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Big sky sound from Neat’s compact Iota Xplorer

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Little bro just got a bigger bro, for to kick the sand back at the sceptics.

Say what? Well according to Doug Graham, Sales Director at Neat Acoustics, the little Iota Alpha floorstanders were too small and weedy to be taken seriously…by some audiophiles. Novelty value, not real speakers. Never mind that they were seeded by the acclaimed original Iota, a diminutive shelf/desktop speaker with planar magnetic tweeter and optimised to work close to a wall. I heard the Iota first – king of where’s-the-sub – at a Manchester show.… Read the full article

Audirvana Plus for Windows review

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

“Roon. Great functionality, metadata2die4, a user interface that trounces others Hulk-style. All for the price of a good interconnect. Or rent it, like your music.”…say some. It’s not the only party in town though.

I use it. I know it’s good. It does cost a fair wedge and Roon’s in-house coded RAAT protocol is theirs and theirs only. I’m two years in and things move on both inside Roon (via a wealth of updates) but also elsewhere.

Time to revisit an alternative: the new version of Audirvana+.… Read the full article

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Music without makeup: the Klipsch Heresy III loudspeaker

By | August 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Heresy: “Opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted”.

Klipsch got that right. The Heresy III are not your average floorstanders, in looks or in sound. Short and squat in stature, two well-tailored Ewoks ready to do your bidding. Technology – horn-loaded drivers – from a bygone era. Specs that underwhelm (-4dB at 58 Hz?!). And, dare I say it, a sound that falls short 10% of the time.

Game over? Heck no. Because when they get it right – 90% of the time – they present an alternative take that’s very compelling.… Read the full article

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The music centre re-invented: Gold Note’s IS-1000

By | July 4th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s all in the hyphen.

● Super integrated; a nice amplifier.

● Super-integrated; an all-in-one – amplifier / DAC / streamer / phono stage in one box. The music centre reinvented.

The second bullet refers to the audio industry’s response to real-world listening rooms. Spaces that are shared. Where books, furniture, TVs and a plethora of other things have equal footing with audio hardware. Where a forest of kit just doesn’t work.

It’s also recognition that audio alchemy is not for everyone.… Read the full article

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Mytek Liberty DAC review

By | June 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Half the size, half the functionality, half the price. Sort of – bear with me. Does the Mytek Liberty DAC (preview here) deliver half the sound quality of the Brooklyn DAC (review here) and Brooklyn+ DAC (review here) on which its design was based?

Neither was on hand for comparison – that’s for a possible follow up article – but specifications-wise, the Liberty splits the Brooklyns, mating the ESS9018K2M chip of the original with the improved output stage of the Plus version.… Read the full article

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Colour me smitten with Meze’s 99 Classics

By | May 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

I split my time between two lovely places: Devon ( green undulating countryside, rocky coast) and Norfolk, my partner Nikki’s home (big skies, brooding salt marshes). Getting a music fix in Norfolk and with decent sound quality is problematic. My 2 channel system – Ayre and Harbeths – Isn’t luggable and besides, requisitioning someone else’s lounge room for loudspeaker listening risks a bloodbath (think Games of Thrones’ Red Wedding).

Cue the need for a semi-portable system, one that doesn’t require sell-a-kidney levels of funding but nevertheless satiates my habit in whatever oasis of peace I can find.… Read the full article

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Highlights from Bristol Sound & Vision 2018

By | February 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Brizzle – not a peculiar form of British rain but ‘Bristol’, as spoken in a West Country accent. The city is earthier than swanky neighbour Bath, blessed with slices of foodie heaven like St Nicholas’ market, a happening place to work and live – I miss it.

The Marriott Hotel staggers into life at the end of every February for the 3-day Sound & Vision show – the UK’s number one hifi event. Buzzing on a Friday morning, first stop was the multi-booth Bristol Suite.… Read the full article

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Step up from a Raspberry Pi with Allo Digital’s USBridge

By | February 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Flavour of the month items come and go; we audiophiles have a proper thirst for the new. Some products leave an indelible mark though. Think NAD’s original 3020 amplifier or Linn’s LP12. Maybe the Devialet amplifiers or Roon software.

Sonore’s microRendu is surely such a landmark product, not just halting the rise in streamer pricing but completely reversing it. £10,000+ streamers now have a tougher time justifying themselves against a sub-£1,000 upstart. Sonore hasn’t been shy with product development (V1.4, the UltraRendu etc.) but no doubt Jesus Rodriguez and co.… Read the full article

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