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The Absolute Sound

  • new2018 Buyer's Guide: Headphones $1,500+

    2018 Buyer's Guide: Headphones $1,500+

    Sennheiser HD 800 $1599 The HD 800s derive their claim to excellence from good bass/treble balance and a rock-solid delivery of musical fundamentals. Bass is deep and articulate, while the lower midrange is clean, with good reproduction of power inst…
    - 12 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:20am -
  • Online Exclusive: Chris Tordini's Midnight Sun & Hilary Gardner's The Late Set

    Online Exclusive: Chris Tordini's Midnight Sun & Hilary Gardner's The Late Set

    Some of the most interesting music I hear these days is by female jazz singers. Often they project a deep appreciation of the jazz vocal tradition as well as a keen sense of how to take that tradition to new places. Far from seeming dated or stale, t…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 8:26am -
  • German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

    German Physiks HRS-130 Loudspeaker

    Those of you who are familiar with my review of the German Physiks Unlimited II, the HRS-130’s little brother, may recall my esteem for Lincoln Walsh’s revolutionary bending-wave transducer, developed in the early 1960s and later adapted by Germa…
    - 6 days ago, 5 Dec 17, 11:09am -
  • Special Report: The Japanese Audio Industry

    Special Report: The Japanese Audio Industry

    Something is definitely afoot in the Japanese audio industry. For a country whose culture encourages cautious evolution, there have been a whole lot of big changes in a short time. The first was in 2011, when Sony, that quintessential mass-market bra…
    - 7 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 11:50am -
  • Five Questions For Alon Wolf

    Five Questions For Alon Wolf

    1) Building the lowest-noise enclosures has always been a prime Magico goal. You started with flat-topped, boat-tail-curved birch ply and aluminum boxes with the Minis, migrated to more traditionally squared-off damped aluminum enclosures with the Qs…
    - 8 days ago, 3 Dec 17, 6:35pm -

Stereophile News

  • newMQA: Some Claims Examined

    MQA: Some Claims Examined

    "The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point."—Claude ShannonSince its announcement at the end of 2014, Master Quality Authenticated, the MQA…
    - 7 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 1:35pm -
  • newHeadphone Event in Manhattan Tuesday

    Headphone Event in Manhattan Tuesday

    Tuesday, December 12, 2–7pm, New York retailer In Living Stereo (2 Great Jones Street, Manhattan, NY 10003) is holding a special headphone event featuring the entire line of Audeze headphones, Woo Audio tube headphone amplifiers and the Hugo TT,…
    - 16 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:35am -
  • newJanuary Already?

    January Already?

    Yes, with the beginning of winter and the holiday season almost upon us, the January 2018 issue of Stereophile has started dropping into mailboxes, being displayed on newsstand shelves, and being downloaded to tablets. And it is, even if we say so ou…
    - 1 day ago, 10 Dec 17, 9:13am -
  • newRachel Podger's Grand New Baroque SACD

    Rachel Podger's Grand New Baroque SACD

    Few violinists would consider saddling a recording with a title as grand and potentially pretentious as Grandissima Gravita. But not only is Rachel Podger's latest Channel Classics hybrid SACD with her ensemble, Brecon Baroque, grandly played—Po…
    - 2 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 5:03am -
  • Christmas Candy

    Christmas Candy

    It's sweet! It's vocals! It's Christmas!Sat, 12/09/2017
    - 3 days ago, 9 Dec 17, 4:39am -

AudioStream.com

  • newLovely Recordings Hosted by Joe Whip (Part 5)

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Joe Whip (Part 5)

    I have been thinking of authoring another installment of Lovely Recordings but have not yet had the time to sit down and do so. However, there is one recent release which is so good in terms of the music, musicianship and sound quality that it deserv…
    - 15 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 5:20am -
  • Download of the Week: Various Artists

    Download of the Week: Various Artists

    Mono No Aware is the first compilation album from the folks at PAN and it's a shimmering doozy. Featuring Jeff Witscher, Helm, TCF, Yves Tumor, M.E.S.H., Pan Daijing, HVAD, Kareem Lotfy, ADR, Mya Gomez, Sky H1, James K, Oli XL, Bill Kouligas, Flora Y…
    - 4 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 4:41am -
  • 116+ Albums from Actress to Ziúr: Weird New Pop's Favorite Albums of the Year

    116+ Albums from Actress to Ziúr: Weird New Pop's Favorite Albums of the Year

    Usually, I find comfort in limitations and I'm pretty good at following instructions. But, when it comes to year-end lists, I'm just not myself. So, when Michael Lavorgna asked for a list of five favorite albums, I promptly came up with 75.
    - 5 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • In Barn: The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player

    In Barn: The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player

    The Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player ($2400).
    - 7 days ago, 5 Dec 17, 5:05am -
  • Monthly Spins: December 2017

    Monthly Spins: December 2017

    And I thought the big news this month was just going to be the release of some fine music and then the ECM going all in on digital downloads info dropped on November 17th. I don't even know where to begin to open that extraordinary can of worms so I'…
    - 11 days ago, 1 Dec 17, 5:01am -

AudioCircle Updates

  • newRe: Sound Damping Material
    Quote from: dB Cooper on Today at 03:07 amHaven't had any problems with that but as this thread gets more views (some other people here have done it too) you may get other suggestions. Yeah, towers can take quite ...
    - 33 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:39pm -
  • newRe: The Flat 5 is ready (new pics on page 2)
    Thanks Danny. Here are a few pics. It's still early in the build. So far so good. I will cut all the holes next when I get another chance to work on it. Note, I also dado'd the inside brace C to the 2 B's.[img]http://www.audiocircle.com/image.php?id=…
    - 40 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:32pm -
  • newRe: OB Speakers and the Cardas Rule
    Quote from: gregfisk on  9 Dec 2017, 03:57 amHey WC, Thanks for the input. My Room runs the other direction thou so my speakers are on the short wall. 19' wide by 30' feet long with nothing really to mess with the sp...
    - 43 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:29pm -
  • newRe: Sound Damping Material
    Haven't had any problems with that but as this thread gets more views (some other people here have done it too) you may get other suggestions. Yeah, towers can take quite a bit but it still might be cheaper than an 'audiophile' solution.Most importan…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:07pm -
  • newRe: Icepower 1200AS amp. Class D like you've never heard before
    Quote from: sfox7076 on Today at 02:57 amI am lostnon the case upgrade. Are there pictures yet for the 2 channel?   I would consider it if I could see it beforehand.I won't be opening up the option to up...
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:04pm -

Head-Fi Updates

TONEAudio Magazine

  • SVS Latest Bass Monsters!

    SVS Latest Bass Monsters!

    In case you missed our review of SVS SB-16 Subwoofer, we were pretty excited about this massive, gloss black, low frequency machine. You can read the full review here. However, if the SB-16 series is just a little bit too big for your environment, or…
    - 8 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 6:06am -
  • First Look: The Magnepan .7 Speakers

    First Look: The Magnepan .7 Speakers

    Having spent a fair amount of time with the Magnepan MMG over the years, it’s a fun little speaker that can’t always rock. Change the program to jazz or vocal music, and you’d swear you are listening to much more expensive speakers. The spatial…
    - 17 days ago, 24 Nov 17, 9:59am -
  • EAT’s GLOW S phonostage
    With phono preamplifier reaching the stratosphere, what is the performance minded analog lover to do? We’ve got a few good examples coming in the January issue of TONEAudio, but this new model from European Audio Team, the Glow S, is incredible. He…
    - 22 days ago, 19 Nov 17, 7:33pm -
  • Why I Love White Speakers

    Why I Love White Speakers

    Everyone has a favorite color; mine is red, and my husband (it’s no secret about Jeff Dorgay) loves lime green. When it comes to accessorizing these are the colors that attract us. However,  our favorite colors sometimes may tend to be a bit too h…
    - 22 days ago, 19 Nov 17, 6:20pm -
  • The 705 S2 from Bowers & Wilkins

    The 705 S2 from Bowers & Wilkins

    There’s nothing more unfair to a pair of speakers than to pull them out of the box, throw them in a room with no care paid to fine tuning the setup and just playing music. But if you just got home from your favorite hifi store, that’s probably wh…
    - 22 days ago, 19 Nov 17, 4:51pm -

Part Time Audiophile

  • newWarsaw 2017: Intriguing Eryk S. Concept
      There was something like 100 rooms in the Sobieski hotel, filled with all sorts of gear and Eryk S. Concept clearly stood apart, at least in terms of originality. The main system was composed by nothing more than an old Sony CD player, a class D a…
    - 14 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:00am -
  • newTAVES 2017 Show Report – Part Two: Triangle Art, Angel City Audio, TEO Audio
    The second of two reports from the Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show by Richard Mak Angel City Audio Angel City Audio’s room was one of the best sounding room at TAVES 2016.   This year they partnered up with Tom Vu of Triangle Art, and show…
    - 2 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 7:00am -
  • newCapital Audiofest 2017: Well Pleased AV takes us backstage
    The Story Death, Taxes, and Good Sound from Well Pleased AV. Three things in life you can be assured of. I say this because in typical fashion Mark Sossa has brought us something new to gawk at and exhibited it with showstopping results. Namely his l…
    - 2 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 5:00am -
  • newReview: The Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon turntable with Sumiko Blackbird
    Playing records is – as my good friend once told me – the audiophile version of the Japanese tea ceremony. It is all about preparation, and presentation. There is a strong visual aesthetic to the act of putting an LP on a turntable, cueing up the…
    - 2 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 1:00am -
  • Warsaw 2017: Miro Krajnc and Soulsonic
      Names like Andrew Jones, Laurence Dickie and Joachim Gerhard do ring a bell? From what I have found or better auditioned during the Warsaw show we must add Miro Krajnc to the list of modern speaker designers. Miro is the mind behind the Ubiq Model…
    - 3 days ago, 9 Dec 17, 5:00am -

Audiophilia

  • Anticables Level 3 Reference Series Power Cord

    Anticables Level 3 Reference Series Power Cord

    As audiophiles, who knew there would be so much consternation about something relatively simple as electricity, easily defined as the flow electrons through a conductor? Especially how it effects high end electronics.My interest is definitely no…
    - 4 days ago, 7 Dec 17, 11:45am -
  • Seong-Jin Cho plays Debussy

    Seong-Jin Cho plays Debussy

    I am a big admirer of Seong-Jin Cho’s piano playing and Debussy’s spectacularly beautiful piano music. As recorded by DGG, this new recording of both may be a perfect musical match.Cho is the recent laureate of the International Chopin Piano…
    - 7 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 12:11pm -
  • Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet

    Franz Schubert—Trout Quintet

    I recently paid $50 for a 180g vinyl reissue of Schubert's effervescent Trout Quintet. The joys of vinyl are all there in the great performance by Sir Clifford Curzon and members of the Vienna Octet on Decca. It's the only work on the album. That'…
    - 7 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 12:10pm -
  • Audiophilia's Products of the Year 2017

    Audiophilia's Products of the Year 2017

    Our writers are lucky to intersect with the gear we do. Even luckier to have the kit in our homes and review it for you. There are numerous requests for reviews that we just do not have the manpower to cover. Imagine the thousands of pieces we mis…
    - 19 days ago, 23 Nov 17, 5:13am -
  • Audiophilia's Recordings of the Year 2017

    Audiophilia's Recordings of the Year 2017

    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 in 2…
    - 19 days ago, 23 Nov 17, 5:07am -

Enjoy The Music

  • newCAF 2017: Odyssey And VPI

    CAF 2017: Odyssey And VPI

    Whenever I hear or read audiophiles discussing Odyssey products, the conversation centers on his sensational electronics- especially amplifiers. Whether it's what model, or stereo versus mono pairs, or how good is the tubed preamp it circles around e…
    - 13 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:23am -
  • newCAF 2017: Well Pleased A/V, Rethm, Linnenberg, Inuous, And Anticables

    CAF 2017: Well Pleased A/V, Rethm, Linnenberg, Inuous, And Anticables

    Showing a completely different lineup than his wonderful sounding room at AXPONA 2017 Mark Sossa proved here he is choosing the right kit. In the first minute of listening I felt the musicality of the system. The speakers 100% disappeared giving that…
    - 13 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:22am -
  • newMagico Three-Way A3 Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Magico Three-Way A3 Floorstanding Loudspeaker

    Machined into the metal of every Magico loudspeaker is a subtle, yet permanent, 'M' symbol. Magico's new A3 floorstanding loudspeaker brings together a bevy of technologies at its price point of $9800. A fully braced and anodized aluminum enclosure,…
    - 16 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 4:24am -
  • World Premiere Review! Rogue Audio RP-7 Tube Preamplifier

    World Premiere Review! Rogue Audio RP-7 Tube Preamplifier

    Combining this sound with panning the instruments and voices and sometimes the entire program from right to left and left to right is meant to be dizzying, and again, cool. Reproducing this in a high-end stereo system that contains the RP-7 makes "Gy…
    - 4 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 4:32am -
  • Pro-Ject Audio Juke Box E PnP Active Turntable With MM Cartridge

    Pro-Ject Audio Juke Box E PnP Active Turntable With MM Cartridge

    Pro-Ject Audio Systems sought to provide a true, and simple, plug-and-play solution for modern vinyl lovers. The active turntable Juke Box E offers built-in pre and power amplifier, which allows you to place the speakers far away from each other to m…
    - 4 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 4:04am -

AudiophileReview.com

StereoNET Australia

  • newFS: AQVOX phono stage
    Item: FS: Aqvox Phono 2Ci MkII Location: Sydney Price: $875 Item Condition: very good - original owner Reason for selling: Rationalising analog setup Payment Method: Pickup, post - Cash, Paypal, COD Extra Info: Rarely seen in Australia. Exc…
    - 6 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 8:06pm -
  • newFS: Technics SU-300MC moving coil pre-preamp
    Item: Location: Sydney Price: $225 Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: rationalising my analog setup Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, Extra Info: Technics SU-300MC moving coil pre-preamp, battery powered. Has been used sparingly ov…
    - 44 mins ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:28pm -
  • newFS: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + I2S DAC+ HeatSinks + Cases
    Item: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B + I2S DAC+ + HeatSinks + Cases Location: Melbourne Price: $65 Item Condition: Very Good Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal, COD Only Extra Info: Got this a couple of months ago to test Volumio…
    - 1 hour ago, 11 Dec 17, 7:07pm -
  • newFS: Rotel RA-971mkii Amplifier
    Item: Rotel RA-971mkii Integrated Amplifier Location: Sydney inner west Price: $250 Item Condition: very good Reason for selling: NLR Payment Method: Pickup - Cash, Paypal friend, COD Only Extra Info: In excellent condition apart from 2 tiny mar…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:27pm -
  • newFS: HEADSUP HEADPHONE STANDS SPECIAL OFFER
    Item: HEADSUP, HEADPHONE STANDS SPECIAL OFFER Location: Free Shipping Australia Wide Price: Up to 48% Off Item Condition: Brand New Extra Info: HeadsUp, the U.K headphone stands that proudly display and give your headphones a smarter place to hang ou…
    - 2 hours ago, 11 Dec 17, 6:11pm -

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

  • The Year 2017 - What the Heck Happened?
    Alright, so as 2017 winds down I am left with a feeling of, "Where did it all go?" Not just as in all things audio, but also as in well… yeah, that went quicker than I thought—but then most years do as one gets older; time is fleeting. What the h…
    - 2 days ago, 9 Dec 17, 3:52pm -
  • Audio Ramblings - The SOtM SMS-200ultra, tx-USBultra, and sPS-500... a Magical Trio.
    SOtM, a Korean company, had caught my attention at a number of shows with their way cool looking and affordably priced products that allow one to get their files from A to B. SOtM offers three lines of products: the Ultimate, the Advanced I, the Adva…
    - 3 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 9:35am -
  • The Time Reference Arrives: CH Precision T1 Time Reference Digital Clock
    "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Andy Warhol didn't foresee the internet, but he sure nailed a defining characteristic of how we live today. You could make a case that master clocks for digital audio had their 15 minutes…
    - 8 days ago, 3 Dec 17, 4:24pm -
  • Top 500 SuperSonic List - Part 5
    This is an ongoing project by Claude Lemaire of Soundevaluations. 41. Frank Sinatra, Sinatra's Swingin' Session!!! Capitol Records – SW 1491 (1961), MoFi ‎– MFSL 1-407 (2012), 33 1/3 rpm. Genre: big band swing, vocal jazz, traditional pop st…
    - 8 days ago, 3 Dec 17, 9:58am -
  • Dave Stryker's Strykin' Ahead
    Dave Stryker's Strykin' Ahead on CD and LP. (Strikezone 8815, CD $15, LP $25 www.davestryker.com) The other night, while driving home one evening between Syracuse and Rochester, I happened upon a program called Cool Jazz Countdown on the local NPR…
    - 9 days ago, 2 Dec 17, 4:30pm -

Digital Audio Review

  • newBluetooth Future-Fi: RHA MA650/750 Wireless IEMs
    First world problems? For portable audio idealists, there are many. Buy a nice pair of IEMs and your smartphone won’t do them justice. Offloading music playback duties to a DAP’s audiophile sensitivities brings better sound – sure – means a s…
    - 21 hours ago, 10 Dec 17, 11:25pm -
  • PS Audio ready Redcloud OS, add Spotify & Qobuz support
    The DirectStream DAC is not like other DACs. Instead of a more common off-the shelf DAC chip, PS Audio load an FPGA chip with software coded by one Ted Smith, he of wizard beard and Hawaiian shirt. And like the computer operating systems we use daily…
    - 4 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 5:23am -
  • Look hear: Klipsch announce Heritage headphone amplifier
    Behold: the Klipsch Heritage headphone amplifier. Price = US$499. Headphone enthusiasts will want to know how well this unit pairs up with a range of transducers, from low impedance IEMs to high impedance over-ears. Inside, dual Class-AB TI TPA6120A2…
    - 7 days ago, 5 Dec 17, 3:13am -
  • Dreamin’ Man: Neil Young’s archive goes online
    When it comes to audio quality, Neil Young’s heart has always been in the right place: championing vinyl when the man in the street was cutting over to CD; talking up hi-res audio in a world of MP3; putting the ‘better audio hardware’ conversat…
    - 8 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 4:33am -
  • KIH #52 – Nutube
    Had I heard a preamp with a Korg Nutube in it? That was np aka Nelson Pass. I had not. But with Google being everyone’s favourite uncle, I had shortly afterwards at least read up on it. Now I knew that a Korg Nutube, not a keyboard, looks like a la…
    - 8 days ago, 4 Dec 17, 12:58am -