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The Absolute Sound

  • The Decca Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series

    The Decca Phase 4 Stereo Concert Series

    The 1960s were a time for major change, and not necessarily for the better in the classical recording industry. After nearly a decade that is frequently described as the Golden Age of Recording, led by Mercury Living Presence, RCA Living Stereo, and…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 7:01am -
  • YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

    YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 Loudspeaker

    The YG Acoustics Hailey 1.2 can be summed up in two words: precision and performance. It is another successful assault on the state of the art in speaker design and manufacture, and one of the most revealing speakers approximating a point source I’…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 6:55am -
  • Spatial Audio Introducing Hologram M3 Open Baffle Speaker at Newport

    Spatial Audio Introducing Hologram M3 Open Baffle Speaker at Newport

    The following is a press release issued by Spatial Audio. PARK CITY, Utah (May 21, 2015) - Next generation open-baffle technology will be on display during the Newport Beach show in May with the new Hologram M3 loudspeaker. Development of a passive,…
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 8:45am -
  • Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

    Dynamic Design AnnaLyric PC-1 Power Cord

    Since 2000, the Chicago-based cable company Dynamic Design has offered three levels of power cord and cable products—the mid-priced Lotus Series, the premium Heritage Series, and the lofty Nebula series (see my review in Issue 245). Now, to accommo…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 15, 8:49am -
  • Download Roundup - Cantate Domino: Oscar's Motet Choir; Torsten Nilsson

    Download Roundup - Cantate Domino: Oscar's Motet Choir; Torsten Nilsson

    Recorded in 1976 by the Swedish label Proprius, Cantate Domino is quite clearly a Christmas album. But for nearly four decades, audiophiles have been happy to employ it as a reference yearlong. This exceptional recording variously features chorus, so…
    - 5 days ago, 19 May 15, 8:43am -

Stereophile News

  • newHigh End 2015: That's A Wrap!

    High End 2015: That's A Wrap!

    In addition to jazz chanteuse Lyn Stanley, who was sponsored by Purist Audio Design, the High End Society presented three quasi pop-up ensembles that, unless you followed the schedule, appeared without notice in hallways and at the top of stairways.…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 May 15, 11:35am -
  • newInto the Home Stretch at High End Munich

    Into the Home Stretch at High End Munich

    Just two weeks before PS Audio premieres the BHK Signature 300 mono amps at Newport Beach, the company showcased its BHK Signature 250 stereo amplifier ($7499) in Munich. This was my first opportunity to hear this Bascom H. King specialty in the cont…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 May 15, 11:17am -
  • Munich Day 4 Brings More to Explore

    Munich Day 4 Brings More to Explore

    Okay. I'm not a poet, and I know it. So let's quickly move on to the towering presence of Duelund's Frederik Carøe. Every time I look above the crowd and see Frederik's countenance, I know that Duelund has a new capacitor on the market...Fri, 05/22/…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 4:48pm -
  • Day 3: High End 2015 Hits Its Stride

    Day 3: High End 2015 Hits Its Stride

    While Saturday was packed by American show standards, getting an early start enabled me to spend a lot of time in one of the best sounding rooms at High End 2015. Tucked into a low ceilinged inner sanctum in Hall 2 of the MOC stood the world premiere…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 9:10am -
  • Bruce Lundvall

    Bruce Lundvall

    A fan of music and those who make it, he was one of the last labels heads to actually listen to music and care about musicians. Fri, 05/22/2015
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:16am -

AudioStream.com

  • Download of the Week: Loren Connors

    Download of the Week: Loren Connors

    When I want to unwind, or even wind-up, one go-to is guitarist Loren Connors. Connors captures innumerable things with just six strings—ghosts, lost lovers, loss, beauty, and more. Throw in a little Mark Rothko as inspiration and you've got yoursel…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 3:34am -
  • Munich High End 2015: The Wrap

    Munich High End 2015: The Wrap

    "It's cultural." That's my pat answer to the question—why is the Munich show different?
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 10:57am -
  • Munich 2015: Odds & Ends in Pictures

    Munich 2015: Odds & Ends in Pictures

    Burmester, Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray.
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 10:20am -
  • Getting Real.

    Getting Real.

    I saved the Silbatone room for last even though I knew they'd be playing records because I wanted to end the Munich High End Show on a high note with a skip in my step after four very long and admittedly wonderful days of hi-fi'ing.
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:40am -
  • Lampizator, HQ Player, Audiopax, Avante Garde: Digital Done Right.

    Lampizator, HQ Player, Audiopax, Avante Garde: Digital Done Right.

    "Do you have a favorite room at the show so far?" asked Geoff Armstrong as I sat in his room on the last day of the show. "Yea, this one." I replied.
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:09am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newPink Faun DAC3.32 and 4.32se
    Recently I had a Moon Neo 280D DSD on loan. See this thread...
    - 5 hours ago, 24 May 15, 1:07am -
  • newSpecial Multi Channel Event

    Special Multi Channel Event

    This _coming Tuesday, May 26 (http://www.computeraudiophile.com/x-apple-data-detectors://1)_, The Audio Salon will host a special Multichannel Music...
    - 8 hours ago, 23 May 15, 10:14pm -
  • newIs it possible to "blow" a DAC? Also, opinions on TEAC UD-301??
    So earlier today I thought I blew my speakers because I accidentally played an insanely loud bass note to the point that significant wind came out of...
    - 9 hours ago, 23 May 15, 9:06pm -
  • newC.A.S.H. List Update
    Hi Chris, Thanks for continuing to provide a very useful forum to discuss Computer Audio as it evolves in many ways. Are you planning to...
    - 12 hours ago, 23 May 15, 6:27pm -
  • newDirac Live and Ambient Noise

    Dirac Live and Ambient Noise

    I am considering a MiniDSP with Dirac Live to replace a Behringer DEQ2496, and have two questions please: 1. Ambient Noise. Below is an REW...
    - 16 hours ago, 23 May 15, 2:23pm -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: New harddrive
    How much fun would it be if you had to re encode everything you have if a disk fails? Even if you try to keep everything backed up to another HDD, sometimes things get lost. I agree with the Synology and have been using one for two years now, it give…
    - 34 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:24am -
  • newRe: Musica Bella Ibrido Amp
    Bump, with price reduction -- now $1450.00 and price still includes shipping.
    - 46 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:12am -
  • newRe: Beatles Mono question
    I have a slightly modified Denon DP 72 it's a great TT! I have a straight arm and the S-curve arm so I COULD one day put a mono cartridge on one and have my stereo cart (Zu DL 103) on the other and switch them in and out very easily. Will have to inv…
    - 53 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:05am -
  • newRe: True Smokers

    Re: True Smokers

     Well I kicked off grilling season with a brisket on the smoker, yummy. Wow it's been a year since the last post 
    - 54 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:04am -
  • newRe: Wife showed me this cartoon this morning...

    Re: Wife showed me this cartoon this morning...

    Make sure you give us AC guys a chance at your "junk", I'll be circling over.  I've had friends over that want to get into vinyl now that they have heard mine. Not because it is the best system, but it does sound great for what it is. These peopl..…
    - 58 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:00am -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Ortofon DS-1 Digital Scale

    Ortofon DS-1 Digital Scale

    While gadgets aren’t always fashionable, a properly set up turntable is always in style.  And what better way to adjust tracking force than with a digital scale?  We’ve tried some of the cheapie, Chinese-made digital scales in the $40–$60 ran…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:43pm -
  • RecordWall-it

    RecordWall-it

    For those of you who like to display your albums on the wall, or keep better track of what’s currently spinning on your turntable, the RecordWall-it is an elegant solution that doesn’t require you to take the frame apart when you want to change t…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:39pm -
  • GIK Acoustics Freestand Acoustic Panel

    GIK Acoustics Freestand Acoustic Panel

    GIK Acoustics has been making affordable, approachable acoustic treatments for years now, and we’ve been using them with excellent results since nearly the beginning of TONEAudio.  Nothing works better and provides more bang for the buck in your l…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:37pm -
  • Grateful Dead – American Beauty
    Because the Grateful Dead was always a band that paid close attention to the sound quality of its live performances and recordings, even a random copy of any Dead album usually sounds pretty good—provided it hasn’t been played to extinction.  Mo…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:29pm -
  • ROON is here! World’s first in depth review…

    ROON is here! World’s first in depth review…

    I’ve Seen the Future of Music, Again! Forget everything you know about serving digital music files. No matter what you are using, it’s irrelevant. A bold claim indeed, but spend a few minutes with Roon and you’ll find yourself getting up from t…
    - 12 days ago, 11 May 15, 10:56pm -

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

  • Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones — Follow up

    Master & Dynamic MH40 Headphones — Follow up

    During the original review process, Audiophilia writer Karl Sigman met up with fellow New Yorker Jonathan Levine, CEO and Founder of Master & Dynamic, maker of the outstanding MH40 Headphones.Karl suggested to Levine a follow up with me as listener.…
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 11:26am -
  • Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion

    Bob Chilcott’s St. John Passion

    St. John PassionBob Chilcott (b. 1955)Chaconne BrassWells Cathedral Choir and soloists / Matthew OwensSignum Records SIGCD412[67:46]What a lovely discovery. The choral music of Bob Chilcott. This recording popped up in the Tidal HiFi new releas…
    - 5 days ago, 19 May 15, 11:19am -
  • The Vancouver Audio Show 2015

    The Vancouver Audio Show 2015

    There are many surveys each year about the world’s great cities — ‘most livable’, most beautiful setting’, etc. Vancouver, BC is invariably at or near the top of each list. It has just about everything a city lover could wish for, with only…
    - 13 days ago, 11 May 15, 4:00am -
  • Gilels plays Beethoven

    Gilels plays Beethoven

    15 Variationen mit Fuge Es-dur op. 35“Eroica-Variationen”Sonate No. 21 C-dur op. 53 “Waldstein”Sonate No. 23 f-moll op. 57 “Appassionata” Emil Gilels, pianoI don’t usually do reviews of discontinued CDs, but this recent gift I rec…
    - 20 days ago, 4 May 15, 11:26am -
  • qøl™ – signal completion stage by BSG Technologies

    qøl™ – signal completion stage by BSG Technologies

    ​What the heck is it and what does it do? Also, I never heard of a product with a name as awkward to say as this one. Only an engineer or physicist, totally unconcerned with marketing, would come up with a name like that. The only rationale I coul…
    - 26 days ago, 28 Apr 15, 11:13am -

Enjoy The Music

  • World Premiere Review! Review: Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Media Player / DAC

    World Premiere Review! Review: Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Media Player / DAC

    Ok, let us get this said and done right here and now. The Astell&Kern AK380 will set you back $3500 whereas the Sony is $1200. Battery life of the Sony after charging is leagues ahead of the AK380. The NW-ZX2 also handles TIDAL and other online music…
    - 1 day ago, 23 May 15, 4:08am -
  • Questyle QPR1 Portable Audio Player And CMA800P @ HIGH END

    Questyle QPR1 Portable Audio Player And CMA800P @ HIGH END

    Questyle had new hardware and firmware for their upcoming QP1R $899 and I heard it in prototype at AXPONA and now hearing the production model today I am quite impressed. Excellent resolution, smooth yet refined. DAC chip set is the Cirrus Logic chip…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 11:24am -
  • Meridian's MQA Technology Gains Supporters

    Meridian's MQA Technology Gains Supporters

    Meridian's MQA, a compression algorithm that helps reduce the file size of streaming digital audio while retaining higher than mp3 sound quality, is getting more support. The MQA 'supporters' list includes many prominent audio brands, including Arcam…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 10:05am -
  • Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Stream @ HIGH END 2015

    Dan D'Agostino Master Audio Systems Stream @ HIGH END 2015

    Dan D'Agostino Master Systems' upcoming Stream integrated amplifier, DAC and streamer looks to be an incredible unit ($48,000). Their Stream will be a single unit that basically will do virtually everything a music lover, and yes audiophile, desires.…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 8:37am -
  • H-Fi World's July 2015 Issue

    H-Fi World's July 2015 Issue

    EnjoyTheMusic.com just posted Hi-Fi World's July 2015 issue. This issue features review of the Damson Vulcan portable loudspeaker, Tannoy Revolution XT 8F loudspeaker, Cambridge Audio Azur 851n network player, Cowan Plenue 1 high resolution music pla…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 7:28am -

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

  • newCary Cinema 11a
    I have one of these brilliant preamps. I'm wanting to know from somebody who has one of these how I can tell when I'm using the Cary's DAC's? What should the display read when listening via the Cary's DAC's? I have used the manual to try and work it…
    - 46 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:12am -
  • newFS: Stillpoints Ultra 5 feet + Ultra bases *New/Unused*

    FS: Stillpoints Ultra 5 feet + Ultra bases *New/Unused*

    Item: Stillpoints Ultra 5 feet + Ultra bases Location: MelbournePrice: (Ultra 5's) $890.00 ea MSRP, asking $460.00 ea (6 available)Price: (Ultra Bases) $249.00 ea MSRP, asking $100.00 ea (6 available)Item condition: New/unused. Reason for sellin…
    - 47 mins ago, 24 May 15, 5:11am -
  • newBaby Tapped Horns start

    Baby Tapped Horns start

    Have built most of the Volvotreter tapped horns, including the large 20Hz model. These are the smallest ones, folded design, 38Hz. Uses high excursion 6.5 inch Tang Band woofers. BASH 300-watt D-class amp, in separate ply box. Yet to deci…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 May 15, 4:37am -
  • newTellurium Q Blue Speaker Cables&Jumpers.

    Tellurium Q Blue Speaker Cables&Jumpers.

    Item: Tellurium Q Blue speaker Cable 2.5mLocation: Lismore.Price: $110&postage. I'd say it'd be cheaper to forget the original box and it'll be cheaper in a Aus Post padded bag recycled by yours truly. Up to you though. The box is the size of a th…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 May 15, 3:50am -
  • newFS: ESOTERIC K-03 SACD PLAYER

    FS: ESOTERIC K-03 SACD PLAYER

        Item: ESOTERIC K-03 SACD PLAYER  SILVER    Location: Maitland area   NSW    Price:$6500    Item Condition;Mint    Reason for selling:Surplus to Requirements    Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal add 3%, COD ,Bank Dep…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 May 15, 3:49am -

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Digital Audio Review

  • Bryston serve coffee, T and A at Munich High-End 2015
    T and A? Tits and ass? For the German audio company of the same name it’s “Theory and Application”. For Bryston it’s a new range of loudspeakers. Yes, loudspeakers. With the Canadian company supplying amplifiers for PMC’s active models…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 5:46am -
  • Merging’s Ethernet NADAC impresses at Munich High-End 2015
    Merging Technologies have been pro-audio operators for some time – they make the Pyramix workstations found in recording studios – but this year sees the Swiss company edging into the home audio space. Their NADAC’s main point of difference i…
    - 2 days ago, 22 May 15, 1:55am -
  • ENIGMAcoustics Dharma D1000 headphones at Munich High-End 2015
    With so many headphones coming to market each year the solo reviewer must extract the wheat from the chaff. I’ve already covered two biggies for 2015 – Audeze’s EL-8 and MrSpeakers’ Ether – and after hearing them in both Las Vegas and Sydne…
    - 3 days ago, 21 May 15, 9:36am -
  • Questyle demo QP1, QP1-R DAPs at Munich High-End 2015
    We first saw Questyle’s double-drop into the DAP field at CES in January. Their QP1 (US$599) and QP1-R (US$899) portables arrive with 16Gb and 32Gb of onboard memory respectively. A pair of downward facing microSD card slots allow for more seri…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 15, 12:01pm -
  • Munich High-End 2015: Dynaudio Focus XD active loudspeakers
    Not only do reviewers meet with manufacturers at shows but they meet with each other. That’s invaluable for the writer plying his trade in an Antipodean bubble – aka yours truly. During this year’s Munich High-End Show I spent large chunks of t…
    - 4 days ago, 20 May 15, 3:17am -