Rafe Arnott

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  |  8 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.
Rafe Arnott  |  Sep 05, 2018  |  8 comments
Audeze’s Sankar Thiagasamudram was curious if I’d be interested in his company’s latest effort – the $399 USD Mobius – targeted mainly at gamers and multi-channel audio-mastering professionals in the film industry.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 29, 2018  |  30 comments
It seems Sony has decided to enter the über high-end headphone amp market with the $8,000 USD DMP-Z1 from their “Signature Series” and the Internet is blowing up a bit because of it.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 19, 2018  |  8 comments
High fidelity seems to be more and more focused on the inclusion of headphone amplification within not only the strict definitions of preamplifiers or integrated amplifiers, but also for the decidedly digital side of things, where more seems to get packed into the equation for the discerning consumer.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 17, 2018  |  7 comments
It was a big box, it was sitting in my front hallway when I opened the door and had Audeze markings on the side. This excited me. This made me happy. It had been a long week and boxes of new gear always puts a smile on my face.
Rafe Arnott  |  Aug 08, 2018  |  9 comments
Despite continuing successes, A&K do not seem content to rest on their technological or industrial-design laurels. They continue to push the boundaries of their research and development, the results of which are the new SR15 and SE100 portable digital players.

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