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MQA: A fresh take – why the big labels are converting their catalogs

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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What’s the buzz with MQA? Read on…

There has been much interest in MQA of late and on some audio forums it seems quite a topic of controversy as well.  So I thought I would do some digging on it in advance of continuing my exploration of PS Audio’s amazing DirectStream DAC with an MQA/Roon compatible Network Bridge II.

I reached out to MQA public relations guru Sue Toscano and we decided to meet up with fellow Atlanta native Ken Forsythe who is very involved on the MQA team and has worked with MQA founder Bob Stuart for many years.  … 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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Review: Living in the future with KEF LS50 Wireless + Roon + Shinola Runwell

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“Roon” sounds like the forlorn cry of a waterbird. Something you might hear at night. Alone. As you sit in front of slowly crackling campfire, a bottle of whiskey in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Right before the Lizard People come slithering out of the lake.

I’m not really sure how I got along without it, to be honest. Both the whiskey, and the Lizard People. Heh. No, Roon. Seriously — computer audio, even for this 21-year tech profession, is still something of a head-scratcher.… Read the full article

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AudioQuest shipping Beetle DAC network bridge

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

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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.

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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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