Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 06, 2018  |  4 comments
The well-dressed twenty-something’s eyes were wide open and he was rocking back-and-forth in his chair like he was at a speed-meta concert with a look of euphoria on his face. “You gotta hear this!” He yelled at his friend who was hovering over his shoulder checking the track listing on the laptop that was part of the system feeding the new MrSpeakers Ether 2 headphones he was demoing.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 03, 2018  |  0 comments
Wasting no time in making new product announcements, HIFIMAN has hit the ground running at speed in the mile-high city with multiple launches of their latest products. The company rolled four major announcements today, so let’s touch briefly on each one based on their press releases and then follow up with more detail after RMAF.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 01, 2018  |  4 comments
The Denver airport is one of the strangest I’ve ever encountered, with a bizarre history rife with grist for online conspiracy-theorists and it’s a haul from the airport to the Denver Marriot Tech Centre, but once you’ve navigated those minor obstacles one of the best audiophile trade shows in North America awaits you.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 28, 2018  |  2 comments
Dan Clark of MrSpeakers is a difficult man to get a hold of as he’s constantly working. Few people in the industry spend as much time as Clark honing the bleeding edge of planar-magnetic headphone design as he does and the company always has something in the works. Whether it’s a new model, or upgrades for existing customers.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 20, 2018  |  0 comments
The new hand-built N8 will retail for $1,699 USD, utilizes a hybrid-design featuring a 9mm dynamic-driver to handle the notes between the lowest octaves, and eight midrange balanced-armature driver units for the mids and upper registers.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 17, 2018  |  6 comments
Quad hits the headphone-market landscape running with their new ERA-1 planar-magnetic over ear, open-back model.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 09, 2018  |  6 comments
Astell & Kern are at it again, the company seems intent on rolling out new tech in 2018 at a breakneck pace and the new A&ultima SP1000M is the latest in a series of new players the company has debuted in the past couple months, this time in a smaller chassis to round out their flagship line.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 05, 2018  |  7 comments
Audeze’s Sankar Thiagasamudram was curious if I’d be interested in his company’s latest effort – the $399 USD Mobius – targeted mainly at gamers and multi-channel audio-mastering professionals in the film industry.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 29, 2018  |  30 comments
It seems Sony has decided to enter the über high-end headphone amp market with the $8,000 USD DMP-Z1 from their “Signature Series” and the Internet is blowing up a bit because of it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 19, 2018  |  8 comments
High fidelity seems to be more and more focused on the inclusion of headphone amplification within not only the strict definitions of preamplifiers or integrated amplifiers, but also for the decidedly digital side of things, where more seems to get packed into the equation for the discerning consumer.

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