Arcam rBlink Bluetooth D/A processor
Am I the only one who values content and convenience over sound quality?
There. I've said it. I am not an audiophile; ie, someone who's in love with recorded sound for its own sake. The search for ideal sound can leave a person burned out and broke.
That might be why I love Internet radio via Bluetooth. So much content. So convenient, via smartphone or laptop. As for computer-audio downloads, they're too complicated, chaotic, and costly.
I might pay for streaming high-resolution audio, if the content and convenience are there.
Now on Newsstands: Stereophile, Vol.37 No.3
Here's a little something to warm your hearts: The March 2014 issue of Stereophile is now on newsstands, and it's a very special issue, indeed. Inside, you'll find that our editor, John Atkinson, has fallen in love with a new pair of headphones. Has the sexy Audeze LCD-X seduced him away from his old, beloved Sennheiser HD650?
Of course, there's more.
Are you interested in portable hi-fi, computer audio, and desktop products? These days, many of us are.
Kinergetics KCD-55 Ultra D/A Converter Measurements
Sidebar 3: Measurements
The Ultra put out a very low 1.37V from the fixed-level outputs when decoding a full-scale, 1kHz sinewave. This is 3.3dB lower than the CD standard 2V output level, the only lower output we've experienced being the 730mV from the Sonographe SD-22 CD player reviewed by CG last month. The variable-level outputs, however, put out a whopping 4.18V with the level control all the way up.
Kinergetics KCD-55 Ultra D/A Converter Review System
Sidebar 2: Review System
Kinergetics KCD-55 Ultra D/A Converter
Since the first digital processor on the market using UltraAnalog DACs appeared (the $12,000 Stax DAC-X1t, reviewed in August 1990, Vol.13 No.8), there has been a proliferation of good-sounding processors using this extraordinaryand expensivepart.
Kiseki Blue Goldspot Phono Cartridge Specifications
Description: Low-output, medium-compliance, moving-coil cartridge. Nominal output: 0.4mV. Internal impedance: 5.3 ohms. Channel balance at 1kHz: ±0.25dB. Channel separation at 1kHz: 30dB. Tracking force: 1.82.0gm. Cartridge weight: 11.4gm. Stylus type: hyper-elliptical, 0.3 x 0.7 mil radii. VTA: 20°.
Serial number of sample tested: 2013.
Price: $700 (1992); not available in the US (2014).
Kiseki Blue Goldspot Phono Cartridge
In Praise of a Classic: the BBC LS3/5A
If there's one article in Stereophile that generated more reader response than any other, it was Peter Breuninger's review of the classic Fisher 500-C tubed receiver in June 2005.
A Day in the Life (#gradolabs)
Instagram is the first app I check each day. What does that say about me? I certainly like pictures. I also enjoy keeping up with friends and family through images, seeing what they see each day, glimpsing a day in their lives. But, beyond that, I’m not sure.
Interestingly, more and more audio manufacturers are showing up on Instagram. I follow several, including Meridian, Sonos, Sony, Skullcandy, Cambridge Audio, VPI, and Grado.
Essential Audio Hosts Aurender & Bricasti Design
Sunday, February 23, 125:30pm: Essential Audio (715 Braeside Place, Barrington, Illinois) will host an audio demonstration with Brian Zolner, president of Bricasti Design, for the grand opening of its remodeled, expanded facilities.
The highly regarded Bricasti M1 DAC will be demonstrated along with the Reference Music Servers from Aurender. Visitors are encouraged to bring their favorite recordings on memory sticks, CDs, or LPs.