Best music streamer deals 2018

What Hi-Fi? write: If you’ve ripped your CD collection to a hard drive or prefer accessing your music from a service like Spotify or beaming over Bluetooth, then a music streamer seems the most logical piece of kit to have in your system. We’ve tracked down a handful of deals on some of our favourite machines. […]

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My Lying Ears by The Computer Audiophile

Originally published here in 2015 As a diehard card-carrying audiophile I am interested in all things related to this wonderful hobby. I’ve published articles based solely on my subjective listening experience and I’ve published articles detailing only objective measurements and facts about products. I enjoy publishing and reading articles that cover the gamut. I also […]

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9 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told me Before I Bought my First Stereo.

Orginally published in 2015 Arved Deecke writes: I remember well, a younger man, when I first ventured into the wonderful world of high-end audiophile audio. I spent quite some time in a significantly obsessive state of mind pondering one purchase over the other, being tempted to spend more money than I could afford and significantly […]

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Affordable Audiophile Speakers: Inexpensive Home Stereo Systems Don’t Have to Sound Cheap

Originally published in 2015 Grant Clauser writes: Enjoying great sounding music is not a pleasure restricted to high income brackets, but lots of people believe that the best stereo speakers—loudspeakers that can be appreciated by people who identify as audiophiles—cost an arm and a leg. Many do, but a great audio system is not dictated […]

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A Visit to the Magico Factory

Jason Victor Serenis (Stereophile magazine) writes: Ever since 2013, when Alon Wolf’s California-based Magico loudspeaker company consolidated its original 5000 sq. ft. Berkeley headquarters and 5000 sq. ft. San Jose warehouse into a single 20,000 ft. facility in Hayward, people have been telling me that I had to experience the company’s “incredible” listening room. Ironically, […]

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Institute of Acoustics

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) is a British professional engineering institution founded in 1974. It is licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK’s Register of professional Engineers. The Institute’s address is St Peter’s House, 45-49 Victoria Street, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3WZ, United Kingdom. The current president of the […]

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So You Think You’re An Audiophile?

Bob Rapoport writes:  My wife watches a TV show called “So You Think You Can Dance?” that gave me this idea to publish a quiz for those who think of themselves as audiophiles. It’s a fun way to teach you some of the basics about how to be an audiophile and know what to listen for. Judging from […]

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Emotiva XSP-1 Differential Reference™ Preamp

They say: The XSP-1 Differential Reference™ Preamp is the result of a two-year development effort aimed at creating a modern, reference-caliber, fully balanced analog stereo preamplifier with the flexibility and features demanded by the discriminating audiophile. The XSP-1 integrates a classically designed audiophile topology with an advanced, digital control system. Extreme care has gone into […]

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Engineers at Neil Young’s company admit doubts on music player

From the archives: James Covert writes:  If you’re skeptical about Neil Young’s pricey new music-download service, you’ve got company — inside Young’s company, even. Product engineers for the shaggy rock icon’s newly released Pono digital music player have privately admitted they aren’t convinced that the high-resolution audio files it plays have any significant technical advantage […]

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SHURE: Their KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System

  They say ….. Shure’s exclusive innovation is the premium KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System–the world’s first Sound Isolating electrostatic earphone and amplifier system, for use with portable and traditional media players. Defining a new standard of portable listening, the KSE1500 system features single-driver electrostatic Sound Isolating earphones matched to a USB digital-to-analog-converter (DAC/ADC) that processes […]

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