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  • newRevinylization #36: The Hissing of the Roses

    Revinylization #36: The Hissing of the Roses

    My wife saw me putting on my new LP of Joni Mitchell's great For the Roses album and said: "Oh, our breakup album!" Never mind the confusing details—we're obviously still (or again) together—that's how intense the bonds are for many people…
    - 15 hours ago, 1 Dec 22, 10:31am -
  • newSomewhere in a Burst of Glory

    Somewhere in a Burst of Glory

    Tyler Chester was headed south on the I-5 to San Diego, where he would join indie-rock eminence Andrew Bird's road band for a brief tour. Touring is an activity Los Angeles–based Chester pursues with decreasing frequency, he told me in a recent…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Nov 22, 2:32pm -
  • AMG Giro MK II turntable

    AMG Giro MK II turntable

    Three decades ago, I had a boss who insisted I drive a Mercedes-Benz as a company car. Tough gig, you might be thinking, but there was solid reasoning behind this extravagance: He wanted the people representing his company to look successful, so it w…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 10:34am -
  • Roksan Attessa streaming integrated amplifier

    Roksan Attessa streaming integrated amplifier

    When I put together my first hi-fi system in the late 1960s, the amplifier was a Kenwood integrated. Soon I replaced the Kenwood with a Sony integrated, and then, a few years later, I bought a Lecson preamplifier and power amplifier pairing. It's bee…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Nov 22, 5:44pm -
  • Technics SL-1200G turntable

    Technics SL-1200G turntable

    People tend to believe that things are what they appear to be. This turned out to be the case in 2016, when Panasonic introduced the limited-edition Technics SL-1200GAE turntable. It appeared almost identical to an SL-1200—arguably the best-sell…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Nov 22, 7:36pm -

AudioStream.com

  • newRevinylization #36: The Hissing of the Roses

    Revinylization #36: The Hissing of the Roses

    My wife saw me putting on my new LP of Joni Mitchell's great For the Roses album and said: "Oh, our breakup album!" Never mind the confusing details—we're obviously still (or again) together—that's how intense the bonds are for many people…
    - 15 hours ago, 1 Dec 22, 10:31am -
  • newSomewhere in a Burst of Glory

    Somewhere in a Burst of Glory

    Tyler Chester was headed south on the I-5 to San Diego, where he would join indie-rock eminence Andrew Bird's road band for a brief tour. Touring is an activity Los Angeles–based Chester pursues with decreasing frequency, he told me in a recent…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Nov 22, 2:32pm -
  • AMG Giro MK II turntable

    AMG Giro MK II turntable

    Three decades ago, I had a boss who insisted I drive a Mercedes-Benz as a company car. Tough gig, you might be thinking, but there was solid reasoning behind this extravagance: He wanted the people representing his company to look successful, so it w…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 10:34am -
  • Roksan Attessa streaming integrated amplifier

    Roksan Attessa streaming integrated amplifier

    When I put together my first hi-fi system in the late 1960s, the amplifier was a Kenwood integrated. Soon I replaced the Kenwood with a Sony integrated, and then, a few years later, I bought a Lecson preamplifier and power amplifier pairing. It's bee…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Nov 22, 5:44pm -
  • Technics SL-1200G turntable

    Technics SL-1200G turntable

    People tend to believe that things are what they appear to be. This turned out to be the case in 2016, when Panasonic introduced the limited-edition Technics SL-1200GAE turntable. It appeared almost identical to an SL-1200—arguably the best-sell…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Nov 22, 7:36pm -

Computer Audiophile

  • A Tale Of Two Streamers

    A Tale Of Two Streamers

      I have been chasing my tail here in audio land, trying to find a sweet spot for digital playback. Most recently, I have been using an Antipodes DX-3 and am still experimenting with their new software updates and different DDCs. …
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 7:40am -
  • More Music For Your Enjoyment

    More Music For Your Enjoyment

      My last article, was based, in part, on a Philadelphia theme. I thought I would continue with another themed piece, this time involving my favorite living jazz drummer, Jeff Hamilton. I will include here some favorites culled from hi…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Nov 22, 7:00am -
  • Atmos Music and Some Current Favorites, Part 2 (Grammy Edition)

    Atmos Music and Some Current Favorites, Part 2 (Grammy Edition)

      My love for immersive audio only gets stronger as I hear more Atmos music. I've been listening to Michael Jackson's Thriller (40th anniversary) in Atmos for the past 24 hours, and loving every minute of it. The Atmos mix is great, an…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Nov 22, 9:39am -
  • The Interview Series | Lonnie Liston Smith

    The Interview Series | Lonnie Liston Smith


    - 16 days ago, 16 Nov 22, 8:06am -
  • Dynaudio Focus 10 Active Loudspeaker Review

    Dynaudio Focus 10 Active Loudspeaker Review

     In October 2017 I visited Dynaudio's headquarters in Skanderborg, Denmark, to see how the company designs, manufacturers, and measures its loudspeakers. The experience was unforgettable for a number of reasons, including the wonderful peo…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Nov 22, 12:34pm -

AudioCircle Updates

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • The Carver Black Magic 25

    The Carver Black Magic 25

    Sometimes less is more, especially when it comes to vacuum tubes. There’s always something special about a low-powered tube amp and a pair of fairly sensitive speakers. Bob Carver’s latest, the Black Magic 25 is a perfect example. Sporting a fair…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Nov 22, 11:49pm -
  • Welcome to Distilled!
    Hello and welcome to our new section – Distilled. We are not abandoning our standard reviews, but for those of you that would like a little more than the canned press releases everyone else is posting, but not sure if you want to make the time inve…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Nov 22, 8:40am -
  • REL Raises The Bar

    REL Raises The Bar

    The new no.31 Reference Subwoofer is a substantial improvement. If you aren’t paying close attention, you might easily mistake REL’s new no.31 subwoofer for one of their outgoing reference models. Upon close inspection, aside from the new super-c…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Nov 22, 5:15pm -
  • More Power From LSA!

    More Power From LSA!

    The New VT-150 rocks… You know we had a great time with LSA’s VT-70, featuring EL-34 power. Jerold O’Brien even bought the review sample. It’s a pretty incredible little amp for the size and definitely for the price. However, 35-40 Watts per…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Nov 22, 6:36pm -
  • Aqua Audio LaDiva CD transport and Formula xHD DAC

    Aqua Audio LaDiva CD transport and Formula xHD DAC

    If you are still committed to the compact disc, Aqua Audio’s LaDiva transport and Formula xHD DAC is the loveliest combination I’ve had the pleasure to listen to. Period. We currently use their LaScala DAC in system two with excellent results. Go…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Nov 22, 8:58pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newThe Best Bookshelf Speakers | Buyers Guide 2023
    Welcome to the Best Bookshelf Speakers section of the Part-Time Audiophile Buyers Guide for 2023. The Guide is more than “We heartily endorse this [fill in the blank].” This collection represents our enthusiasm. Every “best [...]
    - 1 hour ago, 2 Dec 22, 12:00am -
  • newGrover Neville’s CAF Photos | CAF 2022
    As we mentioned last week, just near the end of our coverage of the 2023 Capital Audiofest, we received an amazing treasure chest of images from our own Grover Neville. I tried to implement as [...]
    - 2 days ago, 30 Nov 22, 10:30am -
  • An Interview With Zu Audio and Bart Andeer Of Florida Audio Expo | The Occasional Podcast
    This week’s episode of our audio-centric The Occasional Podcast features none other than Sean Casey of Zu Audio, and a separate breakdown of the upcoming Florida Audio Expo with show runner Bart Andeer. The Florida [...]
    - 2 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 2:08pm -
  • Børresen, Ansuz and Aavik | CAF 2022
    If you’ve followed Marc Phillips’ adventures in Denmark, specifically his visit to Audio Group Denmark where they make Børresen speakers, Aavik amplification and Ansuz cables and accessories, you’ll know they are at the forefront of [...]
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 1:01am -
  • SPL Elector Analog Preamplifier | REVIEW
    A number of years ago, long before I reviewed this SPL Elector, I stumbled upon a really neat headphone amplifier. I don’t recall exactly how I found out about it; maybe through an on-line audio [...]
    - 5 days ago, 27 Nov 22, 1:00am -

Audiophilia

  • newOur Favourite Christmas Albums

    Our Favourite Christmas Albums

    From all of us at Audiophilia, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.Here are a few of our favourite Christmas albums, some you’ll know, some maybe new to you. All are spectacular, both in execution and musicianship.All recordings are on CD,…
    - 24 hours ago, 1 Dec 22, 1:39am -
  • Hana Umami Red MC Cartridge

    Hana Umami Red MC Cartridge

    Of my meagre ten years in high-end audio, the best listening experiences I’ve ever had have been when friends or acquaintances invite me into their listening space and we get to pick recordings or albums to hear together. Whether that be a classmat…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Nov 22, 2:56am -
  • PSB Synchrony B600 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

    PSB Synchrony B600 Bookshelf Loudspeakers

    A great aspect of exploring the audio industry is learning about the personalities behind the products. It’s fascinating to understand how those personalities are infused into such highly engineered systems as audiophile loudspeakers. Paul Barton,…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Nov 22, 2:56am -
  • iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon Ultra-Res Portable Balanced DAC and Headphone Amplifier

    iFi Audio xDSD Gryphon Ultra-Res Portable Balanced DAC and Headphone Amplifier

    My first portable audio component was a yellow Sony Walkman cassette player; you probably know which one I’m describing. I spent so much time with it that the few pictures I have from that time always show it by my side. My faithful companion in ad…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Nov 22, 2:56am -
  • John Adams Collected Works—Nonesuch

    John Adams Collected Works—Nonesuch

    This is the recently released box set of John Adams Collected Works, a 40-disc set of recordings spanning more than 40 years of John Adams’ career with Nonesuch Records. Adams has been the leader of the US minimalist composers along with Steve Reic…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Nov 22, 2:55am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newEnjoyTheMusic.com's December Holiday Special Review Magazine

    EnjoyTheMusic.com's December Holiday Special Review Magazine

    This month's magazine features our extensive, and ongoing, Capital Audiofest show report. We also have a wide variety of premium audio gear reviews and more! For those who celebrate, everyone at EnjoyTheMusic.com wishes you and yours a happy holida…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Nov 22, 6:37pm -
  • newFlorida International Audio Expo 2023

    Florida International Audio Expo 2023

    The Florida International Audio Expo will soon celebrate their fourth annual event in Tampa. From February 17th through 19th at the Embassy Suites Westshore, this is your chance to explore an exciting showcase of products such as turntables, amplifi…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Nov 22, 3:37am -
  • Spotify Reports Q3 2022 Earnings

    Spotify Reports Q3 2022 Earnings

    According to Spotify, "The majority of our key metrics surpassed guidance in Q3’22, led by Monthly Active Users (MAU) and Subscriber outperformance and healthy Revenue growth. Similar to last quarter, MAU growth saw notable acceleration, with net…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 3:49am -
  • The Capital Audiofest 2022 Fab Five

    The Capital Audiofest 2022 Fab Five

    Welcome to the reveal of my Fab Five, the five most accomplished, most musically engaging systems that I encountered at this year's Capital Audiofest. Have you ever wondered criteria I use to make these selections? Well, it comes down to a symbiosis…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Nov 22, 6:05am -
  • Marten Parker Trio Diamond Edition Floorstanding Speaker Review

    Marten Parker Trio Diamond Edition Floorstanding Speaker Review

    Marten speakers are designed and built in Sweden. Leif Marten Olofsson founded the company in 1998. Marten is now run by Leif Marten and his brothers, Jorgen and Lars Olofsson. Marten designs and manufactures five lines of speakers, all named to ear…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Nov 22, 4:05am -

AudiophileReview.com

AVRev.com News

  • 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
    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
    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 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 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

  • newPlug headphones into GO link for supercharged sound
    Packing in sophisticated sonic technology that outstrips other USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapters, the latest addition to iFi’s GO series delivers superior sound at a super-affordable price Southport, England – iFi audio expands its GO series…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Dec 22, 7:16pm -
  • Audience Introduces Its Studio Two USB Cable for Improved Digital Sound and Higher Value
    San Marcos, CA, November 29, 2022 "As digital playback components and computer hardware become ever more advanced, the quality of the USB and other cable connections should not be ignored," noted John McDonald, president of Audience. "Our new Studio…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 6:43pm -
  • Elastic Time and Electromags: Q and A with Gayle Ellett
    Gayle Ellett, Topanga Canyon. 2022, Photo by Rita Street Gayle Ellett is one of the founding members of Djam Karet, an instrumental quartet that recently released their 20th album, Island In The Red Night Sky. He's also working on the second release…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 11:04am -
  • Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 34
    This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations 206. Bionic Boogie, "Chains"/"Cream (Always Rises to the Top)." Polydor – PRO 066 (1978), 12" 33 1/3 rpm, promo. Genre: disco. Bionic Boogie was the brainchild of American disco pro…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Nov 22, 10:26am -
  • Cantate Domino - First Time on Reel-to-Reel Tape
    Cantate Domino. Torsten Nilsson (Conductor), Oscar's Motet Choir, Alf Linder (organ), Marianne Mellnas (soprano), Proprius 7762/AudioNautes Recordings AN-RTR-2107, 15-ips, 2-track reel-to-reel tape, IEC EQ, Price: €850 (until January); €990 (afte…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Nov 22, 3:01pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -