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The Absolute Sound

  • RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

    RMAF 2019 – Highlights and Photos

    Although it turns out I wasn't on "official" assigment this year for RMAF, I’d made some plans to be in the Denver area to see family, friends, and yes, a concert at the same time as the show. Other TAS staffers who live closer by were assigned t…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 19, 4:13am -
  • MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

    MartinLogan Motion (i) Series Launch Event Report

    On August 22nd, I attended one of four launch events for the “new” Motion Series at Audio Advice, just outside of Charlotte, NC. (The other three events were in Georgia, Arizona, and California.) Before we discuss event specifics, let’s look…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 19, 3:21pm -
  • Jeremy Denk: c.1300-c.2000

    Jeremy Denk: c.1300-c.2000

    c.1300–c.2000. Denk (24/96) SuperHiRez.com I’m not big on saving printed programs from concerts—I’ve got too much stuff I’ll never look at again as it is—but made an exception in January of 2017 when I heard Jeremy Denk play a recital n…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 19, 11:42am -
  • Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

    Audiovector Introduces New R-Series

    The following is a press release issued by Audiovector. September 18, 2019 - For more than 40 years Audiovector has designed, developed, and handcrafted its loudspeakers in Denmark and today we can finally announce a new launch of Audiovector louds…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 19, 1:19pm -
  • Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

    Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2019: Loudspeakers

    Everyone loves a cliffhanger. And as I flew into Denver for RMAF’s latest installment I was about to find out how this one was going to shake out. Specifically, the change of venue, and the transposition of show dates from mid-October to early Se…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 19, 12:40pm -

Stereophile News

  • Recommended Components: 2019 Fall Edition

    Recommended Components: 2019 Fall Edition

    Products listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile, and we have determined them to be among the finest available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class D (or E), we consider it to be a…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Sep 19, 3:16pm -
  • Amazon Music Goes High-Rez

    Amazon Music Goes High-Rez

    The era of streaming in CD-quality and hi-rez music has arrived at one of the world’s major subscription streaming services, complete with a free 90-day trial.Tue, 09/17/2019
    - 6 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 7:15pm -
  • Spirited Away by Music

    Spirited Away by Music

    Yup, you're in a strange position, all right. You're in love with a girl who is no more.—Haruki MurakamiThe quote above, from Haruki Murakami's novel Kafka on the Shore, is addressed to Kafka, a 15-year-old boy who has fallen in love with the…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 11:30am -
  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    In Alfred Hitchcock's great film Vertigo, filmed in San Francisco in 1957, the protagonist, Scottie, played by James Stewart, becomes obsessed with Madeleine, played by Kim Novak. Scottie, a retired detective, suffers from a disabling case of acropho…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 11:28am -
  • Four 3rd-Generation CD players: Adcom, Magnavox, Onkyo, Yamaha

    Four 3rd-Generation CD players: Adcom, Magnavox, Onkyo, Yamaha

    I once told Stereophile publisher Larry Archibald it might be worth, say, a 10% loss in sound quality with CD not to have to jump up and turn over the damned record. Sometimes a CD saves you from popping up twice—Mahler's Fifth or Bruckner's Sev…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 11:49am -

AudioStream.com

Computer Audiophile

  • newEd Meitner Discusses DS Audio, Optical Phono Pre, One Bit, MQA, and More

    Ed Meitner Discusses DS Audio, Optical Phono Pre, One Bit, MQA, and More

    A few weeks before RMAF we found out that Ed Meitner was going to be at the show and that we had an opportunity to sit down with him for an interview. For those unfamiliar with Ed, you should know he doesn't leave the lab much.  So, we jumped…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 7:59am -
  • Amazon Music HD Launches

    Amazon Music HD Launches

    Amazon launched it's Amazon HD music streaming service today. Much more to come as details come out and people sign up. The cost is $12.99 for Prime members and $14.99 for everyone else. An interesting quote from Neil Young on this announcement,…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 8:16am -
  • ELAC Alchemy DDP-2 DAC Review

    ELAC Alchemy DDP-2 DAC Review

    The ELAC Alchemy DDP-2 is as close to an all-in-one component as they come, without being a jack of all trades, master of none. ELAC calls it a DAC, preamp, and streamer. I tend to  leave out the word streamer, opting to call it a DAC with Ether…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 7:45am -
  • Book Review - Neil Young's To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio

    Book Review - Neil Young's To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio

    Neil Young's book about his most recent efforts to push high resolution audio into the mainstream is finally available. As an audiophile this book is gold in many ways. Seeing sound quality discussed in a book that will reach mainstream audiences…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Sep 19, 2:15pm -
  • Audeze LCD-4z Review

    Audeze LCD-4z Review

    Audeze is an American company producing high-end dynamic (magnetic) headphones. The LCD-4zs are marketed as  a high-sensitivity model of the popular LCD-4 which has been the company’s flagship model for some time. The “z” edition was produ…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Sep 19, 3:25pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Khadas Tone Board DAC - cheap, yes....
    What is this month's flavor...?
    - 34 mins ago, 24 Sep 19, 1:13am -
  • newRe: Upgrading from HD650?
    adydula I agree with you it’s important to listen before you part with your money, I never take a review or people's hearsay as gospel. For me personally I always go to the dealers have a listen and then usually take equipment home and use in m...
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Sep 19, 12:43am -
  • newDevialet pro 220
    Price is $4950 + shipping and PPMy main stereo rig has Devialet 1000pro. I'm such a fan for Devialet sound that I bought this for an office system which never materialized due to speaker placement issues. This unit was meant to be paired with Ascend…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 11:53pm -
  • newMarantz 8802A
    Price $1450 + shipping and paypalCondition is excellent/very good. Conservative 8/10.Upgrading to Trinnov Altitude, hence the sale. I was advised not to upgrade from this unit if not stepping up to either Trinnov/Datasat. The unit is that good in its…
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 11:47pm -
  • newRe: What are you listening to right now?

    Re: What are you listening to right now?

                         Quicksilver (Messenger Service):   [url=https://www.amazon.com/String-Voodoo-Quicksilver-Messenger-Service/dp/B004MD2AC2/ref=sr_1_1?k...
    - 2 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 11:31pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • ANA Mighty Sound

    ANA Mighty Sound

    Of all the perils analog enthusiasts are faced with, the worst is breaking the cantilever on a precious cartridge. Ask any audiophile with more than few cartridges, many of them will tell you that it is not a matter of if, but a matter when. If you h…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Sep 19, 7:53pm -
  • The AudioSolutions Figaro M Speakers

    The AudioSolutions Figaro M Speakers

    A relative newcomer on the HiFi scene, AudioSolutions comes out of the gate producing speakers that are top performers, offering tremendous value. To be straight up with you, I prefer speakers more in the GamuT, Sonus faber, and Gold Note part of the…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Sep 19, 5:08pm -
  • The Boulder 1161 Power Amplifer

    The Boulder 1161 Power Amplifer

    August 31, 2019 I love wristwatches, but I’m kind of a lurker. I’d love one of those big, chunky, Rolex Submariners, but I can’t quite make the leap to almost $20k for a watch. I wear a much more modest Tudor Bronze Black Bay. In a recent artic…
    - 24 days ago, 31 Aug 19, 1:19pm -
  • The Wharfdale Linton Speakers

    The Wharfdale Linton Speakers

    For some odd reason, paging through the album artwork in the Roon browser, trying to decide what record to play first on the Wharfdale Lintons in my system, Queen’s News of the World jumps out at me. Maybe it’s that I haven’t actually listened…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Aug 19, 1:00am -
  • Issue 97
    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay continues the roll with Pioneer and bags an RT-701 Reel to reel deck 1095: Michael Laurance samples the Bowers&Wilkins 607 speakers Journeyman Audiophile: We put the Linn Selekt DSM through its paces with multiple pow…
    - 37 days ago, 17 Aug 19, 6:26pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newNordost Cables, VTL, YG Acoustics | RMAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileWhen I sat down and listened to the Nordost Cables, VTL and YG Acoustics room at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I had no idea what resonance synchronization and why I needed such a thing in my own reference system. I’m not…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 12:00pm -
  • newThe Sound Organisation, Bryston | RMAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileMy first impression of The Sound Organisation exhibit room was how beautiful it was, not so much because of all the gorgeous equipment they brought but because of the room itself. Say what you will about the Gaylord Resort, but i…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 9:40am -
  • newLone Mountain Audio, ATC | RMAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileLone Mountain Audio, the US importer and distributor for ATC, had a nearly identical exhibit room to the one they featured at T.H.E. Show in Long Beach. Same speakers, same amps, same display materials. I could have used the same…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 6:30am -
  • newAnsuz Acoustics, Børresen Acoustics, Kudos Audio, Aavik Acoustics, Naim Audio, Gated Hi-Fi | RMAF 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileDENVER (PTA) — Gated Hi-Fi Distribution was showing with a world premier loudspeaker at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest of 2019. Along with a stable of products from Kudos Audio, Naim Audio, Børresen Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics,…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 19, 12:00pm -
  • newBørresen Acoustics, Ansuz Acoustics, Aavik Acoustics, Next Level HiFi | RMAF 2018
    Part-Time AudiophileDENVER (PTA) — Michael Børresen’s loudspeaker designs straddle the line between N.A.S.A. Technical Standards (NTSS) and a miracle. With one foot firmly grounded in the science of over-built loudspeaker design, and the other…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 19, 9:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newAudiophilia YouTube Channel

    Audiophilia YouTube Channel

    With PewDiePie hitting 100,000,000 subscribers, yes, you read that right, 100 million, our new Audiophilia channel looks a little silly. But, we’ll jump on the bandwagon, not for poops & giggles, but once in a while we want to show off a new pie…
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 10:38am -
  • The Power of the Orchestra—Analogue Productions 200g vinyl reissue

    The Power of the Orchestra—Analogue Productions 200g vinyl reissue

    For audiophiles of all stripes, The Power of the Orchestra, a 1962 Kingsway RCA, produced by Charles Gerhardt and engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson, is the stuff of legends.A top ten classical vinyl on most lists.Gerhardt probably came up with th…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 19, 11:03am -
  • Mono Classical treasures

    Mono Classical treasures

    What a find. What a haul. 100 absolutely mint mono classical LPs for $200. The covers and inner sleeves were as new and if the records had been played more than a couple of times each, I’d be surprised. This type of score only happens once or tw…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 19, 9:48am -
  • Andrew Hill: Black Fire—Blue Note Tone Poet

    Andrew Hill: Black Fire—Blue Note Tone Poet

    For the 80th anniversary of the historic jazz label Blue Note Records, the company, headed by president Don Was, has decided to embark on a reissue series decidedly different from anything they have attempted in recent memory. Was has long been an…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Sep 19, 9:11am -
  • Rocky Mountain Redux

    Rocky Mountain Redux

    Denver, COIn case you missed our live blog and social media posts from the 2109 Rocky Mountain International Audio Fest, below are the links to the channels and all the posts about the wonderful rooms, people and sound seen & heard in Denver.A…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Sep 19, 9:35am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newPhotofest Featuring 100 Pics From RMAF 2019

    Photofest Featuring 100 Pics From RMAF 2019

    EnjoyTheMusic.com just posted a very special photofest featuring 100 must-see pics from RMAF 2019.---> See our RMAF 2019 show report photofest at this link.
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 10:29am -
  • newHigh Style In High-End Audio

    High Style In High-End Audio

    Have been taking photos of audiophile gear for many decades, and am always impressed by the creative flow of many designs. Below are a very small sampling of the incredibly talented engineering and design by a variety of high-end audio manufacturers.…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 5:17am -
  • newCelebrate Abbey Road Via MORmusic.Today Event

    Celebrate Abbey Road Via MORmusic.Today Event

    MORmusic.today and many music retailers will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles Abbey Road record release. Music lovers can visit a variety of locations to experience this album on September 28 via a coast-to-coast party. Beatles fans…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 4:52am -
  • newTokyo International Audio Show 2019

    Tokyo International Audio Show 2019

    The International Audio Society of Japan (IASJ) will be presenting the Tokyo International Audio show from 22nd November through 24th. Rich textured analog music to detailed and spacious sound of digital music will be played in 35 rooms. Each exhibit…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 4:51am -
  • RMAF 2019: Wilson Audio, VTL, Sonus faber, Vitus Audio...

    RMAF 2019: Wilson Audio, VTL, Sonus faber,  Vitus Audio...

    Stepping into the Wilson Audio room (11115) was like walking from Fanfare for the Common Man to Beethoven's 9th, or 2001, A Space Odyssey, depending on whether you wanted to go back in time, or forward. The outer room of the suite featured a pair of…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 19, 7:47am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: 13K of M&K speakers
    Item: M&K speakers Location:adelaide Price: $8,000 or best offer Item Condition:excellent Reason for selling:want duntechs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: ok here are two M&K speakers and one subwoofer the s…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 6:11pm -
  • newFS: Dynaudio Contour 3.4 Rosewood
    Item: Dynaudio Contour 3.4 Rosewood Location: Sydney Price: $3000 ono Item Condition: Mint they live in a child, pet and smoke free environment. Reason for selling: It's all gotta go Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra I…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 5:19pm -
  • newVintage Diatone ds503 speakers
    Item: Diatone ds503 vintage Japanese model speakers Location: Lorne vic Price: 1400 Item Condition: great for something made in 1981 Reason for selling: sorting through my colection Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Manuf…
    - 10 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 3:18pm -
  • newFS: Chord Mojo
    Item: Chord Mojo Location: Melbourne Price: $450 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded to new headphone DAC Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Shipping Express Post Extra Info: Item is in great condition. I h…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 6:27am -
  • newFS: Shunyata Etron Cobra Power Cable
    Item: Shunyata Etron Cobra Power Cable Location: Doncaster Price: $550 Item Condition: Excellent With Packaging Reason for selling: Upgrade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Plus Fees, COD Only Extra Info: For sale is a power…
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 4:53am -

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

  • new2019 Tokyo International Audio Show dates
    Friday 22nd November       10.00 - 19.00 Saturday 23rd November  10.00 - 19.00 Sunday 24th November       10.00 - 17.00 Entry is free. The only requirement is filling out an on-site registration card. The show is held at the 'Tokyo Internati…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 9:36am -
  • newThe Beatles iconic LP Abbey Road
    Los Angeles, CA – September 14, 2019, - In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles iconic LP Abbey Road, North American premier audio stores will welcome local music lovers to a special event honoring the Fab Four’s top-…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Sep 19, 4:51pm -
  • A Black Diamond - The ATC 50SE Loudspeakers
    I enjoyed hearing ATC's 40A (then $12,999) speaker four years ago; enough so I was tempted to buy them (see HERE for the review). They had a fuller range than my reference, and the sound was a bit sweeter. However, my reference ATCs employ an "SL" (s…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Sep 19, 2:30pm -
  • The Neoteric Listener - The Butcher Block Acoustics Rigidrack 3 Shelf Rack
    I don't suppose I'm alone in admiring those who can really work with their hands. Years ago, while serving a semester-long sentence in woodshop, I envied my pals who could cut, glue, plane, and sand mundane articles like planters and bowls into magni…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 19, 9:29am -
  • Notes of an Amateur: Monteverdi, Bach, Henze, and Richard Strauss
    Monteverdi, L'incoronazione di Poppea. Les Ars Florissants, Willam Christie. Harmonia Mundi 8902622.24 3 CD's, 1 DVD. This new release of Monteverdi's last opera, considered by students of the composer's work to be his best, is an extraordinary music…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 19, 8:59am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newAllo’s Katana Player & Shanti power supply  
    The Raspberry Pi small board computer (RPi SBC) — add suitable HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) and for a total of less than £50 – e.g. an RPi Zero with IQAudio Pi-DACZero – we can snag ourselves a decent little streamer/DAC combo. If we pay eve…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Sep 19, 6:27am -
  • newPodcast #16 – Amazon Music HD, RMAF/CEDIA 2019
    The last time Jeff Dorgay and I sat down for a chat over Internet wires, Munich High-End 2019 had just wrapped and I wanted to talk about lifestyle products. At the end of that podcast, I’d gone out on a limb with a Munich-sourced rumour: that Amaz…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Sep 19, 3:16am -
  • A short film about the Schiit Freya +
    The shortest distance between two points? That’s a straight line. In the hi-fi world, Occam’s Razor and financial prudence cast that shortest distance for digital audio enthusiasts as DAC with volume control wired directly into the back of a powe…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 19, 12:36am -
  • Global feedback: Do you classify CD-quality as hi-res audio?
    What is hi-res audio? If you’re living Stateside under the tutelage of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) and Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), hi-res audio is a PCM file with at least 20 bits of depth and a sample rate of at least 48kHz.…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 19, 8:32am -
  • Amazon Music launches CD-quality, hi-res streaming tier
    And here it is, the Munich High-End rumours made real: Amazon Music has today announced the immediate availability of CD-quality streaming from its 50 million-strong song library via a new ‘HD’ subscription tier: US$14.99/month, discounted by US$…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Sep 19, 9:12am -