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 2—The L2 Phonostage Module)

    It would be instructive before reading my thoughts about the L2 phono stage module to read the full line stage review of the Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier.Skinny audio seems to be all the rage these days. Fewer boxes, smaller boxes, few…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 5:09am -
  • Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 1—The Line Stage)

    Vinnie Rossi L2 Signature Preamplifier (Part 1—The Line Stage)

    Oh my, what do we have here? A full featured preamplifier from Holden, Massachusetts’ Vinnie Rossi, replete with live easy modules for digital and vinyl. And it’s not only a standard tube preamp, but one of the few starring the grail of sonic…
    - 9 days ago, 7 Jun 19, 5:49am -
  • Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

    Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless

    I’d like to thank Hummingbird Media and Katie Kailus in particular for getting me a set of PXC 550s so quickly. This enabled me to do a shootout of sorts with Master & Dynamic’s new MW65 wireless set and to use the Sennheisers in the ultimate…
    - 17 days ago, 30 May 19, 10:11am -
  • My new Reference—The Bergmann Audio Magne Turntable

    My new Reference—The Bergmann Audio Magne Turntable

    2019 has been a banner year for both Audiophilia and the improvement of my reference system. Audiophilia has added two fine writers and experienced significant growth in worldwide readership and advertising sponsors. I feel we have accomplished th…
    - 24 days ago, 23 May 19, 9:24am -
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5 & 6/Wiener Philharmoniker Conducted by Herbert von Karajan/Esoteric reissue

    Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 4,5 & 6/Wiener Philharmoniker Conducted by Herbert von Karajan/Esoteric reissue

    Symphony’s 4, 5, and 6, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in Russia between 1877 and 1893, are not only the composer’s crowning achievements, but have been orchestral war horses for the last hundred years.  Almost every major conductor has…
    - 26 days ago, 21 May 19, 9:13am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newAXPONA 2019 Show Report Part 7 By Rick Becker

    AXPONA 2019 Show Report Part 7 By Rick Becker

    After finishing the third floor on Sunday morning I retreated to my Tracker in the parking lot for my usual lunch consisting of fine road food washed down with sparkling Mt. Dew from a freshly opened bottle. With snow coming down at a steady pace, I…
    - 2 days ago, 14 Jun 19, 7:22am -
  • Schiit Ragnarok 2 Stereo Amp, HeadAmp, Phono & DAC

    Schiit Ragnarok 2 Stereo Amp, HeadAmp, Phono & DAC

    Schiit's new Ragnarok 2 ($1499 standard, $1799 with both modules) is a pretty big deal for the company. According to them, "Ragnarok 2 is our future asteroid shuttle, where everyone zips around in space all the time and it's totally safe and no big d…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 12:18pm -
  • TBT Review: Gryphon Sonett MM / MC Phono Stage Preamplifier

    TBT Review: Gryphon Sonett MM / MC Phono Stage Preamplifier

    Perhaps there are some audiophiles that may have only heard of the Danish high-end audio manufacturer Gryphon because they have seen their ads in Enjoy The Music.com. Although, there are probably many more audiophiles and music lovers who have heard…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 5:03am -
  • KEF Celebrates Father's Day With Big Discounts

    KEF Celebrates Father's Day With Big Discounts

    Father's Day is just day's away and if you're writing about any last minute Father's Day promotion's, KEF is discounting the dad-approved Q150 bookshelf speaker in honor of the holiday. The Q150 speakers are a great way to get hi-fi sound at a mid-ra…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 4:30am -
  • Australian Hi-Fi High-End News & Reviews May / June 2019

    Australian Hi-Fi High-End News & Reviews May / June 2019

    This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features audio news and a special visit to British audiophile, ex-Hong Kong, domiciled in Australia, whose home is like an audiophile's Aladdin's Cave. Brian Zolner of Bricasti talks to Jez Ford about his new M5, strea…
    - 4 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 5:21am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Celestion SL12SI speakers and stands
    Item: Pair of Celestion SL12SI speakers and matching stands. Location:Perth Price: $700 Item Condition:Beautiful veneer , chip on one corner of one speaker at the back, Grilles in almost new condition. I have thoroughly checked these speakers i…
    - 2 hours ago, 16 Jun 19, 1:09am -
  • newFS: Graham Phantom II tonearm + additional 9"arm
    Item: Graham Phantom II tonearm with additional titanium wand Location: Central Vic Price: $2950 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Balance the books after speaker upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct transfer…
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Jun 19, 12:37am -
  • newFS: Dual EDS 1000 motor
    Item: EDS 1000 Location: Canberra Price: $400 Item Condition: great Reason for selling: man I got too much projects Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: to Quote Miss Murphy: IF YOU DONT KNOW ALR…
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Jun 19, 12:23am -
  • newFS: Gold Note PH 10 Phono Stage Black
    Item: Gold Note PH 10 Phono with PSU 10 Power Supply Location: Melbourne Price: $2500 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer Extra Info: This combo is the best you can get i…
    - 3 hours ago, 16 Jun 19, 12:19am -
  • newFS: Rel S3 subwoofer
    Item: Rel S3 subwoofer Location: Bendigo Price: $1950 Item Condition: 9/10 - only because not new Reason for selling: funds for speaker upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Rel is of course one of the…
    - 4 hours ago, 15 Jun 19, 11:58pm -

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

  • newThe New Apartment Lounge: Two Memorable Winter Road Trips
    Back to the Midwest-SR In late January 2019, over the MLK holiday weekend no less, I ventured north by northwest from Florida to the wilds of exurban Indiana to pay my close audio bud, Greg Weaver, a long-overdue visit. I made a similar trek a year e…
    - 16 hours ago, 15 Jun 19, 11:19am -
  • Radio Free Chip June 2019 - Hal Blaine
    "A dozen of his favorite drummers were me." Hal Blaine Listening and the Art of Drumming… I remember, over the course of an extended sit down with Jim Hall back in the day, for a JazzTimes cover story, how off-putting this master guitarist found wh…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 10:43am -
  • Impressions:  My Photographic Portraits from AXPONA 2019
    To close out my reflections on AXPONA 2019, I am publishing my photographic portraits from AXPONA 2019…the faces and moments seen, and created. Many of these were published several at a time at Facebook immediately after the event, as mementos. Now…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Jun 19, 6:39pm -
  • The New Apartment Lounge: Solid-State Joy with Parasound's New HINT 6 Halo Integrated Amplifier
    Don't Mess with Success   Armed with a seemingly boundless reservoir of engineering creativity, a healthy dose of professional humility, and keen market instincts, the stealth-like stalwarts at San Francisco-based Parasound continue to re-calibrate…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 12:25pm -
  • Vanatoo Transparent One Encore Satellite/Subwoofer System
    Speakers for those who love music. Review By Matthew Clott With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Mathew Clott shares his thoughts about the Vanatoo Loudspeakers. Read, and learn.... Dr…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 8:17am -

Digital Audio Review

  • Schiit introduce Ragnarok the Second
    Let’s cut the Schiit: is the Californian company’s second-generation Ragnarok a 60wpc Class A/B integrated amplifier with a dedicated headphone amplifier? Or is it a powerful 24 Watt balanced – or 6 Watt single-ended – headphone amplifier arm…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 7:18am -
  • Amazon Echo Link review follow-up
    We’ve already seen how Amazon’s Echo Link (US$199/€199) can add Alexa-powered streaming to a hi-fi system, albeit with mixed results: the unit’s internal DAC implementation is an also-ran and its 3.5mm headphone output has music sounding dist…
    - 3 days ago, 13 Jun 19, 3:19am -
  • A short film about the Amazon Echo Link
    Formally introduced last year, the Echo Link from Amazon gives us Alexa-powered music streaming for US$199/€199. An Ethernet socket hardwires the Echo Link into a home network; the Amazon Alexa app facilitates a wireless connection. Round back, a p…
    - 5 days ago, 11 Jun 19, 1:59am -
  • Global feedback: Which music streaming service do you use the most?
    Boiled down to its bare essentials, NAD’s M10 is a souped-up Bluesound Powernode that bolts Class D amplification to a BluOS network streamer and Dirac Live room correction. My review process is now in motion. Inside the M10’s BluOS control app w…
    - 6 days ago, 10 Jun 19, 11:14am -
  • True to source
    Got the itch for a new piece of audio gear? Chances are you’ll visit your local hi-fi dealer for a demo. Will you take your measurement kit with you? Most dealers would tell you to take a hike. Like me, you probably neither own the hardware to take…
    - 7 days ago, 9 Jun 19, 3:25am -