By James Davies of Absolute Audio
Any review of a product in context of the Bluesound NODE 2i will read like a love letter to the NODE itself! The NODE 2i is brilliantly engineered and executed; designed with audiophile sensibilities but with the features and form factor to appeal to a much larger consumer base, the NODE 2i perfectly bridges the gap between high performance audio and mass appeal.
For my review, I decided to use the NODE 2i “full monty”: I hooked the unit directly up to my power amplifier, using the NODE 2i’s streaming services through its built in DAC chips and digital volume control.… Read the full article
The high-resolution challenge page had been pinged almost 1500 times and over 400 people have contacted me about downloading the files. Don’t worry if you haven’t yet downloaded the files, there’s still plenty of time to get in on the fun (yes, this is meant to be fun not a rigorous test or thorough survey!). I would encourage all participants to explore the option of using the ABX plugin for Foobar to do the evaluation. It elevates the rigor of the test a notch or two.… Read the full article
By Bjorn Bengtsson
Subwoofers usually get overlooked. During the development of our latest Blue Heaven Subwoofer Cable, we realized just how little TLC is typically given to the subwoofers in sound systems. Often the complaint we hear is that subwoofers don’t integrate well enough, when listening to two-channel music. At Nordost we understand the tremendous value of high-quality audio cables, power products and resonance control, and once people hear our demonstrations at industry shows, or in retail showrooms, they understand the importance of these upgrades as well.… Read the full article
I read a recent post from a fellow member of an audiophile FB group looking for any reasonable explanation as to why high-resolution audio might be better than CD spec. As someone that advocates for 96 kHz/24 bit PCM as fully capable of capturing real world frequencies and dynamic range — high fidelity, I also recognize that CD specifications do actually meet or exceed the needs of “normal” music capture and reproduction. But we’re not dealing with “normal” audio when we enter the world of audiophiles.… Read the full article
The music industry has a vested interest in promoting “so-called” hi-res music. Hardware manufacturers want you to believe that increasing the sampling rate to 192 – 384 kHz and lengthening word lengths to 32-bits will transform your listening experience — and make you invest in yet another upgraded DAC. Download and streaming sites want you to pay premium prices for standard-resolution music albums transferred to high-res bit buckets. In reality, the fidelity stays the same as the original standard-res source. And in spite these sites’ insistence that they “verify” the authenticity of each and every track through rigorous evaluation and that every track offered on their site is “high-res”, the fact is they aren’t (I’ll be writing an entire post about this false “feel good” propaganda soon after I had a back and forth with a download site founder about this issue.).… Read the full article
I am a member of several audiophile FB groups and regularly post comments when I think I have something to offer. Recently, someone asked whether high-resolution was really worth it? Several others chimed in taking a variety of positions. But there was one comment from a well known audio expert, that contained a link to an article that he had written about high-resolution audio. He takes the position that it’s unnecessary and that “repeated studies” have shown that listeners cannot tell standard-res from high-res audio.… Read the full article
Every interested audiophile, equipment manufacturer, audio engineer, and content supplier should carefully read “MQA: A Review of controversies, concerns, and cautions” by Archimago, which was posted on the Computer Audiophile site back in March. I hold Archimago in the highest regard (and consider him a friend) but this article is a thorough, thoughtful, and critical analysis of the hoax that is MQA. I don’t know why I didn’t hear about it sooner — I don’t spend very much time reading CA — but kudos to Chris and Archimago for a terrific piece.… Read the full article
By Steve Greene
What’s the worst thing in your parents’ mind that you did as a teenager? Wrecked the family car shortly after getting your driver’s license? Got your girlfriend pregnant? Maybe you threw a big, noisy and messy party at their home while they were away? Well, my teen transgression was much nerdier, but it did have the benefit of teaching me some important lessons: wires make a difference, and grounding is important.
What could I possibly have done, you ask? … Read the full article