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Cooking up a summer storm with the KEF LSX

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Bluetooth. AirPlay 2. Spotify Connect. Roon. Room tuning. DSP. Firmware updates. Every one an audio tech abstraction until it meets the real world where many of us un/consciously look beyond our sub-optimal listening environments.

With the Berlin summer in full swing over the weekend, it was time to bust out the BBQ. My rooftop apartment offers a balcony long enough for a large group of people and wide enough for a large Weber-on-wheels — but not a four-seater table. We’d cook, chat and sink cold adult beverages outside but we’d eat in the kitchen.… Read the full article

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A short film about the Volumio Primo

By | June 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Holes — dug by little moles. Logitech and AURALiC. The former’s Squeezebox Touch – a frugalphile favourite – was discontinued in 2012. The latter’s Aries Mini – another goto entry-level streamer – quietly slipped away in 2018. Those are big holes to fill.

Stepping forward is Volumio, coders of the SBC OS of the same name. The Italian company’s first piece of hardware, the Primo network streamer (€379), mounts an ESS Sabre DAC board to an Asus Tinkerboard S to convert Ethernet or Wifi inputs to digital S/DPIF (up to 24bit/192kHz) or analogue (up to 24bit/192kHz, DSD128).… Read the full article

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Wheel love with the Naim Uniti Atom

By | July 13th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Naim review cliche #1: to headline the article with the pun-heavy “What’s in a Naim?”. It’s as tired as David Byrne features topped with “Still Making Sense”; a well-worn wink at the ex-Talking Head frontman’s most well-known eighties release (Stop Making Sense).

I’m as guilty as the next guy, headlining my coverage of the Naim Uniti Atom and Nova’s 2016 US debut with – you guessed it – “What’s in a Naim?”. Never again (is what I swore the time before).… Read the full article

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Wheeling in the years with the Naim Mu-so

By | July 11th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mainstreamers visiting their local big Apple or high-end department store might see Naim’s Mu-so as a luxury (mains-powered) Bluetooth speaker. As one might expect at €1199, it stomps all over its smaller battery-powered brethren. The KEF Muo (US$350) is one of the best of the portable Bluetooth bunch but sat next to the Naim long box the Muo is outclassed in every respect. The Mu-so delivers oodles of dynamic slam to sound larger and more impactful than its diminutive rival.

The Mu-so also sounds larger than its letterbox profile might suggest.… Read the full article

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Into the white: Eclipse TD510Z MK2 + Hegel H190

By | June 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Out of the blue and into the black? Nope. Subverting Neil Young’s song title we look to a Pixies b-side to go into the white for an elegant hi-fi system that oozes Future-Fi inside and out but in the passive loudspeaker domain. In this post, we look at how a pair of wonderfully unusual standmounts meet an integrated amplifier loaded with DAC and streamer.

The Eclipse TD510Z MK2 loudspeaker (£3840/pair) from Denso Ten. That’s quite the mouthful. TD510Z MK2 is the model number, Eclipse the brand and Denso Ten the parent company, established in 1972 with initial investment coming from Fujitsu Limited and the Toyota Motor Corporation.… Read the full article

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Going home and away with the Chord Poly

By | March 10th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Home. Berlin, Thursday, 5.30am. Sleep was elsewhere. I was wrong. Not just the 8-minute closing cut of the same name from The Sisters of Mercy’s Vision Thing – on this morning streaming via Roon from an Intel NUC, via Ethernet cabling, to the Chord Mojo – but also the concept of having erred. I’d previously pegged the Mojo as one of the finest DACs available below a grand but with the qualifier that it was, at times, a smidge bright and ever-so-slightly thin.… Read the full article

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Hit the north! A visit to Hegel’s headquarters

By | March 2nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hegel. In this case, not the 18th Century German philosopher but a Norwegian rock band formed by one Bent Holter who would recycle the name in 1997 for an Oslo-based hi-fi company that’s been going strong (but stready) ever since. Happy 21st birthday, Hegel Music Systems.

Hegel’s main thrust is integrated amplifiers. On their website we count five, each offering in-built UPnP/Airplay streaming and D/A conversion: H90 (US$2000), Rost (US$3000), H160 (US$3500), H190 (US$4000) and H360 (US$6000). Pricing isn’t astronomical and the casework isn’t fancy schmancy.… Read the full article

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Review: dCS Network Bridge – The Swiss Army Knife of Streamers

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is nothing like grabbing a prized LP, dropping the needle in the groove, and having the events of the day get whisked away. Nothing else matters at that exact moment, only that you are sensing every emotion and every note… cue relaxation.

But now more than ever, times are a-changing. Digital music reproduction, the growing availability of high-resolution content, combined with better software is making this something audiophiles need to pay more attention to.  The debate of Analog vs.… Read the full article

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Auf wiedersehen, DAP: the Chord Poly at Norddeutsche Hifi-Tage 2017

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Who’s a pretty boy then? A question aimed at Chord Electronic’s new Mojo appendage, Poly (£500), and not company Sales Manager Colin Pratt.

Poly is a wireless network hub that clips onto the Mojo directly. Digital audio is then sent from Poly to Mojo for Rob Watts WTA-powered D/A conversion and headphone amplification. An internal rechargeable battery means Poly, like the Mojo, can be used both in and out of the house.

Poly can be fed in numerous ways. Out in the street, she can play catch on digital audio streams sent from a neighbouring smartphone via Bluetooth or Airplay.

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Pioneer Updates AV Range

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Pioneering On

by Dick Tan
BDP- X300 upscaling Blu-ray player
BDP- X300 upscaling Blu-ray player

While Pioneer has, of late, been a little ‘under the radar’ it has, thankfully, not been resting on its laurels, so to speak.  Two new Pioneer products have been introduced lately, the RM1,499 BDP-X300 and the RM12,263 SC-LX901 flagship AV receiver.

 

For movie buffs with a penchant for high quality audio and visual performance the BDP-X300 is a slim (435 x 63 x 250mm) and fairly light weight (2.3kg) Blu-ray player that features upscaling capability for 1080p movies to 4K resolution to provide an ideal resolution match with 4K UHD TVs and projectors.… Read the full article

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