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Wilson Audio WATT PUPPY speakers in Jerry Del Colliano's Brentwood home theater

Do Silly Product Names Help or Hurt the Marketability of Audiophile Gear?

There are tens of thousands of audiophile components on the market today from hundreds of well-known and well-respected brands. Many of them have very specific naming conventions that are the handiwork of experienced marketing executives, Madison Avenue PR firms, enthusiastic… Read More »

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Luxman's New $9,995 SACD player

Introducing Luxman’s $9,995 D-07X SACD Player

“This is a transformational period in digital audio, and the new D-07X digital player is at the cutting edge,” said Jeff Sigmund, president of Luxman America. The player supports MQA-CDs, MQA files, 32-bit/768 kHz PCM, 22.4 MHz DSD, conventional USB… Read More »

Rhein Z1 Plus Music Server

Silent Angel Introduces Rhein Z1-Plus Server

In 2019, Silent Angel, designer of High End digital components, introduced the Rhein Z1, which was immediately hailed as a new standard in high value servers. Now, Silent Angel proudly debuts Rhein Z1 Plus: an all-new design whose features and… Read More »

NAD CS1 Network Endpoint Streamer

NAD Is Shipping The CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer

NAD Electronics just announced the retail availability of the NAD CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer, a minimal, high-performance streaming component that equips any existing stereo or home-theatre system with networked music streaming capability. With support for popular casting protocols such as Apple… Read More »

Campfire Audio's new IEM Headphones in green

Campfire Audio Launches Next Generation of Andromeda and Solaris IEMs at Can Jam 2023

Campfire Audio has announced the launch of the next generation of its most iconic hand-crafted IEMs. Andromeda ‘Emerald Sea’ and Solaris ‘Stellar Horizon’ reimagine the boutique manufacturer’s flagship models with improved shell designs, re-engineered acoustic chambers, and the latest in… Read More »

Andover Audio SpinDeck 2 Audiophile Turntable

Andover Audio Now Shipping $299 SpinDeck 2 Turntable 

Andover is now shipping SpinDeck 2 ($299), the latest addition to its Spin Collection, striking the ideal balance between value performance and convenience for vinyl fans. Featuring high-quality materials, precision-engineered parts and plug-and-play design, SpinDeck 2 is the perfect companion… Read More »

Laser Cutting arm making audiophile gear

How Manufacturing Complexities Directly Relate to Audiophile Equipment Pricing

It doesn’t take a lot of investigation to determine that audiophile equipment prices can get very expensive. In our beloved industry, we see floorstanding speakers, audiophile subwoofers, power amps, stereo preamps, and beyond that cost well into the five-figure range—and… Read More »

AXPONA Adds Music Guest Anne Bisson

AXPONA Adds 25 New Exhibitors For April Audiophile Show

AXPONA is known for featuring world-renowned brands and manufacturers, showcasing the most innovative products and services in the high-end audio industry.  The following is a summary of first-time exhibitors that will be at AXPONA 2023, representing a number of product… Read More »

Club Qobuz

Qobuz Set To Launch New Audiophile Community

Qobuz, the music lovers’ high quality music streaming and download service, is launching a new community platform designed to connect audiophiles and music lovers around the world: Qobuz Club. The interactive forum will allow Qobuz users to convene with like-minded… Read More »

Bricasti M21 DAC

Exploring the Often-Dangerous World of High-End Digital Audiophile Components

Historically, audiophile-grade amplifiers hold their value over time. So do good stereo preamps. The best audiophile floorstanding loudspeakers also hold their value in most cases over a reasonable amount of time. Solidly built audiophile turntables don’t tend to lose their… Read More »

SVS In-wall subwoofer

SVS Announces 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer

SVS, leading manufacturer of high-performance speakers, subwoofers, wireless audio, and accessories, proudly announces the new 3000 In-Wall Subwoofer, a breakout first offering in the architectural subwoofer category from one of the fastest growing audio brands in the world. SVS spared… Read More »

A young audiophile driven by value

For Todays Younger Audiophiles, Everything Is About Value

My audiophile publishing comeback wasn’t supposed to ever happen. When I sold and back in late December 2019, I told anybody that would listen that I was pretty much done. I was looking for some new challenges and… Read More »

HIFIMAN AUDIVINA wired, closed back audiophile headphones are coming in March at $1,995 per pair

HIFIMAN Introduces New Closed-Back Headphones For Studio and Audiophile Use

HIFIMAN just announced a new closed-back headphone designed for professionals and hobbyists who demand detailed, accurate representations of their music, podcasts, and other sound recordings. The new HIFIMAN AUDIVINA (SRP: $1,999) is a closed-back planar headphone that relies on HIFIMAN’s Stealth Magnets to… Read More »

Daren Meyers takes new audiophile design role with Parasound

Parasound Adds Darren Myers to its Audio Design Team

Early in his tenure as Parasound’s new owner, David Sheriff made a commitment to the company’s legendary designer, John Curl, to  bring more of his new ideas to the fore. To accelerate this process, Sheriff has hired Darren Myers as… Read More »

PSB has teamed up with Sonical and MQA to try to revolutionize the headphone business

PSB Speakers Has Joined Forces with Sonical and MQA To Try To Change The Headphone Business

PSB Speakers, together with hearables start-up Sonical and audio specialists MQA, announced a partnership that will attempt to define a new category of high-resolution audio headphones. The product combines high resolution wireless transmission, proven high-fidelity design, and Sonical’s CosmOS platform.… Read More »

How to sound proof your audiophile listening room

How to Stop Worrying and Soundproof Your Audiophile Listening Room

So there you are, all primed and ready for a true audiophile experience with your bad-to-the-bone stereo system – the one you’ve spent months/years/decades researching, curating, purchasing, and setting up. You select the music, press play, and wow, doesn’t it… Read More »

Four Reasons Why To Be Optimistic About The Audiophile Hobby

Four Good Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Audiophile Hobby in 2023

Much lip service has been given to the failing health of the audiophile hobby, and with the demographics looking about as close as you can get to 100 percent male and a median age of well over 55, who could… Read More »

AXPONA Musical Artists, Anne Bisson

AXPONA Adds A Live Concert For Friday Night Featuring Jazz Artist, Anne Bisson

AXPONA attendees year after year look forward to the live concert series on Friday and Saturday evenings. This year, AXPONA will welcome Anne Bisson, Canadian Jazz Singer-Songwriter who will be taking the stage to close the first day of AXPONA,… Read More »

The Audio Salon in Santa Monica

Your Next Stereo Store Visit Might Not Be Anything Like What We Knew From The Past

Call me what you want… publisher, editor, entrepreneur, schmuck or just Hey You and I likely will respond quickly and with a smile. Despite running my own publishing business for nearly all of 25 years, I still pretty much consider… Read More »

MartinLogan's New Motion and XL speakers launch at Audio Advice event

MartinLogan Introduces Motion and Motion XT Audiophile Speakers

MartinLogan, the leader in high-performance loudspeakers, is excited to announce the release of not one but two new product lines, the Motion and the Motion XT. This premium collection of loudspeakers has been completely reimagined with a fresh attitude, sleek… Read More »

A young audiophile's West Hollywood condo

Why You Never Need to Impress Anybody with Your Audio System

Watching the Internet come to life as a commercial entity in the 1990s, when I was in music/business school, was most eye opening. From the time that I got to South Central Los Angeles to celebrate the pending West Coast… Read More »

NAD's Netword Endpoint Streamers - the $499 CS1

NAD Announces CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer For $499

Employing audiophile-grade components, the NAD CS1 can play high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz. It features Bluetooth, Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi and supports the most popular streaming and casting protocols, including Apple AirPlay 2, GoogleCast, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect and Roon. Certification… Read More »

New BluOS 4.0 software released for NAD, PSB and BlueSound products

BluOS Announces 4.0 Mobile Application Update

BluOS, the premium multi-room music management platform by Lenbrook International, announces a new and improved BluOS 4.0 update to its mobile application platform. A preview demonstration of BluOS 4.0 will take place at the Integrated Systems Europe conference in Barcelona,… Read More »

Is breaking in a stereo a thing?

Is Break-In a Thing Science-Based Audiophiles Should Take Seriously?

Two weeks ago, I was on the phone with a public relations executive I hadn’t spoken with in a few years. Frank currently represents PS Audio, Audio-Technica and a few other audiophile brands and he was confirming that he had… Read More »