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The look of love (Part 2): Q Acoustics Concept 300

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Contiguous: “to share a common border or touching”. The traditional loudspeaker stand’s top and base plates act as common borders to its pillar/s. In unboxing the loudspeaker stand that Q Acoustics ship with their Concept 300 2-way standmount (US$4499/£2999), we are confronted with something completely different: three non-contiguous poles that don’t touch and have no ‘common border’ base plate. Instead, they are kept separate and held together by a series of contiguous and tensioned wires to meet the definition of tensegrity, a portmanteau of tensional integrity: “the characteristic property of a stable three-dimensional structure consisting of members under tension that are contiguous and members under compression that are not.”

It isn’t just smart engineering, inspired by the work of Bucky Fuller and Kenneth Snelson, that sets this loudspeaker stand apart from the steel-pillared norm.… Read the full article

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The look of love (Part 1): Peachtree nova300

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

Review loaners. Most units come and go within a three-month window. Others stick around for the long haul, ready to be plucked from the shelf to play comparative support in other reviews as required.

Peachtree’s nova300 integrated amplifier was reviewed by yours truly some two years ago but the review unit never went back to the manufacturer. It sat and waited….for this site’s turn towards video — a format that begs for boxes that transcend the usual black or silver to be featured.… Read the full article

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Munich High-End 2019: Borg’s feature-packed Future-Fi

By | May 6th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

From Michael Sallustro: “Allow me to introduce our company borg.audio GmbH. We design and manufacture unique and innovated high-resolution audio players, multiroom streamers, amplifiers & other quality devices. We have a full range of ultra-high quality audio devices with innovative functions not seen yet on the market. Please have a look: Borg.Audio. Just for you to know we always spell borg.audio in small letters – no capitals – and the name of the products also always in small letters.”

Sallustro and his business partner Christian Gunther’s talents with another kind of casework are likely to be more successful.… Read the full article

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The look of love: Rega, iFi & Cabasse

By | November 8th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

In locating a new laptop we might look for the fastest CPU, the largest amount of RAM and the biggest hard drive. Hang everything else – performance is paramount.

Not every buyer works this way. Apple has built its Macbook success on selling last year’s hardware by offsetting any (perceived) performance hit with a sleeker shell, an increasingly lower-profile keyboard and a more elegant operating system. As many Alienware owners will attest, beauty remains in the eye of the beholder.

No matter what fibs we might tell ourselves, buying decisions aren’t based on performance alone.… Read the full article

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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

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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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