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Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 30, 2019
When you live in a city like Vancouver that has a number of bricks-and-mortar hi-fi shops, it’s easy to forget that not everyone can hop in car, climb on a bus or a train and check out world-class gear within 20 minutes of their home.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 27, 2019
The tears were starting to roll down my cheeks at the Vancouver Audio Festival Friday night – not because of any sadness – because of the ongoing bouts of deep, rolling belly laughs I was having while connecting with some old friends and new at Hi-Fi Centre during the celebrations at the start of their third annual audiophile and music lovers get together.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 24, 2019
It seems 24/96 is the current version of de facto high-resolution file handling when it comes to wireless fidelity and Bowers & Wilkins along with the likes of KEF are just fine with that. I am too.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 23, 2019
The Vancouver Audio Festival is back for a third year in a row April 26th and 27th with host Hi-Fi Centre promising to deliver more of everything that owner Igor Kivritsky and his staff have brought to this West Coast audio experience since the Chester Group left the city.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 22, 2019
Music servers and server/DAC combos are fast becoming the butter to the bagel of digital music for computer audiophiles who like to eat 12 notes for breakfast.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 10, 2019
For those looking at upping their Audio Research high-res digital/Redbook game, the Minnesota-based company has just announced the CD9SE and CD6SE transport/DACs which feature fully-redesigned faceplates to match ARC’s Reference and Foundation Series.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 08, 2019
Longtime Canadian high-fidelity manufacturing stalwart Bryston has just announced full support for Qobuz via a firmware upgrade for their BDP Music Players.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 03, 2019
In my experience clean, protected power is a key element to help in getting the best performance from delicate digital-centric source components like DACs, media servers, streamers or combos thereof.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 18, 2019
I’d previously written in August of last year about the announcement from data Conversion Systems (dCS) that the company’s venerable entry-level Debussy DAC was being replaced after seven years of winning awards from the hi-fi press by the Bartók Network Streaming DAC. Think about that: A seven year product life-cycle in computer audio.
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.

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