Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 06, 2019  |  2 comments
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  |  5 comments
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  |  3 comments
Every time I head to Los Angeles I can’t help but think of the opening sequence to seminal science-fiction film Blade Runner.
Scott Eastlick  |  May 31, 2019  |  1 comments
It would be difficult to exaggerate Angelo Badalamenti’s contribution to David Lynch’s body of work. Unlike other director/ composer teams like Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herman or Stephen Spielberg and John Williams, where the music was written to existing film, this collaboration began when the stories were still part of Lynch’s meditations.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 29, 2019  |  1 comments
The ability to present the 3D-image of a recorded vocalist like Frank Sinatra in a startlingly realistic spatial and timbral manner was one of many initial sonic impressions of the LampizatOr Pacific Balanced DAC that, like harshly-lit craters on the lunar surface when viewed at night from Earth, stood out in bold relief to me compared to other DACs I am familiar with.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 24, 2019  |  0 comments
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  |  1 comments
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).
Herb Reichert  |  May 22, 2019  |  2 comments
The four parts of a four-stroke internal combustion engine’s cycle are: intake, compression, power, and exhaust. The 38th consecutive staging of HIGH END Munich was pretty much like that.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019  |  0 comments
The Lumin Music room was a delight to my eyes as well as my ears. Everything in the room, including the sound, was light and bright – clean and open.
Herb Reichert  |  May 21, 2019  |  2 comments
My audiophile wine-snob friends are shunning me. I see my hipster friends rolling their eyes. My long-time readers are scratching their heads. But it is true. I am actually getting into wireless + DSP speakers.