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The Absolute Sound

  • Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2. Backhaus, Vienna Phil, Böhm

    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2. Backhaus, Vienna Phil, Böhm

    Sixty-five dollars is a lot to spend on an SACD running around 48 minutes, but trust me, this one’s worth it. Wilhelm Backhaus (1884–1969) was a Brahms specialist with connections going back to the source: as a ten-year-old boy, he heard his pian…
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  • Bowers & Wilkins Releases P5 Wireless

    Bowers & Wilkins Releases P5 Wireless

    The following is a press release issued by Bowers & Wilkins. July 1, 2015 - Bowers & Wilkins, the British loudspeaker company noted for bringing its knowledge and experience of acoustic excellence to the headphone category for the first time with the…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 8:45am -
  • When Recording Technology Distorts Musical Meaning

    When Recording Technology Distorts Musical Meaning

    “You’ve got to read this,” said Peter McGrath, his voice perceptibly shaking. It takes a lot to disturb the normally unflappable McGrath, but the independent recording engineer (and Wilson Audio National Sales Manager) was clearly disturbed. I…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 1:16pm -
  • Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors

    Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors


    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 12:20pm -
  • Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

    Vijay Iyer Trio: Break Stuff

    Following on the heels of 2014’s acclaimed Mutations, the pianist-composer’s ECM debut that found him writing for piano, string quartet, and electronics, Iyer continues the momentum he established with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gil…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 3:04pm -

Stereophile News

  • Creek Evolution 100A integrated amplifier

    Creek Evolution 100A integrated amplifier

    As an audio scribe, the fiercest demons I wrestle are beliefs—yours and mine; those of my friends, my editors, my fellow reviewers; and those of the engineers and promoters of the products I write about. Sometimes the force of these rabidly held…
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  • Music in the Round #73

    Music in the Round #73

    Most new preamplifier-processors now fall into one of two categories. First are the fully featured models, with ever-growing numbers of channels to support such immersive surround-sound formats as Dolby Atmos, Aureo3D, and DTS-X. An example is Marant…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 15, 2:29pm -
  • Listening #151

    Listening #151

    Before hitting the Refresh key on last month's column, which was dedicated to the challenges one encounters when evaluating audio cables and other accessories, I'd like to share with you a true story: a cautionary tale, as it were, about the hazards…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:46pm -
  • Recording of May 1982: <I>The Sheffield Drum Record</I>

    Recording of May 1982: <I>The Sheffield Drum Record</I>

    The Sheffield Drum RecordImprovisations by Jim Keltner and Ron Tutt (drums)Sheffield LAB-14 (LP) (1981). Reissued as FIM DXD 001 (CD) (2010). Bill Schnee, Doug Sax, prods.; Lincoln Mayorga, exec. prod.; Steve Haselton, Bill Schnee, engs. TT: 13:49.…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:45pm -
  • Moon by Simaudio at 35

    Moon by Simaudio at 35

    Established in 1980 by Victor Sima as Sima Electronics, Canadian audio company Moon by Simaudio Ltd. celebrates its 35th year in the audio business in 2015—or, as its ads say, "35 years of passion." To mark the event, Simaudio had a party at Exe…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 5:05am -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: Bomba Estéreo

    Download of the Week: Bomba Estéreo

    Our family recently spent some time on a Caribbean island. I have an ongoing love affair with these islands (especially the non-US ones) and have been visiting for years. One of the things you'll notice when there is the importance of music. Nearly e…
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 5:41am -
  • Roon Music Player and Streaming Software

    Roon Music Player and Streaming Software

    Fly Me To The RoonRoon is big medicine for your music collection. So big, we're going to come at it from three writer's perspectives; Jon Iverson will provide the heavy lifting as well as comparisons to Sooloos and a touchscreen implementation, I'll…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 9:10am -
  • Eternify's Short Lifespan

    Eternify's Short Lifespan

    NY-based Musicians Ohm & Sport created an app that allowed users to endlessly repeat music from their chosen artist on Spotify in 30-second loops, which is the minimum duration Spotify considers a "listen", earning that artist between $0.006 and $0.0…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 6:19am -
  • Download of the Week: Jamie xx

    Download of the Week: Jamie xx

    Unadventurous? That's how The Quietus' Christian Eede described Jamie xx's debut solo album In Colour (Young Turks). On the other hand, Pitchfork, Metacritic, Q, Consequence of Sound, and NME loved it. Hmm. This music reviewing thing seems to be simp…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 5:42am -
  • Cyrus Audio Stream XA

    Cyrus Audio Stream XA

    Cyrus AudioUK-based Cyrus Audio has been in the Hi-Fi game for 32 years starting out with one of the very first specialist CD players. Fast forward to today, and you're looking at a company that offers roughly 20 products from streamers to preamps,…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:02am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newNewbie Brainus Crampus
    Apologizing in advance for my lack of knowledge... I bought a Rega DAC-R yesterday thinking I would use it to stream music into my tube amplifier....
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 1:06pm -
  • newFun music / video concert from the Berlin Philharmonic
    A little bit different - for those of you who have a subscription to the Digital Concert Hall from the Berlin Philharmonic, the recently posted...
    - 5 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 10:20am -
  • newHi res download John Hiatt?
    Hi, Does anyone know if there is a hi res download available of John Hiatt's Bring The Family? I'm a great fan, have most of his releases (vinyl...
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 6:18am -
  • newwireless USB receiver/transmitter?
    To get computer audio from my MacBook iTunes to my hifi system I've been using an Airport Express into the DAC on a preamp, which also had a USB...
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 5:47am -
  • newiFi Announces the Micro iDAC2

    iFi Announces the Micro iDAC2

    Hmm, this sounds like an interesting new Headphone Amp and DAC from the team at iFi. It offers Class A electronics and support for DSD 256 and PCM...
    - 11 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 4:06am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: LGK Wedge and Bass Unit Build

    Re: LGK Wedge and Bass Unit Build

    I was finally able to get a coat of primer on the Wedges that I liked.  Sanding these things smooth is nothing like sanding a pair of box speakers. [img]http://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=...
    - 5 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:54pm -
  • newRe: P-Mans "Rock and Roll" Vinyl LP page
    Ain't that hard, is it? Pisses me off when people, ie. audiophiles, make it seem like such a mystery. Doc
    - 6 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:53pm -
  • newRe: HDMI Audio Extractors

    Re: HDMI Audio Extractors

    Quote from: DaveC113 on Today at 09:31 pmWRT the bolded part, if my TV had an audio output I'd have more options but to my surprise the TV has no outputs whatsoever...  I guess I may have been looki...
    - 6 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:53pm -
  • newRe: BDA-2 DAC and BDA-3 DAC
    Quote from: brystoned on Today at 09:22 pmJamesWhat are wait times for ordering ?BDA-2BDP-2BOT-1EdHiBDA and BDP about 10 days from order.  Bot 1 we are backordered so I would say 2 weeks.james...
    - 8 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:51pm -
  • newRe: Merits of LDR Passive Preamps - A Discussion

    Re: Merits of LDR Passive Preamps - A Discussion

    Quote from: tortugaranger on Today at 05:51 pmWhat does "vast majority" really mean? Conservatively, I'd say well over 90%.  That's pretty high!  ...But I'd expect there to be a range of compatibility,...
    - 10 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:49pm -

Head-Fi Updates

  • newFiio E18 and E12 RFI/EMI?
     "Just got an iBasso D-Zero MK2 and besides not being able to get it working with my..."
    - 9 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:50pm -
  • newAk adapters needed
     "Hi im looking for a couple of ak 2.5 adapters! One needed is a 2.5 trrs(4 pole) to 3.5..."
    - 26 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:33pm -
  • newAk adapters needed
     "Hi im looking for a couple of ak 2.5 adapters! One needed is a 2.5 trrs(4 pole) to 3.5..."
    - 29 mins ago, 3 Jul 15, 2:30pm -
  • newApple $100 gift card
     "Hi selling an apple gift card with a 100 dollar value. If im not mistaken its good for..."
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Jul 15, 1:55pm -
  • newOver 200 DVD's for sale
     "Hi, selling my dvd's as a whole. I have over 200 dvd's of various titles for sale!..."
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Jul 15, 1:46pm -

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The Next Step To Excellence: GamuT’s new RS5 Speakers

    The Next Step To Excellence: GamuT’s new RS5 Speakers

    I’m confessing an honest bias when I mention that I fell in love with GamuT speakers about six years ago and have been using their top of the line S9 as a reference speaker for the last five. With the perfect balance (for me, anyway) of dynamics, e…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 7:03am -
  • Dali’s Flagship – The Epicon 8 Speakers

    Dali’s Flagship – The Epicon 8 Speakers

    If you happen to peruse any number of reviews concerning speakers in the twenty to thirty thousand dollar price range, which is still a massive amount of money for most people, the review conclusion (some of my own reviews included) goes something li…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 6:53am -
  • Issue 72
    Features Old School: Perreaux SM2 Preamplifier and PMF1150B Amplifier By Jeff Dorgay Personal Fidelity: Woo Audio 234 SET Monoblocks By Jeff Dorgay 995: Sounds That Won’t Break The Bank VPI Nomad Turntable By Rob Johnson TONE Style AudioQuests Nigh…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Jul 15, 6:45am -
  • Pass Labs XA160.8 Monoblocks

    Pass Labs XA160.8 Monoblocks

    It’s no secret our publisher is incredibly enthusiastic about Pass amplifiers.  While the company’s flagship Xs300 monoblocks have been serving dual duty as his reference amplifiers and the furnace for the TONEAudio studio for some time now, his…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 10:51am -
  • Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE

    Balanced Audio Technology VK-655SE

    The only promise that BAT’s VK-655SE does not fulfill is the company’s claim that it has enough energy storage to “to lift most speakers over one meter off the ground.” Even at earsplitting levels, neither the 610-pound GamuT S9 nor the 253-p…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 10:34am -

HPSoundings

  • Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    Audio Research REFERENCE 75 Amplifier

    For Audio Research, this 75-watt stereo amplifier represents a return to sonic form and to the basic circuitry design pioneered by the late Wm. Z. Johnson, one of the true artists of the high end...
    - 5 Dec 13, 5:29am -
  • NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    NOLA Concert Grand Reference Gold Loudspeakers

    When I listen to these speakers I hear the music, and only the music, and there is really nothing more to say than that.
    - 2 Dec 13, 1:12am -
  • Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    Wyetech Ruby STD Preamp

    The Wyetech Ruby STD is a hidden treasure for the analog music lover. We say hidden because if people heard this preamp, it would be the talk of the town...
    - 25 Nov 13, 5:23am -
  • Enter the Dragons…

    Enter the Dragons…

    These amplifiers could never be considered an ordinary, run-of-the-mill, fly-by-night product. This is no impulse purchase to be sold on AudiogoN months later. If you buy these amps, you will keep them because you will love them...
    - 21 Nov 13, 5:12am -
  • REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

    REVIEW: Nagra VPS Valve Phono Preamplifier

      In the professional audio industry the name Nagra is synonymous with precision. For over 50 years, Nagra has been an industry leader in developing analogue and digital...
    - 23 Oct 13, 7:10am -

Audiophilia

  • An Evening With Eliane Elias

    An Evening With Eliane Elias

    June 27, 2015. McPherson Playhouse, Victoria BC — Eliane Elias was in town for the Victoria International Jazz Fest and is touring much of the west coast and Europe for the summer. Elias is the Brazilian pianist/singer and a foremost interpreter of…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Jun 15, 9:06am -
  • Classics Online HD•LL

    Classics Online HD•LL

    One of the barriers facing streaming services is catalogue availability. Until now, Tidal HiFi was by far the best streaming option for audiophiles and has its jazz and classical repertoire catalogues quite well ‘curated’ (let’s agree to mothba…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Jun 15, 5:18am -
  • The Flexson VinylPlay Turntable.

    The Flexson VinylPlay Turntable.

    The Sonos Wireless HiFi System has a new best friend.I received an email from Flexson’s PR department suggesting that I review their products. They make accessories for the SONOS Wireless System (Sonos) that I had just reviewed. Timely. The access…
    - 9 days ago, 24 Jun 15, 9:02am -
  • Berlin gets out the vote. And, it’s Kirill Petrenko.

    Berlin gets out the vote. And, it’s Kirill Petrenko.

    Saturday, it came as quite a surprise during my usual morning routine of checking social media. A German blogger of some note suggested the Berliner Philharmoniker had chosen its next Chief Conductor and the story was being reposted by every classica…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Jun 15, 7:53pm -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — June 2015 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — June 2015 Update

    Our esteemed James Norris takes over the reins of our popular monthly series. Yevgeny Mravinsky Special Edition [5 CDs]MEL CD10 02295This tribute to the great Russian conductor features a wide range of repertoire spread over 5 CDs with a booklet g…
    - 18 days ago, 15 Jun 15, 10:08am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newAttention Audio Manufacturers And Distributors

    Attention Audio Manufacturers And Distributors

    EnjoyTheMusic.com is celebrating our 20th Anniversary within the August issue of our Review Magazine. You should join our special industry eNewsletter so you can take part within our celebration completely free of charge. Next week we'll be sending o…
    - 11 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 3:54am -
  • Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

    Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

    Bowers & Wilkins new P5 headphones ($399.99) features high sound quality and both wired and wireless use for added cord-free convenience. P5 Wireless are Bowers & Wilkins first Bluetooth headphones and offer precision build quality with high fidelity…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 15, 4:05am -
  • July High-End Audio Review Magazine Now Available

    July High-End Audio Review Magazine Now Available

     EnjoyTheMusic.com's July Review Magazine includes our extensive T.H.E. Show Newport coverage where we bestow our Best Sound and other awards to exceptional products! We also have eight high-end audio equipment reviews plus a very informative interv…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 3:51am -
  • RIAA Releases Logo For Retailers To Designate Hi-Res MUSIC

    RIAA Releases Logo For Retailers To Designate Hi-Res MUSIC

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has unveiled a new logo designed to identify today's highest-quality digital music. RIAA's Hi-Res MUSIC logo will be appearing at retailers to designate that these products meet the official defini…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 4:59am -
  • Korg iAudioGate For iOS Handles DSD And 24-bit/192kHz Audio

    Korg iAudioGate For iOS Handles DSD And 24-bit/192kHz Audio

    Korg has released their iAudioGate ($9.99) app for iOS devices, which allows you to enjoy Hi-Res Audio on your Apple device. Since KORG was among the first to embrace high-resolution DSD audio, which includes USB DACs and player/converter software, t…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 12:44pm -

The Audiophile Journal

StereoNET Australia

  • newArcam rLink DAC for AppleTV?
    Seeing as I'm using Apples new music service a bit now, and I can't at this stage plug my AppleTV into my 2Qute, has anyone here had any experience with the Arcam rLink DAC, and would it make any difference at all over using my 8801's DACS.I can get…
    - 8 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 6:49am -
  • newFS: Audeze LCD-XC, Beyerdynamic T5P, ALO MK3B+ and Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo db

    FS: Audeze LCD-XC, Beyerdynamic T5P, ALO MK3B+ and Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo db

    Item: Audeze LCD-XC with Leather Pads. Comes with Moon Audio Black Dragon Cable 1.2M with RSA Balanced connector. Location: Melbourne, Victoria. Price: $2000 o.n.o (RRP $2399) Plus Postage. Item Condition: Perfect Condition, 10/10. Reason…
    - 8 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 6:33am -
  • newFS: Yamaha Subwoofer YST-SW800

    FS: Yamaha Subwoofer YST-SW800

    Item: Yamaha Subwoofer YST-SW800Location: Beaumont Hills, NSW (happy to sell interstate at buyers expense and organisation)Price: $400Item Condition: Excellent condition and is like newReason for selling: ​I don't have the rom for a 'home th…
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 5:59am -
  • newFS: B&W NAUTILUS HTM2 SPEAKER / CHERRY COLOUR

    FS: B&W NAUTILUS HTM2 SPEAKER / CHERRY COLOUR

        Item: B&W Nautilus HTM2 speaker    Location: N.S.W /Maitland area    Price: $850    Item Condition: Excellent    Reason for selling: not using anymore since selling my 801 ,speakers    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal,…
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 5:58am -
  • newFS: Yamaha Receiver RX-V871

    FS: Yamaha Receiver RX-V871

    Item: Yamaha RX-V871 receiverLocation: Beaumont Hills (happy to sell interstate at buyers expense and organisation)Price: $1000Item Condition: Excellent condition, like new and with original boxReason for selling: I don't have the room for a 'h…
    - 9 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 5:50am -

AVRev.com News

  • Hulu Partners with Pluto TV for Free Streaming Content

    Hulu Partners with Pluto TV for Free Streaming Content

    Hulu has announced plans to team up with Pluto TV (http://pluto.tv) to offer all of the company's free movies and shows. In addition to Hulu, Pluto TV has also signed distribution deals with Shout! Factory, Jukin Media, Devin SuperTramp, Multicom,…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Jul 15, 10:24am -
  • Apple Music Is Heading to Sonos Speakers Later This Year

    Apple Music Is Heading to Sonos Speakers Later This Year

    Sonos has confirmed that the company's wireless speaker lineup will support Apple Music (http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Apple/apple-music/Streaming/Apple_TV/Android/iOS/iPad/iPhone/iPod/Apps/Home_Audio/mobile/apple-announces-apple-music-launc…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Jun 15, 12:33pm -
  • LG 4K Ultra HD OLED Wins 2015 Value Electronics TV Shootout

    LG 4K Ultra HD OLED Wins 2015 Value Electronics TV Shootout

    For the second year in a row, an LG OLED display has won the Value Electronics TV Shootout. The 65EG9600 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00RVAG7MW/panandscathed-20) 65-inch OLED Ultra HD TV beat out the competition to earn this year's top pe…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 11:13am -
  • Amazon Launches High Dynamic Range Streaming for Prime Members

    Amazon Launches High Dynamic Range Streaming for Prime Members

    Amazon has officially launched high dynamic range video streaming. Prime members can now stream the first season of 'Mozart in the Jungle' in HDR at no additional cost.
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 4:30pm -
  • Denon Unveils Two More A/V Receivers with Dolby Atmos & DTS:X, Prices Start at $599

    Denon Unveils Two More A/V Receivers with Dolby Atmos & DTS:X, Prices Start at $599

    Denon has announced the addition of two new models to its In-Command series of A/V receivers. The AVR-X2200W (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00ZPTBNXY/panandscathed-20) and AVR-X1200W (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/B00ZY7FHXY/panand…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 4:27pm -

Positive-Feedback.com

Digital Audio Review

  • newApple Music and audiophile cynicism (Part 1)

    Apple Music and audiophile cynicism (Part 1)


    - 15 hours ago, 3 Jul 15, 12:15am -
  • Cutting through wire and air: a visit to AudioQuest HQ

    Cutting through wire and air: a visit to AudioQuest HQ

    When asked to mentally picture what goes on inside AudioQuest’s headquarters in Irvine, California, what do you see? Huge spools of cable turning slowly for the deft handiwork of desk-bound terminators? Or perhaps a brightly-lit, lab-coated envi…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Jun 15, 5:33pm -
  • DAR prize giveaway #3: ALO International+ headphone amp/DAC

    DAR prize giveaway #3: ALO International+ headphone amp/DAC

    Bricking it. To teenage minds, it’s the unfortunate – and one hopes metaphorical – side effect of being scared out of one’s wits. Urban Dictionary will clarify for those not up on time-old street lingo. In the land of portable audio, ‘br…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Jun 15, 12:44am -
  • PS Audio introduce NuWave DSD DAC

    PS Audio introduce NuWave DSD DAC

    CPLD. “Can punch low down”? For Colorado’s PS Audio the past twelve months’ show promo has centred on the soon-to-be-released BHK Signature 250 power amplifier: 250wpc into 8 Ohms, 500wpc into 4 Ohms, 6922 tube input, MOSFET output, US$749…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Jun 15, 7:23pm -
  • Roon review (Part 1b – The Backside of the…)

    Roon review (Part 1b – The Backside of the…)

    In the comments section of the first slab of Roon coverage chief 6mooner Srajan Ebaen writes, “I’ve hesitated installing Roon after reading user feedback that it retags their custom tags to instead conform with how albums are tagged by their own…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Jun 15, 8:27pm -