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Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 06, 2019
Sometimes I forget how passionate music lovers are when it comes to their high-fidelity predilections. But, all one has to do to be reminded is attend an audiophile-oriented demo event in their home town.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 04, 2019
With Monday’s formal announcement from Tim Cook at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech in San Jose that the company was knifing iTunes and slicing it into three separate applications, many users of the dated service breathed a sigh of relief.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jun 03, 2019
Every time I head to Los Angeles I can’t help but think of the opening sequence to seminal science-fiction film Blade Runner.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 24, 2019
Yelling commands out loud to unseeing, but all-hearing computer software/hardware platforms just got easier for Naim Uniti owners after the company implemented AirPlay2 Support and Siri Voice Control on its entry-level line of wireless music systems.
Rafe Arnott  |  May 23, 2019
With the latest news from McIntosh Labs seeming to be a nod to future-proofing, it turns out this company has been going back to the future since 2017. The newly announced Swiss Army knife of a preamplifier in the C49 ($5,000 USD) is using modular daughterboard tech first seen back in 2017 on the likes of the MA9000 two-channel integrated amplifier (among others).
Rafe Arnott  |  May 04, 2019
Fans of the big blue meters of McIntosh Labs were pleased down to their well-heeled, toe-tapping, polished wingtips during the Vancouver Audio Festival at Hi-Fi Centre as the the crew had curated three separate systems with the big American iron pushing their needles far over to the right in service to the music.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 30, 2019
When you live in a city like Vancouver that has a number of bricks-and-mortar hi-fi shops, it’s easy to forget that not everyone can hop in car, climb on a bus or a train and check out world-class gear within 20 minutes of their home.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 27, 2019
The tears were starting to roll down my cheeks at the Vancouver Audio Festival Friday night – not because of any sadness – because of the ongoing bouts of deep, rolling belly laughs I was having while connecting with some old friends and new at Hi-Fi Centre during the celebrations at the start of their third annual audiophile and music lovers get together.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 24, 2019
It seems 24/96 is the current version of de facto high-resolution file handling when it comes to wireless fidelity and Bowers & Wilkins along with the likes of KEF are just fine with that. I am too.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 23, 2019
The Vancouver Audio Festival is back for a third year in a row April 26th and 27th with host Hi-Fi Centre promising to deliver more of everything that owner Igor Kivritsky and his staff have brought to this West Coast audio experience since the Chester Group left the city.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 22, 2019
Music servers and server/DAC combos are fast becoming the butter to the bagel of digital music for computer audiophiles who like to eat 12 notes for breakfast.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 10, 2019
For those looking at upping their Audio Research high-res digital/Redbook game, the Minnesota-based company has just announced the CD9SE and CD6SE transport/DACs which feature fully-redesigned faceplates to match ARC’s Reference and Foundation Series.
Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 08, 2019
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
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 18, 2019
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.

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