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  • Could you be Loved? Coveting LPs and CDs in a Dematerialized Music Age

    Could you be Loved? Coveting LPs and CDs in a Dematerialized Music Age

    “I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record…” The rhetorical wail of Gordon Gano brings a smile to my face every time I hear “Kiss Off,” the second cut on side one of Violent Femmes, the self-titled debut album that the…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Feb 20, 5:38pm -
  • Aurender W20SE Preview

    Aurender W20SE Preview

    Improving on a product that already deeply impresses with its performance capabilities can be a daunting proposition for a company, but when a manufacturer decides that the time has come to improve on a lauded design – and not in some incremental m…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 4:15pm -
  • Linn Records: Vinyl to Digital – the Song Remains the Same

    Linn Records: Vinyl to Digital – the Song Remains the Same

    The year is 1973, the place is Glasgow, Scotland and Ivor Tiefenbrun and co. are spinning professional test LPs on a freshly-turned Sondek LP12, only to deduce the quallity of the albums are total rubbish. So, why not start a record label and do it p…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Feb 20, 2:23pm -
  • An Analog Reference for Digital Reviews

    An Analog Reference for Digital Reviews

    I reference a lot of things in the course of a day. In life, I often find myself needing a point of reference to either carry on a conversation with an individual, or to make sure I’m getting where they’re coming from.
    - 13 days ago, 7 Feb 20, 5:01pm -
  • Undercurrents No.5: The Steig Connection

    Undercurrents No.5: The Steig Connection

    I am an audiophile, which means I exhibit certain tendencies that might be considered compulsive. I can purchase one, three, five, or even 11 records at a time, but never two or four or 12, for instance.
    - 15 days ago, 4 Feb 20, 11:48pm -
  • Digital Downloads: Reference Recordings – Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé Suite

    Digital Downloads: Reference Recordings – Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky, Lieutenant Kijé Suite

    Any Russian composer who got through the Great War and the revolution, then received permission to leave the Motherland and work abroad for more than a dozen years before returning home to acclaim… is a composer I’d loved to have had the opportun…
    - 20 days ago, 31 Jan 20, 4:50pm -
  • D1-driver for totaldac d1-direct DAC Arrives at AudioStream

    D1-driver for totaldac d1-direct DAC Arrives at AudioStream

    The driving four-on-the-floor beat and overdubbed hand-clapping of Santa Esmeralda’s 1977 12-inch version of the Nina Simone classic “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” hung in the air like a rung bell as I abruptly hit pause.
    - 23 days ago, 27 Jan 20, 8:07pm -
  • Buying a DAC: Know what You Need

    Buying a DAC: Know what You Need

    In this day and age, the standalone DAC is less likely to be the mode of choice for a newcomer to the hobby because of another factor that has become ingrained into digital audio: convenience.
    - 28 days ago, 23 Jan 20, 4:49pm -
  • 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…
    - 34 days ago, 17 Jan 20, 1:55pm -
  • Naim Audio adds Qobuz Support – UPDATED

    Naim Audio adds Qobuz Support – UPDATED

    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.
    - 35 days ago, 16 Jan 20, 3:56pm -

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  • newCanJam NYC 2020: Audio Precision Measurements

    CanJam NYC 2020: Audio Precision Measurements

    To quote myself, “Measuring is an essential element in the design and manufacture of all audio components. But! As a tool for evaluation, or as a predictor of user satisfaction, today’s measuring procedures are almost useless.”
    - 8 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 11:04pm -
  • CanJam NYC 2020: JPS Labs, XIAudio and HIFIMAN

    CanJam NYC 2020: JPS Labs, XIAudio and HIFIMAN

    Like I mentioned earlier, when I’m at a CanJam I weave through the crowd down the isles – staying alert for what might jump out at me. This “JPS Labs stack” jumped out big time.
    - 1 day ago, 18 Feb 20, 8:41pm -
  • CanJam NYC 2020: Auris Nirvana and Chord 2Go

    CanJam NYC 2020: Auris Nirvana and Chord 2Go

    I did not need a divining rod to find the other portable audio DAC superstar: Chord Electronic’s 2Go streamer/server module.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Feb 20, 11:21pm -
  • CanJam NYC 2020: DUNU Luna and iFi Hip-Dac

    CanJam NYC 2020: DUNU Luna and iFi Hip-Dac

    No matter how much due-diligence I do before a CanJam event, I still do not know what is really new and exciting until I get there.
    - 3 days ago, 16 Feb 20, 10:43pm -
  • CanJam NYC 2020: HEDDphone and Final Audio

    CanJam NYC 2020: HEDDphone and Final Audio

    I’m always telling floorspeaker people how headphones “eliminate the sound of the room,” but laughingly the big jabbering-people-filled room at CanJam NYC’s Marriot Marquis gets so loud by noon – it penetrated even the most perfect fitting…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Feb 20, 1:05am -
  • CanJam NYC 2020: The Intro

    CanJam NYC 2020: The Intro

    I didn’t go, but I heard about it. Jude Mansilla’s first ever national Head-Fi meet was in New York City 2006. I remember because one of my friends went and came home raving about “inner ear monitors” by Jerry Harvey. I was like . . . “What…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Feb 20, 11:15am -
  • Manley Absolute Headphone Amplifier Review

    Manley Absolute Headphone Amplifier Review

    The name Manley has been legendary in audiophile and professional audio circles for many years now, and I recall my dad lusting after VTL and Manley high-powered tube gear when I was younger, not just because of its sound, but also because it was exp…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 4:36pm -
  • iFi Launches Portable 32-bit/384kHz-capable Hip-Dac

    iFi Launches Portable 32-bit/384kHz-capable Hip-Dac

    While components and devices seem to continually get smaller as technology progresses, it doesn’t seem to come at the cost of feature set.
    - 8 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 12:29pm -
  • Technics F70N and TZ700 Arrive at InnerFidelity

    Technics F70N and TZ700 Arrive at InnerFidelity

    Technics has held a special place in my mind when it comes to my relationship to music throughout most of my life.
    - 13 days ago, 7 Feb 20, 2:34pm -
  • ZMF Verite Part Open Review: A Tale of Two Headphones, The Open Back Contender

    ZMF Verite Part Open Review: A Tale of Two Headphones, The Open Back Contender

    What the open back brings to the table over the closed back is really what you’d expect: cleaner midrange, less of that ‘closed’ sound and darkness, and a trading of some bass thump for transient snap.
    - 15 days ago, 5 Feb 20, 12:24am -

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  • newGerman Physiks Appoints New Canadian Distributor

    German Physiks Appoints New Canadian Distributor

    The following is a press release issued by German Physiks. February 19, 2020 - We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Red Leaf Audio as our new distributor for German Physiks loudspeakers, electronics and cables in Canada. Their president…
    - 16 hours ago, 19 Feb 20, 3:25pm -
  • Vanatoo Transparent One Encore Integrated Loudspeaker

    Vanatoo Transparent One Encore Integrated Loudspeaker

    The all-in-one powered-speaker space feels really exciting. It’s both a response to and a repudiation of current mass-market trends. On the one hand, it very much embraces digital and streaming, but on the other, it refuses to compromise on sound.…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Feb 20, 2:36am -
  • Pass Laboratories XP-17 Phonostage

    Pass Laboratories XP-17 Phonostage

    Of all the component-to-component relationships in an audio system it’s vinyl playback that most reminds me of a track-and-field relay race. It goes something like this: As the cue lever drops at the start of a record, a tiny signal is handed off l…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Feb 20, 11:22am -
  • 2020 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $3,000 - $5,000

    2020 Editors' Choice Awards: Loudspeakers $3,000 - $5,000

    Bowers & Wilkins 705 S2 $3000 This compact two-way hits it out of the park in sound quality, build, technology, and value. The midrange driver is based on techniques developed for the flagship 800 series, and the new tweeter sits on top of the cabine…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Feb 20, 7:47am -
  • The Wilson Way: The Official History of Wilson Audio

    The Wilson Way: The Official History of Wilson Audio

    Several high-end audio companies have commissioned lavish, large-format books chronicling the firm’s history (QUAD, McIntosh, Mark Levinson, etc.) but none is like The Wilson Way: The Official History of Wilson Audio. Written by Wilson’s long-tim…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Feb 20, 6:59pm -
  • AMG & Hana Dealer Event in Wisconsin

    AMG & Hana Dealer Event in Wisconsin

    The following is a press release issued by Musicial Surroundings, AMG, and Hana. The Big Analog Dog is coming to town! And by that we don’t mean Garth Leerer or Ken Bowers from Musical Surroundings, importers of AMG turntables and Hana cartridges,…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 6:54pm -
  • Parasound Launches JC 1+ Dealer Tour at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica

    Parasound Launches JC 1+ Dealer Tour at The Audio Salon in Santa Monica

    The following is a press release issued by Parasound. SAN FRANCISCO | February 12, 2020 -- Parasound will kick off a dealer tour for the new John Curl-designed Halo JC 1+ monoblock power amplifier on February 29th at The Audio Salon of Santa Monica,…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 6:43pm -
  • PSB Alpha T20 Loudspeaker

    PSB Alpha T20 Loudspeaker

    It’s hard to believe that Paul Barton, founder of PSB, launched his Alpha range speakers all the way back in 1991. Unpretentious in style but heavy on performance, Alphas have had a remarkable run—perennial crowd-pleasers for the budget-minded, a…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Feb 20, 1:10pm -
  • Q&A with Doug Henderson of JL Audio

    Q&A with Doug Henderson of JL Audio

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side or the electronics side? I always joke that my first career choice was “rock star,” but that didn’t work out. Music has been a passion for as long as I can remember; th…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Feb 20, 3:55pm -
  • Naim Audio Adds Native Qobuz Support to its Music-streaming Family

    Naim Audio Adds Native Qobuz Support to its Music-streaming Family

    The following is a press release issued by Naim Audio. Salisbury, England | Monday 10th February 2020 – Naim Audio, the British hi-fi specialist with 46 years of audio expertise, is delighted to announce the immediate availability of native Qobuz s…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Feb 20, 12:40pm -
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