Rafe Arnott

Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 22, 2019  |  2 comments
What do you do when you have what many critics in the hobby hail as one of the finest headphones in the world – the LCD-4 – but lament that they are difficult to drive from anything than the most grunt-worthy amplifier? If you’re Audeze you have your engineering teams go back to the Planar-Magnetic open-headphone drawing board and come up with the LCD-4z.
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  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  0 comments
The Audio Engineering Society, or AES, has just announced that it will be holding its second annual international conference from August 27–29, 2019 in San Francisco.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 04, 2019  |  7 comments
Things here at the bungalow are settling down into a more well-oiled machine status after the birth of my second daughter a few weeks ago, and with that comes more in-depth reviews. With that said I wanted to let readers know what was coming up in the pipeline.
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  |  0 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.

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