Rafe Arnott

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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 16, 2020  |  0 comments
The audiophile focus of French high-resolution music-streaming service Qobuz continues to gain momentum as more and more partnerships with high-fidelity manufacturers are announced.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 10, 2020  |  0 comments
Sharing music has always been a big priority in my life. While the way I’ve come to share music has changed a fair amount over the decades since I started making dupes of cassettes I’d bought, or recording LPs I scored from a record store as a teenager, the underlying desire to connect with others through music hasn’t changed at all.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  2 comments
The Audio Show crazy train is shovelling coal into its boiler in anticipation of a packed schedule of whistle stops for 2020 – first up is the Florida Audio Expo.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 06, 2020  |  4 comments
Hungarian composer and pianist Béla Viktor János Bartók lived a life of 65 years straddling two centuries (1881 ~ 1945) that arguably saw more social, cultural and technological upheaval than almost any other span of time before or after.
Rafe Arnott, Scott Eastlick  |  Jan 02, 2020  |  2 comments
Summing up a decade of music while you’re still in it can be a tricky proposition. Like looking at a large, intricate painting with your eyes just inches from the canvas.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 30, 2019  |  4 comments
It’s that time of year when we’re not really paying attention to the digital-audio newscycle if we can help it – in case you forgot it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be sharing family time, toasting old friends, and relaxing with loved ones.

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