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Future-Fi Now (Redux): Devialet announce Phantom Reactor

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The best Bluetooth speaker in the world? That could easily be the Devialet Phantom. And yet such a feature-limiting title sells the Phantom short. Configured with the Dialog router as a stereo pair, this Alien Egg of a streaming-service-equipped loudspeaker would take on – and take down – many similarly priced traditional hi-fi rigs. It’s the epitomé of Future-Fi. Anyone telling you otherwise is probably overly-invested in audiophile snobbery.

Devialet’s all-new Phantom Reactor (announced today) is a digitally active and streaming-capable Alien Egg but reduced in size and price to better suit smaller listening spaces and budgets.… Read the full article

A taste of change: Illusonic’s layer cake

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

A veteran of hifi hardware manufacturing writes: “Audiophiles don’t want to admit that properly applied DSP is as impressive as it is; especially now that really good processing chips from Analog Devices are inexpensive. They don’t want to admit that amps directly coupled to the drivers eliminate or at least mitigate a lot of what we perceive as big differences in amps…and they don’t want to admit that 24/192 A/D conversion is as good as it is. And they have problems with EQ even if done at the frequency extremes where you have the most problems..” 

Doing things the way we have always done helps us feel safe n’ secure in a fast-moving world.… Read the full article

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Roon: for the hardware you have, not the hardware you have to buy

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With Roon Core running on a server – any PC/Mac or QNAP/Synology NAS – we can stream music to Roon Ready to devices like the AURALiC Polaris, the PS Audio DirectStream DAC, the Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty, HiFi Berry and IQAudiO, all via the company’s in-house designed (and asynchronous) RAAT protocol. Roon’s hardware partners now number sixty (60!). The point? Roon is an elegant, audiophile-centric music library manager and network streamer.

However, Roon also dreams of mainstream acceptance. With full AirPlay compatibility baked into its code, it will stream audio to an Apple TV, Airport Express or any other AirPlay-equipped device.… Read the full article

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