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Lee Scoggins Promoted to International Editor

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

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ATLANTA (PTA) — Lee Scoggins, the Atlanta-based high-end audio journalist, has been promoted to International Editor for Part-Time Audiophile as part of its aggressive expansion into an inclusive multi-national and multi-cultural corporation.

Dr. Panagiotis Karavitis, the apparently outgoing International Editor for the sprawling online high-end audio-media conglomerate, could not be reached for comment. However, an auto-reply on his corporate email offered the following insight: “You have (not) reached me here on the glorious island paradise of Zakynthos. Currently, I am either prancing like Triton through the sea spray, or I am heroically saving the eyesight of poor migrant children displaced by cruel and heartless regimes.… Read the full article

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Streaming Hi-Res & MQA: Boon or Bust?

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I watched a 20-minute YouTube video this morning titled, “Battle of the Streams: Tidal vs. Qobuz!” produced and presented by The Seltzertron and was surprised to hear my name mentioned during the discussion of hi-res music. He participated in the […]

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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

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Florida 2019: MQA Makes More Progress

By | March 5th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

I’ve been digging into MQA for a follow-up article so I met up with Ken Forsythe, Sue Toscano, and their friend Angela Speziale who I just met at the Tampa show.  Sue and Angela wound up helping out the Florida show team and were a big factor in the show going so well.  Ken and I have been talking about both the business elements and the technical workings of MQA.  It had been a while since I saw Ken and he suggested Sue and Angela join us.  … Read the full article

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Roon 1.6 arrives with Qobuz support and tasty updates

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

The train never stops over at Roon and today’s release of Roon 1.6 brings a host of welcome updates and a fresh look. Most notability official support for Qobuz.  At CES 2019 Qobuz US Beta went live, so if you are a Qobuz beta tester, you can add your account to ROON and access all of your Qobuz content seamlessly. Official support for Qobuz arrives with Roon 1.6 software update.  

From the Roon Press release:

Now you can access the entire Qobuz catalog in Roon, allowing you to take advantage of Roon’s metadata with all of your favorite Qobuz content.

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Future-Fi at CES 2019: the NAD Masters M10

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

Future-Fi at home – it’s about minimising audio hardware’s physical intrusion and maximising its ease of use. Slipstreaming neatly into a steady flow of shoebox-sized streaming amplifiers (like Naim’s Uniti Atom and Linn’s Selekt DSM) comes NAD’s Masters M10 to which we just add loudspeakers.

The M10 weighs 5kg, measures 215 x 100 x 260 mm and features 1) a BluOS streaming module, powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU for Roon, AirPlay 2, MQA, bi-directional aptX Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and (eventually) full Dirac Live room correction plus 2) back panel inputs for analogue sources, coaxial digital (TOSLINK, S/PDIF), USB storage devices and HDMI ARC, all routed via 3) an unnamed ESS Sabre DAC chip and 4) 100wpc Hypex nCore amplifier circuit.… Read the full article

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CES 2019: Tidal Masters coming to all Android devices

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

After almost twelve months of being exclusive to the LG V30 smartphone, its descendants and the Essential phone, Master support, powered by MQA, will soon roll out to the Tidal app used by all other Android devices. (Sorry, iOS users – you’ll have to wait).

However, unlike the LG models and the Essential device, Tidal Master support for Android is limited to MQA’s Core Decoder where 24bit/44.1kHz and 24bit/48kHz streams are unfolded to 24bit/88.2kHz and 24bit/96kHz respectively. What your Android smartphone does with these unfolded, higher sample rates remains device dependent.… Read the full article

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CES 2019: TIDAL Masters on all Android devices and MQA momentum

By | January 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

As we transit down to CES 2019, TIDAL made our journey a little easier with TIDAL Masters (MQA) now available on all Android devices!

While LG and Essential smartphone owners have previously been able to enjoy TIDAL Masters, TIDAL has now released an updated app that supports Masters playback on all Android handsets. With the latest update, the TIDAL Android app will now include the MQA decoder.

Prior to this morning, the streaming settings in TIDAL only allowed HiFi.… Read the full article

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dCS Releases Rossini 2.0 software and provides more Roon love…

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

The train of updates at dCS seems to never stop and as they deliver us a New Years present with the release of the dCS Rossini 2.0 software.

We enjoyed listening to the dCS Bartok at CEDIA and again at Audio Element, both of which made clear to us that the dCS Bartok is nipping at the heels of its bigger sibling dCS Rossini.

With the success of the Bartok, dCS promises that the new 2.0 software elevates the Rossini, bringing some of the Reference Vivaldi sauce downstream.… Read the full article

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