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The Absolute Sound

  • newQ Up Automatic Tonearm Lift

    Q Up Automatic Tonearm Lift

    The only problem I’ve ever had with analog is every time a record comes to an end I feel a little like one of Pavlov’s dogs, except I don’t salivate or get a treat. I have to get up at precisely that moment and actually lift the tonearm manuall…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 10:21am -
  • Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    As part of its “high-resolution initiative” Sony has rolled out several exciting new products during the past year including the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 digital players, the NW-F887 portable player (Asia only), and the PHA-2 portable DAC and headphon…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:36pm -
  • Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Download Roundup - Beck: Morning Phase

    Morning Phase finds Beck, the ever-restless singer/songwriter/producer/ instrumentalist, in the same mellow, thoughtful mood he unveiled on 2002’s Sea Change. The songs unfold at unhurried tempos—there’s not an upbeat number in the batch—forc…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:29am -
  • Jim Salk, Founder of Salk Signature Sound

    Jim Salk, Founder of Salk Signature Sound

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? My first exposure to audio was as a five-year-old watching my father build Heathkits. His hobby ignited my interest and I caught the bug very early o…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 10:20am -
  • Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Preamplifier

    Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Preamplifier

    There is good news for all of us glass-audio aficionados: Audio by Van Alstine (AVA) now offers an all-tube version of its linestage preamp. I don’t know about you, but I find the model name a bit confusing, so for the record let me make clear that…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:01pm -

Stereophile News

  • newCAS 2014 Day 3: Slowing for the Descent

    CAS 2014 Day 3: Slowing for the Descent

    Sundays customarily draw a smaller attendance at shows, but CAS's Sunday across from San Francisco International Airport was especially slow until, surprisingly, things speeded up shortly before the runway was in sight. Either lots of audiophiles spe…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:24pm -
  • newCAS 2014 Day 2: Soaring Free

    CAS 2014 Day 2: Soaring Free

    Mincing no words, Audioengine's Brady Barquenquist declared, "Bluetooth usually sounds like cat shit. Therefore, when we designed our wireless B1 Premium Bluetooth music receiver ($189), which just started shipping last week, we did four things to en…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 11:01am -
  • newCAS Day 2: In Full Flight

    CAS Day 2: In Full Flight

    In the beginning, there was . . . No, this is not a Bible study course, but I do wish to pave the way (with gold, I wish) to the Genesis Advanced Technologies room hosted by Gary and Carolyn Koh and Joe Pittman. Mostly exhibiting Genesis products, th…
    - 15 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 4:41am -
  • CAS 2014 Day 1: Settling In

    CAS 2014 Day 1: Settling In

    As soon as I entered the room sponsored by Loggie Audio of Redwood City, CA, the system's superior air, depth, and resolution were immediately apparent. The reason: YG Acoustics "Hailey" loudspeakers ($42,800/pair), Bryston 28B SST-2 100Wpc monoblock…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:40pm -
  • CAS 2014 Day 1: Lift Off

    CAS 2014 Day 1: Lift Off

    On the evening before the California Audio Show opened, as I gazed at San Francisco International Airport and the beautiful stretch of San Francisco Bay directly in front of the Westin SFO, I thought to myself, "This area is already accustomed to a l…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 2:56pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Q&A With Xuanqian Wang of AURALiC

    Q&A With Xuanqian Wang of AURALiC

    AURALiC caused quite a splash with their Vega DAC which I reviewed very favorably (see review) as did John Atkinson in Stereophile (see review). I continue to use the Vega as my reference. AURALiC introduced a new product, the ARIES, at CES 2014 and…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 5:51am -
  • Download of the Week: FKA twigs

    Download of the Week: FKA twigs

    You're going to see FKA twigs first full length album, LP1, fall onto many "Best Of..." lists. Its certainly on mine, even though that list doesn't really exist. LP1 is a stunning mix of styles melding seamlessly into a future now sound. Baroque, sou…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 5:56am -
  • Own A Piece of PonoMusic (The Company)

    Own A Piece of PonoMusic (The Company)

    Accredited investors take note: for as little as $5,000 you can own a piece of PonoMusic. "From now through August 30, 2014, you can invest as little as $5,000 and receive equity ownership in PonoMusic alongside Neil and other music industry legends.…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 11:03am -
  • Popular Science on Pono (and MP3s): Are They Wrong?

    Popular Science on Pono (and MP3s): Are They Wrong?

    Here's a quote from a recent article on Pono from Popular Science:"MP3s employ audio-data compression to reduce file bandwidth, which lets you carry thousands of songs in your phone but limits the music’s dynamic range."
    - 7 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 7:51am -
  • Sony UDA-1

    Sony UDA-1

    The Little Integrated Amplifier/DAC That CouldThe Sony UDA-1 incorporates a 20W x 2 Class AB amplifier (into 4 ohms) and a 24/192 and single and double rate DSD capable DAC (Burr-Brown PCM1795) into a handsome black or silver aluminum covered chunk…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 5:00am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    I Never Learn - Lykke Li (CD (2014))Samples
    - 18 mins ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:03pm -
  • newRe: Digital Audio - looking for advice for getting started (Mac, but will migrate)
    Quote from: DEP14 on Yesterday at 07:18 pmThat would be cool to check out.I'm good with FLAC files if that makes data easier, open to ideas.  Wondering if ripping to an external drive to start with makes some sense i...
    - 19 mins ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:02pm -
  • newRe: Signature 16 and other amps with Magnepan MMG
    Thanks, HPDJ.  There is no doubt that the all-in-one box and the top-notch customer service are a HUGE draw to Red Wine.  I like every single vibe I get out of the reviews and from Vinnie himself.  Those features will play heavily into my decision…
    - 20 mins ago, 20 Aug 14, 7:01pm -
  • newFS: Oppo bdp-83 $220 OBO
    Fs: Oppo bdp-83A classic! kinda.Great condition. Original box and packaging and remote.Great upscaling and audio.I upgraded to the BDP-105 a while back and this has been sitting on the shelf. Time to let it go.$220 obo plus shipping (lower 48 only...
    - 27 mins ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:54pm -
  • newRe: bdp1 reset
    Chris,We have the BDP-2 working great. It downloaded the new firmware today no problem. Do you think I should tackle my BDP-1 and download maniac moose?Cheers,BJ
    - 32 mins ago, 20 Aug 14, 6:49pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Wireworld Launches New, Updated Webiste

    Wireworld Launches New, Updated Webiste

    Wireworld has just finished work on a complete site overhaul, showcasing their products in a much more informative, graphic rich environment than ever before. The new site has plenty of product and company info, making it easier to find out more abou…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:37am -
  • KISS Lunchbox

    KISS Lunchbox

    While perusing the cassettes on sale for 99 cents each I almost missed this one, but my daughter let out a squeal when she saw the KISS lunchbox, not realizing this is a most excellent one from the period celebrating the four “individual” KISS re…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 12:07pm -
  • The Kiss Van

    The Kiss Van

    Here’s one fan’s ultimate expression for the hottest band in the land, and it succeeds brilliantly.  Contact artist Jay Werner at his studio to explore the possibilities. Maybe a Tales of Topographic Oceans van next? The Kiss Van www.jaywerner.c…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 12:01pm -
  • Kiss Plushies

    Kiss Plushies

    Move over Bart Simpson. The hottest plushies in the land are here, and they rule. At about eight inches tall, the likeness of the band’s four individual members are captured in grand style, from the platform boots to guitarist Ace Frehley’s gold…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 11:16am -
  • Ortofon MCA-76 Head Amplifier

    Ortofon MCA-76 Head Amplifier

    Back when I was selling Technics SL1200s and Shure V-15 cartridges by the truck load, on the brink of becoming an major obsessive audiophile, our shop received the latest and greatest from Ortofon – their MC20 moving coil cartridge and the accompan…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 4:16pm -

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

  • The Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier/Pre Amplifier

    The Burson Audio Soloist Class A Headphone Amplifier/Pre Amplifier

    Attending listening sessions at dealer showrooms are uniquely beneficial because you can experience a wide range of gear that you otherwise would not be able to hear. It was during such a session at Wes Bender Studio NYC that I encountered a couple o…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 5:37am -
  • JS Bach: Brandenburg Concertos—Freiburger Barockorchester

    JS  Bach: Brandenburg Concertos—Freiburger Barockorchester

    I was listening to a recording of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041, on WQXR, a public radio station in Manhattan. I was impressed by the beauty of tone of the Baroque violin, played by Petra Mullejans, a concert master of the Freiburger…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 5:00am -
  • In the Trenches: The High-End Audio Scene in Singapore

    In the Trenches: The High-End Audio Scene in Singapore

    A hop, skip, and a jump from the luxurious Raffles Hotel in downtown Singapore (named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the British founding father of the modern city-state of Singapore in 1819) famous for claiming to have invented the pink, gin-bas…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:00am -
  • Cypher Labs LLC

    Cypher Labs LLC

    It is with great pleasure that we welcome Cypher Labs as Audiophilia’s newest sponsor. I ran across the great folks at Cypher Labs during the recent Capital Audiofest in Washington DC. They were showing their gorgeous Prautes tube headphone amplif…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Aug 14, 5:08am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — August 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — August 2014 Update

    Beethoven – The Complete String Quartets [8 CDs]Belcea QuartetZig-Zag Territoires ZZT344 (2014)Little, surely, need be said by way of introduction to these sixteen quartets, written between 1798 and 1826 and collectively representing one of the…
    - 16 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 7:14am -

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

  • newWTB: Power board / conditioner with UK sockets
    Hi all Need to buy power board and/or conditioner with UK sockets. Something like older Isotek units would be useful or even cheaper non-filtered powerboard will do (as an interim). Please PM me or reply to this thread if you think you have any…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:55pm -
  • newFS: Beyerdynamic DT150 headphones

    FS: Beyerdynamic DT150 headphones

    Item: Beyerdynamic DT150 headphones plus a pair of band new ear padsLocation: WollongongPrice: $200Item Condition: In very good conditionReason for selling: need cashPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit for PostExtra Info: These are ac…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:49pm -
  • newFS: AKG K601 headphones

    FS: AKG K601 headphones

    Item: AKG K601 headphonesLocation: WollongongPrice: $200Item Condition: In very good conditionReason for selling: need cashPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Direct Deposit for PostExtra Info: Made in Austria. Great sounding headphones discontinued…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:45pm -
  • newMy first turntable - worth fixing?

    My first turntable - worth fixing?

    I bought this TT in 1998 (secondhand, obviously). It is a JH (Australian-made, '70s vintage?) and about as simple as a turntable can be. Fully manual: just an on/off switch and move the belt on the pulley to change speed. It has an unusual wooden Pri…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:33pm -
  • newRecent Inheritance - Need Help
    I'm in need of some help This past week I received a home stereo kit or at least that's what I'm lead to believe, and I have no idea what any of the stuff is. I looked up some of the things there and found almost nothing helpful. I believe all of…
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:43pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newHisense & TCL Launch Roku TVs

    Hisense & TCL Launch Roku TVs

    TCL and Hisense have announced the release of their Roku powered displays. The lineup ranges from 32-inches to 55-inches, and each set includes built-in access to Roku smart TV options and channels.
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Aug 14, 5:52am -
  • LG Reveals New 4K and Quad HD Monitors

    LG Reveals New 4K and Quad HD Monitors

    LG has announced two additions to its 4K monitor lineup. The new displays include the 34UC97 Ultra Wide monitor and the 31MU97 Digital Cinema 4K monitor.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 6:28am -
  • Sony & Best Buy Team Up for 4K Promotion

    Sony & Best Buy Team Up for 4K Promotion

    Sony and Best Buy have begun a new advertising push to highlight their 4K products. The promotion focuses on Ultra HD experiences in the home and cinema, and will include a 30-second theatrical spot (http://youtu.be/wjBvDHz7Jf4) that will play durin…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 8:50am -
  • YouTube & Vimeo Update Streaming Apps

    YouTube & Vimeo Update Streaming Apps

    YouTube has revealed a brand new interface for its streaming app on smart TVs, set-top boxes, and game consoles. Likewise, Vimeo has also released an updated app for Roku players (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00BGGDVOO/panandscathed-20).
    - 5 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 10:03am -
  • OM Audio Introduces Levitating Speaker

    OM Audio Introduces Levitating Speaker

    Om Audio has detailed its latest product, the Om/One. The unique orb-shaped portable speaker includes a magnetic base that allows the device to actually float and rotate in mid-air.
    - 6 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 7:33am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • Building a bridge to the man in the street
    The man in the street (TMITS); the poor fella must be feeling punch drunk right about now. In the early noughties he was told by the music industry that MP3s were transparent to the original CD; and so he bought/ripped/torrented them by the truckload…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:09am -
  • Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF reclocker review
    Barry: Hey John – how are you? John: G’day Barry. I’m well. Long time no see – you still enjoying your new hifi setup? B: I’m glad you asked: yes…and yet sometimes no. Have a seat. J: [Sitting down]. Oh? What seems to be the problem? B: I…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 3:02pm -
  • Alpha Design Labs ready GT40α and Stratos digitizers
    Tokyo’s Furutech puts out a more affordable line of products under the Alpha Design Labs (ADL) banner that made serious waves some years ago with its GT40 – a tidy unit that housed headphone amplifier, MM/MC phono stage and USB DAC under one r…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 12:08am -
  • AudioQuest Dragonfly v1.2 DAC/headphone amplifier review
    Hey hey my my. These past few weeks I’ve been taking a handful of dongle USB DACs out of their comfort zone: away from the desktop and into the street. Out of the blue and into the black. My intent? To re-imagine Apple’s 5th generation iPod Touch…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 3:49am -
  • TotalDAC announce in-line filtered Ethernet cable
    Electrical noise – it’s bad mmm kay? Electromagnetic interference (EMI) travels into your home courtesy of your friendly electricity company. It’s also the result of your own foolishnes. That dimmer switch you installed might be great for creat…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 11:33pm -