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The Absolute Sound

  • newObjectivity and the Abstract Truth

    Objectivity and the Abstract Truth

    Every hobby, by its very nature, runs the constant risk of losing contact with its own foundational intent or purpose. The closeness of specialization can, over time, turn into an abstraction where the tether to that hobby’s original essence is b…
    - 15 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 7:48am -
  • Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

    Preview: The Zellaton Stage Loudspeakers

    Like many long-time TAS readers, I have been on a multi-decade quest to achieve the absolute sound—the illusion of hearing actual acoustic instruments playing in a wonderful concert hall—through my stereo system. After years of trying, I recent…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 10:28am -
  • Magico Announces M2 Loudspeaker

    Magico Announces M2 Loudspeaker

    The following is a press release issued by Magico. HAYWARD, CA (USA) | December 7, 2018 – Magico, the Leader in High-Performance Loudspeaker Design and Manufacture, is pleased to announce the M2 which expands the M-Series product lineup and featu…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 8:38am -
  • 2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

    2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

    McIntosh Labs MC275 VI $5500 The sixth version of this most classic of all McIntosh amplifiers is by far the best, boasting greater tonal neutrality yet without losing the beautifully solid, rounded, dimensional, and natural musicality of its tube…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 5:01am -
  • 2018 New York Audio Show Report

    2018 New York Audio Show Report

    Overview The history of the New York Audio Show can best be described as rocky. Decades ago, the show was run by Stereophile magazine, and it was a juggernaut. I remember making an annual pilgrimage from Washington, D.C. to the New York Hilton to e…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 8:34pm -

Stereophile News

  • newJanuary Already?

    January Already?

    Yes, the January 2019 issue of Stereophile is hitting newsstands, mailboxes, and tablets this week. And to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our going from a digest-sized publication to a full-sized one, we have recreated the cover of the January 199…
    - 10 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 12:02pm -
  • newAequa & H e (a) r

    Aequa & H e (a) r

    First came the press release, from San Francisco Symphony, announcing:• Esa-Pekka Salonen is the Music Director Designate of SFS, to replace Michael Tilson Thomas when he voluntarily steps down after the summer of 2020.• EPS will lead S…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 18, 5:51am -
  • Listening #192: Koetsu, Ortofon, EMT

    Listening #192: Koetsu, Ortofon, EMT

    Although my house is now home to a borrowed pair of DeVore Fidelity Orangutan O/93 loudspeakers—a loan I gratefully accepted early this year, when my 1966 Altec Flamencos proved a bit too large for my new listening room—it's a matter of pr…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 2:00pm -
  • ATC CDA2 Mk2 CD player-preamplifier

    ATC CDA2 Mk2 CD player-preamplifier

    In the early 1990s, the Compact Disc was all the rage, and vinyl records were being executed en masse. Thirty years later, and oh, how our tables have turned. Mint first pressings of tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley's 1957 album Hank Mobley (Blue Note B…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 1:40pm -
  • Dealer Events in Virginia Thursday & Florida Saturday

    Dealer Events in Virginia Thursday & Florida Saturday

    Thursday, December 6, 4–8 pm, Command Performance (115 Park Avenue, Ste 2, Falls Church, VA 22046) will be hosting aNaim Audio "500 Event." Saturday, December 8, 12–5pmm, Audible Images (1610 Pineapple Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32935) are hold…
    - 6 days ago, 5 Dec 18, 8:12am -

AudioStream.com

  • newThe Christmas Music Mix

    The Christmas Music Mix

    As far as religious holidays go, none have been as potently marketed as Christmas. Defined by an endless stream of catchy original songs, unabashed commercialism, and a magical mascot, Christmas often seems more like a Disney production than an espec…
    - 1 day ago, 9 Dec 18, 11:24am -
  • Qobuz announces US pricing plan, will Tidal feel the heat?

    Qobuz announces US pricing plan, will Tidal feel the heat?

    Faith. There seems to be a sense of spiritual angst among the audiophile faithful who stream their digital audio via cloud-based music services and its cause seems to be the continuing delay of the French high-resolution music service Qobuz from ente…
    - 3 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 11:02am -
  • Tips for setting up an Audiophile NAS system with Aurender’s John-Paul Lizars

    Tips for setting up an Audiophile NAS system with Aurender’s John-Paul Lizars

    The crushing basslines and powerful vocal overdubs torturing eight-inch transducers stopped so suddenly that there wasn’t even an echo of a note left hanging in the air between my speakers. I hit play on the app interface residing on my iPad from t…
    - 4 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 2:22pm -
  • The AudioStream Holiday Gift Guide

    The AudioStream Holiday Gift Guide

    You look at the calendar on your iPhone and realize it’s December and a flush of panic turns your face red, which in turn is mistaken for rosy cheeks by your partner who squeals and exclaims “You’ve got the Holiday Spirit!” Unaware it’s fea…
    - 6 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 12:57pm -
  • Paul McCartney to Frank Sinatra – Engineer and Producer Al Schmitt: AudioStream Podcast No.3

    Paul McCartney to Frank Sinatra – Engineer and Producer Al Schmitt: AudioStream Podcast No.3

    Welcome to the third episode of the AudioStream Podcast and host Brian Hunter has managed to sequester an music-industry legend in producer and studio engineer Al Schmitt, whose deep connection with music spans almost the entire breadth of modern mus…
    - 10 days ago, 1 Dec 18, 9:33am -

Computer Audiophile

  • newThe Next Track Episode 134

    The Next Track Episode 134

    It had been way too long since I appeared on Kirk's and Doug's The Next Track podcast, so I was excited when the guys reached out to me to participate in a show about a downsizing one's audio system. Heresy you say! Downsizing is antithetical to…
    - 13 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:48am -
  • The Best Version Of… Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

    The Best Version Of… Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

    Nearly 50 years ago, Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On, an album that was not only an undeniable artistic leap forward for Gaye, but also a revolutionary statement of political agency and artistic freedom (especially for a Motown artist). Li…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 8:15am -
  • New Limited Edition McIntosh System

    New Limited Edition McIntosh System

    Today McIntosh announces a special limited edition commemorative system comprised of the MC2152 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Amplifier and C70 70th Anniversary Vacuum Tube Preamplifier. Only 70 of these systems will be sold to coincide with the c…
    - 5 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 7:09am -
  • Why Can't Music Artists Do This?

    Why Can't Music Artists Do This?


    - 6 days ago, 5 Dec 18, 6:43am -
  • New Storage Options From QNAP and Samsung

    New Storage Options From QNAP and Samsung

    If you believe the pundits, nobody uses or needs local storage anymore because everyone streams everything. Don't believe them? Good, because they either have no clue or they are lying to grab the headlines. I stream music every day, but can't li…
    - 7 days ago, 3 Dec 18, 10:36am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: crossover with dial, how do you bypass the dial?
    Well, it's not likely that you'll burn down the house... but a low rated resistor in a woofer circuit actually could do just that.  Luckily, most L pads are in the tweeter circuit.   Close up photos might help.    What is under those metal brack…
    - 34 mins ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:49pm -
  • newRe: New guy from Atlanta!
    Welcome to the sweet spot.ACI had a rep as a good speaker and good value, but defunct for awhile now AFAIK. Parts, drivers, service data could be problematic if something goes wrong. If everything good though, could be a WTF acquisition at the right…
    - 46 mins ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:37pm -
  • newRe: crossover with dial, how do you bypass the dial?
    When you say the "dial" is broken, does that mean you can't adjust it at all? It's probably an L-pad. Easiest way to understand that is to google L-pad. See if you can read enough part numbers off the broken item to look up. Part numbers are often ea…
    - 46 mins ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:37pm -
  • newRe: Affordable$$$Audio Best of 2007 - - - Two Awards to ACI :)
    A 11 year old thread about a review by an audio rag that is out of business of a speaker made by a company that is out of business.... huh?
    - 51 mins ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:32pm -
  • newRe: The OFFICIAL Super-7 thread
    Probably I'll soon be returning my S7s to my main system, replacing at least temporarily the Quads.  The bass amps are at Sonic Craft being recapped.  Until they return, I'll be using my 15" Rythmiks SWs that are dri...
    - 52 mins ago, 10 Dec 18, 9:31pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • Paradigm’s Persona B

    Paradigm’s Persona B

    Listening to the intricate fretboard work of Bill Frisell on his Good Dog, Happy Man album, I’m reminded of three things: Frisell’s remarkable performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival a few years ago, how much the Persona B captures the essence…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 9:47am -
  • ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    ARC’s top effort yet – The REF160M Monoblocks

    Some products you have a casual, cursory exposure with, and others you have a relationship with. Audio Research is a brand I’ve had a long relationship with. They are one of about six brands that I go back decades with, having owned nearly 20 of t…
    - 8 days ago, 2 Dec 18, 6:14pm -
  • Issue 92
    Features Old School: Jeff Dorgay revisits the KEF C60s 995: Kanto YU6 Powered Speakers By Jerold O’Brien Journeyman Audiophile: Totem’s Sky Towers By Rob Johnson Mine: It Should Be Yours Peanuts Watch Plaid Flannel Jammies Blue Wine Segway’s Go…
    - 22 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 9:35pm -
  • Paradigm’s Newest Atom…

    Paradigm’s Newest Atom…

    I often get criticized for only being interested in the mega gear, but nothing could be more wrong. As much fun as the big bucks stuff is, no one starts there, and for me, hifi is a journey. One of the most exciting parts of the journey is the beginn…
    - 22 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 9:05pm -
  • Amphion Helium 510 Speakers

    Amphion Helium 510 Speakers

    Listening to Eric Clapton float between these quietly elegant, white speakers from Amphion, it’s easy to see why they named this speaker range “helium.” The slight waveguide machined into the front panel of the cabinet, adds dispersion to the d…
    - 22 days ago, 18 Nov 18, 7:22pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newCAF 2018: Odyssey Audio; A punch in the face that feels great
    Part-Time AudiophileKlaus Bunge of Odyssey Audio is a one man circus of personality, high-end sound, and high-end value. Together with VPI Industries, and Symphonic Line we get a healthy dose of what might be Klaus’ highest-end speaker achievement…
    - 19 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • newAcoustic Research AR-H1 Review | The Millennial Audiophile
    Part-Time AudiophileNothing holds you hostage with the music like a big set of cans. You are isolated, alone, just you and the music. The music gets inside your head in more ways than one. A lifelike sound-stage isn’t usually something I usually a…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 18, 9:00am -
  • Monthly Spins: December 2018
    Part-Time AudiophileMusic The Glands: The Glands File Under: Athens Indie rock reissues Released a couple of weeks ago this self-titled album is originally from 2000 and finds a fully-formed Athens, Georgia band that should have had a wider followin…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 18, 6:00am -
  • CAF 2018: ModWright Instruments, Fritz Speakers and Oh, It’s You Again
    Part-Time AudiophileIt became a running joke after a while. I’d be walking the halls at the 2018 Capital Audiofest, I’d look up and Fritz would be standing there or walking by or coming out of a room. By Fritz, I mean John “Fritz” Heiler of…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 18, 3:00am -
  • CAF 2018: Paradigm, Anthem and Staying the Heck Out of the Way
    Part-Time AudiophileAt the 2018 Capital Audiofest, the gentleman in the Paradigm/Anthem room had it all figured out. He had the simplest of systems in his exhibit—the Anthem STR integrated amplifier ($4500) hooked up to a pair of Paradigm Persona…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 3:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

    I usually write music reviews, especially classical, with my classically-trained hat on, commenting on performance, interpretation, comparables, etc. My audiophile nature kicks in at times and posts commentary in each review, for sure, but the mai…
    - 6 days ago, 4 Dec 18, 10:39am -
  • Our 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, w…
    - 7 days ago, 3 Dec 18, 11:04am -
  • Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20/Sonatas K281 & 382—Seong-Jin Cho, piano/DG

    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20/Sonatas K281 & 382—Seong-Jin Cho, piano/DG

    Seong-Jin Cho is the young Korean phenom who won the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, joining such winning luminaries as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Krystian Zimerman. A healthy ratio of winners of this particular com…
    - 12 days ago, 28 Nov 18, 11:39am -
  • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker—DG/Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker—DG/Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Recordings of The Nutcracker usually come thick and fast around the holidays. Orchestras and ballet companies have made fortunes performing the perennially wonderful music and telling the story. If only Tchaikovsky knew? And, what about Disney?I…
    - 13 days ago, 27 Nov 18, 10:42am -
  • Audiophilia's Recordings of the Year 2018

    Audiophilia's Recordings of the Year 2018

    As chosen by Audiophilia's Publisher,  Anthony Kershaw. Images link to Audiophilia review for your information. Available at most online sites. Reviews have to be published in Audiophilia during 2017 and the recording released internationally…
    - 18 days ago, 22 Nov 18, 10:31am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newWorld Premiere Review! ZMF Vérité Flagship Headphones

    World Premiere Review! ZMF Vérité Flagship Headphones

    Coming from Auteur, ZMF's Vérité's headphone cup adds venting in several areas, with an entirely new golden-ratio-inspired grille, five vents on the face of the cup, and thirteen more vents strategically placed around the perimeter of the cup. Mehr…
    - 12 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 10:31am -
  • newBurson Audio Playmate HeadAmp / DAC And Burson Swing Pre / DAC

    Burson Audio Playmate HeadAmp / DAC And Burson Swing Pre / DAC

    Through 18 months of relentless research and development, Burson Audio have taken their Play concept to a completely new level. The Playmate & Swing ($399 each on up) and has once again redefined the company's performance versus size versus price rat…
    - 17 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 4:56am -
  • LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Gala

    LA & OC Audio Society 25th Anniversary Gala

    It was a cool winter day in SoCal, that's Southern California, as my muse Heather and I attended LA & OC Audio Society's very special 25th Anniversary Gala. Originally formed by a small group of audiophiles many years ago, today the Los Angeles and O…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 5:43am -
  • Fun Friday: Enjoy The Music!

    Fun Friday: Enjoy The Music!


    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 3:58am -
  • Magico M2 Features Four Drivers Within A Custom Carbon Fiber Cabinet

    Magico M2 Features Four Drivers Within A Custom Carbon Fiber Cabinet

    Magico is pleased to announce the M2 speaker ($56,000 per pair plus optional M2 MPOD three part stand is $7,600), which expands the M-Series product lineup and features many engineering designs from their M6 and M3. The M2 to feature a new monocoque…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 3:58am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newWADIA 171i Transport for iPhone/ipod
    Item: Wadia 171i Transport for iphone/ipod Location: NSW Central Coast Price: $175.00 Item Condition: USED good condition Reason for selling: other set - network Payment Method: Pickup - Cash Extra Info: I am willing to do a Sydney metro…
    - 2 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 8:47pm -
  • newFS: PAIR OF NEW/UN-USED REL T5i SUBWOOFERS
    Item: Pair of new/un-used REL T5i subwoofers - piano black finish Location: Perth Price: $1,600.00 Item Condition: New and un-used, only un-boxed to photograph for this classified Reason for selling: Sold the speakers…
    - 2 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 8:01pm -
  • newMclaren 903 Mono Power amplifier + Mclaren 603 Pre-amplifier
    Item: Mclaren 903 250w mono power amplifier + Mclaren 603 Preamplifier Location: Len Wallis Audio HQ, 64 Burns Bay Road, Lane Cove NSW 2066 Price: $980 Item Condition: Very good Secondhand Condition Payment Method: Cash, Paypal, Bank Transfer…
    - 3 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 7:47pm -
  • newFS: LINE MAGNETIC LM 518iA 845 VALVE INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER
    Item: Line Magnetic LM 518iA 845 valve integrated amplifier - Gold Series Location: Perth Price: $4,500.00 Item Condition: Excellent, as new - perfect cosmetically and operationally Reason for selling: No longer requir…
    - 3 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 7:39pm -
  • newFS: Sugden A21a Series 2 Int. Amplifier
    Item: Class A integrated amp Location: Perth (N.O.R.) Price: $1250 (negotiable within a reason) Item Condition: 8/10 - minor scuff as shown in photo. Reason for selling: Raising fund for new amp Payment Method: Pickup preferred, but can po…
    - 4 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 6:25pm -

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 -

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Digital Audio Review

  • newOnSight: a video view of the Linn Selekt DSM
    Boxen Gross. Big speakers? Not for this commentator’s first visit to the Kreuzberg hi-fi store of the same name. Instead, I’m here to meet one Guido Schuetze – Brand Ambassador for Linn in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – for an extended i…
    - 18 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 4:04am -
  • newLetters to the editor: Putting on weight (& height)
    Response to a recent editorial and poll on hi-res audio and a show and tell on doorstops. Jim C: Hey John, I read your doorstop article, and on a total whim I ordered these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MFEC211/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00…
    - 21 hours ago, 10 Dec 18, 1:35am -
  • Burson announces opamp-rollable DAC, headphone amplifier
    Swing and Playmate. Channelling the ghost of Hugh Hefner, Melbourne’s Burson Audio’s have announced two new models: the respectively-named digital pre-amplifier (US$399) and 2-watt headphone amplifier w/DAC (US$399). The Swing sports a line-leve…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 18, 2:20am -
  • I’m chairman of the board!
    “I’m bored. I’m the chairman of the board. I’m a Lincoln monologue, I’m livin’ like a God, I’m bored.” — Iggy Pop Hi-fi racks – we audiophiles use them to organise our components, to more attractively display them and, sometimes,…
    - 5 days ago, 6 Dec 18, 5:42am -
  • Doorstop me if you think you’ve heard this one before…
    “Stop me, oh, stop me Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before Stop me, oh, stop me Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before Nothing’s changed I still love you, oh, I still love you …Only Slightly, only slightly…
    - 6 days ago, 5 Dec 18, 4:40am -