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Darko.Audio podcast #12 – Small speakers

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes we want steak, other times only sushi will do.

And so it goes with loudspeakers: we might lust for (full-range) floorstanders but either our room’s acoustics and/or our aesthetic sensibilities say otherwise: only standmounts can be accommodated.

Like food, it’s better to have too little than too much.

In our latest episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio and I discuss small loudspeakers with our informal chat romping through the following products (and more):

47 Labs Lens
Atacama Nexus 6i
Blumenstein Audio
DENSOTen Eclipse 510Z MKII
ELAC Debut 2.0
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
Genelec 8341 ‘The Ones’
Genelec GTwo
Harbeth P3/ESR
JERN 14DS
KEF LSX
Michael Green Room Tunes
Martin Logan Motion 4i
Paradigm Monitor SE Atom
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
ProAc Tablette 10/Signature:
Raidho Acoustics D1.1
Sonus Faber Sonetto I
Sound Anchors
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / 10

A must listen for any apartment dweller or standmount loudspeaker enthusiast:

Follow us on Soundcloud here and subscribe to the iTunes feed here.… Read the full article

10 ‘must-hear’ active loudspeakers

By | June 19th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Not everyone taking an interest in a better hifi system wants to engage in the sport of hi-fi: mixing and matching amplifiers to extract the best performance from a pair of passive loudspeakers before adding a DAC and network streamer.

Many modern hi-fi buyers have a thirst for better sound quality at home but derive zero pleasure from making decisions about what goes with what and how to wire it up. Die-hard audiophiles often have a hard time believing that some people just don’t want to configure their own system.… Read the full article

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Children of the revolution: Kii, Genelec & KEF

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

What if? A two-word question that signals an itch for loudspeaker loving audiophiles. The scratch comes in the form of a new amplifier that might, through a combination of luck and judgement, bring forth better sound quality. The optimal amplifier, should it exist, will be different for every loudspeaker. Locating it calls for a series of trial-and-error experiments that can take us beyond the horizon. This amplifier, then that amplifier, then another amplifier. The gear churn is where the money is.… Read the full article

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An industry overview from Norddeutsche Hifi-Tage 2018

By | February 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Train, train. The Sunday night ride on rails from Hamburg to Berlin was a time for contemplation, soundtracked by 1more ANC IEMs pulling Nina Kraviz’s 2017 Essential Mix from an iPhone. The 2018 edition of Norddeutsche Hi-fi Tage (translation: North German Hifi Days) had wrapped not an hour before: over 170 rooms of the Holiday Inn converted into high-end audio listening spaces.

By Sunday afternoon, a weekend long snowstorm had slowly filtered the view from the 16th floor to monochrome, no Instagram intervention required.… Read the full article

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