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Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 13, 2018  |  2 comments
In early 2009 German über headphone giant Sennheiser came out with its long-awaited flagship design the HD800 – an open-back, dynamic-driver model featuring “ring radiator” technology – Fast-forward to 2018 and this summer Sennheiser has come out with their latest take on the 800-series – the HD820.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 09, 2018  |  4 comments
Shinola brought jobs to Detroit and now they’re teaming up with the Pacific Northwest’s highly respected, handmade, headphone design and manufacturer Campfire Audio out of Portland, Oregon to launch a Bluetooth IEM collaboration in the guise of the budget-friendly ($250 USD) Canfield In-Ear Monitors which is available in either silver stainless steel or black.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 08, 2018  |  0 comments
For those audiophile souls whose hearts beat a little faster when they know there’s a hi-fi show to attend, then either reset your pacemakers, put down that whisky, or throw on a sweatband because – steady on now – there’s two shows this weekend on either side of the pond as our British kin love to call the Atlantic Ocean.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 07, 2018  |  4 comments
Left Coast/Pacific Northwest custom and universal-fit IEM headphone manufacturer 64 Audio’s founder and chief sound designer Vitaliy Belonozhko has been busy adding depth to the company’s line with three new custom models featuring trickle-down technology from their flagship designs aimed at audiophiles and musicians.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 31, 2018  |  6 comments
A knock at the front door usually elicits a smile from me, a groan from my family and loud, vicious barking from our dog. This time the knock was courtesy FedEx and HIFIMAN who have just shipped me their brand new HE1000se and HE6se headphones for review.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 30, 2018  |  3 comments
This combo was getting a lot of attention and it was always a challenge to slide into the driver’s seat and get some head time, but the wait was worth it as this set-up was producing some of most timbral and tonally accurate sound coupled with astonishing resolution.
Brian Hunter  |  Oct 28, 2018  |  0 comments
Episode No. 3: While Focal has firmly planted their feet in the loudspeaker realm, much has come out of the France-based camp in the way of high fidelity headphones in recent years.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 25, 2018  |  0 comments
With their latest pocket-sized Bluetooth-only release, the magnesium/aluminum alloy-bodied $299 USD xCAN, iFi seems determined to set the bar high at a low price point for portable Bluetooth amplifier/DACs.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 23, 2018  |  0 comments
Lager or pilsner? Single malt or blended whisky? Is one better than the other? Depends on my mood, what I’ve eaten and a myriad of other factors that all coalesce into a maelstrom of synaptic firings that determine what I end up choosing. Such is the complexity of the mind.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 22, 2018  |  1 comments
The middle-aged man browsing cloud-based files was in absolutely no rush to finish his session with the Bartok, taking a good 10 minutes to critically listen to several tracks before resignedly leaving the station to make way for two impatient teens who were crowding him and couldn’t have been more than 15 years old and took another 20 minutes taking turns listening through the Bartok.

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