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Amazon

I personally buy all my products from Amazon – that includes Hifi audio products such as music, electronic gear, cables, accessories as well as household items. My wife even bought our vacuum cleaner there. I haven’t tested food delivery yet but I certainly will 🙂 Amazon not only saves me time but it’s kind of a one-stop shop for everything I need.

Qobuz

This is my current favorite music streaming service. Qobuz not only offers true CD quality FLAC streaming but it also allows you to purchase high-resolution 24-bit tracks right through your account. It’s a bit pricey at almost $20 per month for unlimited FLAC streaming but well worth it in my opinion. It comes with a great mobile app for iOS and Android. I just love having all my music with me all the time wherever I go without having to spend extra time on archiving / storing and managing my music collection offline. Why spend hours configuring your NAS, making backups when you can enjoy everything with absolutely no loss of quality from the cloud? Qobuz already sounds so good that I haven’t turned on iTunes / Audirvana for a couple of weeks. Trust me, my STAX SR-507 headphones would reveal even the smallest details if there were a difference but I simply cannot detect any for now. Just make sure you configure Qobuz (desktop application) correctly on your computer so the sound output will not get messed up. I am going to write a separate article on how to get this right.

AudioMarkt

If you happen to live in Europe, this is the best place to shop for brand name pre-owned audiophile gear. I bought some of my STAX headphones there at pretty reasonable prices. You can also get fancy stuff from Accuphase, Burmester up to Pass Labs amplifiers and even cables.

Audiophonics (France)

Great store for anything audiophile around the Raspberry PI, offers tons of accessories and finished products.

M2Tech Hiface

You should definitely get a M2Tech Hiface (model One or Two) if you are serious about transmitting the best digital audio quality from your computer to an external DAC (digital-to-analog converter). In my opinion, the Hiface is the only reliable and perfect sounding solution to get real 24-bit 192kHz audio signals off your laptop (or whatever you might be using). M2Tech has drivers for virtually any operating system and that includes LINUX as well as the latest Mac OS X releases. Each Hiface is plug and play. Internally, it has separate low jitter clocks for data recovery. Although I’ve been using and recommending dozens of Hiface dongles for years, I simply don’t see a better alternative yet – especially at the asking price. Most applications support the Hiface drivers out of the box. You can even send Qobuz digital data streams to your Hiface.