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  • Download of the Week: Larkin Grimm

    Download of the Week: Larkin Grimm

    I like to listen to the artist whenever possible. Here's Larkin Grimm on her recent release Chasing an Illusion:The love generated by this record is dedicated to Ornette Coleman, who taught me to play without fear, and to The Divine Yogini Turiyasa…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 8:01am -
  • BACCH4Mac 3D Audio Playback System Follow-Up

    BACCH4Mac 3D Audio Playback System Follow-Up

    Short & SweetAs promised, I am here to talk about 2 other variations on the BACCH4Mac theme; using the included RME Babyface as DAC, and going USB out of the BACCh4Mac-housing Mac into my DAC. Please consider the review proper recommended since I wi…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 8:16am -
  • Werner Herzog's Documentary About Hi-Fi Forums

    Werner Herzog's Documentary About Hi-Fi Forums

    The famed German Director has released a feature-length film about hi-fi forums. Here's the trailer:
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 6:23pm -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Simon Goodall

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Simon Goodall

    As a UK expat the folk tradition of the British Isles is very close to my heart and while many dismiss much of this music as arch, twee or "finger in the ear" caterwauling it is in fact a very vibrant and dynamic tradition and one with a wealth of be…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 9:08am -
  • Download of the Week: Iron & Wine

    Download of the Week: Iron & Wine

    I was in our NY office and I asked Robert Baird, Stereophile's Music Editor, "Have you heard the new Iron & Wine? It's really nice, very easy to like." Robert responded that he hadn't listened to it yet so I added, "Some reviewers have said it may be…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 9:03am -
  • Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2v2 SE

    Wyred 4 Sound DAC-2v2 SE

    It's hard to believe that over three years has passed since I last reviewed a Wyred 4 Sound DAC. At that time, I found the DAC-2 DSDse to have "flawless function and performance that was a joy to experience." I now found myself very curious to see w…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 8:07am -
  • Monthly Spins Special Edition

    Monthly Spins Special Edition

    Public Enemy: It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)File Under: old-school, mind-altering, radical hip-hopIt came caterwauling out the windows of passing Old's 98's, screeching and scratching with abstract samples of James Brown's fun…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 8:30am -
  • Weird New Pop, Vol.5

    Weird New Pop, Vol.5

    Photo: Stephen Mejias. Design: Todd Steponick, Nice Looking DesignsTrack 21Mrs. Little is often amused by my complete inability to understand even the simplest lyrics to even the poppiest of pop songs—lyrics that are to her, and, I assume, so m…
    - 13 days ago, 12 Sep 17, 8:25am -
  • Lovely Recordings Hosted by Brice Lang

    Lovely Recordings Hosted by Brice Lang

    Shout out to this website for leading me to a number of my favorite albums. Here are some that hopefully haven’t been mentioned here before (all available on Tidal).
    - 14 days ago, 11 Sep 17, 9:00am -
  • Download of the Week: LCD Soundsystem

    Download of the Week: LCD Soundsystem

    While LCD Soundsystems' American Dream hardly needs more praise, I have to say I've been enjoying the bejesus out of it since its release on September 1st. American Dream wears its influences on its sleeve and in so doing it touches things already in…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Sep 17, 7:59am -

InnerFidelity

  • Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements Dialog Part 1

    Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements Dialog Part 1

    First and foremost I want to thank each and every person who commented on my initial Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements post. An InnerFidelity target curve should be considered journalism and not quite science, but that doesn't mean I…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 4:41pm -
  • New Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements

    New Compensation Curve for InnerFidelity Measurements

    Nice surprise ending to this one. You may remember my trip to Harman International last year to plonk my measurement head down in front of a reference level speaker system. My motive was to determine exactly what speakers looked like with my partic…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 5:05pm -
  • Jabra Move Sealed Bluetooth On Ear Headphones

    Jabra Move Sealed Bluetooth On Ear Headphones

    Over time Jabra has moved from little Bluetooth dongles that dangle from one ear to sports headsets and is now entering the wider headphone world with straight-up headphone headsets. Or is it that the headphone world is moving towards phone headsets?…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Sep 17, 7:17pm -
  • Approaching Neutral

    Approaching Neutral

    Just the other day while reviewing the Sennheiser HD 471 I had an interesting experience: In comparing three relatively neutral headphones (HD 471; HD 569; and ATH-M50x) I found my mind switching between analytical and experiential modes—some mi…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Sep 17, 6:38pm -
  • Katz's Corner Episode 18: Icelandic Wonder

    Katz's Corner Episode 18: Icelandic Wonder

    I have a love affair with my Stax SR-007 Mk2 phones, which I judge to be superior, smoother, more musical and accurate than the expensive SR-009 model. What's with Stax? For them "better" seems to mean brighter, but why manufacture an even brighter h…
    - 24 days ago, 31 Aug 17, 1:39pm -
  • Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)

    Massdrop x Alex Cavalli Tube Hybrid Amp (CTH)

    The Massdrop x Cavalli Tube Hybrid - limited availability, exceptional sound.
    - 26 days ago, 29 Aug 17, 4:42pm -
  • Sennheiser HD 471 Affordable Sealed Over Ear Headphones

    Sennheiser HD 471 Affordable Sealed Over Ear Headphones

    Right off the top I'm going to encourage any budding social media and music producers in need of their first pair of "real" headphones to take a good hard look and listen to the Sennheiser HD 471. This is a terrific headphone at a terrific price. Sen…
    - 28 days ago, 27 Aug 17, 7:35pm -
  • Amazon's Top Selling Cowin E7 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

    Amazon's Top Selling Cowin E7 Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones

    At the moment, the Cowin E7 is Amazon's top selling wireless, noise canceling headphone and has a four star rating with 3,800+ reviews. We headphone geeks might recognize the brand, but I very much doubt if the average person has ever heard of Cowin.…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Aug 17, 6:53pm -
  • Katz's Corner Episode 17: Perfecting Perfection

    Katz's Corner Episode 17: Perfecting Perfection

    Today I'd like to discuss what I mean by sonic perfection or sonic neutrality. Most audiophiles have observed that excellent playback systems of different manufacturers can sound radically different! Even the most accurate loudspeakers are subtly voi…
    - 41 days ago, 14 Aug 17, 4:04pm -
  • Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Affordable Over-Ear Sealed Bluetooth Headphones

    Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Affordable Over-Ear Sealed Bluetooth Headphones

    I'll often unbox a headphone and take a good hard look and listen and then make a guess at the price before looking it up on-line. I'm usually 25% - 33% low...and disappointed at how much things cost. Not so with the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT, I guessed…
    - 43 days ago, 12 Aug 17, 6:19pm -

Stereophile

  • new<I>Sounds & Clouds</I>: Like Everything and Nothing Else

    <I>Sounds & Clouds</I>: Like Everything and Nothing Else

    How to describe music that is so personal, so deeply reflective and rooted in Buddhist contemplation that only listening to the music itself, without distraction, will suffice? Such is the conundrum that, hopefully, will lead you from this page to Ch…
    - 14 hours ago, 24 Sep 17, 10:46am -
  • <I>Life is Fine</I>: Paul Kelly Goes Electric

    <I>Life is Fine</I>: Paul Kelly Goes Electric

    An old hand from Down Under returns to rock . . .Sat, 09/23/2017
    - 2 days ago, 23 Sep 17, 11:02am -
  • KEF Reference 5 loudspeaker

    KEF Reference 5 loudspeaker

    Of all the speakers I have most enjoyed in recent years, two were from British manufacturer KEF: the LS50 Anniversary Model ($1500/pair), which I reviewed in December 2012; and the Blade Two ($25,000/pair), which I reviewed in June 2015. Though thes…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:22pm -
  • Rega Research Brio integrated amplifier

    Rega Research Brio integrated amplifier

    "Looking back, my life's passions have mostly been sensual: food, females, fast cars, music, wine, sailing and skiing. My motivations, activities and work have stemmed from the need to fuel these passions rather than enjoyment of the process."Who s…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 5:18pm -
  • The Audeze LCDi4: Start to Finish

    The Audeze LCDi4: Start to Finish

    In June, I visited headphone manufacturer Audeze's factory in Southern California (they've since moved) and capture an abridged version of the making of a pair of Audeze LCDi4 in-ear planar magnetic headphones ($2495). In the first part of this video…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 8:26am -
  • Bill Evans, <I>Another Time: The Hilversum Concert</I>

    Bill Evans, <I>Another Time: The Hilversum Concert</I>

    Resonance Records is emerging as the most vital jazz reissue house around—or, rather, not "reissue," for the music they put out has never been issued before: the producer Zev Feldman (or someone who contacts him) has found it in an unexamined va…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 6:19pm -
  • VPI Prime Scout turntable

    VPI Prime Scout turntable

    We got our wish. Phonograph ownership is once again depicted as commonplace, even hip, in popular films, TV shows, and ads for other products. Turntables and LP jackets show up in photos in Elle Decor and Vanity Fair. New LPs are sold in stores in ni…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 7:03pm -
  • Bonus Recording of October 2017: <I>The Doors of Heaven</I>

    Bonus Recording of October 2017: <I>The Doors of Heaven</I>

    Eriks Ešenvalds: The Doors of HeavenThe First Tears, Rivers of Light, A Drop in the Ocean, Passion and ResurrectionDr. Ethan Sperry, Portland State Chamber Choir; various instrumentalistsNaxos 8.579008 (CD). 2017. Erick Lichte, prod.; John Atk…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 3:57pm -
  • Reviewer Video Profile: Michael Fremer

    Reviewer Video Profile: Michael Fremer

    In this video, we visit Michael Fremer, Senior Contributing Editor to Stereophile, Editor of AnalogPlanet.com, and an unparalleled guru of all things analog.Mon, 09/18/2017
    - 7 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 12:25pm -
  • Maria Callas LIVE at Last

    Maria Callas LIVE at Last

    The most eagerly anticipated opera release of 2017, Warner's set of 20 remastered complete live opera performances and five filmed recitals by soprano Maria Callas (1923–1977), hit the real and virtual stands on September 15. Commemorating the 4…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Sep 17, 7:47am -

TechRadar: Audio

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  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Neil Gader

    TAD ME1 loudspeaker $12,000 The Micro Evolution One (ME1) may be the smallest speaker in TAD’s Evolution lineup, but don’t call it reductionist. This three-way reflex design arguably has more heart and soul than its larger Evolution Series siblin…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Sep 17, 7:51am -
  • Live vs. Hi-Fi: Do You Hear the Difference?

    Live vs. Hi-Fi: Do You Hear the Difference?

    The following is a press release issued by TRPTK and Dutch & Dutch. September 21, 2017 - TRPTK and Dutch & Dutch will do a unique demonstration at XFI Premium Audio Show 2017. The audiophile music label and the manufacturer of a new generation of hig…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 3:06pm -
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Vade Forrester

    Rotel A14 integrated amplifier/DAC $1299 The astronomical prices of some current gear can overshadow the increasing number of moderately priced components that produce really enjoyable sound. Today’s sources include a number of digital and wireless…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Sep 17, 12:26pm -
  • Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch

    Ry Cooder: Paradise and Lunch

    It’s like a postcard from Weird Old America. Working with compositional sources as diverse as Burt Bacharach (“Mexican Divorce”) and Blind Willie McTell (“Married Man’s a Fool”), roots-rock guitarist Ry Cooder stitches a folksy quilt that…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Sep 17, 9:48am -
  • The Politics of MQA

    The Politics of MQA

    The codec known as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) is clearly in its ascendancy. The Big Three record labels have signed on, Tidal is streaming hundreds of MQA-encoded albums, and there’s a steadily expanding amount of audio gear capable of hand…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Sep 17, 11:11am -
  • Sony NW-WM1Z Portable Player and MDR-Z1R Headphones

    Sony NW-WM1Z Portable Player and MDR-Z1R Headphones

    Sony has been creating cost-no-object “flagship” components since early in its history. And while never intended as big-sellers, these models have often provided benchmarks for future, more affordable designs. The new Sony NW-WM1Z portable player…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Sep 17, 12:30pm -
  • Soundtracks Series Vol. 4: Jim Hannon's Top 10

    Soundtracks Series Vol. 4: Jim Hannon's Top 10

    The LP reissue phenomenon has introduced audio enthusiasts and music lovers to many of the world’s great recordings on high-quality vinyl, with some featuring mixes that are even better than the originals. Movie soundtracks have benefited significa…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Sep 17, 9:13am -
  • 2017 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

    2017 Golden Ear Awards: Anthony H. Cordesman

    Paradigm Persona 9H loudspeaker $35,000 Along with Legacy, Paradigm is one of the two manufacturers I’ve found that can really do room compensation well. Its Persona 9H is truly flat, goes very deep, and is still quick and detailed in the bass. Its…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Sep 17, 12:43pm -
  • McIntosh Announces MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver

    McIntosh Announces MA7200 Integrated Amplifier and MAC7200 Receiver

    The following is a press release issued by McIntosh. Binghamton, NY – September 13, 2017 – McIntosh, the global leader in prestigious home entertainment and ultimate-quality audio for over 65 years, is proud to announce the MA7200 Integrated Ampl…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 3:26pm -
  • TAS Legacy: Bowers & Wilkins 801 Loudspeaker

    TAS Legacy: Bowers & Wilkins 801 Loudspeaker

    Introduced in 1980, the B&W 801 almost overnight became the speaker for top-shelf recording studios and mastering suites. EMI, which later became Abbey Road, adopted the 801 as its reference monitor. Many other studios followed suit. To this day you…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Sep 17, 1:28pm -
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