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Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 10, 2019
For those looking at upping their Audio Research high-res digital/Redbook game, the Minnesota-based company has just announced the CD9SE and CD6SE transport/DACs which feature fully-redesigned faceplates to match ARC’s Reference and Foundation Series.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 08, 2019
Longtime Canadian high-fidelity manufacturing stalwart Bryston has just announced full support for Qobuz via a firmware upgrade for their BDP Music Players.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 03, 2019
In my experience clean, protected power is a key element to help in getting the best performance from delicate digital-centric source components like DACs, media servers, streamers or combos thereof.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 18, 2019
I’d previously written in August of last year about the announcement from data Conversion Systems (dCS) that the company’s venerable entry-level Debussy DAC was being replaced after seven years of winning awards from the hi-fi press by the Bartók Network Streaming DAC. Think about that: A seven year product life-cycle in computer audio.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 14, 2019
It was only a matter of time until the big blue meters swung around to point the way towards streaming-audio software palanquin Roon and all the hassle-free and optimized listening that comes with that compatibility.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 11, 2019
I simply cannot. I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment. I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more. UPDATE – New specs received
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 06, 2019
PS Audio’s Stellar Line of gear is no stranger around here, with the M700 mono blocs and Gain Cell DAC having spent a few months in the bungalow with me last summer and earning great praise for their price/performance ratio and also an AudioStream Editor’s Choice Award 2018 for the Gain Cell DAC.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 04, 2019
Streamlining your box count to get something that can do most or all of what the bulk of those separates do is fast becoming the holy grail of digital audio for many.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 01, 2019
The email came as no great surprise, but even though I was aware that John Atkinson was making preparations to leave the bridge as captain of Stereophile, seeing it in black and white on my laptop screen this morning gave me a bit of a jolt.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 26, 2019
Remote updates strike again. Twenty years ago, the very idea that we’d allow a corporation unfettered access to our digital entertainment products, music hardware, or our refrigerators or televisions would have seemed positively Orwellian.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 21, 2019
We’ve been having a lot of visitors to our place following the birth of my second daughter two weeks ago, so when Harry and Sally Lee who founded and run Aurender asked if they could drop by and see us it was an added bonus because having previously only connected with Harry via email I was looking forward to meeting him and his wife in person.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 19, 2019
T+A is a German hi-fi manufacturer I’ve heard about, on-and-off, for several years. Known for outstanding sonics, implementing high-quality components, with outstanding fit and finish, the company somehow always seemed to be flying under my radar.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 16, 2019
Either you have lots of space or you don’t have enough of it – to me this is who the new $3,000 USD McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is targeted at.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 08, 2019
I can’t tell you how many times I have to correct “Room” back to “Roon.” Both the word-processing applications I use have Spell-Checkers built in, and both always change Roon to Room. Sigh.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 26, 2019
The Selekt DSM in integrated amp/Katalyst guise is a solution for those individuals whose box count could be on the rise and are looking to streamline operations, or for the person who is looking to get into (or back into) high-fidelity and wants something that can do-it-all and has a long shelf life with plenty of future-proof built in.

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