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The Absolute Sound

  • newA Visit From the Batmen

    A Visit From the Batmen

    It’s been quite a few years, more than I might care to remember in fact, since a Balanced Audio Technology piece of equipment landed in my listening room. But since I’ve been something on a tube amp tear recently—the powerhouse VTL Siegfried wa…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:06am -
  • Electronics Designer Roundtable

    Electronics Designer Roundtable

    Kazutoshi Yamada Zanden Audio System Company, Limited I studied electrical and electronic engineering at Osaka Prefecture University to understand the finest nuances of amplifier operation. Since founding Zanden Audio in 1980, I have devoted more tha…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 2:37pm -
  • An Evening with AudioQuest’s Bill Low, Joe Harley, and Skylar Gray

    An Evening with AudioQuest’s Bill Low, Joe Harley, and Skylar Gray

    Friday, July 25, 5 – 8pm: Please join Music Lovers (2295 Bush Street, San Francisco) for an open house with AudioQuest’s Bill Low (founder and CEO), Joe Harley (SVP, Marketing and Product Development), and Skylar Gray (Director, Ear Speaker Divis…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 9:36am -
  • Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Landmarks

    Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: Landmarks

    As drummer Blade exhibits a remarkably intuitive sense behind the kit; every stroke, every cymbal crash seems to come from a deep place more to do with sheer emotion than notes on the page. As composer and leader of The Fellowship Band (which include…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 7:20am -
  • Dr. Feickert Analogue Woodpecker Turntable

    Dr. Feickert Analogue Woodpecker Turntable

    The Feickert Woodpecker was first introduced in 2008 and has gone through some performance upgrades and refinements over the past few years. In 2012–2013 the Woodpecker received a bearing update, a motor/controller/hardware/software update, and a u…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:43pm -

Stereophile News

  • newParasound Shares its Strengths in San Jose

    Parasound Shares its Strengths in San Jose

    On July 17, industry veterans Richard Schram, founder of Parasound, and John Curl, the company's legendary circuit designer (above), made a rare joint appearance at Century Stereo in San Jose, CA. Surviving unexpectedly horrendous freeway traffic, wh…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 9:08am -
  • Know Thyself: Audio Existentialism
    Playing recorded music in the home is a complex, coded, cultural experience: We sit, we listen, we think and dream—and, when it feels just right, we admire. We admire who we are and how we arrived at this beautiful moment. This simple act of a…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:44pm -
  • Recording of August 2014: <I>Turn Blue</I>
    The Black Keys: Turn BlueNonesuch 7559795555 (LP/CD/HDtracks download). 2014. Black Keys, Danger Mouse, prods.; Kennie Takahashi, eng.; Collin Dupuis, Geoff Neal, Bill Skibbe, asst. engs.; Tchad Blake, mix. TT: 45:09Performance ****Sonics ****Th…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:43pm -
  • Music Lovers' Open House in San Francisco, Friday
    We’re big fans here at Stereophile of dealers putting on events for their customers to meet manufacturers and enjoy some high-quality tunes. So we’re letting everyone know that next Friday, July 25, from 5–8pm, San Francisco’s Music Lovers…
    - 1 day ago, 21 Jul 14, 3:54pm -
  • A Capital Show Starts Friday

    A Capital Show Starts Friday

    The annual Capital Audio Fest (CAF), the Mid-Atlantic States' premier playground for audio, returns to the Sheraton Hotel in Silver Spring, MD on July 25–27. With the addition of its CanMania, whose list of vendors continues to grow; Saturday's…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 5:13am -

AudioStream.com

  • newA 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…
    - 14 hours 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…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:50am -
  • Peachtree Audio Crowdfunding deepblue2

    Peachtree Audio Crowdfunding deepblue2

    What is deepblue2? deepblue2 is a wireless Bluetooth speaker that houses a custom developed 440-watt amplifier, a long excursion 6.5-inch woofer, two 3" mid-range drivers, and two 1" soft-dome tweeters all wrapped up in a portable 1/2 cubic foot box.…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:20am -
  • Download of the Week: Boris

    Download of the Week: Boris

    I believe Boris. Shape shifters, noise merchants, bliss whisperers, this Japanese trio consisting of singer-bassist Takeshi, guitarist Wata, and drummer Atsuo can build some monumental songs and they go about building all kinds, sorts, and sizes on N…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 6:06am -
  • IsoAcoustics SO-L8R155 Speaker Stand

    IsoAcoustics SO-L8R155 Speaker Stand

    IsolationFor my review of the Focal Alpha 50 active speakers, my contact sent along a pair of IsoAcoustics L8R155 speaker stands, "I don't do a single demo without it." A few readers alerted me to the IsoAcoustics stands in the past but at the time…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:34am -

Computer Audiophile

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TONEAudio Magazine

  • newOrtofon 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…
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:22pm -
  • newClones 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 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • newDali 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 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:54pm -
  • newOPPO 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 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:41pm -
  • newMusical 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 hours 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

  • newSounds! — 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…
    - 15 hours 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 5:00am -
  • Why — Ginger Baker

    Why — Ginger Baker

    I was waiting at the 34th Street Penn Station subway platform in Manhattan to head Uptown the other day, and I heard and saw two young African Americans playing drums using only plastic paint canisters to pound with their sticks and hands. The Africa…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newPioneer PLX-1000 Direct Drive Turntable
    Pioneer's new PLX-1000 DJ quality direct drive turntable has a user-friendly control layout, high-torque direct drive system and is designed for high sound quality.
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:55am -
  • newApple's Eighth Annual iTunes Festival In London
    Apple's Eighth Annual iTunes Festival in London during September will feature Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Chrissie Hynde and many more.
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:55am -
  • newTom Petty Discusses Digitized Music
    CBC Radio Canada has a Q exclusive interview with Tom Petty as they discuss his ongoing career, digitized music, and how things have changed within music and the industry over the years.
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:55am -
  • newRIAA's New Paper Called Labels At Work: The Music Business In The Digital Age
    The RIAA's new paper called Labels At Work: The Music Business In The Digital Age focuses on how major record labels are still doing their best to find great artists and helping them reach their creative potential while also connecting them to fans.
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:55am -
  • Australian HiFi's July Edition Is Now Available Online
    Australian HiFi's July issue includes reviews of the Bryston 28B SST2 2000 watt per channel power amplifier, YBA Heritage CD100 CD player and DAC combo, Rotel RA12 integrated amplifier, BW CM10 loudspeakers, and the Clearaudio Performance DC turntabl…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:45am -

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

  • newBLUE NOTE RECORDS 75TH ANNIVERSARY VINYL INITIATIVE
    Just wondering whether any vinyl loving jazz fans have partaken of any of these new reissue series from Blue Note? I have several Blue Note reissues from years past, just wondering what the latest batch may be like. The first I will pick up is the…
    - 2 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:02pm -
  • newFS: Sangean WFT-1D Plus DAB
    Item:  Sangean WFT-1D Plus DABLocation:  Melbourne SEPrice: $220 ONOItem Condition: Excellent,Reason for selling:  No longer neededPayment Method: Pickup – Cash, Bank transfer.Extra Info:   Bought from HN about 2 years ago. In excellen…
    - 3 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:52pm -
  • newWTB: Headphone amplifier with dual outputs and independant volume controls
    I know this sounds a little specialised but please let me know if you have one you want to get rid of.
    - 5 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 3:36pm -
  • newfound this - hopeful ly not a repost
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mariasherm/best-record-stores-around-the-world?s=mobile27 Breathtaking Record Stores You Have To Shop At befooire you die
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • newWTB: [BNE] Audioengine A2 Computer Speakers
    in case anyone has one going to waste - needed for daughter's laptop. happy to consider compact alternatives. ta ALW
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:55am -

AVRev.com News

  • newFX 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.
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:28am -
  • MartinLogan Expands Motion Speaker Collection

    MartinLogan Expands Motion Speaker Collection

    MartinLogan has announced the addition of three more speakers to its Motion line. The Motion series has been designed to offer a more affordable alternative to the company's ultra-high-end electrostatic loudspeakers.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 6:08am -
  • Amazon Reportedly Bringing Prime Instant Video to Android

    Amazon Reportedly Bringing Prime Instant Video to Android

    According to a report by PC Advisor (http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/), Amazon is gearing up to release an Android app for its popular Prime Instant Video service. With that…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 10:28am -
  • Marantz Reveals Upcoming Network Audio Player & Stereo Amplifier

    Marantz Reveals Upcoming Network Audio Player & Stereo Amplifier

    Marantz has detailed it latest audio products, the NA8005 Network Audio Player/DAC and the PM7005 Integrated Stereo Amplifier/DAC. Based on the previously released NA-11S1 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00BJ7LN9K/panandscathed-20)
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 8:25am -
  • SoundCloud Comes to Sonos

    SoundCloud Comes to Sonos

    Sonos has announced a new partnership with SoundCloud, bringing a new selection of audio content to Sonos users. Customers can now access the SoundCloud beta through their Sonos app for iOS and Android devices.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 9:53am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newImproving 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 hours 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:59pm -
  • MrSpeakers Alpha Dog headphones review
    Up until fairly recently, headphone listening has by and large been a factor of necessary convenience for me: earbuds on the train, a pair of Grados for late night listening in a shared house, a pair of Sennheiser so I could watch TV whilst my husban…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 6:21pm -
  • Cypher Labs Theorem 720 DAC & headphone amplifier review
    Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 (US$799) is a battery-powered portable amplifier that runs a fully balanced circuit from AKM4396 DAC to headphone output. At one end of the metal case is a fixed output (3.5mm) for connecting to systems where volume attenua…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 7:54pm -