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Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 15, 2018
Upgrade-ability. In the digital realm, unlike the analog kingdom, upgrading a component has turned into a vastly simpler, quicker and in most cases free proposition to drastically improve the sonic performance of a high-fidelity source component.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 13, 2018
At roughly $40,000 USD (based on current exchange rates), for each bespoke, 190-pound Chord ULTIMA mono bloc and the matching ULTIMA reference preamplifier, this system will set you back $120,000 USD.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2018
For those audiophile souls whose hearts beat a little faster when they know there’s a hi-fi show to attend, then either reset your pacemakers, put down that whisky, or throw on a sweatband because – steady on now – there’s two shows this weekend on either side of the pond as our British kin love to call the Atlantic Ocean.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2018
The steady drumbeat of progress out of Binghamton, New York continues as McIntosh Labs trickles down the technical improvements from their top-of-the-line mono and stereo power amplifiers to their midrange offerings with the new $7,000 USD MC312 Power Amplifier, shipping now.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 01, 2018
What do you do if you’re one of the largest, most successful speaker manufacturers on the globe with one of the all-time, best-selling stereo wireless speaker designs currently in production? If you’re KEF you follow up with a new design packed with the latest state-of-the-art streaming, amplification and wireless technology, make it more compact and drop the price.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 20, 2018
AXPONA organizers: "First, please know AXPONA will not be moving to the fall dates as stated last week but will remain in April for 2020 and beyond."
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 14, 2018
Being able to hop in a car, or a jump into a cab and in 10 minutes be at a bricks & mortar high-fidelity store of substantial selection and really personalized service is an experience that is becoming more rare.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 12, 2018
It looks like the massive success and impact of High End at Munich is taking control of the spring high-fidelity trade show schedule in North America as the Audio Expo of North America (AXPONA) just announced that the while the venue will remain at its brand new digs in the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Centre Hotel, it will be moving from its usual mid-April dates to late October/early November ones.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 23, 2018
Vincent Brient of totaldac is nothing if not persistent and the launch of his new three-box d1-twelve-mk2 flagship DAC offers further proof of that quality.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 17, 2018
When a company as serious about music reproduction as the UK’s dCS (data Conversion Systems) sets out to replace one of their most popular and long-lasting DACs there is no room for error.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 23, 2018
We’ve all been in that awkward situation. You know the one. Where you’re chilling with your audiophile friends listening to tunes and the (1,015,808 WTA) tap comes on your shoulder (bad joke) followed by the inevitable question of “what resolution are you listening at bro?”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 19, 2018  |  First Published: Jul 18, 2018
While I’m unsure how many CD enthusiasts have lobbied Naim for the return of the CD 555, the company knows a great-looking design when they make one and have kept those iconic CD 555 lines for their latest 500-series product: the ND 555 Network Player, which was previewed back in April overseas along with the NDX 2 and ND5 XS 2 players.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 07, 2018
I don’t think I’m alone among many wired (and unwired) audiophiles who would say “I don’t Chromecast.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 03, 2018
What to do with a company that seems hell bent on replacing or upgrading practically every component in their very deep product line? Rejoice.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jul 02, 2018
I wasn’t personally a member of Technics TRACKS, their hosted, high-resolution music download service that was a going concern for those hyped on loading up hard drives, but word came rather abruptly yesterday (for some) that they had finally pulled the plug on the download service.

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