Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 18, 2019  |  10 comments
I’d previously written in August of last year about the announcement from data Conversion Systems (dCS) that the company’s venerable entry-level Debussy DAC was being replaced after seven years of winning awards from the hi-fi press by the Bartók Network Streaming DAC. Think about that: A seven year product life-cycle in computer audio.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 14, 2019  |  0 comments
It was only a matter of time until the big blue meters swung around to point the way towards streaming-audio software palanquin Roon and all the hassle-free and optimized listening that comes with that compatibility.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 13, 2019  |  16 comments
Listening to MQA on-the-go just got easier with the announcement that digital music-streaming service TIDAL brought their iOS mobile-app code in-line to handle the software unfolding (24-bit/96kHz) of the ultra-high resolution Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) core signal for its Apple-centric user base. Android bassheads got their fix a couple months ago.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 11, 2019  |  1 comments
I simply cannot. I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment. I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more. UPDATE – New specs received
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  2 comments
In my experience choosing cabling to loom up your hi-fi has been a protracted exercise in A/B listening tests and like eating too much pasta, can leave you feeling a bit sleepy and in need of a nice espresso. That said, in the digital-playback world of the audiophile – or music lover as I prefer to call those with a bent for high fidelity – cables can make a noticeable difference to system performance in my experience.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 06, 2019  |  3 comments
PS Audio’s Stellar Line of gear is no stranger around here, with the M700 mono blocs and Gain Cell DAC having spent a few months in the bungalow with me last summer and earning great praise for their price/performance ratio and also an AudioStream Editor’s Choice Award 2018 for the Gain Cell DAC.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 04, 2019  |  0 comments
Streamlining your box count to get something that can do most or all of what the bulk of those separates do is fast becoming the holy grail of digital audio for many.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 01, 2019  |  5 comments
The email came as no great surprise, but even though I was aware that John Atkinson was making preparations to leave the bridge as captain of Stereophile, seeing it in black and white on my laptop screen this morning gave me a bit of a jolt.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 26, 2019  |  1 comments
Remote updates strike again. Twenty years ago, the very idea that we’d allow a corporation unfettered access to our digital entertainment products, music hardware, or our refrigerators or televisions would have seemed positively Orwellian.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 24, 2019  |  0 comments
Atmospheric.

at·mos·pher·ic – /ˌatməsˈfirik,ˌatməsˈferik/ Adjective 1.Relating to the atmosphere of the Earth or (occasionally) another planet. “Atmospheric conditions such as fog, snow, rain.” 2. Creating a distinctive mood, typically of romance, mystery, or nostalgia.

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