Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 18, 2018  |  4 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  |  1 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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 10, 2018  |  1 comments
Some rooms at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest are jammed packed all the time, making demo sessions a pain as trying to really get a sense of what a system is doing can be difficult with 20 hot, sweaty bodies and all their whispering, muttering and jostling which can easily bump the room’s noise floor by 20dB.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 07, 2018  |  3 comments
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has been a glorious non-linear, stream-of-consciousness tilt-a-whirl of audiophile OCD immersion. And this is only my first post on it, I bet you can’t wait for everything in-between this and my show wrap. But I digress.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 03, 2018  |  1 comments
It’s built as if from a solid billet of alloy and has almost as many (digital) hook-ups as Rob Lowe did in the ‘80s.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 02, 2018  |  5 comments
The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest is unlike any other show I habitually travel to in North America.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 27, 2018  |  12 comments
Oh clichés, you wouldn’t be around if you weren’t so true so often and I’m going to start this little preview for what’s just dropped in at AudioStream with a classic cliché.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 24, 2018  |  2 comments
Whether a marketing stroke of genius, or merely as an honest statement of intent in their naming conventions, choosing 18th and 19th century composers’ names to represent their hi-fi efforts is appropriate for the sound capabilities of the dCS DACs I currently have on loan.

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