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The Absolute Sound

  • UAMP - A Tiny Device That Will Change the Way You Listen to Music

    UAMP - A Tiny Device That Will Change the Way You Listen to Music

    February 27, 2015 - Uamp is a tiny headphone amplifier that easily fits in the coin pocket of your jeans and works with all your music devices. Now for the first time you can conveniently enjoy Hi-End sound on your smartphone, mp3 player, tablet, lap…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Feb 15, 8:59am -
  • Bryston Introduces Mini A Loudspeaker

    Bryston Introduces Mini A Loudspeaker

    Peterborough, Ontario February 26, 2015 — Bryston has announced the introduction of the Mini A loudspeaker, a high-performance three-way bookshelf speaker engineered for superb resolution and balanced off-axis response—a hallmark of all Bryston l…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:48pm -
  • The Complete Guide to High-End Audio, Fifth Edition

    The Complete Guide to High-End Audio, Fifth Edition

    TAS’ very own Editor in Chief, Robert Harley, has just published the fifth edition of what was, is, and remains the best book ever written about hi-fi, his Complete Guide to High-End Audio. Introduced in 1994 (can it have been twenty-one years sinc…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 8:07am -
  • Magnepan .7 Loudspeaker

    Magnepan .7 Loudspeaker

    Let’s face it: Most audiophiles are into cone loudspeakers. And why not? They’re plentiful, good-sounding, and (at least in many cases) quite affordable. Though force of habit is a powerful thing, what if there were an alternative that was every…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 11:31am -
  • NAD Announces AVR Upgrade Program

    NAD Announces AVR Upgrade Program

    Pickering, Ontario February 24, 2015 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced an important 4K Ready AVR MDC Upgrade Program for its AVRs and Prepros, assuring NAD customers can incorp…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 1:15pm -

Stereophile News

  • newBetter Off Alone?

    Better Off Alone?

    Fri, 02/27/2015
    - 19 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 2:12pm -
  • newDALI Rubicon 8 loudspeaker

    DALI Rubicon 8 loudspeaker

    Looking back at our September 2014 issue, I think my review of the Triangle Signature Delta loudspeaker marked something of a watershed in the evolution of my taste in loudspeaker sound quality. For decades I have been a devotee of what might be call…
    - 22 hours ago, 27 Feb 15, 11:50am -
  • Theta Digital Prometheus monoblock power amplifier

    Theta Digital Prometheus monoblock power amplifier

    Several seconds after I began listening to it, I knew that Theta Digital's Prometheus monoblock amplifier ($12,000/pair) was different from other amplifiers. The violins and brass were more dynamic, and had more pace. The orchestra sounded more three…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:55pm -
  • Sony CDP-520ES CD player

    Sony CDP-520ES CD player

    Publisher's Note: For the first time since I've published Stereophile, we are running two completely different—and opposed— reports on the same product. Normally, we try to reach some conclusion as to why reviewers come up with opposite vie…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:50pm -
  • The Synergistic Research’s Acoustic Enhancement Atmosphere Sweepstakes

    The Synergistic Research’s Acoustic Enhancement Atmosphere Sweepstakes

    Register to win a Synergistic Research Acoustic Enhancement Atmosphere (MSRP $2,250.00) we are giving away.According to the company: "The Synergistic Research Atmosphere is a room acoustic enhancement device that allows one to modify and improve…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 6:18pm -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: Ibeyi

    Download of the Week: Ibeyi

    Ibeyi are 19 year old French-Cuban twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz. It is also the title of their debut album on XL Recordings. Their father is the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz of Buena Vista Social Club fame and you'll hear some love…
    - 1 day ago, 27 Feb 15, 5:55am -
  • Technics Tracks High-Res Download Store Opens Today

    Technics Tracks High-Res Download Store Opens Today

    The Technics Tracks High-Res Download Store opens today for residents of the UK and Germany. Technics claims "tens of thousands" of 24-bit/192kHz tracks at launch, "hundreds of thousands" of 24-bit tracks, as well as an "extensive collection of 16-bi…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 9:29am -
  • Sony's (Expensive) Audiophile microSD Card

    Sony's (Expensive) Audiophile microSD Card

    Attention audiophiles: duck and cover! Another questionable product aimed squarely at us so we're in for it now (again)! While Sony claims the SR-64HXA, a Class 10 64GB microSDXC card which will cost ¥18,500 (roughly $155), produces less electrical…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 6:55am -
  • Download of the Week: Egyptrixx

    Download of the Week: Egyptrixx

    Machine dreams. For some reason, I've really been enjoying music that can best be described as punishing lately. That said, I certainly have had a soft spot for hard music going all the way back to bands like Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristl…
    - 8 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 5:49am -
  • Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

    Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

    I Like BluetoothAudioengine makes a number of well-priced products that deliver their fair share of musical enjoyment. I favorably reviewed their A5+ speakers (see review) and we own two pairs of their original A2 speakers. Under inspection today i…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 6:16am -

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TONEAudio Magazine

  • Another Day Another Time
    Initially trumpeted by critics as an Oscar contender and a thematic relative of the Oscar-winning directors/screenwriters’ smash O Brother Where Art Thou?, the Coen brothers’ 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis failed to win over public interest. The s…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 10:01pm -
  • Microsoft Surface 3 Pro

    Microsoft Surface 3 Pro

    As a dyed in the wool group of Apple enthusiasts, it’s tough to ignore the new Surface 3 Pro from Microsoft.  We can argue the Windows vs. Mac interface until we become exhausted, so let’s leave that out of it, shall we – that’s a great way…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 8:30pm -
  • Bowers and Wilkins T7 Portable Speaker

    Bowers and Wilkins T7 Portable Speaker

    Listening to Bryan Ferry’s recent release through the T7, it hits me.  Bowers and Wilkins has finally outdone Apple.  The fit, finish, quality and packaging exceed everything I’ve come to know and love from the Cupertino giant. Like Apple, B&W…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 8:20pm -
  • Dynaudio XEO 4 speakers

    Dynaudio XEO 4 speakers

    Dynaudio made a big splash with their wireless XEO speakers two years ago, but their engineering staff has not been sitting on their laurels.  The new second generation speakers feature more wireless bandwidth, better drivers and more extensive tuni…
    - 19 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 10:09am -
  • Marantz 2215B Receiver

    Marantz 2215B Receiver

    Every now and then, smaller is better.  Such is the case with a lot of the Japanese receivers from the ’70s.  Pioneer, Marantz, Sansui and the like were on a power race similar to the Cold War of the same period, releasing receivers with more and…
    - 19 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 9:50am -

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

  • Alta Audio Solo Speakers

    Alta Audio Solo Speakers

    Recently, while reviewing the Sprout by PS Audio, I borrowed a pair of Alta Audio’s new small Solo speakers to match with it, and discovered that they were a remarkable fit. Since then, I continued to be very impressed with the Solos as entry-level…
    - 5 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 7:50pm -
  • Lunchbox let down? The new Beolit 15 from Bang & Olufsen

    Lunchbox let down? The new Beolit 15 from Bang & Olufsen

    Designed by famed Dane Cecilie Manz, the BeoLit 15 by Bang & Olufsen is a compact wireless speaker system with Bluetooth connectivity and ‘AirPlay’ support. It has an aluminum body featuring 4 active drivers and 2 passive bass radiators, driven b…
    - 7 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 2:53pm -
  • Honeck conducts Bruckner

    Honeck conducts Bruckner

    Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (1878/80 version)Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred HoneckReference Recordings FR-713SACD (66:05)This is the third offering from Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, his Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Reference R…
    - 11 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 12:19pm -
  • Sprout by PS Audio

    Sprout by PS Audio

    Sprout is the brainchild of the young passionate audiophile Scott McGowan, the son of PS Audio CEO Paul McGowan. It is a new stereo integrated amplifier that he designed, partly motivated as a way of bringing into the high-end fold a younger generati…
    - 22 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 11:53am -
  • Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — February 2015 Update

    Audiophilia Recommended New Releases — February 2015 Update

    Mussorgsky — Pictures At An Exhibition; Schumann — Fantasie Op. 17 [64:43]Paul Lewis, pianoHarmonia Mundi HMC902096 (2015)Paul Lewis is the British classical pianist who has been taken to heart by international piano fans. A rare feat for a Br…
    - 26 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 4:26pm -

Enjoy The Music

  • newFour High-End Audio World Premiere Reviews!

    Four High-End Audio World Premiere Reviews!

    Celebrating our worldwide initiative, we travel to Asia for Lunar New Year whilst also bringing you world premieres of the hottest new audio gear showcased during CES. Editor and Creative Director Steven R. Rochlin travels to Kuala Lumpur to report o…
    - 5 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 4:03am -
  • Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker And Model A Subwoofer

    Bryston Mini A Loudspeaker And Model A Subwoofer

    ryston has announced their Mini A loudspeaker and Model A subwoofer ($1200 per pair and $2000 each respectively). Bryston's Mini A loudspeaker is a high-performance three-way bookshelf unit engineered for high resolution and balanced off-axis respons…
    - 1 day ago, 26 Feb 15, 10:30pm -
  • Sonos Limited Edition Blue Note PLAY:1 Wireless Powered Speaker

    Sonos Limited Edition Blue Note PLAY:1 Wireless Powered Speaker

    Sonos, an industry leader in multi-room music distribution, will soon be offering their limited edition Blue Note PLAY:1 ($250) starting March 5th. Next Thursday jazz music lovers will be able to place an order on for Sonos' Born in Blue limited edit…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 5:01pm -
  • Trombone Virtuosso Bob "Chez" McChesney's New Album Chez Sez

    Trombone Virtuosso Bob "Chez" McChesney's New Album Chez Sez

    Brand new from a true virtuoso jazz trombonist, Bob "Chez" McChesney , is his album Chez Sez. This exciting 72 minute roller coaster ride features the technical and musical wizardry of Bob McChesney on the slide trombone. Joined by the amazing pianis…
    - 2 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 5:00pm -
  • Capitol AudioFest Teams Up With The Chester Group

    Capitol AudioFest Teams Up With The Chester Group

    Capital AudioFest has teamed up with Chester Group to continue the development of this very popular and growing fall event within the United States of America. In keeping with Chester Group practice, the show's founder Gary Gill will remain as the sh…
    - 3 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:25pm -

The Audiophile Journal

  • This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This Website and Domain are For Sale

    This website and domain are for sale. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to maintain the site with new content as family priorities require that I devote my time elsewhere. 30-Day Google Analytics: Visits – 3,631 Unique Visitors – 3,228 Pageviews…
    - 6 Mar 14, 8:21am -
  • Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    Finally A Portable 192kHz USB 2.0 DAC

    The AudioQuest DragonFly and the CEntrance DACPort have gained some rave reviews due to their portability and sound quality.  But if you’re like me and been holding off on one of those little USB DAC “dongles” because of their 96kHz sample…
    - 11 Feb 13, 2:34pm -
  • An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    An Inside Look At McIntosh Labs

    I try to focus our reviews and articles on more affordable high quality audio – and for that reason don’t often get to talk about McIntosh Labs.  They make some amazing equipment that sounds great and lasts for decades and makes for a strong sec…
    - 20 Jan 13, 4:10pm -
  • New HDtracks Download Manager

    New HDtracks Download Manager

    If you’ve ever purchased high-resolution albums from David and Normal Chesky’s ever expanding HDtracks, but were put off by their strange and quirky Java download manager, rejoice!  Released today, their new download manager is an installed app…
    - 2 Jan 13, 5:08pm -
  • Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Sicphones Headphone Amplifier Kit Completed!

    Some of you may be aware of the Sicphones project on Kickstarter that ran successfully this fall.  It was able to gain enough funding to produce somewhere around 100 headphone amplifier kits.  My box of parts arrived last week and I was finally abl…
    - 31 Dec 12, 10:31am -

StereoNET Australia

  • newHalf Width CD Player or Transport
    Hi, As the add says looking for a half width CD player or transport in black , must be VG Condition, no problems, currently willing to go to $450 + post, but may go higher if the right unit appears..... JJ
    - 3 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 6:32am -
  • newheadphone amp and soundcard combo
    Hi , This info is for my pc which I use my Sennheiser HD 600's for all Flac , WAV and Alac files. I am looking at buying a bottlehead crack , in regards to using a DAC I am looking at using a ASUS Xonar essence STX with DAC and built in modifia…
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 5:38am -
  • newOrtofon Kontrapunkt H MC cartridge for Vinyl turntable.

    Ortofon Kontrapunkt H MC cartridge for Vinyl turntable.

    Item: Ortofon Kontrapunkt hLocation: WAPrice: $400Item Condition: Excellent condition. UsedReason for selling: SurplusPayment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD OnlyExtra Info: This cartridge is in excellent condition. It is two or three years old…
    - 4 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 5:06am -
  • newKEF LS50 Standmount Speakers

    KEF LS50 Standmount Speakers

    Item: KEF LS50 SpeakersLocation: South Gold CoastPrice: $1,300Item Condition: Cosmetically - I won't say 10/10 but I am struggling to find even a minor blemish. Mechanically - As new; read on. Original packaging, rubber (protector) feet, manual etc.…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 3:25am -
  • newAntistatic gun. Are they worth while
    In the 70s I owned a zero stat anti static gun, which I used on every record before playing I used to think it made quite a difference I'm thinking of getting one now, but I would like your thoughts I store my vinyl in so called anti static sleeve…
    - 6 hours ago, 28 Feb 15, 2:57am -

AVRev.com News

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Digital Audio Review

  • (Not) a review of the Astell&Kern AK500N
    South Korea’s Astell&Kern are perhaps best known for their handheld digital audio players, especially the top-of-the-line AK240, which has seen those who can afford one go gaga for its unusual form, luxury feel and proper righteous sound quality. A…
    - 4 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 8:00pm -
  • KIH #21 – Losing your religion
    Religion. Should we get some – religion that is? In audiophilia, religion leads to countless missed opportunities. To start somewhere, how about this quote from Chord’s Rob Watts, from my preview of their Chord TT? For those wondering why a stati…
    - 5 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 11:06pm -
  • Sony to introduce US$160 ‘low noise’ SR-64HXA microSD card
    Sony is about to bring a new microSD card to market that promises better sound quality through lower electrical noise emissions when being read. You’re extremely unlikely to net any benefit via a Samsung smartphone but loading your Astell&Kern, P…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 5:26pm -
  • Audeze EL-8 – first impressions and comparisons
    I first caught Audeze’s soon-to-be-released EL-8 headphones at CES in January. Not once but twice: first at their own booth in the exhibition hall where both open- and closed-back models could be found being driven by Pono Players; and then later i…
    - 9 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 4:24pm -
  • AudioQuest Pearl and Vodka Ethernet cable review
    Barry: G’day Darko! John: Hey Barry, how are you? Long time, no see. You still rocking that Wyred4Sound Remedy with your Squeezebox Touch? Barry: Sure am. It’s terrific. I’ve brought that very same Squeezebox along today, just as you asked. Wh…
    - 11 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 4:35pm -