Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 07, 2019  |  6 comments
The latest from CES in Las Vegas sees high-resolution streaming audio’s 900-pound gorilla – TIDAL – announce MQA support to their Android App to “Deliver studio quality sound on the move.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 03, 2019  |  0 comments
Updates. In a world of instantaneous answers at the tip of our fingertips or tongues as we wag either at our various platform-specific digital assistants to tell us want we want to know, waiting for an update on anything can be a tortuous predicament on our first-world list of problems.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 31, 2018  |  14 comments
Let’s be real, having to choose a product that qualifies itself as one that breaks through the noise of everything that 2018 saw in new products for audiophiles for all the myriad reasons that allows a product to set itself apart from all others is no easy job to take on.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 29, 2018  |  3 comments
Running up that hill to discuss the more upper-echelon of hi-fi products, one finds the air more rarified, much like mountain climbing, the higher one goes the better the views become but usually with a cost. In climbing it's danger to life and limb, in hi-fi it's danger to the pocketbook and also one of hearing what you might have been missing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  1 comments
For those with more jingle than jangle in their pockets, this Editor's Choice list focuses on those components which I felt made a real impact on my listening experiences this year, but were priced in the $500 to $2,500 USD bracket.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 18, 2018  |  7 comments
Imaging. That’s the first thing I noticed after I spent all of five minutes getting the new KEF LSX Wireless Music System up and running, that and prodigious, clean bass that seemed improbable from an $1,100 USD pint-sized loudspeaker not even mounted on stands.
Grover Neville, Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 16, 2018  |  14 comments
Thanks to a lot of hard work from contributor Grover Neville, AudioStream brings you the first of three in a series of the 2018 AudioStream Editor's Choice Lists. This little list is sure to please some of you and sure to disappoint more than a few. But we just can’t fit everything we’d like to. Regardless, here it is.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  4 comments
Roon. If you’re into streaming music or computer audio then most likely you’ve heard of this music-playback software and might be wondering what it is exactly and why you should think about using it instead of just running Tidal, Qobuz or Spotify natively via a web-browser interface.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  1 comments
If you follow any of my musical musings on this site you’ll know I have what some would refer to as mildly eclectic taste.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 07, 2018  |  17 comments
Faith. There seems to be a sense of spiritual angst among the audiophile faithful who stream their digital audio via cloud-based music services and its cause seems to be the continuing delay of the French high-resolution music service Qobuz from entering the North American market.

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