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The Absolute Sound

  • newCrystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Diamond Edition with Subissimo Subwoofer

    Crystal Cable Arabesque Minissimo Diamond Edition with Subissimo Subwoofer

    When high-end audio manufacturers delve into the so-called “lifestyle” category they must tread lightly to avoid giving the impression that they’re prioritizing good looks at the expense of great sound. Sure, there are many approaches to produc…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Jul 17, 7:12am -
  • Prog-Rock Is Dead, Long Live Prog-Rock

    Prog-Rock Is Dead, Long Live Prog-Rock

    Progressive rock has long been shunned by critics and ignored by radio. How is it, then, that the music continues to find new fans? “You can’t completely kill an art form,” Dave Weifel wrote in a 2012 Slate article, “Prog Spring: The Brief Ri…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 9:17am -
  • TAS Legacy: NAD 3020 Integrated Amplifier

    TAS Legacy: NAD 3020 Integrated Amplifier

    The legendary NAD 3020 is one of the most successful integrated amplifiers ever marketed. The timing of its release played a key role in its success. When the NAD 3020 intro’d in London in 1978 for all of 80 pounds (about $135), it entered a market…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 11:46am -
  • Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    The Fifth Century, a 42-minute work for choir and saxophone quartet by the English composer Gavin Bryars (b.1963), has been described as “music that makes eternity audible.” Bryars sets texts by the lesser-known 17th-century metaphysical poet, Th…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 8:19am -
  • The Sound Organisation Announces Immediate Shipping of Rega Ania MC cartridge and Fono MC phono preamp

    The Sound Organisation Announces Immediate Shipping of Rega Ania MC cartridge and Fono MC phono preamp

    The following is a press release issued by The Sound Organisation. July 12, 2017 - Rega Research and The Sound Organisation are pleased to announce the availability of the entry level Ania moving coil cartridge and matching Fono MC fully adjustable p…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Jul 17, 9:15am -

Stereophile News

  • newRockport Technologies Avior II loudspeaker

    Rockport Technologies Avior II loudspeaker

    Following my review of the floorstanding Magico S5 Mk.II last February, I spent some time with two-way stand-mounted speakers from Aerial Acoustics, Bowers & Wilkins, and Dynaudio. As much as I appreciated the small speakers' virtues, I found myself…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 9:33am -
  • newGramophone Dreams #17: Abyss AB-1266 Phi headphones

    Gramophone Dreams #17: Abyss AB-1266 Phi headphones

    Recently, a friend played me a masterpiece: Ike & Tina Turner's River Deep—Mountain High, arranged by Jack Nitzsche and produced by Phil Spector (LP, A&M SP 4178). It sounded terrible: murky, distant, with badly booming bass. Even before the fir…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 9:30am -
  • Pergolesi's Revered <I>Stabat Mater</I> Revisited

    Pergolesi's Revered <I>Stabat Mater</I> Revisited

    It is undoubtedly far more romantic for us to imagine young Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736) spending his last weeks on earth writing four chamber cantatas in a Franciscan monastery on the Bay of Naples than it was for him to write feveri…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 7:48am -
  • Arthur Alexander, <I>Lonely Just Like Me</I>

    Arthur Alexander, <I>Lonely Just Like Me</I>

    One of my favorite South by Southwest moments over the 28 years I have attended was the early-1990s performance of Arthur Alexander who was literally sobbing before his set was done. In 1993, after many years out of the music game, Alexander, with th…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • Reviewer Video Profile: Art Dudley

    Reviewer Video Profile: Art Dudley

    In this video, we visit Stereophile's Deputy Editor, Art Dudley, in his home in Cherry Valley, NY.Who is Art Dudley? A devout Listener, a friend to all bunnies—and some humans—John Atkinson's right-hand man, and an invaluable voice, not j…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 9:38am -

AudioStream.com

  • newAqua Hifi Formula Optologic DAC

    Aqua Hifi Formula Optologic DAC

    Opto-logicIt means light. Light is used to couple the digital to the analog boards instead of metal/wire so that electrical noise stays away from the analog circuitry where it can do all kinds of harm we can hear. The "A" in DAC stands for Analog wh…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:06am -
  • newCh-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)

    Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)

    Barn Update (!) 07.19.17: the stunning dCS Network Bridge has taken up permanent residence in my system. Why? Because I like it. I like it because it lets me get deeper into my music, leaving thoughts of reproduction and the like in the rear-view mor…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Jul 17, 5:01am -
  • Removing Murphy from Moore: A Conversation with Damon Krukowski

    Removing Murphy from Moore: A Conversation with Damon Krukowski

    On a recent Saturday afternoon at the Rough Trade record store in Brooklyn's colorful Williamsburg neighborhood, musician/author Damon Krukowski and New York Times music columnist Ben Sisario sat before a small crowd of music enthusiasts to discuss K…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 5:09am -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Joe Whip (Part 4)

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Joe Whip (Part 4)

    [This is Joe's 4th Lovely Recordings! A big Thank You, Joe, Ed.]
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 5:07am -
  • Weird New Pop, Vol.3

    Weird New Pop, Vol.3

    Cover art: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking DesignsTrack 11Pop songs are almost always playing in my mind. It's happening now as I write these words. It happens while I am reading, watching television, taking a shower, even in the middle of conversat…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 5:00am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: New Singers Who Can Actually Sing
    Quote from: Early B. on Today at 12:59 amOn the pop side, there hasn't been anyone to come along since Whitney Houston debuted in the early 90's.Solangehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qogqro-lg1o&sns=em...
    - 14 mins ago, 20 Jul 17, 7:09am -
  • newRe: Manufacturers reference speakers, only $3500
    Glad you got your Vapors Steve.  If these are anything like how good your server I purchased is, then they are a steal.  Good luck selling these.  I'm sure whoever gets them will be VERY happy for a long time.
    - 20 mins ago, 20 Jul 17, 7:03am -
  • newRe: Proper power for Vandersteen Model 3
    Thanks for sharing. Yes, any of the Vandersteen speakers will sound better with better amplification.  Sounds like you have found a better amp and also a more powerful one. Congrats. That's really cool when you get better sound by upgrading your oth…
    - 25 mins ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:58am -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    M83 - Saturdays=Youth (2008)Samples
    - 34 mins ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:49am -
  • newRe: Dumb question
    Quote from: earwig on Today at 12:50 pmStill old enough to remember those wedgy boxes put up on the wall . I tend to think walls and floors are bouncy and detrimental to sound ,prefer away from walls on steel stan...
    - 47 mins ago, 20 Jul 17, 6:36am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newWilliam Parker
    Whenever I see William Parker in action, I’m reminded of the first time I watched him play, at New York’s Sweet Basil as part of Cecil Taylor’s band in the early 80s. Thirty-five years later, he’s an icon of the NYC experimental-improv scene…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Jul 17, 6:00am -
  • Issue 84
    Features Old School: The Klipsch LaScalas – A Work in Progress 995: Hagerman’s Cornet 3 Phonostage By Jerold O’Brien Journeyman Audiophile: Atoll Electronique IN100se Integrated Amplifier By Rob Johnson TONE Style Wino:  It’s in the Can BMW…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 11:50am -
  • Dasher
    Dasher leader Kylee Kimbrough said in a recent interview that one of her favorite things about her time spent living in Bloomington, Indiana, relates to the fact that most of the houses in the city have basements. The Atlanta native’s love of the s…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Jul 17, 6:00am -
  • Akiko Audio’s Corelli

    Akiko Audio’s Corelli


    - 6 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 7:31pm -
  • Nicole Mitchell
    Composer and flute virtuoso Nicole Mitchell now teaches in Southern California, but her music remains rooted in Chicago, where she recorded Mandorla Awakening II with hometown colleagues. As a former president of the city’s Association for the Adva…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Jul 17, 6:00am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newLA Audio Show 2017: Nordost’s new QKore devices help you stay grounded

    LA Audio Show 2017: Nordost’s new QKore devices help you stay grounded

    You have to hand it to Nordost. While many audiophiles are still hotly debating the degree to which wire and various tweaks can improve a system’s sound, the Massachusetts-based company just keeps doing straightforward A/B tests at each major stere…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 3:00am -
  • newRega launches all-new Planar 6 with Neo PSU, Ania moving-coil cartridge

    Rega launches all-new Planar 6 with Neo PSU, Ania moving-coil cartridge

    UK high fidelity manufacturer, and turntable-design legend Rega has just released an update to it’s highly-capable RP6, and following the form of the last couple years with other turntable upgrades in the line, it is transitioning to the Planar 6 m…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Jul 17, 4:00am -
  • LA Audio Show 2017: MoFi masters the art of audiophile pressings

    LA Audio Show 2017: MoFi masters the art of audiophile pressings

    Glancing at the deep stacks of vinyl albums in the Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab room at the Los Angeles Audio Show, I could only think of two things: When do these guys go on lunch break, and how fast could I get a dolly up here? Indeed, seeing all tho…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 4:00am -
  • LA Audio Show 2017: McIntosh in a World of its Own

    LA Audio Show 2017: McIntosh in a World of its Own

    World of McIntosh is a brand name developed in 2015 by the longtime manufacturer’s parent company, Fine Sounds Group. Audiophiles who haven’t been paying close attention may be surprised to learn just how big that world is. McIntosh, which was fo…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 10:00am -
  • DVL Audio Album of the Month for July – Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio

    DVL Audio Album of the Month for July – Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio

    This is the first in a monthly series of album reviews I will be doing for DVL Audio here in Canada. I’ll be heading out to a local record store in Vancouver, digging through the bins, and coming up with an intriguing LP to discuss here on Part-Tim…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 4:00am -

Audiophilia

  • The Charisma Audio MC-2 Moving Coil Cartridge

    The Charisma Audio MC-2 Moving Coil Cartridge

    It’s nice to see a Canadian cartridge of excellent quality getting some play on mainstream turntables and receiving good notices in the press.  The MC-2 Moving Coil Cartridge is the brainchild of Bernard Li, proprietor of Toronto’s Charisma…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 5:46am -
  • Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC

    Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC

    I've known Mojo Audio's owner/designer Benjamin Zwickel for some years now. He's a restless sort of chap, like many brilliant designers I've met. Always tinkering and figuring ways to make his products better. He's also, at least where his magical…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Jul 17, 11:13am -
  • Angie's Awesome Audiophile Affair

    Angie's Awesome Audiophile Affair

    I was invited this week to a friend's party celebrating 40 years in the audio business as well as five years in her new location and a very special birthday. Three birds with one stone. To Toronto I was called, to Toronto I flew. The celebratio…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Jul 17, 6:00am -
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (four-movement version) — Rattle/Berliner Philharmoniker

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (four-movement version) — Rattle/Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic continue to be top of the classical music pile. They boast a full complement of recordings that sell extremely well and the orchestra’s own benchmark digital delivery system, the Digital Concert Hall.…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Jul 17, 5:57am -
  • Vancouver Audio Festival @hificentre 2017

    Vancouver Audio Festival @hificentre 2017

    Another one bites the dust.They're dropping like flies.What's done, is done.Audio shows, that is.  Okay, that's enough of that. Sadly, the Vancouver Audio Show lasted but two years, and along with the more venerable Montreal Audio Show,…
    - 24 days ago, 25 Jun 17, 8:22pm -

Enjoy The Music

  • newThrowback Thursday: Gryphon Audio Designs Kalliope DAC

    Throwback Thursday: Gryphon Audio Designs Kalliope DAC

    Moving up to the critical midrange, I could bask within it all day long; provided the recording is up to challenge. In fact, here is what separates the DAC men from the boys; since most acoustic music lives and breathes in the midrange, this is also…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 4:31am -
  • newCommercial Launch Of The Genesis Mæstro Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Commercial Launch Of The Genesis Mæstro Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Genesis Advanced Technologies has just announced the commercial launch of their Genesis 5-series loudspeaker. "There have been five generations of this loudspeaker since the Genesis V debuted in 1994" said Mr. Gary Leonard Koh, CEO and Chief Designer…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Jul 17, 3:11am -
  • newREVIEW: Audio Research Vacuum Tube LS28 Line Stage And VT80 Power Amplifier

    REVIEW: Audio Research Vacuum Tube LS28 Line Stage And VT80 Power Amplifier

    Where the ARC combo really shines is in its reproduction of the female voice. Jordyn Jackson of the above-mentioned Flagship Romance is also known for her interpretation of jazz and blues standards. In September 2009, she spent time in New Orleans. T…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 1:58pm -
  • MUTEC Empyreal Class With REF 10 10MHz Reference Clock

    MUTEC Empyreal Class With REF 10 10MHz Reference Clock

    MUTEC just announced the REF 10 - their audiophile reference master clock (€3598). The MUTEC REF 10 is an audiophile reference master clock generating 10 MHz signals to improve digital playback systems. Engineered around a handcrafted, ultra-low ph…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 3:11am -
  • Hi-Fi World's August Issue Features Audiophile Equipment Reviews

    Hi-Fi World's August Issue Features Audiophile Equipment Reviews

    EnjoyTheMusic.com has just posted the August 2017 issue of Hi-Fi World where you could win an OPPO HA-2 SE headphone DAC/amp worth £289! This issue features reviews of the Tannoy Mercury 7.4 loudspeakers, NAD M32 DAC amplifier / NAD M50.2 server, Se…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 4:47am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Dynaudio BM6A mk II Active Monitors and 3X Speaker Stands
    Item: Dynaudio BM6A mk II Active Monitors and 3X Speaker Stands Location: Sydney Price: $1700 for the lot or $1500 for the speakers and $300 for the stands Item Condition: Speakers 7/10; Stands 9.5/10 (as new) Reason for selling: Redundant, need mone…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 5:51am -
  • newFS: GENESIS 1. Massive 7.3 feet high, 4 Towers complete with 4000 watt Bass Amp.
    Item: GENESIS 1. Massive 7.3 feet high, 4 Towers complete with 4000 watt Bass Amp. Location: Perth Price: $85000 Item Condition: 8/10 Perfect Working Order & Visually Stunning Reason for selling: Moving to much smaller house Payment Method: Pickup -…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 4:32am -
  • newFS: Mr Speaker Ether Flow Headphones
    Item: Mr Speaker Ether Flow Headphones Location: NSW (Central Coast) Price: 1800 Item Condition: 10/10 Reason for selling: Not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Have had these Ether Flows…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 2:36am -
  • newHifiman 400i
    Item: Hifiman 400i Location: Sydney Northern Beaches Price: 400 Item Condition: Mint (listened twice, total time 1 hour) Reason for selling: Unwanted gift, want closed back headphones Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 2:10am -
  • newFS: Elektra Reference HD and Elektra PYNX Valve Pre
    Item: Reference HD and Elektra PNYX Valve Pre Location:Melbourne Price: 5700 ono (for both units) Item Condition:9/10 Reason for selling: Trying something different Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought the po…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Jul 17, 1:05am -

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

  • newAES 2017 Berlin
    The Audio Engineering Shows in Europe are much smaller and more oriented toward papers than the trade show, which makes them a good opportunity to sit and talk with people actually doing real audio research. This year AES 2017 Berlin was no exception…
    - 16 hours ago, 19 Jul 17, 3:19pm -
  • newAudio-Technica Announces the ATH-DSR9BT Bluetooth Pure Digital Drive Headphones
    Audio-Technica Is Now Shipping Its Award Winning ATH-DSR9BT Pure Digital Drive Headphones with Bluetooth Wireless Technology   Audio-Technica is now shipping its ATH-DSR9BT Wireless Headphones with Pure Digital Drive technology. Winner of a CES…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 2:39pm -
  • Simaudio Announces the MOON 600i V2 Integrated Amplifier
    Now in version 2 guise, the new MOON 600i V2 Integrated Amplifier elevates the performance standard to an even higher level than its predecessor. Based on the 600i's award-winning reputation, the v2 pushes the envelope with an even more natural and…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 3:02pm -
  • Kimber Kable Axios USB Cable: World Premier Review
    Hot off the assembly line in Ogden, Utah, comes Ray Kimber's very latest thinking in USB cable design. With five other models listed, starting at $50, this tour-de-force design is a semi-affordable $900 for a meter. This is quite a deal compared to t…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 3:30pm -
  • Studio Electric Announces the Launch of m4 - 4th Generation Monitor Speaker
    Salt Lake City, UT – Studio Electric is pleased to announce the launch of the all new m4 monitor. Building on the success of the award winning SE Monitor, and it's sister product the Benchmark SMS1, The new m4 takes stand mounted speakers to a new…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 9:24am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newKIH #46 – MQA’s missing link?
    For every professional, there is a con man. Oops. I meant to say, for every pro, there is a con. For every yes, there is a no. Today is about the latter. Or nomad not yes man is Frederic Vanden Poel, designer of the 432 Evo music server of Belgian br…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Jul 17, 2:05am -
  • Don’t worry, USB happy!
    Pushback on cables — it comes with the audiophile territory — but the strength of the opposing force can vary with the type of cable at hand. Back in the late 70s, if you’d suggested anything but the most basic phone wire be used for loudspeake…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Jul 17, 3:22am -
  • Schiit ready $699 ‘No Excuses’ Vidar power amplifier
    Product announcements are like buses. You wait all day for one and then two show up at once. DAR’s post on Schiit Audio’s new Eitr/Gen 5 USB had already gone live when a second press release arrived from Jason Stoddard. So here we go…again. The…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 11:08am -
  • Schiit announce Gen 5 USB, Eitr USB-S/PDIF converter
    USB audio. Whatever your DAC’s USB performance, it can always be improved upon. We seem to be forever fixing USB’s qualitative shortcomings. Four or five years ago, USB-S/PDIF converters like the Audiophilleo, Wyred4Sound’s uLINK, Resonessence…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Jul 17, 10:24am -
  • Classier! Sonore’s ultraRendu takes digital audio higher still
    Ethernet input. USB input. No wifi. No S/PDIF. We’ve been here before. Sonore’s ultraRendu is this Florida company’s second go at a network streamer. Their first was the DAR-KO Award winning microRendu (US$640 + power supply) – catch up here.…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Jul 17, 5:15am -