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The sunset makes a fence out of the forest

By | July 30th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

We didn’t see the wood for the trees.

The trees?

In April, Innuos announced their two-box ZENith Statement streamer/server.

A month later, the Portuguese manufacturer demonstrated the prowess of the new flagship model at Munich High-End 2018 by A/Bing it against the ZENith MKII SE (review here). Their MOC demo system was arrestingly simple: a BXT-loaded pair of Kii Three actives controlled by a Kii Remote.

The difference between the two Innuos units was clearly audible to anyone in attendance, yours truly included.… Read the full article

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Playback Pioneers 2018: Bob Stuart / MQA

By | May 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Best in show awards as they relate to sound quality – this publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties whilst remaining meaningless for the rest of us.

This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile companies whose work stands out as markedly different.Read the full article

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Playback Pioneers 2018: Ken Ball (Campfire Audio)

By | May 25th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Best in show awards as they relate to sound quality – this publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties whilst remaining meaningless for the rest of us.

This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile manufacturers whose work stands out as markedly different.Read the full article

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Playback Pioneers 2018: Antonio Meze

By | May 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Best in show awards as they relate to sound quality – this publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties whilst remaining meaningless for the rest of us.

This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile manufacturers whose work stands out as markedly different.Read the full article

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Playback Pioneers 2018: Bruno Putzeys / Kii Audio

By | May 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Best in show awards as they relate to sound quality – this publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties whilst remaining meaningless for the rest of us.

This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile manufacturers whose work stands out from the pack as markedly different.Read the full article

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Playback Pioneers 2018: Metaxas & Sins

By | May 22nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Best in show awards as they relate to sound. This publication gave them up several years ago. Experience tells us that they’re a silly side effect of a play act undertaken by commentator and (unwitting) exhibitor. Show-based awards flatter both parties but lack meaning for anyone else.

This audio reviewer’s self-imposed brief for Munich High-End 2018 was not only to take a snapshot of what’s new and to go long on video in the process but also to un/cover and profile manufacturers whose work stands out from the pack as markedly different.Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #6 – Munich High-End 2018

By | May 21st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

In which John Darko, Aphex Twin fan, sits down for breakfast in Munich with Jeff Dorgay, Kiss fan, to chat about the world’s greatest audio show. Dorgay is the gregarious editor/publisher of TONEAudio. Please excuse our eggs and coffee.

This episode comes with an audiophile safety warning: both Jeff and John have little time for the demo-room deployment of Diana Krall or The Eagles.

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

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Hitting hard: concrete active loudspeakers from Gravelli

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

Sinks, tables, outdoor chairs and light fittings are just some of the products made by Prague’s Gravelli. The company’s USP is that each product’s base material is concrete.

Recently tapped by Austria’s EAT for a concrete turntable plinth, Gravelli has turned their hand to active loudspeakers. The Virtuoso standmount (€5000/pair) is a DSP-fuelled two-way whose enclosure is cut from concrete with each speaker tipping the scales at 16kg. Augmenting a front-facing 4.5″ full range driver is a pair of side-firing bass drivers: a 7″ passive, and a 5″ active.… Read the full article

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Andrew & The Argo-nauts: ELAC @ Munich High-End 2018

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

It’s near impossible to talk about modern-day ELAC loudspeaker designs without talking about designer Andrew Jones. At Munich High-End, it’s impossible to talk about modern-day ELAC loudspeaker designs without talking to Andrew Jones.

Two years ago, we caught Jones talking about his imminent plans to activate the Debut and/or Uni-Fi Series. Since then, ELAC and Jones have opted for a completely new range of active loudspeakers. The Argo can be had as a 3-way B51 standmount (€2000/pair) or a 3-way F51 floorstander (US$4000/pair).… Read the full article

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Time out of mind with AURALiC’s Leo GX, Aries G1 & Vega G1

By | May 18th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Last year at Munich High-End, AURALiC’s Xuanqian Wang, armed with an extensive Powerpoint presentation, introduced us to the Aries G2 streamer and Vega G2 streaming DAC. This year Wang was back in Germany, Powerpoint-free, with the more affordable G1 takes on Vega and Aries (as detailed here last week).

At the MOC, I asked Wang to explain the differences between the G1 and G2 versions. His answers came back with a refreshing hit of honesty:

Back in Aries/Vega G2 territory and the room’s main rig, Wang demonstrated another new product.… Read the full article

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