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  • newNaim Updates Control App with New Features

    Naim Updates Control App with New Features

    Owners of Naim streaming platform music players such as the Uniti Atom, Uniti Star, Uniti Nova, ND5 XS2, NDX 2 and flagship two-box ND 555 will benefit from improved end-user functionality through the Naim Control Application thanks to an update from…
    - 23 hours ago, 6 Apr 20, 11:37am -
  • Qobuz Waives Download Revenue Share for Two Weeks – All Monies Passed to Rightsholders

    Qobuz Waives Download Revenue Share for Two Weeks – All Monies Passed to Rightsholders

    France-based music streaming and download service Qobuz has launched a ‘giving back’ initiative named Gimme Shelter to help artists who’s livelihoods have been impacted from covid-19.
    - 3 days ago, 4 Apr 20, 12:30pm -
  • Linn Announces Software Update to Enable Wifi and Bluetooth for Selekt DSM

    Linn Announces Software Update to Enable Wifi and Bluetooth for Selekt DSM

    Linn has proved once again they think ahead of the curve. Owners of Linn Selekt DSM models should be thrilled to learn the company used some hi-fi stealth tech by quietly embedding the company’s latest network music player architecture/wireless boa…
    - 4 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 12:51pm -
  • Audiophile Sumo: Separates Can Offer Listening Lessons

    Audiophile Sumo: Separates Can Offer Listening Lessons

    “Unnnnnnggggg…” I hissed and cursed softly under my breath, shifting my stance, pulling harder. The amplifier barely budged. My one-year-old daughter sat passively watching me like I was a documentary television program from her perch on the lo…
    - 6 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 11:29pm -
  • Sonore opticalModule Review

    Sonore opticalModule Review

    Some people might say that I’ve gone to extremes to minimize noise and maximize resolution. I, however, feel that I’ve only done what’s necessary.
    - 10 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 11:48pm -
  • Audiophiles: How Did You Go Digital?

    Audiophiles: How Did You Go Digital?

    Switching to digital meant I spent less time in record shops and more time at home with a cold beer or whisky while I data-mined TIDAL’s catalog into Roon playlists and sat besotted with happiness listening to what felt like endless music.
    - 13 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 5:00pm -
  • Linn Klimax DSM preview

    Linn Klimax DSM preview

    The Linn Klimax DSM is the Scottish company’s highest-specified digital music source/integrated pre-amplifier.
    - 15 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 3:20pm -
  • Ethernet Cable Shootout: Comparing Network Cables from $5 to more than $1,000 USD

    Ethernet Cable Shootout: Comparing Network Cables from $5 to more than $1,000 USD

    There are many music lovers out there putting together network-enabled, digital-based sound systems who wonder silently or aloud in the darkness of their listening rooms, “Do ethernet cables make a difference?”
    - 18 days ago, 20 Mar 20, 2:41pm -
  • Bandcamp Waives Revenue Share NOW for 24 Hours to Help Artists

    Bandcamp Waives Revenue Share NOW for 24 Hours to Help Artists

    Listener-supported digital music download and LP purchase website Bandcamp whose revenue-sharing model of online sales help support musicians directly, is waiving its cut of the profits for 24 hours (right now!) to put more money directly into the po…
    - 18 days ago, 20 Mar 20, 12:29pm -
  • This Is a Test: Analog Music For Evaluating Audiophile Gear

    This Is a Test: Analog Music For Evaluating Audiophile Gear

    With the other mixes I’ve done for AudioStream and InnerFidelity having run the range of musical genres, there is of course a contingent of readers who have an aversion to electronic music. I felt inclined to offer something of a course correction…
    - 22 days ago, 16 Mar 20, 3:57pm -

InnerFidelity

  • newHeadphones: It’s Called Personal Audio for a Reason

    Headphones: It’s Called Personal Audio for a Reason

    Who can forget their first time? I’ll always remember mine. I was 17 years old and it was a Sony Walkman and some foamie headphones.
    - 23 hours ago, 6 Apr 20, 11:47am -
  • Sennheiser Offers 75th Anniversary Deals on IE 400 PRO, IE 500 PRO

    Sennheiser Offers 75th Anniversary Deals on IE 400 PRO, IE 500 PRO

    As part of their 75th Anniversary celebrations, German headphone giant Sennheiser is offering significant savings on their PRO line of IEMs while supplies last.
    - 4 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 1:50pm -
  • A&Ultima SP2000 Review

    A&Ultima SP2000 Review

    Astell & Kern’s T9iE recently passed across my review desk, and in the process of reviewing those IEMs, A&K also reached out to me asking if I’d like to review their then-recently released flagship DAP the SP2000. ‘Why not!’ was my enthusiast…
    - 7 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 9:54pm -
  • HIFIMAN Shipping Deva Wireless Headphone

    HIFIMAN Shipping Deva Wireless Headphone

    HIFIMAN have launched a new budget-conscious, open-back planar-magnetic wireless headphone – the Deva.
    - 10 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 11:38pm -
  • The Streaming Revolution, Headphones and Hardware Part Three: Headphones and Amps

    The Streaming Revolution, Headphones and Hardware Part Three: Headphones and Amps

    Today we come to the final part of our streaming hardware examination, discussing the exact thing we spend so much time covering here on InnerFidelity: Headphones and amps.
    - 12 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 12:12pm -
  • CanJam SoCal 2020 Postponed

    CanJam SoCal 2020 Postponed

    Organizers today announcing that CanJam SoCal 2020 is to be postponed from June 20-21, 2020 to December 12-13, 2020. It will be held at the same location, the Irvine Marriot in Orange County, and all current ticket holders passes will be honored on t…
    - 14 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 8:05pm -
  • The Streaming Revolution, Headphones and Hardware Part Two: Microphone and Mic input

    The Streaming Revolution, Headphones and Hardware Part Two: Microphone and Mic input

    Last time we covered the DAC portion of a good streaming setup, with special attention paid to connectivity and latency, which can make all the difference in audio and video being synched... or not. This time we’ll discuss an often overlooked, but…
    - 18 days ago, 20 Mar 20, 2:07pm -
  • InnerFidelity March Music Mix 2020

    InnerFidelity March Music Mix 2020

    I hope you enjoy this playlist, whatever your status, whether working from home or still commuting. For whatever reason there seems to be a relative surplus of country albums, so if you’re a country fan, this is your lucky month.
    - 20 days ago, 18 Mar 20, 2:35pm -
  • Montblanc Announce Luxury Wireless Over-Ear Headphone

    Montblanc Announce Luxury Wireless Over-Ear Headphone

    If you needed any more proof that the wireless headphone market was hitting critical mass, than simply look to century-old luxury fountain-pen manufacturer Montblanc getting in on the action.
    - 22 days ago, 16 Mar 20, 3:47pm -
  • Astell & Kern T9iE IEM Review

    Astell & Kern T9iE IEM Review

    I’ve known of Astell and Kern for a while, in fact they were an early presence over nine years ago at one of the first head-fi meet ups I attended, the summer before my second year of high school.
    - 26 days ago, 12 Mar 20, 11:59am -

Stereophile

  • Gray Forecast or Silver Lining?

    Gray Forecast or Silver Lining?

    Social distancing. Flattening the curve. These expressions are embedded in our collective psyche as we to try to keep COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus that causes it at bay. Few of us who live through this will ever forget them.But life and work…
    - 4 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 2:12pm -
  • Streaming Salvation for the Sequestered--UPDATED OFTEN

    Streaming Salvation for the Sequestered--UPDATED OFTEN

    • Jazz at Lincoln Center Live Stream--a great lineup.• At Home with Gustavo [Dudamel], a unique series created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.• Chick Corea's Daily Workshops.Wed, 03/25/2020
    - 4 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 1:40pm -
  • Innuos Statement music server

    Innuos Statement music server

    We carry within us the wonders we seek outside us.—RumiThere are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them.—Ralph Marston, The Daily MotivatorPut these two quotes together, shake vigorously,…
    - 4 days ago, 3 Apr 20, 1:11pm -
  • Gramophone Dreams #35: ZMF & Hagerman headphones & headphone amplifiers

    Gramophone Dreams #35: ZMF & Hagerman headphones & headphone amplifiers

    Almost a year ago, a headphone pal loaned me the Zach Mehrbach–designed ZMF Auteur LTD headphones. He said, "Herb, see if you like these." I took them home and right away thought, Wow, these headphones really disappear!Nothing about their soun…
    - 5 days ago, 2 Apr 20, 1:17pm -
  • Listening #208: Rogers LS3/5a

    Listening #208: Rogers LS3/5a

    In my January 2020 Listening column, I wrote about a place where three things overlap: the joys (and benefits) of being a record collector, the natural tendency to grow and challenge ourselves as listeners, and the need to forgive ourselves for the s…
    - 6 days ago, 1 Apr 20, 11:28am -
  • ProAc Response D2R loudspeaker

    ProAc Response D2R loudspeaker

    Between the mid-1980s and late 2000s, Stereophile published 14 reviews of loudspeakers from England's ProAc Limited. First came Dick Olsher's review of the ProAc Tablette in 1984. The latest—until now—was in 2010, when John Marks wrote abou…
    - 7 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 12:54pm -
  • How to Help Musicians--Updated

    How to Help Musicians--Updated

    You probably heard the news: record claims for unemployment benefits, indeed, five times the previous record from 1982. Our economy has never been shut down quite so completely and suddenly. Those most affected are service workers: cooks, waiters, re…
    - 11 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 6:28pm -
  • From 78 to 24/384

    From 78 to 24/384

    When I was 11, my father brought home the voice of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873–1921) in a three-LP box set whose faux leather cover and sepia-tinted photos I admired over and over. When he put on the Sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor, I exclaimed, "…
    - 11 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 1:03pm -
  • Vimberg Mino loudspeaker

    Vimberg Mino loudspeaker

    The priciest loudspeaker ever to have taken up residence in my listening room was the Akira from German company Tidal Audio (footnote 1), which I reviewed in the November 2018 issue of Stereophile. Designed by Tidal founder and CEO Jörn Janczak, the…
    - 12 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 1:31pm -
  • Jadis Orchestra Black integrated amplifier

    Jadis Orchestra Black integrated amplifier

    I am the world's worst consumer. Not only have I made more than my share of disastrous purchase decisions, I'm also inexplicably luckless: If there's one defective sample or repack in an inventory, it will find me.I'm also a deceit magnet, and I'm…
    - 13 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 12:19pm -

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  • RCA Classic Film Scores on SACD

    RCA Classic Film Scores on SACD

    The RCA Classic Film Score Series has no equal among film music recordings, musically or sonically. Yet, despite the consistently high sound quality of the series, RCA butchered its initial release on CD in Dolby surround sound that largely eliminate…
    - 6 days ago, 1 Apr 20, 1:14pm -
  • Qobuz Launches Gimme Shelter, Gives Its Share of Download Revenue to Creators During Crisis

    Qobuz Launches Gimme Shelter, Gives Its Share of Download Revenue to Creators During Crisis

    The following is a press release issued by Qobuz. March 31, 2020 - Qobuz, the music service with the world’s largest Hi-Res catalog, has announced that it is waiving its revenue share on all download sales, passing 100% of this revenue through to t…
    - 7 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 11:42am -
  • Focal Chora 806 Loudspeaker

    Focal Chora 806 Loudspeaker

    Chora is the successor to Focal’s lauded Chorus line that included models like the Chorus 705, which garnered more than its share of praise and was repeatedly selected for TAS’ Editors’ Choice award. But time marches on, and the French manufact…
    - 7 days ago, 31 Mar 20, 9:55am -
  • Robert Dick, Flutist

    Robert Dick, Flutist

    While jazz critics and listeners have elevated such flutists as Nicole Mitchell and Hubert Laws to the top of their polls, virtuoso Robert Dick has flown somewhat under the radar while doing nothing less than reinventing the sonic potential of the in…
    - 8 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 12:22pm -
  • 2020 Editors' Choice: Disc Players Under $2,000

    2020 Editors' Choice: Disc Players Under $2,000

    NAD C 546BEE $549 This entirely new design sports the latest 24-bit Wolfson DAC chips. The disc player’s sound is extremely natural, with rich detail, excellent retrieval of ambient information, deep black backgrounds, and a somewhat crisp overall…
    - 11 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 8:40am -
  • Billy Strings: Home

    Billy Strings: Home

    Yes, Billy Strings is a real person’s name, and a more apt moniker would be difficult to find. This is Mr. Strings’ first album and he’s a young guy, but he’s already a seasoned pro whose scintillating performances at festivals and clubs have…
    - 11 days ago, 27 Mar 20, 8:02am -
  • Spatial Audio Lab X2 Loudspeaker

    Spatial Audio Lab X2 Loudspeaker

    In all my years as an audiophile I’ve never been captivated by the allure of horn-based loudspeakers. I admired their dynamic abilities, but they never made me want to own loudspeakers based on horn technology. However, during the past three years…
    - 12 days ago, 26 Mar 20, 9:46pm -
  • Analysis Plus Silver Apex Speaker Cable

    Analysis Plus Silver Apex Speaker Cable

    Silver Apex speaker cable from Analysis Plus represents the Michigan-based firm’s most advanced implementation of its unique conductor geometry. Honed and refined over the years, AP-designed conductors aren’t flat, round, or rectangular. Nor are…
    - 13 days ago, 25 Mar 20, 10:19am -
  • Sound United Brings Roon Tested Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

    Sound United Brings Roon Tested Compatibility to 68 Denon and Marantz Products

    The following is a press release issued by Sound United. Vista, Calif | March 23, 2020 — Sound United LLC, parent company to Denon, Polk Audio, Marantz, Definitive Technology, Classé, and Boston Acoustics, today announced several Denonand Marantz…
    - 14 days ago, 24 Mar 20, 12:54am -
  • A Message From Yarlung Records’ Bob Attiyeh

    A Message From Yarlung Records’ Bob Attiyeh

    The following is a press release from Yarlung Records. Dear TAS Readers, Grateful as I am for superb music and our talented musicians every day, the Covid-19 self-isolation requirements make me ever-more grateful. As we hunker down and await the chan…
    - 15 days ago, 23 Mar 20, 9:21am -
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