Rafe Arnott

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Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 28, 2019  |  7 comments
I’ve been spending a fair amount of time with closed-back dynamic-driver equipped headphones of late. In particular Focal and Sennhieser, to the point where jumping to a pair of planar-magnetic headphones felt like I was going behind their, well… their closed backs.
Rafe Arnott  |  Feb 23, 2019  |  4 comments
Cables make no difference to the fidelity of sonics whatsoever. Cables make a big difference to the sonic signature of the electronics they are used with. Which camp are you?
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.
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 28, 2019  |  9 comments
French hi-fi manufacturing powerhouse Focal has been focused on delivering powerful, transparent drivers for both their two-channel loudspeaker designs and their highly-competitive headphones for many years and with their new Elegia closed-back headphone they continue that tradition.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 22, 2019  |  1 comments
Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Play apps both listen very carefully to what we’re all saying and while Roon does something altogether different than voice-activated access to data of all types, it seems Roon Labs are listening just as intently to their (audiophile) audience.
Rafe Arnott  |  Jan 16, 2019  |  2 comments
This is a more than capable phono/headphone preamplifier at $600 USD, at $299 USD it is an out-and-out bargain and why I named it to my InnerFidelity Editor’s Choice 2018 – Under $500 list. Dynamic, punchy, nuanced when it needs to be, this simply makes listening to LPs a fun, engaging and educational experience as it revealed a lot of detail in its resolution-abilities that had me relaxing and enjoying albums that I hadn’t hauled down from the shelves for years.
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 07, 2019  |  1 comments
You asked for it and they listened. CES in Las Vegas saw audio calibration software company Sonarworks officially announce the launch of their Tru-Fi mobile application which will be available for $3.99 USD per month or a lifetime license agreement of $99 USD from the App Store and Google Play.
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.

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