Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 13, 2019  |  0 comments
The cost of high-fidelity is something of a flash point in the hobby for many who see $10k USD DACs as outrageous and long for pricing more down-to-earth.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 09, 2019  |  19 comments
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  |  Oct 07, 2019  |  0 comments
We’ve all seen the person shaking their head at the Apple Store’s Genius Bar, or at a local computer repair shop. Gesturing futilely at a laptop, or PC because hardware has gone wrong or they can’t figure out a software problem.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 03, 2019  |  9 comments
Hello darkness, my old friend. Sigh. It was inevitable, really. Using Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” as a metaphor for the Aurender W20 Music Server. As soon as I switched over to it from the Aurender N10 the difference was noticeable enough that the song leapt to the fore of mind and I blurted out. “Shit.”
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 02, 2019  |  1 comments
Never a company to rest on their laurels, PS Audio today made available another Operating System update – Windom – for their DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Junior DAC.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 26, 2019  |  2 comments
There’s something to be said for big monitors hooked up to hi-fi racks bursting with gleaming alloy boxes in a chic, modern, designer showroom.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 23, 2019  |  1 comments
It was touch-and-go for awhile. Except I kept wanting to touch and not go. I wanted to touch and stay and listen. It wasn’t like I couldn’t stop myself. What am I talking about? The main control dial on the top of the Linn Selekt DSM Katalyst with Integrated Power Amplifier of course.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 17, 2019  |  2 comments
It was only a matter of time until, arguably, the biggest service provider on the planet brought Thor’s hammer down on the competition.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 16, 2019  |  1 comments
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  |  Sep 05, 2019  |  7 comments
I had a friend who would chuckle at me every time I put an LP on my turntable. I would use a soft dust-brush to wipe down the record, then give it a zap with an antistatic gun before I dropped the just-cleaned stylus… this he thought was humorous because of my preoccupation with keeping the album as quiet as possible for playback.

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