Brian Hunter  |  Jan 30, 2019  |  0 comments
EJ Sarmento has been steering the Wyred4Sound ship since the beginning, but his history designing audio products goes back much further than that. Listen as host Brian Hunter dives deep into Sarmento's background and also discusses the future of hifi.
Herb Reichert  |  Jan 27, 2019  |  5 comments
During my several lifetimes on earth, I have belonged to a succession of secret societies. I was initiated to my first in a wood-planks and sod-covered hole dug in the ground behind an abandoned car in a weedy gravel lot in Chicago. It was a boys-only club, but the founder-president was a tomboy: a nine-year-old girl named Lucie who carried a cloth bag filled with Crayolas and severed Barbie-heads (most with their hair chopped off).
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 26, 2019  |  4 comments
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  |  1 comments
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  |  0 comments
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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 18, 2019  |  11 comments
Expectations can be a tricky thing. Some people say they are essential, others are of the “don’t get your expectations up” camp. I usually fall somewhere in the middle, but when it was time to write the review of the totaldac d1-direct which sprang forth from the mind of French high-fidelity electronics guru Vincent Brient, I must say I had some serious expectations.
Brian Hunter  |  Jan 14, 2019  |  0 comments
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  |  3 comments
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 09, 2019  |  14 comments
Struggle. We all have at least a couple in one form or another as we live our lives, be they verb or noun. My father taught me that while struggle in life was inevitable, it was about how we dealt with it that mattered the most. Regardless, there is struggle and it is real for many for us… and at many different budget levels. What struggle am I referring to you ask? The struggle for an end-game preamplifier of course.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 08, 2019  |  4 comments
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.