Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 22, 2018  |  1 comments
Some albums casually insert themselves into your life without you even noticing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 17, 2018  |  7 comments
When a company as serious about music reproduction as the UK’s dCS (data Conversion Systems) sets out to replace one of their most popular and long-lasting DACs there is no room for error.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 14, 2018  |  10 comments
I’ve heard tell that subtlety is an art, but I feel that sometimes the art lies in not being subtle at all.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 03, 2018  |  4 comments
Musicality, resolution and realistic timbre to instruments seems to be the overarching focus of the engineering behind the proprietary FPGA-based digital decoding (with no digital filtering) and the discrete R2R ladder DAC design the newly-upgraded S3 now sports.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 26, 2018  |  37 comments
The goal of the system is to successfully allow me to interface — with you, the reader — through my writings what it is I am not only hearing, but physically experiencing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 23, 2018  |  4 comments
We’ve all been in that awkward situation. You know the one. Where you’re chilling with your audiophile friends listening to tunes and the (1,015,808 WTA) tap comes on your shoulder (bad joke) followed by the inevitable question of “what resolution are you listening at bro?”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 19, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 18, 2018  |  2 comments
While I’m unsure how many CD enthusiasts have lobbied Naim for the return of the CD 555, the company knows a great-looking design when they make one and have kept those iconic CD 555 lines for their latest 500-series product: the ND 555 Network Player, which was previewed back in April overseas along with the NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 players.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 14, 2018  |  6 comments
Kicked back on a sofa with your feet up on an old steamer trunk and your laptop open for writing as acoustic instrument digital-manipulator and avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell blows long and calm at you from between loudspeakers is a pretty good zone to find oneself in.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 07, 2018  |  4 comments
I don’t think I’m alone among many wired (and unwired) audiophiles who would say “I don’t Chromecast.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 03, 2018  |  7 comments
What to do with a company that seems hell bent on replacing or upgrading practically every component in their very deep product line? Rejoice.

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