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Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 26, 2018  |  0 comments
This is the first in a new series I’m putting together with high-fidelity industry players where we discuss how their companies came about and the specifics of their chosen field of design and manufacture. Our premiere interview is with YG Acoustics founder and co-owner Yoav Geva where we will discuss how he got into the arena of loudspeaker design and ended up becoming one of high-end audio’s foremost designers.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 24, 2018  |  2 comments
The Hollies 1969 Parlophone cover of the Bobby Scott/Bob Russell-written ballad “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother…” couldn’t have been a more fitting parable to have sprang to my limited mental faculties when I started writing this review because it kept running through my head as I cursed, sweated and struggled to move the prototype 95-pound CH Precision I1 integrated amplifier first from my car into my house and then into place on an amp stand in front of my hi-fi bench.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 22, 2018  |  4 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.

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