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Bricasti M1 Limited Edition DAC | Review

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

Before I start, I should just confess that the Bricasti M1 Limited Edition (aka, The Golden Gun*) has been my personal DAC reference for the past two years. It is, quite simply, the best-sounding all-around digital converter that I’ve had in-house.

To anyone who says otherwise — it’s pistols at dawn.

Just call me “Scaramanga”

As you may or may not recall, computer audio is how I got into this mess got started with this website in the first place.… Read the full article

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Florida 2019: Legacy Audio

By | February 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

It seems like Qobuz is everywhere these days.  A virtual, er, tidal wave of promotion led by my pal David Solomon. I walked into the Legacy Audio room and off to the side, some sweet music was playing.  I walked in and Bill Duddleston and David were there with the stand-mount Calibres doing some set up.  David left soon after, and after some reconfiguration, Bill got the music going playing a mostly hirez playlist he had created in Qobuz.  These were his passiive Calibre speakers at $5,500 and they were connected to the Wavelet processor ($4,950) that also does DSP on the room and the PowerBloc2 amplifier ($1,800).  … Read the full article

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NAD Introduces D 3045 Hybrid Digital DAC/Amplifier

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Combines the Best of Both Worlds for High-Res Digital and Vinyl Enthusiasts

NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced a feature-packed HybridDigitalDAC/Amplifier showcasing many of the company’s advanced audio technologies.

Designed to appeal to the most ardent hi-res digital and vinyl enthusiasts, the D 3045 has it all: HybridDigital 60W per channel amplifier, Asynchronous USB 24/192 Input, support for MQA and DSD, two way Bluetooth powered by aptX HD and a high quality moving magnet phono stage, all in a compact size that can be used either vertically or horizontally.

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Qobuz is My Funny Valentine

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

Times up, waits over, let the queuing begin! Qobuz (website), the European music streaming service, is finally here and is set to challenge Tidal on its home turf — sound quality. But unlike Tidal, Qobuz is all about high-resolution audio, up to and including streaming music at up to 192kHz without requiring MQA and the associated hardware and software. Here’s the kicker: it sounds great. Perhaps because Qobuz has been a long time to come, but to me, the platform seems very stable.… Read the full article

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CES 2019: Tape and Digital | Nagra elevates our listening experience

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

Nagra‘s rooms are always on, and dialed to 11. They sneak up on you, and deliver a different something special each time. A must visit room at any audio show, Nagra always brings together three elements: a great system, fantastic music, and René Laflamme. René has a double role as Sales and Marketing Manager for Nagra America in addition to being a recording and mastering engineer at 2xHD.

René always treats us to something special that he mastered on a sexy Nagra reel to reel deck. … Read the full article

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Naim Uniti Atom All-In-One Audio System | Review

By | January 20th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

“All in one, and one for all!” Wait, what? Ha! You’ve just been introduced to my new tagline for Naim Audio’s nifty combined audio system, the Uniti Atom. It’s an all-in-one audio system, as in high-end meets lifestyle. As in “I want this thing, and so should everyone else.”

So let me explain…

I’ve dealt with combined audio systems before. I suppose I’m a bit biased against them, but for no good reason. Audiophile purist snobbery perhaps? Maybe my issues hearken back to my youth, when brick and mortar department stores like Montgomery Ward or J.… Read the full article

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Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, The Lumin D1, Plus….Umm, Bonus Content!

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 2, plus….

Another installment in the C/H/E series, a My Audio Life special and my wife gets her first stereo system in over fourty years.

The Lumin D1

As already mentioned in my Holiday gift guide, the Lumin D1 digital music player is not a current product.  So why review it, you ask?  Well…..this isn’t a review, exactly.  Stay with me and I’ll get to it in due course.

My Audio Life: Season Finale

‘What ifs?’ are one of the things most people like to mentally tease themselves with, on occasion. Read the full article

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Audio Fur and the Border Patrol DAC

By | January 6th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

Border Patrol SE DAC

Stereophile’s Herb Reichert posted a letter on the web version of an “As We See It” column written by his colleague Jon Iverson. I’m reposting it here (with linking and attribution) for several reasons, but mainly because I want to use it as a map to work out my … feelings.

The TL;DR of this (rather long) post is summarized pretty much entirely by Mr. Reichert’s comments. I have taken the liberty of then beating said horse past unrecognizability.

Why, you ask?… Read the full article

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Digital Music Player Reviews: Part 1, The NAD 50.2 Digital Music Player

By | December 20th, 2018|Categories: Wall of sound|Tags: , , , , , , |

Digital Music Player Review: Part 1

The NAD 50.2

I’ve been having fun, well, cheap thrills actually, playing with the web radio capabilities of the NAD 50.2.  It comes with the TuneIn app preloaded, and music by region, country, genre, and on occasion even sexual orientation can be selected.  The thing that amazes me the most is the prevalence of English language pop music.  In many countries where English is not the first language, announcers speak in their native tongue but play the likes of Beyoncé, Drake and Taylor Swift, among others. … Read the full article

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dCS Network Bridge and Vivaldi DAC receive MQA and juice my streaming

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever since I reviewed the dCS Network Bridge a year ago,  I’ve been enjoying a lot more digital music. YES, I still prefer dropping the needle but the convenience of a dCS Network Bridge + dCS Vivaldi DAC + ROON is tough to beat.

I find myself re-discovering CDs I ripped years ago, but more often on the hunt for more high resolution music.  Its been a bit of a disease, each Friday around 4pm, heading over to www.superhirez.com to look for what new music was released that week. … Read the full article

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