Best DAC deals 2018

What Hi-Fi write: Digital-to-analogue conversion is perhaps the most critical process you system undertakes – all those ones and zeros are brilliantly easy and convenient to package, but they don’t mean anything to your ears until they’ve been turned into analogue information. Which is where your DAC comes in. But that doesn’t mean you have to break the […]

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Pressed to the Edge: Why vinyl hype is destroying the record

  Thaddeus Herman writes: We have a problem. The music industry has been celebrating a surge of interest in one of its most beloved artifacts: the vinyl record. Major labels are returning to their old business model and are quickly saturating clothes stores, online shops, electronics outlets and international vinyl-themed holidays with reissues of old […]

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Which amp and how much power?

Guest writer from Germany, Lothar Kissinger writes: Well, most of us had to decide this at some time; it remains one of the most discussed topics at many, many fora and blogs. My advice ­– as so many have said before me is to just trust your ears and don’t let anybody tell you what […]

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Best budget headphones

Want some new headphones? You don’t have to spend a lot to get great results. From in-ear to over-ear, sporty to noise-cancelling, these pairs deliver… You could spend hundreds on a new pair of headphones, and we wouldn’t blame you for doing so. But you can still get great results from spending far less. These […]

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We Need a New Definition of “Audiophile”

Brent Butterworth writes:  Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition defines audiophile as “a person who is enthusiastic about high-fidelity sound reproduction.” The word first appeared in print in 1951, in an era in which audio gear bore little resemblance to what we use today. Since then, the working definition of audiophile also seems to have changed. […]

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Computer Modelling of Sound – University of Salford

The ability to model a sound field accurate is fundamental to the understanding of the underlying characteristics of the sound and how the sound can be manipulated and controlled. The advance of computational technology, both in hardware and software, has enabled us to make great progresses in modelling ever more sophisticated sound fields in realistic […]

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Occupy Hi-Fi Part III: The Mission, The Music, and Worthless Distractions

Michael Mercer writes: I wasn’t going to write this piece until Tyll Herstens – a founding father of the personal audio community – wrote and asked to read my mission statement. I was psyched. Especially, because the request followed Tyll’s recent essay, “Mission Trumps Bias”, published on Innerfidelity, a brilliant response to a blog post […]

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