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  • newOkto Research dac8 PRO D/A processor

    Okto Research dac8 PRO D/A processor

    For a couple of years, I have been following Prague-based Okto Research. At first, Pavel Krasensky, the founder and hardware developer, offered audio design ideas and DIY modules that I found tantalizing. For example, there was a dandy-looking ESS 90…
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 8:10am -
  • Pink Faun 2.16x music streamer

    Pink Faun 2.16x music streamer

    My, how we've grown! The experience that convinced me of the inevitability of streaming was in 2010 with the tiny, tidy Logitech Squeezebox Touch that, despite being discontinued and disowned by its manufacturer, still has a cult-like following. Sinc…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Nov 20, 1:10pm -
  • Gryphon Essence Mono power amplifier

    Gryphon Essence Mono power amplifier

    "Oh goody!" thought self, to self: "Another Gryphon component to review." As eloquent and revelatory as that statement may be, there's an even more illuminating backstory.I had been aware of Denmark-based Gryphon Audio since the advent of the Gryph…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 5:35pm -
  • The Risks and Rewards of Audio Shows

    The Risks and Rewards of Audio Shows

    Several audio shows have been canceled or postponed since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020: Munich, AXPONA, RMAF, Montreal, and the 2021 Florida Audio Expo, among others. The next scheduled show is the Finest Audio Show, slated for Janua…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 1:21pm -
  • Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker

    Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker

    Back in June 1994, I reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins John Bowers Silver Signature standmounted loudspeaker. This speaker cost a breathtaking $8000/pair at that time, and I subsequently bought the review samples and their matching slate stands. It was t…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 12:26pm -
  • Something's Coming

    Something's Coming

    So, what's "this thing of ours"? I'm only half-kidding. High-end audio is deadly serious for many passionate audiophiles. Some measurement types defend their turf without thought—without mercy—and often deride subjectivists, like me, who be…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 5:26pm -
  • Stereophile's Products of 2020

    Stereophile's Products of 2020

    This is Stereophile's 29th Product of the Year issue; the first appeared in 1992. That was the year I finished grad school. It seems like a long time ago.That year, the Loudspeaker of the Year was the $14,000/pair Sonus Faber Extrema. The winning d…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 2:46pm -
  • Recording of December 2020: <I>Christmas Vibes</I>

    Recording of December 2020: <I>Christmas Vibes</I>

    Warren Wolf: Christmas VibesWarren Wolf, vibraphone, piano, Fender Rhodes, wind chimes, tambourine, Logic Pro X digital audio workstation; Jeff Reed, acoustic and electric bass; Carroll "CV" Dashiell III, drums; Christie Dashiell, Allison Bordlemay,…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 1:30pm -
  • An argument for measurements

    An argument for measurements

    In my early years of writing about audio (footnote 1), I was known—to the extent that I was known at all—as something of an objectivist. I was, after all, working as an editor at a leading science journal at the time, just a few years out f…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 2:30pm -
  • Analog Corner #304: SAT XD1 record player

    Analog Corner #304: SAT XD1 record player

    Let's begin by discussing what SAT's XD1 Record Player System is not: It is not a Technics SP-10R in a sci-fi–inspired plinth—although the XD1's engine does begin life as the SP-10R's basic drive system, which is stripped down to a handful…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 1:19pm -

InnerFidelity

  • newOkto Research dac8 PRO D/A processor

    Okto Research dac8 PRO D/A processor

    For a couple of years, I have been following Prague-based Okto Research. At first, Pavel Krasensky, the founder and hardware developer, offered audio design ideas and DIY modules that I found tantalizing. For example, there was a dandy-looking ESS 90…
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 8:10am -
  • Pink Faun 2.16x music streamer

    Pink Faun 2.16x music streamer

    My, how we've grown! The experience that convinced me of the inevitability of streaming was in 2010 with the tiny, tidy Logitech Squeezebox Touch that, despite being discontinued and disowned by its manufacturer, still has a cult-like following. Sinc…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Nov 20, 1:10pm -
  • Gryphon Essence Mono power amplifier

    Gryphon Essence Mono power amplifier

    "Oh goody!" thought self, to self: "Another Gryphon component to review." As eloquent and revelatory as that statement may be, there's an even more illuminating backstory.I had been aware of Denmark-based Gryphon Audio since the advent of the Gryph…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 5:35pm -
  • The Risks and Rewards of Audio Shows

    The Risks and Rewards of Audio Shows

    Several audio shows have been canceled or postponed since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020: Munich, AXPONA, RMAF, Montreal, and the 2021 Florida Audio Expo, among others. The next scheduled show is the Finest Audio Show, slated for Janua…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 1:21pm -
  • Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker

    Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker

    Back in June 1994, I reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins John Bowers Silver Signature standmounted loudspeaker. This speaker cost a breathtaking $8000/pair at that time, and I subsequently bought the review samples and their matching slate stands. It was t…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 12:26pm -
  • Something's Coming

    Something's Coming

    So, what's "this thing of ours"? I'm only half-kidding. High-end audio is deadly serious for many passionate audiophiles. Some measurement types defend their turf without thought—without mercy—and often deride subjectivists, like me, who be…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 5:26pm -
  • Stereophile's Products of 2020

    Stereophile's Products of 2020

    This is Stereophile's 29th Product of the Year issue; the first appeared in 1992. That was the year I finished grad school. It seems like a long time ago.That year, the Loudspeaker of the Year was the $14,000/pair Sonus Faber Extrema. The winning d…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 2:46pm -
  • Recording of December 2020: <I>Christmas Vibes</I>

    Recording of December 2020: <I>Christmas Vibes</I>

    Warren Wolf: Christmas VibesWarren Wolf, vibraphone, piano, Fender Rhodes, wind chimes, tambourine, Logic Pro X digital audio workstation; Jeff Reed, acoustic and electric bass; Carroll "CV" Dashiell III, drums; Christie Dashiell, Allison Bordlemay,…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 1:30pm -
  • An argument for measurements

    An argument for measurements

    In my early years of writing about audio (footnote 1), I was known—to the extent that I was known at all—as something of an objectivist. I was, after all, working as an editor at a leading science journal at the time, just a few years out f…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 2:30pm -
  • Analog Corner #304: SAT XD1 record player

    Analog Corner #304: SAT XD1 record player

    Let's begin by discussing what SAT's XD1 Record Player System is not: It is not a Technics SP-10R in a sci-fi–inspired plinth—although the XD1's engine does begin life as the SP-10R's basic drive system, which is stripped down to a handful…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 1:19pm -

Stereophile

  • newOkto Research dac8 PRO D/A processor

    Okto Research dac8 PRO D/A processor

    For a couple of years, I have been following Prague-based Okto Research. At first, Pavel Krasensky, the founder and hardware developer, offered audio design ideas and DIY modules that I found tantalizing. For example, there was a dandy-looking ESS 90…
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 8:10am -
  • Pink Faun 2.16x music streamer

    Pink Faun 2.16x music streamer

    My, how we've grown! The experience that convinced me of the inevitability of streaming was in 2010 with the tiny, tidy Logitech Squeezebox Touch that, despite being discontinued and disowned by its manufacturer, still has a cult-like following. Sinc…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Nov 20, 1:10pm -
  • Gryphon Essence Mono power amplifier

    Gryphon Essence Mono power amplifier

    "Oh goody!" thought self, to self: "Another Gryphon component to review." As eloquent and revelatory as that statement may be, there's an even more illuminating backstory.I had been aware of Denmark-based Gryphon Audio since the advent of the Gryph…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 5:35pm -
  • The Risks and Rewards of Audio Shows

    The Risks and Rewards of Audio Shows

    Several audio shows have been canceled or postponed since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020: Munich, AXPONA, RMAF, Montreal, and the 2021 Florida Audio Expo, among others. The next scheduled show is the Finest Audio Show, slated for Janua…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Nov 20, 1:21pm -
  • Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker

    Bowers & Wilkins 705 Signature loudspeaker

    Back in June 1994, I reviewed the Bowers & Wilkins John Bowers Silver Signature standmounted loudspeaker. This speaker cost a breathtaking $8000/pair at that time, and I subsequently bought the review samples and their matching slate stands. It was t…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 12:26pm -
  • Something's Coming

    Something's Coming

    So, what's "this thing of ours"? I'm only half-kidding. High-end audio is deadly serious for many passionate audiophiles. Some measurement types defend their turf without thought—without mercy—and often deride subjectivists, like me, who be…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 5:26pm -
  • Stereophile's Products of 2020

    Stereophile's Products of 2020

    This is Stereophile's 29th Product of the Year issue; the first appeared in 1992. That was the year I finished grad school. It seems like a long time ago.That year, the Loudspeaker of the Year was the $14,000/pair Sonus Faber Extrema. The winning d…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 2:46pm -
  • Recording of December 2020: <I>Christmas Vibes</I>

    Recording of December 2020: <I>Christmas Vibes</I>

    Warren Wolf: Christmas VibesWarren Wolf, vibraphone, piano, Fender Rhodes, wind chimes, tambourine, Logic Pro X digital audio workstation; Jeff Reed, acoustic and electric bass; Carroll "CV" Dashiell III, drums; Christie Dashiell, Allison Bordlemay,…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 1:30pm -
  • An argument for measurements

    An argument for measurements

    In my early years of writing about audio (footnote 1), I was known—to the extent that I was known at all—as something of an objectivist. I was, after all, working as an editor at a leading science journal at the time, just a few years out f…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 2:30pm -
  • Analog Corner #304: SAT XD1 record player

    Analog Corner #304: SAT XD1 record player

    Let's begin by discussing what SAT's XD1 Record Player System is not: It is not a Technics SP-10R in a sci-fi–inspired plinth—although the XD1's engine does begin life as the SP-10R's basic drive system, which is stripped down to a handful…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 1:19pm -

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  • newPreview: Sonus faber Maxima Amator Loudspeaker

    Preview: Sonus faber Maxima Amator Loudspeaker

    Sonus faber's Minima Amator, designed for use as either a bookshelf or stand-mounted loudspeaker, debuted back in 1992. Early in 2020, an updated version joined the company's Heritage line with a "II" appended to its name, priced at $4000 per pair or…
    - 14 hours ago, 30 Nov 20, 10:45am -
  • Joseph Audio Pearl 20/20 Graphene Loudspeaker

    Joseph Audio Pearl 20/20 Graphene Loudspeaker

    Joseph Audio seriously caught my attention a few years ago at AXPONA 2017 when I entered the room with a direct copy of Crazy Joe’s The Doctor Is In! 15ips mastertape (thanks Joe!) and another 15ips tape of songs recorded from my vinyl front end. D…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Nov 20, 8:36pm -
  • Dynaudio Launches New Limited-Edition Heritage Special

    Dynaudio Launches New Limited-Edition Heritage Special


    - 6 days ago, 24 Nov 20, 5:26pm -
  • Air Tight ATM-300R Power Amplifier

    Air Tight ATM-300R Power Amplifier

    In the past 50 years, I can’t think of another power triode that has garnered a greater reverent following than the Western Electric (WE) 300B, to the point of being regarded in some audiophile circles as a virtual audio goddess. Its initial use, s…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Nov 20, 1:20pm -
  • 2020 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

    2020 Golden Ear Awards: Robert E. Greene

    High Resolution Technologies Stage IV Loudspeaker/Amplifier System $7000 (as reviewed) And now for something else entirely different from ordinary speakers. The modular HRT Stage IV review system consisted of twelve mid/bass drivers (each channel!) a…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Nov 20, 8:11am -
  • Sonus faber Olympica Nova III Loudspeaker

    Sonus faber Olympica Nova III Loudspeaker

    It’s a ritual that plays out every time loudspeakers arrive here for review. After they’ve been unboxed, roughly positioned, and are breaking in with Flim & the BB’s set to infinite repeat, I’ll ask my wife for an opinion regarding their appe…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Nov 20, 2:40pm -
  • Clarus Releases USB-DAC With Headphone Amplifier

    Clarus Releases USB-DAC With Headphone Amplifier

    The following is a press release issued by Clarus. November 2020 — Clarus® is excited to announce the release of CODA, a new USB DAC with Headphone Amplifier that includes an MQA renderer. The CODA features the latest in USB-DAC technology that pr…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 11:11am -
  • Underwood Hifi & LSA Delivers Discovery DPH-1 DAC/Preamp with Headphone Amp

    Underwood Hifi & LSA Delivers Discovery DPH-1 DAC/Preamp with Headphone Amp

    The following is a press release issued by Underwood HiFi and LSA. November 2020 - Walter Liederman and Underwood Hifi announces an Incredible Full-Featured High Res DAC with remote controlled Preamp and Headphone Amp that has both Vacuum Tube Output…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 11:08am -
  • Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Complete Decca Recordings

    Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic: Complete Decca Recordings

    In March, 1978, a friend took me to the campus of UCLA. He pointed to Royce Hall, where the LA Philharmonic made its recordings. Eager to look inside, I hustled across the quadrangle and walked through the door. In the entrance foyer I saw a snare dr…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Nov 20, 10:58am -
  • Measurements, Listening, and What Matters in Audio

    Measurements, Listening, and What Matters in Audio

    An important part of every magazine editor’s job is to choose the writers who appear in the magazine, and to decide which articles to publish and which to reject. The collective result of these judgment calls over many years is an implicit statemen…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 11:40am -
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