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  • Stenheim launches the Alumine Five SX and Alumine Five LE at High End Munich

    “These new Five SX and Five LE models are a further step in our mission of providing the ultimate in loudspeaker performance.”

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  • NAD Introduces the C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier

    “The new addition to the Classic Series combines innovation and value to deliver refined performance and sound quality.”

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  • Closing The Gap Between Analogue and Digital

    “I believe we’re living in a golden age of digital, where the differences between digital and analogue playback are becoming vanishingly low.”

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  • The Vinyl Frontier: A Spin Through Record Store Day

    Click here to jump to the highlights and special releases of the 2024 edition. On April 20th, vinyl enthusiasts and music aficionados around the globe unite for a celebration that spins beyond just a routine shopping spree—it’s Record Store Day, the annual event that’s been putting the needle back on the beloved grooves of vinyl…

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  • Reviewed—Audiophile Analog Collection Vol.2

    “Not only is this double-LP compilation outstanding in sound, it is also excellent musically and performance-wise—surprisingly so, perhaps, given the poor history of audiophile-oriented releases.”

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  • Bose Before Noise: The Amar Bose Story

    In the heart of Philadelphia, amid the echoes of American history, Amar Gopal Bose’s journey into the world of sound and acoustics began on November 2, 1929. His childhood was a tapestry woven with threads of intellectual curiosity, inspired by his father, an Indian freedom fighter, and his mother, with her French and German heritage.…

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  • HIFIMAN Debuts Two New Desktop DAC/Amps

    The EF500 and EF499 put HIFIMAN design and performance within reach of music-lovers at every level.

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  • From Bandmates to Court Dates: The Beatles’ Dissolution Story

    In the waning days of 1970, under the grey skies of London’s legal district, Paul McCartney made a move that would forever change the landscape of rock ‘n’ roll history. On December 31, 1970, McCartney filed a lawsuit against his bandmates – Lennon, Harrison, and Starr – and their shared entity, Apple Corps. This wasn’t…

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  • Sinéad O’Connor, A Tribute In Pictures

    Acclaimed Dublin singer Sinéad O’Connor, whose death was announced on Tuesday, released 10 studio albums, while her song Nothing Compares 2 U was named the number one world single in 1990 by the Billboard Music Awards. Throughout her music career, she cut a striking figure.

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  • HIFIMAN DEBUTS THE GOLDENWAVE PRELUDE REFERENCE HEADPHONE AMP

    Fully Balanced, Class A Topology Headline Best-in-Class Headphone Amp Prices indicated are in US$. BELLMORE, NY, July 24, 2023 – HIFIMAN, a leader in high fidelity personal audio, today debuted a new fully balanced Class A desktop headphone amplifier, the GOLDENWAVE Prelude. Originally released by the GOLDENWAVE brand that was acquired by HIFIMAN earlier this…

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  • Volumio launches Volumio AI: AI Music Discovery with the power of ChatGPT

    Harnessing the power of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Volumio AI delivers a revolution in music discovery. Innovative Italian audio company, Volumio — creators of the award-winning Volumio Music Player ecosystem — introduce Volumio AI, the latest version of their award-winning Volumio Music player application. Launched in 2013, the Volumio Music Player ecosystem has been built from the…

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  • Monitor Audio Presents Hyphn, ‘The Shape of Genius’

    May 16 Written By Manufacturer / Écrit par le manufacturier Essex, UK – 2nd May 2023: The production version of the Concept 50 prototype released in 2022, Hyphn is the sum of the Monitor Audio team’s collective experience and expertise. With its radical design, technical innovations, power and performance, it delivers a dramatically enhanced listening…

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  • Michael Fremer bares all in exclusive interview with PMA Magazine, Pt 1/3

    It was early Sunday morning when I met veteran audio critic Michael Fremer, aka Mikey, suitcase in hand, preparing to return home from his visit to the Montreal Audiofest. He’d been invited by the show’s organisers to present his popular turntable setup seminar along with the show’s annual Lifetime Achievement Awards, conferred on those who’ve…

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  • Where did my music go? Signal loss, Pt 2

    Life is full of noise. Don’t you want less of it from your system?

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  • Our Ultimate Review of the Denafrips Pontus II: R2R DAC Excellence

    Short on time? Click here for our quick-access grid summary of the Denafrips Pontus II DAC. The Pontus II stands out for its commitment to a technology known as R2R ladder DAC. This isn’t just a technical specification; it’s a choice that defines its character and performance. Our aim here is to unpack what this…

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