LATEST ADDITIONS

Scott Eastlick  |  Oct 27, 2018  |  0 comments
I’m afraid of most things, but Halloween doesn’t scare me. Some women I know make witches seem like fairies. Some men around me make the undead seem deep; they live to make money yet their lives are so cheap. In this world real villains were unwanted children.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 26, 2018  |  0 comments
I’ve heard the word “Special” used pejoratively or sarcastically in relation to my sense of humour and jokes, but in all seriousness it usually carried a more weighty connotation, or inference when I was a kid. “Special” usually meant distinctive, unique, or rare in some cases. All descriptors I would use in relation to the Audio Note UK DAC5 Special I recently received for review here at AudioStream.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 25, 2018  |  1 comments
Listening to streamers/servers I’ve heard over the last couple of years has been interesting, because at hi-fi shows it’s pretty much impossible to tell what one is bringing on its own to the mix, but in the context of one’s own system it can be a startling lesson in the importance of how those bits are being delivered to your DAC.
Rafe Arnott, Brian Hunter  |  Oct 24, 2018  |  7 comments
Our introductory interview features none other than the legendary Bob Stuart, of cutting-edge digital hi-fi maker Meridian Audio, Life Fellow in the prestigious Audio Engineering Society (AES) and most recently the creator of the divisive music-codec technology MQA and its very public and continually unfolding story in the music and hi-fi industry.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 22, 2018  |  17 comments
Walking into a room curated by Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Toronto, Canada is always an experience I look forward to because he takes such exquisite care in holistically putting together his sound systems for shows.
Scott Eastlick  |  Oct 20, 2018  |  2 comments
When the term ‘jazz’ first emerged it was regarded as so profane that it wasn’t to be used in the company of the gender once considered so delicate.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 18, 2018  |  5 comments
Wood, polished alloy, rich-hued dark grey and burnt-orange paint, glowing tubes and the exquisite sound of pure timbre and tone reeled me in from the hall like I was a fish on a line that had taken the bait.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 17, 2018  |  13 comments
Who hates social media? Answering emails constantly? Web-surfing rabbit holes? Let’s be real, computers are both ruining/creating the world, but the ‘being there’ of life experience seems to be waning. Are they necessary? Yes, the 21st-century world is as deeply intertwined with silicon as it is carbon, but to be honest, and largely unbeknownst to the general audiophile populace, your PC is probably diminishing your audio experience far more than you realize.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 15, 2018  |  4 comments
Ayre Acoustics was showing off some of the newest kit in their lineup at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest and the piece of gear that interested me the most was their new EX-8 integrated 'super' amplifier. From their latest 8 Series.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 12, 2018  |  9 comments
We’ve all lost something that we swore was just there ”a second ago.” You know what I’m talking about, you put down your phone, or a book, a CD or tape… you turn around to take your coat off or just to sit down and poof it’s gone. Vanished into thin air.

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