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The Absolute Sound

  • newProduct of the Year Awards 2017: Earphone/IEM of the Year

    Product of the Year Awards 2017: Earphone/IEM of the Year

    Massdrop X NuForce EDC $80 ($60 through Massdrop) The primary problem with inexpensive earphones, besides quality control, is how well they hold up to abuse out in the world. That is a dilemma for music lovers with active lifestyles and limited budge…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Feb 18, 5:19am -
  • newChesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    By my count, these two piano concertos are David Chesky’s 18th and 19th compositions with the word “concerto” in the title—and there are actually several others characterized as “Urban Concertos” in his catalog. Chesky’s style and techn…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Feb 18, 5:16am -
  • McIntosh Group Presents New Products at NYC Event, Part Two

    McIntosh Group Presents New Products at NYC Event, Part Two

    On the second day of the event (the first day is covered in Part One), attendees were treated to quite a different demo: a chance to listen to the new version of the Sonus faber Aida loudspeaker driven by Audio Research electronics. This Aida model,…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 4:19pm -
  • Starke Sound Announces New Demo Room in Los Angeles

    Starke Sound Announces New Demo Room in Los Angeles

    The following is a press release issued by Starke Sound. February 22, 2018 - Starke Sound is proud to announce that our state of the art demo room and showroom here in sunny Los Angeles, California is open to the public! We have a 7.4.4 Dolby Atmos s…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 7:24am -
  • Product of the Year Awards 2017: Accessories

    Product of the Year Awards 2017: Accessories

    AudioQuest Conductive Fiber Record Brush $19.95 This new and improved version of AudioQuest’s ubiquitous carbon-fiber wonder answers the burning question: “Does the original AudioQuest Record Brush provide a ‘good electrical path between the fi…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 12:10pm -

Stereophile News

  • new<I>Hotel California</I> Turns Forty

    <I>Hotel California</I> Turns Forty

    Hi-Rez and Surround-Sound mixes included in Deluxe Edition boxed set.Sat, 02/24/2018
    - 16 hours ago, 24 Feb 18, 5:14am -
  • Monitor Audio Silver 300 loudspeaker

    Monitor Audio Silver 300 loudspeaker

    It seems to me that my review of Monitor Audio's Silver 8 loudspeaker was published only a few months ago. Actually, it's been three years. The Silver 8 so impressed me that I bought three of them, along with two Silver 2 bookshelf speakers, for my m…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 3:21pm -
  • Ayre Acoustics KX-5 Twenty line preamplifier

    Ayre Acoustics KX-5 Twenty line preamplifier

    The hoary question of tubes vs transistors, once certain and clear, is made ambiguous by recent products from a few solid-state specialists, not the least being Ayre Acoustics—the company that endures in the wake of the passing of its founder, t…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 10:37am -
  • MrSpeakers Aeon closed-back headphones

    MrSpeakers Aeon closed-back headphones

    I got an e-mail last summer from my colleague Tyll Hertsens, editor of our InnerFidelity website. "Recently reviewed and really liked the new MrSpeakers Æon," he wrote. "They're a little rough-sounding as sealed headphones tend to be, but the tonal…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Feb 18, 2:14pm -
  • KEF Q350 loudspeaker

    KEF Q350 loudspeaker

    During the hour preceding my removal of the KEF LS50 loudspeakers from their spiked, rough-iron stands, I was lost in the recurring still moments, reverberating tones, and contemplative spirit of Sir John Tavener's Eis Thanaton and Theophany, in the…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Feb 18, 2:11pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newDownload of the Week: U.S. Girls

    Download of the Week:  U.S. Girls

    It begins with a blast of Isaac Hayes.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Feb 18, 5:33am -
  • Is Bandcamp Music's Savior?

    Is Bandcamp Music's Savior?

    The place where I buy music over every other, Bandcamp posted another record-breaking year. In The Bandcamp 2017 Year in Review, the music download site recorded "double digit growth in every aspect of the business." Hip hip hooray!
    - 3 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 7:51am -
  • In Barn: Tellurium Q Black II Speaker Cable

    In Barn: Tellurium Q Black II Speaker Cable

    I was reading John Darko's excellent review of the Tellurium Q Silver Diamond USB cable and I thought, Hmm. I never let Geoff Merrigan, Tellurium Q Director, know how much I've been enjoying his cables. I rectified this by sending Geoff an email lett…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 5:31am -
  • CanJam NYC 2018

    CanJam NYC 2018

    a friend, Steve Mishoe of In Living Stereo, told me I had to listen to the Audeze LCDi4 ($2495) in-ear planar headphones, paired with the Chord Mojo, because they are f*&king awesome. So I did and they areI enjoy attending CanJam even though this i…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Feb 18, 7:52am -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Adam Israel

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Adam Israel

    I've been an audio fool for close to twenty years now, and I gravitate to SET's and high efficiency speaker systems. Currently I am using a rebuilt Lenco table, a Schiit Gungnir DAC, Shindo Masseto preamp, and Shindo Cortese amp. I am between speaker…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Feb 18, 6:17am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newDodd Audio Battery Tube Preamplifier $1150
    Hi,I am the original owner of a full battery-powered preamp from Gary Dodd.  This is not an abbreviated version as is often seen here.Retail price was $3300 when I bought it in 2008 through Walter Liederman.   For those not familiar with these uni…
    - 28 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:44pm -
  • newFS: Schiit Saga
    I've decided to sell my Schiit Saga preamp . I'm the second owner, it's just a year old and in excellent condition. The asking price includes the original 6H8C tube and a current production Tung-Sol 6SN7, a remote that controls volume, 5 input select…
    - 32 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:40pm -
  • newRe: Denon DL-103 Aluminum Body Cap

    Re: Denon DL-103 Aluminum Body Cap

    These look really cool! I wish they were $50 a pice so i could buy two. 
    - 55 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:17pm -
  • newRe: How to connect to dual subs using preamp L/R line out
    Quote from: who?me? on 22 Feb 2018, 09:02 pmSince I’m starting to get into subs myself, i started a thread a few months back. One person suggested to use the preAmp outas you describe, but use “Splitting” or bifurca...
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:07pm -
  • newFS: Closet Cleaning (Feickert, Dennesen, Audio-Technica, Signet, Stillpoints)

    FS: Closet Cleaning (Feickert, Dennesen, Audio-Technica, Signet, Stillpoints)

    Feickert Universal Protractor. Original owner. Excellent condition with OBM. Asking $250.Dennesen Soundtractor Cartridge Alignment Tool (plastic version). Very good condition with OBM. Asking $...
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Feb 18, 7:59pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The New Australe EZ Speaker From Triangle

    The New Australe EZ Speaker From Triangle

    French speaker manufacturer Triangle has just announced the release of the latest reference of the Esprit range – The Australe EZ. We’ve been very impressed with what we’ve heard from the Triangle speakers we’ve reviewed so far, but the new…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Feb 18, 8:32pm -
  • New Disc Transport From McIntosh

    New Disc Transport From McIntosh

    McIntosh just announced the release of their new MCT500 SACD/CD transport. This is great news for those of you still committed to the shiny disc. With the ability to play SACD and CD discs, the MCT500 offers TOSLINK, RCA/SPDIF and AES/EBU digital out…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 9:59am -
  • The Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable

    The Gold Note Mediterraneo Turntable

    It’s an interesting journey to experience a manufacturer’s product in a gradual fashion. Beginning with Gold Note’s excellent Vasari MM cartridge, comparing to their Donatello and then Machiavelli cartridges, and finally the PH-10 phonostage, a…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Jan 18, 8:54pm -
  • The Audolici I50 Swing

    The Audolici I50 Swing

    I’ve never been to Portugal, and I had no idea they made amplifiers there. Our first experience with Audolici was earlier in the year with their AVP-01 phonostage, which proved lovely. Staffer Rob Johnson spent a fair amount of time with the amplif…
    - 30 days ago, 25 Jan 18, 8:31pm -
  • The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers

    The Shinola Bookshelf Speakers

    Starting from humble roots as a watchmaker in 2012, Detroit’s Shinola has come a long way in five years, consistently expanding its product lines in new and different ways, emerging as a major lifestyle brand. Today, the company produces clothing,…
    - 34 days ago, 21 Jan 18, 7:32pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newReview: Assault on the state of the art headphones, the HiFiMan Susvara
    This is not for the faint of heart, or wallet. If you think headphones have reached overwhelmingly high prices spare your time and don’t read this review. You have been warned.   Walking down the Munich High End corridors Bumped upon Riccardo Yeh,…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Feb 18, 3:00am -
  • newVivid Audio Giya G1 Series 2 demo event at Element Acoustics – UPDATE
    UPDATE: Due to blizzard-like conditions today in Vancouver, and more snow expected tomorrow, this event has been postponed. Check back for an update once rescheduling has been confirmed. One of Vancouver’s most exclusive high-end dealerships – El…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Feb 18, 2:15am -
  • John DeVore
    John DeVore of DeVORE FIDELITY. John walks us through his process for designing loudspeakers, the New York audio scene of the late 90’s and why drummers will always be in demand. Special co-host Bryan Beasley. ADORAMADOTCOM – The Pro’s Choice…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 3:00am -
  • An interview with hifi legend Nelson Pass
    Part-Time Audiophile talks to Nelson Pass Nelson Pass formed his first audio company with a friend while studying physics at the University of California-Davis in the early 1970s. He went on to co-found Threshold Electronics and design the well-regar…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 2:00am -
  • A visit to Hawaii’s oldest record store: Hungry Ear Records
    It was sun tan lotion, and fresh rain… no wait, tropical flowers. Errr, maybe a whiff of roasting meat on a BBQ mixed in too? This is what greeted my nose upon disembarking from the plane that had just landed in Honolulu, Hawaii. A pastiche of wond…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 2:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newBruckner: Symphony No. 4—Andris Nelsons

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4—Andris Nelsons

    This is the second release of a projected Bruckner Symphony cycle by one of classical music’s star conductors with his newest orchestra, the vaunted Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, Germany (named after the hall in which it plays).The Gewandha…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Feb 18, 11:13am -
  • newBeethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 (Moonlight) & 29 (Hammerklavier)—Murray Perahia

    Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 14 (Moonlight) & 29 (Hammerklavier)—Murray Perahia

    Legendary American pianist Murray Perahia continues his Indian Summer of recordings on the prestigious yellow label. Other DG house star pianists in their twilight recording years have not been so successful. Perahia's first release was a marvell…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Feb 18, 10:58am -
  • CANJAM NYC 2018

    CANJAM NYC 2018

    Just as last year, CANJAM NYC took place again this year Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, and at the same venue in the theatre district of Manhattan, NYC: The New York Marriott Marquis, at West 46th Street and Broadway. I arrived on a clear, s…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 7:24pm -
  • Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

    Fritz Carrera 7 BE Loudspeakers

    Back in 2012 I reviewed the Fritz Carbon 7 two-way stand mounted speakers. Prior to that, I hadn’t had much experience with small speakers in general and none in my system. During the review period, I was very pleasantly surprised by the sound q…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Feb 18, 11:00am -
  • World of McIntosh Loudspeaker Unveiling—New York City

    World of McIntosh Loudspeaker Unveiling—New York City

    The invitation said: McIntosh Group is very proud to introduce you to the newest products from McIntosh Laboratory, Inc. and Sonus faber, featuring two speakers with aesthetic and electroacoustic excellence. We cordially invite you to an exclusive…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Feb 18, 9:13am -

Enjoy The Music

  • McIntosh Labs And LA Audio Show To Offer McMasters Class

    McIntosh Labs And LA Audio Show To Offer McMasters Class

    The LA Audio Show (LAAS) 2018 and legendary audio manufacturer McIntosh Labs have announced details for the company's first certificated technical training course for consumers. McIntosh Labs' specially developed McMasters Class is adapted from the t…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 8:50pm -
  • TBT Review: ELAC Debut F5 Floorstanding Speaker

    TBT Review: ELAC Debut F5 Floorstanding Speaker

    Sound-wise (finally Steven gets to the point!) they are one of the most welcome-sounding speakers this side of the Audio Note AN-J/SPx with pure silver wire and silver voice coil/crossover parts hand wound by Vestal... that are easily 8x the price of…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 9:47pm -
  • NOVO's Mar/Apr Issue Features CES Coverage, Reviews And More

    NOVO's Mar/Apr Issue Features CES Coverage, Reviews And More

    njoy the Music.com has just posted the March / April 2018 issue of NOVO (was CANADA HiFi). Articles within this issue include the very best of CES 2018 report, getting healthy with tech, the journey to higher quality audio with Nordost Leif cables, p…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 9:46pm -
  • Take The Test: Harvard Gazette's Songs In The Key Of Humanity

    Take The Test: Harvard Gazette's Songs In The Key Of Humanity

    Harvard's Gazette recently released a study titled 'Songs in the Key of Humanity' within their health & medicine section. According to Harvard, "Some musical meaning may transcend cultural boundaries and be universally human." The article also follow…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 4:35am -
  • Two For Tuesday Review: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes Turntable

    Two For Tuesday Review: Pro-Ject Debut Carbon RecordMaster HiRes Turntable

    Listening to Pro-Ject's Debut Carbon RecordMaster turntable with carbon fiber tonearm and Ortofon 2M Red cartridge... Sandra King's voice during "In The Art of Love" offered a clear, bold and quite focused delivery while the background orchestra refl…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Feb 18, 7:11am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: Soundstyle audio gear rack
    Item: Soundstyle 4 shelf audio rack. Location: Chatswood, Sydney Price: $250 Item Condition: Good condition Reason for selling: No longer needed/down sizing Payment Method: Pickup - Cash only Extra Info: Soundstyle rack in…
    - 20 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:52pm -
  • newFS: NAD C162/ C272 Pre Power
    Item: 1x NAD C162 Stereo Preamp, 1x NAD C272 Stereo Power Amplifier Location: Mackay QLD Price: $800 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgraded whole system Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only, Bank Deposit Extra…
    - 37 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:35pm -
  • newFS: OPPO BDP-93 Region Free
    Item: OPPO BDP-93 Region Free Location: Waikerie, SA Price: $250 Item Condition: Excellent Reason for selling: Upgrading Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Includes remote and power cable. Has region free upgrade.…
    - 42 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:30pm -
  • newFS: Lumagen RadianceMini 3D
    Item: Lumagen Radiance Mini 3D Location: Waikerie, SA Price: $150 Item Condition: excellent Reason for selling:No longer used Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Includes cables and remote. http://www.hdtvtes…
    - 49 mins ago, 24 Feb 18, 8:23pm -
  • newApprox 400 vinyl albums - free to a good home.
    Item: Approximately 400 vinyl albums - free to a good home. Location: Newport area [Melbourne] Price: Free - you just have to pick them up. Item Condition: See extra info below. Reason for selling: Part of the surplus when we moved to NSW.…
    - 1 hour ago, 24 Feb 18, 7:49pm -

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

  • A Stunning Improvement in Computer Audio Sound Quality - the Samsung 960 EVO SSD
    First, a little background on recent system developments…when we moved into the new house last January, my goal was to modernize our computer, audio, and video accessibility as much as possible. I had a new dedicated listening room with beefy, dedi…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 9:35am -
  • Prism Sound Callia USB Digital DAC and Digital Audio Preamplifier
    Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed Ambrose Pierce "Fidelity to the source!" A ton of money has changed hands on the promise that some gizmo or recording can, "Put you right there next to the performers!" Unfortunately,…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Feb 18, 9:26am -
  • PS Audio Stellar M700 Monoblock Amplifiers
    Enter Stellar… Early last year, PS Audio introduced a new line of audio components. Dubbed Stellar, the initial line includes the Gain Cell DAC/Preamp, the S300 Stereo Amplifier, and the M700 monoblock amplifiers. I caught wind of the Stellar M700…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 8:28am -
  • Audio Ramblings - The Acoustic Research AR-H1 Headphones
    One of the fun things to do at RMAF is to hit the headphone exhibits and see what is going on in terms of new phones, amps, and DACs. One of the booths that caught our attention was that of Acoustic Research. We sat and listened to what they had on d…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 1:44pm -
  • CH Precision Reference Cables
    The Age of Bulk Occasionally I invite non-audiophile, classical music aficionados over to listen. I intentionally leave them unprepared for what they will see, except to mention that I'm an audiophile. It's a setup and it always works. They enter my…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Feb 18, 9:16am -

Digital Audio Review

  • newMytek’s Brooklyn DAC+: host with most offers more
    Let’s cut to the chase: listening to both models side by side over a number of weeks, the Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ (US$2195, preview here) sounds slightly better than the standard Brooklyn DAC (US$1995, review here): slightly better image focus, slightl…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Feb 18, 1:33am -
  • Global feedback: Death to WAF
    WAF. Web application firewall? World Architecture Festival? Welsh Automotive Forum? In the dude-dominated audiophile world, we’re talking Wife Acceptance Factor — how likely an audiophile’s spouse would approve of his latest hifi acquisition, b…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Feb 18, 8:34am -
  • ATC’s CDA2 MK2 is a 21st Century CD player
    Acoustic Transducer Company. As per the British manufacturer’s lesser-known unabbreviated name, ATC is best known for its loudspeakers: actives taking up residence in the some of the world’s finest recording studios and a consumer range – ac…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Feb 18, 2:29am -
  • Electronica for audiophiles (Part 8 – Ignoreland)
    Electronic music doesn’t enjoy a great deal of playtime in audiophile circles. Why? Maybe it’s snobbery? Maybe it’s a lack of exposure. Maybe it’s preconceptions of mindlessness? That so-called mindlessness is a feature, not a bug. Fresh con…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Feb 18, 2:54am -
  • Cue fanfare: Tellurium Q’s Silver Diamond USB cable
    USB cables. In joining DAC to network streamer, theoretical idealism would have us believe that they all sound the same. Real-world pragmatism tells us otherwise. Bridging the reality gap are several possible points of order: 1) There is no such thin…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Feb 18, 2:32am -