Rafe Arnott

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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…”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2019  |  14 comments
Struggle. We all have at least a couple in one form or another as we live our lives, be they verb or noun. My father taught me that while struggle in life was inevitable, it was about how we dealt with it that mattered the most. Regardless, there is struggle and it is real for many for us… and at many different budget levels. What struggle am I referring to you ask? The struggle for an end-game preamplifier of course.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 08, 2019  |  4 comments
NAD has seen the writing on the wall for music and connectivity-first oriented consumers who want high-fidelity in their homes with ease of use, as few cables as possible, one box and a price point that is going to offer high quality with technological longevity… oh, and great industrial design chops so it fits in seamlessly with today’s modern decor in urban dwellings.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 07, 2019  |  6 comments
The latest from CES in Las Vegas sees high-resolution streaming audio’s 900-pound gorilla – TIDAL – announce MQA support to their Android App to “Deliver studio quality sound on the move.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 03, 2019  |  0 comments
Updates. In a world of instantaneous answers at the tip of our fingertips or tongues as we wag either at our various platform-specific digital assistants to tell us want we want to know, waiting for an update on anything can be a tortuous predicament on our first-world list of problems.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 31, 2018  |  14 comments
Let’s be real, having to choose a product that qualifies itself as one that breaks through the noise of everything that 2018 saw in new products for audiophiles for all the myriad reasons that allows a product to set itself apart from all others is no easy job to take on.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 29, 2018  |  3 comments
Running up that hill to discuss the more upper-echelon of hi-fi products, one finds the air more rarified, much like mountain climbing, the higher one goes the better the views become but usually with a cost. In climbing it's danger to life and limb, in hi-fi it's danger to the pocketbook and also one of hearing what you might have been missing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  1 comments
For those with more jingle than jangle in their pockets, this Editor's Choice list focuses on those components which I felt made a real impact on my listening experiences this year, but were priced in the $500 to $2,500 USD bracket.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 18, 2018  |  7 comments
Imaging. That’s the first thing I noticed after I spent all of five minutes getting the new KEF LSX Wireless Music System up and running, that and prodigious, clean bass that seemed improbable from an $1,100 USD pint-sized loudspeaker not even mounted on stands.
Grover Neville, Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 16, 2018  |  14 comments
Thanks to a lot of hard work from contributor Grover Neville, AudioStream brings you the first of three in a series of the 2018 AudioStream Editor's Choice Lists. This little list is sure to please some of you and sure to disappoint more than a few. But we just can’t fit everything we’d like to. Regardless, here it is.

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