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The Absolute Sound

  • Astell&Kern Announces AK Jr

    Astell&Kern Announces AK Jr

    The following is a press release issued by Astell&Kern. April 24, 2015 - Seoul, South Korea - Astell&Kern, the leader in portable high-res audio players, announces its newest player, the entry-level AK Jr. The Astell&Kern AK Jr will be available soon…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:18pm -
  • Butterfield Blues Band

    Butterfield Blues Band

    This April the Butterfield Blues Band will enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, drawing attention to a band that, since folding in the early 1970s, has largely been overlooked and is overdue to receive some recognition. The Butterfield Blues Band wa…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 10:31pm -
  • Magico M Project Loudspeaker

    Magico M Project Loudspeaker

    It’s been several years since I’ve had a Magico loudspeaker in my listening room. In the nonce other speakers have come my way—chiefly from the wonderful Danish company Raidho—that have pleased me as much as, or more than, the high-precision,…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:00pm -
  • Axis VoiceBox S Loudspeaker

    Axis VoiceBox S Loudspeaker

    From the moment I received the Axis Voicebox S—the small two-way monitor from Australia—fond memories transported me back to a simpler time in the high end. Suddenly I’m sitting in my old apartment listening to vinyl into the wee hours with enc…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 7:50am -
  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

    Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

    The concept here is so inspired, the playing so incendiary that five stars might not be enough. Combining the influences of his own South Indian heritage and the profound influence of alto sax legend Charlie Parker, Mahanthappa has come up with a met…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:55am -

Stereophile News

  • newDay 1 Ends and Day 2 Starts

    Day 1 Ends and Day 2 Starts

    What, Jason, you're still on the 5th floor? How are you ever going to get all the way down to sub-Lobby Level, let alone be able to make some "Best of Show" calls, when you're only doing 18 rooms per day? Get a move on, Serinus! Such thoughts crossed…
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 11:05am -
  • Unraveling the Mysteries of the Westin O'Hare's Floor 5

    Unraveling the Mysteries of the Westin O'Hare's Floor 5

    People were going gaga over the Gibson Les Paul Reference Monitors, which debuted in the Gibson tent at CES before debuting at NAM and Frankfurt. In their US Consumer audio show premier, which celebrates the Les Paul Centenary, the GSLP 4" ($1198/pai…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 15, 2:32pm -
  • AXPONA Opens Strong

    AXPONA Opens Strong

    Yes, I too noticed the signs, liberally distributed around the baggage pick-up area at O'Hare, that welcomed visitors to four shows other than AXPONA. "AXPONA 2015 NOT WELCOME IN CHICAGO!" quipped Michael Fremer in his first show blog for AnalogPlane…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 15, 10:28am -
  • The 2015 AXPONA is Underway

    The 2015 AXPONA is Underway

    Photo: Laura LoVecchioThe Chicago Show is happening this weekend at the Westin O'Hare. Showgoers are greeted by this display of Stereophile's May issue and Jason Victor Serinus's live reporting will start shortly.Sat, 04/25/2015
    - 2 days ago, 25 Apr 15, 8:37am -
  • Love Wants To Dance

    Love Wants To Dance

    After Breezin’ Benson’s well-known fondness for James Brown funk broke out into the open Fri, 04/24/2015
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 1:37pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: THEESatisfaction

    Download of the Week: THEESatisfaction

    THEESatisfaction – [th ee sat is fak shuh n] – noun, verb1. Queens of the Stoned Age2. Empresses of time3. Pre-Egyptian Dynasty4. Self written5. Self produced6. Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-WhiteImagine Sun Ra's Space Is the Place sen…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 6:00am -
  • Auralic Aries Part 2

    Auralic Aries Part 2

    My first review of the Auralic Aries network player was written back in October 2014 (see review). Since that time, Auralic has been busy improving the Aries mainly in terms of functionality and improved stability through a series of firmware update…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 1:32pm -
  • Losing Touch With Popular Music

    Losing Touch With Popular Music

    all image credits: Ajay KaliaAjay Kalia who works "building the future of the future of music at The Echo Nest and Spotify" has offered up some interesting data related to how we relate to popular music as we age. The short story? The older we get,…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 11:03am -
  • Why Timing Matters: A Great Video from DEQX
    I really don't have much to add other than to say this video from DEQX describes and illustrates some important concepts about sound reproduction in a very understandable manner. Bravo.
    - 6 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 5:50am -
  • Tidal And The Ill-Logic Of Income-Based Prejudice

    Tidal And The Ill-Logic Of Income-Based Prejudice

    One of the main reactions we've seen regarding Tidal's new ownership is based on the new owner's level of wealth. "We’ve got uber-rich artists complaining they’re just not making enough." says Bob Leftsez in his Newsletter from April 9th. Does th…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 6:06am -

Computer Audiophile

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Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Mastodon – Blood Mountain
    Released nearly a decade ago, Mastodon’s landmark concept album about scaling a bewildering peak—and encountering bloodthirsty wolves, unified tree-people colonies, and ice gods—has been recently reissued and remastered on colored vinyl befitti…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 15, 2:27pm -
  • Arcam irDAC

    Arcam irDAC

    There’s something about visual and operational simplicity that resonates with me, which is why I’m drawn to Arcam’s irDAC ($700), an understated unit about the size of a John Grisham paperback novel. Its minimalist design is refreshing. The fro…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Apr 15, 2:08pm -
  • EgglestonWorks Emma Loudspeakers

    EgglestonWorks Emma Loudspeakers

    Great things come from Memphis. It’s the BBQ capitol of the world. Elvis is from Memphis. My wife is from Memphis. And the Eggleston Emmas are from Memphis. Though the price of gasoline and big screen TVs keeps going down, speakers seem to be getti…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:30pm -
  • Kickstarter campaign for TONEAudio in PRINT
    Today is a big day in our history. Based on all our reader feedback, we decided to post a Kickstarter campaign to fund and print a 10th Anniversary Issue. Please check out our campaign page,share it with friends, and support us in any way you can. We…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 10:52am -
  • Kickstart(er) Our Heart and a PRINT Issue

    Kickstart(er) Our Heart and a PRINT Issue

    Many readers have told us we should put the magazine in print. With your help and support we going for it! You have always come to us for content, so it’s time we come to you. Today, we went live with a Kickstarter campaign to fund a special 10th A…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 10:40am -

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

  • Google Play Music

    Google Play Music

    The internet version of the gutter press has been agog about streaming services since Jay Z and his crew purchased Tidal Hi Fi, a competitor to Google Play Music offering a high definition streaming service. I reviewed it as the starry lineup organiz…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 8:41am -
  • An Audiophilia Top Ten. Number 14 in the series. (The Greatest Orchestras — 2015 update)

    An Audiophilia Top Ten. Number 14 in the series. (The Greatest Orchestras — 2015 update)

    Almost an impossibility considering the variables, this list is made up of orchestras emphasizing technical viruosity, brilliant soloists, valued traditions, blend and balance, flawless intonation and ensemble, unique timbres, conductor draw, musical…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — April 2015 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — April 2015 Update

    Classic film scores by Sir Malcolm Arnold — The Roots of Heaven; David Copperfield [62:09]Naxos Film Music ClassicsNaxos 8.573366Arnold is mostly remembered today for his English Dances which have been used for many TV shows but during the 1950s…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 9:33am -
  • TIDAL — High Fidelity Music Streaming

    TIDAL — High Fidelity Music Streaming

    TIDAL HiFi (Tidal) introduced its product as ‘the first music streaming service that combines the best High Fidelity sound quality, High Definition music videos and expertly Curated Editorial’.Just as the cell phone size wars have come to an end…
    - 20 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 4:00am -
  • Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones

    Over the last year and a half, I have been paying careful attention to stereo headphones. Before then, I had a kind of ‘who cares’ attitude towards them. I ruled that a fine stereo system at home with excellent speakers and such was all one needs…
    - 26 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 6:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • AXPONA Audio Con 2015 Show Live Stream

    AXPONA Audio Con 2015 Show Live Stream

    AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) Audio Con 2015 takes place April 24th through 26th at the Westin O'Hare in Chicago. At AXPONA 2015 you'll be able to experience top quality high-end home audiophile gear, portable audio players and enjoy the best hig…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:04am -
  • Jim Smith's Breaking Through The Sound Barrier

    Jim Smith's Breaking Through The Sound Barrier

    If you're looking for some great Podcasts, Jim Smith's series Breaking Through The Sound Barrier (TTSB) provides excellent ideas for music lovers and audiophiles alike who want to achieve the very best from their audio system. In Episode Nine: Out of…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 4:21am -
  • Buddy Rich Birdland On CD And Vinyl LP

    Buddy Rich Birdland On CD And Vinyl LP

    Lightyear Entertainment and Lobitos Creek Ranch, in association with Scabeba Entertainment and the Buddy Rich Estate, have announced the release of a new live album featuring Buddy Rich and his Killer Force Band at the peak of their performing years.…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:24am -
  • Last Chance! Schedule Your Live Appearance For AXPONA Broadcast

    Last Chance! Schedule Your Live Appearance For AXPONA Broadcast

    EnjoyTheMusic.com will be live broadcasting from AXPONA 2015 and we have only a few time slots available. Instead of passive broadcasting or after-the-fact video streaming, which has been done for many years, our live stream features chat so enthusia…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 6:04am -
  • The Best Of The Doors On Multi-Channel Hybrid SACD

    The Best Of The Doors On Multi-Channel Hybrid SACD

    Doors fans rejoice as Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing The Best Of The Doors - 1973 on quadraphonic 4.0 multi-channel hybrid SACD. The two-channel stereo and DSD layers of the hybrid SACD were remastered from the original two-tra…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 6:03am -

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

  • newAudio-GD NFB-12

    Audio-GD NFB-12

    Item: Audio-GD NFB-12Location: Melbourne CBDPrice: $120 (+ Shipping / free pickup)Item Condition: Used / some slight scratches from regular use)Reason for selling: UpgradePayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Bank transferExtra Info: Pictures: Se…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Apr 15, 7:51pm -
  • newThorens TD320 turntable

    Thorens TD320 turntable

    Item: Thorens TD320 turntableLocation: SydneyPrice: $750Item Condition: Very goodReason for selling: not neededPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: The TD320 was the top of the range Thorens turntable in the 1980's. It has the…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 7:13pm -
  • newDIYers? How much have you 'learned' since the beginning?
    G'day all, with all the slightly tumultuous personal events of the last week or so I've been thinking about a lot of things including all the electronics stuff that I've built over the years and frankly, looking back I knew so little back then that I…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 6:52pm -
  • newFS: Mac Mini Music Player 2013 16GB RAM 256GBSSD with Amarra Music Player software

    FS: Mac Mini Music Player 2013 16GB RAM 256GBSSD with Amarra Music Player software

    Item: Mac Mini Music Player 2013 16GB RAM 256GBSSD with Amarra Music Player softwareLocation: Winmalee - Blue Mountains NSWPrice: $480Item Condition: 10/10Reason for selling: Have upgradedPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Direct Deposit, COD O…
    - 2 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 6:36pm -
  • newFS: Sonos Controller CR100 and charging cradle $60

    FS: Sonos Controller CR100 and charging cradle $60

    Item:  Sonos Controller CR100 excellent condition includes charging cradleLocation:  Melbourne,  AustraliaPrice:  $60 plus 12 for postage Australia wideItem Condition:  Excellent conditionReason for selling:  Surplus to requirementsPa…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Apr 15, 6:12pm -

AVRev.com News

  • Fluance XL7F Loudspeakers Review

    Fluance XL7F Loudspeakers Review

    Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-loudspeakers/floorstanding-loudspeakers/fluance-xl7f-loudspeakers-review.html)
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 2:33pm -
  • LG Drops Price of 55EC9300 Curved OLED HDTV to $2,500

    LG Drops Price of 55EC9300 Curved OLED HDTV to $2,500

    LG has announced a price drop for its 55EC9300 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00KZER5GS/panandscathed-20) curved-screen OLED HDTV. The television is now available for $2,500, down $1,500 from its original MSRP of $3,999.Read more... (http:…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 2:23pm -
  • Comcast Reportedly Abandons Deal to Merge with Time Warner Cable

    Comcast Reportedly Abandons Deal to Merge with Time Warner Cable

    According to a report from Bloomberg (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-23/comcast-said-planning-to-withdraw-offer-for-time-warner-cable), Comcast now plans to terminate its proposed deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. The two companies f…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Apr 15, 2:21pm -
  • DirecTV Adds 22 More Channels to DirecTV Everywhere App, Now Offers 90 Live Streaming Stations

    DirecTV Adds 22 More Channels to DirecTV Everywhere App, Now Offers 90 Live Streaming Stations

    DirecTV has announced the addition of several new stations to its DirecTV Everywhere lineup. New channels include popular networks like Comedy Central, MTV, TBS, and TNT.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/what-is-on-in-hd-news/di…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:31am -
  • DTS Announces DTS:X Support for Blu-ray & Ultra HD Blu-ray Authoring Systems

    DTS Announces DTS:X Support for Blu-ray & Ultra HD Blu-ray Authoring Systems

    DTS has revealed more details regarding the upcoming integration of its DTS:X audio technology on Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray. The new format will be supported by Sony Blu-print 6.6, Scenarist BD Professional, and Scenarist Pro Plus v6.0 authoring…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:29am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • Vinnie Rossi LIO review (Part 1 – Ultracapacitor power)

    - 3 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 6:03pm -
  • At last! Schiit release multi-bit Yggdrasil DAC
    Lust for life. Schiit Audio have had their statement DAC in the pipeline for as long as DAR has been covering this Californian company’s range of less costly, high value products. That’s three years at least. Maybe four. Each time I visit the Sc…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:57pm -
  • The power of one: convenience or compromise?
    Dis-integration. Rolling loudspeaker amplification, DAC and headphone listening into a one chassis comes with clear advantages: 1) only a single power cord is required to juice the entire playback chain – good news if you’re a fancier of ‘audi…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 11:04pm -
  • Noel Gallagher’s ‘lost’ Amorphous Androgynous album
    “Is this real? Does it matter?” (The) Amorphous Androgynous is one of the many alter-egos used by Gaz Cobain and Brian Dougans, who are probably best known as The Future Sound Of London (FSOL). Amorphous Androgynous first appeared with 1993’s…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 11:13pm -
  • OPPO factory tour and PM-3 headphones review
    “Magnets, bitch!”. Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman isn’t the only one to get excited about the powers of attraction. The rise and rise of Audeze and Dan Clark’s Fostex-modifying MrSpeakers brands are indicative of planar magnetism’s pulling…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 9:04pm -