Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2019  |  0 comments
Bringing in a cutting-edge design at a price that could loop in those new to digital audio, but who are looking for serious sonic-return-on-investment, isn’t something, I imagine, the Colorado-based Boulder Amplifiers would take lightly.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 30, 2019  |  0 comments
”Bring the Noise.” Defiant lyrics, a song title – by rap progenitors Public Enemy off their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back – and a clarion call to owners of current AudioQuest AC power conditioners like the Niagara series of noise-dissipation devices to banish AC hash inherent to the power grids we all use to run our hi-fi gear.

Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 28, 2019  |  5 comments
With a fair number of the world’s news junkies tuned-in to the political machinations playing out in Washington D.C., Capital AudioFest 2019 should be a welcome respite from the 24-hour-a-day news cycle of the latest on U.S. presidential impeachment proceedings for audiophiles in the D.C. and Maryland areas.
Stephen Mejias  |  Oct 26, 2019  |  4 comments

Sometimes, on days when you’re awake at 5 a.m., you find yourself at 7:30 a.m. wondering what you should be doing next. You pour another cup of coffee and remember the lyric, “There’s nothing wrong with loving something you can’t hold in your hand.” 
Brian Hunter  |  Oct 23, 2019  |  0 comments
In episode 11 of our podcast series, Brian Hunter connects with high-end digital audio maker Computer Audio Design, which is based in the UK, but its founder Scott Barry is an American. Honing his design chops in England, CAD has more recently focused their sights on the US and other countries to expand the reach of their limited, but tight set of digital audio products.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 21, 2019  |  0 comments
The cardboard boxes were piling up all over the house. Cardboard boxes filled with LPs, CDs, cables, shoes, paintings, lamps, sofa pillows, clothes, baby toys and small kitchen appliances as we prepped for moving. But there were two boxes in particular I was interested in unpacking – not packing up – before the movers came. Those ones had Naim gear stuffed into them.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 18, 2019  |  1 comments
High-fidelity of the no -box count variety is getting more and more hyped as companies such as Linn have started to recognize – what I’m going to refer as – the new stylish-fi market, and their new $3,700 USD ($6,850 USD/pair) Series 3 all-in-one wireless speaker seems directly targeted at it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 16, 2019  |  0 comments
I was in denial for about a week. The Rossini Master Clock arrived and I purposefully ignored its shipping box after tucking it in a corner of the dining room. I think it was because I was so happy with the sound from the dCS Rossini DAC in my system that I didn’t want to mess with it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 13, 2019  |  3 comments
The cost of high-fidelity is something of a flash point in the hobby for many who see $10k USD DACs as outrageous and long for pricing more down-to-earth.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 09, 2019  |  21 comments
He was worried. My friend, you see, was worried. He was worried because he’d been listening to some high-resolution audio files and found he preferred them to standard CD-quality. He called me and asked if I could come over.