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Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 27, 2020
The driving four-on-the-floor beat and overdubbed hand-clapping of Santa Esmeralda’s 1977 12-inch version of the Nina Simone classic “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” hung in the air like a rung bell as I abruptly hit pause.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 16, 2020
The audiophile focus of French high-resolution music-streaming service Qobuz continues to gain momentum as more and more partnerships with high-fidelity manufacturers are announced.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2020
The Audio Show crazy train is shovelling coal into its boiler in anticipation of a packed schedule of whistle stops for 2020 – first up is the Florida Audio Expo.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 30, 2019
It’s that time of year when we’re not really paying attention to the digital-audio newscycle if we can help it – in case you forgot it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be sharing family time, toasting old friends, and relaxing with loved ones.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 12, 2019
How is it two weeks until Christmas? I’ve done no holiday shopping and the side-eye I’m getting from family suggests that I need to get my gift-giving organized ASAP. I sigh, not because I’m hopelessly behind schedule, but because I’m thankful – I don’t have to buy for any audiophiles in my family.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 06, 2019
Devialet has created a box unlike any other, and there’s no hyperbole in saying that the design caused a whirlwind of controversy and awe in the audiophile hobby when it was released almost 10 years ago.
Grover Neville  |  Nov 23, 2019
I’ve just recently moved to the West Coast, so when Focal reached out and informed Rafe and myself of a new store opening in Phoenix Arizona, it was a serendipitous coincidence of interest too good to pass up. I had a friend once who when asked if she believed in coincidences replied ‘well of course, somebody has to plan them!’
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 21, 2019  |  First Published: Nov 20, 2019
The thing with 900-pound gorillas is you don’t want to mess with them. That part should be self-evident. Unless the 900-pound gorilla is Roon Labs, and then all bets are off because the gorilla just went all Skynet on you.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 16, 2019
I sent the picture opening this article to my father and he responded right away with, “When did you get the B&Ws?”
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2019
In a bold move that could rock TIDAL’s boat, Qobuz, the French high-resolution and CD-lossless music streaming and download service, has eliminated lossy, MP3 files from its paid catalog.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2019
Traditional UK high-fidelity doesn’t have much more of a poster child than Naim Audio. With more than four decades of experience as a purveyor of audiophile sound, the company rolls out changes with thought, cadence and a nod to longevity and future-proofing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 04, 2019
If you we're on the fence about buying KEF’s multi-award winning LSX Wireless Music System, now might be the time to throw down. The LSX will be going on sale starting today (through the end of the year) for $999 USD, a $250 USD savings.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2019
Bringing in a cutting-edge design at a price that could loop in those new to digital audio, but who are looking for serious sonic-return-on-investment, isn’t something, I imagine, the Colorado-based Boulder Amplifiers would take lightly.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 30, 2019
”Bring the Noise.” Defiant lyrics, a song title – by rap progenitors Public Enemy off their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back – and a clarion call to owners of current AudioQuest AC power conditioners like the Niagara series of noise-dissipation devices to banish AC hash inherent to the power grids we all use to run our hi-fi gear.

Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 28, 2019
With a fair number of the world’s news junkies tuned-in to the political machinations playing out in Washington D.C., Capital AudioFest 2019 should be a welcome respite from the 24-hour-a-day news cycle of the latest on U.S. presidential impeachment proceedings for audiophiles in the D.C. and Maryland areas.

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