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Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 16, 2020
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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2020
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  |  Dec 30, 2019
It’s that time of year when we’re not really paying attention to the digital-audio newscycle if we can help it – in case you forgot it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be sharing family time, toasting old friends, and relaxing with loved ones.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 12, 2019
How is it two weeks until Christmas? I’ve done no holiday shopping and the side-eye I’m getting from family suggests that I need to get my gift-giving organized ASAP. I sigh, not because I’m hopelessly behind schedule, but because I’m thankful – I don’t have to buy for any audiophiles in my family.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 06, 2019
Devialet has created a box unlike any other, and there’s no hyperbole in saying that the design caused a whirlwind of controversy and awe in the audiophile hobby when it was released almost 10 years ago.
Grover Neville  |  Nov 23, 2019
I’ve just recently moved to the West Coast, so when Focal reached out and informed Rafe and myself of a new store opening in Phoenix Arizona, it was a serendipitous coincidence of interest too good to pass up. I had a friend once who when asked if she believed in coincidences replied ‘well of course, somebody has to plan them!’
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 21, 2019  |  First Published: Nov 20, 2019
The thing with 900-pound gorillas is you don’t want to mess with them. That part should be self-evident. Unless the 900-pound gorilla is Roon Labs, and then all bets are off because the gorilla just went all Skynet on you.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 16, 2019
I sent the picture opening this article to my father and he responded right away with, “When did you get the B&Ws?”
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2019
In a bold move that could rock TIDAL’s boat, Qobuz, the French high-resolution and CD-lossless music streaming and download service, has eliminated lossy, MP3 files from its paid catalog.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2019
Traditional UK high-fidelity doesn’t have much more of a poster child than Naim Audio. With more than four decades of experience as a purveyor of audiophile sound, the company rolls out changes with thought, cadence and a nod to longevity and future-proofing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 04, 2019
If you we're on the fence about buying KEF’s multi-award winning LSX Wireless Music System, now might be the time to throw down. The LSX will be going on sale starting today (through the end of the year) for $999 USD, a $250 USD savings.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2019
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
”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
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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 21, 2019
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.

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