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  • Naim Uniti Atom and Uniti Core Review

    Naim Uniti Atom and Uniti Core Review

    Deciding to take an extended high-fidelity journey with one brand, while exciting, can also cause trepidation in some audiophiles. It’s the whole commitment thing. If there’s ever been a group of people less interested in long-term relationships…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 1:55pm -
  • Naim Audio adds Qobuz Support

    Naim Audio adds Qobuz Support

    The audiophile focus of French high-resolution music-streaming service Qobuz continues to gain momentum as more and more partnerships with high-fidelity manufacturers are announced.
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 3:56pm -
  • Undercurrents No.4: Liking and Listening Aren’t the Same

    Undercurrents No.4: Liking and Listening Aren’t the Same

    2019 was the year that I stopped caring about new music. 
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 1:33pm -
  • The Qobuz – AudioStream Playlist: An Emotional Rescue

    The Qobuz – AudioStream Playlist: An Emotional Rescue

    Sharing music has always been a big priority in my life. While the way I’ve come to share music has changed a fair amount over the decades since I started making dupes of cassettes I’d bought, or recording LPs I scored from a record store as a te…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 20, 4:22pm -
  • Florida Audio Expo 2020 Sold Out

    Florida Audio Expo 2020 Sold Out

    The Audio Show crazy train is shovelling coal into its boiler in anticipation of a packed schedule of whistle stops for 2020 – first up is the Florida Audio Expo.
    - 12 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 1:42pm -
  • dCS Bartók Network DAC with Headphone Amplifier Review

    dCS Bartók Network DAC with Headphone Amplifier Review

    Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Viktor János Bartók lived a life of 65 years straddling two centuries (1881 ~ 1945) that arguably saw more social, cultural and technological upheaval than almost any other span of time before or after.
    - 15 days ago, 6 Jan 20, 4:50pm -
  • The Decade in Music: A Mixtrospective

    The Decade in Music: A Mixtrospective

    Summing up a decade of music while you’re still in it can be a tricky proposition. Like looking at a large, intricate painting with your eyes just inches from the canvas.
    - 19 days ago, 2 Jan 20, 3:30pm -
  • 2019 Year in Music – Electric Adolescence for AudioStream

    2019 Year in Music – Electric Adolescence for AudioStream

    While I haven’t heard many people describing this year in music as being particularly revolutionary, a steady stream of solid releases made 2019 more than palatable.
    - 21 days ago, 31 Dec 19, 1:16pm -
  • Holiday Digital-Audio News Roundup from AudioStream

    Holiday Digital-Audio News Roundup from AudioStream

    It’s that time of year when we’re not really paying attention to the digital-audio newscycle if we can help it – in case you forgot it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be sharing family time, toasting old friends, and relaxing…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Dec 19, 6:32pm -
  • Digital Audio in 2019 – Where is it Going in 2020?

    Digital Audio in 2019 – Where is it Going in 2020?

    Looking back on 2019, I think it’s safe to say high fidelity as we know it is being forced in a different direction, generationally, as 2020 peeks around the corner.
    - 26 days ago, 26 Dec 19, 4:23pm -

InnerFidelity

  • iFi ZenDAC Review

    iFi ZenDAC Review

    iFi’s recently released Zen line includes two products – the ZenBlue, a Bluetooth receiver and amp, and the unit on review; the ZenDAC, which is an integrated DAC/Amp.
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 20, 8:19pm -
  • Wireless Headphones Dominate in 2019 with Apple Leading

    Wireless Headphones Dominate in 2019 with Apple Leading

    Wireless headphone and earphone sales grew more than 50 per cent in 2019 – compared to 2018 – with third quarter sales reaching 96.7 million units according to figures released by a research firm.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 2:31pm -
  • AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Wireless/Wired Headphone Review

    AIAIAI TMA-2 HD Wireless/Wired Headphone Review

    I remember back in 2011 when I first saw Danish company AIAIAI’s TMA-1 headphones in the window of the only high-end headphone shop I’d ever seen at the time – Headphone Bar in Vancouver – and thought to myself, “Those are very cool.”
    - 10 days ago, 11 Jan 20, 2:20pm -
  • Meze Rai Penta Review

    Meze Rai Penta Review

    Meze's leap from the 99 Classic and Neo Classic to the Empyrean was a big surprise, and the subsequent move into audiophile-oriented IEMs was quite unexpected as well, and now Meze is trickling this flagship technology down into more attainably-price…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Jan 20, 2:20pm -
  • Transducer Torturing Test Tracks: The InnerFidelity – Qobuz Playlist

    Transducer Torturing Test Tracks: The InnerFidelity – Qobuz Playlist

    But it’s good torture, don’t worry. All Jokes aside, Rafe and I have been discussing playlists and music a lot lately, and I thought it might be a great time to slowdown from the deluge of recent-releases and put together a playlist which represe…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Jan 20, 8:12pm -
  • InnerFidelity December 2019 Music Mix: A Decade Retrospective 

    InnerFidelity December 2019 Music Mix: A Decade Retrospective 

    Whatever your stance on the ‘when does the decade really end’ debate that rages amongst self-righteous keyboard warriors on Facebook meme pages, there is one that cannot be denied: there simply isn’t a lot of music released in December.
    - 21 days ago, 31 Dec 19, 8:14pm -
  • Audeze LCD-1 Review

    Audeze LCD-1 Review

    I’ve given up the ghost a bit by naming this InnerFidelity’s Product of the Year already, so it might be helpful to think of this review in the context of ancient Greek theatre, where the audience already knows how the story will end, but comes t…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Dec 19, 5:06pm -
  • InnerFidelity 2019 Year in Review: Change is Scary

    InnerFidelity 2019 Year in Review: Change is Scary

    The title is the chummy way of putting it, let’s be honest, change, like the horror movie monster you never see completely on-screen, is more than scary, it’s downright eerie. And much like that monster, change is slower and more perceptible in m…
    - 26 days ago, 26 Dec 19, 8:20pm -
  • A Hip Hop Holiday Mix for InnerFidelity

    A Hip Hop Holiday Mix for InnerFidelity

    Back once again with another mix that is sure to have you bobbing-n-weaving, InnerFidelity is proud to present a Scott Eastlick trip down memory lane for the holiday season.
    - 29 days ago, 23 Dec 19, 10:29am -
  • InnerFidelity Product Of The Year 2019: Audeze LCD-1

    InnerFidelity Product Of The Year 2019: Audeze LCD-1

    When I began talking with Rafe about the docket of pieces we have planned for December, the subject of a ‘product of the year’ was one of the first ones that came up. For me awards or praise beyond a review are uncommon.
    - 31 days ago, 21 Dec 19, 2:27pm -

Stereophile

  • new2020 Jitter Measurements

    2020 Jitter Measurements

    Even as digital/analog processors were becoming a hot product category in the early 1990s, audiophiles were also learning that timing uncertainties in the AES/EBU and S/PDIF serial datastreams—jitter—would compromise any improvement in sou…
    - 23 hours ago, 20 Jan 20, 11:37am -
  • Recording of February 2020: <I>Farinelli</I>

    Recording of February 2020: <I>Farinelli</I>

    B>Cecilia Bartoli: FarinelliCecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini, cond.Decca 4850214 (24/96 download). 2019. Arend Prohmann, prod. and editor; Philip Siney, eng.Performance: *****Sonics: ****When I first heard…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 1:02pm -
  • Records to Die For 2020

    Records to Die For 2020

    It's 3am. You're lying in bed. Something woke you up—you don't know what it was. You pull back the covers, get up, and tiptoe out to your listening room.There, standing by your record rack, thumbing through your prized LPs, is a man in black (…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 1:49pm -
  • Current Events

    Current Events

    My first exposure to current-mode phono preamplification was maybe a dozen years ago, when such products were new. The one I received, though nicely packaged, was not ready for prime time. I never smelled smoke, but I never heard sound, either: If it…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Jan 20, 1:27pm -
  • Wilson Chronosonic XVX at New York's Innovative Audio

    Wilson Chronosonic XVX at New York's Innovative Audio

    On Friday, January 17 from 5-9pm, Innovative Audio in New York City will debut the Wilson Chronosonic XVX, Wilson's flagship loudspeaker.Mon, 01/13/2020
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 5:50pm -
  • Immersive Audio at National Sawdust

    Immersive Audio at National Sawdust

    In September 2019, I made an afternoon visit to National Sawdust, a vibrant, innovative performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to attend a demonstration of the new Constellation and Spacemap systems installed there by Meyer Sound. According to…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 9:07am -
  • Audio Research VT-150 monoblock power amplifier

    Audio Research VT-150 monoblock power amplifier

    At the 1992 Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audio Research showed a line of reference products that represented the pinnacle of founder William Z. Johnson's life work as an amplifier designer. Although the all-tubed, fully balanced pre…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 20, 4:37pm -
  • Audio Research LS5 preamplifier & BL2 input controller

    Audio Research LS5 preamplifier & BL2 input controller

    From the front, the LS5 looks identical to Audio Research's popular LS2: two knobs on either side of the Audio Research nameplate, and a row of toggle switches along the bottom. But that's where the similarities end; the LS5 is a completely different…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Jan 20, 1:33pm -
  • Gramophone Dreams 32: RAAL-Requisite SR1a headphones

    Gramophone Dreams 32: RAAL-Requisite SR1a headphones

    Tell me now: When you're there in the scene, watching Lord Voldemort chase Han Solo through the Cave of the Klan Bear, how often do you notice that the sounds you're experiencing are being pumped at you from five black-painted room boundaries, while…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Jan 20, 1:42pm -
  • Bill Frisell: New Ideas in Old Songs

    Bill Frisell: New Ideas in Old Songs

    Of the celebrated triumvirate of John Scofield, Pat Metheny, and Bill Frisell—the most original and influential jazz guitarists of the past 50 years—none is more distinctive, or self-effacing, than Frisell, a true changeling of the guitar.…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Jan 20, 2:05pm -

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  • newHigh-Resolution Technologies Stage IV Speaker/Amplifier System

    High-Resolution Technologies Stage IV Speaker/Amplifier System

    The HRT Stage IV system arrived for review almost exactly, all but to the day, sixty years after the release of the first stereo LP. This coincidence could be thought of as deeply symbolic, because the Stage IV system constitutes an unusually effecti…
    - 9 mins ago, 21 Jan 20, 10:16am -
  • newGoldmund Introduces the New 590 NEXTGEN II and TELOS 7 NEXTGEN Integrated Amplifiers

    Goldmund Introduces the New 590 NEXTGEN II and TELOS 7 NEXTGEN Integrated Amplifiers

    The following is a press relase issued by Goldmund. January 21, 2020 - For decades, Goldmund’s amplification technology has been acclaimed by music lovers worldwide. Over time, the various models in the Telos line have been meticulously refined. Ye…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Jan 20, 9:03am -
  • Return to Abbey Road

    Return to Abbey Road

    When I attended last year’s press conference at Capitol Records for the 50th Anniversary launch of The Beatles, aka The White Album, a journalist shouted out to producer Giles Martin, “Hey, what about Abbey Road?” Martin, ever unflappable, wryl…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jan 20, 7:56am -
  • KEF Announces Expansion of Reference line With New Model and Updated Finish Selection for 2020

    KEF Announces Expansion of Reference line With New Model and Updated Finish Selection for 2020

    The following is a press release issued by KEF. Maidstone, Kent | January 16, 2020 - KEF is pleased to announce expansion of the KEF Reference finish selection for 2020. The 2020 lineup introduces a new Silver Satin Walnut finish, and expansion of be…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 11:58am -
  • MBL 101 X-treme Omnidirectional Loudspeaker

    MBL 101 X-treme Omnidirectional Loudspeaker

    The exceedingly large, extremely heavy (better than a ton and a half), eight-chassis, twenty-six-driver, $263,000, omnidirectional MBL 101 X-tremes are, in almost every way possible, the best loudspeakers I’ve heard in my home—or anyplace else, f…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 10:13am -
  • Parasound Debuts Flagship Halo JC 1+ 450-Watt Monoblock Power Amplifier

    Parasound Debuts Flagship Halo JC 1+ 450-Watt Monoblock Power Amplifier

    The following is a press release issued by Parasound San Francisco | January 17, 2020 -- For nearly two decades, the Parasound Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifier, designed by the legendary John Curl, wasParasound's flagship product, and the aspirati…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 10:08am -
  • Cary Audio SA-500.1 ES Monoblock Power Amplifier

    Cary Audio SA-500.1 ES Monoblock Power Amplifier

    The first brand-new piece of specialty audio gear I bought was a Cary SLM-70 tube power amplifier. It improved on the modified Dynaco Mk III it replaced in every way—better frequency extension, bass control, resolution of details, and soundstaging.…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 8:14am -
  • Ø Audio partners with High End By Oz LLC

    Ø Audio partners with High End By Oz LLC

    The following is a press release issued by Ø Audio and High End by Oz. January 15, 2020 | Ø Audio and High End by Oz LLC proudly announce their partnership for distribution in North America. Ø Audio founded in 2017 by Sveinung Mala in Norway is in…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 12:49pm -
  • Monitor Audio Gold 300 Loudspeaker

    Monitor Audio Gold 300 Loudspeaker

    This Monitor Audio Gold 300 loudspeaker marks the third Monitor model I’ve reviewed for TAS, the first having been the previous incarnation of this speaker (which shares the same name—no Mark III, Plus, or other added designation) four years ago,…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Jan 20, 3:31pm -
  • Dr. Feickert Analogue Volare Record Player

    Dr. Feickert Analogue Volare Record Player

    Like many high-end enthusiasts I gaze awestruck and envious at analog rigs the likes of TechDas, Continuum, Basis, Walker, Clearaudio. I do. It’s easy to be held in thrall with the moon-shot technology the engineers have thrown at these audacious v…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jan 20, 3:10pm -
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