Rafe Arnott

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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 31, 2020  |  0 comments
Any Russian composer who got through the Great War and the revolution, then received permission to leave the Motherland and work abroad for more than a dozen years before returning home to acclaim… is a composer I’d loved to have had the opportunity to talk with while we washed down rye bread with cold vodka sitting on a blanket overlooking the Volga.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 27, 2020  |  0 comments
The driving four-on-the-floor beat and overdubbed hand-clapping of Santa Esmeralda’s 1977 12-inch version of the Nina Simone classic “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” hung in the air like a rung bell as I abruptly hit pause.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 23, 2020  |  17 comments
In this day and age, the standalone DAC is less likely to be the mode of choice for a newcomer to the hobby because of another factor that has become ingrained into digital audio: convenience.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 17, 2020  |  2 comments
Deciding to take an extended high-fidelity journey with one brand, while exciting, can also cause trepidation in some audiophiles. It’s the whole commitment thing. If there’s ever been a group of people less interested in long-term relationships I’ve yet to meet them.