Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2019  |  1 comments
In a bold move that could rock TIDAL’s boat, Qobuz, the French high-resolution and CD-lossless music streaming and download service, has eliminated lossy, MP3 files from its paid catalog.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2019  |  0 comments
Traditional UK high-fidelity doesn’t have much more of a poster child than Naim Audio. With more than four decades of experience as a purveyor of audiophile sound, the company rolls out changes with thought, cadence and a nod to longevity and future-proofing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 04, 2019  |  0 comments
If you we're on the fence about buying KEF’s multi-award winning LSX Wireless Music System, now might be the time to throw down. The LSX will be going on sale starting today (through the end of the year) for $999 USD, a $250 USD savings.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2019  |  0 comments
Bringing in a cutting-edge design at a price that could loop in those new to digital audio, but who are looking for serious sonic-return-on-investment, isn’t something, I imagine, the Colorado-based Boulder Amplifiers would take lightly.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 30, 2019  |  0 comments
”Bring the Noise.” Defiant lyrics, a song title – by rap progenitors Public Enemy off their 1988 album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back – and a clarion call to owners of current AudioQuest AC power conditioners like the Niagara series of noise-dissipation devices to banish AC hash inherent to the power grids we all use to run our hi-fi gear.

Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 28, 2019  |  5 comments
With a fair number of the world’s news junkies tuned-in to the political machinations playing out in Washington D.C., Capital AudioFest 2019 should be a welcome respite from the 24-hour-a-day news cycle of the latest on U.S. presidential impeachment proceedings for audiophiles in the D.C. and Maryland areas.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 21, 2019  |  0 comments
The cardboard boxes were piling up all over the house. Cardboard boxes filled with LPs, CDs, cables, shoes, paintings, lamps, sofa pillows, clothes, baby toys and small kitchen appliances as we prepped for moving. But there were two boxes in particular I was interested in unpacking – not packing up – before the movers came. Those ones had Naim gear stuffed into them.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 18, 2019  |  1 comments
High-fidelity of the no -box count variety is getting more and more hyped as companies such as Linn have started to recognize – what I’m going to refer as – the new stylish-fi market, and their new $3,700 USD ($6,850 USD/pair) Series 3 all-in-one wireless speaker seems directly targeted at it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 16, 2019  |  0 comments
I was in denial for about a week. The Rossini Master Clock arrived and I purposefully ignored its shipping box after tucking it in a corner of the dining room. I think it was because I was so happy with the sound from the dCS Rossini DAC in my system that I didn’t want to mess with it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 13, 2019  |  3 comments
The cost of high-fidelity is something of a flash point in the hobby for many who see $10k USD DACs as outrageous and long for pricing more down-to-earth.

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