Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 13, 2020  |  1 comments
Wireless headphone and earphone sales grew more than 50 per cent in 2019 – compared to 2018 – with third quarter sales reaching 96.7 million units according to figures released by a research firm.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 11, 2020  |  0 comments
I remember back in 2011 when I first saw Danish company AIAIAI’s TMA-1 headphones in the window of the only high-end headphone shop I’d ever seen at the time – Headphone Bar in Vancouver – and thought to myself, “Those are very cool.”
Grover Neville, Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 03, 2020  |  5 comments
But it’s good torture, don’t worry. All Jokes aside, Rafe and I have been discussing playlists and music a lot lately, and I thought it might be a great time to slowdown from the deluge of recent-releases and put together a playlist which represents a small peek into tracks used as a reference for listening on reviews.
Grover Neville, Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 21, 2019  |  1 comments
When I began talking with Rafe about the docket of pieces we have planned for December, the subject of a ‘product of the year’ was one of the first ones that came up. For me awards or praise beyond a review are uncommon.
Rafe Arnott, Grover Neville  |  Dec 18, 2019  |  7 comments
The air starts to get a little thin when you’re reaching to pull 25 or more Ben Franklins out of your wallet, but there’s an excitement involved with this level of purchasing power that exudes commitment to what you’re throwing down hard-earned cash for.
Rafe Arnott, Grover Neville  |  Dec 16, 2019  |  4 comments
Climbing up the price ladder in personal audio doesn’t always guarantee you’ll be happier with the sonics – just like two-channel there can be sideways moves or tradeoffs – but, it usually means you’re getting better spec’d, better built and better sounding gear as a rule, as opposed to being the exception.
Rafe Arnott, Grover Neville  |  Dec 14, 2019  |  2 comments
Another year has flown by and with it another of year experiencing as much of the personal-audio hobby as we’re able to here at InnerFidelity. There have been many standout products that we were fortunate enough to have grace our pages in 2019, but the following were truly impressive for not only performance, but for price and build quality.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2019  |  0 comments
Everybody dreads gift giving a bit – it’s too time consuming. The holiday season is already tough enough. What about if you need to find something for the headphone-centric audiophile in your life. Good luck, you hear friends say.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 07, 2019  |  5 comments
There’s a 30-year-old photograph of me somewhere sporting a Public Enemy tour t-shirt, with a Sony Walkman in one hand. Fast forward to today and you can swap the Walkman for the Astell&Kern SR15 A&norma.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 05, 2019  |  2 comments
Iconic. Merriam Webster defines it as ”widely known and acknowledged especially for distinctive excellence.” Seems like a reasonable place to want to start a list about headphone designs that had a lasting impact on the hobby, and more importantly, on how the world views the head space as a whole.

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