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Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 14, 2019
It was only a matter of time until the big blue meters swung around to point the way towards streaming-audio software palanquin Roon and all the hassle-free and optimized listening that comes with that compatibility.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 11, 2019
I simply cannot. I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment. I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more. UPDATE – New specs received
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 06, 2019
PS Audio’s Stellar Line of gear is no stranger around here, with the M700 mono blocs and Gain Cell DAC having spent a few months in the bungalow with me last summer and earning great praise for their price/performance ratio and also an AudioStream Editor’s Choice Award 2018 for the Gain Cell DAC.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 04, 2019
Streamlining your box count to get something that can do most or all of what the bulk of those separates do is fast becoming the holy grail of digital audio for many.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 01, 2019
The email came as no great surprise, but even though I was aware that John Atkinson was making preparations to leave the bridge as captain of Stereophile, seeing it in black and white on my laptop screen this morning gave me a bit of a jolt.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 26, 2019
Remote updates strike again. Twenty years ago, the very idea that we’d allow a corporation unfettered access to our digital entertainment products, music hardware, or our refrigerators or televisions would have seemed positively Orwellian.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 21, 2019
We’ve been having a lot of visitors to our place following the birth of my second daughter two weeks ago, so when Harry and Sally Lee who founded and run Aurender asked if they could drop by and see us it was an added bonus because having previously only connected with Harry via email I was looking forward to meeting him and his wife in person.
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…”

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