Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 07, 2020  |  1 comments
The only place I can seem to find solace from the impending viral menace is when I’m streaming music, or dropping the needle in a groove.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 05, 2020  |  4 comments
As I sat and watched my one-year-old daughter desperately try to prise out a plastic AC-outlet blocker so she could jam a chopstick into it, I was reminded of audiophiles and their relationship with all things power related.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 02, 2020  |  0 comments
Modern software and hardware handshakes have a firm grip in hi-fi as manufacturers like Cambridge Audio continue to recognize the importance of Roon Labs as the music player of choice for streaming cloud-based digital audio or accessing local-area high-resolution files.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 28, 2020  |  4 comments
What has undoubtedly become the largest and premier high-fidelity and audio trade show in the world – High End Munich – has been formally cancelled by High End organizers over fears of worsening health conditions amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 27, 2020  |  17 comments
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. By lady, I mean my lower back. By protest I’m referring to the dull ache radiating from said area. It was not happy at the end of this week after the uncrating and moving of several 100-pound plus components as I mix things up at AudioStream’s winter liar situated on the periphery of Desolation Sound.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 20, 2020  |  1 comments
A couple of years ago, to get all the technology that the $499 USD SVS Prime Wireless Soundbase packs into its chassis you’d be spending considerably more.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 17, 2020  |  4 comments
“I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record…” The rhetorical wail of Gordon Gano brings a smile to my face every time I hear “Kiss Off,” the second cut on side one of Violent Femmes, the self-titled debut album that the band cut on Slash Records in 1983.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 14, 2020  |  0 comments
Improving on a product that already deeply impresses with its performance capabilities can be a daunting proposition for a company, but when a manufacturer decides that the time has come to improve on a lauded design – and not in some incremental manner, rather – with a full-blown re-tool from the ground up, it’s hard not to take notice.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 11, 2020  |  5 comments
The year is 1973, the place is Glasgow, Scotland and Ivor Tiefenbrun and co. are spinning professional test LPs on a freshly-turned Sondek LP12, only to deduce the quallity of the albums are total rubbish. So, why not start a record label and do it proper?
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 07, 2020  |  15 comments
I reference a lot of things in the course of a day. In life, I often find myself needing a point of reference to either carry on a conversation with an individual, or to make sure I’m getting where they’re coming from.