Stephen Mejias  |  Feb 04, 2020  |  3 comments
I am an audiophile, which means I exhibit certain tendencies that might be considered compulsive. I can purchase one, three, five, or even 11 records at a time, but never two or four or 12, for instance.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 31, 2020  |  0 comments
Any Russian composer who got through the Great War and the revolution, then received permission to leave the Motherland and work abroad for more than a dozen years before returning home to acclaim… is a composer I’d loved to have had the opportunity to talk with while we washed down rye bread with cold vodka sitting on a blanket overlooking the Volga.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 27, 2020  |  0 comments
The driving four-on-the-floor beat and overdubbed hand-clapping of Santa Esmeralda’s 1977 12-inch version of the Nina Simone classic “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” hung in the air like a rung bell as I abruptly hit pause.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 23, 2020  |  17 comments
In this day and age, the standalone DAC is less likely to be the mode of choice for a newcomer to the hobby because of another factor that has become ingrained into digital audio: convenience.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 17, 2020  |  2 comments
Deciding to take an extended high-fidelity journey with one brand, while exciting, can also cause trepidation in some audiophiles. It’s the whole commitment thing. If there’s ever been a group of people less interested in long-term relationships I’ve yet to meet them.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 16, 2020  |  0 comments
The audiophile focus of French high-resolution music-streaming service Qobuz continues to gain momentum as more and more partnerships with high-fidelity manufacturers are announced.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 13, 2020  |  3 comments
2019 was the year that I stopped caring about new music. 
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 10, 2020  |  0 comments
Sharing music has always been a big priority in my life. While the way I’ve come to share music has changed a fair amount over the decades since I started making dupes of cassettes I’d bought, or recording LPs I scored from a record store as a teenager, the underlying desire to connect with others through music hasn’t changed at all.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  2 comments
The Audio Show crazy train is shovelling coal into its boiler in anticipation of a packed schedule of whistle stops for 2020 – first up is the Florida Audio Expo.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 06, 2020  |  4 comments
Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Viktor János Bartók lived a life of 65 years straddling two centuries (1881 ~ 1945) that arguably saw more social, cultural and technological upheaval than almost any other span of time before or after.