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The Absolute Sound

  • newMSB Reference DAC and Transport

    MSB Reference DAC and Transport

    Well, what do you know? I’ve finally found digital components I can live with! Of course, the MSB Reference DAC and Reference Transport under review here aren’t gonna push my record players and tape deck off the equipment stand, but they will o…
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 12:59pm -
  • newAtlantic Technology Releases 8600e LR Loudspeaker

    Atlantic Technology Releases 8600e LR Loudspeaker

    The following is a press release issued by Atlantic Technology. Norwood, MA | December 18, 2018 – Atlantic Technology is now shipping the highest caliber tower speakers they’ve ever created in their 30-year legacy of producing some of the indus…
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 12:32pm -
  • newMBL Noble Line N11 Preamplifier and N15 Monoblock Amplifier

    MBL Noble Line N11 Preamplifier and N15 Monoblock Amplifier

    MBL’s Noble Line electronics sit midway between its ultra-expensive Reference Line offerings and its least costly Corona gear. Though the Noble N11 preamp and N15 monoblock amps aren’t stripped down compared to their Reference counterparts, the…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 18, 10:38am -
  • 2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Music Servers and Peripheral Products

    2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Music Servers and Peripheral Products

    Audirvana Version 10 $50 If you have so far resisted buying any third-party music playback software for your Mac, Audirvana offers some compelling reasons to reevaluate that decision. Especially if you use multiple DACs or listen to higher-res file…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Dec 18, 5:22am -
  • Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    Peter Murphy: 5 Albums

    With his baritone voice, haunting melodies, brooding stage presence, and dark lyrics, Peter Murphy was tailor made to perform goth rock, a musical style he helped usher in while a member of Bauhaus. Peter Murphy—5 Albums charts the beginning of t…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Dec 18, 12:46pm -

Stereophile News

  • newIf Either of These Amplifiers is RIGHT . . .

    If Either of These Amplifiers is RIGHT . . .

    It was January 1986. Stereophile's then publisher, Larry Archibald, and I were driving in his diesel 'Benz sedan from Las Vegas to Santa Fe. We had shaken hands at the just-concluded Consumer Electronics Show on my replacing J. Gordon Holt as the ma…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 10:13am -
  • newRecording of January 2019: <I>Into the Fire</I>

    Recording of January 2019: <I>Into the Fire</I>

    Joyce DiDonato: Into the FireWorks by Heggie, Strauss, Debussy, Gruber, LekeuJoyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano; Brentano String QuartetErato 573802 (24/96, CD). 2018. Jeremy Hayes, prod.; Steve Portnoi, balance, mastering. DDD. TT: 77:38Performance…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 10:12am -
  • The Best Jazz Albums of 2018

    The Best Jazz Albums of 2018

    Sorry I've been away from this space for so long. My day gig (national-security columnist for Slate) has kept me busy (as you can imagine), and I've got a tight deadline on a new book. Still, as Congreve observed, "Musick has Charms to sooth a savage…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 18, 5:09am -
  • Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations Dance, Dance, Dance

    Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations Dance, Dance, Dance

    Terpsichore, the Greek goddess of dance and chorus. How appropriate that her delight in dancing should be honored in Terpsichore: Apotheóse de la Danse baroque (Alia Vox), the latest beautifully produced and packaged Alia Vox SACD from Jordi Savall…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Dec 18, 1:18pm -
  • Cary Audio SLI-100 integrated amplifier

    Cary Audio SLI-100 integrated amplifier

    My Russian neighbor's blind grandfather, Vlad, has very discriminating ears—but only when I tell him what to listen for. If I don't, he just bitches about my choice of music. And he refuses to listen to "weak" American orchestras.Not surprisin…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 11:09am -

AudioStream.com

  • newKEF LSX Arrive for Review

    KEF LSX Arrive for Review

    Imaging. That’s the first thing I noticed after I spent all of five minutes getting the new KEF LSX Wireless Music System up and running, that and prodigious, clean bass that seemed improbable from an $1,100 USD pint-sized loudspeaker not even moun…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 3:33pm -
  • AudioStream Best of 2018 Under $500

    AudioStream Best of 2018 Under $500

    Thanks to a lot of hard work from contributor Grover Neville, AudioStream brings you the first of three in a series of the 2018 AudioStream Recommended Components Lists. This little list is sure to please some of you and sure to disappoint more tha…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Dec 18, 11:47am -
  • Tips for getting the most from Roon Software

    Tips for getting the most from Roon Software

    Roon. If you’re into streaming music or computer audio then most likely you’ve heard of this music-playback software and might be wondering what it is exactly and why you should think about using it instead of just running Tidal, Qobuz or Spotify…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 11:56am -
  • Music Downloads: Jean-Michel Blais – Eviction Sessions

    Music Downloads: Jean-Michel Blais – Eviction Sessions

    If you follow any of my musical musings on this site you’ll know I have what some would refer to as mildly eclectic taste.
    - 8 days ago, 11 Dec 18, 5:00pm -
  • The Christmas Music Mix

    The Christmas Music Mix

    As far as religious holidays go, none have been as potently marketed as Christmas. Defined by an endless stream of catchy original songs, unabashed commercialism, and a magical mascot, Christmas often seems more like a Disney production than an espec…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Dec 18, 11:24am -

Computer Audiophile

  • Audio Engineering Matters, Not The Format

    Audio Engineering Matters, Not The Format

    Tribalism. It seems to be baked into human DNA. The compulsion of most of us to divide into groups. To associate with those that think like us, look like us, worship like us or worse, actively exclude those perceived as different from us. It inva…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 6:44am -
  • Apple's AirPlay 2 arrives today on Bluesound

    Apple's AirPlay 2 arrives today on Bluesound


    - 8 days ago, 11 Dec 18, 9:27am -
  • The Next Track Episode 134

    The Next Track Episode 134

    It had been way too long since I appeared on Kirk's and Doug's The Next Track podcast, so I was excited when the guys reached out to me to participate in a show about a downsizing one's audio system. Heresy you say! Downsizing is antithetical to…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:48am -
  • The Best Version Of… Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

    The Best Version Of… Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

    Nearly 50 years ago, Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On, an album that was not only an undeniable artistic leap forward for Gaye, but also a revolutionary statement of political agency and artistic freedom (especially for a Motown artist). Li…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 8:15am -
  • New Limited Edition McIntosh System

    New Limited Edition McIntosh System

    Today McIntosh announces a special limited edition commemorative system comprised of the MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Only 70 of these systems will be sold to coincide with the c…
    - 13 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 7:09am -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Paradigm’s Persona B

    Paradigm’s Persona B

    Listening to the intricate fretboard work of Bill Frisell on his Good Dog, Happy Man album, I’m reminded of three things: Frisell’s remarkable performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival a few years ago, how much the Persona B captures the essence…
    - 12 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 9:47am -
  • ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    Some products you have a casual, cursory exposure with, and others you have a relationship with. Audio Research is a brand I’ve had a long relationship with. They are one of about six brands that I go back decades with, having owned nearly 20 of t…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Dec 18, 6:14pm -
  • 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 30 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…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 7:22pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newCAF 2018: VPI Industries, AudioShield, Krell, Wilson Audio, Soundsmith, Nordost; If more is better, too much is almost enough
    Part-Time AudiophileVPI Industries was in direct control, AudioShield had the room well protected, Krell and Wilson Audio tango with reference style, Soundsmith and Lyra go head-to-head, Nordost throws a lasso around the crowd. The Story Twice as i…
    - 5 hours ago, 19 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • newCAF 2018: Wells Audio, LampizatOr, Daedalus, WyWires; Way better than golf
    Part-Time AudiophileI’ve been waiting to meet (and listen) with Jeff Wells of Wells Audio for some time. The electronics created by Mr. Wells, are scary good with familiar pairings from Daedalus Audio, LampizatOr, and WyWires. The Story Lou Hinkle…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • CAF 2018: Daedalus, Linear Tube Audio, LampizatOr, WyWires; All Reference
    Part-Time AudiophileThis is a system I could listen to every day and twice on Sundays. Which is exactly what I did at Capital Audiofest. On Friday, I poked my head in for a listen, Saturday, much of the same. Sunday morning I was there first thing t…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • Thales Simplicity II Tonearm Review
    Part-Time AudiophileOn March 27th, 1983, the New York Times published an article titled “Sound; Tonearms: Is Linear Better?”. The article read like a technical paper, more sophisticated than some of today’s articles found in Audiophile magazin…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • Jakarta 2018 IHEAC | Photo Tour
    Part-Time AudiophileOur friend Lukasz Fikus of LampizatOr went to Jakarta for the Indonesia High End Audio Club (IHEAC) Audio/Video Show 2018 … and took a few pictures. They’re presented without introduction or explanation — but offered as…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Dec 18, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

    PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

    Over four years ago, in May 2014, I reviewed the PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC. I ended up purchasing it and I still use it as my reference. Many times over these last four years I have been approached by other audiophiles asking why I have a DAC…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Dec 18, 5:13am -
  • Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    I usually write music reviews, especially classical, with my classically-trained hat on, commenting on performance, interpretation, comparables, etc. My audiophile nature kicks in at times and posts commentary in each review, for sure, but the mai…
    - 15 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 10:39am -
  • Our Favourite Christmas Albums

    Our Favourite Christmas Albums

    From all of us at Audiophilia, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  Here are a few of our favourite Christmas albums, some you’ll know, some maybe new to you. All are spectacular, both in execution and musicianship.All recordings are on CD, w…
    - 16 days ago, 3 Dec 18, 11:04am -
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20/Sonatas K281 & 382—Seong-Jin Cho, piano/DG

    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20/Sonatas K281 & 382—Seong-Jin Cho, piano/DG

    Seong-Jin Cho is the young Korean phenom who won the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, joining such winning luminaries as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Krystian Zimerman. A healthy ratio of winners of this particular com…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Nov 18, 11:39am -
  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker—DG/Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker—DG/Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Recordings of The Nutcracker usually come thick and fast around the holidays. Orchestras and ballet companies have made fortunes performing the perennially wonderful music and telling the story. If only Tchaikovsky knew? And, what about Disney?I…
    - 22 days ago, 27 Nov 18, 10:42am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newDayton Audio BSA-200 Bridgeable Stereo/Sub Amplifier

    Dayton Audio BSA-200 Bridgeable Stereo/Sub Amplifier

    ayton Audio’s BSA-200 bridgeable stereo amplifier ($252) is geared towards those seeking an amplifier for bass shaker or subwoofer installs. Dayton Audio's BSA-200 high power bass shaker amplifier is designed and built specifically to power tactile…
    - 4 hours ago, 19 Dec 18, 3:26am -
  • newPro-Ject Phono Box ultra 500 MM/MC Phono Stage

    Pro-Ject Phono Box ultra 500 MM/MC Phono Stage

    Pro-Ject has released their Phono Box ultra 500 (€349) Anniversary-Edition discrete MM/MC phono preamplifier. The '500' within the name also harkens to a worldwide limited distribution of 500 pieces. According to Pro-Ject, "Phono Box ultra 500 is l…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 18, 5:25am -
  • newGoldenEar Technology Triton One.R Reference Floorstander

    GoldenEar Technology Triton One.R Reference Floorstander

    GoldenEar Technology's new Triton One.R reference quality loudspeaker ($2999 each) is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the highly acclaimed Triton Reference. Their Triton One.R combines advanced technology, luxurious cosmetics and state-of-the-…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 18, 3:31am -
  • AXPONA 2019 Celebrates Their Very Special 10th Anniversary

    AXPONA 2019 Celebrates Their Very Special 10th Anniversary

    AXPONA (Audio Expo North America) returns April 12th through 14th to its permanent home at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center for its tenth anniversary, marking its biggest show to date. This epic event will once again showcase more than 18…
    - 2 days ago, 17 Dec 18, 4:10am -
  • Metronome Le DAC With Hi-Res Audio Playback Via Asahi Kasei Chipset

    Metronome Le DAC With Hi-Res Audio Playback Via Asahi Kasei Chipset

    Le DAC (€5700) by Metronome joins the company's Le Player with the same philosophy of product positioning: to offer the same high quality of making and quality of sound reproduction as much more expensive products. The external design is classic, a…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Dec 18, 3:22am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Various Cables and HRT DAC
    Kimber USB Ag (silver) 0.5 m. Type A and type B connector Price : $50 (new $142) Clearer Audio Copper-line Alpha RCA interconnect, 0.5m, OFC copper, English-made. Eichmann Bullet Plugs. Price : $50 ($157 new)…
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 11:19pm -
  • newFS: Trilogy 907 Phono Stage
    Item: Trilogy 907 Phono Stage Location: Tuart Hill W.A. Price: $1850 Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: Stereo is down at the moment and the funds could help in another area. Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, Direc…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 7:48pm -
  • newFS: 2 x Martini Absorb XHD 100mm black
    Item: 2 x Martini Absorb XHD 100mm black Location: Western Sydney Price: $200 for both or $120 each sheet Item Condition: New, package opened Reason for selling: Surplus to my needs Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: 2400mm x 120…
    - 12 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 7:13pm -
  • newFS: Oatley 6J6 tube headphone amp with OPTs
    Item: Oatley Electronics K409 6J6 tube push-pull headphone amp with OPTs Location: Langwarrin - southern Vic. Price: $325 includes postage to most states. Cheap for local pickup or drop off. Item Condition: New Reason for selling: Building mo…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 6:24pm -
  • newAudeze EL-8 Headphones
    Item: Audeze EL-8 Planar Magnetic Headphone - Closed Back Version Location: Len Wallis Audio HQ, 64 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066 Price: $550 Item Condition: Excellent Secondhand Condition Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer, Cre…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 4:01pm -

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

  • newCarol Clark's 2018 Brutus Awards
    In 2018, I made the jump from a passable desktop audio system into the big leagues. Because of that, I'm ready to hand out some Brutus awards, I think for the first time ever! It's not often that I need to listen to things as I work at my desk, but I…
    - 16 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 3:48pm -
  • newGROM Audio Bluetooth/USB Car Kit
    Based in Silicon Valley, GROM Audio is a company that specializes in high quality, in-car audio integration systems. As one of the leading industry experts, GROM takes special pride in their aftermarket solutions to satisfy customers from all over th…
    - 23 hours ago, 18 Dec 18, 8:39am -
  • Audio-Technica AT-VM95C Phono Cartridge
    The AT-VM95C is a cheap cartridge. Not merely affordable, not budget-friendly, but downright cheap. It's $34. I took two people to Starbucks the other day and did more damage. A replacement stylus is $21. What else can you call something priced less…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Dec 18, 9:03am -
  • German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeakers
    One of my fondest memories as a teen was poring over the pages of the Tech Hifi catalog. Located on Route 35 in Eatontown, NJ, it was the closet thing the Jersey Shore offered to high end audio, and to me it represented the state of the art in home s…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Dec 18, 3:30pm -
  • Robinson's Positive Feedback Brutus Awards for 2018, Part the First
    Unbelievably enough, it's the end of the year 2018…already! I know that I say this every year, but every year it's worse and worse; time whizzes by faster and faster, and the final quarter always arrives long before I'm ready for it. The Earth rota…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 3:45pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newDarko.Audio podcast #13 – Best of 2018

    - 2 hours ago, 19 Dec 18, 5:25am -
  • newAudiophile album of the year 2018: Morphology’s Traveller
    Album of the year? In 1996, it might have been B12’s Time Tourist. The London duo’s sophomore outing, released on Warp, was a moody, twitchy electronic ride into the future with its sci-fi influences worn, quite literally, on its sleeve. Execute…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Dec 18, 4:06am -
  • Global feedback: trick and treat
    Berlin. I’ve lived here for two years now. Two years in which I’ve twice completely re-arranged my listening room, tweaked loudspeaker positioning too many times to mention and, in a more general but no less important sense, got to know the room…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Dec 18, 2:48am -
  • Darko.Audio’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018
    You won’t see it in the nighttime happy snaps of Berliners huddled in groups at Christmas markets, sipping on Glühwein and eating Pfannkuchen. And you won’t see it in the opulence of KaDeWe’s seasonal displays, nor in Friedrichstraße’s unde…
    - 6 days ago, 13 Dec 18, 1:41am -
  • KIH #63 – Passive struggles, active solutions

    - 7 days ago, 12 Dec 18, 12:56am -