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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe Third Mind: The Third Mind

    The Third Mind: The Third Mind

    The old stoner adage “If you remember the 60s, you really weren’t there” applies only in part to The Third Mind, the fully improvised eponymous album by the ad hoc band of Dave Alvin (guitar, vocals), Victor Krummenacher (bass, vocals), David…
    - 5 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 11:12am -
  • newGold Note Announces Launch of PSU-10 EVO

    Gold Note Announces Launch of PSU-10 EVO

    Firenze, Italy | July 2, 2020 – Gold Note is pleased to announce the launch of the PSU-10 EVO, the new external power supply designed for the DS-10 and DS-10 PLUS streaming DACs, available worldwide at authorised Gold Note dealers at a suggested…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 12:00pm -
  • newNordost Tyr 2 Interconnect, Speaker, and Power Cables

    Nordost Tyr 2 Interconnect, Speaker, and Power Cables

    I’ve written about this coincidence before, yet I still find it fascinating that the vocabulary I use in my day job as a fine-wine merchant is notably similar to the concepts and descriptors employed in the observational audio reviewing we do her…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 5:43am -
  • Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse Power Amplifier

    Aesthetix Atlas Eclipse Power Amplifier

    Aesthetix has developed an enviable reputation as a manufacturer of elite components at down-to-earth prices. The company’s earliest products, the all-tube Io phonostage and Callisto linestage, have long set the stage for what is possible in mode…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 4:35pm -
  • Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars

    Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars

    Bruce Springsteen is a philosopher masquerading as a rock star. This was evident from the beginning, when we saw that the cars in his lyrics were more than mere modes of transport; they were a metaphor for freedom and the possibilities promised by…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 10:10am -

Stereophile News

  • newSpectral SDR-2000 Professional D/A processor

    Spectral SDR-2000 Professional D/A processor

    Spectral is a bit of an enigma in the high-end audio world. Although nearly 20 years old and one of the founders of the American high-end audio industry, Spectral isn't a name that comes quickly to mind when considering the best of the best in high-e…
    - 6 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 9:21am -
  • newGramophone Dreams #39: HEDD HEDDphones, Schiit Jotunheim amplifier

    Gramophone Dreams #39: HEDD HEDDphones, Schiit Jotunheim amplifier

    Today is March 22, 2020. Outside my door, the plague is gaining intensity. People are wearing masks and rubber gloves. But outside the window by my desk, there is a Callery pear tree, and every day its blossoms are becoming more intensely white. Each…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 9:21am -
  • Spatial Coherence TVA-1 preamplifier

    Spatial Coherence TVA-1 preamplifier

    There are some standing jokes in the audio industry about the qualities a piece of equipment must have in order to be truly "high-end." One definition is that it must be unavailable, unreliable, and dangerous. Another is that it will sound great, bre…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 9:55am -
  • Sheltering In Place In New Orleans

    Sheltering In Place In New Orleans

    New Orleans, Louisiana — As I write this, my city is locked down. To make sure of it, the National Guard is encamped in Louis Armstrong Park, site of Congo Square, where in former times enslaved Americans gathered to dance and play music, and to…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 10:51am -
  • MBL Noble Line N11 line preamplifier

    MBL Noble Line N11 line preamplifier

    During the four years that I've reviewed for Stereophile, I've had the privilege of evaluating products from some of the world's best-known audiophile companies: Audio Research, Bel Canto, CH Precision, dCS, D'Agostino, Dynaudio, EMM Labs, Jadis, Kre…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 9:13am -

AudioStream.com

  • Nugs.net Concert Livestreaming

    Nugs.net Concert Livestreaming

    An interesting bit of info recently crossed my desk, from a site called ‘nugs.net.’ I’m rather surprised I’ve never heard of them before, since they seem to be addressing a market I’ve long wondered about the feasibility of: Live performanc…
    - 24 days ago, 10 Jun 20, 12:36am -
  • PAF Announces New Show Amongst Cancellations

    PAF Announces New Show Amongst Cancellations

    Hot on the heels of RMAFs cancellation, as well as the cancellation of pretty much every other show in 2020, Lou Hinkley of Daedalus Audio and Gary Gill of Capital Audio Fest have recently announced the Pacific Audio Fest, to be held near Seattle in…
    - 42 days ago, 22 May 20, 1:54pm -
  • Decomposition and Breakdown: Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

    Decomposition and Breakdown: Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

    Fiona Apple’s newest Album Fetch the Bolt Cutters has been causing quite a stir in the popular music world and is proving to be a bit of an enigma for many folks. I’ve had enough folks request I shed some light on what’s going on that I figured…
    - 62 days ago, 3 May 20, 1:42am -
  • Totaldac offers 80 per cent Money Back

    Totaldac offers 80 per cent Money Back

    Vincent Brient, the man behind the totaldac brand – which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary – is offering new totaldac owners a unique service in these difficult financial times – anyone ordering a DAC, streamer or driver between the 1st Apri…
    - 75 days ago, 19 Apr 20, 8:06am -
  • Songs For Self Isolation

    Songs For Self Isolation

    I never thought my time spent as a reclusive artist would turn out to be a survival skill.
    - 77 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 1:06pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • newThe Best Version Of ... Bill Withers's Still Bill

    The Best Version Of ... Bill Withers's Still Bill


    - 7 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 8:25am -
  • Review | Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC Headphones and HeadAmp GSX mk2 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

    Review | Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC Headphones and  HeadAmp GSX mk2 Balanced Headphone Amplifier

    Many consider the Abyss AB-1266 Phi TC headphones to be the best in the world. These US made 'phones certainly vie for the title of best planar dynamic 'phones, if not the best in terms of absolute sound quality. Built like an Abrahms tank, and s…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 6:10am -
  • CAPS Twenty | Part One

    CAPS Twenty | Part One

    It's finally time to talk about CAPS twenty! I've been working on this project for months with people from all over the world. Keeping it under wraps for so long has been nearly impossible because I'm so excited about a new CAPS design…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 5:40am -
  • New McIntosh Podcast | For the Love of Music

    New McIntosh Podcast | For the Love of Music

    Hey Guys, this just in from McIntosh, I'm listening now. If you're a music lover, this series seems pretty cool. "In this special series, we've teamed up with Talkhouse, a leading producer of podcasts about music and film, to explore…
    - 16 days ago, 17 Jun 20, 3:55pm -
  • Meet The Audiophile Style Community | Volume 6

    Meet The Audiophile Style Community | Volume 6

    Welcome to the sixth installment of our Meet the Audiophile Style Community series. All previous installments can be found here, in the series index. Please send me a message or email if you'd like to participate. The response so far h…
    - 16 days ago, 17 Jun 20, 7:10am -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The LSA T-3 Turntable

    The LSA T-3 Turntable

    Those of you that know Underwood Wally of Underwood HiFi, know he’s the king of spotting great value and performance. You might have seen this interesting table at the last Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. Now shipping, this table was originally going to…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Jun 20, 7:21pm -
  • REVIEW: The JBL L-100 Classic

    REVIEW: The JBL L-100 Classic

    In the 70s and throughout the 80s, the JBL L-100 was a very successful loudspeaker. Having a production run from 1970 to the mid-80s, the L-100 sold in more significant numbers than any other model, and perhaps one of the greatest selling speakers in…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Jun 20, 6:14am -
  • Ammoflage!

    Ammoflage!

    Friend and occasional TONE contributor Andy “Ammo” Schneider has been doing something incredibly creative with his spare time, combining a love for music, art, and high end audio. You may have seen “Ammo” on the stage at Coachella, or selling…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Jun 20, 5:06pm -
  • The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier

    The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier

    Sammy Hagar once said in a song, “There’s only one way to rock,” but after listening to the new Luxman L-509x, I beg to differ. Luxman actually makes a full lineup of tube and transistor electronics (separates and integrated amplifiers), and sh…
    - 42 days ago, 22 May 20, 1:47pm -
  • Sumiko Audio now distributing ROTEL
    Rotel has been a manufacturer of fine audio gear for decades now, always offering maximum value at a reasonable price. Today, they have joined forces with Sumiko Audio to strengthen their distribution channel. For those not familiar, they have also a…
    - 59 days ago, 5 May 20, 9:30am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newAudio Research CD6 SE Compact Disc Player/DAC | Review
    When’s the last time you heard a new CD player and thought wow, this sounds terrific? I’m not talking about digital in general or a DAC, but a one-box CD transport/DAC playing just a redbook CD. That happened to me with the very first CD I listen…
    - 14 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 2:00am -
  • Alta Audio Launches New Alyssa Loudspeaker
    HUNTINGTON, NY (PTA) — Our friends over at Sohmer Associates bring us good news this morning. Today Mike Levy of Alta Audio launched their new Alyssa loudspeaker. If the Alyssa is like any other bookshelf monitors from Alta Audio, it should be no s…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 9:08am -
  • Jeff Rowland Design Group Conductor Phono Preamplifier | Review
      Having a Jeff Rowland Design Group product in my reference system reminds me, in a roundabout way, of one of the greatest hi-fi systems I’ve heard. This happened nearly a decade ago, at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. I had just rec…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Jun 20, 2:00am -
  • LSA 20 Statement Loudspeakers | Review
    So here it is, my first audio review in the COVID-19 world, and it’s a real game-changer. I’ve been listening to a lot of music using the LSA 20 Statement loudspeakers (website), yet as much solace as I’ve gotten from the music itself, I real…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 2:00am -
  • Qobuz Launches Family Plan Subscriptions
    NEW YORK CITY (PTA) — Great news comes to us from the land of hi-res streaming, and it’s news the whole family will enjoy. Qobuz introduces two new family plans. Including good news for current members as any current Qobuz customer will have the…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Jun 20, 1:00pm -

Audiophilia

  • newSONOS Arc

    SONOS Arc

    Driving with cabriolet top down on a particularly sunny Spring day last month, I heard the CEO of Sonos, Patrick Spence, being interviewed with some softball questions by Nilay Patel of The Vergecast. Spence was particularly smooth and spoke mostl…
    - 10 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 6:00am -
  • newiFi iPhono3 Black Label

    iFi iPhono3 Black Label

    The iFi iPhono3 Black Label is proof that British hi-fi manufacturer iFi Audio refuses to rest on its laurels. Just four years after the release of its acclaimed iPhono2, iFi is back with a new design in a familiar package. The price has increased…
    - 10 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 5:59am -
  • Mojo Audio Mystique EVO Pro D/A Converter

    Mojo Audio Mystique EVO Pro D/A Converter

    The vast majority of modern audio DACs use a Delta-Sigma DAC chip because such chips are now tiny, manufactured by companies that sell them in mass relatively cheaply, and have become outstanding in quality. Examples of such chips include the Cali…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 6:00am -
  • Chet Baker Sings—Tone Poet vinyl reissue

    Chet Baker Sings—Tone Poet vinyl reissue

    I first became aware of the music of Chet Baker in a peculiar way, through the Japanese anime Kids on the Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) which revolved around teenagers in 1960s Tokyo learning to play Jazz. In episode four of the show, the character…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 20, 5:59am -
  • Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge

    Ortofon 2M 78 Phono Cartridge

    Why does vinyl have such a strong hold on audiophiles? Perhaps it’s the ritual of the LP, the ‘warm’ sound of the grooves, the quality of the sound, that one can play around with cartridges, speakers, cables and preamps not to mention turnta…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Jun 20, 6:30am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newHi-Fi+ July 2020 High-End Audio Magazine

    Hi-Fi+ July 2020 High-End Audio Magazine

    Hi-Fi+ magazine's July 2020 issue features reviews of the AURALiC Altair G1 digital audio streamer, Totem Skylight stand-mount loudspeaker, ReQuest Audio The Raptor music server, Accuphase E-650 integrated amplifier, Computer Audio Design GC-R passiv…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 20, 6:01am -
  • EnjoyTheMusic.com's July 2020 Review Magazine

    EnjoyTheMusic.com's July 2020 Review Magazine

    EnjoyTheMusic.com just posted our July Review Magazine online. This month features a variety of fun and educational videos, six audiophile manufacturers chime in with our 10 Questions For Manufacturers, plus we have world premiere reviews too! We inv…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 4:42am -
  • Hi-Fi World's August 2020 Issue

    Hi-Fi World's August 2020 Issue

    Hi-Fi World's August 2020 issue features your chance to win an English Electric 8switch worth £450. Gear reviews within this issue include the Wharfedale Evo 4.3 loudspeakers, Martin Logan Motion 40i speakers, FiiO K5 Pro Headphone DAC, Chord Electr…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 6:44am -
  • Gryphon Audio Designs Vanta Cable Series

    Gryphon Audio Designs Vanta Cable Series

    Gryphon Audio Designs has announced their new Vanta Cable Series (from € 2900 to € 23,800). As the top-of-the-line from Gryphon, it is said to be a new evolutionary step in the company's cable production. The Vanta Series consists of speaker cabl…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 4:53am -
  • Watch The HiFi Summit Q2 2020 By Joe N Tell

    Watch The HiFi Summit Q2 2020 By Joe N Tell

    Finally, the audio community now has an excellent high-quality online streaming show resource for 2020 and beyond! The HiFi Summit, produced by Joe N Tell (Joe Mariano), brings modern features that are expected when showcasing the best in high-fideli…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 5:16am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newParadigm Reference Studio Sub 12
    Further information: A super capable, no compromise subwoofer that's able to provide effortless bottom end in even the largest of rooms. Featuring a single high-excursion driver, sealed enclosure, patented built-in Ultra-Class-D™ power amplifier, U…
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:35pm -
  • newFS: Wharfedale Diamond 11.1 Bookshelf Speakers
    Further information: Photos: PLEASE READ If you are advertising multiple items, you must post one bulk price only, or post seperate ads for each itemIf you include any reference to pricing whatsoever…
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:21pm -
  • newFS: Chord Cable - Sarum T 1M XLR
    Further information: Regretfully, a new system that was being installed is no longer going ahead due to situations changing because of Covid. These are now needing a new home. The Chord description says it bes…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:14pm -
  • newFS: Gecko 4 Tiers Tempered Glass/Steel HIFI Rack
    Further information: Gecko 4 tiers HiFi rack very solid and heavy Dimensions : 80 x 88 x 55 (hxwxd)cm Very good condition - there are no scratches on the tempered glass, the 2 middle shelves are adjustable. Adjustabl…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:13pm -
  • newFS: Cayin N6ii DAP with T01, E01 and E02 motherboards
    Further information: The N6II was purchased in May 2019, it was a bundle with A01 board, sold the A01 when I got T01, so there is no packaging for T01, E01 and E02 boards are with packaging and accessories. They are in great condition, I used…
    - 17 hours ago, 2 Jul 20, 11:08pm -

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

  • newEkaterina Siurina: French and Italian Arias
    Amour Éternel,  Ekaterina Siurina, soprano; Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra/ Constantine Orbelian. Delos DE 3583.  TT: 76.11 CARPENTIER: Louise: Depuis le jour. GOUNOD: Roméo et Juliette: Je veux vivre; Va! Je t'ai pardonné...Roméo! Qu'as-tu do…
    - 5 hours ago, 3 Jul 20, 10:35am -
  • Alta Audio’s Alyssa Speaker Delivers Rich, Full-Range Sonics from a Compact Cabinet
    Alyssa’s Detail and Bass Response Rival the Most Respected Floor-Standing Models Huntington, NY, June 30, 2020 – Alta Audio, the company that combines advanced technology and exquisite aesthetics to create industry-leading home audio loudspeake…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 2:18pm -
  • INTRODUCING GIK ACOUSTICS X TAPE OP LIMITED EDITION ACOUSTIC ART PANELS  
    ATLANTA, GA (June 30, 2020) – Leading acoustic treatment manufacturer GIK Acoustics has teamed up with Tape Op Magazine​ to release six (6) of their popular covers as exclusive 242Acoustic Art Panels for the US market.​ This new addition is a…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 2:13pm -
  • Monarchy Audio SM-70 Pro Amplifiers
    This article, as reviewed by Francisco Duran, Victor Chavira, Carol Clark, and Dave Clark originally ran in Issue 2, August/September 2002, so while we call this section "New Old Stock - Articles from Our Days in Print" you are also going to see some…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 10:31am -
  • Afro Cuban Quarantine
    One of the few benefits of quarantine has been an abundance of time for listening to music. As resident Latin music specialist, I offer the following recommendations for your enjoyment. Buenos Hermanos was Ibrahim Ferrer's 2003 follow up to Buena Vis…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 20, 10:11am -

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…
    - 36 days ago, 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…
    - 36 days ago, 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…
    - 36 days ago, 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…
    - 36 days ago, 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 -