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The Absolute Sound

  • newBruce Springsteen: High Hopes

    Bruce Springsteen: High Hopes

    The Boss is cleaning house, having just finished recording some of his best unreleased material from the past decade. The result is a dozen mostly anthemic rockers that include new studio versions of “American Skin (41 Shots)” and “The Ghost of…
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:12am -
  • Abyss AB-1266 Planar-Magnetic Headphones

    Abyss AB-1266 Planar-Magnetic Headphones

    Several years ago Joe Skubinski, the founder of the high- end audio cable company JPS Labs, made a momentous decision. Specifically, he decided to spin off a subdivision of JPS Labs for the specific purpose of developing and marketing the finest high…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Apr 14, 12:27pm -
  • Eminent Technology LFT-8b Loudspeaker

    Eminent Technology LFT-8b Loudspeaker

    The Eminent Technology LFT-8b is an extraordinary speaker. With full frequency extension at the top (and then some), nearly full extension at the bottom, distortion as low as electrostatics—but lots of dynamic oomph—a discreet, elegant appearance…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 12:33pm -
  • Download Roundup - Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    Download Roundup - Beach Boys: Pet Sounds

    In 1990, this legendary work finally received the golden-gloved CD- remastering treatment. That disc is quite satisfying, with a clean, mostly relaxed sound that makes Brian Wilson’s handiwork easy to appreciate. In keeping with the style of the da…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 8:33am -
  • Soulution 560 DAC Release

    Soulution 560 DAC Release

    April 17, 2014 - At Highend 2014 in Munich we will launch the new soulution 560 D/A-Converter. Top class digital-to-analog converters followed by preamplifier grade output stages transform every detail of the digital source material in to the analog…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 9:04am -

Stereophile News

  • newGralbum: Re-Thinking the Concept Album
    Many music lovers share a moment in common. On a cloudy evening, you put on a record. Hopefully, it was Rush’s Hemispheres. Most likely, it was Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. The LP sleeve rested in your lap. The receiver’s meters bobbed g…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:59am -
  • New Sensations
    Here's what I've learned in my 35 years in the High End, first as a hi-fi salesman and then as a full-time reviewer and blogger: No hi-fi, no matter how expensive or exalted, will ever deliver the holy grail. While there have been considerable advanc…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 1:38am -
  • Recording of May 2014: <I>The Imagined Savior . . .</I>
    Ambrose Akinmusire: The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to PaintAmbrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Walter Smith III, tenor saxophone; Charles Altura, guitar; Sam Harris, piano; Harish Raghavan, bass; Justin Brown, drums. With: Elena Penderhughes, flute; Oss…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 1:37am -
  • AXPONA Chicago Starts Friday
    The 2014 AXPONA (Audio Expo North America), scheduled for April 25–27 in Chicago's completely refurbished Westin O'Hare, promises to the biggest and most comprehensive US consumer audio show east of Denver.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 4:51am -
  • Record Store Day 2014
    A month ago, flying to South By Southwest 2014, the numbers on paper were grim. According to the March 15, 2014 issue of Billboard the overall unit sales of music were down 12.2 percent year–to–date. Looking at weekly unit sales figures, t…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:47pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newDeaf, Dumb, and Blind: The Guardian's Silly Anti-Pono Science

    Deaf, Dumb, and Blind: The Guardian's Silly Anti-Pono Science

    In an article in The Guardian titled, "Pono: only a man pays for music quality that he can't hear", author Charles Arthur, the Guardian's technology editor, states in no uncertain terms that "...44.1kHz, 16-bit audio sampling is good enough to reprod…
    - 13 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:26am -
  • Auralic Aries Sneak Peak?

    Auralic Aries Sneak Peak?

    Auralic recently changed their Facebook page with the addition of the above cover photo. Nice. My guess is this is their new Aries Wi-Fi streamer that we saw in prototype form at CES earlier this year (see report). To refresh, the Aries uses dual ban…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 5:38am -
  • Pandora Sued Over Playing Pre-1972 Recordings Without Paying Royalties

    Pandora Sued Over Playing Pre-1972 Recordings Without Paying Royalties

    US Federal Copyright Law does not protect music recorded before Feb. 15, 1972. This Copyright protection, however, can be provided at the State level, such as NY State, which is where Vivendi SA's Capitol Records Inc and UMG Recordings Inc, Sony Corp…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 6:11am -
  • Happy Record Store Day!

    Happy Record Store Day!

    It's a beautiful day to get out and about and pop in to your favorite record shop! Happy hunting! Record Store Day Special Releases.
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 5:52am -
  • Download of the Week: Thievery Corporation

    Download of the Week: Thievery Corporation

    It's so....organic. So bossa nova. So sultry. Five female vocalists including LouLou Ghelichkhani, Elin Melgarejo, Karina Zeviani, Natalia Clavier, and Shana Halligan join Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza and more than a dozen guest m…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 5:09am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: For Japanese knife enthusiasts....

    Re: For Japanese knife enthusiasts....

    Funny- when I got to work today my boss pulled me into the office all excited, wanting to show me the new knife he ordered.  Yep, the same Goko you have!   I told him he would probably be pretty happy with it.The Richmond Ultimatum in M390 is i...
    - 20 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:28pm -
  • newRe: AXPONA - 2014 Chicago 4-25, 26, 27- 2014
    Quote from: mresseguie on Today at 05:16 amHi, Chris.I'm waiting for a reply from someone. If I do not get a reply by Thursday evening, it's all yours. I'll contact you via PM.MichaelSounds good Michae...
    - 22 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:26pm -
  • newRe: TPA3110 and TPS3116 amps
    Couple of post back some had mentioned smsl sa-36a pro which has tpa3118 chip.  iPrice is pretty good at 40 bucks shipped.http://www.shenzhenaudio.c...
    - 30 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:18pm -
  • newRe: AXPONA - 2014 Chicago 4-25, 26, 27- 2014
    Hi, Chris.I'm waiting for a reply from someone. If I do not get a reply by Thursday evening, it's all yours. I'll contact you via PM.Michael
    - 32 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:16pm -
  • newRe: Very excited for Axpona!!
    Quote from: catmonv on Today at 01:01 amHi Matt.  When are you going there? I will be there Saturday, and probably Friday afternoon.  I will see you there.  I will text you my friend!RamonHi Ramon, I s...
    - 33 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:15pm -

Head-Fi Updates

  • newN22 + Aune T1 wiring
     "Hey guys, I just purchased an Aune T1 for a great price and I was just wondering how..."
    - 6 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:42pm -
  • newEquipment Feet
     "I am soon to be getting a new amp and I suddenly noticed that it does not come with any..."
    - 6 mins ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:42pm -
  • newUltrasone HFI 580
     "Got these recently and I like them but I also ordered some beyer dynamics that I liked..."
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:43pm -
  • newHeir Audio 4.ai or Tzar 350 With Magnus One cable.
     "For sale is either my Heir Audio 4.ai or my Heir Audio Tzar 350 universal IEMs.  $450..."
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:42pm -
  • new[WTB] Purple Pico Slim
     "Anyone got a Purple PICO slim they want to sell? Please drop me a pm. "
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:29pm -

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Reflections on Another Record Store Day
    Another Record Store Day has come and gone, with many of my friends and our readers home counting their booty. And yes, some of this shit has gotten incredibly overpriced to the point where it is starting to look just a bit like exploitation, but all…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 8:57pm -
  • Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC

    Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amp/DAC

    For a company to be a market leader or maintain its position as one, it has to be bold and willing to take some risks, challenge its R&D team to go beyond its comfort zone and build a product for a market that didn’t previously exist. That’s ex…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 6:16pm -
  • Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    Rogue Audio Sphinx Integrated Amplifier

    Rogue Audio, out of Brodheadsville, Pa., has been building rugged tube components since the 1990s, and as a result, the company enjoys a fiercely loyal customer base. Under the direction of owner and lead designer Mark O’Brien, Rogue makes great-so…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 5:47pm -
  • Elvis Costello – King of America
    Mobile Fidelity continues their excellent job of remastering the Elvis Costello catalog with his tenth album.  Never charting higher than #39 in the US, this record received more than its share of critical acclaim. Though it was not terribly success…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 11:18am -
  • Neil Young – Live at the Cellar Door
    Recorded at the Cellar Door in Washington DC over a three-day period from November 30 to December 2, 1970, the latest in Neil Young’s “archives” series hits the record store shelves in vinyl format, lagging the CD by a few weeks. If you were pa…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 11:13am -

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

  • Krolo Enhanser

    Krolo Enhanser

    I’ve been a big fan of equipment support since I first discovered high end audio. Whether as a rack or dedicated supports, ‘resonance elimination devices’ have been improving the sound of my kit for many years.I’ve toyed with simple decouple…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:58am -
  • Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 — London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

    Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 — London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

    Time was when you wanted solid British Brahms, you looked back to the early ‘60s for Karajan or Klemperer/Philharmonia, or for the pure British experience, Boult/London Philharmonic. In my recent experience, the London orchestras have been more suc…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 6:14am -
  • A Quick Visit to New Orleans.

    A Quick Visit to New Orleans.

    It was my good fortune to accompany my wife to New Orleans, one of the most food crazy cities in the world, where she attended a three day business conference. This gave me some free time to explore the French Quarter, not only for food, but for reco…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 6:35am -
  • Goldpoint SA2X-I Balanced Stereo Mini-V Precision Stepped Level Control

    Goldpoint SA2X-I Balanced Stereo Mini-V Precision Stepped Level Control

    For some time now I have not had a preamplifier for my audio system. I rid myself of it when I acquired a DAC that has a built-in digital volume control (within its DAC chip). At the time of that decision, it was a no-brainer: I only had my DAC as a…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 7:29am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases April 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases April 2014 Update

    Vivaldi – Concertos for Two Violins [53:41]D Sinkovsky & R Minasi - Violin / Il Pomo D’OroNaive OP30550 (2013)Concertos for Orchestra [51:14]Concerto Italiano / AlessandriniNaive OP30554 (2013)It has been my great pleasure to sample frequen…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 6:00am -

Enjoy The Music

  • Bay Audio's PTM Plus Home Theater Solution
    PTM Plus distinguishes itself from competitive systems by pairing specially designed loudspeaker technology with collaborative specification and onsite factory tuning.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 2:15am -
  • Wavecor's New Steel Frame Subwoofers
    Wavecor Ltd's new line of high performance steel frame subwoofers are the latest members of their Balanced Drive line of transducers.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 4:20am -
  • Enjoy the Music.TV To Broadcast Live At AXPONA 2014
    Enjoy the Music.com is pleased to announce sister site Enjoy the Music.TV will be streaming live at AXPONA 2014 from April 24th through 27th!
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 5:25am -
  • Salon Son And Image 2014 Show Report Part 2
    Enjoy the Music.com just posted part 2 of Rick Becker's extensive Salon Son and Image 2014 show report.
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 5:20am -
  • Celebrate Record Store Day
    While everyday should be music day no matter what format you so choose, tomorrow is officially Record Store Day.
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 4:20am -

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…
    - 49 days ago, 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

  • newListening to Vinyl makes you better...?
    Not sure if this has been posted before. Bit of a laugh. http://www.thevinylfactory.com/vinyl-factory-news/listening-to-vinyl-makes-you-better-than-people-who-dont-listen-to-vinyl-watch-this-sketch-poking-fun-at-record-collectors/
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:26pm -
  • newFS: Audience AU24 Bi-Wire Speaker Cable 3 Meter Length

    FS: Audience AU24 Bi-Wire Speaker Cable 3 Meter Length

    Item: Audience AU24 Bi-Wire Speaker Cable 3 Meter Length
Location: Victoria
Price: $750.00
Item Condition: Used but excellent (9.5/10)Postage: Pickup or will ship via Austpost registered Post at buyer's expense.Reason for selling: Su…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:44pm -
  • newFS: Furutech FUR-FP-3TS20 Power Cable

    FS: Furutech FUR-FP-3TS20 Power Cable

    Item: Furutech FUR-FP-3TS20-1M Power Cable 1 length - 1.0 Meter with IEC & OZ Connector  - selling for $200.00 each2 lengths - 1.5 Meter with IEC & OZ Connector - selling for $225.00 each1 length - 1.0 Meter with IEC & US Connector – selling f…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:41pm -
  • newFS: Purist Audio Design MUSAEUS Speaker Cable (Spade connectors) 3 meters length


    FS: Purist Audio Design MUSAEUS Speaker Cable (Spade connectors) 3 meters length


    Item: Purist Audio Design MUSAEUS Speaker Cable (Spade connectors) 3 meters length
Location: Victoria
Price: $500.00
Item Condition: Used and immaculate (9.5/10)Postage: Pickup or will ship via Austpost registered Post at buyer's expen…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:37pm -
  • newFS: Purist Audio Design MUSAEUS Interconnect XLR Cable 2 meters length


    FS: Purist Audio Design MUSAEUS Interconnect XLR Cable 2 meters length


    Item: Purist Audio Design MUSAEUS Interconnect XLR Cable 2 meters length
Location: Victoria
Price: $300.00
Item Condition: Used and immaculate (9.5/10)Postage: Pickup or will ship via Austpost registered Post at buyer's expense.Reason…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:34pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newHBO Shows To Stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video

    HBO Shows To Stream on Amazon Prime Instant Video

    Amazon and HBO have detailed a new multi-year licensing agreement that will bring a variety of HBO programing to the online retailer's streaming media service. This will make Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription source for sever…
    - 7 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 3:45pm -
  • Netflix Plans to Increase Prices and Expand Cable Box Integration

    Netflix Plans to Increase Prices and Expand Cable Box Integration

    In the company's recent Q1 2014 earnings report (http://files.shareholder.com/downloads/NFLX/3109151837x0x745654/fb5aaae0-b991-4e76-863c-3b859c8dece8/Q114%20Earnings%20Letter%204.21.14%20final.pdf) to its shareholders, Netflix has detailed several in…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 8:12am -
  • Amazon Expands Fire TV Voice Search

    Amazon Expands Fire TV Voice Search

    After making its debut earlier this month, the Amazon Fire TV (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00CX5P8FC/panandscathed-20) is now set to receive a very welcome upgrade to its popular voice search function. As noted by Mike Flacy in High-Def D…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 7:50am -
  • LG Extends Mobile Experience to TV Screens with Connect SDK

    LG Extends Mobile Experience to TV Screens with Connect SDK

    LG has announced the release of its Connect SDK (software development kit). The open source software is designed for Google Android and iOS developers, giving them more options to connect mobile devices and apps to large screen TVs.Read more... (htt…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:40am -
  • Sony Details Pricing & Availability for 2014 Ultra HD TVs

    Sony Details Pricing & Availability for 2014 Ultra HD TVs

    After making their debut at CES back in January (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Streaming/Ultra_HD/4K/Sony/Sony_Spotlights_2014_4K_Displays_and_Content/13525), Sony's new collection of Ultra HD TVs are now available for pre-sale. The lineup i…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 7:23am -

Positive-Feedback.com

  • newTralucent Audio 1plus2 In-Ear Monitorsas reviewed by Amos Barnett
    Like speakers, in-ear monitors can have different types of drivers, though the amount of variation isn't as great as in the world of speakers. The two main kinds are very small dynamic drivers, similar to those in regular headphones, and balanced arm…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:21am -
  • newCharisma Audio MC-1 Cartridgeas reviewed by Paul Candy
    The MC-1 is Charisma Audio's debut moving coil cartridge. Charisma's Bernard Li teamed up with a cartridge guru who has over 35 years of cartridge design and build experience. By outsourcing production to established pros allowed Bernard to offer the…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:21am -
  • newSynergistic Research UEF Tuning Circuits and Transporter SE Ultraas reviewed by Robert S. Youman
    It's been a wonderful journey evaluating the various Synergistic Research products. There have been a few upgrades and additions along the way—all in a very systematic approach. My evaluations followed a very slow deliberate process so that I could…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:21am -
  • newIQ Audio M300 Amplifiersas reviewed by Steve Lefkowicz
    The M300 spread this dynamic capability evenly across the audible spectrum, favoring neither highs, mids nor low frequencies. From that standpoint these were some of most dynamically coherent amplifiers (especially when pushed hard) I've tried.
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:21am -

Digital Audio Review

  • AURALiC Taurus MKII headphone amplifier review
    Twin peaks. AURALiC’s Taurus MKII (US$1899) is a balanced headphone amplifier that also doubles as a pre-amplifier; the latter isn’t the main game of this unit and neither is it the focus of this review. I’ve spent the last four or five months…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 8:41pm -
  • Yuin PK3 – a revelatory $40 upgrade to Apple earbuds
    It’s no secret that the sound quality of Apple’s white-wired earbuds leaves a whole lot to be desired but if not those, then what? Think different. Pay a casual visit to your local store and you’ll likely see earbuds outnumbered and outgunned…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 8:58pm -
  • Games without frontiers at the Sydney Audio Club
    I’ve been sounding the ‘different music’ horn for a while now: audiophile societies and store demonstrators need to move with musical times if they are to swell their numbers and attract younger listeners. Playing music with which newcomers ar…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 1:40am -
  • IKEA announce EXPEDIT successor in KALLAX
    (That headline sounds kinda sci-fi-regal doesn’t it?). IKEA caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the audiophile community earlier this year when it announced plans to discontinue its EXPEDIT range. In various configurations, EXPEDIT shel…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 5:57pm -
  • 24-bit downloads coming soon to the iTunes Store?
    I wouldn’t normally report on rumours because rumours aren’t news…but this one’s a biggie: MacRumors has today reported that 24bit downloads might be just round the corner for the Apple iTunes store. Never mind a simple jump to plain old loss…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 11:02pm -