Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 16, 2018  |  0 comments
Astell & Kern seem like a company hell bent on introducing new models that are feature-packed based on feedback from both existing customers and those they are courting to embrace the brand.
Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 11, 2018  |  8 comments
Walkman.

That’s pretty much all you have to say to anyone to trigger a universal response to conjure up the name SONY.

Rafe Arnott  |  Oct 09, 2018  |  6 comments
The Meze booth stood out to me upon first walking into CANJAM at RMAF this year because their managing director, Mircea Fanatan, was standing there looking very peaceful amid a sea of headphone-enthusiast chaos which was buffeting every surface and corner of the event. It practically felt windy in there.
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  |  5 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.

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