Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 17, 2019  |  6 comments
System synergy. It’s one of the most critical factors in building a high-fidelity kit. I say kit because it is very much like constructing a model – the wrong pieces together (or something missing) and it won’t ever be finished.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 14, 2019  |  13 comments
Roon Labs is comprised of a dedicated crew of individuals who toil endlessly to hone their audio software-engineering chops so that their digital-audio player is always at the bleeding edge of development, delivering the best possible music-listening experience for end users.
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.

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