Monday, December 5, 2016

RSS Innerfidelity

  • Which headphone maker will be most influential in promoting sound quality as an important performance characteristic? December 1, 2016
    I'm in the process of writing a survey of headphone manufacturers and their worth in the world, and find myself repeatedly asking the question of who will carry the banner for high quality sound reproduction in the future. Consumers will claim sound quality is important, but, in fact, it plays a lesser roll in actual […]
  • 2016 InnerFidelity Holiday Gift Guide November 28, 2016
    It's that time of year again and InnerFidelity writers are glad to offer some solid recommendations for giving the gift of good music this season!
  • InnerFidelity Update November 2016 November 23, 2016
    Many of you will be aware that I've had some trouble with distortion measurements lately. Well, fortunately it had gotten so bad and consistent that I was able to identify a repeatable problem and trouble shoot the system. Turned out to be a combination of a noisy power supply in the headphone amp I use, […]
  • First Apple W1 Wireless Chip Headphone: The Beats Solo3 November 16, 2016
    The Solo3 is the first headphones to have the Apple W1 wireless chip. (Followed shortly thereafter by the Beats Powerbeats3 and the soon to come BeatsX and Apple AirPods.) In this review I'll take a close look at the features and functions of this W1 based wireless headphone, and how it differs from typical contemporary […]
  • SAATI Filters: Can They Replace Toilet Paper for Headphone Modifiers? November 8, 2016
    For better or worse, Tyll tasked me with answering perhaps one of the most important questions of this age. Can SAATI Acoustex filters be used in place of toilet paper, a staple product used for front damping in headphone mods? Seeing as the last few months have been insanely busy for me, it took me […]

RSS Stereophile News

  • Boulder Amplifiers Looks To the Future with a New Factory December 5, 2016
    "Our production line was stepping on its own toes," said Boulder Amplifiers' Rich Maez, Director of Sales and Marketing, as he welcomed me into the company's new, massive 23,000 sq. ft. manufacturing and testing plant in Louisville, CO. The move to a huge, brand-new building on 3 acres of land outside Boulder, in an area […]
    John Atkinson
  • Cary Audio SI-300.2d integrated amplifier December 1, 2016
    My entrĂ©e to high-end audio was in the late 1990s, when I bought a used pair of Cary Audio CAD-572SE tubed monoblock amplifiers to add to my Marantz CD player, Audio Note M2 preamplifier, and ProAc Response One SC loudspeakers. This system reproduced recordings with a sound that made me happier than a country boy […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Paradigm Control Monitor loudspeaker December 1, 2016
    If speakers were cars, the Infinity IRS Beta and B&W 801 Matrix would represent the luxury end of the mass market, with perhaps the Celestion SL700, Quad ESL-63, and MartinLogan Sequel II analogous to rather hairy, temperamental sports cars—the Porsche 911, for example. But most people don't buy Porsches, or even Lincoln Town Cars; they […]
    Jon Iverson
  • Dealer Events in Montreal, Nashua, and Bethesda Thursday and Saturday November 30, 2016
    Thursday, December 1, 6–9pm: Audioville (4340 Rue Saint-Denis, MontrĂ©al, Quebec, Canada) will host a Digital Music Seminar featuring the new AudioQuest NightOwl headphones (above); Saturday December 3, from 1–5pm will be a special day at Fidelis High End Audio (460 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH 03063); while also on Saturday, December 3, with the door opening […]
    John Atkinson
  • Do It Yourself! November 29, 2016
    Editor's Note: in the main, Stereophile has steered clear of DIY audio projects, leaving them to magazines like The Audio Amateur, which was published by the late Edward T. Dell. But one of the exceptions was this 1967 article on the "Brute," a tube amplifier design by none other than Ed Dell. Note that the […]
    Jon Iverson