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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  |  4 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  |  10 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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 07, 2019  |  6 comments
The latest from CES in Las Vegas sees high-resolution streaming audio’s 900-pound gorilla – TIDAL – announce MQA support to their Android App to “Deliver studio quality sound on the move.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 03, 2019  |  0 comments
Updates. In a world of instantaneous answers at the tip of our fingertips or tongues as we wag either at our various platform-specific digital assistants to tell us want we want to know, waiting for an update on anything can be a tortuous predicament on our first-world list of problems.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 31, 2018  |  12 comments
Let’s be real, having to choose a product that qualifies itself as one that breaks through the noise of everything that 2018 saw in new products for audiophiles for all the myriad reasons that allows a product to set itself apart from all others is no easy job to take on.
Scott Eastlick  |  Dec 31, 2018  |  3 comments
Rather than produce a definitive list, my presentation of the best music of the year is more cohesive than it is comprehensive. This selection of indie, hip hop, experimental and dance music provides a general sense of what I consider to be the most notable highlights from an arguably unremarkable but nonetheless enjoyable year in music.

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