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The Absolute Sound

  • newHow to Listen to Stereo

    How to Listen to Stereo

    Stereo in its most basic form is a robust medium. One can hear the ancient demos of ping-pong games and trains traveling from left to right or right to left on cheap computer speakers sitting on a glass tabletop. But if you want to hear the real so…
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 8:41am -
  • newTechnics SL-1000R Special Event

    Technics SL-1000R Special Event

    November 21, 2018 - Blink High End is a Technics SL-1000R special event at their Cambridge studios on Thursday, November 29th at 6:00pm. Take a seat and enjoy the music! The featured guest will be Bill Voss, US Business Development Manager for Tech…
    - 18 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 8:30am -
  • newKEF Announces Spotify Connect and Roon Integration With LSX

    KEF Announces Spotify Connect and Roon Integration With LSX

    The following is a press release issued by KEF. Marlboro, NJ | November 19th, 2018 – KEF proudly announces the addition of Spotify Connect and Roon to LSX, the mighty two-speaker, all-wireless music system that puts the high-end sound KEF is know…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 12:17pm -
  • newBuddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Buddy Guy: The Blues Is Alive and Well

    Chicago blues guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy honed his chops during the 1960s as house guitarist for the legendary Chess Records. The electric blue pioneer’s blistering chops have influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Jonny…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 5:56am -
  • newQ&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

    Q&A with Irv Gross of Constellation Audio

    How did you get into this business? My first musical influences were The Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Music has always been a soundtrack to my life from adolescence onward. In high school, I worked on a radio show, and at a radio s…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 5:27am -

Stereophile News

  • newStereophile's Products of 2018

    Stereophile's Products of 2018

    Since fake news is on everyone's minds these days—I would say it's been in the news a lot, but that kind of reasoning is too circular even for me—it's worth keeping in mind that there's also such a thing as fake praise. You see it every day…
    - 16 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 10:35am -
  • newSonatas as Mozart Might Have Heard Them

    Sonatas as Mozart Might Have Heard Them

    How to encompass the myriad delights in Mozart's multiple Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano? Judging from the three chosen by baroque violinist Isabelle Faust and period instrument/modern music keyboard specialist Alexander Melnikov for their Novembe…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 9:26am -
  • Recording of December 2018: <I>Where the River Goes</I>

    Recording of December 2018: <I>Where the River Goes</I>

    Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where the River GoesWolfgang Muthspiel, electric & acoustic guitars; Ambrose Akinmusire, trumpet; Brad Mehldau, piano; Larry Grenadier, bass; Eric Harland, drumsECM 2610 (CD). 2018. Manfred Eicher, prod.; Gérard de Haro, Nicola…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 9:47am -
  • Nothing Is What I Want

    Nothing Is What I Want

    I recently experienced an alarming audiophile episode. John Atkinson wanted to send me BorderPatrol's Digital to Analogue Converter SE, so that I could write the Follow-Up published in the November issue. But he wouldn't tell me anything about Herb R…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 9:44am -
  • Recording of December 1963: <I>Music of Edgar Varèse, Vol.2</I>

    Recording of December 1963: <I>Music of Edgar Varèse, Vol.2</I>

    Music of Edgar Varèse, Vol.2Arcana, Déserts, Offrandes, Chanson De Là-Haut (Song From High)Dona Precht, soprano, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Robert Craft, conductor.Columbia Masterworks MS-6362 (LP). John McClure, Thomas Frost, prods. TT: 24:4…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 9:42am -

AudioStream.com

  • newBlack Friday, the unicorn of made-up sales, is coming

    Black Friday, the unicorn of made-up sales,  is coming

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of those completely made-up events – the unicorns of shopping discounts if you will – for online or bricks-and-mortar sales to whip the populace into a consumer buying frenzy a good month before Christmas bli…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 11:40am -
  • Allo DigiOne Signature Review

    Allo DigiOne Signature Review

    As I would expect with my usual luck, Allo’s upgrade to the DigiOne Player, the DigiOne Signature Player, became available for sale shortly after I purchased the original and wrote a review for it. Allo is rolling out new and as best as I can tell,…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 11:32am -
  • Herd Reichert: Ancient Audio – Golden Eras of Hi-Fi

    Herd Reichert: Ancient Audio – Golden Eras of Hi-Fi

    Fifty years ago, all audiophiles were older than me. Forty years ago, all audiophiles were the same age as me. So were all the audio manufacturers, dealers, and engineers. Thirty years ago, they were still my age. Likewise twenty years ago. But now,…
    - 6 days ago, 16 Nov 18, 12:38pm -
  • PS Audio Snowmass OS update now available

    PS Audio Snowmass OS update now available

    Upgrade-ability. In the digital realm, unlike the analog kingdom, upgrading a component has turned into a vastly simpler, quicker and in most cases free proposition to drastically improve the sonic performance of a high-fidelity source component.
    - 7 days ago, 15 Nov 18, 11:10am -
  • Chord Electronics launch ULTIMA flagship amplifier and preamplifier

    Chord Electronics launch ULTIMA flagship amplifier and preamplifier

    At roughly $40,000 USD (based on current exchange rates), for each bespoke, 190-pound Chord ULTIMA mono bloc and the matching ULTIMA reference preamplifier, this system will set you back $120,000 USD.
    - 9 days ago, 13 Nov 18, 10:21am -

Computer Audiophile

  • McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer Review

    McIntosh MS500 Music Streamer Review

       I've never hidden my love of McIntosh products. I proudly display my MC275 amplifier in the front right corner of my listening room when it isn't in use. The MC275 is also one of the first items I show everyone who visit…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Nov 18, 2:10pm -
  • A New Listening Room Part One

    A New Listening Room Part One

    A dedicated listening room is not a luxury for me, it's a necessity. I realize this is a luxurious necessity, but nonetheless it's a requirement for my job. Fortunately I have an understanding wife who has always encouraged me to improve my liste…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Nov 18, 9:54am -
  • The Best Version Of… Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow

    The Best Version Of…  Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow

    UPDATED November 12, 2018 With the sad passing of Marty Balin and the release of Jorma Kaukonen’s autobiography, Jefferson Airplane has probably made more headlines in the past few weeks than in the preceding few decades. So it seeme…
    - 21 days ago, 1 Nov 18, 11:11am -
  • My Quest for a New DAC, Part 4 - iFi Pro iDSD (and friends)

    My Quest for a New DAC, Part 4 - iFi Pro iDSD (and friends)


    - 27 days ago, 26 Oct 18, 7:15am -
  • Google Home Hub for HiFi?

    Google Home Hub for HiFi?

    Gigantic corporations don't always have consumer's interests in mind when pushing new technologies. They frequently have their own interests in mind when trying to persuade everyone else that their interests should align. Fear of missing out pla…
    - 30 days ago, 23 Oct 18, 1:44pm -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Issue 92
    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay revisits the KEF C60s 995: Kanto YU6 Powered Speakers By Jerold O’Brien Journeyman Audiophile: Totem’s Sky Towers By Rob Johnson Mine: It Should Be Yours Peanuts Watch Plaid Flannel Jammies Blue Wine Segway’s Go…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 9:35pm -
  • Paradigm’s Newest Atom…

    Paradigm’s Newest Atom…

    I often get criticized for only being interested in the mega gear, but nothing could be more wrong. As much fun as the big bucks stuff is, no one starts there, and for me, hifi is a journey. One of the most exciting parts of the journey is the beginn…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 9:05pm -
  • Amphion Helium 510 Speakers

    Amphion Helium 510 Speakers

    Listening to Eric Clapton float between these quietly elegant, white speakers from Amphion, it’s easy to see why they named this speaker range “helium.” The slight waveguide machined into the front panel of the cabinet, adds dispersion to the d…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 7:22pm -
  • Rega’s New Planar 1 Plus Turntable

    Rega’s New Planar 1 Plus Turntable

    Many first time turntable buyers have a bit of difficulty with sorting the hardware aspect, agonizing over cartridge, turntable and phono preamplifier can be slightly challenging to those just joining our party. And we won’t even talk about cables!…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Nov 18, 8:59pm -
  • PONTOS 9 Speakers

    PONTOS 9 Speakers

    For many post-Iron Curtain years, whispers swirled in audio circles of a lively audiophile crowd and a quietly dedicated manufacturing community in Eastern Europe. As capitalism grew so has the community. The Warsaw Audio Show has a strong buzz. I my…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Nov 18, 8:42pm -

Part Time Audiophile

Audiophilia

  • newAudiophilia's Products of the Year 2018

    Audiophilia's Products of the Year 2018

    Our writers are lucky to intersect with the gear we do. Even luckier to have the kit in our homes and review it for you. There are numerous requests for reviews that we just do not have the manpower to cover. Imagine the hundreds of amazing of pie…
    - 15 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 11:09am -
  • Classical Vinyl Box Sets you may not know that should be in your collection

    Classical Vinyl Box Sets you may not know that should be in your collection

    If you visit the top vinyl sales websites such as Elusive Disc and Acoustic Sounds among others, the quality vinyl lists are fairly similar. All the familiar suspects—RCA, Lyrita, EMI, Mercury, Blue Note, Argo, Decca—populate the must haves. A…
    - 8 days ago, 14 Nov 18, 10:36am -
  • Xavian Perla Esclusiva Loudspeakers

    Xavian Perla Esclusiva Loudspeakers

    I was contacted by the marketing manager of Xavian Loudspeakers (Italian design/manufactured in the Czech Republic) requesting an Audiophilia review of the ‘Perla Esclusiva’, a stand mounted monitor from Xavian’s Natura range of loudspeakers…
    - 12 days ago, 10 Nov 18, 5:25am -
  • Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

    Master & Dynamic MW07 True Wireless Earphones

    New York City based Master & Dynamic is a unique company. While not aiming for the highest ‘audiophile’ quality in the universe—together with the very high prices that go along with that—they, instead, produce superb sounding audio product…
    - 13 days ago, 9 Nov 18, 10:45am -
  • Periodic Audio Nickel Amplifier

    Periodic Audio Nickel Amplifier

    Much smaller (30x50x15mm) than a smart phone! About the same weight (20.9g) as many USB stick drives! Can easily power (250 mW into 32 Ohms) headphones (not just earbuds) without a sweat! It’s the Periodic Audio Nickel, a super-compact $299 head…
    - 27 days ago, 26 Oct 18, 10:27am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newKEF LSX Active Speakers Now Support Spotify Connect And Roon

    KEF LSX Active Speakers Now Support Spotify Connect And Roon

    KEF announces the addition of Spotify Connect and Roon to their new LSX ($1100) active wireless music system. This delivers high-end sound KEF is known for in an affordable system easily integrated into virtually any listening room or lifestyle. LSX…
    - 21 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 4:54am -
  • newGreat Audiophile Gift Ideas For The 2018 Holiday Season

    Great Audiophile Gift Ideas For The 2018 Holiday Season

    Welcome to EnjoyTheMusic.com's 13th annual Great Audiophile Gift recommendations! We all love gifts, yet getting that something special for an audiophile can be quite a challenge. Enjoy the Music.com's annual Great Audiophile Gift wish list has some…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 9:16am -
  • newAmerican Music Licensing Collective: By Musicians, For Musicians

    American Music Licensing Collective: By Musicians, For Musicians

    With the recently signed into law Music Modernization Act (MMA) by President Trump, now comes the time to decide what entity will be in charge of paying musicians, engineers, etc their earned royalties. While the music industry has enjoyed quite a bi…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 5:30am -
  • New York Audio Show 2018 Report -- NYAS 2018

    New York Audio Show 2018 Report -- NYAS 2018

    Held at the Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan from November 9th through 11th, the New York Audio Show 2018 featured the latest in high-end audio technology. This ranges from loudspeakers created to perfection, headphones with excellent fit and sound for y…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 7:01am -
  • Capital Audiofest 2018: As Good As It Gets! – Part 2

    Capital Audiofest 2018: As Good As It Gets! – Part 2

    Capital Audiofest 2018: As Good As It Gets! – Part 2 CAF 2018 Show Report By Greg Weaver Within my CAF 2018 show report part one, I covered the wide diversity of approaches and price points that successfully managed to create the engaging sensation…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 5:48am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Accuphase C280 Preamplifier
    Item: Accuphase C280 Preamplifier Location: Perth Price: $3500 Item Condition: Excellent Condition Reason for selling: I bought a matching Perreauc SM3 for my 5150b power amp. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info:…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 11:35pm -
  • newFS: Topping D50 DAC silver
    Item: Topping D50 dac silver Location:Mill Park Price: $270 plus post Item Condition:9.9/10 Reason for selling:No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought this couple month ago for the sake o…
    - 3 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 10:58pm -
  • newFS: Bose 301 series 2
    Item: Bose 301 Location: Geelong Price: $375 ono Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Selling these on behalf of a good friend. Bose 301 series 2 speakers, these…
    - 4 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 10:43pm -
  • newFS: SVS SB 12 NSD Subwoofer (black ash colour)
    Item: SVS SB 12 NSD Subwoofer Location: Hurstville, NSW Price: 500 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Work and baby Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Bought it new from Deephz many years ago.…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 6:35pm -
  • newSOLD: FS: AUDIO RESEARCH LS2 Valve Line Stage Preamp (Silver)
    Item: Audio Research LS2 Valve Line Stage Preamp (Silver) Location: Brisbane, QLD Price: $990 + shipping/insurance Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: No longer required Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info…
    - 8 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 6:20pm -

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 &amp; DAC Review

    Audioengine HD3 Powered Speakers &amp; 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

  • newA One of a Kind Sale this Thanksgiving from Daedalus Audio
    www.daedalusaudio.comThe post A One of a Kind Sale this Thanksgiving from Daedalus Audio appeared first on Positive Feedback.
    - 13 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 1:41pm -
  • newThe 15th Annual Positive Feedback Writers' Choice Awards for 2018
    Beginning at the end of 2003, PF established its first annual awards for fine audio. The Brutus Award was established for the best that David Robinson and Dave Clark (and Carol Clark) had heard in their own listening rooms during that year. You can…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 8:40am -
  • R+C+L, Part 2:  Roger Skoff Writes More About Cables and What Really Matters
    Roger Skoff at the LA Audio Show, 2017:  a portrait by David W. Robinson In Part 1 of this two-part article, I pointed out that we audiophiles are the only fan group I know of who argue, not just about which stuff is better, but about whether, for s…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 5:03pm -
  • RMAF 2018 - Why We Listen: Music Changes Lives
    At Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2018, I was asked to participate in a panel titled Why We Listen: Music Changes Lives. I didn't realize what they meant is that they wanted me to moderate the panel. To ease the stress of moderating my first audio show pa…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 4:20pm -
  • Second Report:  The MAG-LEV ML1 Levitating Turntable
    It's time for an update on the MAG-LEV ML1 levitating turntable. You'll find my world premiere review HERE. After four months in heavy use and with my modifications on board, I am pleased to report that the ML1, for all its novelty and glamour, is al…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 11:44am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newLetters to the editor: Videos vs. words
    It seems our Chord Qutest, ALLO DigiOne Signature and KEF LSX video reviews really pushed back the email floodgates. What follows is a selection of missives from Darko.Audio readers around the world arriving in the past few weeks. Dominik H: Hi John,…
    - 19 hours ago, 21 Nov 18, 6:52am -
  • A short film about the Chord Qutest
    Value for money isn’t the preserve of inexpensive products — it can exist at any price point. Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 is a DAC that edges out similarly-priced rivals on detail retrieval and spatial cues to take up residence in a many a two-c…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 18, 12:47am -
  • Roon and Spotify Connect come to the KEF LSX
    Well, that didn’t take long. Three weeks ago, British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF announced their latest system-in-a-box / active loudspeaker, the LSX. Catch up here. Today, KEF has announced the availability of a firmware upgrade that will add su…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 18, 7:43am -
  • On pragmatism and positivity
    Ten thousand dollars. In the nineties, it would have bought us 500 new release CDs. Twenty years down the line, that same $10K would buy us 1000 CDs or 500 new release LPs. That’s generously assuming a $20 unit price for new release vinyl and $10 f…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Nov 18, 4:27am -
  • A short film about the ALLO DigiOne Signature for Raspberry Pi
    If bits were just bits, high-end streamer manufacturers would be snake oil peddlers and their (many thousands) of customers deaf dopes. Experience tells us otherwise: that not only do digital sources sound different but there exists a substantial au…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Nov 18, 2:48am -