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Gold Note announces DS-10 streaming DAC

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

As teased at Munich High-End earlier this year, Florence’s Gold Note has announced the imminent availability of their DS-10 streaming DAC, one that features an internal headphone amplifier and switchable analogue pre-amplifier.

The DS-10’s broad range of streaming inputs (Wi-Fi and Ethernet) includes Roon, UPnP/DLNA, Spotify Connect, Airplay and V-Tuner, plus Tidal and Qobuz from a supporting iOS/Android app. A Bluetooth input is also present but advanced codec support is unknown at time of writing.

On physical digital inputs, the DS-10 gives us the following: a suite of 24bit/192kHz-capable S/PDIF (AES, coax, TOSLINK); an asynchronous USB-B input for connection to a Mac, PC or streamer that extends PCM capabilities to 32bit/384kHz and adds DSD128; a USB-A input for streaming from a directly-connected hard-drive.… Read the full article

Yulong DA10 Review

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Yulong DA10 is an all-in-one desktop pure DAC, preamp and balanced headphone amplifier featuring an AK4497 DAC and up to 3W of output power. Disclaimer: The Yulong DA10 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Yulong and Shenzhen Audio for giving us this opportunity. […]

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Hifime’s €80 S2 DAC is for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV, games console or Google Chromecast Audio (RIP). Only data can travels across a TOSLINK connection so the microUSB needs to see 5V of power from a ‘phone’ charger or battery pack.

The USB’s input power draw falls between 30mA and 50mA; well below the 100mA limit imposed by Apple on its iOS devices.… Read the full article

10 more thoughts on the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

By | July 9th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Relatability and inclusivity. The top two watchwords of the Darko.Audio YouTube channel that, as of this week, is now attracting as many unique visitors per month as the Darko.Audio website: 250,000 apiece.

In scripting, shooting and cutting a short film about an audio product, our intent is for the bigger picture not to be lost to the details that can otherwise cause the pursuit of better sound to be seen as an elitist geek fest. For some veteran audiophiles, that’s all part of the fun but for newcomers, too much tech talk is a turn-off.… Read the full article

A short film about the AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

By | July 8th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

AudioQuest’s first DragonFly DAC was released in 2012. Its pocketable thumb-drive form factor brought better sound quality any computer user with a spare USB socket. The DragonFly extracts digital audio from a Mac or PC to execute its own D/A conversion. A conversion that sounds superior to the host computer’s own, either via headphones or connected to an amplifier or pair of powered loudspeakers.

Three years later, AudioQuest’s collaboration with Arizona’s Microchip Technology saw the development and release of two new and improved DragonFly models – the DragonFly Black (US$99) and DragonFly Red (US$199) – whose low power draw added smartphone connection capabilities via a short adapter cable.… Read the full article

Red, black, blue & balanced: SMSL’s M300 DAC

By | June 27th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

DACs. On paper, we might favour one over the other because of its decoder chip. SMSL’s M300 (US$250/€250) runs a single instance of Asahi Kasei’s top-tier AK4497 D/C converter. Excited? Maybe. But careful now: as with many other DACs coming to market, we know nothing (yet) about the M300’s analogue output stage or power supply — two additional factors that determine a DAC’s sound quality and two reasons why the ‘Sabre sound’ is a fiction of forums.

We might also be drawn to SMSL’s DAC because of its fully-featured connectivity.… Read the full article

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Day Two Highlights, CanJam SoCal | CANJAM 2019

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — This year’s CanJam SoCal 2019 is bigger, better, and already on track to be the most newsworthy yet. There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at the Marriott Irvine — okay, okay — maybe not a million brands exactly, but the 100+ brands that are have brought their A-game. CanJam SoCal 2019 feels every bit like the headphone heaven of sunny California. Lots of exciting product debuts are taking place at this year’s ‘Jam, and we at Part-Time Audiophile are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive highlights of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the exciting headphone universe.… Read the full article

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Day One Highlights, CanJam SoCal | CANJAM 2019

By | June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Audiohead, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — This year’s CanJam SoCal 2019 is bigger, better, and already on track to be the most newsworthy yet. There are over 1,000,000 brands exhibiting here at the Marriott Irvine — okay, okay — maybe not a million brands exactly, but the 100+ brands that are have brought their A-game. CanJam SoCal 2019 feels every bit like the headphone heaven of sunny California. Lots of exciting product debuts are taking place at this year’s ‘Jam, and we at Part-Time Audiophile are committed to bringing you the most comprehensive highlights of what’s NEW and out-of-this-world in the exciting headphone universe.… Read the full article

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Simaudio reveals new Moon 700i V2 integrated amplifier and 780D V2 streaming DAC

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , |

SIMAUDIO REVEALS TWO LUXURIOUS NEW MOON HIGH-PERFORMANCE STEREO COMPONENTS

The MOON 700i v2 integrated stereo amplifier and 780D v2 streaming DAC

MOON has added two outstanding new products to its class-leading range of audiophile electronics. Designed to offer performance way beyond their price, both the 700i v2 integrated stereo amplifier and 780D v2 streaming DAC will permanently alter listeners’ expectations of audio quality.

The 700i v2 is the most flexible, most extensively specified integrated stereo amp MOON has ever made. Building on its 40-year heritage of designing some of the world’s finest integrated amps, the MOON 700i v2 is created to provide a lifetime of thrilling audio performance.

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CanJam SoCal PREVIEW | CANJAM 2019

By | June 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead, Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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LOS ANGELES (PTA) — While the rest of the Part-Time Audiophile team are packing their bags for summer vacations, it will be our own Brian Hunter (of AudioHead), and myself (Eric Franklin Shook™) attending the CanJam SoCal 2019 located specifically in sunny Irvine, California. This will be the first year for CanJam SoCal to exhibit in the newly remodeled Irvine Marriott location. The show for 2019 is bigger and better this year with 100+ brands spread across over 25,000+ sq ft.

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