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Darko.Audio podcast #9 – Music formats

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Vinyl sales are on the up and up. Audiophiles already know that. But cassettes are coming back too. UK cassette sales were up 90% on the same period last year. Moreover, almost all new releases still get pressed to CD. And yet that DSD-loaded future we were promised back in 2010 is nowhere to be seen.

A new Aphex Twin EP will soon be issued as a limited vinyl, a standard vinyl, a CD and a cassette. And if it wasn’t for the 24-bit PCM download or the streaming, you’d swear it was 1991 all over again.… Read the full article

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Better in-car Bluetooth with AudioQuest’s Beetle DAC

By | November 6th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

AudioQuest’s latest critter DAC, the Beetle (€199), can be neatly summarised as a DragonFly Black USB DAC with additional TOSLINK and Bluetooth inputs.

Like the DragonFly Black, the Beetle is software upgradable, enjoys Gordon Rankin‘s asynchronous USB code, uses a Microchip PIC32MX Series microcontroller for data marshalling and an ESS 9010 chip + minimum phase filter for conversion to analogue. The Beetle is capable of decoding PCM up to 24bit/96kHz but unlike the DragonFly Black executes volume control bit-perfectly in a 64-bit digital domain.… Read the full article

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AudioQuest shipping Beetle DAC network bridge

By | July 21st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Bringing it all together… Beetle.

AudioQuest has the Beetle DAC page live on it’s website, and is taking orders, and shipping them out… which means… WELCOME TO THE FUTURE. For those not in the know the Beetle is capable of delivering uncompressed music via optical or asynchronous USB inputs, it also features asynchronous Bluetooth connectivity, and is an audiophile-grade digital-network bridge for all your high-tech home electronics to turn digital audio into analog audio.


How it works.

AQ is also touting the Beetle as “the perfect complement to a TV’s optical audio output” which it very well could be, and since I’ve yet to be able to connect my own monster flat screen to my home audio system, I’m hoping to try out the Beetle for review in the coming months, and get a taste of what the future looks, and sounds like.… Read the full article

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