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  • Triangle Antal 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker

    Triangle Antal 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker

    Has it ever crossed your mind that the reason you like your system more than your friend's or the store's is not because yours is better, even if you think it is, but because you're used to the sound of yours and not of theirs? Welcome to product ha…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Sep 22, 10:17am -
  • LSA VT-70 integrated amplifier

    LSA VT-70 integrated amplifier

    I like to think that my musical tastes are pretty eclectic: jazz, pop, blues, Americana, metal, world music, ambient, prog rock, more. Operatic music and classical singing, though? Thanks, I'll pass.There are exceptions. I find tear-tugging beauty…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 22, 9:32am -
  • dCS Rossini Apex D/A processor

    dCS Rossini Apex D/A processor

    The text, from Gary Bruestle, a speaker-positioning wizard at Definitive Audio in Seattle, left my mouth watering: "Have you heard the Apex version of a Rossini or Vivaldi yet? It's stunningly good. Addictive, even. ... I usually have a hard time rel…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Sep 22, 10:26am -
  • Gramophone Dreams #65: Music Hall Analogue A3 phono preamplifier

    Gramophone Dreams #65: Music Hall Analogue A3 phono preamplifier

    If I hear it, is it real?If your ears see,And your eyes hear,Not a doubt you'll cherish—How naturally the rain dripsFrom the eyes!—Bujutsu SoshoThe more audio gear I review, the more fascinated I become by the fact that as I listen t…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Sep 22, 2:51pm -
  • Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition

    Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition

    Every product listed here has been reviewed in Stereophile. Everything on the list, regardless of rating, is genuinely recommendable.Within each category, products are listed by class; within each class, they're in alphabetical order, followed by t…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 22, 1:02pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Triangle Antal 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker

    Triangle Antal 40th Anniversary Edition loudspeaker

    Has it ever crossed your mind that the reason you like your system more than your friend's or the store's is not because yours is better, even if you think it is, but because you're used to the sound of yours and not of theirs? Welcome to product ha…
    - 4 days ago, 23 Sep 22, 10:17am -
  • LSA VT-70 integrated amplifier

    LSA VT-70 integrated amplifier

    I like to think that my musical tastes are pretty eclectic: jazz, pop, blues, Americana, metal, world music, ambient, prog rock, more. Operatic music and classical singing, though? Thanks, I'll pass.There are exceptions. I find tear-tugging beauty…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 22, 9:32am -
  • dCS Rossini Apex D/A processor

    dCS Rossini Apex D/A processor

    The text, from Gary Bruestle, a speaker-positioning wizard at Definitive Audio in Seattle, left my mouth watering: "Have you heard the Apex version of a Rossini or Vivaldi yet? It's stunningly good. Addictive, even. ... I usually have a hard time rel…
    - 6 days ago, 21 Sep 22, 10:26am -
  • Gramophone Dreams #65: Music Hall Analogue A3 phono preamplifier

    Gramophone Dreams #65: Music Hall Analogue A3 phono preamplifier

    If I hear it, is it real?If your ears see,And your eyes hear,Not a doubt you'll cherish—How naturally the rain dripsFrom the eyes!—Bujutsu SoshoThe more audio gear I review, the more fascinated I become by the fact that as I listen t…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Sep 22, 2:51pm -
  • Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition

    Recommended Components Fall 2022 Edition

    Every product listed here has been reviewed in Stereophile. Everything on the list, regardless of rating, is genuinely recommendable.Within each category, products are listed by class; within each class, they're in alphabetical order, followed by t…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Sep 22, 1:02pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • The Value Proposition in Audio: It's Not Your Father's Class D

    The Value Proposition in Audio: It's Not Your Father's Class D

      THE VALUE PROPOSITION IN AUDIO: IT’S NOT YOUR FATHER’S CLASS D!The latest and greatest in microelectronics for audio – value is up and cost is down  INTRODUCTION   The new wave…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 22, 8:15am -
  • The Next Track Immersive Music Episode

    The Next Track Immersive Music Episode

    Hey Guys - I was recently a guest on @kirkmc and @DougAdams The Next Track podcast, where we talked immersive music. I love being on Kirk's and Doug's show, these guys are such pros. They even edit out all of our nonsense chatting that nobody…
    - 7 days ago, 20 Sep 22, 6:57am -
  • Wilson Audio Alexia V Full Review

    Wilson Audio Alexia V Full Review

      I purchased the Wilson Audio Alexia Series 2 in 2019 after months of extensive research and auditioning more loudspeakers than I can remember. Everything about Alexia, from the size, shape, and sound to the service and support from a…
    - 12 days ago, 15 Sep 22, 3:00am -
  • Accurate Sound Launches Multichannel Hang Loose Convolver

    Accurate Sound Launches Multichannel Hang Loose Convolver

      Digital Room Correction (DRC) calibration expert Mitch Barnett's company Accurate Sound has officially launched the multichannel version of Hang Loose Convolver. This is a big deal. It's the only convolver on the planet with some of…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Sep 22, 5:52pm -
  • An NYC Concert Weekend To Remember

    An NYC Concert Weekend To Remember

     The past weekend my wife and I flew to New York City to see Lake Street Dive at Radio City Music Hall and Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden. I don't think I've had a better concert weekend in my life! There's a bit of a backst…
    - 14 days ago, 13 Sep 22, 9:56am -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • LSA HyperDrive 2 – Review

    LSA HyperDrive 2 – Review

    You might laugh at me for beginning my review of the new LSA headphone amplifier with my Pikachu headphones, but it’s somewhat of a torture test. More often than not, crappy budget headphones have a crazy impedance curve. (Which makes them sound ev…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Sep 22, 1:42pm -
  • Welcome to Distilled!
    Hello and welcome to our new section – Distilled. We are not abandoning our standard reviews, but for those of you that would like a little more than the canned press releases everyone else is posting, but not sure if you want to make the time inve…
    - 9 days ago, 18 Sep 22, 8:40am -
  • Updated Utopia Phones from Focal

    Updated Utopia Phones from Focal

    Constantly striving for sonic excellence, Focal has just announced a new, improved version of their top-of-the-line Utopia headphones. Now referred to as the 2022 Edition, the new phones are an evolution of sonic and aesthetic performance. Here’s w…
    - 11 days ago, 16 Sep 22, 9:29am -
  • High End by OZ is now distributor for Lansche Audio

    High End by OZ is now distributor for Lansche Audio

    Lansche Audio is pleased to announce High End by Oz, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, as its official distributor for North America. High End by Oz LLC. is a high-end audio distributor covering North America with some of the finest high-end audio produ…
    - 20 days ago, 7 Sep 22, 11:09am -
  • Totem Kin Play Towers – More of a GREAT thing

    Totem Kin Play Towers – More of a GREAT thing

    I’ve been living with a pair of Totem’s Kin Play monitor speakers for almost two years now. Needless to say I love em. However, a recent dog related accident, had one of them toppling off the (what I thought was unmoveable) filled, Sound Anchors…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Sep 22, 10:36pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newAmpsandsound Nautilus Integrated | REVIEW
    Ever since PTA’s Grover Neville hipped me to Ampsandsound founder Justin Weber’s world of small wattage vacuum tube amplifiers, I’ve been extremely curious. When Justin offered, I jumped at the opportunity to have some seat [...]
    - 2 days ago, 25 Sep 22, 1:00am -
  • Van den Hul Crimson XGW Stradivarius | REVIEW
    Last year I reviewed the Van den Hul The Grail phono stage, and I gave it a firm recommendation. If you’ve read that review, you’ll know that I hoped to spend some seat time with [...]
    - 4 days ago, 23 Sep 22, 1:00am -
  • Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 Loudspeakers | On the Road
    I’ve been sitting on the announcement for the new Bowers & Wilkins 700 S3 loudspeakers for quite some time, thanks to the moratorium until September 21. I feel like so much has happened since then, [...]
    - 6 days ago, 21 Sep 22, 3:00am -
  • Mother MAA from Somesh Mathur | The Vinyl Anachronist
    If it seems that Somesh Mathur is adopting a different message and different overall theme for each record, then his latest release Mother Maa shouldn’t come as a surprise. Somesh has come a long way [...]
    - 7 days ago, 20 Sep 22, 3:00am -
  • DALI KORE–Birth of a Flagship | On the Road
    Honestly, it was a coincidence that DALI asked me to head to Denmark to cover the release of their new flagship speaker, the DALI KORE, right after I visited the Audio Group Denmark factory and [...]
    - 9 days ago, 18 Sep 22, 1:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Acelec Model One Loudspeaker

    Acelec Model One Loudspeaker

    Our Karl Sigman wrote and very much enjoyed a Dutch DAC last year, the Sonnet Digital Audio Morpheus. Sonnet also has a subsidiary company, Acelec, maker of the Model One Loudspeaker here under review. Rob Fritz of Audio Art Cable, the Acelec US dist…
    - 18 days ago, 9 Sep 22, 5:02am -
  • Mojo Audio Mystique X SE DAC

    Mojo Audio Mystique X SE DAC

    During July and August 2022, much of the world was confronted with a heat wave of the highest order. How timely it was I re-discovered Holly Cole’s diverting, and original arrangement of “Heat Wave” (composed in 1933 by Irving Berlin), from her…
    - 18 days ago, 9 Sep 22, 4:45am -
  • Ansuz Acoustics Mainz8 C2 Power Distributor

    Ansuz Acoustics Mainz8 C2 Power Distributor

    At €5000, the Ansuz Acoustics Mainz8 C2 Power Distributor is a good-looking, tech-filled, expensive power conditioner. Because of the well-documented problems with dirty power, city grids, RF, etc, a competent power conditioner is an essential comp…
    - 18 days ago, 9 Sep 22, 4:30am -
  • Pure Fidelity Horizon Turntable

    Pure Fidelity Horizon Turntable

    In March of 2021, I was at a very important crossroads in the life of any audiophile, I was preparing to pick out my first (and ostensibly last) truly “high-end” turntable. I had owned two very satisfying audiophile turntables up until this poin…
    - 39 days ago, 19 Aug 22, 1:51am -
  • Sutherland Engineering KC VIBE MK2 Phonostage

    Sutherland Engineering KC VIBE MK2 Phonostage

    A couple of years ago I drove to Angie Lisi’s American Sound of Canada store in northern Toronto to have my Pro-ject Red cartridge replaced with the Shelter Model 501 III MC. The publisher of Audiophilia and close friend, Anthony Kershaw, was kind…
    - 39 days ago, 19 Aug 22, 1:51am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newRogue Audio Pharaoh II Integrated Amplifier Review

    Rogue Audio Pharaoh II Integrated Amplifier Review

    Rogue Audio has once again upped the ante with their Pharaoh II hybrid integrated amp. I'm always a bit wary of the 'New & Improved' versions of any products that come to market. I seem to gravitate to original models (brands) of most premium produc…
    - 17 hours ago, 26 Sep 22, 7:46am -
  • newRIAA Mid-Year 2022 Music Business Revenue Statistics

    RIAA Mid-Year 2022 Music Business Revenue Statistics

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), advocates for recorded music business and the companies within the USA: Recorded music revenues in the first half of 2022 rose 9% to $7.7 billion at estimated retail value, building on the strong…
    - 18 hours ago, 26 Sep 22, 6:38am -
  • CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report

    CanJam SoCal 2022 Show Report

    I'm chuckling as I write this. I honestly thought two days of headphones would be plenty. Ha! CanJam SoCal proved me otherwise. I arrived bright and early at the Marriott in Irvine, CA on Saturday, September 17th (day one of two) to a vibe! CanJam S…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Sep 22, 8:51pm -
  • Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII Int. Streaming Amp Review

    Electrocompaniet ECI 6 DX MKII Int. Streaming Amp Review

    You may have heard of Dr. Matti Otala of the Tampere University in Finland. Even if you haven't, the fine sound that the best transistor amplifiers are capable of today is a direct result of his pioneering work in the seventies on Transient Intermod…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 22, 5:35am -
  • HEDD HEDDphone Headphone Review

    HEDD HEDDphone Headphone Review

    Can a pair of headphones be priced at almost $2,000 and still be considered a bargain or even a good buy? I've been wondering about that a lot of late. It depends on your perspective, I suppose. And your pocketbook. The HEDD HEDDphone might make you…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Sep 22, 5:34am -

AudiophileReview.com

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

  • newMobile Fidelity StudioTracker Phono Cartridge
    Would it be damning this cartridge with faint praise to simply call it nice? I hope not, because that's precisely what the entry-level model from Mobile Fidelity Electronics is. That's not to say inoffensive, as in competent but not particularly insp…
    - 14 hours ago, 26 Sep 22, 10:50am -
  • Stage III Ckahron Interconnect
    Six years have passed since Stage III Concepts introduced their Medusa Speaker Cable, which the brand distributor claimed to be the world's first with a vacuum dielectric. This was no ordinary wire product. I gave it a Writers Choice Award in 2016. T…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 22, 9:33am -
  • More Treasures from Eudora Records in Pure DSD256
    Gonzalo Noque's recordings continue to mesmerize and delight me. I'm sitting at the moment just stunned having listened to a preview copy in DSD128 of the coming release of J.S. Bach's Complete Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV1014-1019, with A…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 22, 9:01am -
  • Vibration Issues with Your Turntable? Try A/V RoomService Equipment Vibration Protectors
    Concerned about vibrations in your home negatively impacting your vinyl listening experience? If you're like me, you want to extract every bit of performance out of your high fidelity music system, and eliminating unnecessary noise and vibrations is…
    - 3 days ago, 24 Sep 22, 8:41am -
  • Impressions: The Pacific Audio Fest 2022, a Photo Essay, and my Audio Oasis! Awards, Part the Fourth and Last [Updated 09-26-2022]
    Ye Olde Editor contemplating... Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Israel, 2022. (Photograph by John Robinson; image processing by Ye Olde himself.) We're in the final stretch! Some of the best rooms I've saved for last...and here they are. Daedalus Audio/VAC…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Sep 22, 2:33pm -

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 -