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This Music-First Audiophile says “Thank You!”

By | February 23rd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

A year ago, almost to the day – and with a professional working the camera – I dipped a tentative toe into pro-shot video production. The videos would be edited by yours truly, embedded in a text review to serve as a product preview (a more effective show and tell) with sound quality and comparisons reserved for the written word. Thank you, Olaf Von Voss for giving me the first push.

Then came Jana Dagdagan, fresh from her stint at Stereophile and keen to take on Darko.Audio’s video editing role.… Read the full article

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The Music-First Audiophile, SoundCloud & Google Chromecast

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

Music streaming that’s smartphone app-controlled from the listening position?

For Tidal, I use Roon; its smartphone app directs the stream to a wide variety of third-party endpoints. For Qobuz, AURALiC’s Lightning DS app tells the Aries Mini what to pull down from the cloud. For Spotify, the native app’s Connect service, like Roon, talks to a number of different endpoints.

Missing from this picture is SoundCloud.

Despite recent attempts to become a streaming service like any other, one that would rival Apple Music and Spotify, SoundCloud’s user base is rooted in fans of electronic music and hip-hop.… Read the full article

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The Music-First Audiophile and RMAF 2017

By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

How to make a hi-fi show more inviting to the curious newcomer? Not one to shy away from such issues is Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) organiser Marjorie Baumert. RMAF is one of the USA’s largest and most successful audio shows. It’s where manufacturers and their distributors gather to show off their latest and greatest to the general public.

For the past two years, Baumert’s newcomer attraction angle has been affordability: a handful of rooms given over to lower-priced hardware from a broad range of manufacturers; and a seminar, chaired by yours truly, entitled “Affordability: how low can you go?”.… Read the full article

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Music/response: Radiohead OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017

By | June 23rd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Arriving at a music store near you today, once again, is Radiohead’s decade- and career-defining OK Computer. Retitled for its 20th anniversary, OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997-2017 is loaded with extra material, all fully remastered.

OKNOTOK is available as a 3LP or 2CD edition, as well as a deluxe box set (shipping in July), with the extra disc containing eight album-era b-sides and three previously unreleased cuts.

For those wanting a soft format, a hi-res PCM 24bit/96kHz download of OKNOTOK is available from HDTracks (here).… Read the full article

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