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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe Politics of MQA

    The Politics of MQA

    The codec known as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is clearly in its ascendancy. The Big Three record labels have signed on, Tidal is streaming hundreds of MQA-encoded albums, and there’s a steadily expanding amount of audio gear capable of hand…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 8:11am -
  • newSony NW-WM1Z Portable Player and MDR-Z1R Headphones

    Sony NW-WM1Z Portable Player and MDR-Z1R Headphones

    Sony has been creating cost-no-object “flagship” components since early in its history. And while never intended as big-sellers, these models have often provided benchmarks for future, more affordable designs. The new Sony NW-WM1Z portable player…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 17, 9:30am -
  • Soundtracks Series Vol. 4: Jim Hannon's Top 10

    Soundtracks Series Vol. 4: Jim Hannon's Top 10

    The LP reissue phenomenon has introduced audio enthusiasts and music lovers to many of the world’s great recordings on high-quality vinyl, with some featuring mixes that are even better than the originals. Movie soundtracks have benefited significa…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 6:13am -
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

    Paradigm Persona 9H loudspeaker $35,000 Along with Legacy, Paradigm is one of the two manufacturers I’ve found that can really do room compensation well. Its Persona 9H is truly flat, goes very deep, and is still quick and detailed in the bass. Its…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 9:43am -
  • McIntosh Announces MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver

    McIntosh Announces MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver

    The following is a press release issued by McIntosh. Binghamton, NY – September 13, 2017 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA7200 Integrated Ampl…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 12:26pm -

Stereophile News

  • newReviewer Video Profile: Michael Fremer

    Reviewer Video Profile: Michael Fremer

    In this video, we visit Michael Fremer, Senior Contributing Editor to Stereophile, Editor of AnalogPlanet.com, and an unparalleled guru of all things analog.Mon, 09/18/2017
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 17, 9:25am -
  • Maria Callas LIVE at Last

    Maria Callas LIVE at Last

    The most eagerly anticipated opera release of 2017, Warner's set of 20 remastered complete live opera performances and five filmed recitals by soprano Maria Callas (1923–1977), hit the real and virtual stands on September 15. Commemorating the 4…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 4:47am -
  • Fairport Convention at 50

    Fairport Convention at 50

    A Completist's DreamSat, 09/16/2017
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 4:59am -
  • Recommended Components: Fall 2017 Edition

    Recommended Components: Fall 2017 Edition

    Components listed here have been formally reviewed in Stereophile and have been found to be among the best available in each of four or five quality classes. Whether a component is listed in Class A or Class E, we highly recommend its purchase.Each…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 4:47pm -
  • IsoAcoustics Gaia loudspeaker isolation feet

    IsoAcoustics Gaia loudspeaker isolation feet

    IsoAcoustics Inc. has its head office in Ontario and its manufacturing facilities in China, and is headed by Dave Morrison, who for 20 years has been involved in designing radio and television studios for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Is…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 10:15am -

AudioStream.com

  • newLovely Recordings Hosted by Simon Goodall

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Simon Goodall

    As a UK expat the folk tradition of the British Isles is very close to my heart and while many dismiss much of this music as arch, twee or "finger in the ear" caterwauling it is in fact a very vibrant and dynamic tradition and one with a wealth of be…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 17, 6:08am -
  • Download of the Week: Iron & Wine

    Download of the Week: Iron & Wine

    I was in our NY office and I asked Robert Baird, Stereophile's Music Editor, "Have you heard the new Iron & Wine? It's really nice, very easy to like." Robert responded that he hadn't listened to it yet so I added, "Some reviewers have said it may be…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 6:03am -
  • Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2v2 SE

    Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2v2 SE

    It's hard to believe that over three years has passed since I last reviewed a Wyred 4 Sound DAC. At that time, I found the DAC-2 DSDse to have "flawless function and performance that was a joy to experience." I now found myself very curious to see w…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 5:07am -
  • Monthly Spins Special Edition

    Monthly Spins Special Edition

    Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)File Under: old-school, mind-altering, radical hip-hopIt came caterwauling out the windows of passing Old's 98's, screeching and scratching with abstract samples of James Brown's fun…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 5:30am -
  • Weird New Pop, Vol.5

    Weird New Pop, Vol.5

    Photo: Stephen Mejias. Design: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking DesignsTrack 21Mrs. Little is often amused by my complete inability to understand even the simplest lyrics to even the poppiest of pop songs—lyrics that are to her, and, I assume, so m…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 5:25am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: COLLEGE FOOTBALL RETURNS!
    But most of these athletes are getting full scholarships, so in effect they are be paid $60- $125,00 over a 4 year career.
    - 15 mins ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:21am -
  • newRe: B&K ST140 for sale...vet bills

    Re: B&K ST140 for sale...vet bills

    OBO and I guess I will ship now..cost will be dependent upon your location until I can pack this up and see how much everything weighs...
    - 19 mins ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:17am -
  • newRe: The best $150-$200 you can spend for your kitchen
    Have seen on food shows. Never would have guessed the low price.
    - 31 mins ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:05am -
  • newRe: DENAFRIPS DACs
    Quote from: ServerAdmin on Today at 11:48 amProfile -> NotificationsThanks, I went into Profile > Notifications  and set ''turn notification on when you post or reply to a topic.'' But under ''Current B...
    - 34 mins ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:02am -
  • newRe: Folsom's great little 7297 Chip Amp
    @BRNHi Brad -There are a lot of choices on the DIYAudio store https://diyaudiostore.com/collections/chassis;  we chose the biggest Galaxy 3U at 330mm x 280mm which gives plenty of room for layout plus height for heatsink clearance with a still prett…
    - 46 mins ago, 19 Sep 17, 10:50am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • newWith Great Respect…
    Cleaning the closets a bit today, I ran across the first issue of The Absolute Sound. From Sping of 1973. Damn, I’m getting old. I remember reading it at my neighbor, longtime friend, and sometime TONEAudio contributor Todd Sageser’s house. I use…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Sep 17, 2:47pm -
  • New and Improved Speakers from Eggleston!

    New and Improved Speakers from Eggleston!

    Egglestonworks, celebrated producer of State-of-the-Art Loudspeaker Systems, is proud to introduce “Artisan Series,” a collection of three new, attractively-priced models designed to make Eggleston performance accessible to the next generation of…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 11:22pm -
  • The Brinkmann Audio RoNt II Power Supply

    The Brinkmann Audio RoNt II Power Supply

    After living with the Brinkmann Bardo turntable for about six months, the much awaited RoNt II vacuum tube power supply arrived, and as anticipated, it took the Bardo to a higher level of performance. In the case of the Bardo, adding the RoNt II to t…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 11:13pm -
  • New Mac Receiver – Single Chassis Cool

    New Mac Receiver – Single Chassis Cool

    McIntosh is proud to announce the MAC7200 Receiver. MAC7200 Receiver (available worldwide) The MAC7200 Receiver builds upon the MA7200 Integrated Amplifier by adding a built-in AM/FM Tuner. McIntosh has been making tuners since the 1950s and they are…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 11:28pm -
  • The Naim Atom!

    The Naim Atom!

    Time flies when you’re having fun. Ten years into their existence, Naim introduced the original Nait integrated amplifier, which was about the size of a large hardcover novel, and produced about 13 watts per channel. Today they give us the Atom. A…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 1:40pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • DVL Audio Album of the Month for September – Cheap Trick
    This is the third in a monthly series of album reviews I will be doing for DVL Audio here in Canada. I’ll be heading out to a local record store in Vancouver, digging through the bins, and coming up with an intriguing LP to discuss here on Part-T…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 3:00am -
  • Devialet & The Lost Recordings: Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw – 1961
    Despite their penchant for all things digital, Devialet has a soft spot for vinyl. Witness their fifth LP release in just over a year with Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw – 1961. This follows Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 9:00am -
  • McIntosh Labs announce new MAC7200 Receiver, MA7200 Integrated Amplifier
    McIntosh Labs is keeping busy these days, apparently they haven’t heard a fleetingly popular wail that the high fidelity industry is doomed. Or at least that’s what a bunch of people on some forums said, oh, and that I overheard whispering conspi…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 3:00am -
  • T.H.E. Show that wasn’t – Anaheim cancelled until 2018
    One of the classic North American shows – and a Left Coast high point in the audio-show circuit has been unexpectedly cancelled for 2017. In a press release sent out to exhibitors on Sept.6, 2017, Maurice R. Jung,  the president of  T.H.E. Show s…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Sep 17, 11:37am -
  • Bowers & Wilkins announce new 700 Series loudspeakers at lower price
    Like yourself some Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamond Series loudspeakers? A bit too pricey for your pocketbook? Relax. Exhale. I’ve got some great news for you… B&W has just announced the 700 Series of loudspeakers (replacing the CM line), and they’…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Sep 17, 2:42pm -

Audiophilia

  • newCarl Schuricht conducts Beethoven and Bruckner

    Carl Schuricht conducts Beethoven and Bruckner

    The first recording I ever bought of Beethoven symphonies was the Decca Eclipse LP of the 1st and 2nd played by the Vienna Philharmonic under Carl Schuricht. I knew nothing about him except that the reviews all said that they were fine performance…
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Sep 17, 1:03pm -
  • Audiophilia will be LIVE blogging Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017 (Oct 5 to 8)

    Audiophilia will be LIVE blogging Rocky Mountain Audio Fest 2017 (Oct 5 to 8)

    Audiophilia leads the way again for quality, comprehensive coverage of the very best audio shows. This time, Denver's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. October 5 through 8.Instead of waiting for weeks for print show coverage, Audiophilia led the way with a…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 3:29pm -
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams--Orchestral Works

    Ralph Vaughan Williams--Orchestral Works

    The works on this CD cover over half a century of Ralph Vaughan Williams' (RVW) composing career and go a long way to explaining why he is probably the most international and well known British composer of the first half of the 20th Century.RVW…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 6:13pm -
  • The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955--GLENN GOULD: The Goldberg Variations

    The Complete Unreleased Recording Sessions June 1955--GLENN GOULD: The Goldberg Variations

    Sony Classical asked me if I was interested in reviewing a comprehensive set of Glenn Gould's seminal recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations. There have been quite a few 'collections' over the years as Sony cash in on one of its most valuable cla…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 11:21am -
  • AudioQuest Niagara 5000 Low-Z Power | Noise-Dissipation System

    AudioQuest Niagara 5000 Low-Z Power | Noise-Dissipation System

    That’s a pretty fancy title for a power conditioner. A device to clean up the nasties that find their way into your system. Fancy, maybe, but I find the good ones an indispensable component. Is the impressive moniker apt? AudioQuest, maker of…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Aug 17, 11:38am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newTAVES 2017 Consumer Electronics Show Features Hi-Fi & More

    TAVES 2017 Consumer Electronics Show Features Hi-Fi & More

    EnjoyTheMusic.com's seventh annual TAVES Consumer Electronics Show (Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show) report features Canada's ultimate high-technology showcase. TAVES 2017 takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre from October 13th through 15…
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 4:49am -
  • newBowers & Wilkins 700 Series Speakers

    Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series Speakers

    The new Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series delivers exceptional performance from a wide-ranging, comprehensive collection of loudspeakers. The series sees the implementation of technology first seen in the high-end 800 Series Diamond, a range of class-leadi…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Sep 17, 5:04am -
  • Rogue Audio RH-5 Headphone Amplifier And Stereo Preamplifier

    Rogue Audio RH-5 Headphone Amplifier And Stereo Preamplifier

    If you are looking for a reference amp for pro audio applications, I actually think this would be an outstanding choice, especially paired with the Sennheiser HD600 or HD800 and a good balanced cable. I also think this is a great option to satisfy th…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 10:47am -
  • Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's September / October Issue

    Australian Hi-Fi Magazine's September / October Issue

    This issue of Australian Hi-Fi features reviews of the Marantz NA6005 network player, Audio Flight FL Three S integrated amplifier, PSB SubSeries200 subwoofer, Lundahl moving coil transformer, Dynaudio Contour 60 loudspeakers, Sound Blaster E5 DAC /…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 6:54am -
  • Gold Note IS-1000 All-In-One Preamp, Amp, DAC And Streamer

    Gold Note IS-1000 All-In-One Preamp, Amp, DAC And Streamer

    Gold Note's IS-1000 is an advanced fully integrated amplifier that seamlessly merges a preamplifier, power amplifier, phono stage, DAC and streamer into a unique and complete source. Gold Note IS-1000 is a Roon Ready device, fully compatible with mul…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 5:13am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Polymax Absorb XHD batts 100 mm
    Item: Polymax Absorb XHD batts 100 mm thick, white (well light grey actually) Three pieces 120 cm x 73 cm Three pieces 95 cm x 73 cm One each 120 cm x 64 cm, 120 cm x 19 cm, 115 cm x 19 cm Location: VIC 3212 Price: $180 the lot It…
    - 7 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 4:51am -
  • newFS: Weston Acoustics
    Item: Weston Acoustics, integrated amp Topaz 6 CA7 (EL 34 Tubes) Location: Ulladulla NSW Price: $1,800 Item Condition: MINT Reason for selling: Up grade Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Made with my instructions, a lovey bl…
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 4:00am -
  • newFS: Paradigm Prestige speakers
    Item: Paradigm Prestige 2 x 85F towers 1 x center 55C and 2 x 25S surrounds Location: NSW west Hoxton pk Price: $7,200 Item Condition: Second hand , not a mark on them , like brand new, with boxes and Manuel's Reason for sell…
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 3:54am -
  • newFS: iFi SPIDIF iPurifier
    Item: iFi Audio - SPIDIF iPurifier Location: Perth Price: $150.00 Item Condition: Brand new Reason for selling: No longer required, warranty replacement Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: For sale is a brand new SPDIF iPurife…
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 1:49am -
  • newFS: Monitor Audio GS home theatre speaker set GS20, GS-LCR, GS-FX, piano black
    Item: Pair of Monitor Audio GS20 floor standers, GS-LCR centre speaker, pair of GS-FX surround speakers, piano black Location: Geelong, VIC Price: $4150,- Item Condition: Excellent (8/10 on Audiogon scale) Reason for selling: Baby! Going F.A.S.T. Pay…
    - 10 hours ago, 19 Sep 17, 1:39am -

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

  • newAstell & Kern AK T1p Headphones
    Exciting news! Astell & Kern has some really great new headphones that you need to know about. They're the A&K T1p, and I think they're terrific! Extravagantly made for A&K, the T1p is a modified German beyerdynamics Tesla Gen. 2 headphone that are…
    - 18 hours ago, 18 Sep 17, 5:57pm -
  • newLP Gear Vessel R3SV Cartridge
    When the final rays of light faded from the horizon on what was widely perceived as the twilight of analog playback in this hobby, there was a tragic loss of cartridge manufacturers and their parts suppliers. In those days, the high point of cantilev…
    - 22 hours ago, 18 Sep 17, 1:39pm -
  • Charisma Reference Two Moving Coil Cartridge: A Honey of A Midrange
    I covered back in Issue 80 of Positive-Feedback an entirely new moving coil cartridge from Bernard Li and Charisma Audio in Canada. The $1495 Charisma MC-2 cartridge rapidly made itself at home and didn't embarrass itself in my reference system. Nor…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 7:56pm -
  • Brief Impressions: UIT Perfect Music Purifier Series RCA Cables
    Back in Issue 92 of Positive Feedback, Bob Levi did a review of the Unique Innovations Technology (UIT) Perfect Music Purifier Series of audiophile cables that he had recently discovered. According to Bob, the UIT cables provided quite a substantial…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 7:49pm -
  • Campfire Audio Announces Exciting New Audiophile Earphone the POLARIS. 
    Introducing POLARIS by Campfire Audio An Exciting NEW Hybrid Design!  Polaris is Emotionally Engaging and Highly Resolving. Designed and Hand Built in Portland, Oregon USA. Powerful Pairings: Campfire Audio is proud to introduce a new innovation t…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Sep 17, 1:56pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newDevialet’s two faces: Lost Recordings, Gold My Phantom
    November 2016. High-end audio manufacturer Devialet announced their intention to enter the vinyl business. In collaboration with music Fondamenta, previously unheard live recordings would be pulled from the vaults, tidied up and pressed to 180gm viny…
    - 9 mins ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:27am -
  • newCampfire Audio announce Polaris hybrid IEM
    Clean, incisive and open – that’s one way to describe the overall gestalt of an all balanced armature-equipped IEM, especially when compared to their warmer, punchier dynamic driven counterparts. How about the best of both worlds? A hybrid IEM mi…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 11:16pm -
  • Top of the pops: Chord Electronics’ outstanding Hugo 2
    Chord Electronics’ first foray into portable audio came three years ago with the Hugo — a DAC and headphone amplifier brick that goes where you go. The Hugo set this British manufacturer on a fresh trajectory, catering to headphone listeners on t…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 8:41am -
  • Going ’round the bend: DAR turns 7
    DAR turns seven years old this month. That’s seven years of turning up every second day (or thereabouts) with thoughts on the world’s best audio gear. The name might read Digital Audio Review but turntables and vinyl are welcome. This past year h…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 12:13pm -
  • CONFIRMED! FLAC support coming to the iPhone (sort of)
    Three months ago we asked if iOS would add native FLAC to the iPhone and iPad? With Apple this week announcing the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, we have our answer: yes – kinda. Eyeballing the audio specifications for the forthcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone X…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 9:52am -