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Rafe Arnott, Grover Neville  |  Apr 04, 2019  |  3 comments
I was thinking, what does audiophile even mean anymore? Especially in the headphone community. I mean, if you were ask the average person thinking of dropping $250 USD on a pair of the just announced Powerbeats Pro headphones, I’m pretty sure they’d say that those qualify as audiophile, but you’d probably have to explain what that even means…
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 15, 2019  |  5 comments
Versatility seems to be so much more than a buzzword these days in the world of high fidelity.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 21, 2019  |  1 comments
Bluetooth got another nod for connectivity from the audiophile world with HIFIMAN’s announcement of their wireless $1,199 USD rechargeable Ananda BT model at CANJAM New York over the weekend.
Brian Hunter  |  Feb 15, 2019  |  2 comments
Focal’s newest member to the family fits right under the tentpole of the flagship $4,000 USD Utopia. The new Stellia ($3,000 USD) incorporates some of the same beryllium driver material as the Utopia, but in a closed-back design. On top of a similar yoke and headband framework, Focal applied revamped full-grain leather ear pads and learnings from the more recently released Elegia closed-back.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 01, 2019  |  1 comments
Goldfinger is the third James Bond film starring Sean Connery and the 1964 spy thriller is one of my favourite films of all time, not the least of the reasons being the movie’s iconic antagonist Auric Goldfinger played by Gert Fröbe.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 08, 2019  |  3 comments
Bluetooth continues to muscle in on high-end headphone audio as a viable high-resolution alternative to getting tangled up in cables and Audeze is wasting no time capitalizing on the success of it’s Mobius wireless gaming headset’s cutting-edge Bluetooth implementation by spreading that wireless love to the both popular and critically-acclaimed iSINE series of micro planar-magnetic IEMs.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 04, 2019  |  4 comments
I’m old school in many, many ways, but I’m also a fierce adopter of new technology as well – just at my own pace and in my own way. I’m not on anyone’s bandwagon, I tend to march to my own drummer. So, when an old-school company starts coming out with new gear, I tend to pay attention because I feel – like me – they’ve taken a beat to assess the latest and then come out with something in their own way and in their own time.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 26, 2018  |  5 comments
Headphones companies in general are stepping their game up in the lifestyle arena just as much in the technology, sound quality and bespoke fabrication ones. The focus on presentation of headphones in advertising, social media and at trade shows has become an art and science unto itself as ever more manufacturers invest huge sums of money into R&D, design, materials selection, and marketing than ever before IMO.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 18, 2018  |  0 comments
Like to tinker with your toys? Some of us much more than others, and from my experience, I would say this especially of the headphone community.
Grover Neville, Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 14, 2018  |  3 comments
With a lot of help from contributor Grover Neville we bring you the first of three in a series of the 2018 InnerFidelity Editor's Choice Lists. Sure to please many, sure to disappoint more than a few. Regardless, this is it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 28, 2018  |  3 comments
Companies releasing limited-edition headphones are seemingly starting to follow the idea of cachet that high-end sneaker manufacturers have been monopolizing for years when it comes to rarity and street cred.
Rafe Arnott  |  Nov 22, 2018  |  6 comments
While I was at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in October, one of the highlights of CANJAM for me was hearing French high-fidelity juggernaut Focal’s latest closed-back circum-aural headphones: The elegant, supremely comfortable-fitting, tone, timbre and bass-rich Elegia. So when Focal got a hold of me following the show and asked if I’d be interested in taking on the Elegia for review I didn’t hesitate.
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  |  5 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 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.

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