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Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 23, 2020
The Linn Klimax DSM is the Scottish company’s highest-specified digital music source/integrated pre-amplifier.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 20, 2020
Listener-supported digital music download and LP purchase website Bandcamp whose revenue-sharing model of online sales help support musicians directly, is waiving its cut of the profits for 24 hours (right now!) to put more money directly into the pockets of artists affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 09, 2020
Organizers of North America’s largest audio show have today announced that AXPONA 2020, which was originally scheduled for April 17–19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Chicago, will be postponed to August 7-9, 2020.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 05, 2020
As I sat and watched my one-year-old daughter desperately try to prise out a plastic AC-outlet blocker so she could jam a chopstick into it, I was reminded of audiophiles and their relationship with all things power related.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 02, 2020
Modern software and hardware handshakes have a firm grip in hi-fi as manufacturers like Cambridge Audio continue to recognize the importance of Roon Labs as the music player of choice for streaming cloud-based digital audio or accessing local-area high-resolution files.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 28, 2020
What has undoubtedly become the largest and premier high-fidelity and audio trade show in the world – High End Munich – has been formally cancelled by High End organizers over fears of worsening health conditions amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 14, 2020
Improving on a product that already deeply impresses with its performance capabilities can be a daunting proposition for a company, but when a manufacturer decides that the time has come to improve on a lauded design – and not in some incremental manner, rather – with a full-blown re-tool from the ground up, it’s hard not to take notice.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 27, 2020
The driving four-on-the-floor beat and overdubbed hand-clapping of Santa Esmeralda’s 1977 12-inch version of the Nina Simone classic “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” hung in the air like a rung bell as I abruptly hit pause.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 16, 2020
The audiophile focus of French high-resolution music-streaming service Qobuz continues to gain momentum as more and more partnerships with high-fidelity manufacturers are announced.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 09, 2020
The Audio Show crazy train is shovelling coal into its boiler in anticipation of a packed schedule of whistle stops for 2020 – first up is the Florida Audio Expo.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 30, 2019
It’s that time of year when we’re not really paying attention to the digital-audio newscycle if we can help it – in case you forgot it’s the holiday season and everyone is supposed to be sharing family time, toasting old friends, and relaxing with loved ones.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 12, 2019
How is it two weeks until Christmas? I’ve done no holiday shopping and the side-eye I’m getting from family suggests that I need to get my gift-giving organized ASAP. I sigh, not because I’m hopelessly behind schedule, but because I’m thankful – I don’t have to buy for any audiophiles in my family.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 06, 2019
Devialet has created a box unlike any other, and there’s no hyperbole in saying that the design caused a whirlwind of controversy and awe in the audiophile hobby when it was released almost 10 years ago.
Grover Neville  |  Nov 23, 2019
I’ve just recently moved to the West Coast, so when Focal reached out and informed Rafe and myself of a new store opening in Phoenix Arizona, it was a serendipitous coincidence of interest too good to pass up. I had a friend once who when asked if she believed in coincidences replied ‘well of course, somebody has to plan them!’
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 21, 2019  |  First Published: Nov 20, 2019
The thing with 900-pound gorillas is you don’t want to mess with them. That part should be self-evident. Unless the 900-pound gorilla is Roon Labs, and then all bets are off because the gorilla just went all Skynet on you.

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