Rafe Arnott

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 31, 2018  |  0 comments
Choosing a product that qualifies as one that stands out above all others for enough different reasons is never an easy task, but taking sound quality, build quality, design and price all into consideration, the Quad ERA-1 headphones gets my nod as InnerFidelity Product of The Year 2018.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 30, 2018  |  1 comments
Tackling a list featuring the upper-tier of headphone and headphone-related products and peripherals one tends to finds options that are focused on the end-game as opposed to ladder-climbing. This is really where the rubber meets the road from a cost-analysis standpoint, as if you're dropping serious coin one wants longevity and future-proof built-in to the purchase, which is what I feel all these products represent: a long-term investment.
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 22, 2018  |  11 comments
2018 is rapidly coming to a close and with it, the window to highlight some of, what I feel, were the most impressive components and headphones that I experienced this year.
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  |  Dec 13, 2018  |  0 comments
I get asked a lot of questions regarding playback software specifically and as someone who deals with multiple software-playback packages on multiple platforms, Roon is probably the one I get queried about the most. If you’re into streaming music or computer audio then most likely you’ve heard of this music-playback software and might be wondering what it is exactly and why you should think about using it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 11, 2018  |  4 comments
In a world that seems bent on division when it comes to the streaming and download/playback format MQA, Astell & Kern has placed themselves even more solidly in the for MQA column with their announcement today that as of December 12th (tomorrow), MQA support (which is already available on the SP1000 portable player) will be available via firmware update for the SP1000M, SE100 and SR15 players as well.
Rafe Arnott  |  Dec 05, 2018  |  3 comments
I wandered the downtown Vancouver streets, slightly dazed as it was early, the coffee in my hand only half-finished and thus not fully waking my mind to operating temperature. It was, after all, the beginning of December and things like holiday gift shopping for our families and friends was starting to dawn more brightly every morning into the waking brains of the urban populace (who surround my small oasis of a home in the city) as the month creeps forward inexorably to it’s zenith on the 25th and the all the expectations which surround that date.

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