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  • newAXPONA 2019 - Andrew Quint on Loudspeakers under $20,000

    AXPONA 2019 - Andrew Quint on Loudspeakers under $20,000

    At the end of a major audio show, there’s often a sense of depletion, a let’s-pack-this-stuff-up-and-go-home kind of exhaustion. Not so at 4 p.m. on Sunday at AXPONA 2019. There was, instead, a vibe of slightly giddy accomplishment as the big l…
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 2:43pm -
  • new2019 Editors' Choice Awards: Integrated Systems

    2019 Editors' Choice Awards: Integrated Systems

    Riva Arena/Festival $249 (optional Arena battery, $99)/$499 Riva’s two, wireless, multi-room systems in the Wand series offer stunning sound quality from small packages. The compact Arena ($249) and the larger Festival ($499) are both easy to set…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 19, 1:30pm -
  • Eric Bibb: Global Griot

    Eric Bibb: Global Griot

    Exploring the themes of unity, inclusiveness, and social justice from a spiritual perspective, Eric Bibb delivers a double-disc masterpiece in Global Griot, an album ideally suited to the temper of progressive times, or “challenging times,” in…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 12:17pm -
  • 2019 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

    2019 Editors' Choice Awards:  Loudspeakers $100,000 and up

    Lansche No.7 $105,000–$113,000 depending on finish With its massless corona-plasma tweeter, the Lansche No.7 brings something different to the upper-end-loudspeaker arena. This driver works by modulating a plasma field surrounding an electrical a…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 11:40am -
  • The 12 Most Significant Power Amplifiers of All Time

    The 12 Most Significant Power Amplifiers of All Time

    Kondo Audio Note Ongaku Resurrecting a Lost Art Hiroyasu Kondo resigned his position as an audio circuit designer at CBS to follow his dream of creating an amplifier that delivered “natural sound” free from “mechanical” artifacts. Kondo’s…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Apr 19, 6:21am -

Stereophile News

AudioStream.com

  • newAXPONA Part 4 from Chicago with ATC

    AXPONA Part 4 from Chicago with ATC

    ATC has really dug out their niche within the pro community. When asked on a recent hi-fi panel I attended at Capital Studios in Los Angeles, two out of the four self-proclaimed audiophile recording engineers confessed to ATC endpoints in their home…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:05pm -
  • newAXPONA Part 3 from Chicago with PS Audio

    AXPONA Part 3 from Chicago with PS Audio

    Paul McGowan has been shepherding the good folks at PS Audio for quite a few years now. A long-time audio designer, he takes his role of industry icon pretty seriously. A constant presence on YouTube (and other online sources), his question and answe…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 19, 9:20am -
  • AXPONA Part Two from Chicago with Linnenberg

    AXPONA Part Two from Chicago with Linnenberg

    There are horror stories of every type that occasionally trickle out in casual conversation at audio shows. A funky room can be difficult to manage for sonics on the fly, whereas a crushed speaker in transit can be deadly.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 11:49am -
  • AXPONA Part One from Chicago with Goldmund

    AXPONA Part One from Chicago with Goldmund

    Although I was nearly perpetually engaged in interviews for upcoming AudioStream podcasts for most of the first day, I did manage to poke my head into a few interesting rooms along the 16th and 15th floors of AXPONA’s Renaissance Schaumburg Hote…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 10:14am -
  • KEF LSX Wireless Music System Review

    KEF LSX Wireless Music System Review

    Both the LSX and LS50 Wireless share the same cohesive, dynamic, timbrally and tonally-rich sound signature courtesy of KEF’s patented Uni-Q driver. Aesthetically and technically speaking, the two models share a lot of the same DNA – the LSX look…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 19, 12:30pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • newFocal Elegia Full Review

    Focal Elegia Full Review

      Focal’s Elegia Is a Clear Winner  As mentioned in my January review of the Sennheiser HD820 and HD800S, more and more headphone companies these days are attempting to turn their most well-received open-back h…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 7:50am -
  • Exclusive: Warwick Acoustics Aperio Electrostatic Headphone System

    Exclusive: Warwick Acoustics Aperio Electrostatic Headphone System

    Announced earlier this year and shown to very few people behind closed doors at AXPONA 2019, the Warwick Acoustics Aperio electrostatic headphone system is one for the ages. At roughly $24,000, it should perform at the highest level, and I'll say…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 9:11am -
  • AXPONA 2019 Best of Show

    AXPONA 2019 Best of Show

    AXPONA 2019 was easily the best US audio show in recent memory. I'm not basing this off of any stats, only the feeling I got from walking the show for three days, talking to everyone, and listening to some really great systems.  I sta…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 11:50am -
  • High-End Headphone Roundup: Meze Empyrean, Focal Utopia, Abyss AB-1266 Phi CC

    High-End Headphone Roundup: Meze Empyrean, Focal Utopia, Abyss AB-1266 Phi CC

    Is there life beyond the HD800/HD800S? For many headphone users, the venerable Sennheiser HD800 is a dinosaur, long ago surpassed by a slew of better (and more expensive) headphones. But for  classical music lovers like myself, this question is…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 8:40am -
  • Editorial: What's Wrong With You?

    Editorial: What's Wrong With You?

    I'm not a fan of writing editorials because this site isn't about me or any ministers of information. It's about the community and everyone who has helped, over the last 11 years, create what this site is today. Perhaps a couple forum posts have…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 8:29pm -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Issue 95
    Features Old School: Juan Cavillo restores a very old Pioneer Turntable 995: Jerold O’Brien scopes out the new mini ProJect Integrated Amp Journeyman Audiophile: Chord Qutest DAC By Shanon Swetlishnoff The Audiophile Apartment: Harbeth P3ESR Annive…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 5:15pm -
  • MOON by Simaudio 390

    MOON by Simaudio 390

    Building on the success of their Neo 380D DAC, Simaudio went back to the drawing board, creating the MOON 390 from the ground up, offering a perfect combination of flexibility and sonic performance that we’ve come to expect from this great Canadian…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 4:42pm -
  • The Devialet Expert Pro 140

    The Devialet Expert Pro 140

    It’s been a long time since Devialet set the audio world on its axis, creating a product that sounds fantastic, yet looks as it should be on display at MOMA. Or perhaps in this case, the Louvre. Since Devialet, “lifestyle” is no longer an unmen…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 19, 10:13am -
  • The Krell K-300i

    The Krell K-300i

    It’s funny what you remember. My tenure with Krell goes way back, to the demo room I was scared to enter, where an early Krell KSA 150 was matched to a pair of Apogee Stage speakers. Even though I had just purchased a Rotel integrated from the same…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 19, 9:49am -
  • The GamuT Zodiac Speakers:

    The GamuT Zodiac Speakers:

    Letting the audition of the GamuT Zodiac speakers begin with the Beastie Boys “Groove Holmes” is so much fun, I don’t even need the weed. The massive, all-encompassing, psychedelic picture that these speakers paint is outstanding. Keeping the d…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 19, 4:16pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newAyon Audio, Lumen White Loudspeakers, BBS Audio Rack Systems, USA Tube Audio | AXPONA 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileCHICAGO (PTA) — Great new products once again top the list of what is happening in the Ayon Audio room at AXPONA 2019. Starting with the source, the new Ayon CD-35 SACD/DAC Preamplifier Steamer with DSD, along with the new Ayon…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 9:00am -
  • newWolf Audio Systems, Audience Cable, LTA, Ayre, Sadurni Acoustics, David Berning | AXPONA 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileCHICAGO (PTA) — The Wolf Audio Systems room gets my vote for exhibiting the sexiest horn system at the show. Including and beyond the looks of the Sadurni Acoustics loudspeakers, everything in the system was dialed in and on ti…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:00am -
  • newThe Audiophile Socialites | AXPONA 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileCHICAGO (PTA) — Everything I love about audio shows seldom has to do with audio. As for Axpona 2019 in Chicago, it continues to prove itself as one of the more rambunctious of America’s Hi-Fi events. Axpona pulls in the larg…
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 3:00am -
  • newVPI Industries Bingo | AXPONA 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileCHICAGO (PTA) — Well before Axpona 2019 was under way in Chicago, the team at VPI Industries was diligently at work preparing over twenty turntables to show with various dealers, manufacturers and industry partners. From there,…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 6:24am -
  • Fidelis Music Systems, EINSTEIN Audio, and Stenheim | AXPONA 2019
    Part-Time AudiophileCHICAGO (PTA) — Stenheim unveiled their new ALUMINE THREE loudspeaker, and Einstein Audio Components displayed a full stack of tube deliciousness and a sharp looking turntable. The Story Stenheim was generous enough to choose A…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 12:51pm -

Audiophilia

  • newGrado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge

    Grado Labs Aeon Phono Cartridge

    Two years ago I reviewed the Grado Labs Statement v2 Cartridge ($3500), at that time the highest priced Grado cartridge—the top of their Statement Series. Reviewed using my VPI Industries Prime Turntable, I was so impressed, it has remained as m…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 19, 9:19am -
  • Kiseki Purple Heart NS Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

    Kiseki Purple Heart NS Moving Coil Phono Cartridge

    As soon as most vinylphiles see a trapezoidal nugget in wood, stone or metal with some delicate Japanese Kanji, our moving coil hearts skip a beat. I’m a Phasemation guy—Japanese made, but no Kanji. Just a beautiful hunk of Duralumin. How many…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 19, 10:22am -
  • J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin—Henryk Szeryng, violin; DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin—Henryk Szeryng, violin; DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    For the past two or three years, German classical music label Deutsche Grammophon has been quietly releasing some rather deluxe vinyl box sets of their catalog cornerstones. One of which; Herbert Von Karajan’s recording of Brahms’ Four Symphon…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 19, 10:22am -
  • ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage

    ModWright Instruments PH 9.0 Tube Phono Stage

    Quality phono stages are all the rage. Records are now so popular with audiophiles, vinyl returners and the general population, a quality phono stage is aspirational in any fine analog set up. Dealers and vinylphiles have been shouting this from t…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Apr 19, 9:37am -
  • Pure Fidelity Harmony Turntable

    Pure Fidelity Harmony Turntable

    John Stratton is the hardworking owner/designer of Vancouver High End analogue start up, Pure Fidelity (PF). He made a splash last year with his very well received initial opus, the Eclipse Turntable. It takes guts to dive into audiophile waters a…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Mar 19, 11:19am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newAXPONA 2019 Report Part 1 By Rick Becker

    AXPONA 2019 Report Part 1 By Rick Becker

    Unlike the Montreal show a month prior, the trip from Rochester to Chicago was uneventful. I simply got up in the morning and drove to Chicago, cutting through Ontario, Canada, to save some miles and tolls. Detouring through downtown Chicago in hopes…
    - 14 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 7:25am -
  • newZagreb AV Show 2019 Report

    Zagreb AV Show 2019 Report

    This year marks the 24th annual Zagreb AV Show, which in 2019 gathered at the Sheraton Zagreb Hotel. There were 24 exhibitors from Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia and Croatia showcasing more than 60 brands of the high-end audio industry's latest hi-fi and…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:18am -
  • newTBT: BBC's A Dream Of Audio Perfection

    TBT: BBC's A Dream Of Audio Perfection

    A Dream Of Audio PerfectionStereo: Three dimensional sound.The biggest contribution to music since Barnum & Bailey Throughout the years, even from the very beginning, there was audio gear... and critics soon thereafter. Audio gear evolved, just as a…
    - 15 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:17am -
  • new~~ Special AXPONA 2019 Coverage ~~ Over 200 Photos / 15 Pages

    ~~ Special AXPONA 2019 Coverage ~~  Over 200 Photos / 15 Pages

    EnjoyTheMusic.com has posted over 200 photos spanning more than 15 pages from AXPONA 2019. Photo-phreaks seeking visual delights will be very pleased. We've only just begun so check back daily for more!---> See our AXPONA 2019 show coverage at this l…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 19, 10:41am -
  • newAudiozen Announces Mono Si-C MOSFET Power Amp

    Audiozen Announces Mono Si-C MOSFET Power Amp

    Audiozen says their Mono Si-C MOSFET monoblock power amplifier is the first in the world equipped with silicon carbide MOSFETS. Silicon carbide is a material composed of carbon and silicon, and features remarkable speed qualities (about three times f…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 5:01am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newRelist: Final Price Drop JBL 4430 Clones
    Item: JBL 4430 CLONES IMPROVED Location: Kumbia Queensland Price: $4,100 Item Condition: As New Reason for selling: Health reasons Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: These speakers are modelled on the…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 7:29pm -
  • newFS: Amber 8 Speaker Cable
    Item: Amber 8 Speaker Cable - 90cm pairLocation: Collingwood Park, Qld (Brisbane)Price: $60 + $15 post.Item Condition: ExcellentReason for selling: No longer requiredPayment Method: Cash, Paypal (+3%) or Bank DepositExtra Info…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 7:28pm -
  • newFS: Van Den Hul D-502 Hybrid Phono Cable 2 x 1m
    Item: Van den Hul D-502 Hybrid Phono Location: Price: $275+ $10 Shipping Item Condition: Excellent - See description Reason for selling: upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal Extra Info: The only annoying thing is when the…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:51pm -
  • newFS: 30hz tapped horn subwoofers
    Item: pair passive 30hz tapped horns, Will Cowan design, built by Paul Spencer with brand new 12" Eminence Definimax driver Location: Kinglake West, VIC Reason selling: Not using. Condition: DIY, never used. Pickup onl…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:45pm -
  • newFS: DATACOLOR SPYDER 5 EXPRESS
    Item: DATACOLOR SPYDER 5 EXPRESS Location: Mooloolaba Price: $120 inclusive of express postage in Australia Item Condition: Used, some slight scuffing on the front, otherwise excellent working condition Reason for selling: No longer need it…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 19, 6:33pm -

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

  • newPrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC - Premier Review
    Digital Audio Converters (DAC), which take the carefully crafted digital signal and convert it to analog, mostly matured between five and ten years ago. Companies like DCS, Playback Designs, Theta, and more, pushed the chip manufacturers to develop e…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 19, 5:44pm -
  • newAXPONA 2019 - My Favorite Rooms
    Bottom line. AXPONA 2019 was a blast! I have not seen any numbers just yet, but I feel like AXPONA 2019 was very well attended and will be considered another big success story. I was only able to participate on Friday and Saturday, but many friends a…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 19, 12:18pm -
  • newWojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, In a Sentimental Mood
    Wojtek Karolak & Adam Czerwiński, In a Sentimental Mood.  The album In a Sentimental Mood by leading jazzmen Wojtek Karolak and Adam Czerwiński, is one of the best vinyl records of recent years—both when it comes to music and sound. The text be…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 7:57am -
  • Kanto Audio YU4, YU4, and SUB8 Loudspeakers
    If you have never heard of Kanto or their products don't feel bad. "Kanto was founded in January of 2007. The founders had a vision to build quality products with style—and offer excellent value to customers throughout their life cycle. Many years…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 11:20am -
  • The New Apartment Lounge  Streaming Magic: The Superb AURALiC ARIES G1 Wireless Streaming Transporter
    Digital Marches On Back in Issue 96 (HERE), Managing Editor Dave Clark put the AURALiC ARIES G2 Streaming Transporter ($3999) through its paces, praising that unit for its relative ease-of-use and naturally unforced, but also superbly detailed, sound…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 8:58am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newMorel’s Högtalare is peak Kallax-Fi
    Kallax-Fi? We’ve covered electronics. What about loudspeakers? Many standmounts will make good on their bookshelf promise to fit comfortably inside an IKEA Kallax unit’s 33cm x 33cm shelf hole. The compromise is the cavity will act as a bi-dire…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Apr 19, 7:40am -
  • Munich High-End 2019: Gold Note’s DS-10 & PH-1000
    We know Italy’s Gold Note best for their IS-1000 super-integrated amplifier: a DAC and MM/MC phono stage that feeds a Class A/B loudspeaker amplification stage. Phil Wright reviewed it here. I previewed it a few months prior; at Munich High-End 20…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Apr 19, 1:13am -
  • Audiolab readies 6000N DTS Play-Fi streamer
    A network streamer for less than five hundred British pounds? With Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity? Plus: analogue and digital outputs? The obvious (if dated) choice is the Sonos Connect whose breadth of streaming service integration is unsurpassed…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 11:27am -
  • Letters to the editor: AXPONA 2019, CDs & electronic music
    Mark M. writes in about AXPONA 2019… Hey John and company, I read your AXPONA post before attending and you were spot on, not great for critical listening but fantastic for seeing and hearing new equipment normally only seen on screen. This was my…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Apr 19, 1:31am -
  • Global feedback: Do you still listen to CDs?
    Do you still listen to CDs? For the mainstream music fan, the answer might be a quizzical “CDs? LOL!”. They’re long gone into streaming, seduced by the modern day magic of (almost) any song, anywhere, at any time. Who can blame them? At around…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Apr 19, 2:37am -