Audio Arc: Audiophile Blogs Digest – Aug 24, 2023

Hello and welcome to a new edition of Audio Arc!

We take a broad sweep across a diverse range of blog posts to bring you a comprehensive and exciting perspective on everything sound-related. Let’s take a look at the highlights from this week.

Schiit Audio Launches The Mjolnir 3 And Kara Preamp

By: AudioHead,

Schiit Audio has launched two new products, the Mjolnir 3 headphone amplifier and the Kara preamp. The Mjolnir 3 is a limited run flagship headphone amplifier priced at $1,199, featuring a Class A no-feedback design. The Kara preamp is a replacement for the Freya S and offers high voltage rails, separate single-ended stages, and a discrete headphone amp. Priced at $699, the Kara is a regular production product. Both products are available now from the Schiit Audio website. Read more

Lumin D3 Streamer

By: press release,

Lumin D3 is a new audiophile music streaming device that builds on the success of its predecessor, Lumin D2. It features a new processor for greater resampling flexibility, a new analogue output stage with Sabre DAC technology, and a fully balanced design with XLR outputs. The D3 also supports TIDAL Connect, Airplay 2, Roon Ready, Spotify Connect, MQA, and more. With its all-aluminium enclosure and improved features, the Lumin D3 brings high-quality music streaming within reach for all audiophiles. Read more

An Ethereal headamp from Kostas Metaxas

By: The Editor,

Kostas Metaxas, founder of Metaxas & Sins, has released the Ethereal electrostatic headphone amplifier/tourbillon clock. The amplifier features a Swiss Tourbillon clock as a beautiful abstract moulage mannequin and advanced audio electronics. It has two mono ultra-low-noise, high-voltage, purely discrete and utterly balanced amplifiers dedicated to electrostatic headphones. The Ethereal can also be used as a stand for headphones and has plans for different configurations, including a DAC or a full digital music streamer. Kostas is also working on matching X1 headphones. This unique and visually stunning amplifier is a must-have for audiophiles seeking both exceptional sound and design. Read more

Review: Octave V 16 Single Ended Integrated/Headphone Amplifier

By: Michael Lavorgna,

The Octave V 16 Single Ended Integrated/Headphone Amplifier, described as a “tower of power,” is a high-fidelity piece of equipment originating from Germany’s Octave Audio, a company with a rich history dating back to 1968. The V 16 features a specialized magnetic-field compensated output transformer, designed to address typical shortcomings of single-ended amplifiers like bass inadequacies. It boasts a range of tubes, with the reviewer particularly favoring the Tung-Sol KT150s over the stock KT120s. Another standout feature is the Octave Black Box Capacitance Power Storage Device, enhancing the amplifier’s dynamic and tonal stability. Read more

Bowers & Wilkins 600 S3 Announced | Announcements

By: Editorial Staff,

Bowers & Wilkins has unveiled its latest 600 Series S3 loudspeakers, building on three decades of its reference standard in high-performance audio equipment. The eighth-generation release of this acclaimed series boasts numerous upgrades, making it one of the most evolved in the 600 Series lineage. This launch showcases four distinct models with varied finishes, each designed to integrate seamlessly into the 600 Series S3 Home Theatre System. A standout feature is the all-new Titanium Dome Tweeter, promising improved sound quality and clarity.Read more

Acoustic Energy AE100² bookshelf speakers Review

By: Byron Baba,

The blog post discusses the Acoustic Energy AE100² bookshelf speakers and their performance. The author shares their experience with the speakers, highlighting their impressive sound quality and compatibility with other components. The AE100² is described as having a tube-like quality and providing engaging and immersive listening experiences. Read more


By: Paul Rigby,

Check out the latest speaker review on the 5020 speakers from Q Acoustics, priced a little over £500. Find out how they sound and how they compare to other designs in the video. Read more

Linda Ronstadt – Take Our Advice and Skip the Originals

By: humorem,

In this blog post, the author discusses the sound quality of Linda Ronstadt’s original 1967 records and recommends reissue pressings that sound better. The post provides a track-by-track breakdown of the album and offers advice on what to listen for. Read more


And that’s a wrap on this week’s edition of Audio Arc. Don’t forget to join us again next week for another compilation of compelling audiophile content. Until then, happy listening!

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