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David Blumenstein

My professional career spans many fields: Publishing, Financial Services, Advertising/Media, Venture Finance & Strategic Development for both emerging and later stage companies. Intertwined, in all of these endeavors was and continues to be technology, and through all these twists and turns my passion and interest in HiFi, Audio and Music helped me maintain my sanity. I have to thank my uncle in the Merchant Marines for leaving behind my first stereo system: a Tandberg TR200 receiver, Nakamichi 500 top loading cassette deck and a pair of Wharfedale Denton 2XP speakers. From then on I was hooked and bought, sold, owned, and traded more gear than I would hazard to list. With all my travel over the years, I have had to make compromises and learn to adapt to all different physical situations with respect to my systems. Sometimes money was no object, other times I had to focus on value for money and now it would appear that the latter has become the focus of a lot more enthusiasts. Now, it is both possible and conceivable for “killer” systems to be relatively affordable, and this I find really intriguing. You would think that from country to country, that HiFi cultures are similar, and on surface level, but scratch a bit deeper and the differences become readily apparent: the distributors, the dealers, and the enthusiasts. I have spent many years now observing and analyzing the health and future of the HiFi industry. Trust me, it neither gets dull or boring.

System
						Analog Front End
VPI Prime Signature turntable Pro-Ject RPM-1 turntable Rega RP1 turntable Rega Carbon cartridge Soundsmith Carmen cartridge Sumiko Pearl cartridge
						Digital Front End
California Audio Labs Caprice Audio’s MOSAIC - Low Noise Passive Filter exaSound e22 Icon Mk II Mac Mini MYTEK Brooklyn, Brooklyn + Audirvana Plus Roon
						Amplification
Cambridge Audio CP 2 phono NAD PP3 Digital Phono Stage Parasound Z Phono USB Bel Canto Design s300 i/u integrate amp/USB DAC McIntosh MAC1700 receiver Parasound Halo 2.1 integrated amplifier
						Cabling
Audioquest Cardas Furutech Kimber Straightwire Transparent Audio
						Speakers
Audio Physic Tempo Platinum Audio Studio Mission 727
						Headphones
Audioquest Nighthawk Meze 99 Classic Meze 99 Neo iFi Nano iDSD Black Label Headphone Amplifier iBasso DX80 DAP Hidizs AP-100 DAP
						Home Theater

						Accessories
Caprice Audio MOSAIC Low Noise Passive Filter
						Room Treatment

Articles & Reviews
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Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 2 of 2: Jessica Sherrick of “Now Listen Here”

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Audiophile on the Generational Edge, Part 1 of 2: An Interview with Aaron Sherrick of “Now Listen Here”

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Show-Report-2015

2019 CAS Report by David Blumenstein, Part 1

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Mirroring the Industry: Weekends come in all sizes and shapes

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SVS-SB16-Ultra-200x200

SVS SB16-Ultra subwoofer Review

Speakers | Subwoofers | No Comments »
SchiitMani-200x200

Schiit Mani phono preamp

Amplification | Phono | Solid State | 8 Comments »
Parasound-200x200

Parasound ZPhono, ZPhono XRM, JC3 Jr. Review

Amplification | Phono | Solid State | No Comments »
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What is NAR?

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Allo USBridge Review

Digital Sources | Others | 4 Comments »
iFi-iPurifier-200x200

iFi iPurifier 3.0 and Mercury 3.0 Review

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AudienceOHNOIII200x200

Audience OHNO III speaker cable Review

Cables | Speaker Cables | 5 Comments »
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A jungle out there?

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Spinning round and round

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Nothing but a …

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Of Railway Gauges and Speaker Cables/Posts: One Size Does NOT Fit All

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Room 323: Behind the Music

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Digital Audio & Audiophiles: Convenient and Inconvenient Truths

Commentaries | The Columns | 4 Comments »
Show-Report-2015

Capital Audio Fest 2018: Room 323 – In Through the Out Door

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Tekton-Mini-Lore-200x200

Tekton Design Mini-Lore Monitors Review

Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers | 3 Comments »
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Interview with Slawa Roschkow of SW1X from England

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Rogers-65V-1-200x200

Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 tube integrated amplifier Review

Amplification | Integrated Amplifiers | Tube | No Comments »
StudioElectricM4-200x200

Studio Electric M4 stand mount loudspeakers Review

Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers | No Comments »
Show-Report-2015

2018 CAS Report by David Blumenstein

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Ophidian-Minimo-200x200

Ophidian Minimo Micro Monitors Review

Bookshelf Speakers | Speakers | No Comments »
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Full Circle

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PSAudioSprout100-200x200

PS Audio Sprout100 integrated amplifier Review

Amplification | DACs | Digital | Digital Sources | Headphone Amplifier | Integrated Amplifiers | Others | Phono | Preamplifier | Solid State | 4 Comments »
Reclocker-200x200

Ideon 3R Renaissance and Wyred4Sound Recovery re-clockers Review

Digital Sources | Others | 5 Comments »
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My Lifetime

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Brendan Jan Walsh/Mr Van Walsh: Two Sides of the Same Cello

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Caprice Audio MOSAIC Preview

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Vincent Belanger: Hi-Fi Cellist of Audio Note

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Musical Release – January, February, 2018

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