Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 09, 2019  |  0 comments
I still remember the first time I saw it… appearing suddenly like a massive concrete spectre through the rain, sleet and fog of suburban Chicago through the Ubër car window: The Renaissance Schaumberg Hotel & Convention Centre.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Longtime Canadian high-fidelity manufacturing stalwart Bryston has just announced full support for Qobuz via a firmware upgrade for their BDP Music Players.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 03, 2019  |  0 comments
In my experience clean, protected power is a key element to help in getting the best performance from delicate digital-centric source components like DACs, media servers, streamers or combos thereof.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 26, 2019  |  9 comments
Noise. Sometimes it’s hard to hear what’s really going on because there’s so much of it in our lives these days obscuring what we’re really trying to listen to. I mean, do you have any idea how much electronic hash is being generated by your laptop or PC as it navigates millions of computational cycles in processing overhead while you are listening to music?
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 20, 2019  |  1 comments
The $21,000 USD DSC1 is the company’s first foray into hybridizing a classic DAC with DLNA/Airplay compatibility for streaming from network-connected devices.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 18, 2019  |  11 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.

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