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Stand in the place where you live

By | December 29th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before”

– R.E.M.

In the days sandwiched by Christmas and New Year, we find ourselves in the anteroom of the year ahead, looking back on the year soon to close. We sit between the future and the past.

Standmount loudspeakers coming my way in 2018 were evenly split between passive and active designs. From the former camp, the Harbeth Compact 7ES3, the ProAC Tablette 10 (and its Signature variant) plus a new found favourite in the DENSO Ten Eclipse 510Z MKII.… Read the full article

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I’m chairman of the board!

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

“I’m bored.
I’m the chairman of the board.
I’m a Lincoln monologue,
I’m livin’ like a God,
I’m bored.”

— Iggy Pop

Hi-fi racks – we audiophiles use them to organise our components, to more attractively display them and, sometimes, to minimise the negative influence of vibrations, which not applied to mechanical devices like turntables but also electronics. Our amplifier and/or DAC’s circuitry can, to varying degrees, translate (airborne) mechanical vibrations into deleterious electrical noise – that’s microphony at work. The fewer the vibrations reaching our gear, the lower the electrical noise generated and the better the sound quality.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #12 – Small speakers

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes we want steak, other times only sushi will do.

And so it goes with loudspeakers: we might lust for (full-range) floorstanders but either our room’s acoustics and/or our aesthetic sensibilities say otherwise: only standmounts can be accommodated.

Like food, it’s better to have too little than too much.

In our latest episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio and I discuss small loudspeakers with our informal chat romping through the following products (and more):

47 Labs Lens
Atacama Nexus 6i
Blumenstein Audio
DENSOTen Eclipse 510Z MKII
ELAC Debut 2.0
Genelec 8341 ‘The Ones’
Genelec GTwo
Harbeth P3/ESR
Michael Green Room Tunes
Martin Logan Motion 4i
Paradigm Monitor SE Atom
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
ProAc Tablette 10/Signature:
Raidho Acoustics D1.1
Sonus Faber Sonetto I
Sound Anchors
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / 10

A must listen for any apartment dweller or standmount loudspeaker enthusiast:

Follow us on Soundcloud here and subscribe to the iTunes feed here.… Read the full article

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Into the white: Atacama Nexus 6i, Devialet Treepod speaker stands

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Misnomer. Bookshelf speakers – they’re anything but. Just because a compact loudspeaker is small enough to sit next to James Joyce and Kurt Vonnegut doesn’t mean it should, especially when attempting to optimise the speaker’s sound quality.

Putting a pair of ‘bookshelf’ loudspeakers on stands can better isolate them from unwanted environmental vibrations, reduce the amount of sound transmitted to/through the floor and gives the listener better control over the distance between speaker plane and front wall. Many loudspeakers, especially those with rear-firing ports benefit from a little breathing space.… Read the full article

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