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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe Decca Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series

    The Decca Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series

    The 1960s were a time for major change, and not necessarily for the better in the classical recording industry. After nearly a decade that is frequently described as the Golden Age of Recording, led by Mercury Living Presence, RCA Living Stereo, and…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 May 15, 7:01am -
  • newYG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

    The YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 can be summed up in two words: precision and performance. It is another successful assault on the state of the art in speaker design and manufacture, and one of the most revealing speakers approximating a point source I’…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 May 15, 6:55am -
  • Spatial Audio Introducing Hologram M3 Open Baffle Speaker at Newport

    Spatial Audio Introducing Hologram M3 Open Baffle Speaker at Newport

    The following is a press release issued by Spatial Audio. PARK CITY, Utah (May 21, 2015) - Next generation open-baffle technology will be on display during the Newport Beach show in May with the new Hologram M3 loudspeaker. Development of a passive,…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 8:45am -
  • Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

    Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

    Since 2000, the Chicago-based cable company Dynamic Design has offered three levels of power cord and cable products—the mid-priced Lotus Series, the premium Heritage Series, and the lofty Nebula series (see my review in Issue 245). Now, to accommo…
    - 3 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:49am -
  • Download Roundup - Cantate Domino: Oscar's Motet Choir; Torsten Nilsson

    Download Roundup - Cantate Domino: Oscar's Motet Choir; Torsten Nilsson

    Recorded in 1976 by the Swedish label Proprius, Cantate Domino is quite clearly a Christmas album. But for nearly four decades, audiophiles have been happy to employ it as a reference yearlong. This exceptional recording variously features chorus, so…
    - 4 days ago, 19 May 15, 8:43am -

Stereophile News

  • newMunich Day 4 Brings More to Explore

    Munich Day 4 Brings More to Explore

    Okay. I'm not a poet, and I know it. So let's quickly move on to the towering presence of Duelund's Frederik Carøe. Every time I look above the crowd and see Frederik's countenance, I know that Duelund has a new capacitor on the market...Fri, 05/22/…
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:48pm -
  • newDay 3: High End 2015 Hits Its Stride

    Day 3: High End 2015 Hits Its Stride

    While Saturday was packed by American show standards, getting an early start enabled me to spend a lot of time in one of the best sounding rooms at High End 2015. Tucked into a low ceilinged inner sanctum in Hall 2 of the MOC stood the world premiere…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 May 15, 9:10am -
  • newBruce Lundvall

    Bruce Lundvall

    A fan of music and those who make it, he was one of the last labels heads to actually listen to music and care about musicians. Fri, 05/22/2015
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:16am -
  • MQA in Munich

    MQA in Munich

    An entire page of the High End magazin was devoted to an introduction to Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology. Bob Stuart, who with Peter Craven, invented MQA, spent a generous amount of time with me discussing both the latest dev…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 12:10pm -
  • Friday + Holiday = Packed

    Friday + Holiday = Packed

    An hour after High End 2015 opened in Munich on Friday May 15, the stairways to the second floor were packed. Multiply this mob scene by 7, and you have an idea of how many consumers and dealers were eager to fill the corridors, halls, and rooms at t…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 12:01pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: Loren Connors

    Download of the Week: Loren Connors

    When I want to unwind, or even wind-up, one go-to is guitarist Loren Connors. Connors captures innumerable things with just six strings—ghosts, lost lovers, loss, beauty, and more. Throw in a little Mark Rothko as inspiration and you've got yoursel…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 May 15, 3:34am -
  • Munich High End 2015: The Wrap

    Munich High End 2015: The Wrap

    "It's cultural." That's my pat answer to the question—why is the Munich show different?
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 10:57am -
  • Munich 2015: Odds & Ends in Pictures

    Munich 2015: Odds & Ends in Pictures

    Burmester, Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray.
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 10:20am -
  • Getting Real.

    Getting Real.

    I saved the Silbatone room for last even though I knew they'd be playing records because I wanted to end the Munich High End Show on a high note with a skip in my step after four very long and admittedly wonderful days of hi-fi'ing.
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:40am -
  • Lampizator, HQ Player, Audiopax, Avante Garde: Digital Done Right.

    Lampizator, HQ Player, Audiopax, Avante Garde: Digital Done Right.

    "Do you have a favorite room at the show so far?" asked Geoff Armstrong as I sat in his room on the last day of the show. "Yea, this one." I replied.
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:09am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newPaging Mr. souptin ..
    It's been nearly a year of inactivity from one of my favorite posters. Anyone know why he left? I so enjoyed his presence here .. such panache!
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:23pm -
  • newPlease help. Cannot get a straight answer
    I'm interested in the NAS concept but for serious listening I still have a hard time to go "wireless". How can I tap the music stored in the NAS so...
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:00pm -
  • newNeed help porting and merging Jriver libraries
    Question for the Jriver experts in the house. I currently have two servers each with their own libraries and file locations. I am merging everything...
    - 6 hours ago, 22 May 15, 4:42pm -
  • newUsing optical in on a Mac mini
    I discovered a way to connect my AppleTV to my USB only DAC: a free use app called LineIn. Rogue Amoeba | Freebies: Free Software for Mac OS X...
    - 10 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:48pm -
  • newalbums disappear from Tidal / My Music
    Something happened the other day when using Tidal that I thought I should warn other users about. An album I had marked as a favorite disappeared...
    - 10 hours ago, 22 May 15, 12:16pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newMonitor Isolation Pads
    While eagerly awaiting delivery of my Alnico monitors, I need to prepare to give them the best possible temporary home. Here's the problem: they'll sit on a chest of drawers. Wooden boxes inside a wooden box. Resonance city. And the monitors will pro…
    - 28 mins ago, 22 May 15, 10:16pm -
  • newRe: Edit: Bought a VPI Prime
    Congrats on the new table… She’s a real beauty…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 9:29pm -
  • newLampizator Amber Owners
    Where are you?Looking to hear how people are doing with their Ambers in their systems. Seems there have been quite a few sold but not much feedback here on AC. Any comments appreciated.
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 9:17pm -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    James Brown - Sex Machine (1970)Samples
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 9:16pm -
  • newRe: LIO: tuberolling
    I'm in the process of moving, and LIO is probably no longer going to be a desktop amp for me, but a living room/bar amp, and now she'll be powering Audience 2x2s instead of Ones. Not that that's important, but… hey, I always love a little speaker…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 May 15, 8:24pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newOrtofon DS-1 Digital Scale

    Ortofon DS-1 Digital Scale

    While gadgets aren’t always fashionable, a properly set up turntable is always in style.  And what better way to adjust tracking force than with a digital scale?  We’ve tried some of the cheapie, Chinese-made digital scales in the $40–$60 ran…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:43pm -
  • newRecordWall-it

    RecordWall-it

    For those of you who like to display your albums on the wall, or keep better track of what’s currently spinning on your turntable, the RecordWall-it is an elegant solution that doesn’t require you to take the frame apart when you want to change t…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:39pm -
  • newGIK Acoustics Freestand Acoustic Panel

    GIK Acoustics Freestand Acoustic Panel

    GIK Acoustics has been making affordable, approachable acoustic treatments for years now, and we’ve been using them with excellent results since nearly the beginning of TONEAudio.  Nothing works better and provides more bang for the buck in your l…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:37pm -
  • newGrateful Dead – American Beauty
    Because the Grateful Dead was always a band that paid close attention to the sound quality of its live performances and recordings, even a random copy of any Dead album usually sounds pretty good—provided it hasn’t been played to extinction.  Mo…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:29pm -
  • ROON is here! World’s first in depth review…

    ROON is here! World’s first in depth review…

    I’ve Seen the Future of Music, Again! Forget everything you know about serving digital music files. No matter what you are using, it’s irrelevant. A bold claim indeed, but spend a few minutes with Roon and you’ll find yourself getting up from t…
    - 11 days ago, 11 May 15, 10:56pm -

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

  • Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones — Follow up

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones — Follow up

    During the original review process, Audiophilia writer Karl Sigman met up with fellow New Yorker Jonathan Levine, CEO and Founder of Master & Dynamic, maker of the outstanding MH40 Headphones.Karl suggested to Levine a follow up with me as listener.…
    - 1 day ago, 21 May 15, 11:26am -
  • Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion

    Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion

    St. John PassionBob Chilcott (b. 1955)Chaconne BrassWells Cathedral Choir and soloists / Matthew OwensSignum Records SIGCD412[67:46]What a lovely discovery. The choral music of Bob Chilcott. This recording popped up in the Tidal HiFi new releas…
    - 3 days ago, 19 May 15, 11:19am -
  • The Vancouver Audio Show 2015

    The Vancouver Audio Show 2015

    There are many surveys each year about the world’s great cities — ‘most livable’, most beautiful setting’, etc. Vancouver, BC is invariably at or near the top of each list. It has just about everything a city lover could wish for, with only…
    - 12 days ago, 11 May 15, 4:00am -
  • Gilels plays Beethoven

    Gilels plays Beethoven

    15 Variationen mit Fuge Es-dur op. 35“Eroica-Variationen”Sonate No. 21 C-dur op. 53 “Waldstein”Sonate No. 23 f-moll op. 57 “Appassionata” Emil Gilels, pianoI don’t usually do reviews of discontinued CDs, but this recent gift I rec…
    - 18 days ago, 4 May 15, 11:26am -
  • qøl™ – signal completion stage by BSG Technologies

    qøl™ – signal completion stage by BSG Technologies

    ​What the heck is it and what does it do? Also, I never heard of a product with a name as awkward to say as this one. Only an engineer or physicist, totally unconcerned with marketing, would come up with a name like that. The only rationale I coul…
    - 24 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 11:13am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newQuestyle QPR1 Portable Audio Player And CMA800P @ HIGH END

    Questyle QPR1 Portable Audio Player And CMA800P @ HIGH END

    Questyle had new hardware and firmware for their upcoming QP1R $899 and I heard it in prototype at AXPONA and now hearing the production model today I am quite impressed. Excellent resolution, smooth yet refined. DAC chip set is the Cirrus Logic chip…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 May 15, 11:24am -
  • newMeridian's MQA Technology Gains Supporters

    Meridian's MQA Technology Gains Supporters

    Meridian's MQA, a compression algorithm that helps reduce the file size of streaming digital audio while retaining higher than mp3 sound quality, is getting more support. The MQA 'supporters' list includes many prominent audio brands, including Arcam…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 May 15, 10:05am -
  • newDan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Stream @ HIGH END 2015

    Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Stream @ HIGH END 2015

    Dan D'Agostino Master Systems' upcoming Stream integrated amplifier, DAC and streamer looks to be an incredible unit ($48,000). Their Stream will be a single unit that basically will do virtually everything a music lover, and yes audiophile, desires.…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 May 15, 8:37am -
  • newH-Fi World's July 2015 Issue

    H-Fi World's July 2015 Issue

    EnjoyTheMusic.com just posted Hi-Fi World's July 2015 issue. This issue features review of the Damson Vulcan portable loudspeaker, Tannoy Revolution XT 8F loudspeaker, Cambridge Audio Azur 851n network player, Cowan Plenue 1 high resolution music pla…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 May 15, 7:28am -
  • newMourning Industry Founder John Ulrick, By Greg Weaver

    Mourning Industry Founder John Ulrick, By Greg Weaver

    Today I mourn the passing of a good friend and one of the men who helped found the high-performance audio industry, John Ulrick. Hired as a Circuit Design Engineer at Litton Industries right out of college to work with the Air Data Group, John starte…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 6:11am -

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

  • newHelp required to idenitify a Grado cartridge, please :)

    Help required to idenitify a Grado cartridge, please :)

    I would like to know what model this Grado cart is, which came with a recent purchase.From google, I think its a Grado Signature (which means around the 80's?). There are no markings on the stylus, and the colour of the "nipples" looks like brass (bu…
    - 41 mins ago, 22 May 15, 10:03pm -
  • newpioneer bdp-450 vs bdp-51fd
    Hi allNow i currently own the bdp-450 and am happy with it but a bdp-51fd has poped up for sale locally for $100 i was just wondring is that a better player. I use mt current one for both cds and blurays, hardly ever play anything 3d so that really…
    - 1 hour ago, 22 May 15, 9:19pm -
  • newSmall GTG at The Fresh Prince's

    Small GTG at The Fresh Prince's

    Hello All,I wondered whether anyone would like to pop 'round for a listen to my system, and a glass of wine.I feel it is now "ready".Limited numbers only. Please accept my apologies, in advance, if demand exceeds capacity.I was thinking tomorrow…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 May 15, 8:58pm -
  • newtechnics sl1500

    technics sl1500

    Hi allNow i see allot of talk everywhere about the sl1200 variants and how good they are but ive just found a very good condition sl1500 for sale for $250. Eveyrthing on it is completely original, so i was just curious would this be a good turntabl…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 May 15, 8:37pm -
  • newAsus Essence Xonar One Plus Edition DAC

    Asus Essence Xonar One Plus Edition DAC


    - 2 hours ago, 22 May 15, 8:19pm -

AVRev.com News

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Digital Audio Review

  • newBryston serve coffee, T and A at Munich High-End 2015
    T and A? Tits and ass? For the German audio company of the same name it’s “Theory and Application”. For Bryston it’s a new range of loudspeakers. Yes, loudspeakers. With the Canadian company supplying amplifiers for PMC’s active models…
    - 17 hours ago, 22 May 15, 5:46am -
  • newMerging’s Ethernet NADAC impresses at Munich High-End 2015
    Merging Technologies have been pro-audio operators for some time – they make the Pyramix workstations found in recording studios – but this year sees the Swiss company edging into the home audio space. Their NADAC’s main point of difference i…
    - 21 hours ago, 22 May 15, 1:55am -
  • ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 headphones at Munich High-End 2015
    With so many headphones coming to market each year the solo reviewer must extract the wheat from the chaff. I’ve already covered two biggies for 2015 – Audeze’s EL-8 and MrSpeakers’ Ether – and after hearing them in both Las Vegas and Sydne…
    - 2 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:36am -
  • Questyle demo QP1, QP1-R DAPs at Munich High-End 2015
    We first saw Questyle’s double-drop into the DAP field at CES in January. Their QP1 (US$599) and QP1-R (US$899) portables arrive with 16Gb and 32Gb of onboard memory respectively. A pair of downward facing microSD card slots allow for more seri…
    - 2 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:01pm -
  • Munich High-End 2015: Dynaudio Focus XD active loudspeakers
    Not only do reviewers meet with manufacturers at shows but they meet with each other. That’s invaluable for the writer plying his trade in an Antipodean bubble – aka yours truly. During this year’s Munich High-End Show I spent large chunks of t…
    - 3 days ago, 20 May 15, 3:17am -