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  • Rhapsody Out West: Alsyvox Botticelli, Pilium, Taiko, Esoteric, and Vyda

    Rhapsody Out West: Alsyvox Botticelli, Pilium, Taiko, Esoteric, and Vyda

    One more straggling post from the Pacific Audiofest: As indicative of the New York / West Coast melting pot, internationalism was the bottom line in a system assembled by Bob Vineyard, proprietor of Rhapsody Out West's Portland, Oregon showroom.Sun,…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 9:58am -
  • Marantz Model 40n integrated amplifier

    Marantz Model 40n integrated amplifier

    On a cold, clear February morning, I attended my first in-person press event since the beginning of the pandemic. Marantz had invited me to a small group session in a suite at the Equinox Hotel at Hudson Yards but gave no indication of what was in st…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 9:54am -
  • A Personal PAF Postscript

    A Personal PAF Postscript

    So, just how hot was it? Residents of Florida, Texas, and other southern states may laugh, but the greater Seattle Area is ill-equipped to cope with temperatures that topped out at 96°. Nor could the poor Doubletree Hilton at SEATAC's air conditioni…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 8:28am -
  • The Pacific Audio Fest's Inaugural Outing

    The Pacific Audio Fest's Inaugural Outing

    How does anyone adequately and fairly evaluate a first-time audio show in a new location? Especially when it's handicapped by unusually hot, mid-90º weather and yet another COVID surge that was accompanied by admonishments to mask up indoors?First…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 8:05am -
  • High End By Oz: Thrax Spartacus 300B amplification, Børresen 05 loudspeakers, and much more

    High End By Oz: Thrax Spartacus 300B amplification, Børresen 05 loudspeakers, and much more

    As at T.H.E. Show in Long Beach, I was smitten by the round, colorful, and illumined sound of Thrax Spartacus 300B monoblocks ($97,500/pair). Seduced, won over, serenaded into submission. And then some.Fri, 08/05/2022
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 7:35am -

AudioStream.com

  • Rhapsody Out West: Alsyvox Botticelli, Pilium, Taiko, Esoteric, and Vyda

    Rhapsody Out West: Alsyvox Botticelli, Pilium, Taiko, Esoteric, and Vyda

    One more straggling post from the Pacific Audiofest: As indicative of the New York / West Coast melting pot, internationalism was the bottom line in a system assembled by Bob Vineyard, proprietor of Rhapsody Out West's Portland, Oregon showroom.Sun,…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 9:58am -
  • Marantz Model 40n integrated amplifier

    Marantz Model 40n integrated amplifier

    On a cold, clear February morning, I attended my first in-person press event since the beginning of the pandemic. Marantz had invited me to a small group session in a suite at the Equinox Hotel at Hudson Yards but gave no indication of what was in st…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 9:54am -
  • A Personal PAF Postscript

    A Personal PAF Postscript

    So, just how hot was it? Residents of Florida, Texas, and other southern states may laugh, but the greater Seattle Area is ill-equipped to cope with temperatures that topped out at 96°. Nor could the poor Doubletree Hilton at SEATAC's air conditioni…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 8:28am -
  • The Pacific Audio Fest's Inaugural Outing

    The Pacific Audio Fest's Inaugural Outing

    How does anyone adequately and fairly evaluate a first-time audio show in a new location? Especially when it's handicapped by unusually hot, mid-90º weather and yet another COVID surge that was accompanied by admonishments to mask up indoors?First…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 8:05am -
  • High End By Oz: Thrax Spartacus 300B amplification, Børresen 05 loudspeakers, and much more

    High End By Oz: Thrax Spartacus 300B amplification, Børresen 05 loudspeakers, and much more

    As at T.H.E. Show in Long Beach, I was smitten by the round, colorful, and illumined sound of Thrax Spartacus 300B monoblocks ($97,500/pair). Seduced, won over, serenaded into submission. And then some.Fri, 08/05/2022
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 7:35am -

Computer Audiophile

  • Playing TrueHD Atmos Music Downloads & Blu-ray Rips The Easy Way

    Playing TrueHD Atmos Music Downloads & Blu-ray Rips The Easy Way

      Playing lossless TrueHD Atmos music is like many things in life, there are many ways to accomplish the goal. There isn't a one size fits all solution, because we all have different wants and needs. For example, I want to play TrueHD…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 9:23am -
  • The Digital Side Of My Immersive Atmos Music System

    The Digital Side Of My Immersive Atmos Music System

      The digital front end of my Atmos music system can be a little confusing for many audiophiles. I completely understand the confusion. This system is a bit different from the norm, but I believe it produces results that are a bit di…
    - 6 days ago, 2 Aug 22, 11:52am -
  • Flagship Electrostatic Headphones Review: Audeze CRBN & Stax SR-X9000

    Flagship Electrostatic Headphones Review: Audeze CRBN & Stax SR-X9000

      Flagship Electrostatic Headphones Review:Audeze CRBNStax SR-X9000Rajiv Arora After my highly enjoyable time reviewing the latest flagship planar magnetic headphones, I next turned my attention to electrostatic h…
    - 12 days ago, 27 Jul 22, 8:15am -
  • Announcing Josh Mound's Club TBVO

    Announcing Josh Mound's Club TBVO

      “IMO, the absolute connoisseur of audiophile reproduction is not just the guy who picks out the ‘best,’ often very expensive, DAC, amplifier, speakers, audiophile cables, and all the right tweaks; but the one who also knows whi…
    - 13 days ago, 25 Jul 22, 5:57pm -
  • Schiit Texas Audio Roundup - Writeup

    Schiit Texas Audio Roundup - Writeup

       I'm back home in cool Minneapolis, after spending a couple days in Austin at the Schiit Texas Audio Roundup. It was really nice to see everyone again, spend time listening to music, and talking about geeky audio gear wi…
    - 14 days ago, 25 Jul 22, 8:43am -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Ella’s Latest: A must hear
    A couple of years ago it was a German recording. Lost tapes of a 1962 show that caught Ella in some kind of prime (yes, she had several, as committed Fitzgerald fans know) were found and released, and from the crazed swing of “Jersey Bounce” to t…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 12:27pm -
  • Issue 112
    Cover Story A Chat With Al DiMeola: Saturday Night, The Beatles, and much more! Features Old School: Stax SR34 Cartridge Dude: The Skyanalog G-2 1095: The Music Hall Analogue A3 The Audiophile Apartment: Auto return with the Technics SL-1500C Journe…
    - 5 days ago, 2 Aug 22, 9:43pm -
  • New buds from Nura feature Dirac…

    New buds from Nura feature Dirac…

    We are anxiously awaiting a review sample of these new ear buds from Australian manufacturer Nura. The following is their release info: The NuraTrue Pro is designed to deliver audiophile-grade sound with the convenience of a wireless earbud, by combi…
    - 7 days ago, 1 Aug 22, 9:56am -
  • REVIEW: The LSA Signature 80 Speakers

    REVIEW: The LSA Signature 80 Speakers

    As mentioned in our TONE/Distilled review, the first track played on the LSA Signature 80s is The Art of Noise’s “Moments in Love.” Immediately, the deep bass groove on this track is in full effect, and this is not a wimpy presentation. While e…
    - 22 days ago, 16 Jul 22, 8:00pm -
  • Acora SRC-1 Speakers

    Acora SRC-1 Speakers

    Acora’s Scott Sefton opened the door with their stand mount SRB speakers a while back, delivering a lovely experience. Even their stand mount speakers generate a lot of low-frequency energy from a compact enclosure. Like a well tuned, high-performa…
    - 36 days ago, 2 Jul 22, 1:21pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newAnalog Bridge from ModWright | PAF 2022
    I’ve played around with tube buffers once or twice–these normally simple devices add a valve stage to your playback chain so that you can enjoy a more “tubey” sound. In most cases these are simple [...]
    - 12 hours ago, 7 Aug 22, 11:49am -
  • newRosso Fiorentino Fiesole & Audio Thesis | PAF 2022
    When I reviewed the Rosso Fiorentino Pienze last year, I found it to be a fantastic two-way monitor from Italy that possessed all of the requisite warmth and emotion I expect from that part of [...]
    - 13 hours ago, 7 Aug 22, 10:55am -
  • Vincent Belanger and Audio Note UK | PAF 2022
    We were just discussing Audio Note UK in the Part-Time Audiophile War Room a few days before I left for the Pacific Audio Fest in Seattle. While the brand can be polarizing, I proudly stated [...]
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 11:24am -
  • The BIG Joseph Audio Room | PAF 2022
      I’ve visited the Joseph Audio/Doshi Audio/Cardas room three times this year–at AXPONA 2022, High End 2022 in Munich and now a third time at the Pacific Audio Fest. Pretty much the same system, too, [...]
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 10:13am -
  • LTA Z40+ Integrated, Spatial X4 Speakers | PAF 2022
    The Linear Tube Audio/Spatial Audio Lab/Anticables room is usually a highlight at audio shows. Here’s the breakdown: put together a system, including a DAC (from either LampizatOr or, in this case, Holo Audio), and offer [...]
    - 4 days ago, 4 Aug 22, 10:46am -

Audiophilia

  • Paradigm Persona 9H Loudspeakers

    Paradigm Persona 9H Loudspeakers

    This is one of our reviews completed after long sessions in the Audiophilia “overflow room”, AKA Atlas Audio Video, Victoria. Thank you, Atlas for obliging my requests and on behalf of our appreciative readers. At USD 30,953/pair and massive in s…
    - 10 days ago, 29 Jul 22, 5:24am -
  • Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3

    Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3

    The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3, at $249.95, and the company’s flagship wireless earbuds, come in fifty bucks lower than the previous version, the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 and with more technology. I did not hear those earbuds bu…
    - 10 days ago, 29 Jul 22, 5:15am -
  • The Complete Wilhelm Furtwängler on Record—Warner Classics

    The Complete Wilhelm Furtwängler on Record—Warner Classics

    At the beginning of the pandemic, there were few options (if any) for live music concerts. The recordings in my collection grew exponentially. Even so, I felt I needed interaction with other music lovers. I was lucky enough to begin a weekly session…
    - 10 days ago, 29 Jul 22, 5:00am -
  • Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise Cancelling Headphones

    Sony WH-1000XM5 Noise Cancelling Headphones

    Sony’s flagship noise-cancelling headphones, the WH-1000XM series, have been praised since they first appeared. The previous version (Sony WH-1000XM4 from 2020) was hailed as the best in the market. The latest version, the WH1000-XM5 ($398) comes w…
    - 31 days ago, 8 Jul 22, 2:57am -
  • Ferrum Audio ERCO Headphone DAC/Amp & HYPSOS Power Supply

    Ferrum Audio ERCO Headphone DAC/Amp & HYPSOS Power Supply

    There is an abundance of DACs out on the market these days in the $1000-$5000 range, from purist, all discrete pieces to digital do-it-alls with built-in streaming to standard desktop DAC/amp combos and everything in between. While there are plenty o…
    - 31 days ago, 8 Jul 22, 2:57am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newTimepieces, Cars, Opera, & Premium Luxury Audio

    Timepieces, Cars, Opera, & Premium Luxury Audio

    I saw a cartoon on one of the audiophile sites on Facebook the other day that reminded me of something that I've been thinking about our industry for a long time: As a technology sector, we're a largely undiscovered wonder and glory. We've been abl…
    - 20 hours ago, 7 Aug 22, 4:14am -
  • The Absolute Sound September 2022

    The Absolute Sound September 2022

    From The Editor: Summary Judgment Lumin P1 Network Player/Preamplifier The 2022 TAS Golden Ear Awards Return of the Munich Show DS Audio 003 Optical Phono Cart. & EQ Unit TA-1000 Tonearm And MCX3 Cartridge CMS CenterStage2M Isolation Footer N…
    - 3 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 4:52am -
  • Review: Beyerdynamic T5 Headphones (3rd Gen)

    Review: Beyerdynamic T5 Headphones (3rd Gen)

    I was recently sent the third generation beyerdynamic T5 headphones to review. I felt particularly comfortable reviewing the next generation T5 because I have owned both previous models and still have the previous pair of headphones in my current…
    - 4 days ago, 4 Aug 22, 4:25am -
  • Review: Vermouth Audio Reference Series Cables

    Review: Vermouth Audio Reference Series Cables

    The delivery of the Vermouth Audio's Reference Series Cables prompted the same expectation. Vermouth Audio sent three of their Reference Series Cables: The Reference Balance Interconnect, Reference RCA Interconnect, and Reference Power Cord. Inside…
    - 4 days ago, 4 Aug 22, 4:24am -
  • Australian Hi-Fi  July / August 2022 Issue

    Australian Hi-Fi  July / August 2022 Issue

    Editorial: Paying Respects To The Retired Apple iPodAudio News: Dali Kore, Pro-Ject MaiA, KEF LSX II....Cyrus i7-XR Integrated Amplifier Technics EAH-A800 Wireless Headphones Nura NuraTrue Pro Wireless Earbuds Triangle Borea BR08 Loudspeakers…
    - 5 days ago, 3 Aug 22, 3:59am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Goldmund SRM monoblocks
    Pair of Goldmund SRM monoblocks in very good condition. Great sound, very transparent and super fast. Rated power 125wpc into 8 ohms from these super-compact chassis. Super reliable amps complete with original boxes and manual, and these are Australi…
    - 56 mins ago, 7 Aug 22, 11:15pm -
  • newCayin CS-100A Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier - Ex-Display
    Further information: KT88 tube based unit (80 W ultra, 50 W triode). 8 x KT88, 2 x 12AU7EH, 2 x 12BH7EH7, 1 x 6SN7 tubes. All handmade silver point to point wiring. Can run KT88 or EL34 tubes via switch. Pre-in and subwoofer out terminals. On-bo…
    - 57 mins ago, 7 Aug 22, 11:14pm -
  • newRevel Performa3 M106 Bookshelf Speakers - High Gloss Walnut (Pair) - Ex-Display
    Further information: Revel Performa3 M106 are true full-range loudspeakers that feature small footprints and sleek designs. They deliver an impressive combination of wide frequency range, uncompressed dynamic range and low distortion acro…
    - 60 mins ago, 7 Aug 22, 11:11pm -
  • newLUMIN T2 Network Music Player - Black
    Further information: With the LUMIN T3 due to arrive in September, we have one last new black unit of the T2 in stock that we are looking to clear. This is a great opportunity to secure a class leading network streamer at a fantastic pric…
    - 1 hour ago, 7 Aug 22, 11:01pm -
  • newFS: Auralic Gemini 2000 DAC / Headphones amplifier / Stand
    Auralic Gemini 2000 All in one Headphone amplifier with DAC and beautiful headphone stand Great sounding all in one unit, perfect for an office desktop setup. I have paired it with numerous headphones (Sennheiser HD800, HIFIMAN HE1000v2,…
    - 1 hour ago, 7 Aug 22, 10:42pm -

AVRev.com News

  • 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 & 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
    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 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 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

  • newFrom an Editor's Notebook, Very Briefly: More on Gold Note…the XS-85 Reference Loudspeaker
    Dr. David contemplating the mysteries of Life. Happy Valley, OR, 2018 (Photograph by John Robinson; image processing by Ye Olde Editor) Last month's reflection upon the good things happening at Gold Note in Italy concentrated on some of their key peo…
    - 9 hours ago, 7 Aug 22, 3:06pm -
  • newThe Audeze CRBN Headphones, Part Two: The Measurements
    Sensitivity First, I measured the sensitivity of the Audeze CRBN, comparing it to the Stax 007. My headphone measurement instrument is the Mini DSP "Ears," which is far from a standard. However, using my ACO Pacific SPL calibrator, I was able to cali…
    - 9 hours ago, 7 Aug 22, 3:04pm -
  • From an Editor's Notebook:  A Trip to Montreal and Kronos Audio, a Photo Essay
    E-in-C Robinson photographing at the Kronos factory, Montreal, 2022 (photograph by Bill Parish; image processing by Robinson) If you've been following my comments since last February, you're well aware of the fact that I have been repeatedly stating…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 9:53pm -
  • The Bruckner Symphonies with Jaap van Zweden
    The Bruckner symphonies cycle from Jaap van Zweden and the North Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, as recorded by Bert van der Wolf, is a superb accomplishment. It deserves a home in the music libraries of all music lovers—particularly those of us wh…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 3:55pm -
  • Snake Oil and Voodoo: Roger Skoff Writes About the Stranger Aspects of Our Hobby
    As you probably know, I'm not just a writer and a long-time audiophile (I and my friends call ourselves "Hi-Fi Crazies"), but a manufacturer of High-End audio cables, originally XLO, now RSX. As such, to some of our Hi-Fi brethren, that automatically…
    - 2 days ago, 5 Aug 22, 3:52pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Recording with the best DSLR Shotgun Mics on your digital camera will make your videos sound professional. After all, one of the most important aspects of a video is the sound. You can deal with grainy images, but crackles and pops will turn everyone…
    - 28 May 20, 10:45pm -
  • Best Lavalier Mics

    Best Lavalier Mics

    Using the best lavalier mic will make you sound better on stage, on a recording, and even on your video. Good lav mics don’t have to sound tinny with zero wind protection. You just have to get the right one. 🙂 Nice lavalier microphones are easy…
    - 28 May 20, 6:58pm -
  • Best Rapping Microphones

    Best Rapping Microphones

    Using the best rapping microphone to record your raps or perform live will not only make you sound better, it will also be a lot easier to use. Too many people think that any mic can be used for rapping. It’s not true. In order to get the perfect m…
    - 28 May 20, 6:18pm -
  • Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Using the best live vocal microphone for your band’s concert will not only make you sound better, it will also be much easier too use than a cheap mic. Too many people try to perform with junky microphones and lose fans because of it. Don’t be t…
    - 28 May 20, 2:59pm -
  • Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Recording with the best omnidirectional microphone is easy and can give you major tonal advantages without excess gain. Many people think omni directional mics aren’t great for recording or live sound and that’s just not true. Omni mics do produc…
    - 17 Feb 20, 6:31pm -