Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 31, 2019  |  4 comments
It was small and light. Too small and light I thought myself. I wondered – ”Did they forget to pack the amplifier?” But, I opened the diminutive cardboard shipping box and there it was: The SVS Prime Wireless Soundbase.
Scott Eastlick, Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 26, 2019  |  1 comments
Scott Eastlick brings us a trip through the hallowed halls of some of the most classic soul tracks around to help you pad those TIDAL and Qobuz playlists and slide into your weekend listening sessions.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 24, 2019  |  7 comments
The MS500 is not designed to do everything under the audiophile sun, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t cast a shadow over others with its performance capabilities.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 20, 2019  |  15 comments
Five DACs Every Audiophile Should Hear… Hyperbole? Perhaps to some, but I’m being serious because every digital-centric music lover has been there at one time or another. Doing our best to not look too interested in a DAC or some file-based accoutrement at a show or hi-fi shop. Usually failing.
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.”

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