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The Absolute Sound

  • newDuck Times Three

    Duck Times Three

    Listening to Duck Baker’s jaunty, insightful interpretations of Thelonious Monk compositions on Duck Baker Plays Monk, my mind immediately conjured Bach. Meaning the way that hearing, say, a well-loved piece for solo violin transcribed to the man…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 1:54pm -
  • Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

    Mytek Digital Manhattan II DAC

    Mytek was originally a pro-audio equipment manufacturer when it opened its doors in 1991. Its first flagship DAC for both consumers and pros was the Manhattan. Rather than abandon and replace this model when it was time refresh its product line, My…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jan 19, 12:25pm -
  • CES 2019 Report

    CES 2019 Report

    I arrived without any expectation. It’s hardly headline news that high-end audio at CES has been running on fumes in recent years. Would this be the year that showing up would be a waste of time? Turns out, what I found was a show relegated to a…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Jan 19, 5:27am -
  • Next Level HiFi to Host Speaker Launch Event

    Next Level HiFi to Host Speaker Launch Event

    Join Next Level HiFi as it opens its showroom for a special event on Saturday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the new Børresen line of loudspeakers. Michael Børresen and Lars Kristensen—also the minds behind Aavik…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 11:56pm -
  • John Williams at the Movies

    John Williams at the Movies


    - 8 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 10:17am -

Stereophile News

  • newRoon Debuts Version 1.6 Playback Software

    Roon Debuts Version 1.6 Playback Software

    Roon, one of the major brands of audiophile-quality high-resolution music playback software, has just released its v.1.6 upgrade. Roon 1.6 finally includes a portal for hi-rez streaming Qobuz, whose US launch is rumored for sometime next month. In ad…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 2:22pm -
  • newDealer Event in Texas Saturday

    Dealer Event in Texas Saturday

    Saturday, January 26, 5–9pm, The Audio Guy (1590 E. Business 121, Building 2, Suite 500, Lewisville, TX 75056) is having an open house with VPI Industries president Mat Weisfeld, who be giving a sneak peek at the new limited-edition HW40 turntab…
    - 23 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 5:57am -
  • newRevel Performa F228Be loudspeaker

    Revel Performa F228Be loudspeaker

    I had a moment of revelation in 2000, when I first set up a pair of Revel's original Ultima Studio loudspeakers in my living room. It wasn't just my awareness that Revel's next-to-top-of-the-line loudspeaker was outstandingly good—it seemed to p…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 11:36am -
  • newBlind Listening at Harman International

    Blind Listening at Harman International

    Revel began demonstrating prototypes of the Performa F228Be, reviewed elsewhere in this issue, at the Consumer Electronics Show and other audio events in 2015, though they had yet to settle on the model name. The most salient feature that distinguish…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 11:33am -
  • newFirst Watt SIT-3 power amplifier

    First Watt SIT-3 power amplifier

    I am obliged to begin this review of First Watt's new stereo power amplifier, the SIT-3, with an explanation of how I believe a power amplifier should be reviewed. Why? Because the 18Wpc SIT-3 is a unique and historically important design that can't…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 11:22am -

AudioStream.com

  • newRoon 1.6 Launches With Major Upgrades and Qobuz Support

    Roon 1.6 Launches With Major Upgrades and Qobuz Support

    Today’s computer-based software has become the modern version of the stylus/cartridge to the record player we call DAC/Streamers. And there is nothing out there quite like Roon audio-playback software; it has, in many ways, made itself the de facto…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 8:40am -
  • Totaldac D1-Direct DAC Review

    Totaldac D1-Direct DAC Review

    Expectations can be a tricky thing. Some people say they are essential, others are of the “don’t get your expectations up” camp. I usually fall somewhere in the middle, but when it was time to write the review of the totaldac d1-direct which sp…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 5:45pm -
  • CES 2019 Highlights

    CES 2019 Highlights

    The Venetian wasn’t “dead,” so to speak. Before I set out to commit to CES 2019 I wanted to make sure there would still be something to cover. But as the weeks before the giant Las Vegas electronics show drew to a close, it become slowly appare…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 10:43am -
  • Qobuz announce US Beta Launch at CES

    Qobuz announce US Beta Launch at CES

    French high-resolution streaming and download service Qobuz used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a launch pad to announce that their US version is now in beta and “available for registration to US customers…”
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 10:18am -
  • McIntosh C2600 Tubed Preamplifier Review

    McIntosh C2600 Tubed Preamplifier Review

    Struggle. We all have at least a couple in one form or another as we live our lives, be they verb or noun. My father taught me that while struggle in life was inevitable, it was about how we dealt with it that mattered the most. Regardless, there is…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Jan 19, 11:31am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newAudiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    Audiophile 5: Roon 1.6 in 5 Minutes

    Now that Qobuz is officially supported within Roon, it's time for a video run-through of this integration as well as the new features and changes in Roon 1.6. In addition to what's new, I demonstrate how to send lyrics to a Google Home Hub for di…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 12:23pm -
  • Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    Roon 1.6 With Qobuz Integration and More

    Roon 1.6 is a major update to the software, but the most anticipated part is without a doubt its integration with Qobuz. Countless music aficionados, tired of Tidal, have been waiting for this integration for several months. Now that Qobuz is ava…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Jan 19, 7:16pm -
  • The Best Version Of… Steely Dan’s Aja

    The Best Version Of… Steely Dan’s Aja

    When Walter Becker passed away in September 2017, it marked the end of one of the most quixotic music partnerships in modern American popular music. The only constant members of Steely Dan, Becker and co-conspirator Donald Fagen created some of t…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 7:45am -
  • Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

    Audiophile 5: Sonore opticalRendu in 5 Minutes

       Episode 2 of our new video series called Audiophile 5 is now available. In this episode we cover the new and highly anticipated Sonore opticalRendu. A full written review will follow this video shorty, we just need to pu…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 1:30pm -
  • Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    Qobuz Announces Opening of US Beta

    I don't have much more, but I don't think much more needs to be said. Qobuz is now open in beta of everyone in the US! Remember, here is a how-to about moving all your favorites and playlists from Tidal.    …
    - 16 days ago, 8 Jan 19, 11:43am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Stinky, stinky speakers
    Might the use of ozone help? If mold has infiltrated the cones then that will have to be dealt with first. https://www.a2zozone.com/blogs/how-to/a-complete-guide-to-odor-removal
    - 9 mins ago, 24 Jan 19, 4:34am -
  • newRe: Hello... New member here
    Quote from: Davidlsu84 on Today at 12:24 amRight now I have the bottom line sonus Faber principia 7s had no idea really what I was getting into. The guys that helped me at music direct pointed me in that direction...
    - 14 mins ago, 24 Jan 19, 4:29am -
  • newRe: Joke of the Day
    Quote from: Russell Dawkins on Today at 07:45 amI think the video of Buzz Aldrin punching a 'moon landing denier' (sic) in the face was thought of as funny, so I thought I would atttempt to redress the balance.I d...
    - 32 mins ago, 24 Jan 19, 4:11am -
  • newRe: Stinky, stinky speakers
    Quote from: JohnR on Today at 04:57 amI'd have thought removing the drivers would be the next thing to do. Might be some work though to remove the bass drivers - ?http://www.allegrosound.com/KEF_R-107_lt-2.jpght...
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Jan 19, 3:37am -
  • newRe: transformer hum
    Quote from: belle harbor on Yesterday at 10:31 pmThis may help you:https://www.homedepot.com/p/Cooper-Bussmann-MDL-Series-2-Amp-Silver-Electronic-Fuses-2-Pack-BP-MDL-2/100115560It appears to be in stock at this loca...
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Jan 19, 3:19am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newThe Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier

    The Gold Note IS-1000 Integrated Amplifier

    The thought of an integrated amplifier in the context of a high-end system is no longer the “less than” proposition it might have been a decade ago. If you want a high performance system, yet aren’t longing for a massive rack of gear to go with…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 8:51pm -
  • Issue 94
    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay uncovers an ARC DAC 1 995: Will return next issue Journeyman Audiophile: The Quad Z4 Speakers By Rob Johnson Mine: It Should Be Yours Lego Cars Louis Vuitton Duffle Peter Gabriel Live Super Snacks and more…. Music P…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Jan 19, 11:21pm -
  • Issue 93

    Issue 93

    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay revisits the Nakamichi 400 Stack 995: The Puffin DSP Phonostage By Rob Johnson Journeyman Audiophile: McIntosh MA252 By Shanon Swetlishnoff Mine: It Should Be Yours Grinch Slippers Shinola Clock Oreo Turntable BMW Bic…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Dec 18, 1:35pm -
  • Paradigm’s Persona B

    Paradigm’s Persona B

    Listening to the intricate fretboard work of Bill Frisell on his Good Dog, Happy Man album, I’m reminded of three things: Frisell’s remarkable performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival a few years ago, how much the Persona B captures the essence…
    - 48 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 9:47am -
  • ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    Some products you have a casual, cursory exposure with, and others you have a relationship with. Audio Research is a brand I’ve had a long relationship with. They are one of about six brands that I go back decades with, having owned nearly 20 of t…
    - 52 days ago, 2 Dec 18, 6:14pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newCES 2019: Tape and Digital | Nagra elevates our listening experience
    Part-Time AudiophileNagra‘s rooms are always on, and dialed to 11. They sneak up on you, and deliver a different something special each time. A must visit room at any audio show, Nagra always brings together three elements: a great system, fantast…
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 6:45am -
  • newRoon 1.6 arrives with Qobuz support and tasty updates
    Part-Time AudiophileThe train never stops over at Roon and today’s release of Roon 1.6 brings a host of welcome updates and a fresh look. Most notability official support for Qobuz.  At CES 2019 Qobuz US Beta went live, so if you are a Qobuz beta…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 6:50am -
  • Naim Uniti Atom All-In-One Audio System | Review
    Part-Time AudiophileIntroducing the Naim Uniti Atom “All in one, and one for all!” Wait, what? Ha! You’ve just been introduced to my new tagline for Naim Audio’s nifty combined audio system, the Uniti Atom. It’s an all-in-one audio system,…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • The Haruomi Hosono Archival Series | The Deep End
    Part-Time Audiophile“You’ve never heard of Haruomi Hosono?” With every music review I write, I try to learn something new. It can be anything–something about the artist, something that happened in history during the recording or even the sou…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Jan 19, 3:00am -
  • CES 2019 Highlights
    Part-Time AudiophileRecap and highlights from Las Vegas CES 2019. An audiophile perspective on the changing landscape of the Consumer Electronics Show from Nevada. All the high end and headphone news from the event including new DACs, streamers and…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Jan 19, 1:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Bryston 28B³ Monoblock Power Amplifiers

    Bryston 28B³ Monoblock Power Amplifiers

    According to its website, Bryston has been in business for 35 years, has 150 dealers in North America and is in 60 countries worldwide. That is very impressive for an audio company. Bryston headquarters is located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada,…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Jan 19, 9:25am -
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest hotel update (Sept 5 - 8, 2019) Denver, CO

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest hotel update (Sept 5 - 8, 2019) Denver, CO

    The latest from our friends at RMAF:This year we are thrilled to be expanding with you into the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, which will be our new RMAF "home on the range" starting with the 16th Annual RMAF, September 5-8, 2019…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Jan 19, 10:07am -
  • Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage

    Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage

    It’s interesting to note that a $3750 phono stage is now considered, among some audiophiles, as entry level for delivering vinyl sound as it’s meant to be heard. Sure, there are relatively inexpensive examples that do a fine job—the excellen…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Jan 19, 9:26am -
  • PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

    PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

    Over four years ago, in May 2014, I reviewed the PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC. I ended up purchasing it and I still use it as my reference. Many times over these last four years I have been approached by other audiophiles asking why I have a DAC…
    - 44 days ago, 11 Dec 18, 5:13am -
  • Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    I usually write music reviews, especially classical, with my classically-trained hat on, commenting on performance, interpretation, comparables, etc. My audiophile nature kicks in at times and posts commentary in each review, for sure, but the mai…
    - 51 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 10:39am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newTBT: Streaming Media East 2000 Show Report

    TBT: Streaming Media East 2000 Show Report

    Welcome to the only audiophile online magazine covering the future of Internet technology. Our Streaming Media East 2000 show report follows up on our previous coverage of last years Interactive Music Expo (IMX). This show embraces major broadband me…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Jan 19, 3:19am -
  • newThe Long View: Are audio systems too expensive?

    The Long View: Are audio systems too expensive?

    "Is audio equipment too expensive? I've always thought so, but then, I grew up with a 1950s mentality," says David Schwartz of Gotham Audio. "In 1958 my first (mono) system cost me about two hundred bucks to assemble. The only new items were pre-amp…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 10:48am -
  • newMIT Research: Why Ears Have "Exquisite" Sensitivity

    MIT Research: Why Ears Have "Exquisite" Sensitivity

    According to new research released by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), "A critical gel-like structure in the inner ear moves according to a sound's frequency, researchers find." Furthermore, MIT researches say that, "The human ear, like t…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Jan 19, 9:19pm -
  • newRoon 1.6 Adds Qobuz Lossless Streaming And More

    Roon 1.6 Adds Qobuz Lossless Streaming And More

    As the company's biggest update, Roon version 1.6 introduces the brand new Roon Radio, integration with the Qobuz lossless streaming music service, and an improved user experience across several areas of the application. According to the company, "We…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 9:43am -
  • newTech Tuesday: Interactive Music Expo 1999

    Tech Tuesday: Interactive Music Expo 1999

    With many of us watching Nat Geo's "Valley of the Boom" series, we've been busy reworking the world's only computer media high-end audio reports from this time period. As the industry's only photojournalist to fully grasp the future of Internet techn…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 6:39am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newProJect Debut III turntable (Piano black)
    Item: ProJect Debut III turntable in piano black Location: Sydney, Camperdown Price: $250 Item Condition: Very good (no dings or obvious scratches or scuff marks) Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup + Cash or bank transfer…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Jan 19, 3:26am -
  • newLiTe Dac AH - NOS TDA1543
    Item: LiTe Dac AH non-oversampling Dac using 8 x Phillips TDA1543 chips Location: Sydney, Camperdown or city during business hours Price: $140 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Need money to pay for new turntable Payment Method:…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Jan 19, 3:10am -
  • newFS: Whatmough Tornado v1 subwoofer (10inch)
    Item: Whatmough Tornado v1 subwoofer 10inch Location: Melbourne, inner north Price: $330 Item Condition: VGC, one or two scratches. Working well, no humming or buzzing. Reason for selling: Not needed Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal,…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Jan 19, 3:02am -
  • newFS: Mark Levinson 434 mono blocks
    Item: Mark Levinson 434 mono blocks Location: Melbourne Price: 5200 obo Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: need money Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: I am the second owner of these purchased from a…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Jan 19, 1:37am -
  • newFS: Aurealis Audio R3i AgL - UPOCC Silver Litz 1.5m Interconnects
    Item: Aurealis Audio R3i AgL - UPOCC Silver Litz 1.5m Location: Sydney Price: $490 includes shipping within Australia if required. Item Condition: 18 months old. Like new, no blemishes. Reason for selling: NR Payment Method:…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 10:31pm -

AVRev.com News

  • Darwin Cable Company Truth II Interconnect and Power Cables

    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

    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

    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 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 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

  • newTru-Sweep Anti-Static Dust Cleaner/Sweeper
    We audiophiles love to argue! There's no shortage of passionate "experts" espousing opinions regarding all things playback. These spirited debates definitely keep our hobby fun and interesting. Digital vs analog, cable believers vs non-believers, gea…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 9:20am -
  • newCluster and the Polish Case - Or Ten Years of Polish September in High Fidelity
    Today it is probably the standard - Polish products are quite often reviewed by audio magazines. Just check the High Fidelity issue from the previous month, and you will find there three devices from the home country of Chopin and Maria Skłodowska-C…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 9:06am -
  • newQobuz Announces Roon Integration
    These days there are many ways to get music – streaming services, digital download stores, internet radio stations – and Roon supports them all. Today, Qobuz, the world’s first certified Hi-Res streaming and download service, announced that the…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 2:18pm -
  • newTri-Planar U12 Tonearm
    If you are reading this article, it means you are at least interested in vinyl playback. Be prepared for an amazing rabbit-hole that will lead you to the holy grail if you are prepared to spend some money. I say that to keep the discussion honest, a…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 2:13pm -
  • newRoon 1.6 Update
    What better way to kick off the new year than with our biggest update yet? Version 1.6 brings the brand new Roon Radio, integration with the Qobuz music service, and an improved user experience across several areas of the application. The update will…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 8:57am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newGlobal feedback: PS Audio-powered needledrops (Part 2)
    A recent round of needledrops with the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter told us that taking an analogue signal into the digital domain (with the PS Audio’s ADC) and then returning it to analogue (with a DAC) does not erode any audible differences be…
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Jan 19, 12:55am -
  • new‘Engineered by Audio Note’: EVGA’s Nu Audio sound card
    EVGA — among audio circles they barely rate a mention but for those building PCs the Californian motherboards and graphics card manufacturer is much bigger news. For their latest product, EVGA teamed up with Audio Note UK for a most unlikely colla…
    - 24 hours ago, 23 Jan 19, 5:02am -
  • Global feedback: PS Audio-powered needledrops (Part 1 *results*)
    Readers were last week invited to download and listen to a pair of 24bit/96kHz needledrops (created by yours truly) and then vote for their preference. The results were as follows: Time to identify the source material. Both needledrops were created…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Jan 19, 3:05am -
  • Roon + Qobuz, Tidal = Pandora for lossless lovers
    Roon Radio? Not a browsable index of broadcast radio streams from around the world but a feature that plays similar music from your library after pressing its blue button from any song, album or genre. Roon Radio can also pick up where the ‘now pl…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Jan 19, 3:01pm -
  • Letters to the editor: Konto, Lindemann, Dynaudio & more
    A new year brings a fresh batch of ‘givers’ to the yard. A firm thank you goes out to all who choose to share their findings with us. Ryan K. writes: Just wanted to say thank you for your approach to reviewing, as you’ve become my first in line…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Jan 19, 2:58am -