Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 19, 2019  |  0 comments
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  |  3 comments
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 14, 2019  |  15 comments
Will it be a knock-out, drag-em-down, bare-knuckled fight for audiophile-grade music-streaming supremacy or has TIDAL solidified its base in North America enough to weather any body blows from the French high-res streaming company Qobuz?
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 12, 2019  |  6 comments
I had to wonder out loud to myself (I just had a baby girl with my partner last week, so I’m talking out loud to myself a fair amount these days because of sleep deprivation) about the coincidence of the musical/mental association I had after plugging in the $1,895 USD Chord Electronics Qutest DAC and its candy-colored ju-ju bean filter and input buttons glowed sweetly at me as it powered up.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 08, 2019  |  5 comments
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  |  4 comments
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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  1 comments
The vinyl resurgence of the last several years confounded some manufacturers and was simpatico for others. Those who saw it as a fad seemed to be misinformed and those who saw it as a resurgence for a format that is just as viable today as it was 50 years ago now seem prescient. McIntosh it seems is in the latter camp. Not only do they embrace the LP, they embrace the modern LP collector and music lover who not only wants vinyl playback ability in a sound system, but digital and streaming options too.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 22, 2019  |  0 comments
Today’s computer-based software has become the modern version of the stylus/cartridge to the record player we call DAC/Streamers. And there is nothing out there quite like Roon audio-playback software; it has, in many ways, made itself the de facto audiophile playback application of choice in the last few years.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 18, 2019  |  4 comments
Expectations can be a tricky thing. Some people say they are essential, others are of the “don’t get your expectations up” camp. I usually fall somewhere in the middle, but when it was time to write the review of the totaldac d1-direct which sprang forth from the mind of French high-fidelity electronics guru Vincent Brient, I must say I had some serious expectations.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 10, 2019  |  3 comments
French high-resolution streaming and download service Qobuz used this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a launch pad to announce that their US version is now in beta and “available for registration to US customers…”

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