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Cocktail Audio X45 Pro Music Player/DAC | Review

By | June 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

by Steve Marsh

Introduction: Cocktail Audio X45 Pro

I spend most of my time listening to vinyl rather than digital.  I have a lot invested in my analog front end and the musical satisfaction I get from it is quite complete.  The one big drawback, of course, is that a lot of new music is not available on vinyl.  At the beginning of my efforts to switch from the dying CD player technology to a more modern digital solution, I dabbled with computer audio, purchasing Amarra software and playing files with various USB DACs I was able to audition. … Read the full article

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dCS paints a Mosaic with new cross-platform music management | High End 2019

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

dCS has a track record of continuing to invest in their products for years after they initially launch.  They have quoted statistics stating that they only use around 60-70% of the capacity of a device at launch, giving them 10 years of headroom to innovate.  This creates an experience where your device may sound the worst the day you bought it, as future updates refine performance and add capabilities.  We’ve come to love their hardware and delicious analog sound, but haven’t always been the biggest fans of their iOS only control software across the Vivaldi 2.0, Vivaldi One, Rossini, Bartók, and Network Bridge.   … Read the full article

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Aurender | AXPONA 2019

By | May 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

Visit any audio show and you will see lots of Aurender music servers in dozens of listening rooms. Before I got further into streaming, I honestly did not pay much attention. But at this show, Aurender brought out the A30 which is so compelling that I feel it was the best new product introduction in a huge show full of them.

This is the “Swiss Army knife” of computer audio.… Read the full article

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dCS Releases Rossini 2.0 software and provides more Roon love…

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

The train of updates at dCS seems to never stop and as they deliver us a New Years present with the release of the dCS Rossini 2.0 software.

We enjoyed listening to the dCS Bartok at CEDIA and again at Audio Element, both of which made clear to us that the dCS Bartok is nipping at the heels of its bigger sibling dCS Rossini.

With the success of the Bartok, dCS promises that the new 2.0 software elevates the Rossini, bringing some of the Reference Vivaldi sauce downstream.… Read the full article

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The Far Corners: The EmoStream Music Server

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

By Modest I. Predlozheniye

I have a dark secret that I have been hiding from you for many months now, dear readers. My Linn LP-12 Sondek turntable has been collecting dust back in my tiny apartment over in my city of oblast significance and now I fear I have become yet another victim of that dreaded disease known all over the world as “streaming fever.” For years I have resisted the taut and supple promises foisted upon the masses by all of the competing digital formats but thanks to Part-Time Audiophile’s Scot Hull I have been introduced to something called Roon.… Read the full article

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Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator | RMAF 2018

By | October 10th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator prototype

Gordon Rankin of Wavelength Audio is no stranger to controversy. He’s the guy that single-handedly brought computer-based audio into the realm of high-fidelity with “asynchronous USB”, and most such products today either use his work or leverages his ideas. That’s a nice way of saying that he had to slog through an unending bog of nonsense from partially informed but fully opinionated audiophiles that have, at various times, hailed him as both heretic and hero. So, when he introduces a new product like the “Wavelength Ethernet Spacelator”, you just have to cringe along with him.… Read the full article

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Apple HomePod Review: Smart Speaker for the High-End?

By | July 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Apple HomePod is reported to be an excellent sounding smart speaker, one of the best in the segment. Apparently, that’s not a high bar.

The Apple HomePod is a head-scratcher of a product. In many respects, it seems to be a me-too offering, perhaps even a place-holder for something that will come later. Perhaps it’s a platform that will one day “grow up” into whatever promise it’s supposed to be offering.

As a die-hard Apple fan, I want to love it.… Read the full article

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Roon expands to include Chromecast

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

Roon Labs expands to cover Google Chromecast devices.

Pretty decent headline, there. I’ve been mucking about with Google Home (and smart speakers from some other vendors) and I have to say, those devices aren’t terrible. Yes, that’s a bit of faint praise, but I think we’re on the edge of something interesting here, and that makes me think it’s a smart move that Roon is making.

More on this soon as I dig in, but for now, here’s the press release:

New York, NY – July 6th, 2018 – Streaming juggernaut Roon Labs announces the ability to stream from Roon to all Chromecast products with its new release.

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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: , , , , , , , , , , |

MQA

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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