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  • newTopping Pre90 line preamplifier

    Topping Pre90 line preamplifier

    There has not been a conventional preamplifier in my main audio system for quite a while, because no multichannel preamp is available that's of high enough quality. Instead, I use the high-precision digital volume controls in my players and DACs and…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 9:48am -
  • newRiviera Levante integrated amplifier

    Riviera Levante integrated amplifier

    I remember, around the time I started at Stereophile, telling Art Dudley that I wanted to review "a lot of power amplifiers" because amplifiers are the "blood-pumping heart machines" that "reanimate the artistry" of musicians: Horowitz, Björk, Bill…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 22, 11:08am -
  • Recording of February 2022: The Doors: <I>L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)</I>

    Recording of February 2022: The Doors: <I>L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)</I>

    The Doors: L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)Elektra/Rhino R2 659055 (3CD/1LP). 2021. Bruce Botnick/Doors, prods.; Botnick, eng.Performance *****Sonics ****½The Doors flew like a comet across the rock/pop universe, running only four a…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 22, 2:25pm -
  • Analog Corner #318: Turntable setup is a diagnostic exercise

    Analog Corner #318: Turntable setup is a diagnostic exercise

    As I watched WAM Engineering's J.R. Boisclair give an advanced turntable setup seminar at last November's Capitol Audiofest, a light went off. I'm being figurative, but the lights did—literally—go off, and then on again, as I flipped the sw…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jan 22, 12:38pm -
  • Monitor Audio Silver 500 7G loudspeaker

    Monitor Audio Silver 500 7G loudspeaker

    When I learned that I was to review the new seventh generation of Monitor Audio's Silver 500 loudspeaker ($3200/pair), descendants of the original Silver-series products launched in 1999, I thought back on what I knew about the company and then refre…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Jan 22, 10:32am -

AudioStream.com

  • newTopping Pre90 line preamplifier

    Topping Pre90 line preamplifier

    There has not been a conventional preamplifier in my main audio system for quite a while, because no multichannel preamp is available that's of high enough quality. Instead, I use the high-precision digital volume controls in my players and DACs and…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 9:48am -
  • newRiviera Levante integrated amplifier

    Riviera Levante integrated amplifier

    I remember, around the time I started at Stereophile, telling Art Dudley that I wanted to review "a lot of power amplifiers" because amplifiers are the "blood-pumping heart machines" that "reanimate the artistry" of musicians: Horowitz, Björk, Bill…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 22, 11:08am -
  • Recording of February 2022: The Doors: <I>L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)</I>

    Recording of February 2022: The Doors: <I>L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)</I>

    The Doors: L.A. Woman (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)Elektra/Rhino R2 659055 (3CD/1LP). 2021. Bruce Botnick/Doors, prods.; Botnick, eng.Performance *****Sonics ****½The Doors flew like a comet across the rock/pop universe, running only four a…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jan 22, 2:25pm -
  • Analog Corner #318: Turntable setup is a diagnostic exercise

    Analog Corner #318: Turntable setup is a diagnostic exercise

    As I watched WAM Engineering's J.R. Boisclair give an advanced turntable setup seminar at last November's Capitol Audiofest, a light went off. I'm being figurative, but the lights did—literally—go off, and then on again, as I flipped the sw…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jan 22, 12:38pm -
  • Monitor Audio Silver 500 7G loudspeaker

    Monitor Audio Silver 500 7G loudspeaker

    When I learned that I was to review the new seventh generation of Monitor Audio's Silver 500 loudspeaker ($3200/pair), descendants of the original Silver-series products launched in 1999, I thought back on what I knew about the company and then refre…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Jan 22, 10:32am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newNAD C 700 Review and Comparison

    NAD C 700 Review and Comparison

     I've said it before, and I'll say it many more times no doubt, I'm a huge fan of BluOS. I applaud Lenbrook for its herculean effort to create BluOS from scratch and to continue supporting and expanding it over the years. Lenbrook is a blu…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 22, 11:16am -
  • HIFIMAN Susvara: A Long-term Review

    HIFIMAN Susvara: A Long-term Review

      Summary: The HIFIMAN Susvara is one of the finest headphones in the world. It is a particularly natural and musical-sounding headphone owing to its timbral accuracy, midrange realism, a polite but airy treble, and a fast but…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jan 22, 8:00am -
  • Audiopraise VanityPRO HDMI Audio Extractor

    Audiopraise VanityPRO HDMI Audio Extractor

      First: This is about taking one's music from wherever it is, in whatever quality, and playing it at the highest quality possible. Those who wish to play only pristine recordings can skip this article, without any judgement from me. T…
    - 9 days ago, 20 Jan 22, 7:43am -
  • The Interview Series | John Wood

    The Interview Series | John Wood

      Only a rarified few producers and engineers in popular music can be said to have defined the sound of a genre. John Wood is one of them. Both at his own studio, Sound Techniques, and elsewhere, Wood shaped the sound of the…
    - 10 days ago, 18 Jan 22, 8:39am -
  • The Best Version Of… John Martyn's Solid Air

    The Best Version Of… John Martyn's Solid Air

      "I don’t want to know about evil, I only want to know about love"- John Martyn, “Don’t Want to Know” from Solid Air To write about John Martyn in 2021, more than a decade after his death at age 60, is to write…
    - 17 days ago, 11 Jan 22, 1:26pm -

AudioCircle Updates

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TONEAudio Magazine

  • The SVS PB-1000 and SB-1000 Subwoofers

    The SVS PB-1000 and SB-1000 Subwoofers

    Here’s a twist for you. Normally, I’m always comparing cars to hifi gear. But not this time. There’s a great burger place in my neighborhood called Killer Burger, that plays metal music most of the time and their burgers all have great names. M…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Jan 22, 3:54pm -
  • The new Fozgometer is here…

    The new Fozgometer is here…

    Musical Surroundings just announced their new Fozgometer V2 azimuth range meter, a unique tool to optimize phono cartridge azimuth for the best sound from your HiFi system. To achieve the best performance, your phono cartridge’s azimuth must be pro…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Jan 22, 12:17pm -
  • Last minute shopping with REL

    Last minute shopping with REL

    REL 2022 Price Increases, Effective 01.15.2022 REL has been forced to raise their prices for all the usual reasons (400% shipping increases and an average of 21% per model cost increases). We’re lucky, they’ve decided to only pass on a portion of…
    - 32 days ago, 27 Dec 21, 5:16pm -
  • Issue 110
    Cover Story: Awards! Features Old School: The Dynaco Stereo 400 -By Jeff Dorgay Cartridge Dude: The Ortofon Concorde Century 1095: Gear for Just over a G The Dynaudio Emit 10 Speakers Shanon Says: Shanon McKellar discovers the York phono stage Merc…
    - 32 days ago, 27 Dec 21, 4:04pm -
  • Why High-End Audio Gear and Luxury Goods Are Strange Bedfellows
    To the segment of the high-end audio industry trying to reposition components as luxury goods, I have a message: you’re barking up the wrong tree. To the new entrants trying to create “curated luxury goods experiences,” I submit that you’re w…
    - 43 days ago, 16 Dec 21, 6:04pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newToolShed Amps Transcendence 300B Amplifier | REVIEW
    I learned a long time ago (around 1992 or so, as I recall) that low-powered single-ended triode vacuum tubes, when properly utilized in an audio amplifier, can do some crazy magical things. That mind-bending experience [...]
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 3:00am -
  • newBASSic Instinct from David Finck | The Vinyl Anachronist
    It’s been a while since I’ve brought up the subject of bassists-as-leaders in the world of contemporary jazz, but I’m seriously pondering it again, the idea that a bass player focuses on foundation and structure [...]
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 22, 11:07am -
  • The Anatomy Of An Amplifier | The Occasional Podcast
    This week’s episode of The Occasional Podcast is and educational journey through the innards of amplifier design. Guest Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio walks us through the signal path from input to speaker, giving his [...]
    - 3 days ago, 26 Jan 22, 3:37am -
  • Bill Evans on Resonance Records | The Vinyl Anachronist
    I shouldn’t have to convince jazz lovers that four CDs’ worth of previously unavailable live Bill Evans on Resonance Records is something special they want to own, but these two new releases are quite special–not [...]
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jan 22, 1:32pm -
  • Brinkmann Edison Mk. II Phono Preamplifier | REVIEW
    I hate being one of those high-end reviewers who hold onto gear forever, stretching the process out over months and months, waiting for other products to show up, working out whatever issues come up, and [...]
    - 6 days ago, 23 Jan 22, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newFocal Aria K2 936 Loudspeaker

    Focal Aria K2 936 Loudspeaker

    Saint-Étienne, France-based Focal has been one of the pillars holding up the pantheon of high-end loudspeakers for multiple decades now. The company is about as vertically integrated as can be in this era, with R&D, driver manufacturing and speaker…
    - 16 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 4:09am -
  • newAnsuz Acoustics Darkz T2 Supreme Record Stabilizer

    Ansuz Acoustics Darkz T2 Supreme Record Stabilizer

    The challenges presented reviewing a vinyl accessory priced at €6,700 are pretty daunting. No matter the time and technology invested in the concept, design and manufacturing, the perceived performance for casual readers, audiophiles lapsed and ded…
    - 16 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 4:09am -
  • newZubin Mehta: Los Angeles Philharmonic—Complete Decca Recordings

    Zubin Mehta: Los Angeles Philharmonic—Complete Decca Recordings

    I’d like to thank my Audiophilia colleague and one of my favourite musicians, James Norris, for getting me back into CDs. It’s because of him and my three months without vinyl (hopefully, ending soon with the imminent arrival of pandemic delayed…
    - 16 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 4:08am -
  • Hegel H390 Integrated Amplifier

    Hegel H390 Integrated Amplifier

    Integrated streaming amplifiers are not just popular, they are becoming the default choice for many serious music listeners as our recent review of the Cambridge EVO 150 demonstrates. Much like the Cadillac receivers of the past, there is a huge app…
    - 15 days ago, 14 Jan 22, 6:00am -
  • PS Audio PerfectWave SACD Transport

    PS Audio PerfectWave SACD Transport

    In the last couple of years, I’ve been first and foremost a vinyl enthusiast. With its tactile engagement and the variety of equipment you can use, it’s really a toy chest for adults. Vinyl has romanticized once again a ritual I had forgotten wit…
    - 15 days ago, 14 Jan 22, 5:30am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newHIGH END 2022 Show In Munich, Germany

    HIGH END 2022 Show In Munich, Germany

    From May 19th to 22nd, 2022, the 39th HIGH END trade show in Munich will yet again shine the spotlight on excellent music reproduction, inspiring listening enjoyment and exquisite audio technology. For many years, the HIGH END has been providing bot…
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 5:35am -
  • newSchiit Jotunheim Balanced Desktop Headamp / Preamp And Lyr 3 Hybrid Headamp / DAC / Phono Review

    Schiit Jotunheim Balanced Desktop Headamp / Preamp And Lyr 3 Hybrid Headamp / DAC / Phono Review

    The names Mike Moffat (Theta Digital) and Jason Stoddard (Sumo) are legendary in high-end audio circles. Both have been determined engineers seeking the highest musical fidelity from their circuit designs and playback efforts, utilizing both analog…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jan 22, 4:12am -
  • newFiiO M3K Portable Music Player Review

    FiiO M3K Portable Music Player Review

    The FiiO M3K brings to mind my first mp3 player. It was about the same size, though it lacked any kind of display much less a GUI, and it fitted a 10Mb SD card (rather than a micro SD card) and it was called an mp3 player because it couldn't play an…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jan 22, 4:11am -
  • AXPONA 2022 High-End Audiophile Show

    AXPONA 2022 High-End Audiophile Show

    AXPONA 2022 will take place from April 22nd through 24th at the The Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Liz and Mark from AXPONA say, "We are mindful of the current status of the pandemic and also know things will evolve in the months to come.…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jan 22, 9:25pm -
  • Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Luxury Audio Show

    Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Luxury Audio Show

    Pacific Audio Fest 2022 will take place from July 29th through 31st at the Doubletree Hilton Sea-Tac Washington. PAF 2022 is the first major audio show promoted by exhibitors and music lovers for music lovers and exhibitors.
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jan 22, 9:21pm -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Chord clearway 1 m. Rca
    Further information: 1 meter rca-rca. Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approvedIf you are advertising multiple items, you m…
    - 14 mins ago, 28 Jan 22, 8:02pm -
  • newFS: SHIELDED POWER CABLE AUST PLUG 1.5MTRS
    Further information:FULLY SHIELDED POWER CABLE Extra Info: fully shielded cable for hifi+av systems,braided cable made in Germany,eliminates rfi+emi from entering system also prevents contamination to nearby interconnects,very flexible, 1.5mtrs in le…
    - 21 mins ago, 28 Jan 22, 7:55pm -
  • newFS: CHORD CLEARWAY 2 METER XLR.
    Further information: 2 meter Xlr-Xlr. Photos: PLEASE READ If you include any reference to pricing whatsoever in this section (excluding RRP), your ad will not be approvedIf you are advertising multiple items, you m…
    - 24 mins ago, 28 Jan 22, 7:52pm -
  • newFS: FiiO M11 DAP
    Further information: My M11 had a faulty volume knob and was replaced under warranty with a refurbished unit. In the meantime I decided to upgrade. Comes with the FiiO included plastic case and the FiiO PU case that is sold separately. The box never…
    - 30 mins ago, 28 Jan 22, 7:46pm -
  • newFS: Richter Thor MKIV Subwoofer
    Further information: Richter Thor MKIV subwoofer plate amplifier has just been replaced with a brand new one. Sounds great but I decided that I was better off with 2 subs in my room rather than 3. Pickup from Rowville Audition is availabl…
    - 43 mins ago, 28 Jan 22, 7:33pm -

AVRev.com News

  • 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
    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
    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 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 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 Soncoz SGA-1 Headphone Amplifier - a Great Value, Bringing New Meaning to 'Canned Music'
    If you enjoy headphone listening but prefer spending more of your cash on quality cans than amplification, the Soncoz SGA-1 headphone amplifier may be your new go-to device. Possessing XLR balanced and RCA outputs, teamed up with your favorite 'phone…
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 3:49pm -
  • newThe RCA Living Stereo Recordings by Lewis Layton at HDTT
    Lewis Layton is among that small pantheon of engineering greats who made the golden age of stereo such a wonderful period. I've long admired his work for RCA. Many of his recordings are among the greatest classical music recordings ever made. High De…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 10:38am -
  • newThe State of The Art - Roger Skoff Writes About It
    FYI, Roger Skoff is the founder and President of RSX Technologies, and the former founder and President of XLO Cables, a name well known to many. He knows whereof he speaks…. Michael Riley (known to his friends as just "Riley"), was one of my co-wr…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jan 22, 10:23am -
  • newHIFIMAN Electronics’ R9 Closed-Back Headphone
    Features Topology Diaphragm for Outstanding High Frequency Response The Company’s second Closed-Back Dynamic Driver Headphone Includes Super-Comfortable Earcups for Hours of Listening Pleasure BELLMORE, NY, January 27, 2022 – HIFIMAN, the leade…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 22, 2:12pm -
  • newBoazu Integrated Amplifier
    The following review has been submitted by guest reviewer, Miguel Barrio. Boazu vs Ongaku: David or Goliath? Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by machines. When I was 6 years old I rewired my nightstand lamp. My mother freaked out thinkin…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jan 22, 1:35pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Recording with the best DSLR Shotgun Mics on your digital camera will make your videos sound professional. After all, one of the most important aspects of a video is the sound. You can deal with grainy images, but crackles and pops will turn everyone…
    - 28 May 20, 10:45pm -
  • Best Lavalier Mics

    Best Lavalier Mics

    Using the best lavalier mic will make you sound better on stage, on a recording, and even on your video. Good lav mics don’t have to sound tinny with zero wind protection. You just have to get the right one. 🙂 Nice lavalier microphones are easy…
    - 28 May 20, 6:58pm -
  • Best Rapping Microphones

    Best Rapping Microphones

    Using the best rapping microphone to record your raps or perform live will not only make you sound better, it will also be a lot easier to use. Too many people think that any mic can be used for rapping. It’s not true. In order to get the perfect m…
    - 28 May 20, 6:18pm -
  • Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Using the best live vocal microphone for your band’s concert will not only make you sound better, it will also be much easier too use than a cheap mic. Too many people try to perform with junky microphones and lose fans because of it. Don’t be t…
    - 28 May 20, 2:59pm -
  • Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Recording with the best omnidirectional microphone is easy and can give you major tonal advantages without excess gain. Many people think omni directional mics aren’t great for recording or live sound and that’s just not true. Omni mics do produc…
    - 17 Feb 20, 6:31pm -