Recent Hi-Fi Show Updates

July 18th, 2017

By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

As Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, the premier North American Hi-Fi show, is quickly approaching I thought I would share some good links from colleagues around the web summarizing other audio shows around the world in recent months.

Hong Kong High End Audio-Video Show

Michael Fremer fro ... Read More.

Musings from Streaming, Smart Speaker Land

June 17th, 2017

By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

There have certainly been several announcements, well actually most are pre-announcements, that have potentially interesting impacts on the market (probably just interesting).

Let's walk through a few of them.

Apple Announcements at WWDC and Other Nuggets

Apple finally enters the AI Smart Speaker ... Read More.

Nordost Playlists in TIDAL

Updated May 6th, 2017
Original article June 10th, 2016


By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

One of Sound Lab's favorite audiophile cable and power accessories companies is Nordost.  Recently Nordost has been publishing what is called the Nordost Playlists monthly. 

According to Nordost:

"Nordost is lucky to have a wonderful team of representatives and product trainers ... Read More.

AXPONA 2017 Sights and Sounds (some musings)

April 21st, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

The AXPONA 2017 show has come to end and I was there Friday and Saturday of the show.  I will share some pictures take and there are many others out there from various sources.

First some general thoughts.

Completely by feel of foot traffic and hallway congestion Friday attendance seemed a little lighter than last year and Saturday a ... Read More.

2017 Recommended Components - Stereophile and The Absolute Sound

March 17th, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

Two magainzes we are partial to at Sound Lab are Stereophile and The Absolute Sound.  Each yearly publishes a list of what they feel are the best gear.  We wanted to highlight a few of items available from Sound Lab.  Don't hesistate to contact us regarding this great list of audio gear.

First a word from Stereophile as to how they determi ... Read More.

If You Want MQA Option or Future Proof Device - Aurender A10 may be choice

February 24th, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

So there is obviously a lot of news about MQA and the pros and cons of MQA.  Whether you believe it will take off or fizzle and die you may want a digital transport and DAC that supports MQA.

Over at Computer Audiophile they just published a very good review of the Aurender A10 including the su ... Read More.

MQA Makes Software Decoding Concession at CES 2017

January 27th, 2017
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

At CES 2017 TIDAL announced that MQA streaming would be immediately available to their HiFi tier customers.  Read more here.   Both Roon and Audirvana announced software decoding support coming soon of MQA files.  Now if you have not followed M ... Read More.

Wilson Audio Re-introduces the WAMM

December 9th, 2016
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

Having met David Wilson of Wilson Audio at a few trade shows and listening to some great demos of his various speakers we thought it might be nice to share a little nostalgia from the original WAMM speaker in 1981 and the latest version.  How times have changed and it is great to see someone like David sti ... Read More.

Can We Just Agree How to Sort....?

December 2nd, 2016
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

As the music world becomes increasingly digital in nature we rely upon various library managers either on the computer itself or embedded into music servers or digital transports.  One of the more frustrating issues is how these various library managers sort your music.  

This seems like a surprising problem given that for the most part as a society w ... Read More.

Apple Exiting the Airport Extreme, TimeCapsule and Airport Express Business?

November 25th, 2016
By: Carlin "Rick" Smith

Bloomberg recently announced Apple has dissolved its division which develops wireless routers and is now sending engineers who worked on the AirPort lineup into other product teams, including one currently working on Apple TV.  Bloomberg said Apple has been slowly shutting down the division over ... Read More.