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  • Naim XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3 Launched now with Phono: Why Digital Audiophiles should care

    Naim XS3 and SUPERNAIT 3 Launched now with Phono: Why Digital Audiophiles should care

    System synergy. It’s one of the most critical factors in building a high-fidelity kit. I say kit because it is very much like constructing a model – the wrong pieces together (or something missing) and it won’t ever be finished.
    - 2 days ago, 17 Jul 19, 12:57pm -
  • Roon Nucleus+ Arrives at AudioStream

    Roon Nucleus+ Arrives at AudioStream

    Roon Labs is comprised of a dedicated crew of individuals who toil endlessly to hone their audio software-engineering chops so that their digital-audio player is always at the bleeding edge of development, delivering the best possible music-listening…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 11:15am -
  • McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

    McIntosh C53 Preamplifier Announced: New DA2 Digital Module

    TIDAL and Qobuz music streamers take note, a next generation Quad-Balanced eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz DAC is at the heart of McIntosh’s new upgradeable DA2 digital-audio module in their just-announced $8,000 USD C53 preamplifier.
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 1:34pm -
  • Great Electronic Albums: Strange Cargo Hinterland

    Great Electronic Albums: Strange Cargo Hinterland

    Shoreditch doesn’t exactly bring to mind transcendental synth-drenched sonic landscapes.Yet the working-class district in London’s east end which is its geographic namesake is where electronic music composer and producer William Orbit (née Wainw…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 12:56pm -
  • AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.According to the company: "Now comes DragonFly Cobalt—AudioQuest's new flagship DAC. Cobalt takes what music lovers around the world have c…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 3:00am -
  • MSB Technology with Vince Galbo: AudioStream Podcast No.9

    MSB Technology with Vince Galbo: AudioStream Podcast No.9

    This is the ninth episode of the AudioStream Podcast and host Brian Hunter has gone deep to bring you an important voice: Vince Galbo of MSB Technology.
    - 12 days ago, 7 Jul 19, 1:04pm -
  • How to Find New Music on TIDAL, Qobuz, Roon or the Internet

    How to Find New Music on TIDAL, Qobuz, Roon or the Internet

    Going out shopping for new music was easy when all we did was buy vinyl or CDs. Record stores have a ‘New Releases’ section clearly marked, so finding the latest music was a no-brainer. You walked in and looked around. Not so online.
    - 15 days ago, 4 Jul 19, 1:33pm -
  • Audiophile: The Day the Music Died?

    Audiophile: The Day the Music Died?

    It was about 10 years ago. We were setting up the Shure M44-7 cartridge I had sourced from a used hi-fi shop on the Technics 1200 MKV I had scrimped and saved months for. My friend Bobby C becme serious, “pretty soon you won’t be hearing the musi…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Jun 19, 1:41pm -
  • Bel Canto Designs e.One Stream Review

    Bel Canto Designs e.One Stream Review

    A simple box that is simple to use will always be a delight in the world of high fidelity. This is doubly true when it comes to digital front ends as opposed to analog – because I think there’s a preconception that digital is easy.
    - 22 days ago, 27 Jun 19, 12:59am -
  • T.H.E. Show 2019: Wrap up and Final Highlights

    T.H.E. Show 2019: Wrap up and Final Highlights

    This was another show that put the human back into high-fidelity for me. How? For starters it was the more approachable size of the venue and the fact that I connected with so many old friends and met so many new ones. This hobby is like that – whe…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Jun 19, 12:41pm -

InnerFidelity

  • new64 Audio Announce Limited Edition Fourté Noir IEM

    64 Audio Announce Limited Edition Fourté Noir IEM

    Claiming a warmed-up bass response and more buttery top end than the tia Fourté, 64 Audio’s latest high-end IEM – the $3,799 USD Fourté Noir – is available while supplies last.
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 10:23pm -
  • Focal Stellia Review

    Focal Stellia Review

    I first encountered Focal headphones at the very first Head-Fi meet I went to.
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 11:55am -
  • Cambridge Audio introduces Melomania 1 True Wireless Headphones

    Cambridge Audio introduces Melomania 1 True Wireless Headphones

    True wireless seems to be the lifestyle catchphrase for 2019 with Brit hifi legend Cambridge Audio even coining it for their new IPX5-certified (sweat and water protection for the sport inclined or weather challenged) Melomania 1 IEMs.
    - 9 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 12:21pm -
  • AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.According to the company: "Now comes DragonFly Cobalt—AudioQuest's new flagship DAC. Cobalt takes what music lovers around the world have c…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 12:00am -
  • CanJam Socal 2019: Final Thoughts and wrap-up

    CanJam Socal 2019: Final Thoughts and wrap-up

    Are headphones - all grown up? My big takeaway from CanJam Socal 2019 was just how far headphones have come in the last few years. There’s a real sense that the industry has ‘grown up’ and come into its own.
    - 12 days ago, 7 Jul 19, 12:49pm -
  • CanJam SoCal 2019: Meze, Dunu and Beyerdynamic

    CanJam SoCal 2019: Meze, Dunu and Beyerdynamic

    Meze made quite a splash with their Empyrean headphone, a top-tier planar magnetic model from the company that put out the 99 Classics was certainly something I had never expected to see.
    - 14 days ago, 5 Jul 19, 1:21pm -
  • CanJam SoCal 2019: Manley Labs, Focal, RAAL Requisite

    CanJam SoCal 2019: Manley Labs, Focal, RAAL Requisite

    I’ve mentioned that I enjoy Manley Labs gear before, but I had a chance to really sit down with the Absolute headamp this CanJam and take a deeper listen.
    - 16 days ago, 3 Jul 19, 1:05pm -
  • CanJam SoCal 2019: ZMF, Ampsandsounds and Upscale Audio

    CanJam SoCal 2019: ZMF, Ampsandsounds and Upscale Audio

    I stopped by the ZMF booth to say hi to the owners, Zach and Bevin Mehrbach, who are two of the nicest, most relaxed folks in the audio business.
    - 17 days ago, 2 Jul 19, 1:53pm -
  • CanJam SoCal 2019: S.M.S.L. and Matrix Audio

    CanJam SoCal 2019: S.M.S.L. and Matrix Audio

    Two companies that were part of the large Shenzen Audio booth were S.M.S.L. and Matrix Audio. The Matrix audio booth was showing a handful of all-in-one streaming, DAC and headphone amp models, as well as their flagship X-Sabre Pro. The Matrix models…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Jun 19, 2:05pm -
  • CanJam SoCal 2019: Headamp, Alex Rosson Audio and Grado Labs

    CanJam SoCal 2019: Headamp, Alex Rosson Audio and Grado Labs

    I hit the room being shared Mr. Speakers and Headamp then something else caught my eye, which was a rather colorful headphone I’d never seen before from a company called Rosson Audio. After that it was a company I had not expected to see at this Ca…
    - 22 days ago, 27 Jun 19, 10:28pm -

Stereophile

  • newMagnepan LRS loudspeaker

    Magnepan LRS loudspeaker

    A visitor to stereophile.com named billmilosz commented: "Compared to these, everything else sounded like it was coming out of a cereal box." When I read that, I laughed out loud.That reader was responding to my AXPONA report about Magnepan's new $…
    - 19 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 3:53pm -
  • newRecording of August 2019: Henry Brant: <I>Ice Field</I>

    Recording of August 2019: Henry Brant: <I>Ice Field</I>

    Henry Brant: Ice FieldCameron Carpenter, organ, San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edwin Outwater, Conds.SFS Media SFS 0075 (24/48 WAV). 2019. Jack Vad, prod, and eng.; Roni Jules, Gus Pollek, Jonathan Stevens, Denise Woodward, supporti…
    - 21 hours ago, 18 Jul 19, 2:03pm -
  • Munich!

    Munich!

    By the time you read this, Munich's High End 2019 will be a distant memory. Yet as I write this, having just returned from Munich, the experience is fresh in my mind. It's the most compelling audio topic I can think of, crying out for commentary.Mu…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 2:01pm -
  • Klipsch Forte III loudspeaker

    Klipsch Forte III loudspeaker

    I'm fortunate to have reviewed in recent years not one but three different pairs of horn-loaded loudspeakers. My jaw dropped when I reviewed what would prove the finest loudspeaker to ever grace my home, the Volti Audio Rival. Second came a pricey bu…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 1:52pm -
  • Keith Jarrett’s Live Well-Tempered Clavier Resurrected

    Keith Jarrett’s Live Well-Tempered Clavier Resurrected

    Thirty-two years after it was recorded, pianist Keith Jarrett’s live reading of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, has seen the light of day.Fri, 07/12/2019
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 7:51pm -
  • Thorens TD-150AB turntable and tonearm

    Thorens TD-150AB turntable and tonearm

    This is an integrated arm-and-turntable unit using single-belt drive from a stepped motor pulley to an inside platter (under the main one), and having a three-point suspension similar to that in the AR turntable for isolation from acoustic feedback a…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 11:25am -
  • Exposure XV integrated amplifier

    Exposure XV integrated amplifier

    American audiophiles have long had a love-hate relationship with British integrated amplifiers. On one hand, they often provide superb musicality, sell for a moderate price, and don't take up much room. On the other, these British alternatives to Adc…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 11:19am -
  • Weathers PS-11 Professional Stereo Pickup System

    Weathers PS-11 Professional Stereo Pickup System

    Editor's Note: This is the very first equipment report that was written by J. Gordon Holt for Stereophile, then called The Stereophile. The venerable JGH appended the following warning: The writer of this report was employed by Weathers Industries du…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Jul 19, 10:54am -
  • Dynaco Stereo 120 transistor power amplifier

    Dynaco Stereo 120 transistor power amplifier

    One by one, the major amplifier manufacturers have acceded to the pressures of the marketplace and introduced "solid-state" models, whether or not these happened to sound as good as their previous tube-type units. Dynaco was one of the last of the ho…
    - 10 days ago, 9 Jul 19, 10:48am -
  • AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC Sweepstakes

    Register to win an AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt Portable USB DAC (Total value $299.95) we are giving away.According to the company: "Now comes DragonFly Cobalt—AudioQuest's new flagship DAC. Cobalt takes what music lovers around the world have c…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Jul 19, 3:00am -

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  • newSoulution 330 Integrated Amplifier

    Soulution 330 Integrated Amplifier

    When you think of almost anything made in Switzerland, what comes to mind? Extreme precision, pristine aesthetics, painstaking research, and exemplary quality. (And yes, as you’d expect, this all comes at a considerable cost.) Enter Soulution. From…
    - 2 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 8:47am -
  • newQ&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    Q&A with Mat Latour of Nagra

    What ignited your interest in the high end? Did it come from the music side, family, or the electronics side? I was fascinated by music and sound reproduction from an early age. At age two I was putting my plate upside down and using the knife as a t…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 8:40am -
  • newRanagri: Playing for Luck

    Ranagri: Playing for Luck

    This is soulful music played by gifted artists who bring vision and virtuoso chops to their work. The contemporary-folk group Ranagri enchants while living up to the promise of the SACD stereo format, putting the listener virtually in the studio with…
    - 3 hours ago, 19 Jul 19, 8:26am -
  • Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

    Cayin iHA-6 Headphone Amp, iDAC-6 DAC, and iDAP-6 Digital Audio Player

    In 2016 the Chinese high-end audio specialist Cayin Audio introduced two impressive personal audio components: the fully balanced iHA-6 solid-state headphone amplifier and its sibling, the fully balanced iDAC-6 hybrid solid-state/tube high-resolution…
    - 1 day ago, 18 Jul 19, 1:06am -
  • Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection

    Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection

    John Williams composed the music for the first three Harry Potter films (The Sorcerer’s Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and The Prisoner of Azkaban), and now the complete scores have been released for the first time by La-La Land in Harry Potter: Th…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 2:49pm -
  • Alibaba Group's Xiami Music is the First Music Streaming Service in China to Add MQA Studio Quality Audio

    Alibaba Group's Xiami Music is the First Music Streaming Service in China to Add MQA Studio Quality Audio

    LONDON/HANGZHOU | JULY 16th, 2019 - Xiami Music, a wholly-owned entity of the Alibaba Group, will be the first music streaming service in China to adopt MQA. With the implementation of MQA, Xiami Music will become the audio quality leader in China, s…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jul 19, 12:27pm -
  • Earsonics EM10 Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitor

    Earsonics EM10 Custom-Fit In-Ear Monitor

    EarsSonics’ EM10 is the French firm’s flagship custom-fit in-ear monitor. Unlike the EM9, the EM10 is offered only as a CIEM, but not as a universal-fit earphone. The EM10 and EM9 share many similarities but also two major differences. First, as…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 8:27am -
  • Audio Research Corporation Reference 160M Monoblock Amplifier

    Audio Research Corporation Reference 160M Monoblock Amplifier

    Since I first heard William Zane Johnson’s D76 stereo amplifier and SP3 full-function preamp back in the early 1970s, I’ve been a fan of Audio Research electronics. Indeed, I’ve owned and reviewed more gear from ARC than from any other marque.…
    - 7 days ago, 12 Jul 19, 1:02am -
  • Rob Reich: Swings Left

    Rob Reich: Swings Left

    Jazz as dance music? There was a time when that wasn’t even a question. Has the time come again for upbeat, swinging, danceable jazz? Rob Reich answers that question in the affirmative on this album of 14 original compositions evoking the late 1930…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jul 19, 8:14am -
  • 2019 TAS Super LP List

    2019 TAS Super LP List

    Of the many articles and reviews that Harry Pearson wrote for The Absolute Sound, his annual Super LP List (aka SuperDisc List) may have been the most eagerly anticipated. The issue in which it was published was the one that everyone had to buy, borr…
    - 9 days ago, 10 Jul 19, 4:33pm -
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