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The Absolute Sound

  • newMusical Fidelity NuVista 800 Integrated Amplifier

    Musical Fidelity NuVista 800 Integrated Amplifier

    September 30, 2014 - The NuVista 800 Integrated Amplifier combines new and classic technologies to deliver an unprecedented “Super Integrated” Nuvistor technology Semi conductor technology Surface Mount Design technology CAD/CAM PCB design Softwa…
    - 15 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:13am -
  • newNew M6si Integrated Amplifier from Musical Fidelity

    New M6si Integrated Amplifier from Musical Fidelity

    The new M6si integrated amplifier improves on the outgoing model with more inputs and completely new internals for greatly improved technical and sonic performance Background The five-year old M6i integrated amplifier has become widely known as an in…
    - 16 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 9:26am -
  • new2014 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2014 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    mbl C51 Integrated Amplifier$11,100 With its soft understated lines, svelte controls and connectivity, and jewelry-like finish, it’s easy to misjudge the depth, complexity, and sonic resolve of TAS’ recent cover boy, the 180Wpc, modified-Class D…
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 8:06am -
  • PS Audio Releases Significant Firmware Upgrade for DirectStream DAC

    PS Audio Releases Significant Firmware Upgrade for DirectStream DAC

    September 29, 2014 - PS Audio's DirectStream DAC, reviewed in Issue 245, has been updated with a firmware upgrade. Instead of using a standard DAC chip, the DirectStream DAC uses a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), programmed by designer Ted Smit…
    - 1 day ago, 29 Sep 14, 1:46pm -
  • Sunday Morning Hi Fi #5

    Sunday Morning Hi Fi #5

    Welcome back to Sunday Morning Hi Fi #5, a blog that talks about music, gear, system tips and tweaks, and the reasons we love our high-end systems. Last week, we skimmed the surface of room acoustics with a brief introduction to the subject. We talke…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 7:36am -

Stereophile News

  • newNY Audio Show 2014: Michael Fremer's Turntable Seminar

    NY Audio Show 2014: Michael Fremer's Turntable Seminar

    Billed as “Michael Fremer’s Ultimate Turntable Set-up Demo,” the final seminar at the Brooklyn show once again revealed that the editor of AnalogPlanet.com and Stereophile columnist has, as you might say, “large attachments.” I find setting…
    - 14 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:58am -
  • newNY Audio Show 2014: Sunday Morning

    NY Audio Show 2014: Sunday Morning

    Reliable readers of show reports will remember Robert Lighton as a successful designer and manufacturer of furniture who, a few years ago, turned his enthusiasm for domestic audio in general and Audio Note gear in particular into a side career by put…
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 8:16am -
  • NY Audio Show 2014: Saturday afternoon

    NY Audio Show 2014: Saturday afternoon

    Halfway through the show I called home, and my wife informed me that the plumbing in the downstairs bathroom was clogged, and the dog had gone outside and rolled around in something dead. And she wondered: Was I having a nice time? It was time for me…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 11:44am -
  • Live Web Streaming Wednesday of Jazz in the New Harmonic
    Come Wednesday evening, October 1, at 7:30pm EDT, jazz lovers throughout the greater New York City environs—that includes Brooklyn—will flock to Jazz at Lincoln Center to groove to triple Grammy-nominated composer/pianist David Chesky's qui…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 5:13am -
  • NY Audio Show 2014: Saturday Morning

    NY Audio Show 2014: Saturday Morning

    Saturday dawned hot and bright—unnaturally so for the end of September—and showgoers showed up well before the 10:00am starting time: So much for my hopes of getting a jump on the crowds. Still I went for an early listen at the room shared…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 4:16pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    Download of the Week:  Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    Will Oldham, aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy, is always a safe bet. A singer songwriter extraordinaire, his latest, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues does not disappoint with its gentle rhythms and swaying southern-tinged songs. Featuring the McCrary sisters…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 4:47am -
  • Cocktail Audio X30

    Cocktail Audio X30

    Cocktail AudioCocktail Audio is, to the best of my knowledge, a division of Novatron a Korean company specializing in the manufacture of "Multimedia Devices". I first came across the Cocktail Audio X30 at CES 2014 and I was intrigued by its all in o…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 6:06am -
  • SiriusXM Ruling Could Have Far-Reaching Effects on Streaming Services

    SiriusXM Ruling Could Have Far-Reaching Effects on Streaming Services

    As we learned in the pending Pandora case, US Federal Copyright Law does not protect music recorded before Feb. 15, 1972, instead it's handled on a state by state basis. Flo & Eddie filed their suit in California against SiriusXM "for not seeking aut…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Sep 14, 5:19am -
  • The New York Audio Show

    The New York Audio Show

    A consumer audio show grows in Brooklyn! Beginning this Friday, September 26th, The Chester Group's New York Audio Show takes off for three days of hi-fi fun. There will be a "High Resolution Audio Zone in conjunction with HeadZones. Showcasing the l…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 6:29am -
  • Download of the Week: Sister O.M. Terrell

    Download of the Week: Sister O.M. Terrell

    Sister O.M. Terrell recorded eight sides while playing music for over 70 years. These recordings, every last one of hers, were recorded in the '50's mostly for Columbia. Blues and gospel, Sister O.M. Terrell wrote, sang, and played her music in the s…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:45am -

Computer Audiophile

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Tokyo Qt. Complete Beethoven St. Qts. at a steal!
    Many thanks, rpf. I just ordered the set plus three other CDs. I look forward to all this new music.Michael
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:59pm -
  • newRe: Newbie Help - Ncore build
    To be clear, I have attached to this message the wiring I have done.  I have omitted the speaker cable as that is simple, but other than that there is NO OTHER wiring anywhere.If I am not opting for class 2, what should I do to make safe?Second phot…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:52pm -
  • newRe: Variable density panels
    Try a couple square meters of 3" Sonex on that wall behind your head. It diffuses and absorbs in a fairly wide frequency range. You can hang it half an inch out from the wall to get a little more bass absorption. I believe its most effective in the m…
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:50pm -
  • newRe: Hot Headphone Deals!!
    Buysonic has some good deals (MDR 7520 among them) but you have to register on their site to be able to see the offer.
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:21pm -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

    Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From a Young Man (2010)Samples
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:20pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Preview: Conrad Johnson LP125sa Power Amplifier
    Johnson has been making fine tube power amplifiers for almost 40 years now and the new LP-125sa is more evolutionary than revolutionary; borrowing from their past LP series of amplifiers and their current Art amplifiers. However, the results are inde…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 7:34pm -
  • GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven Speakers

    GoldenEar Technology Triton Seven Speakers

    The shock of thunderous bass waves is what the GoldenEar Triton Seven speakers greet me with to start a surprising review experience. Put away your preconceived notions of what slim, budget mini-towers should sound like—these are the first such spe…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 7:20pm -
  • Stirling Broadcast SB-88 vs Harbeth Compact C7ES-3 Speakers

    Stirling Broadcast SB-88 vs Harbeth Compact C7ES-3 Speakers

    The Black Keys’ new record Turn Blue reminds me of some of the finest psychedelic tunes from the 1960s. The opening track “Weight of Love” has a very Clapton/Cream vibe. There’s something about British speakers and classic rock; they just f…
    - 15 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:16pm -
  • Penaudio Cenya Monitors

    Penaudio Cenya Monitors

    Cranking Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” to a level way beyond what I’d ever expect from a small pair of monitors causes me to redefine my mental short list for a final hi-fi system. While I routinely audition six-figure speakers (and enjoy…
    - 15 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:50pm -
  • Burmester B10 Speakers

    Burmester B10 Speakers

    If you’ve ever had the opportunity to audition Burmester loudspeakers, you know they mate perfectly with the company’s electronics and that, together, they put forward a very dynamic, powerful presentation. And, as founder Dieter Burmester is a b…
    - 15 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:34pm -

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 New York Audio Show 2014

    The New York Audio Show 2014

    I must admit, when I first heard that the New York Audio Show had moved out of Manhattan (my home: the center of the Universe!) to the borough of Brooklyn for its 2014 show, I was not happy, and very dubious. But after a while, it seemed to make more…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 4:00am -
  • Songs of Innocence — U2

    Songs of Innocence — U2

    Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, must have been shaking his head after listening to and reading the hullabaloo from self satisfied Apple customers after receiving a free album delivered to their iTunes account. The ‘faux pas’ in question, U2’s inventive…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 11:43am -
  • Deezer Elite on Sonos

    Deezer Elite on Sonos

    Good news in the brave new world of streaming music.‘Deezer, the premier digital streaming music service, and Sonos®, an innovator in wireless home audio products, announced an exclusive partnership that will bring streaming High-Resolution Audio…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 12:09pm -
  • Bill Bruford: A Retrospective

    Bill Bruford: A Retrospective

    Photo creditRe-listening to the track ‘Roundabout’ from the progressive rock album ‘Fragile’ by Yes (1971) recently, I once again became fascinated by the unusual sound, the precision and odd syncopation of drummer Bill Bruford’s high-pitc…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 4:00am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — September 2014 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — September 2014 Update

    Messiaen – Turangalila-Symphonie [75:08]Hewitt / Hartmann-Claverie / Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / LintuOndine SACD 1251-5 (2014)This huge work was written during the mid-1940s, a difficult period for any French composer but one which ha…
    - 27 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 6:08am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newEnjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine High Fidelity Audio Reviews
    Enjoy the Music.com's October Review Magazine is packed full with equipment reviews, the New York Audio Show report -- with more coming soon -- a new hi-res video with Mark Waldrep, music reviews... and we have a report on the 57th Annual Newport Jaz…
    - 15 mins ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:55am -
  • newVinyl LP Retail Sales By The Numbers
    According to Billboard, Amazon is the largest seller of vinyl within the United States of America and has 12.3 percent market share. Next up is Urban Outfitters with 8.1 percent followed by Hastings Entertainment with 2.8 percent and Hot Topic with 2…
    - 15 mins ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:55am -
  • newNielsen's Music Sales Report For Q1 And Q2 2014
    Nielsen's report for the first six months of 2014, sales of albums were down 14.9 percent versus the first six months of 2013. Vinyl Album Sales and On-Demand streaming continue to show strong gains. Vinyl LP sales were up 40.4 percent and overall On…
    - 15 mins ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:55am -
  • newNAHA Rock Legends Cruise 4
    Get ready to set sail as NAHA's Rock Legends Cruise 4 is about to leave port with ticket sales starting October 1. As the fourth installment of this rockin' event, taking place from January 21st to 25th, the Independence of the Seas sets sail from Ft…
    - 21 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:55am -
  • newiFi Audio iClub Membership Is Free
    Taking social to the next level is ifi Audio with their new iCLUB. As many already know, iFi Audio is one of the first companies to use social sites like Head-Fi to get feedback and design desires of their products before the unit is in final product…
    - 21 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 3:55am -

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

  • newTwo Harbeth Speakers --- Pick the difference...

    Two Harbeth Speakers --- Pick the difference...

    OK People Forgive my photographic skills. But see who can pick the difference between the two photo's Who ever does gets the steak knives  Its actually the same finish in both photos. Rosewood. One just caught the light a bit more than the other.…
    - 1 hour ago, 1 Oct 14, 12:06am -
  • newacdc news
    http://www.msn.com/en-au/music/news/malcolm-young-ac-dc-guitarist-suffering-from-dementia-family-confirms/ar-BB6H3BD
    - 1 hour ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:48pm -
  • newFS: E&T Spider Rack (3 layers) wood and aluminium

    FS: E&T Spider Rack (3 layers) wood and aluminium

    Item: E&T Spider Rack (3 layers) Location: Erskineville, SydneyPrice: $150Item Condition: Very GoodReason for selling: 7 month old baby about to crawl. Hifi had to go behind glass!Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only E&T Spider rack f…
    - 2 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:23pm -
  • newWTB - iPhone 5S
    I'm after an iPhone 5S, for one of my colleagues. Has anybody upgraded recently and has one that they would like to sell?Or is anybody looking to fund an upgrade to an iPhone 6?Please, PM me. Thanks,Leigh
    - 3 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 9:41pm -
  • newChoice CD sale

    Choice CD sale

    Location: Maroubra, SydneyPayment: Pickup=Cash / Postage=Bank deposit(Add $2 for post)Please: send me a Private Message to buy  Paul Simon - GracelandWarner Bros (9 25447-2) Made in USA, 1986Mint$7 Jimi Hendrix - Band of GypsysPolydor…
    - 5 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 8:29pm -

AVRev.com News

  • newOnkyo Dolby Atmos Update Now Available

    Onkyo Dolby Atmos Update Now Available

    As promised, Onkyo has launched its Dolby Atmos firmware upgrade. The free update is now available for the company's TX-NR636 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IQ0SE22/panandscathed-20), TX-NR737 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00JP…
    - 15 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:16am -
  • Marantz Details New Atmos Pre-Amp

    Marantz Details New Atmos Pre-Amp

    Marantz has revealed pricing and availability for its upcoming AV7702 preamplifier. The device includes support for Dolby's new Atmos audio technology, allowing users to add overhead audio to their surround sound setups.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 10:35am -
  • SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server & mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Review

    SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server & mBPS-d2s Intelligent Battery Review

    I have long established a digital audio playback system based on an Ethernet network. I’m not down with a computer in my equipment rack, and have very little patience for all the pitfalls and variables. Instead I've tried everything from a Squeezeb…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 11:22am -
  • JVC Prepares to Ship 65" 4K TV

    JVC Prepares to Ship 65" 4K TV

    AmTran Video has announced a release window for its upcoming JVC Diamond Series Ultra HD TV. The 65-inch DM65USR will hit stores by the end of September for a suggested retail price of $1,999.Read more... (http://www.avrev.com/home-theater-news/lc…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 8:10am -
  • AT&T Offers Cord-Cutting U-Verse Plan

    AT&T Offers Cord-Cutting U-Verse Plan

    In an effort to appeal to customers looking for a more lean and simplified cable package, AT&T is now providing a U-Verse TV, HBO, and Amazon Prime bundle. The plan emphasizes online streaming options and comes in at just $39 a month for the first…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 10:36am -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newVPI get nostalgic with new integrated tube amp at NYAS ’14
    Mat Weisfeld of VPI Industries corners me in the Marriott Hotel bar the night before the New York Audio Show opens. “Hey John! Guess what? We’re introducing our new amplifier at this show.” Say whaaaat? I look into my beer as if to check for a…
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Sep 14, 7:55am -
  • KEF tap fountain of engineering youth for Blade Two at NYAS ’14
    KEF might have formally launched their new Reference Series in May at the Munich High End show this year (detailed here) but it’s taken a further five months to get them in front of Stateside consumers. At the New York Audio Show in Brooklyn Johan…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 8:55am -
  • Naim introduce money-burning Statement amplifier at NYAS ’14
    This year’s New York Audio Show sees the US consumer show debut of the Statement – an amplifier solution from Naim that’s the end result of running with a cost-no-object and time-no-constraint prescription. The Statement could also be one of th…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Sep 14, 7:40am -
  • Zu influence looms large over Peachtree Audio at NYAS ’14
    A hectic schedule might have precluded Team Zu from attending the New York Audio Show in person but the spirit of Sean Casey and co. looms large in the Peachtree Audio room. They’ve exhibited together on four separate occasions these past eighteen…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 1:22pm -
  • Mytek Manhattan DAC to soon host optional MM/MC phono card
    With Mytek Digital US headquartered a matter of miles from the Marriott at The Brooklyn Bridge, it’s heartening to see another local company supporting their (regional) New York Audio Show in spite of also being booked into RMAF in Denver in two w…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 6:13am -