Angry Metal-Fi: The Best & Worst Sounding Records of 2017

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. 2017 was an interesting year for metal. My partner in crime claims it was another crappy year for dynamics in general, and unfortunately given the entries below, it’s hard to argue with him. However, I would counter and say that they were still quite a number of good to great sounding releases too. In fact, Dave and I had a harder time weeding out the truly terrible sounding albums from the really great sounding ones which is always a good sign. Now look: This is just our list. And...

Review: iFi Audio Groundhog Jan10

Review: iFi Audio Groundhog

Ground Gate If you’ve been playing this game as long as I have, then you’ve probably been buzzed at least once in your life – and I’m not talking about alcoholic euphoria either [Well, I’m out. -Dave]. No sir, I’m talking about that audible buzz you get the first time you plug some new component into your system. Very recently, I got my “buzz” on when Audeze sent me a pair of LCD-i4’s for review. Here’s what happened: after unpacking these beauties from their unmarked box, I hastily hooked them onto my ears, checked to make sure the Pro iCAN was set to low gain, and then turned...

Alex’s Top 10 of 2017 Dec28

Alex’s Top 10 of 2017

2017 was a so-so year for metal but an epic one for me. Toward the beginning of this year, my wife gave birth to our first child, a baby boy. Consequently, Metal-Fi came to a screeching halt as I learned to change diapers in the wee hours of the morning, discovered the power of a good swaddle, and spent nights on end just checking to make sure he was still breathing. I also never thought hearing the word “Dada” could make a grown man cry – it can. My son and I are like two peas in a pod exploring the world together; him for the first time and me doing it all over again but acting as a co-pilot now. It is a strange yet...

Dave’s Top 10 of 2017 Dec27

Dave’s Top 10 of 2017

Years of bountiful harvest are often followed by years of drought, and that (for me at least) seems to be what happened in terms of great metal releases from last year to this. 2016 was filled with some absolutely phenomenal albums from long time heavy hitters like Dark Tranquillity, Fates Warning, Ihsahn, and of course Vader, and I went into 2017 with some big expectations, unfortunately many of which lead to big disappointments, with the new Xanthochroid probably taking the cake for biggest let down. Happily all is not sorrow however, indeed 2017 also brought a few very pleasant surprises. This being a year end review I also need to...

Go High-Res For The Holidays Dec24

Go High-Res For The Holidays

Here’s the thing: Dave and I have always been skeptical about high-res. First off, the whole concept is somewhat nebulous since the industry can’t really standardize on a formal definition of it. As a result, many labels have taken advantage of that fact by advertising a record as “high-res” when in fact it’s just an upsampled version of the original CD. Secondly, even though most audiophiles equate any format with a greater than 16-bits/44.1kHz sampling rate with “high-res,” a higher sampling rate in itself can’t compensate for a poorly produced master because ultimately no amount of...

Review: iFi Audio Nano iGalvanic3.0 Dec08

Review: iFi Audio Nano iGalvanic3.0

Introduction My Daphile based, DIY music server continues to be weapon of choice when it comes to digital audio playback.. While I feel that it’s very competitive with some pretty pricey dedicated servers, there are some limitations due to the fact that it’s based on ordinary PC hardware as opposed to hardware specifically built for audio, particularly USB audio. The folks at iFi are certainly no strangers to USB and its problems – they’ve been hammering away at them for years, and with the subject of today’s review, I believe they’ve made a significant breakthrough. Before I get to that though, let’s talk a bit about why USB audio...