• Colorfly's "Audiophile-Quality" Audio Player Is Made Of Wood

    I love audiophiles. They spend $20,000 on a high end speaker system with zero flibber and low Db to THD levels (at least that’s what it sounds like they’re telling you) and then they slap on a gold remaster of a Macy Gray album and say “Can you hear the gravel in her voice?” It’s like buying a Ferrari just to slip Frankie Goes To Hollywood into the CD player and… Read More

  • Soundwave makes a comeback, as a theatre on wheels

    If you can’t go and listen to a high fidelity sound system, why don’t you have it come to you? The Harmon Mobile Showcase is designed to do just that, bringing two professionally calibrated listening rooms to an expo near you. Read More

  • Olive launches the 4HD Hi-Fi music server

    Olive Media just announced the Olive 4HD. Intended for the audiophile market, Olive’s latest creation plays gold standard 24-bit engineer recordings, as well as audio CDs and DVDs. Read More

  • How to hide that subwoofer in the corner of the room

    Keeping your home theater (my wife calls it a living room) clean and uncluttered can be a real pain if you have a decent sound system. Sure, there’s the obvious “run the wires under the floor” trick, but what do you do with the elephant subwoofer in the corner? It’s big, it’s ugly, and it’s absolutely necessary for a decent system. Read More

  • Audiophile List: Ultrasone HFI-2400 Headphones

    German headphone manufacturer Ultrasone has announced a new flagship for their HFI line. An open-back pair titled the 2400 with 40mm gold-plated drivers and all sorts of other bells and whistles. Read More

  • Monster going audiophile, intros the Turbine in-ear speakers

    It’s become apparent that Monster is getting into the high-end audiophile game with the launch of the Beats earlier in the year and now the in-ear Turbine ‘speakers’. I’ve only had an hour or two to check them out, but I can honestly say that I’m pleasantly surprised at the performance of the Turbines thus far. I’ve always been a proponent that you… Read More

  • Furutech's Powerflux Power Cord: New for 2008 with improved slam tickle on the high end

    If you’ve ever experienced the frammel shake on the low end of some gold remasters you’ll understand why you need Furutech’s $1,800 power cable. As we all know, once you get past a certain shark wave threshold you have to pull back your amps or your watts will get in the way of the mid tones. By damping the whiffle on high tweets you can use this cable to ceramic-ally isolate… Read More

  • Some early reviews of Denon’s $500 Ethernet cable

    Reviews for that $500 Ethernet cable being sold by Denon are in full swing on the product page, located here. Here are a couple of choice tidbits… “A caution to people buying these: if you do not follow the ‘directional markings’ on the cables, your music will play backwards. Please check that before mentioning it in your reviews.” “I installed one… Read More

  • 60 inches of this ridiculous ethernet uber-cable costs $500

    Oh dear, oh dear. I’m surprised the description doesn’t mention that your signal is being accelerated by being bathed in snake oil. It lowers my estimation of the human race’s worth when anyone can actually be foolish enough — or simply rich enough — to buy something like this. Ultra-high-end solutions like this are regularly mocked. Audiophiles can’t tell… Read More

  • New Pioneer headphones for the anal-retentive audiophile in all of us

    Wow, that’s a lot of ear thingies. The Pioneer SE-CLX9 (made with aluminum) and SE-CLX7 (made with metal) ear canal headphones let you switch between five different combinations of in-ear adapters that return different levels of bass and treble. Read More

  • Declick Your Clicks With The Declicker From ELP

    If you’re gonna digitize a large vinyl record collection, you might maybe wanna check out the declicker. Built by the same people that make that $9,900 LT-1LRC Laser Turntable, the ELP declicker, um, removes the clicks and background noise (but you’re stuck with the hiss) from a record in real-time without the need to manually clean tracks up on a computer. It also transfers… Read More

  • Hovland Stratos: Wealthy Audiophile Edition

    Let me state that $50,250 for an amp is outrageous. I don’t care how great it is even if it poops out gold bricks. Anywho, the Hovland Stratos is an uber-high-end mono block power amp. The Stratos promises “power, poise and precision based on 20 years of research” (whatever). This claim is apparently the reason for the astronomical price tag. The internals of the Stratos… Read More

  • Media Demagnetizer for the Rich

    In the odd world of high-end audio, everything is a factor. Take this little device, for example. It’s a media demagnetizer that allows you to demagnetize everything from your vinyl to your prized CDs. Why, you ask? I suppose it reduces crackle and prevents your Florgo 5000 $20,000 CD player from blowing up. How much does it cost to demagnetize your media? $2,900. A bit much, it seems… Read More

  • Tivoli Table Stereo for Audiophiles

    This desktop sound system from Tivoli Audio is billed as the audiophile’s table stereo. Encased within that hand-lacquered box are two high-quality 3-inch full range speakers with rear ports , a built-in 5-inch magnetically-shielded powered subwoofer and three separate amplifiers. A large LCD displays CD track info and Radio Data System info where available. It has a 1/4″… Read More