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Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 22, 2018  |  2 comments
When Bel Canto’s Michael McCormick reached out to me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their freshest-of-the-fresh e.One Stream ($1,599 USD MSRP) I was ecstatic and within a couple weeks I had a production unit land on my doorstep.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 20, 2018  |  1 comments
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of those completely made-up events – the unicorns of shopping discounts if you will – for online or bricks-and-mortar sales to whip the populace into a consumer buying frenzy a good month before Christmas blitzing really hits your pocketbook.
Tyler Schrank  |  Nov 19, 2018  |  0 comments
As I would expect with my usual luck, Allo’s upgrade to the DigiOne Player, the DigiOne Signature Player, became available for sale shortly after I purchased the original and wrote a review for it. Allo is rolling out new and as best as I can tell, high-quality products on an aggressive timeline, so I’d recommend keeping tabs on them if you want to stay ahead of the curve.
Herb Reichert  |  Nov 16, 2018  |  3 comments
Fifty years ago, all audiophiles were older than me. Forty years ago, all audiophiles were the same age as me. So were all the audio manufacturers, dealers, and engineers. Thirty years ago, they were still my age. Likewise twenty years ago. But now, finally, I am a little older than the big-speakerbox two-channel guys, and considerably older than the average headphone aficionado. Praise be to progress – even if it is (as always) slow in coming.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 15, 2018  |  4 comments
Upgrade-ability. In the digital realm, unlike the analog kingdom, upgrading a component has turned into a vastly simpler, quicker and in most cases free proposition to drastically improve the sonic performance of a high-fidelity source component.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 13, 2018  |  6 comments
At roughly $40,000 USD (based on current exchange rates), for each bespoke, 190-pound Chord ULTIMA mono bloc and the matching ULTIMA reference preamplifier, this system will set you back $120,000 USD.
Brian Hunter  |  Nov 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Nuno Vitorino of Innuos sparks up a conversation with host Brian Hunter about the silicon-based neural pathways that help make up digital-audio music servers. Are bits really just bits, or is there more to the story than just that?
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2018  |  1 comments
For those audiophile souls whose hearts beat a little faster when they know there’s a hi-fi show to attend, then either reset your pacemakers, put down that whisky, or throw on a sweatband because – steady on now – there’s two shows this weekend on either side of the pond as our British kin love to call the Atlantic Ocean.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2018  |  2 comments
The steady drumbeat of progress out of Binghamton, New York continues as McIntosh Labs trickles down the technical improvements from their top-of-the-line mono and stereo power amplifiers to their midrange offerings with the new $7,000 USD MC312 Power Amplifier, shipping now.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 05, 2018  |  37 comments
I often get asked what music I use when I’m assessing components for review, so I thought it was time to commit to page space a small fraction of the many albums I call upon or discover in the course of reviewing gear.

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