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Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 31, 2019
The North American distributors for LampizatOr DACs/servers and Final Touch Audio products – Destination Sound Group (DSG) – has announced it is bringing in the AudioNec loudspeaker line from France.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 29, 2019
Announced today, if you live in the United States, moving forward you will now be dealing exclusively with PS Audio – no more dealer showrooms.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 21, 2019
In what has become a crowded digital network-streamer marketplace, a new product launch can struggle for recognition as it can be difficult to break through the signal-to-noise ratio. Less so if you’re Meridian Audio, whose award-winning and pioneering CD, DAC and DSP engineering designs are the stuff of legend in the audiophile world and were in no small part integral to the digital infrastructure that we find ourselves enmeshed in now.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 13, 2019
I’m into science fiction in a big way, so that means that by default I’m a Trekkie – a Star Trek fan for those sci-fi challenged out there – which means that when I first saw Naim’s Mu-so Qb design a few years ago I instantly associated it with the Borg Collective’s ships from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 07, 2019
Options. They’re essential in life, so why wouldn’t they be in high fidelity?
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 31, 2019
It was small and light. Too small and light I thought myself. I wondered – ”Did they forget to pack the amplifier?” But, I opened the diminutive cardboard shipping box and there it was: The SVS Prime Wireless Soundbase.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 17, 2019
System synergy. It’s one of the most critical factors in building a high-fidelity kit. I say kit because it is very much like constructing a model – the wrong pieces together (or something missing) and it won’t ever be finished.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 14, 2019
Roon Labs is comprised of a dedicated crew of individuals who toil endlessly to hone their audio software-engineering chops so that their digital-audio player is always at the bleeding edge of development, delivering the best possible music-listening experience for end users.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 12, 2019
TIDAL and Qobuz music streamers take note, a next generation Quad-Balanced eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz DAC is at the heart of McIntosh’s new upgradeable DA2 digital-audio module in their just-announced $8,000 USD C53 preamplifier.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 06, 2019
Sometimes I forget how passionate music lovers are when it comes to their high-fidelity predilections. But, all one has to do to be reminded is attend an audiophile-oriented demo event in their home town.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 04, 2019
With Monday’s formal announcement from Tim Cook at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech in San Jose that the company was knifing iTunes and slicing it into three separate applications, many users of the dated service breathed a sigh of relief.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 03, 2019
Every time I head to Los Angeles I can’t help but think of the opening sequence to seminal science-fiction film Blade Runner.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 24, 2019
Yelling commands out loud to unseeing, but all-hearing computer software/hardware platforms just got easier for Naim Uniti owners after the company implemented AirPlay2 Support and Siri Voice Control on its entry-level line of wireless music systems.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 23, 2019
With the latest news from McIntosh Labs seeming to be a nod to future-proofing, it turns out this company has been going back to the future since 2017. The newly announced Swiss Army knife of a preamplifier in the C49 ($5,000 USD) is using modular daughterboard tech first seen back in 2017 on the likes of the MA9000 two-channel integrated amplifier (among others).
Rafe Arnott  |  May 04, 2019
Fans of the big blue meters of McIntosh Labs were pleased down to their well-heeled, toe-tapping, polished wingtips during the Vancouver Audio Festival at Hi-Fi Centre as the the crew had curated three separate systems with the big American iron pushing their needles far over to the right in service to the music.

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