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Rogers High Fidelity KWM-88 “CORONA” | AXPONA 2019

By | March 18th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Something new from Rogers High Fidelity — a bit of old-world/new world. On the one hand, you have a completely hand-wired amp with a massive toroidal power supply — the PSU on this guy is 30lbs, all by itself. And on the other hand, there’s an app. And yes, you can change the volume, change the “mode” (ultralinear vs. triode), or monitor the completely automatic tube biasing, all courtesy of that app.


We’ll be looking for this at AXPONA next month.… Read the full article

The inconvenient truth about MQA on iOS

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

The email that read “Stream Tidal Masters everywhere: iPhone now supports MQA” called for immediate care. This wasn’t Apple embracing MQA technology directly but an extension of Tidal’s existing MQA support.

Two years ago, Tidal made its repository of MQA ‘Masters’ streamable to anyone subscribing to the company’s ‘Hifi’ tier — and at no extra cost. Nice. The announcement covered Tidal’s MacOS and Windows apps.

Last year, Tidal rolled out MQA support to Android devices and earlier this week, per the aforementioned email, iOS app users were now being invited to the MQA party.… Read the full article

Entry-levelling: creating an iOS Roon Endpoint with iPeng

By | August 14th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Look up. The header image shows an iPad feeding a Peachtree nova300 integrated amplifier’s in-built DAC over USB but as a Roon Endpoint. I’m not using the Peachtree all-in-one’s DyNEC Type A USB input. This setup sounds a little better than the Raspberry Pi Roon Endpoint-setup/s introduced last week. How did we get here?

The iPad is connected to the Peachtree’s Type B USB input with a combination of Apple’s Lightning-USB adaptor (US$29) and an AudioQuest Carbon USB cable. And that’s it for hardware here.… Read the full article

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