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Is vinyl green or are Millennials kidding themselves?

How Green Is the PVC Used To Make Today’s Vinyl LPs? 

Powered by tremendous enthusiasm from often younger generations, much greater scrutiny is being paid these days to the environment and the impact we have on it. We are moving towards the goal of reducing our carbon footprint. We are looking… Read More »

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AGD Productions makes one of the best examples of GaN amps in the market today

What The Hell Is a GaN (Gallium Nitride) Amp and Why Is It Changing the Way Audiophiles Now See Power Amps? 

There are a lot of things the audiophile world does well. For decades, we presented the coolest new tech at the Consumer Electronics Show. More importantly, the audiophile hobby allows us to bring music into our lives in ways that is often… Read More »

HIFIMAN SERENADE DAC-Headphone-Amp introduced

HIFIMAN Headphones Acquires GOLDENWAVE and Launches New DAC-Headphone Amp Called The SERENADE

Audiophile headphone company, HIFIMAN, just announced both the acquisition of a respected audio designer/manufacturer and the debut of a new DAC/headphone amplifier that takes full advantage of HIFIMAN’s acclaimed Hymalaya Pro ladder DAC.  New from the GOLDENWAVE brand, the GOLDENWAVE SERENADE desktop… Read More »

Pangea Audio's Turntable Mount for $199

Pangea Audio’s New Premier SE Shelf MKII is a Way To Safely Mount Your Audiophile Turntable To The Wall

Pangea Audio Distributing, a developer and manufacturer of high performance, high-value audio accessories, today announced a new wall-mount turntable shelf designed to withstand weights up to 40 lbs. The Pangea Audio Turntable Wall Mounted Premier SE Shelf MKII (SRP: $199.95), upgrades its predecessor,… Read More »

Bowers & Wilkins 801 Signature Speakers

Bowers & Wilkins Demos New Signature Series Speakers for Audiophile Press in San Diego

One of my favorite places on Earth is the North County region of San Diego. Sound United (right before they got bought by medical technology company Masimo for a cool $1,000,000,000) moved to a sleepy little cul-de-sac in Carlsbad, with… Read More »

Families at AXPONA 2023

Playing Obscure Demo Music Doesn’t Help Effectively Sell Audiophile Gear

Right now, I’m on a crappy flight in United (seat 1E on a crappy old Trump-Shuttle-era  757) en route home from a very well-attended and produced AXPONA 2023 audiophile show. Props the the AXPONA people, who put a lot of thought into the… Read More »

Ultimate Ears Premier In-Ear Monitors for $2,995 are used by The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift

Ultimate Ears Pro Introduces UE PREMIER In-Ear Monitors With 21-Drivers

Ultimate Ears Pro (UE Pro) has introduced its UE PREMIER in-ear monitors featuring a groundbreaking 21 drivers on each side for hi-fidelity audio.  Boasting a frequency range of 5Hz-40kHz, UE PREMIER are UE Pro’s most powerful, nuanced and versatile in-ear… Read More »

MartinLogan's new Foundation F2 Speakers

MartinLogan Launches Affordable Motion Foundation Series Speakers

MartinLogan loudspeakers just unveiled their Motion Foundation Series, a new line of products that redefines affordability while maintaining the brand’s commitment to an uncompromising audio experience. Designed to capture new customers and cater to emerging audiophiles, the Motion® Foundation® Series… Read More »

Buying audiophile music at Tower Records in what looks be Japan

Four Crazy Retail Stories Remind Us Why Hi-Fi Is So Much Fun

When Mark Knopfler famously sang about “money for nothing and chicks for free,” he might have over-exaggerated the glamor of working in consumer electronics, but not by that much. Never have I had so much fun going to work in… Read More »

Wireworld's new power conditioning cables are both affordable and flexible

Wireworld Introduces New, Critically Acclaimed Stratus and Electra Mini Power Cables

Wireworld Cable Technology today announced the release of their Stratus™ and Electra™ Shielded Mini Power Conditioning Cords. These cords feature a new conductor geometry that provides shielding and isolation from external interference. They’re called ‘Power Conditioning Cords’ because they extend… Read More »

Paul Wilson threw an dinner party for his wife's Millennial work colleagues and they loved his audiophile system

My Audiophile Dinner Party for Millennials Was a Success

I was first introduced to audiophilia by way of an all-McIntosh system when I was 15 years old. I was still riding a bicycle and most of the music I heard was by way of a handheld AM transistor radio… Read More »

Audiophile System Synergy by Jerry Del Colliano

Finding System Synergy Is Part of the Audiophile Journey (and Much of the Fun)

Audiophiles tend to fall into a number of different camps when it comes to the philosophy of system design. The first one if the Linn Camp, which suggests that your system is only as good as your main source component. That’s… Read More »

Should Audiophiles Still Collect Music in a world full of streaming

Should Audiophiles Still Collect Music in a World With Excellent Streaming Options?

There was no more unifying concept for my college buddies and me than going Compact Disc shopping. In the mid-1990s, the CD was the unquestioned king of all silver-disc media, and when we weren’t spending every free dollar on audio gear,… Read More »

New Gramophone Store Grand Opening in Maryland

Gramophone Proudly Announces New Luxury Retail Experience Center in Maryland 

Gramophone just announced the Grand Opening of their fifth and newest showroom, the one-of-a-kind Gramophone Experience Center.  The exclusive showcase, located at 8 West Aylesbury Road in Timonium, Maryland — next door to Gramophone’s existing retail location — features some… Read More »

Aston Martin DB12 will be the first Aston Martin car with Bowers & Wilkins in-car audiophile sound

 Aston Martin Announces Bowers & Wilkins For In-Car Audiophile Sound Starting in the DB12 

Debuting in the new DB12, Aston Martin drivers will be able to enjoy the newly developed Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound System in their cars for the first time, as two iconic British brands announce an exciting new audio partnership.… Read More »

THE SHOW is launching an FM Radio Show at their upcoming audiophile event

T.H.E. Show Launches New Record Label and FM Radio Show

T.H.E. Show, North America’s longest-running HiFi audio trade show, is announcing the launch of their record label, T.H.E, Music Group, and accompanying radio show, T.H.E. Radio Show, marking a new era in the HiFi audio industry. This innovative venture will… Read More »

Lotus of Siam for a CES Vegas trip

The Ups and Downs of Being an Audiophile Whale Customer

Las Vegas is the undisputed gambling mecca in the United States and perhaps the world. Home to casinos galore, breathtaking hotels, entertainment of all varieties and even a surprising amount of debauchery, Vegas is a gambler’s paradise. Catering to all… Read More »

The Cars first album to be released by Rhino on high quality vinyl

Rhino Records Introduces Rhino High Fidelity Vinyl With Coltrane and The Cars Exclusively on the WebsiteThe

Rhino Records label is launching an exclusive premium vinyl series, Rhino High Fidelity (Rhino Hi-Fi). These high-end, limited-edition vinyl reissues of classic albums claim to represent the pinnacle of sound and packaging.  The first two Rhino High Fidelity albums are… Read More »

Gryphon Diablo 333 Integrated amp comes with modules for an internal DAC and phono section

Gryphon Introduces Diablo 333 Integrated Amp at Munich

Gryphon Audio Designs ApS, designer and manufacturer of Ultra-Luxe Audio Systems, proudly announces the world premiere of their new Diablo 333 Integrated Amplifier, today at HIGH END Munich, Atrium 4.1, Room E120. Surpassing the legendary Diablo 300 was no simple… Read More »

What Audiophile Record do you most want remastered or remixed?

What Album Do You Truly Love but Wish Was Remixed or Remastered?

One of the biggest historical criticisms of the audiophile hobby is that many old-school traditionalists sometimes fall into a habit of listening to audio more than listening to music. In a perfect world, your audio system should be able to… Read More »

Nagra to release new Classic DAC II at the Munich HiFi Show

Nagra To Launch Classic DAC II at Munich HiFi Show

Swiss high-end audio firm, Audio Technology Switzerland SA, announces the High End 2023 Munich show official world debut of the Nagra Classic DAC II. Nagra’s newest digital offering, the Classic DAC II, features the same NADM (Nagra Audio Digital Module)… Read More »

Marantz receivers now come in silver on exclusively

Marantz Releases Electronics in Gold/Silver Exclusively on Their Website Starting May 15, 2023

Marantz, a leading manufacturer of high-performance audio and video equipment, is proud to announce the launch of the silver gold finish for its Marantz CINEMA 40 and 50 AVR receivers. The new color will be available exclusively on, giving… Read More »

GRIMM Audio's $18,000 audiophile music streamer and DAC

Grimm Audio introduces MU2 music streamer with DAC at High End Munich 2023

At the High End Munich show 2023, Grimm Audio introduces the MU2 music streamer to the audiophile audience. The MU2 is a sister product of their famous MU1. It offers the same functionality with integrated Roon Labs Core and End… Read More »

NAD C 3050 Installed in an audiophile living room

NAD Releases The C 3050 Integrated Amp with Retro-Charm But Packed With Modern Audiophile Features  

NAD Electronics will launch the C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier at High End Munich in Germany. Demonstration sessions of the C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier will run, for the first time, at the show in Room D108 in Atrium 3. The amplifier… Read More »