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The Absolute Sound

  • newThe Jim Carroll Band: Catholic Boy

    The Jim Carroll Band: Catholic Boy

    Jim Carroll, a prodigious young New York poet, arrived in Bolinas, CA circa 1975 to spend time in exile and recover from his heroin habit. Little did he know that he would soon be fronting an influential rock band and jamming with Keith Richards an…
    - 22 hours ago, 5 Jun 20, 6:18am -
  • newRaidho TD1.2 Loudspeaker

    Raidho TD1.2  Loudspeaker

    Danish loudspeaker-maker Raidho initially caught my attention at CES 2012 with its C1 mini-monitor. It had wonderful resolution and outsized musical swagger. In underdog-rooting fashion, I like how some small stand-mounted speakers can deliver sati…
    - 23 hours ago, 5 Jun 20, 4:48am -
  • newQ&A with Jean Marie Clauzel of Métronome

    Q&A with Jean Marie Clauzel of Métronome

    Did your interest in the high end come from the music side or the electronics side Definitely from the music side. I’ve been a music lover from childhood. I can remember at the age of 5–6 in the mid-Sixties listening to 45rpm vinyl on a Radiola…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 9:08am -
  • Stenheim Alumine Three Loudspeaker

    Stenheim Alumine Three Loudspeaker

    Neil Young introduces his “Journey Through the Past” to his audience (Live at Massey Hall 1971, Reprise) with a little humor: “I’ve written so many new ones (i.e. songs) I can’t think of anything else to do with them other than sing ’em…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jun 20, 1:00pm -
  • Albert Von Schweikert - March 13, 1945 – May 29, 2020

    Albert Von Schweikert - March 13, 1945 – May 29, 2020

    Though born in South America in 1945 to a US military officer and the daughter of one of the principal engineers of the Panama Canal, the Von Schweikert family moved to Heidelberg, Germany while he was still quite young. Living in Europe until he w…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 9:35am -

Stereophile News

  • newStereophile's Products of 1995

    Stereophile's Products of 1995

    This is the fourth year Stereophile has named a select few components as "Products of the Year." By doing so, we intend to give recognition to those components that have proved capable of giving pleasure beyond the formal review period.Fri, 12/01/19…
    - 19 hours ago, 5 Jun 20, 9:08am -
  • newTalisman S MC phono cartridge

    Talisman S MC phono cartridge

    The Talisman S represented, ca 1983, the top of Sumiko's moving-coil cartridge line and shared its design philosophy and external appearance with the Talisman A and B, the remaining two cartridges in the Talisman family before the introduction of the…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 11:14am -
  • Audio-Technica AT-ML 150/OCC phono cartridge

    Audio-Technica AT-ML 150/OCC phono cartridge

    How can two meticulously built, high-technology, high-performance, premium-quality moving-magnet cartridges that measure so well (according to their manufacturer-supplied specs) sound so different?Thu, 07/01/1999
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jun 20, 9:31am -
  • Gramophone Dreams #37: JSikora Initial turntable & Grado Aeon3 phono cartridge

    Gramophone Dreams #37: JSikora Initial turntable & Grado Aeon3 phono cartridge

    My most cherished intangibles—love, beauty, glimpses of higher realms—enter my awareness only after I prepare my psyche to receive them. Extended bathing, lighting candles, making tea, and preparing food are ritual work forms that prepare m…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jun 20, 9:34am -
  • Listening 210: Guns N' Neuroses, the Life of a Used-Gear Specialist

    Listening 210: Guns N' Neuroses, the Life of a Used-Gear Specialist

    During the years I lived in New York City and environs, I never learned my way around Brooklyn—something I now regret, given that borough's emergence as a hotbed of audio creativity: our industry's Laurel Canyon, so to speak. Such gone-but-not-f…
    - 8 days ago, 29 May 20, 9:45am -

AudioStream.com

  • PAF Announces New Show Amongst Cancellations

    PAF Announces New Show Amongst Cancellations

    Hot on the heels of RMAFs cancellation, as well as the cancellation of pretty much every other show in 2020, Lou Hinkley of Daedalus Audio and Gary Gill of Capital Audio Fest have recently announced the Pacific Audio Fest, to be held near Seattle in…
    - 15 days ago, 22 May 20, 1:54pm -
  • Decomposition and Breakdown: Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

    Decomposition and Breakdown: Fetch the Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple

    Fiona Apple’s newest Album Fetch the Bolt Cutters has been causing quite a stir in the popular music world and is proving to be a bit of an enigma for many folks. I’ve had enough folks request I shed some light on what’s going on that I figured…
    - 34 days ago, 3 May 20, 1:42am -
  • Totaldac offers 80 per cent Money Back

    Totaldac offers 80 per cent Money Back

    Vincent Brient, the man behind the totaldac brand – which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary – is offering new totaldac owners a unique service in these difficult financial times – anyone ordering a DAC, streamer or driver between the 1st Apri…
    - 48 days ago, 19 Apr 20, 8:06am -
  • Songs For Self Isolation

    Songs For Self Isolation

    I never thought my time spent as a reclusive artist would turn out to be a survival skill.
    - 50 days ago, 17 Apr 20, 1:06pm -
  • AXPONA 2020 Livestream Friday at 10 a.m. CST – The (Virtual) Show Goes On

    AXPONA 2020 Livestream Friday at 10 a.m. CST – The (Virtual) Show Goes On

    AXPONA 2020 organizers have partnered with 25 hi-fi industry heavyweights to bring you a content-rich Livestream this Friday, April 17th, at 10 a.m. Central Standard Time via the AXPONA Facebook page.
    - 52 days ago, 15 Apr 20, 12:51pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • newMusic and Sonic Favorites: Jazz Piano

    Music and Sonic Favorites: Jazz Piano

    After a hiatus from pieces on jazz piano, and with all this time on my hands, I thought it time to return to my favorite recordings, both musically and sonically, from a few of my favorite jazz pianists. As I have already covered those of Monty A…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 10:55am -
  • Simple Raspberry Pi Fun Without a Power Supply

    Simple Raspberry Pi Fun Without a Power Supply

    This afternoon I decided I needed a small project. This happens once in a while. For some reason I'll think of a project that I've had on my mind for literally years, and finally decide to get it done. Today's project was to setup a Raspberry Pi…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 11:09am -
  • The Value Proposition In Computer Audio: Nuts, Bolts, and Building Blocks - Building a Home for Your Player Software Part 2

    The Value Proposition In Computer Audio: Nuts, Bolts, and Building Blocks - Building a Home for Your Player Software Part 2

    THE VALUE PROPOSITION IN COMPUTER AUDIO:  NUTS, BOLTS AND BUILDING BLOCKS – BUILDING A HOME FOR YOUR PLAYER SOFTWARE PART 2: OPERATING SYSTEMS FOR LITTLE BOXES  INTRODUCTION For use as a music storage and…
    - 9 days ago, 28 May 20, 7:40am -
  • Review | APL HiFi DSD-SR MK2 DAC

    Review | APL HiFi DSD-SR MK2 DAC

    The APL HiFi DSD-SR MK2, I'm told it's priced between the flagship DSD-MR MK2 ($40,000) and the new entry level DSD-AR ($7,000). That's seriously what I know right now. I'm sure if I look through some old emails there will be a price in there, bu…
    - 11 days ago, 26 May 20, 7:37am -
  • Reality Quest: Going to Extremes with the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme (Part 5 of 5)

    Reality Quest: Going to Extremes with the Taiko Audio SGM Extreme (Part 5 of 5)

    Part 1 - Introduction and Digital Audio Optimization Foundations (Link)Part 2 - Enter the Extreme (Link)Part 3 - First Impressions and Basic Configuration (Link)Part 4 - Tweaking Up the Extreme (Link)Part 5 - Extende…
    - 15 days ago, 21 May 20, 10:05pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Bryston Design: What we Do and Do Not like
    Quote from: James Tanner on 28 May 2020, 01:48 pmHi LizI think given todays technology all those features would be done through software and an IPad rather than physically being placed on the preamp.jamesP...
    - 41 mins ago, 6 Jun 20, 3:16am -
  • newRe: Bryston SC4 Speaker Cables Length
    What diyman said.Use a nice 12 or 10 awg cable and you should be fine, unless you use 3 ft of cable for the left channel, and 600 ft for the right channel.
    - 52 mins ago, 6 Jun 20, 3:05am -
  • newRe: Audio you’ve always wanted but never had...
    I would love to own one of these: https://www.apiaudio.com/product.php?id=126No digital processing for me.
    - 1 hour ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:39am -
  • newFree streaming concert-Austin-June 10
    2 hours of music from Austin-June 10Includes Paul Simon, Norah Jones,Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Boz Scaggs and many other star artists.Go to anightforaustin.com
    - 2 hours ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:26am -
  • newRe: 211 tubes
    6 to 8 ohms to an FR driver.
    - 2 hours ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:20am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier

    The Luxman L-509x Integrated Amplifier

    Sammy Hagar once said in a song, “There’s only one way to rock,” but after listening to the new Luxman L-509x, I beg to differ. Luxman actually makes a full lineup of tube and transistor electronics (separates and integrated amplifiers), and sh…
    - 15 days ago, 22 May 20, 1:47pm -
  • Sumiko Audio now distributing ROTEL
    Rotel has been a manufacturer of fine audio gear for decades now, always offering maximum value at a reasonable price. Today, they have joined forces with Sumiko Audio to strengthen their distribution channel. For those not familiar, they have also a…
    - 32 days ago, 5 May 20, 9:30am -
  • The Core Power Diamond Power Cord

    The Core Power Diamond Power Cord

    Do any of you remember the famous Dr. Seuss story Green Eggs and Ham? It’s about a guy who doesn’t want to eat green eggs and ham, no matter what. “Not on a boat, not on a goat,” he says. But Sam keeps pestering him, all the way through to t…
    - 36 days ago, 30 Apr 20, 6:21pm -
  • Fake News and Audio Reviews
    Now that we are well into our 16th year of publication, it seems apparent that there are still some in the audience that don’t fully understand what we do, why we do it, and what sets us somewhat apart. Now is as good a time to clarify as ever, eh?…
    - 39 days ago, 27 Apr 20, 5:03pm -
  • Lockdown – Day 58
    Almost two months into this, the local and global landscape has certainly changed. I’m guessing that all of you have been touched by this now, one way or another. We’ve lost a couple of friends here, and have had a number of others go through the…
    - 45 days ago, 22 Apr 20, 10:47am -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newTrenner and Friedl Osiris Loudspeakers | Review
    This is the final entry borne from that magical In Living Stereo room at last year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. I started with the precious, jewel-like Mactone MH-120 power amplifier and XX-7000 preamplifier, continued with the mighty yet affordabl…
    - 1 day ago, 5 Jun 20, 2:00am -
  • Vandersteen introduces Model 2Ce Signature III
    Hanford, CA (PTA) — Now in its 8th generation, the new Vandersteen Model 2Ce Signature III marks over forty-three years of being in the conversation when it comes to genuine audiophile loudspeakers. Forget that it’s always been a tremendous value…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 3:31am -
  • Technics Introduces the New SL-1210GAE Turntable | Announcement
    Back in the days when Technics SL-1200 turntables ruled the earth, you had a choice when it came to colors. The classic Technics SL-1200 turntables came in gunmetal and chrome and looked as durable and reliable as, well, they actually were. The Techn…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jun 20, 2:00am -
  • dCS Legends: Bob Ludwig and Dire Straits’ 20th Anniversary Brothers in Arms | The Vinyl Anachronist
    I can still remember that radio DJ saying that “the single greatest reason to buy a CD player is Dire Straits’ Brothers In Arms.” You can probably guess the era plus or minus a couple of years–Brothers in Arms was released on LP in 1985, and…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 10:00am -
  • Albert Von Schweikert (1945-2020) | Announcements
    The following obituary for legendary speaker designer Albert Von Schweikert came from Greg Weaver. The staff at Part-Time Audiophile, The Occasional Magazine and The Occasional Podcast extend our love to all Von Schweikert family and friends. Albert…
    - 6 days ago, 31 May 20, 11:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newGraham Slee Accession MC Phono Preamp

    Graham Slee Accession MC Phono Preamp

    I noticed several things almost immediately when opening the box of the Graham Slee Accession MC Phono Preamp. Its diminutive size & weight and the four toggles/knob on the front fascia. More on these somewhat rare recording curve and playback opt…
    - 22 hours ago, 5 Jun 20, 5:50am -
  • Green—Hiroshi Yoshimura

    Green—Hiroshi Yoshimura

    Too often ‘ambient music’ is defined by what it lacks. Describing it as music without standard melody, rhythm and structure provides a cursory reference point to pop and classical music for the unfamiliar. Unfortunately this overlooks the many…
    - 8 days ago, 28 May 20, 3:59pm -
  • Streaming the Classics/The Dream of Gerontius—Elgar

    Streaming the Classics/The Dream of Gerontius—Elgar

    Do you ever type a streaming query in Roon for a classical work and are overwhelmed by the choices? Rather than clicking on any old recording or the first one you see, Audiophilia will make things a little easier for you and do the heavy listening…
    - 11 days ago, 26 May 20, 8:05am -
  • Easy to find Classical Mono LPs that should be in your collection

    Easy to find Classical Mono LPs that should be in your collection

    Notice, I didn’t write ‘cheap’.Forthcoming, a classical part 2 and matching jazz/popular posts. All LPs are available at Discogs, in good shape and for a variety of prices. Too expensive (Furtwängler/Eroica!)? Use Discogs as a starting poi…
    - 12 days ago, 25 May 20, 8:28am -
  • PS Audio DirectStream Power Plant 12

    PS Audio DirectStream Power Plant 12

    The failure of my reference power conditioner had me reaching out for a replacement to manufacturers I deemed outstanding in legacy builds. I had extensive experience with a few at one time or another and thought I’d give conditioners from two h…
    - 15 days ago, 22 May 20, 4:40am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newJadis JS2 MkIV Hi-Res Audio DAC

    Jadis JS2 MkIV Hi-Res Audio DAC

    Jadis' new JS2 MkIV DAC ($8995) is an iteration of their popular JS2 with features and technology derived from the award-earning JS1. The JS2 MkIV has a completely redesigned digital circuitry coupled to an optimized USB digital interface, which allo…
    - 22 hours ago, 5 Jun 20, 6:19am -
  • newHi-Fi+'s June 2020 High-End Audio Magazine
    Hi-Fi+ magazine's June 2020 issue features many wonderful articles and a contest with Amy LaVere, the Memphis singer-songwriter's new album, plus you can win one of 10 copies! Equipment reviews include the Vertere Acoustics DG-1 turntable and arm com…
    - 24 hours ago, 5 Jun 20, 4:13am -
  • newTBT Review: Nagra Classic Preamp

    TBT Review: Nagra Classic Preamp

    Nagra is a Swiss company that has a well-established reputation as a leading manufacturer of professional recording equipment. They were founded about 60 years ago, but it wasn't until 1997 that they also started making high-end audio equipment for h…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 5:44am -
  • newCEDIA Expo 2020 Plans for Virtual Experience

    CEDIA Expo 2020 Plans for Virtual Experience

    As reported on May 17th within EnjoyTheMusic.com's Industry News page, "Emerald Holding Inc. (NYSE: EEX), one of the few true professional event producers that also support the consumer electronics industry, has released their Q1 2020 results. Note t…
    - 2 days ago, 4 Jun 20, 5:42am -
  • Schiit Audio Modius Balanced Hi-Res Audio DAC

    Schiit Audio Modius Balanced Hi-Res Audio DAC

    Here's the deal: Schiit Audio just announced their new $200 DAC. It's called Modius, as in "Modius Maximus." As in "a bigger, better, badder-ass Modi." It has four inputs, including Schiit's Unison USB and AES/EBU. It has XLR balanced and RCA single-…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jun 20, 6:36am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newSMSL AD18 DAC/AMP/Headphone AMP
    Further information: SMSL AD18 is a tiny but powerful amp. This little box comes with many functions including DAC, amp and headphone amp. It's still in excellent condition, no scratches or marks on the body. It doesn't come with original p…
    - 1 hour ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:36am -
  • newFS: Denon DL-110 Cartridge
    Further information: Denon DL-110 moving coil cartridge. Only 50 hours of use before I got upgraditis so no need to run in. Included is a weight plate if you need to add weight to cartridge. Gives a very realistic representation of recorded music in…
    - 1 hour ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:34am -
  • newFS: Audio Research PH1 Phono Preamp
    Further information: Audio Research PH1 Phono Preamp in excellent condition. Faceplate in fantastic condition. Very hard to find these days from one of the best companies in audio. Very thick power cord attached so need to upgrade. Easy to operate. G…
    - 2 hours ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:24am -
  • newFS: Streamer SANGEAN WFT3( DAB, Internet radio)
    Further information: The Sangean WFT-3D digital component tuner gives you the flexibility to tune in to internet radio and access over 16,000 digital radio stations worldwide, or tune in to your favourite local stations weather it be DAB+ or FM…
    - 2 hours ago, 6 Jun 20, 2:19am -
  • newFS: Dynaudio Finale Speakers
    Further information: Rare Dynaudio Finale Floorstanding speakers. These were Dynaudio's premier kit speakers from the 1990s/early 2000s. The cabinets have been professionally built by a furniture maker and finished in Tasmanian Myrtle veneer. The…
    - 2 hours ago, 6 Jun 20, 1:56am -

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

  • Chord Electronics announces new distribution partner for the US and Canada
    3rd June 2020, Kent, United Kingdom: Chord Electronics is delighted to announce a new partnership with US company, The Sound Organisation, to distribute its British-built audio ranges in North America and Canada; the Kent company’s decision to appo…
    - 3 days ago, 3 Jun 20, 2:32pm -
  • Cai Thomas and the Bourne Ensemble: "Lascia ch'io pianga" (Handel)
    Herein the latest from our goodly colleague, John Marks, editor of The Tannhauser Gate, his worthy and informative blog site. He points us to a male soprano whose voice would delight the angels. O! Can he sing! Dr. David W. Robinson, Ye Olde Editor "…
    - 4 days ago, 2 Jun 20, 11:14am -
  • The AURALiC G2.1 Series - Breathing New Life into Your Music!
    AURALiC introduces a category-wide update to its award-winning G2 and GX Product Range: Series G2.1/GX.1. The G2 Series now stands as one of AURALiC’s most successful projects. The effects of this effort have served as an important lesson to the te…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 2:36pm -
  • The Leben HiFi Stereo Company CS-600X Integrated Amplifier – An Old Friend Gets Even Better!
    I've had my Leben HiFi Company CS-600 integrated amplifier for over a decade now. I purchased it after the review, and I have enjoyed every minute with it. My Leben CS-600 has been totally reliable, excels musically & sonically, and it is beautiful t…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 1:14pm -
  • Danacable Lazuli Isolation Sale extended through June 30!
    Danacable Lazuli Isolation Sale extended through June 30. Thanks to the enthusiastic response, our Danacable Lazuli Isolation Sale raised $1,500 for the selected charities in May 2020. As the Covid crisis continues, we have extended the sale through…
    - 5 days ago, 1 Jun 20, 12:03pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Best DSLR Shotgun Mics

    Recording with the best DSLR Shotgun Mics on your digital camera will make your videos sound professional. After all, one of the most important aspects of a video is the sound. You can deal with grainy images, but crackles and pops will turn everyone…
    - 8 days ago, 28 May 20, 10:45pm -
  • Best Lavalier Mics

    Best Lavalier Mics

    Using the best lavalier mic will make you sound better on stage, on a recording, and even on your video. Good lav mics don’t have to sound tinny with zero wind protection. You just have to get the right one. 🙂 Nice lavalier microphones are easy…
    - 8 days ago, 28 May 20, 6:58pm -
  • Best Rapping Microphones

    Best Rapping Microphones

    Using the best rapping microphone to record your raps or perform live will not only make you sound better, it will also be a lot easier to use. Too many people think that any mic can be used for rapping. It’s not true. In order to get the perfect m…
    - 8 days ago, 28 May 20, 6:18pm -
  • Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Best Live Vocal Microphones

    Using the best live vocal microphone for your band’s concert will not only make you sound better, it will also be much easier too use than a cheap mic. Too many people try to perform with junky microphones and lose fans because of it. Don’t be t…
    - 9 days ago, 28 May 20, 2:59pm -
  • Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Best OmniDirectional Microphones

    Recording with the best omnidirectional microphone is easy and can give you major tonal advantages without excess gain. Many people think omni directional mics aren’t great for recording or live sound and that’s just not true. Omni mics do produc…
    - 17 Feb 20, 6:31pm -