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The Absolute Sound

  • 2016 Editors’ Choice Awards: Music Servers $1,000 - $5,000

    2016 Editors’ Choice Awards: Music Servers $1,000 - $5,000

    Aurender Flow $1295 For someone who wants great sound, smooth ergonomics, and a compact footprint, the Aurender Flow offers an elegant solution for headphone and nearfield listening. Put a large hard drive in it, and you have a clever rig for the tra…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Aug 16, 9:39am -
  • VooDoo Iso-Pod Isolation System

    VooDoo Iso-Pod Isolation System

    Hiding beneath almost every high-end component is one of its most unsung heroes: footers. Their importance to audio performance is well recognized, yet with the exception of a few manufacturers (typically high up in the food chain), most have pretty…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Aug 16, 12:44pm -
  • Tokyo International Audio Show to Feature Robert Harley and Jonathan Valin Book Signing

    Tokyo International Audio Show to Feature Robert Harley and Jonathan Valin Book Signing

    The Absolute Sound and Japan’s premier magazine Stereo Sound have joined forces to host a book autographing session with Robert Harley and Jonathan Valin at the Tokyo International Audio Show. The show runs from September 30 to October 2. Robert an…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Aug 16, 10:56am -
  • WyWires Diamond Loudspeaker Cables and Interconnects

    WyWires Diamond Loudspeaker Cables and Interconnects

    Diamond is the flagship cable in the growing WyWires lineup. Visually, Diamond projects an understated elegance with textured black-mesh jacketing over its silverized underlayer. At each end, its signal conductors are collected in polished carbon-fib…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Aug 16, 5:23am -
  • HiFiMAN Goes Ultra-Portable with its SuperMini Player

    HiFiMAN Goes Ultra-Portable with its SuperMini Player

    The following is a press release issued by HiFiMAN. Tianjin, China | August 22, 2016 -– HiFiMAN, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced their latest portable player, the SuperMini, a sm…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Aug 16, 8:10am -

Stereophile News

  • newWes Phillips RIP

    Wes Phillips RIP

    Sad news: Wes Phillips, who was Stereophile's deputy editor 1995–1999 and a valued contributor 2000 to 2011, passed away yesterday morning after several years of chronic ill heath. Wes (right) is shown here at his leaving lunch, 1/1/99 with (L&#…
    - 15 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 8:07am -
  • Hi-Res Listening Stations Expand. . .

    Hi-Res Listening Stations Expand. . .

    The news is not simply that Best Buy/Magnolia stores' 82 Hi-Resolution Listening Stations which they developed in the US in conjunction with Sony, have proven so successful, and generated so much interest in hi-res, that the company has added 250 mor…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Aug 16, 8:11am -
  • Rudy Van Gelder (1925-2016)

    Rudy Van Gelder (1925-2016)

    Rudy Van Gelder, pioneer recording engineer, creator of "the Blue Note sound" (and the many sounds that imitated it through the years), died at the age of 91 this week. Every true jazz fan and true audiophile has grown to venerate Van Gelder—at…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 2:48pm -
  • Spiky, Lyrical, and Transcendently Beautiful Prokofiev

    Spiky, Lyrical, and Transcendently Beautiful Prokofiev

    Almost 20 years separate the First and Second Violin Concertos of Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953), but they share a language of such ravishing beauty and unexpected transitions that they seem like first cousins. Among their many recordings, violini…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 12:04pm -
  • Music Hall Audio MMF-7.3 turntable

    Music Hall Audio MMF-7.3 turntable

    Stereophile and Music Hall Audio share a long mutual history. Like most relationships, it's had its ups and downs; unlike most relationships, this one is well documented—in retired writer Sam Tellig's much-loved "Audio Cheapskate" and "Sam's Spa…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Aug 16, 10:17am -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: Marion Brown

    Download of the Week: Marion Brown

    Imagine Debussy digested by Webern transposed and informed by Coltranes, John & Alice, played by some of the finest jazz players on familiar and unfamiliar instruments and you begin to get a mental grab on Marion Brown's Afternoon of a Georgia Faun r…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 7:53am -
  • Sonore by Simple Design microRendu: An Audiophile Odyssey

    Sonore by Simple Design microRendu: An Audiophile Odyssey

    While USB DACs have been widely embraced by computer audiophiles for their ease of use and excellent sound, there has been a price to pay for the benefits associated with connecting one’s computer to these DACs. Noise, part and parcel of any all-p…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Aug 16, 5:38am -
  • More Lovely Recordings Wanted!

    More Lovely Recordings Wanted!

    Lovely Recordings has grown into one of my favorite features on AudioStream; what's better than people sharing music they love?
    - 5 days ago, 24 Aug 16, 10:08am -
  • Sibling Rivalry?

    Sibling Rivalry?

    Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)A Friend pointed me to this article titled "The Art of Listening: Your Guide to Evaluating Speakers" authored by Daniel Kumin and published on our sister site Sound & Vision, whe…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Aug 16, 5:37am -
  • Music Heals

    Music Heals

    We know this, right? If you have your doubts and would like some proof, here's a nice healthy helping; "How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes". This link, which reader CG shared, will bring you to a web page that includes an ex…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Aug 16, 5:36am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newPosting new threads???
    I have a friend who joined CA but cannot post to the forums. Is there some waiting period? Is there a moderator to contact?
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 4:17pm -
  • newPreamp Recommendation, new or used..

    Preamp Recommendation, new or used..

    My current setup utilizes a PS Audio Directstream DAC that feeds directly into my amps. It has enough gain to work perfectly as a preamp, making the...
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 2:08pm -
  • new6 CD's in one Library folder
    I have 6 separate different CD in one folder. It just happened to be the first folder.If I go into the Play Queue and delete them they don't show up...
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 12:45pm -
  • newJenna Mammina "Close Your Eyes" (Blue Coast Records)

    Jenna Mammina "Close  Your Eyes" (Blue Coast Records)

    Available to buy and download at http://bluecoastrecords.downloadsnow.net/close-your-eyes This gal has a gorgeous voice and she sure can sign. I...
    - 11 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 12:06pm -
  • newFor Sale WireWorld Silver Eclipse 7 Interconnects mint, 3mth old $295

    For Sale WireWorld Silver Eclipse 7 Interconnects mint, 3mth old $295

    Mint, .5 meter WireWorld Silver 7 Eclipse Interconnects. Bought them a few months ago only to change my DAC from a Chord 2Qute to a Bricasti, which...
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 9:34am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Chuckle with Guy 13

    Re: Chuckle with Guy 13

    Quote from: FullRangeMan on Yesterday at 11:29 amYou really dont like my chuckles. Big tires are funny.
    - 33 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:13pm -
  • newRe: Sound Anchor Stands for Magnepan MMG
    $100 shipped to zip 19607 ?
    - 37 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:09pm -
  • newRe: DIY F5 Turbo Class A Amplifier
    Hi, Nick.What's the input impedance?Regards,Michael
    - 42 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:04pm -
  • newRe: Which antivirus you have?
    Windows Defender (with Windows 10) is decent and pretty much similar or about as good as any of the free ones.  It is not as good as Norton's....Defender if you want a decent free alternative and MalwareBytes free, Norton's and MalewareBytes Pro if…
    - 49 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 9:57pm -
  • newRe: Catch of the Day: Vinyl You've Recently Bought
    Quote from: Folsom on Today at 01:49 amFinally found a decent copy. I've tossed several in the trash.[img]http://positive-feedback.com/Issue78/images/Belafonte%20at%20Carnegie%20Hall%20-%20the%20Complete%20Concert...
    - 54 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 9:52pm -

Head-Fi Updates

  • newActive Bookshelf Speakers?
     "Hey everyone,   I'm looking to buy a new pair of speakers for listening to music..."
    - 7 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:39pm -
  • newOppo HA-1, black
     "Oppo HA-1. Black. Comes with remote, power cord, Bluetooth antenna. In original box...."
    - 24 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:22pm -
  • newAudeze LCD Single Ended Cable
     "Brand new, never used, still in plastic wrap.   $45 includes USPS shipping and fees...."
    - 27 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:19pm -
  • newAudeze Black Lambskin Headband
     "Never used, but got a bit scuffed when storing (see picture). Also have yokes and..."
    - 31 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:15pm -
  • newAudeze Black Lambskin Earpads
     "Brand new, never used Audeze black lambskin earpads. Includes installation..."
    - 34 mins ago, 28 Aug 16, 10:12pm -

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newReimyo DAP 999EX DAC and CDT 777 transport

    Reimyo DAP 999EX DAC and CDT 777 transport

    If you think digital audio is merely bits being decoded and there isn’t any difference between players, you haven’t been listening. Much like your favorite phono cartridges, all digital players have their own personalities, too. They all take a d…
    - 14 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 8:46am -
  • Pass HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

    Pass HPA-1 Headphone Amplifier

    Listening to Thomas Dolby’s “Ability to Swing,” the Acoustats in my living room have dramatically increased their ability to swing in every way: these vintage ESLs known for their somewhat loose and flabby bass now stand up and deliver Dolby’…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Aug 16, 6:33pm -
  • Issue 78
    Features Old School: Recapping the HH Scott 357 By Erik Owen 995: A Mini Miracle From Totem Audio By Mark Marcantonio Journeyman Audiophile: Wharfedale Diamond 250  Loudspeakers By Jeff Dorgay Personal Fidelity: Quad PA-One Headphone Amplifier and A…
    - 12 days ago, 16 Aug 16, 1:54pm -
  • The Best Boink Music…
    Today, Spotify announced their list of “Top 10 Shagging songs” here: http://www.theladbible.com/now/music-spotify-reveals-the-top-10-shagging-anthems-and-one-lasts-127-seconds-20160804 I agree that most music is subjective, and we all have our fa…
    - 16 days ago, 12 Aug 16, 9:54pm -
  • Rega’s Planar 3 Turntable

    Rega’s Planar 3 Turntable

    When you see the new Rega Planar 3, take a close look. It’s changed. The journey has become a destination. Nearly 40 years of constant refinement makes the Planar 3 the best in its class; no one does it better. Whether you’ve been a fan for years…
    - 20 days ago, 8 Aug 16, 10:32pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • Review: JansZen Valentina Active

    Review: JansZen Valentina Active

    by John Grandberg I’m a headphone guy at heart. I believe all my readers pretty much know that by now. As such, I spend far more time listening to headphones than speakers. Ok, maybe that’s not completely accurate if we count every bit of time sp…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 3:00am -
  • Capital Audiofest 2016: Roundup and Best in Show

    Capital Audiofest 2016: Roundup and Best in Show

    I’ve been to a lot of audio shows, it’s true. Doesn’t make me an expert, however — there are a few decades of these things that I simply don’t have access to, having only “been in the game” since 2010. But one thing I have learned —…
    - 6 days ago, 23 Aug 16, 3:00am -
  • Capital Audiofest 2016: Photo Tour

    Capital Audiofest 2016: Photo Tour

    Many thanks to Eric, who wandered this show and captured so many amazing and rich photos with his sneaky little Ricoh camera. All photos courtesy of Eric Franklin Shook. Enjoy.Filed under: CAF 2016 Tagged: CAF
    - 7 days ago, 22 Aug 16, 3:00am -
  • Far Corners finds Hot Treasures: Svecheniye 12AX7 Vacuum Tubes

    Far Corners finds Hot Treasures: Svecheniye 12AX7 Vacuum Tubes

    By Modest I. Predlozheniye It is easy to get caught up in the latest trends in audio, especially when you travel the world as I do. I see a lot of new technology applied to the art of enjoying music. Some of it is misguided but some shows just a tra…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Aug 16, 3:00am -
  • Newport 2016: Obsessing is what we do/Best in Show

    Newport 2016: Obsessing is what we do/Best in Show


    - 9 days ago, 20 Aug 16, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Anticables Level 6.2 Absolute Signature IC and Level 4.1 Reference Plus Xhadow IC Interconnects

    Anticables Level 6.2 Absolute Signature IC and Level 4.1 Reference Plus Xhadow IC Interconnects

    After reviewing Anticables’ top speaker wire in October, I put away all thoughts of reviews for three wonderful weeks in Italy. I’m still getting over it. Upon my return, owner of Anticables, Paul Speltz, contacted me to see if I had any interest…
    - 13 Jan 16, 11:25am -
  • PS Audio PerfectWave Network Bridge II

    PS Audio PerfectWave Network Bridge II

    About two and a half years ago, I reviewed PS Audio’s first generation of its Bridge, an optional small board that snaps into the back of PS Audio’s highest end DAC (which at the time was their PerfectWave MKII), that allows one to use an etherne…
    - 1 Jan 16, 1:04pm -
  • A Scottish Bach Magnificat

    A Scottish Bach Magnificat

    J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata Hybrid SACD - DSDDunedin Consort / John Butt Linn CKD 469D [87:00]I love the sound of Linn recordings. Everyone I’ve heard has been a winner in the sonics department and many in the performance of wonder…
    - 31 Dec 15, 11:32am -
  • Philharmonia Loudspeakers by Jean Nouvel

    Philharmonia Loudspeakers by Jean Nouvel

    You know a loudspeaker is going to be expensive when it’s heard by appointment only and is the brainchild of French architect provocateur, Jean Nouvel (Price TBA). Nouvel is the creator of the Philharmonie de Paris, the worlds newest, grand concert…
    - 29 Dec 15, 2:00am -
  • Joey Roth Steel Speaker

    Joey Roth Steel Speaker

    Portland’s Joey Roth is a favourite designer around here. Whether designing the world’s most beautiful teapot, garden ceramic pots or lifestyle speaker systems with emphasis on the style and excellent sound, Roth can be counted upon to produce se…
    - 28 Dec 15, 2:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • Pro-Ject Offers Mozart's Symphonies No. 25, 35 and 39 On Vinyl LP

    Pro-Ject Offers Mozart's Symphonies No. 25, 35 and 39 On Vinyl LP

    Pro-Ject Audio Systems is very proud to announce an exclusive cooperation between The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Universal Music (Decca) to issue a series of vinyl records that include important performances of the VPO. These are beautifully r…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 4:44am -
  • Chord Electronics Is Now Shipping Their SPM 1050 MkII Stereo Amplifier

    Chord Electronics Is Now Shipping Their SPM 1050 MkII Stereo Amplifier

    Chord Electronics is now shipping their significantly upgraded SPM 1050 power amplifier to now reach MkII status (£4950). The latest-spec MkII model offers reduced output distortion for greater transparency and fidelity, plus improvements to capacit…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 4:43am -
  • Last Week! The Cable Company's 21st Annual Summer Against Hunger

    Last Week! The Cable Company's 21st Annual Summer Against Hunger

    The Cable Company's 21st Annual Summer Against Hunger sale once again gives CARE relief and development projects a much needed boost. It's easy to participate as there is no extra cost or separate donation by you. Throughout August simply purchase ne…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Aug 16, 2:30am -
  • Autonomic MMS-1e & M-120e Ethernet DAC / Whole-House Products

    Autonomic MMS-1e & M-120e Ethernet DAC / Whole-House Products

    Autonomic introduces their new generation MMS-1e and M-120e whole-house entertainment products featuring eAudioCast proprietary audio-over-Ethernet technology. The MMS-1e whole-house music player and the M-120e 4-zone amplifier each means that your m…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Aug 16, 2:29am -
  • Wolf Ear Audio Makoyi Transformer Coupled Headphone Amplifier

    Wolf Ear Audio Makoyi Transformer Coupled Headphone Amplifier

    Wolf Ear Audio's Makoyi transformer coupled vacuum tube headphone amplifier (starting at $3300 CAD) operates in Class-A to produce 4.5 watts. This single-ended triode design is designed to dominate hard-to-drive headphones with ease. Boasting 4.5 wat…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Aug 16, 4:40am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newWes Phillips dies.
    Very sorry to hear about this.  I had been wondering about him, as he was one of my favourite writers. http://www.stereophile.com/content/wes-phillips-rip#O1lO7jbaBFjQXIoG.97
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 7:07pm -
  • new9 Vinyl LP,s FS:

    9 Vinyl LP,s FS:

    Item: Vinyl RecordsLocation: HobartPrice: $50 ono: Item Condition: Used, most look ok, one has light scratches.Reason for selling: Found in house clean up. Payment Method: Pickup only. Not interested in posting.Extra Info Sanatana - Caravanserai…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 6:15pm -
  • newFS: JL Audio Fathom F110 Subwoofer

    FS: JL Audio Fathom F110 Subwoofer

    Item: JL Audio Fathom F110 SubwooferLocation: SydneyPrice: $1250 (delivery at buyer's cost)Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: Not required, have purchased full range speakersPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, PaypalExtra Info:  I bought this…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 5:57pm -
  • newBeyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm - Almost Brand New

    Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 250 Ohm - Almost Brand New

    Item: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 250 OhmLocation: MelbournePrice: $220 PostedItem Condition: 9/10 (9 because its used)Reason for selling: Doesn't get used as much as I'd like to.Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: Have 2 pairs…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 4:22pm -
  • newAtlas test instruments

    Atlas test instruments

    I was searching for an ESR capacitor meter that @Zaphod Beeblebrox pictured using in one of the threads and found that Altronics supplied the Atlas range of test instruments that I think are very useful to have, even for a novice like me! . But wha…
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Aug 16, 1:52pm -

AVRev.com News

Positive-Feedback.com

  • Krakow Sonic Society Meeting 104 - King Crimson 7" Platinum SHM-CD
    If one has to use the word "legendary" to describe a musician or band,  then when applied to the King Crimson it would be relatively painless from where I stand. Founded in London in January 1969 still the same year, in October they released the alb…
    - 3 days ago, 26 Aug 16, 10:37am -
  • John Marks: A Summer Sunday's Afternoon at Tanglewood with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
    [The Boston Symphony Orchestra has been entangled with Tanglewood for decades. This outdoor setting of historical (for America) lineage has seen more than its share of great orchestral works over the years, thus affirming the blessing of the original…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Aug 16, 1:27pm -
  • Notes of an Amateur: Shostakovich, Penderecki, Adès.
    If you talk about music long enough, you tend to forget where you are coming from. I tend to talk about the succession of musical styles (baroque, late romanticism, modernism) while some others write about differences in formal technique, because for…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Aug 16, 8:06am -
  • John Marks' New Music: Speaking of Tannhauser...
    [This time around, John Marks introduces us to a recording by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons. He points to the dicey realm of talented musical parents and the unknown musical outcomes of their children. Like the…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Aug 16, 3:45pm -
  • [a]pendics.shuffle: Crazy Music Connection
    [a]pendics.shuffle: The name jumped off the screen during some late-night online record shopping. One day I'll share about the site itself, as I'm on there often - but admittedly I'm very protective of the outfit: For selfish reasons of course: The s…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Aug 16, 3:53pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • Get your Schiit together with the Jotunheim DAC/amplifier (that isn’t)
    What’s wrong with amplifiers that host a DAC inside the same chassis? If you’re Jason Stoddard of California’s Schiit Audio, it’s the low cloud of impending obsolescence. No sooner have you bought the device than DAC technology has moved on.…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Aug 16, 3:36pm -
  • KEF, GP Acoustics: your father’s loudspeaker company no more
    The Mini Cooper, Michael Caine and Benny Hill – British icons all. Caine’s cockney hollering of “You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” is a seminal moment in British cinema history. Observe: In hifi, the BBC’s LS3/5a broadca…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Aug 16, 6:39pm -
  • Mission impossible: HiFiMAN launch $399 SuperMini portable player
    What do we want from a digital audio player (DAP)? Great sound – that’s a given; it’s why we eschew our smartphones in favour of a secondary, superior sounding device. Making the DAP choice trickier is category’s ground, forever shifting be…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Aug 16, 6:32pm -
  • Cheers! Acoustic Research’s ARM20 portable player
    Guinness. It’s this hifi reviewer’s favourite adult beverage. Low/er in calories and yet more ful/filling than your average beer. In Australia, it’s not so easily found. In Hong Kong, draft supply is ubiquitous. An opportunity then to reignite…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Aug 16, 6:13pm -
  • Digital audio comes of age with PS Audio’s DirectStream Junior
    The three Rs: rich, robust, revealing – a trio of bon mots that nearly summarise PS Audio’s DirectStream DAC whose designer Ted Smith is a man of full beard and Hawaiian shirt. Continuing with our R theme, a remix, remaster and radio edit of…
    - 10 days ago, 18 Aug 16, 9:40pm -