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McIntosh launch RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Either you have lots of space or you don’t have enough of it – to me this is who the new $3,000 USD McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is targeted at.

McIntosh launch RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Either you have lots of space or you don’t have enough of it – to me this is who the new $3,000 USD McIntosh RS200 Wireless Loudspeaker System is targeted at.

CanJam New York 2019

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Besides major new-product introductions, must-do auditioning, and big-time meet-n-greet, CanJam New York 2019 appears to have a theme, which just so happens to be one of my favorite topics: headphone measurements.

New York CanJam is always extra-exciting because not only does it put visitors in the center of today’s headphone universe; it puts visitors in the epi-center of the New York City experience. Think walking distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park.

Doors open at 10:00 am, Saturday, February 16th.… Read the full article

CanJam New York 2019

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Besides major new-product introductions, must-do auditioning, and big-time meet-n-greet, CanJam New York 2019 appears to have a theme, which just so happens to be one of my favorite topics: headphone measurements.

New York CanJam is always extra-exciting because not only does it put visitors in the center of today’s headphone universe; it puts visitors in the epi-center of the New York City experience. Think walking distance to Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Central Park.

Doors open at 10:00 am, Saturday, February 16th.… Read the full article

Focal Announces New Closed-Back Stellia Headphone, Arche DAC/AMP 

By | February 15th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Focal’s newest member to the family fits right under the tentpole of the flagship $4,000 USD Utopia. The new Stellia ($3,000 USD) incorporates some of the same beryllium driver material as the Utopia, but in a closed-back design. On top of a similar yoke and headband framework, Focal applied revamped full-grain leather ear pads and learnings from the more recently released Elegia closed-back.

Some of the same surround, “M”–shaped dome and voice coil can be found within the innards of the “cognac and mocha color scheme” but new magnets and some internal bracing have been adjusted for an entirely new approach to fit alongside the France-based company’s Clear and Elear options. … Read the full article

Qobuz hits U.S. with Hi-Res Streaming Service Launch

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Will it be a knock-out, drag-em-down, bare-knuckled fight for audiophile-grade music-streaming supremacy or has TIDAL solidified its base in North America enough to weather any body blows from the French high-res streaming company Qobuz?

InnerFidelity Podcast No.8 with Jerry Harvey of JH Audio

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Jerry Harvey has been leading the charge for custom IEM technologies for nearly as long as the product category has been around. His company JH Audio services the stage performance market, but the resulting evolution of earphone development has graced the personal audio consumer in equal parts. Harvey shares his stories working as a stage tech with Van Halen, his view on the cutting edge of balanced-armature drivers and what’s next for the growing cityscape of custom in-ear monitors. – Brian Hunter and Rafe Arnott The InnerFidelity Podcast features one-on-one interviews with everyone from high-fidelity headphone manufacturing heavyweights, musicians, artists, audio engineers and record and tape collectors, to long-time industry legends, audio technical experts and young up-and-coming headphone designers, host Brian Hunter takes listeners on an exciting aural journey every month with intelligence, wit and humour.… Read the full article

Chord Qutest DAC review

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I had to wonder out loud to myself (I just had a baby girl with my partner last week, so I’m talking out loud to myself a fair amount these days because of sleep deprivation) about the coincidence of the musical/mental association I had after plugging in the $1,895 USD Chord Electronics Qutest DAC and its candy-colored ju-ju bean filter and input buttons glowed sweetly at me as it powered up.

Where Did All the Good Music Go? It’s Right Here

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

With the 2019 Grammy’s just passed and a recent New York Times op-ed bemoaning the loudness wars and poor sound quality of today’s top artists, I figured it was the perfect time to put together a list of music recommendations.

I’ve put together this list not in the interest of refuting claims that the Billboard Top 40 hits aren’t poorly recorded and mastered (they are) nor am I actually all that interested in rebelling against the Grammy’s – I work as a musician and engineer and pay pretty much no attention to them in the first place.… Read the full article

Aqua Acoustic Formula xHD now Roon Ready

By | February 8th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

I can’t tell you how many times I have to correct “Room” back to “Roon.” Both the word-processing applications I use have Spell-Checkers built in, and both always change Roon to Room. Sigh.