Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments
Roon. If you’re into streaming music or computer audio then most likely you’ve heard of this music-playback software and might be wondering what it is exactly and why you should think about using it instead of just running Tidal, Qobuz or Spotify natively via a web-browser interface.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments
If you follow any of my musical musings on this site you’ll know I have what some would refer to as mildly eclectic taste.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 07, 2018  |  15 comments
Faith. There seems to be a sense of spiritual angst among the audiophile faithful who stream their digital audio via cloud-based music services and its cause seems to be the continuing delay of the French high-resolution music service Qobuz from entering the North American market.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 06, 2018  |  1 comments
The crushing basslines and powerful vocal overdubs torturing eight-inch transducers stopped so suddenly that there wasn’t even an echo of a note left hanging in the air between my speakers. I hit play on the app interface residing on my iPad from the comfort of my sofa and it was back. The song pounding into the room as I controlled the ones and zeros and sat, scrolling through the thousands of album and song titles available to me from the touch screen cradled in my palm. Such is the experience of music playback in this modern computer-audio era.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 04, 2018  |  2 comments
You look at the calendar on your iPhone and realize it’s December and a flush of panic turns your face red, which in turn is mistaken for rosy cheeks by your partner who squeals and exclaims “You’ve got the Holiday Spirit!” Unaware it’s fear that grips your heart in an icy embrace of commercialism, crowds, snow shovelling, Christmas trees, lights, ornaments and of course gifts.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 29, 2018  |  2 comments
You’ve read the reviews obsessively. You’ve gone to your local bricks and mortar or a hi-fi trade show and sat shoulder-to-shoulder with others to listen to them, or stopped round to a mate’s flat for a pint and heard them. For all those out there in audiophile-land who have been hemming and hawing about whether to lay down some cash on KEF’s award-winning LS50 or LS50 Wireless loudspeakers, the time may have come to get off the fence and commit to buying a pair.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  0 comments
Been enjoying controlling the listening sessions that feature the color, punch and weighty sonic chops of your Chord Mojo/Poly combo via the Gofigure App on your Android device? No? Well that’s changed. Chord Electronics has been hard at work and now brings all the ease of Poly control that iOS users have been enjoying to their Android brethren with their Gofigure App.
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  |  3 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.

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