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  • newECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership With Universal Music Group

    ECM Records Commences Streaming and Expands Partnership With Universal Music Group

    The following is a press release issued by ECM Records. Munich/Berlin | November 17, 2017 – Esteemed independent label ECM Records today announced they are expanding their partnership with long-standing distribution partner, Universal Music Group (…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 10:38am -
  • newSoundtracks Series Vol. 9: Jeff Wilson's Top 10

    Soundtracks Series Vol. 9: Jeff Wilson's Top 10

    For my list I focused on soundtracks of recent vintage, including both reissues and newer works. The latest film score trends emphasize a growing list of audiophile recordings and a renewed interest in vinyl. In other words, soundtracks continue to o…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 5:09am -
  • Three Astell&Kern Portable High-Resolution Audio Players Receive CES 2018 Innovation Awards

    Three Astell&Kern Portable High-Resolution Audio Players Receive CES 2018 Innovation Awards

    The following is a press release issued by Astell&Kern. New York, NY | November 16, 2017 – The three newest portable high-resolution audio players from Astell&Kern, the global leader in high-resolution portable audio players, have been named as CES…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 2:50pm -
  • Oppo Digital Sonica Network DAC

    Oppo Digital Sonica Network DAC

    Oppo Digital has an enviable reputation for manufacturing high-value audio and video equipment. Sometimes “high value” is a euphemism for “cheaply made,” but not so with Oppo; its universal disc players totally rewrote the book on what consti…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 11:47am -
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Jacob Heilbrunn

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Jacob Heilbrunn

    Wilson WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeaker $685,000 With the new WAMM, an entirely reconceived version of the legendary original, David Wilson has broken new sonic ground. Wilson has gone to considerable lengths to refine its emphasis on the time-dom…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 10:19am -

Stereophile News

  • Stereophile's Products of 2017

    Stereophile's Products of 2017

    The mice in the walls call summer to close while nets come down and leaves turn dead red, but by the time you see this there'll be holiday music in the air . . . and some generous soul might, just might, sneak a few looks through this issue of Stereo…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 4:59pm -
  • Outlaw Audio RR2160 stereo receiver

    Outlaw Audio RR2160 stereo receiver

    For audiophiles of a certain age, the mere mention of NAD Electronics' original 3020 integrated amplifier (1980, designed by Erik Edvardsen), or Adcom's GFA-555 stereo power amplifier (1985, designed by Nelson Pass), conjures up happy memories of aud…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 12:38pm -
  • Day 1 at the NYAS: a Binaural Video Report

    Day 1 at the NYAS: a Binaural Video Report

    In this video, we join Stereophile writer Herb Reichert as he explores the 2017 New York Audio Show that took place last weekend at the Park Lane Hotel—this is the first of three videos covering the show. We're particularly excited about this se…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 11:14am -
  • Why I Can't Stop Being an Audiophile

    Why I Can't Stop Being an Audiophile

    "Why can't you stop being an audiophile?"The question took me off-guard. It didn't come from one of the usual suspects—a hostile anti-audiophile, or a non-audiophile who simply can't fathom why we should care so much about something as nonesse…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 9:17am -
  • Recording of December 2017: <I>Bringin' It</I>

    Recording of December 2017: <I>Bringin' It</I>

    Christian McBride Big Band: Bringin' ItMack Avenue Mac 1115 (CD). 2017. Gretchen Valade, exec prod.; Christian McBride, prod.; Todd Whitelock, assoc. prod., eng.; Timothy Marchiafava, asst. eng. ADD? TT: 68:59Performance ****½Sonics *****As mu…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 9:17am -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: Aldous Harding

    Download of the Week: Aldous Harding

    Like I said, blame Stephen. Aldous Harding's Party, released on 4AD in May of this year, is perfect.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 4:56am -
  • AudioQuest Beetle

    AudioQuest Beetle

    Nothin' Bugs MeTo my way of thinking, if you want a DAC that offers USB, Optical, and Bluetooth inputs and you want it to sound good without deciding between it and a car, I have news for you.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 5:00am -
  • ISO REGEN

    ISO REGEN

    This is an article about a USB accessory. Just thought you should know. If you're looking for writing that illuminates the social and political forces that brought us to this particular moment in our culture, allow me to suggest Hannah Arendt's Eichm…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 5:00am -
  • Monthly Spins: Ghost Records: Musical Heritage Society

    Monthly Spins: Ghost Records: Musical Heritage Society

    What exactly is a ghost record? It’s a recording that remains elusive and has perhaps taken on an outsized place in your archivist’s brain. It’s the lost record that you’ve forgotten the name of and, perhaps searched for over the years to no…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 4:33am -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Richard Crimi (Part 4)

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Richard Crimi (Part 4)

    This is a list of albums in my collection that I like to listen in their entirety. I call it 'Whole Albums Worth Listening To”. There's not a clinker in the bunch of songs of each. When I first discovered each of these I played them over and ove…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 4:01am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Best sounding live albums

    Re: Best sounding live albums

    Get the latest just released DXD/DSD recording, ''This Bird has Flown'' RubberSoul revisited. The SQ is incredible.https://www...
    - 19 mins ago, 19 Nov 17, 3:51am -
  • newRe: USB cable recommendations?
    Check out my comparison of USB cables in the Critic's Circle from October 2015 (system has changed somewhat since then).  Note that this is coming from an old fart 'speaker guy' who grew up not believing in 'wires' and have never found a tweak that…
    - 20 mins ago, 19 Nov 17, 3:50am -
  • newRe: Is there a low-gain equivalent of the 6DJ8/6922?
    Since it is indirectly heated, the 1 volt drop in heater voltage likely won’t change things very much. 
    - 23 mins ago, 19 Nov 17, 3:47am -
  • newRe: What Avant-garde music or Free Improvisation Are You Currently Listening To?

    Re: What Avant-garde music or Free Improvisation Are You Currently Listening To?

    Saw them live last month. Impressive interplay, lots of structure  but also freedom.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygl...
    - 35 mins ago, 19 Nov 17, 3:35am -
  • newRe: Evoke Ruby now in Australia
    Hello Peter,I'm always watching the Deep Hz Audio website with all your keenly priced products and I'm glad that an aussie dealer is importing good qualityproducts.  The Evoke Speaker seems like a bargain at its price compared with other mass manufa…
    - 37 mins ago, 19 Nov 17, 3:33am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newParsound’s JC3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier

    Parsound’s JC3 Jr. Phono Preamplifier

    With 30 minutes on the power up clock, unable to resist the temptation any further, a new copy of Crowded House’s Together Alone is dropped on the current Technics SL-1200G with Hana SL cartridge, and magic begins pouring through the latest offerin…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 5:20pm -
  • Sonus faber Introduces New Aida

    Sonus faber Introduces New Aida

    Time flies when you’re gorgeous and having fun! Way back in 2012, we reviewed Sonus faber’s flagship speakers, the Aida and they were breathtaking to say the least. Now, they have just announced an updated version that is even better than the pre…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 1:56pm -
  • RMAF 2017 Part Two: My Six Favorite Rooms at RMAF

    RMAF 2017 Part Two:   My Six Favorite Rooms at RMAF

    Having attended a dozen RMAF’s now, this year’s show had the best sound overall that I’ve ever encountered – at any show. While some manufacturers were not happy with the reconfigured hotel rooms, they did a damn good job at wringing good sou…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 6:46pm -
  • RMAF: Part one…
    Five Postcards from RMAF and Beyond: A first visit to Denver’s audio show By Gautam Raja, Photo: Brian Von Bork #1. Wish You Were Hurting There aren’t many Indian brands in high-end audio, which is why I’m sitting on an orange sofa at the Hotel…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 4:29pm -
  • Conrad-Johnson ART 150 Power Amplifier

    Conrad-Johnson ART 150 Power Amplifier

    For their 40th anniversary, Conrad-Johnson started shipping their new limited-edition, tube-based flagships, the ART150 stereo amp and ART300 monoblocks. Over time we have had the opportunity to review C-J’s current lineup of amplifiers including M…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Nov 17, 2:00pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newRMAF 2017: Vehement, Exogal considered exquisite
    The Story Unassuming, modest, not drawing too much attention to itself. That’s how I would describe this room upon my entry. For personal regards I hold, spying RAAL tweeters from across the room, my interests are now peaked. The music begins, and…
    - 1 hour ago, 19 Nov 17, 3:00am -
  • newSpending time with Fern & Roby for a factory tour, film, and interviews
    Virginia is for Lovers. That’s what the bumper sticker said on the car in front of me. The air was muggy, and charged with electricity as the windshield wipers tried to clear the rain from a summer thunderstorm. I was sitting with Christopher Hilde…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 1:00am -
  • newNow In Progress: Noble Audio Pre-Black Friday Event
    From the press release: SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA (November 15, 2017) – Noble Audio, leading universal and bespoke in-ear monitor (IEM) brand recognized for exceptional design and superior sound debuts The Noble Velvet and EDC series with introduct…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 3:08pm -
  • newRMAF 2017: Troy Audio produces a mighty sound
    The Story Confused and enticed, those were some of the things written about this room in my show notes. I entered this crowded room during a rather impassioned demonstration by Jesus Trillo, CEO of J. Trillo and Francois Saint-Gerand of Ana Mighty S…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 7:00am -
  • newRMAF 2017: Cables from Skogrand for under a grand
    The Story I’ve found many things to like about Skogrand Cables over the last three years, mainly being their sound, no you shouldn’t expect The French Laundry when swapping out one great cable for another, but in listening to many Daedalus, ModW…
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 5:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newTHE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

    THE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

    I'm often asked what's my favorite LP. I always respond with it's too difficult to choose. Yet, to myself, Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby sometimes shoots to the front of my cerebral cortex or Dorati's LSO Firebird on Mercury. Muddy Waters Folk Singe…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 8:36am -
  • Mytek Brooklyn DAC +

    Mytek Brooklyn DAC +

    Digital Analog Converters (DAC) in recent years are achieving better and better sound quality, with some getting smaller and lighter that, yes, can still be considered of audiophile/high-end quality both in sound and construction–and at a lower…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 10:41am -
  • 1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones

    1MORE Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones

    Headphones, headphones, everywhere. Damn, there are a lot of headphones around. Not forgetting earphones, earbuds, in-ear speakers, in-ear monitors etc. What to buy?Well, how about going from three dynamic drivers per ear to four. Four's better,…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 6:02am -
  • Naim Audio Uniti Atom All-In-One System

    Naim Audio Uniti Atom All-In-One System

    Naim Audio is one of the high end companies we have begun to take for granted. Founded back in 1973 in beautiful Salisbury, Wiltshire by the late, aristocratic Julian Vereker MBE, Naim Audio has become synonymous with the very finest in modular an…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Oct 17, 9:10am -
  • Chopin's Last Waltz--Robert Silverman, piano (180g vinyl)

    Chopin's Last Waltz--Robert Silverman, piano (180g vinyl)

    I've known and admired Robert Silverman as one of the guiding lights of Canadian classical music since the late 70s. Through his many recordings, teaching legacy and concerts throughout the world, Silverman is known as a deeply thoughtful artist,…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Oct 17, 10:34am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newSonus Faber's Aida Flagship Reference Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Sonus Faber's Aida Flagship Reference Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Sonus faber has just showcased their latest generation Adia large floorstanding speaker system. After six years from the introduction of the first grandiose Aida, Sonus faber pushes the envelope and presents the new Aida as the brand's flagship speak…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 5:54am -
  • Audio Research VT80SE Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier

    Audio Research VT80SE Vacuum Tube Stereo Amplifier

    Audio Research's new VT80SE ($8900, tube cage adds $500) vacuum tube stereo amplifier seeks the widest appeal of music lovers worldwide. By combining world-class performance with flexibility and features like auto-bias, Audio Research's VT80 seeks to…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 3:31am -
  • VPI Industries Cliffwood Moving Magnet Phono Stage

    VPI Industries Cliffwood Moving Magnet Phono Stage

    VPI Industries has just launched their new Cliffwood phono stage ($500) for moving magnet (MM) cartridges. This moving magnet design is based on the company's Player circuitry, which employs a low noise op-amp design with a regulated linear power sup…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 3:08am -
  • Quadral Aurum A10S Wireless Streaming Stereo Amplifier

    Quadral Aurum A10S Wireless Streaming Stereo Amplifier

    Quadral is combing state-of-the-art streaming technology with the exemplary acoustic merits of the Aurum amplifier in its new stereo A10S amplifier (€3200). Just like its 'sister' products, the A10S is hand finished in Germany. With an exceptionall…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 6:05am -
  • RMAF 2017: ESS, Channel Islands, Exogal, Vehement Audio, And Core Power Technologies

    RMAF 2017: ESS, Channel Islands, Exogal, Vehement Audio, And Core Power Technologies

    ESS of California has used the slogan "Sound as Clear as Light" for at least 40 years, and it still holds up in 2017. ESS has based their designs on Oscar Heil's Air Motion Transformer since their beginning, and have honed and improved not only the A…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 5:19am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Geek Out 1000 Headphone DAC & Amp
    Item: LH Labs Geek Out 1000 USB Headphone DAC & Amp Location: Perth Price: $150.00 + Postage ($10) Item Condition: Very Good (excellent except for some rubbing on the rear label) Reason for selling: No longer used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Payp…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 2:03am -
  • newFS: Xindak BF Silver Soundright XLR Cables (1m pair)
    Item: Xindak BF Silver Soundright XLR Cables (1m) Location: Perth Price: $75 + postage ($10) Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Not being used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: These are great value balanced XLR…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 1:41am -
  • newFS: Denon DCD-720AE (Melb)
    Item: Denon DCD-720 CD Player w/Chord Opticord Toslink Interconnect Location: Melb (Inner North West, will deliver within reason) Price: $500 ono Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Too big for desktop setup Payment Method: Pick…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 1:25am -
  • newFS: KLH Model 355 " BIG BARON" speaker pair
    Item: KLH Model 355 " BIG BARON" speaker pair. Location: Keysborough VIC 3173 Price: $400 Firm. No postage. Item Condition: Excellent for age Reason for selling: Too many speakers Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 12:59am -
  • newSVS PB100
    Item: SVS PB1000 Location: Melbourne, Brunswick West Price: $650 Item Condition: Excellent 9/10 Reason for selling: no longer required Payment Method: Cash on Pick Up Extra Info: The sub is pretty much spot on 3 years old, in excellent conditi…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 10:48pm -

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

  • newLyn Stanley’s The Moonlight Sessions, Vol. 2
    Lyn Stanley's The Moonlight Sessions, Vol. 2 (A.T. Music LLC 3106, 2-LP set $125, CD/SACD $29.98, http://www.lynstanley.com) "Other than that, I think her voice is incredibly sexy and inviting. It's much closer to London than too-cool-for-school Kra…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 4:36pm -
  • newBob Levi Quickies: Bybee, UIT, and Pro-Ject
    Plug-In Speaker Bullets (Crystal Series) The very cool looking Bybee Bullets, handmade to perfection of aluminum, gold, and other special metals, are Jack Bybee's best efforts and thinking in decades. Easy to install by just attaching the wire spade…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Nov 17, 4:26pm -
  • newTriode Wire Labs' Cables: A Looming Star
    Triode Wire Labs' Cables Come to the Tune Saloon! All right, you caught me. Triode Wire Labs is already a Star. Their products have been favorably reviewed by numerous respected audio publications, including several appearing in the cyber-pages of…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 8:27am -
  • Adam Schoenberg: "Finding Rothko" and Other Orchestral Works
    Goodly guide and hale-fellow-well-met! John Marks of The Tannhauser Gate once again leads us into fascinating lesser-known musical worlds in this latest essay. Music and painting meet here, to the blessing of all! This possibility is something that…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 11:06am -
  • Notes of an Amateur: Podger, Wuorinen, and the Dover Quartet.
    Grandissimi Gravita. Violin Sonatas by Vivaldi, Tartini, Veracini, Pisendel. Rachel Podger, violin; Brecon Baroque. Channel Classics SACD. CCSSA 39217. Snow showers!  On November 13. In Western Massachusetts! And unexpectedly this album of baroque v…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 1:06pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newFull house: the sights & sounds of Warsaw AV Show 2017
    A game of two halves. Not a cringeworthy 1970s slice of British football commentary but the 2017 Warsaw AV Show. The three-day event runs across two distinct areas of town with shuttle buses and taxis moving visitors between the two zones. Near the c…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Nov 17, 1:28am -
  • Letters to the editor: ECM catalogue comes to streaming services
    Phil W. writes: “A quick heads up – the title says it all. Not necessarily your type of music but for those into ECM‘s tastes its a significant move (far more important than the Beatles streaming as far as I’m concerned). And ECM are possi…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 1:06am -
  • Lumin announce D2 streamer, add Spotify Connect
    Lumin have announced a “modest update” to their D/A converting D1 network streamer. From within a slightly enlarged case, the D2 carries over its predecessor’s balanced circuitry, DSD up-sampling, DoP (DSD over PCM) support and Wolfson WM8741 D…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 10:38pm -
  • A plus from Poland: Mytek announce Brooklyn DAC+
    There are many reasons to dig Mytek’s Brooklyn DAC (US$1995): a full suite of digital inputs including USB support for 32bit/384kHz and DSD256; Apple remote-controllable volume (analogue and digital); a full colour display with dancing signal level…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 1:27am -
  • ALLO’s $59 Boss DAC is a super tasty delicious Pi maker
    The Raspberry Pi, now at version 3, sells for around €35. A teeny-tiny personal computer selling for a teeny-tiny price and carrying with it price-commensurate internal DAC circuitry. For better sound quality the audiophile must BYO. At first blush…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 7:17am -