Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 08, 2020
As someone who has built up lasting relationships and friendships with high-fidelity manufacturers, distributors and local shop owners, I’m seeing firsthand the devastating financial affect that covid-19 is having on many.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 31, 2020
“Unnnnnnggggg…” I hissed and cursed softly under my breath, shifting my stance, pulling harder. The amplifier barely budged. My one-year-old daughter sat passively watching me like I was a documentary television program from her perch on the love seat several feet away.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 25, 2020
Switching to digital meant I spent less time in record shops and more time at home with a cold beer or whisky while I data-mined TIDAL’s catalog into Roon playlists and sat besotted with happiness listening to what felt like endless music.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 07, 2020
The only place I can seem to find solace from the impending viral menace is when I’m streaming music, or dropping the needle in a groove.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 27, 2020
The lady doth protest too much, methinks. By lady, I mean my lower back. By protest I’m referring to the dull ache radiating from said area. It was not happy at the end of this week after the uncrating and moving of several 100-pound plus components as I mix things up at AudioStream’s winter liar situated on the periphery of Desolation Sound.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 17, 2020
“I hope you know that this will go down on your permanent record…” The rhetorical wail of Gordon Gano brings a smile to my face every time I hear “Kiss Off,” the second cut on side one of Violent Femmes, the self-titled debut album that the band cut on Slash Records in 1983.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 07, 2020
I reference a lot of things in the course of a day. In life, I often find myself needing a point of reference to either carry on a conversation with an individual, or to make sure I’m getting where they’re coming from.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 23, 2020
In this day and age, the standalone DAC is less likely to be the mode of choice for a newcomer to the hobby because of another factor that has become ingrained into digital audio: convenience.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 26, 2019
Looking back on 2019, I think it’s safe to say high fidelity as we know it is being forced in a different direction, generationally, as 2020 peeks around the corner.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2019
Oh no, I love it. I love digital audio now, but there was a time when I was hating it. Weeks of my life lost to the mind-numbing process of ripping my CD collection years ago still haunt me.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 09, 2019
He was worried. My friend, you see, was worried. He was worried because he’d been listening to some high-resolution audio files and found he preferred them to standard CD-quality. He called me and asked if I could come over.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 16, 2019
Bands with “Crystal” in their name. That’s the LP section at Redcat Records where I stumbled across the self-titled album Crystal Castles, around which these musings are based.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 23, 2019
I thought LPs were getting pricey. I mean, I was kinda counting on my album collection going up in value over the next several years, but not my CD collection. Who could have guessed in 2003 that box set of six CDs by the British experimental electronic duo Coil would be going for more than $3k – $3,226 USD to be exact – in 2019 on the audio recordings database/marketplace website Discogs.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 16, 2019
This is the second half of a two-part interview with Zach Cowie, the Emmy-nominated music supervisor, former record label man and band manager, DJ, slow-music entrepreneur and audiophile with bonafides. I traveled to Los Angeles in June for work and was able to connect with Cowie in person to not only meet in a shady hotel room to record a podcast with him and Brian Hunter (included below), but also to spend an afternoon at his loft in downtown LA and check out his Shindo-based hi-fi rig.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 09, 2019
When I meet someone new and conversation inevitably turns to what it is both of us pursue for a living, people look at me in one of two ways when I tell them what I do: They either nod and give me a polite smile, having no real interest or their gaze intensifies, they lean in and they give me a knowing look because they love music too.