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Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Imaging. That’s the first thing I noticed after I spent all of five minutes getting the new KEF LSX Wireless Music System up and running, that and prodigious, clean bass that seemed improbable from an $1,100 USD pint-sized loudspeaker not even mounted on stands.
Grover Neville, Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 16, 2018  |  5 comments
Thanks to a lot of hard work from contributor Grover Neville, AudioStream brings you the first of three in a series of the 2018 AudioStream Recommended Components Lists. This little list is sure to please some of you and sure to disappoint more than a few. But we just can’t fit everything we’d like to. Regardless, here it is.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Roon. If you’re into streaming music or computer audio then most likely you’ve heard of this music-playback software and might be wondering what it is exactly and why you should think about using it instead of just running Tidal, Qobuz or Spotify natively via a web-browser interface.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  1 comments
If you follow any of my musical musings on this site you’ll know I have what some would refer to as mildly eclectic taste.
Scott Eastlick  |  Dec 09, 2018  |  5 comments
As far as religious holidays go, none have been as potently marketed as Christmas. Defined by an endless stream of catchy original songs, unabashed commercialism, and a magical mascot, Christmas often seems more like a Disney production than an especially holy endeavour. Irrespective of our individual beliefs, Christmas exists as an open-source holiday that everybody is able to celebrate in different ways and for different reasons.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 07, 2018  |  15 comments
Faith. There seems to be a sense of spiritual angst among the audiophile faithful who stream their digital audio via cloud-based music services and its cause seems to be the continuing delay of the French high-resolution music service Qobuz from entering the North American market.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 06, 2018  |  1 comments
The crushing basslines and powerful vocal overdubs torturing eight-inch transducers stopped so suddenly that there wasn’t even an echo of a note left hanging in the air between my speakers. I hit play on the app interface residing on my iPad from the comfort of my sofa and it was back. The song pounding into the room as I controlled the ones and zeros and sat, scrolling through the thousands of album and song titles available to me from the touch screen cradled in my palm. Such is the experience of music playback in this modern computer-audio era.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 04, 2018  |  2 comments
You look at the calendar on your iPhone and realize it’s December and a flush of panic turns your face red, which in turn is mistaken for rosy cheeks by your partner who squeals and exclaims “You’ve got the Holiday Spirit!” Unaware it’s fear that grips your heart in an icy embrace of commercialism, crowds, snow shovelling, Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and of course gifts.
Brian Hunter  |  Dec 01, 2018  |  0 comments
Welcome to the third episode of the AudioStream Podcast and host Brian Hunter has managed to sequester an music-industry legend in producer and studio engineer Al Schmitt, whose deep connection with music spans almost the entire breadth of modern music as we know it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 29, 2018  |  2 comments
You’ve read the reviews obsessively. You’ve gone to your local bricks and mortar or a hi-fi trade show and sat shoulder-to-shoulder with others to listen to them, or stopped round to a mate’s flat for a pint and heard them. For all those out there in audiophile-land who have been hemming and hawing about whether to lay down some cash on KEF’s award-winning LS50 or LS50 Wireless loudspeakers, the time may have come to get off the fence and commit to buying a pair.

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