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  • newCapital Audio Fest 2014

    Capital Audio Fest 2014

    The Capital Audio Fest seems to progressing nicely. This year there were crowded rooms, palpable excitement, and, not least, good sound. Several demos caught my eye. As always United Home Audio featured excellent sound via its UHA-HQ tape deck. Reel-…
    - 10 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 11:11am -
  • newStereo Exchange Headphone Event This Thursday

    Stereo Exchange Headphone Event This Thursday

    Thursday, July 31st, 1-9pm: Stereo Exchange (627 Broadway, Manhattan, NY) will host a headphone-listening party, featuring outstanding products from many of the most respected names in portable audio, including Aedle, Astell&Kern, Audeze, AudioQuest,…
    - 14 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 7:20am -
  • THIEL Audio Embarks on Brand Revitalization, Appoints New CEO

    THIEL Audio Embarks on Brand Revitalization, Appoints New CEO

    Brentwood, TN – July 24, 2014 – THIEL Audio (www.thielaudio.com) has announced today that as part of a complete brand revitalization plan, the company’s headquarters has been relocated to the Nashville, TN area and new ownership has appointed J…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:41am -
  • From The Editor: It's All Good

    From The Editor: It's All Good

    For some audio hobbyists, there’s only one true path to audio nirvana. That path is often exceedingly narrow—loudspeakers with first-order crossovers, or single-ended triode amplifiers, or DACs without an oversampling filter, for examples. These…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:28am -
  • Siltech SAGA System

    Siltech SAGA System

    Though other folks (including some on this very magazine) seem to think that we’ve just been marking time in high-end audio lately, building and rebuilding the same old things only with better parts and calling them “breakthroughs,” color me an…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:17pm -

Stereophile News

  • 2014 Capital Audio Fest: Day Two, Evening

    2014 Capital Audio Fest: Day Two, Evening

    Room 708–710: Most of the exhibitors at CAF are not big brandnames with factories employing more than 100 persons. Most are highly inspired and maximally driven "ma & pa" operations like Klaus Bunge's Odyssey Audio. What is unique about Klaus is…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Jul 14, 2:51pm -
  • 2014 Capital Audio Fest: Day Two

    2014 Capital Audio Fest: Day Two

    Hold an audio show in a hotel? VPI's Mat Weisfeld was snapped taking full advantage of the amenities and listening to music courtesy of VPI's new Nomad record player!At the end of a long day of standing in halls and sneaking into converted bedrooms…
    - 2 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 8:43am -
  • 2014 Capital Audio Fest: Day One

    2014 Capital Audio Fest: Day One

    Stalking the halls to experience 38 rooms at Capital AudioFest in three days feels like trying to see the whole Smithsonian in one day. When I got back to my room tonight my ears were ringing from the rock-concert volume levels played in most rooms.…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 11:19am -
  • Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum line preamplifier

    Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Momentum line preamplifier

    A preamplifier is the port of entry through which you gain access to the sources you've so carefully assembled. It's also the gate through which all of your music passes. So while its sonic performance is obviously critical, you'd also better assess…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:23pm -
  • Octave Audio V 40 SE integrated amplifier

    Octave Audio V 40 SE integrated amplifier

    They spoiled all my fun.When I receive a product sample for review, I look forward to taking photos while I unpack the thing, as a guide to repacking for later on. This company provided an illustrated packing list—it was the first thing I sa…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:06pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newThe Trouble With Streaming

    The Trouble With Streaming


    - 14 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 7:09am -
  • Download of the Week: Kasai Allstars

    Download of the Week: Kasai Allstars

    The allstars in the band's name refers to the fact that the Kasia Allstars are comprised of players from 5 different bands. They also happen to be from different ethnic groups with different musical traditions all from within the Democratic Republic…
    - 4 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:10am -
  • Focal Alpha 50

    Focal Alpha 50

    Alpha DogThe new entry level Alpha line from Focal is meant to bring Focal quality to the discerning listener on a budget. I very favorably reviewed the more upscale Focal CMS 40 (see review) and the top of the line Solo6 Be (see review) so I was m…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:24am -
  • A Collection of USB Audio Enhancement Products

    A Collection of USB Audio Enhancement Products

    IntroductionThe 3 products under review all deal with common issues encountered in USB computer audio. Most USB DACs require a 5 volt line (VBUS) in the USB cable to supply power to the USB controller in one’s DAC. Unfortunately, this power line f…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:35am -
  • PonoMusic Selects Omnifone As Their Content Delivery Partner

    PonoMusic Selects Omnifone As Their Content Delivery Partner

    Photo Credit: OmniphoneFrom the Pono Kickstarter page:Omnifone was selected to power the PonoMusic store because of its award-winning cloud music platform and its industry-leading audio expertise and commitment to audio quality. Standing at 35 mi…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:50am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newAdvice on speakers
    Hello All, never post these kinds on inquiries so this is my first. Looking at three candidates for new speakers, all quite wonderful, so your...
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:22pm -
  • newFocal Spirit Pro & Senn HD25 Aluminum
    I know that are rather different in looks, shape etc. but from what I read I come to the conclusion that have some similarities in sound. Has...
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 3:42pm -
  • newHow to connect iPhone to McIntosh C2300 preamp?
    Hello all, my girlfriend's mom has a McIntosh C2300 preamp, and we were trying to show her some music on my iPhone. Although I'm new here, I do know...
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 3:18pm -
  • newHow do you set up a Mac Mini
    I am new to computer music and would like to set up a Mac Mini as a music server. I tried to search this site for the info and I couldn't find an...
    - 8 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:09pm -
  • newFor Sale Auraliti PK90-USB for Sale

    For Sale Auraliti PK90-USB for Sale

    I have an Auraliti PK90 USB that I am selling. It has been sitting a box for some time in case I decided to use it again. Since we are moving, and...
    - 9 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 12:14pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Trees Outside the Academy - Thurston Moore (CD (2007))Samples
    - 6 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:30pm -
  • newRe: Picture Of The Day
    Hi all.I've heard thru the grape wine that soon Audio Circle will move his facilities/head office to this place.It's a great place, it's inexpensive, no need air conditioning or heating, well, there no electricity anyway and for water, well there a..…
    - 18 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:18pm -
  • newRe: Max Size For An On Desk Monitor?
    Although you can use a computer monitor as a TV, using a TV as a computer monitor, especially for serious work (whatever that is) is a real bad idea.Read this --> it makes more sense than anything I could write --> [url=http://lifehacker.com/5884040/…
    - 27 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:09pm -
  • newRe: Why headphone cords get all tangled up!

    Re: Why headphone cords get all tangled up!

    Quote from: mix4fix on Today at 03:47 amIs it always the cables fault it get's tangled?Hi mix4fix.Maybe a mess, but at least, it's acc...
    - 32 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • newRe: MARASCHINO REVIEWS
    I use Maraschinos for professional audio applications at my recording studio. Audio quality is absolutely critical especially when my clients are listening to the audio playback. This product has exceeded my expectations in every way. Extremely happy…
    - 33 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:03pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

    Ortofon 6NX-TSW1010 Tonearm Cable

    Many associate the Ortofon name with its legacy of phono cartridges, but the company’s product line includes a multiple of analog accessories, including headshells, tonearms, and high-end cables. The 6NX-TSW1010 tonearm cable, like Ortofon’s car…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

    Clones Audio 25i Integrated Amplifier

    What started as a one-off unit intended as a family birthday gift has blossomed into a full-fledged audio equipment manufacturer. Hong Kong’s Clones Audio now counts monoblocks and a DAC among its product roster, but its 25i amplifier ($865/€629)…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Speakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

    Dali Fazon Mikro 2 Speakers and Sub 1 Subwoofer

    As the starship Enterprise explodes while I’m watching Star Trek: Inception, it’s clear that these miniscule satellite speakers from Dali deliver big sound. Working in concert with the tiny Fazon Sub 1, which utilizes a 6.5-inch long-throw driver…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:54pm -
  • OPPO PM-1 Headphones

    OPPO PM-1 Headphones

    Since I’m not much of a headphone guy, it takes something special for me to leave the comfort of my listening room and put a pair of cans on my head. Few ‘phones have ever given me big enough goosebumps to do so, and those that did have all been…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

    Musical Fidelity MF-100 Headphones

    During my recent trip to the Sterling Sound mastering studio in New York City, where I visited with senior mastering engineer Greg Calbi, I had the rare privileged of listening to the new Beatles’ Yesterday and Today from Calbi’s chair. An unco…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:30pm -

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

  • newCapital Audiofest 2014 — Washington, DC

    Capital Audiofest 2014 — Washington, DC

    Because of surgery, I was laid up in the house for five months. As time ticked by and I got better, I kept reading about audio shows and having real withdrawal. I’d already had a night of shakes getting off the pain killers, but this was worse. Aud…
    - 17 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 4:07am -
  • Sounds! — Shelly Manne, percussion and Jack Marshall, guitar

    Sounds! — Shelly Manne, percussion and Jack Marshall, guitar

    I was visiting a friend who subscribes to several streaming services, including, Beats, Googleplay, Gruvshark, and Rdio, all of which have bit rates of 320. He played a CD he recently downloaded, titled ‘Sounds’, featuring Shelly Manne on percuss…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:31am -
  • Audiophilia Star Recordings

    Audiophilia Star Recordings

    Much like our Audiophilia Star Components, we are instituting an Audiophilia Star for recordings. Once again, no hard and fast rules, just an love affair between music, recording and reviewer. The list will grow over the years and our readers will b…
    - 8 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:14am -
  • Raidho Acoustics X-1 Loudspeaker

    Raidho Acoustics X-1 Loudspeaker

    Creating a one off, great speaker is difficult. Creating a range, a family of great speakers is harder still. The basics of fine speaker design has to be there, of course, but an eye and especially an ear to tune a ‘house’ sound within boxes vari…
    - 13 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:00am -
  • Antipodes Audio Reference Jumpers

    Antipodes Audio Reference Jumpers

    In recent months I’ve had the pleasure of listening to several excellent pairs of speaker jumper cables and have concluded they can significantly affect the sonic presentation. Not exactly a glamorous product that every reviewer wants to address, b…
    - 15 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 5:00am -

Enjoy The Music

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

  • newAnalogue vs Digital Inputs
    I cant for the life of me work out why some audio tracks or formats need an analogue input whereas others need a digital one. I have my Oppo BDP-105D plugged into my Ground Sound DCN28 active x-over / DAC / pre amp via two sets of leads, a digital…
    - 34 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:02pm -
  • newR.I.P. JOHNNY REBB
    JUST POSTED ON LONNIE LEE'S FACEBOOK PAGEJOHNNY WAS A BIG AUSSIE POP STAR OF THE 1950'S 60'SSo very sad to hear that Johnny Rebb has passed away. Truly one of the original stars of Rock'n'Roll in Australia. A massive heart attack took this legend fro…
    - 48 mins ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:48pm -
  • newAKG Q701 Green
    Item: AKG Q701 GreenLocation: Melbourne (Mont Albert)Price: $310Item Condition: Used (3 day old)Reason for selling: Bought it for brother but he doesn't like themPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit for PostExtra Info: Bought them from Addi…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:01pm -
  • newRunout on Esoteric K-03 and K-01 remaining stock

    Runout on Esoteric K-03 and K-01 remaining stock

    Esoteric are set to release their K-01x and K-03x models shortly, and so are offering massive price incentives on their last remaining current model units. Stock is extremely limited, with only 2 of the 240v K-01s left for example. Pricing availab…
    - 2 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 7:08pm -
  • newFS: Shunyata Research Zi-Tron Cobra Digital Interconnect
    Item: Shunyata Research Zi-Tron Cobra SPDIF RCA Digital InterconnectLocation: Melbourne CBDPrice: $400 Item Condition: 8/10 Light UseReason for selling: UpgradePayment Method: Pickup - Cash, COD 
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:33pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newKlipsch Unveils First Tier Reference Speakers

    Klipsch Unveils First Tier Reference Speakers

    After revealing its first Reference Series soundbar earlier this week (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Klipsch/Soundbars/Home_Audio/Speakers/klipsch-releases-reference-branded-soundbar/16673), Klipsch has now detailed several more audio produc…
    - 13 hours ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:35am -
  • DTS Reveals New Play-Fi Partnerships

    DTS Reveals New Play-Fi Partnerships

    DTS has announced a new partnership between Fine Sounds Group that will allow McIntosh, Sonus Faber, and Wadia audio brands to integrate DTS Play-Fi technology into their consumer electronics products. Play-Fi is an advanced cross-platform wireless a…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 9:45am -
  • Denon Announces Pricing & Availability for Atmos Receivers

    Denon Announces Pricing & Availability for Atmos Receivers

    Denon has now provided further details on their new X4100W and X5200W A/V receivers. Both models will offer support for Dolby's new Atmos technology.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/av-receiver-news/denon-announces-pricing-availa…
    - 5 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:04am -
  • Klipsch Releases Reference Branded Soundbar

    Klipsch Releases Reference Branded Soundbar

    Klipsch has detailed its latest audio device, the R-10B soundbar (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00M0SQM2U/panandscathed-20). The speaker system is part of the company's Reference unit strategy, which aims to deliver superior audio quality t…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:14am -
  • FX Set to Stream 'The Simpsons'

    FX Set to Stream 'The Simpsons'

    FX has announced plans to bring 'The Simpsons' online by launching "Simpsons World." The upcoming digital experience will offer streaming options for all 25 seasons and 552 episodes of the beloved show.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater…
    - 7 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:28am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newImproving iOS audio with the Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC
    When comparing DSD and PCM versions of Steely Dan’s Gaucho some months ago it was the Resonessence Labs Herus DAC that made it happen. Back then, the Herus fronted a two-channel loudspeaker system and it sounded great. Its sonic personality co…
    - 22 hours ago, 27 Jul 14, 11:52pm -
  • REDGUM Black Series RGi35ENR integrated amplifier review
    ‘Under promise, over deliver’. That’s always been REDGUM Audio’s primary motto – at least that’s the way I see it. On the wooden face of it, their key-locking entry-level RGi35 (AU$1100) is a no frills integrated amplifier, proudly made i…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:00pm -
  • Improving iOS audio with the m2Tech hiFace USB DAC
    High, in your face. When Qobuz Hi-Fi streaming is handled by a smartphone with in-app offline listening cache the need to own lossless content is eroded. Money previously spent on download purchases can be re-directed into the subscription service it…
    - 6 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:37pm -
  • Peachtree quietly introduce Decco65SE, Nova125SE, Nova220SE
    “Hi John, Guess who is jumping into the crowd-funding pool? Giving you and a few others a little extra heads up on this. I know, I usually suck at sending out press releases. Here’s a sneak peek. Campaign goes live noon EDT Monday. ATB, Jon” Th…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 8:30pm -
  • KIH #14 – Do It Yerself
    Do it yerself. For my interview, let’s. Q: How did you become a reviewer? A: I’m home-made. Having lived in the US when I started out, I had read all the usual suspects in the American hifi press. Reading a lot, one naturally gets influenced or p…
    - 11 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:59pm -