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Hi-Audio — Getting the Basics Wrong? Part II

By | February 16th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s another rainy day in Southern California — time to follow up on the blog I started the other day. The first part is available at Hi-Res Audio — Getting the Basics Wrong? I was critical of an article that […]

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Qobuz Streaming Services Launch In The US

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

Tidal is no longer alone in the high resolution streaming space. As of today, the Qobuz private beta is over and the doors have been flung open for the France-based service. Competition is usually good for consumers, and while Tidal offers MQA options on the upper registers of resolution, Qobuz does offer up to 24/192 files for stream and download.

Qobuz’s launch titles boast over 40 million tracks, something which it has had a little time to prep since its European launch in 2007.… Read the full article

The McIntosh RS200 Wireless System

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Binghamton’s blue-meter-loving company continues to reach out into the luxury lifestyle category with all-in-one solutions for the home. Hot on the heels of the just-add-speakers MTI100 turntable, McIntosh in now unveiling a new tech/spec packed streamer called the RS200.

The driver configuration is set up with 8 total drivers, two woofers, four 2″ mids and two 3/4″ tweeters. An external subwoofer is also optioned out via the back panel. Internal technologies includes a 3-option DSP for room or listener preferences and a large host of streaming options.… Read the full article

ATC announces CD2 CD player, SIA2-100 integrated

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

New from British ‘loudspeaker’ manufacturer ATC: the CD2 CD player and SIA2-100 integrated amplifier (with DAC).

Inside the CD2, a TEAC 5020A-AT transport mechanism sends digital audio read from a CD’s surface 1) out to an external DAC via its rear-facing coaxial and TOSLINK outputs or 2) to the CD2’s internal AKM DAC that in turn dispatches its analogue output via rear panel single-ended or balanced socketry.

From ATC’s press release: “The DAC is from AKM operating in conjunction with an output filter stage comprising a digital filter and ATC’s own low-noise multiple feedback analogue filter.Read the full article

Hi-Res Audio — Getting the Basics Wrong?

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

How is it possible to get basic information about Hi-Res Audio so wrong as we usher in a new year — almost 20 years since the idea was considered in 2000? I happened on a recent article written by Robert […]

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Sonus Faber’s New Palladio Line

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Sonus Faber Palladio

Italy-based Sonus Faber is slowing working its way into my short list of favorites in high end audio. Our listening sessions to the flagship Aida and all sorted products from the diverse palate of loudspeakers creations have always been richly rewarding. Now the brand is launching two new lines of custom install products (Level 5 and Level 6) under the Palladio Collection to compliment existing options or create new ones.

Palladio in wall

Level 5 is set to coincide with the Sonette speakers and Level 6 Olympica.… Read the full article

UE Now Lets You Take Your Own Impressions At Home – NAMM 2019

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Ultimate Ears CSX Line

Over the years, if there is one thing that Ultimate Ears Pro has realized about their custom in-ear products is that the doorway to entry is blocked by a significant barrier. Getting ear molds done and locking in a proper fit for the user is tedious at best, and downright intrusive at worst.

Many strides have been made by UE specifically over the years to remedy this. From partnering with 3D scanning tech, electronic storage of ear molds, and 3D printing to speed up delivery times, the OC-based company has always kept forward progress firmly planted in the products they release.… Read the full article

EVGA and Audio Note (UK) build advanced audio card for personal computers

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: Audio Federation|Tags: , |

For nearly 20 years, EVGA has built the most powerful graphics cards to play your games at the highest settings, powerful motherboards to run your system at optimal settings, and reliably efficient power supplies to power your system. Now, EVGA extends its enthusiast tradition by partnering with Audio Note (UK), Ltd. to provide the most immersive audio and lifelike gaming experienced on a PC with EVGA NU Audio Card.

https://www.evga.com/articles/01281/evga-nu-audio/

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Devon Allman & Duane Betts:Fast Forward to Yesterday

By | February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m typing with one eye swollen shut on this rainy Super Bow Sunday. After having a suspicious, discolored, quarter-sized portion of skin removed from above the right corner of my right eye the previous week, I went back to the […]

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A New Twist On Earplugs – NAMM 2019

By | February 1st, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

It should come as no surprise that earplugs show up on coverage of this year’s National Association of Musician’s Merchants (NAMM). Hearing protection ought to be found in the pocket of any audiophile’s journey to a loud concert or venue. Still, there are several hangups about filling your ear with any material, and the resulting sound is never close to natural… no matter what the sales pitch says.

Loop earplugs hopes to change some of that. Not only do they offer some interesting aesthetics over your typical foam-in-the-ear look, the circular shape of the device provides both form and function.… Read the full article

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