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Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 19, 2019
T+A is a German hi-fi manufacturer I’ve heard about, on-and-off, for several years. Known for outstanding sonics, implementing high-quality components, with outstanding fit and finish, the company somehow always seemed to be flying under my radar.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 16, 2019
Either you have lots of space or you don’t have enough of it – to me this is who the new $3,000 USD McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is targeted at.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 08, 2019
I can’t tell you how many times I have to correct “Room” back to “Roon.” Both the word-processing applications I use have Spell-Checkers built in, and both always change Roon to Room. Sigh.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 26, 2019
The Selekt DSM in integrated amp/Katalyst guise is a solution for those individuals whose box count could be on the rise and are looking to streamline operations, or for the person who is looking to get into (or back into) high-fidelity and wants something that can do-it-all and has a long shelf life with plenty of future-proof built in.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 24, 2019
The vinyl resurgence of the last several years confounded some manufacturers and was simpatico for others. Those who saw it as a fad seemed to be misinformed and those who saw it as a resurgence for a format that is just as viable today as it was 50 years ago now seem prescient. McIntosh it seems is in the latter camp. Not only do they embrace the LP, they embrace the modern LP collector and music lover who not only wants vinyl playback ability in a sound system, but digital and streaming options too.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 22, 2019
Today’s computer-based software has become the modern version of the stylus/cartridge to the record player we call DAC/Streamers. And there is nothing out there quite like Roon audio-playback software; it has, in many ways, made itself the de facto audiophile playback application of choice in the last few years.
Brian Hunter  |  Jan 14, 2019
The Venetian wasn’t “dead,” so to speak. Before I set out to commit to CES 2019 I wanted to make sure there would still be something to cover. But as the weeks before the giant Las Vegas electronics show drew to a close, it become slowly apparent that my schedule was filling up… over filling perhaps.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 10, 2019
French high-resolution streaming and download service Qobuz used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a launch pad to announce that their US version is now in beta and “available for registration to US customers…”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 08, 2019
NAD has seen the writing on the wall for music and connectivity-first oriented consumers who want high-fidelity in their homes with ease of use, as few cables as possible, one box and a price point that is going to offer high quality with technological longevity… oh, and great industrial design chops so it fits in seamlessly with today’s modern decor in urban dwellings.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 07, 2019
The latest from CES in Las Vegas sees high-resolution streaming audio’s 900-pound gorilla – TIDAL – announce MQA support to their Android App to “Deliver studio quality sound on the move.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 03, 2019
Updates. In a world of instantaneous answers at the tip of our fingertips or tongues as we wag either at our various platform-specific digital assistants to tell us want we want to know, waiting for an update on anything can be a tortuous predicament on our first-world list of problems.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 18, 2018
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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 07, 2018
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 04, 2018
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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 29, 2018
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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