Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 12, 2019  |  1 comments
TIDAL and Qobuz music streamers take note, a next generation Quad-Balanced eight-channel, 32-bit/384kHz DAC is at the heart of McIntosh’s new upgradeable DA2 digital-audio module in their just-announced $8,000 USD C53 preamplifier.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 10, 2019  |  0 comments
Shoreditch doesn’t exactly bring to mind transcendental synth-drenched sonic landscapes.Yet the working-class district in London’s east end which is its geographic namesake is where electronic music composer and producer William Orbit (née Wainwright) was born in 1956.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 04, 2019  |  6 comments
Going out shopping for new music was easy when all we did was buy vinyl or CDs. Record stores have a ‘New Releases’ section clearly marked, so finding the latest music was a no-brainer. You walked in and looked around. Not so online.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 30, 2019  |  9 comments
It was about 10 years ago. We were setting up the Shure M44-7 cartridge I had sourced from a used hi-fi shop on the Technics 1200 MKV I had scrimped and saved months for. My friend Bobby C becme serious, “pretty soon you won’t be hearing the music at all, you’ll be critically listening.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 26, 2019  |  3 comments
A simple box that is simple to use will always be a delight in the world of high fidelity. This is doubly true when it comes to digital front ends as opposed to analog – because I think there’s a preconception that digital is easy.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 24, 2019  |  0 comments
This was another show that put the human back into high-fidelity for me. How? For starters it was the more approachable size of the venue and the fact that I connected with so many old friends and met so many new ones. This hobby is like that – when you make a friend they stick.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 21, 2019  |  0 comments
I’ve discovered over the years at hi-fi shows that there’s an inviolate gravitional pull into a room when you see the hosts are using gear you own.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 20, 2019  |  0 comments
Who doesn’t like big VU-type meters – regardless if they’re blue, green or white in this case.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 19, 2019  |  4 comments
Some demonstrations at hi-fi shows are politely interesting, some are confusing and some are eye (ear) opening. It all depends on your particular bent to sound and whether you’re open to having an open mind – not something many audiophiles I’ve encountered seem particularly interested in.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 18, 2019  |  0 comments
Sometimes you walk into a room and you just know you’re going to be impressed by the sound of the high-fidelity equipment curated for listening.

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