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Herb Reichert  |  Nov 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Fifty years ago, all audiophiles were older than me. Forty years ago, all audiophiles were the same age as me. So were all the audio manufacturers, dealers, and engineers. Thirty years ago, they were still my age. Likewise twenty years ago. But now, finally, I am a little older than the big-speakerbox two-channel guys, and considerably older than the average headphone aficionado. Praise be to progress – even if it is (as always) slow in coming.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 15, 2018  |  3 comments
Upgrade-ability. In the digital realm, unlike the analog kingdom, upgrading a component has turned into a vastly simpler, quicker and in most cases free proposition to drastically improve the sonic performance of a high-fidelity source component.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 13, 2018  |  6 comments
At roughly $40,000 USD (based on current exchange rates), for each bespoke, 190-pound Chord ULTIMA mono bloc and the matching ULTIMA reference preamplifier, this system will set you back $120,000 USD.
Brian Hunter  |  Nov 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Nuno Vitorino of Innuos sparks up a conversation with host Brian Hunter about the silicon-based neural pathways that help make up digital-audio music servers. Are bits really just bits, or is there more to the story than just that?
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2018  |  1 comments
For those audiophile souls whose hearts beat a little faster when they know there’s a hi-fi show to attend, then either reset your pacemakers, put down that whisky, or throw on a sweatband because – steady on now – there’s two shows this weekend on either side of the pond as our British kin love to call the Atlantic Ocean.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2018  |  2 comments
The steady drumbeat of progress out of Binghamton, New York continues as McIntosh Labs trickles down the technical improvements from their top-of-the-line mono and stereo power amplifiers to their midrange offerings with the new $7,000 USD MC312 Power Amplifier, shipping now.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 05, 2018  |  23 comments
I often get asked what music I use when I’m assessing components for review, so I thought it was time to commit to page space a small fraction of the many albums I call upon or discover in the course of reviewing gear.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 03, 2018  |  4 comments
Sub·lim·i·nal – /səbˈlimənl/ Adjective (of a stimulus or mental process) below the threshold of sensation or consciousness; perceived by or affecting someone's mind without their being aware of it. This is the definition of subliminal courtesy of Google’s online dictionary and is an apt descriptor for how the Aqua Acoustic Quality La Voce S3 Discrete DAC ($4,750 USD MSRP) ingratiated its way into my mind as I spent extended listening sessions with it over the past couple months.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2018  |  10 comments
What do you do if you’re one of the largest, most successful speaker manufacturers on the globe with one of the all-time, best-selling stereo wireless speaker designs currently in production? If you’re KEF you follow up with a new design packed with the latest state-of-the-art streaming, amplification and wireless technology, make it more compact and drop the price.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 29, 2018  |  0 comments
The LampizatOr Pacific DAC makes you forget completely about the fact that it is reproducing the recorded event and unconsciously allows one to be utterly engaged in the music playing.

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