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  • Download of the Week: Tzusing

    Download of the Week: Tzusing

    東方不敗 (named after a character, ‘Dōngfāng bùbài’ which means ‘Invincible East’, in a Jin Yong novel) is the debut album from Malaysia-born, Singapore/Taiwan/Shanghai/US-raised producer Tzusing. I found reference to this record on a…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 8:07am -
  • Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player

    Bricasti Design Model 5 Network Player

    Inputs and outputs. In hi-fi, it's interesting to note that with a device like the Bricasti M5, people wonder which of its outputs is "best". That's like asking, "What's the best screwdriver—flathead or phillips?"
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 8:40am -
  • totaldac D1-seven: First Impressions

    totaldac D1-seven: First Impressions

    The totaldac D1-seven arrived yesterday. I unboxed it, sorry no video, set it up, and let it play overnight for the barn mice.
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 2:24pm -
  • In Barn: totaldac d1-seven

    In Barn: totaldac d1-seven

    The totaldac d1-seven (€19,000 incl VAT, €17,450 excl VAT).
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 4:29pm -
  • Handsome-Fi: Beyond the Box

    Handsome-Fi: Beyond the Box

    Benny Goodman with the 1957 JBL ParagonHi-Fi is not just black and silver face plates. All too often, industrial design is overlooked, passed by, ignored for what's inside. What's worse, some people believe hi-fi is pure function filled with utilit…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 2:39pm -
  • The New Yorker Gives Audiophilia Some Love

    The New Yorker Gives Audiophilia Some Love

    Depending on your point of view, "Audiophilia Forever: An Expensive New Year’s Shopping Guide" is the story of one man's enjoyment of the hi-fi hobby, or it's a minefield of controversy.
    - 8 days ago, 13 Jan 18, 11:29am -
  • Download of the Week: Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra

    Download of the Week: Sun Ra And His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra

    Sometimes it takes time to find what I'm looking for—the salve to sooth some ache or pain. At times like these, I avoid go-to's preferring to find something new, even if that something turns out to be old.
    - 9 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 8:38am -
  • Huffington Post Pulls Spotify Story

    Huffington Post Pulls Spotify Story

    Blake Morgan wrote:"Webster’s English Dictionary defines the term 'golden goose' as a continuing source of wealth or profit that may be exhausted if it’s misused. Sadly, Spotify’s ongoing crisis of misuse begins and ends with the fact that th…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 1:01pm -
  • Q: Do We Own The Downloads We Buy? A: No

    Q: Do We Own The Downloads We Buy? A: No

    MQA has kicked up all kinds of controversy. One offshoot argument is the concept of ownership when it comes to file-based music—the MQA objection refers to the fact that we do not "own" the music we stream from streaming services. In MQA's case we'…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 9:29am -
  • CES 2018: #CESblackout!

    CES 2018: #CESblackout!

    The Las Vegas Convention Center, where all of the big action happens, experienced a power outage starting at 11:14am PT today. The North and Central Halls, which house exhibits by Sony, LG, Samsung, and Intel were in the dark and word is power is onl…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 4:10pm -

InnerFidelity

  • CES 2018 Show Highlight: Sonarworks Headphone Correction Equalizing Software

    CES 2018 Show Highlight: Sonarworks Headphone Correction Equalizing Software

    No surprise, with numerous successful studio tweaks under their belt, recording professionals started asking if they could do similar things for studio headphones. They started looking into it...no surprise, they found out it was a lot harder than th…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 5:21pm -
  • CES 2018: Audeze iSINE LX In-Ear Open Planar Magnetic Earphones

    CES 2018: Audeze iSINE LX In-Ear Open Planar Magnetic Earphones

    It's inspiring to see a company who builds expensive headphones to also continue to focus on lowering the cost to the consumer. The new iSINE LX still has the Fluxor magnets, Uniforce diaphragm circuit, Fazor acoustic impedance matching plug, and Cip…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 2:21pm -
  • CES 2018: Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro Affordable Sealed Headphones

    CES 2018: Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro Affordable Sealed Headphones

    Like most manufacturers, I find Beyerdynamic's more expensive offerings a bit hit and miss; but unlike most manufacturers I'm pretty consistently impressed by Beyerdynamic's lower cost products. Check out my reviews of the $59 DTX 350 m and now disco…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 5:39pm -
  • CES 2018: MEE Audio Matrix Cinema Wireless Sealed Headphones

    CES 2018: MEE Audio Matrix Cinema Wireless Sealed Headphones

    I was a big fan of the MEE Audio's Matrix 2 affordable Bluetooth headphones of a few years ago...the Matrix 3 not so much. Sounds to me like they're coming back smart and centered with their latest and upcoming releases. For this post I'll feature th…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 1:05pm -
  • CES 2018: Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000 Over-Ear Open Flagship Headphones

    CES 2018: Audio-Technica ATH-ADX5000 Over-Ear Open Flagship Headphones

    Oh...my turn. Ahhhhh...they fit nicely. I plug them into my AK240 and play some tunes. Well, other than the fact that the CES show floor is crazy loud they sound pretty damned good. No one in the convention center booth knew much about them, but they…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 3:22pm -
  • CES 2018: 1More Triple-Driver Over-Ear Headphones

    CES 2018: 1More Triple-Driver Over-Ear Headphones

    Well, they've gone back to the drawing board and come up with something pretty novel...more expensive, but quite interesting. The new 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone ($249) uses a 40mm graphene dynamic driver and a passive radiator for the low…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 1:24pm -
  • CES 2018: Snugs Custom Ear Tip Measurement App

    CES 2018: Snugs Custom Ear Tip Measurement App

    The thing that really caught my eye in the Snugs booth was their new method for measuring ears for their shallow insert products. Normally, you send ear molds or files from impressions or measurements taken by audiologists, and Snugs does use this m…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 5:49pm -
  • CES 2018: Echobox Explorer and IEMs

    CES 2018: Echobox Explorer and IEMs

    Echobox seems to be doing well. I remember when Warren Chi drug me over to their 10 foot booth at CES in 2015. This year they showed up in the center of the floor in a big open 50 footer with lots of cheerful faces showing off the gear.
    - 6 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 4:42pm -
  • CES 2018:Sennheiser HD 820 Over-Ear Sealed Headphones

    CES 2018:Sennheiser HD 820 Over-Ear Sealed Headphones

    Better start here...it's where I started the show...I'm sure you are curious too.The Sennheiser HD 820 is a sealed headphone based on the now famous HD 800. The remarkable thing about these headphones is the toroidally shaped diaphragm, which, Senn…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Jan 18, 3:37pm -
  • CES 2018: Introduction

    CES 2018: Introduction

    CES is a little weird this year. High End companies have been abandoning the Venetian Tower with...abandon. Stereophile has sent a skeleton crew. Back channel chat was that CES was dead to the high end world as companies shifted to specialty shows. H…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 11:16am -

Stereophile

  • newThe King of Space-Age Pop

    The King of Space-Age Pop

    The return of a Living Stereo masterpiece...Sun, 01/21/2018
    - 5 hours ago, 21 Jan 18, 10:15am -
  • Two Piano Concertos from David Chesky

    Two Piano Concertos from David Chesky

    Given that David Chesky has just followed the digital release of his Second and Third Piano Concertos with a January 13 performance of his Violin Concerto No.3 by Rachel Barton Pine and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, some might say he's on a roll.…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Jan 18, 10:49am -
  • CES: The First of 2 Binaural Video Reports

    CES: The First of 2 Binaural Video Reports

    For our video coverage of the 2018 Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas, we purchased Sennheiser's "Ambeo" binaural system, which mounts microphones on the outer surfaces of a pair of earbuds, thus allowing the ears' pinnae to influence each mike's…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 1:22pm -
  • Holly Cole

    Holly Cole

    A jazz singer's breakthrough album reissued by Analogue Productions.Fri, 01/19/2018
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 8:23am -
  • MBL Noble Line N31 CD player-DAC

    MBL Noble Line N31 CD player-DAC

    MBL's Corona C15 monoblock has been one of my amplification references since I reviewed it in 2014, and as I've been reviewing DACs the past year or so, it was high time I spent time with one of the German company's digital products."Black shiny pr…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 4:33pm -
  • Recording of February 2018: <I>Chopin's Last Waltz</I>

    Recording of February 2018: <I>Chopin's Last Waltz</I>

    Chopin's Last WaltzChopin: Ballade 4 in f, Op.52; Fantasie in f, Op.49; Mazurka in c-sharp, Op.63 No.3; Mazurka in f, Op.68 No.4; Nocturne in E-flat, Op.62 No.2; Prelude in c-sharp, Op.45; Valse in A-flat, Op.64 No.3Robert Silverman, pianoIsoMike…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 3:19pm -
  • Wilson & MSB Event in San Diego Friday

    Wilson & MSB Event in San Diego Friday

    Friday, January 19, from 5–8pm, Alma Music and Audio (7847 Convoy Ct. #101, San Diego, CA 92111) are hosting an event with guests Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio Specialties and Vince Galbo of MSB. McGrath will be talking about the differences bet…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Jan 18, 8:14am -
  • CES 2018 Confounds Expectations

    CES 2018 Confounds Expectations

    Photo by John AtkinsonThe question, "What if they Gave a CES and Nobody Came?," which headlined my As We See It from mid-2016, was echoed by a similar title on Jon Iverson's opening blog for our coverage of CES 2018. Yet hopes and fears that our in…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 2:50pm -
  • Chord's Million-Tap Digital Filter

    Chord's Million-Tap Digital Filter

    When Jason Victor Serinus visited the Bluebird Audio room on the Venetian's 35th floor, he mentioned that Chord was demonstrating its Blu Mk.2 CD transport ($11,788) along with the Dave DAC that I reviewed and was impressed by last June. I chatted wi…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 1:15pm -
  • A Stellar Constellation

    A Stellar Constellation

    I was working on our video coverage of the 2018 CES with our resident videographer Jana Dagdagan, and as video is such a time sink, I wasn't able to visit as many rooms as I usually do. But one room I managed to visit and that stood out when it came…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 12:09pm -

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  • High-End Audio at Luxury Design Show

    High-End Audio at Luxury Design Show

    Toronto, Canada is host to the Interior Design Show held this weekend from January 18-21. It's an opportunity for high-end furniture, appliance, and interior design companies show their wares. US high-end audio distributor and retailer Wynn Audio is…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 10:54pm -
  • Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

    Thelonious Monk: Monk in Tokyo

    This fine recording was somewhat overlooked when it first appeared in 1973, and the same fate may await this reissue, given the fact that several other notable Monk-related releases are vying for attention during this centennial of his birth year. Mo…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Jan 18, 8:39am -
  • CES 2018: Robert Harley on Analog, Digital, and Personal Audio

    CES 2018: Robert Harley on Analog, Digital, and Personal Audio

    Taking High-Resolution Mainstream The biggest event at CES, at least for the high end, was a press gathering at the Las Vegas Convention Center to promote high-resolution audio. Organized by the Digital Entertainment Group, the event’s message was…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Jan 18, 12:47pm -
  • CES 2018: JV on Speakers $20k and Up

    CES 2018: JV on Speakers $20k and Up

    Ah, Las Vegas! As we were taxiing in from McCarran airport I saw a big neon sign in front of a strip joint just off I-15. In ten-foot-high letters it read: “Veni, Vidi, Veni,” which is about as funny as Vegas gets. However, once we arrived at the…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 11:18pm -
  • TAS Legacy: Naim Nait Integrated Amplifier

    TAS Legacy: Naim Nait Integrated Amplifier

    Although Naim has created a wide range of outstanding and ambitious products over its long history, the company’s most iconic product may be its most humble: the Nait integrated amplifier. This diminutive integrated exemplifies skillful design, mus…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 2:33pm -
  • NAD Masters M22 V2 Delivers Increased Power and Flexibility

    NAD Masters M22 V2 Delivers Increased Power and Flexibility

    The following is a press release issued by NAD Electronics. CES | Las Vegas, NV | January 9, 2018 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, launched a new and improved stereo Masters Series ampl…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 10:45am -
  • PS Audio Bridge II Plug-In Card for DirectStream DAC

    PS Audio Bridge II Plug-In Card for DirectStream DAC

    PS Audio recently updated the software for its Bridge II card to enable it to “unfold” MQA files. The Bridge II card is an accessory that plugs into a slot in the rear of the DAC to add additional capabilities. Originally, the Bridge II enabled t…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Jan 18, 11:16am -
  • Oppo Digital UDP-205 Multi-Format Disc Player and DAC

    Oppo Digital UDP-205 Multi-Format Disc Player and DAC

    It isn’t often that I have to review a product on several different levels. The Oppo UDP-205 Ultra HD Blu-ray disc player, however, is an exception. It provides outstanding value for money in four very different roles: as a CD, SACD, and virtually…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Jan 18, 7:55am -
  • Lamm Industries L2.1 Reference Line Preamplifier

    Lamm Industries L2.1 Reference Line Preamplifier

    The L2.1 is said to have evolved from the L2, for many years a mainstay in Lamm Audio’s product lineup. Evolution is generally regarded as inevitable but when starting with the nearly flawless circuitry of the L2 how do you progress to L2.1? Well,…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 10:41am -
  • Catching up with David Murray

    Catching up with David Murray

    In 1979 I attended a club performance by the original lineup of Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, a quartet that, along with Peter Warren on bass and DeJohnette on drums, featured two horn players, one who switched between tenor saxophone and bass…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 12:57pm -
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