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Andrew Jones on the realities of loudspeaker design

By | April 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Seriously impressive. But you won’t be hearing this at Munich High-End 2019.” — that was yours truly laying down the Rammstein challenge over on Facebook.

Picking it up was Andrew Jones of ELAC. “This is strange because today I was preparing my playlists for AXPONA and added some tracks from a colleague. Scanning through them I found Rammstein! Might be interesting to try it out. Infected mushroom is already one of my favourites, so why not try this!”

A week before AXPONA, Andrew Jones and I went long over internet wire to talk about his work as a loudspeaker designer.… Read the full article

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What is electrical noise and how does it affect your DAC?

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

We’ve been here eleventy billion times before: the sound quality of a digital audio system doesn’t rely simply on the safe arrival of each and every bit but how accurately those bits are timed into the DAC chip. Any mis-timing is called jitter. Electrical noise – entering hi-fi components via the mains and via cables acting as antennae – can seriously disturb the timing accuracy of a DAC’s clock oscillators.

Not only. According to Garth Powell, Direct of Power/Engineering at AudioQuest, electrical noise will also make its way into the analogue section of a DAC to potentially mask the very low-level signal retrieval for which it was designed/purchased.… Read the full article

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What’s the deal with preamplifiers?

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Beginner talk. In an age of DACs arriving with in-built lossless volume controls, the theory suggests that traditional pre-amplifiers are surplus to digital audio’s requirements. Personal experience over the years – with units from Schiit, PS Audio, Wyred 4 Sound and Vinnie Rossi – says otherwise. Returning a pre-amplifier to the mix adds body and weight to the sound. But why?

Time to tug on the coat of experienced audio electronics designer Vinnie Rossi to learn why the preamplifier’s role in an audio system is more than just signal routing and volume control.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #14 – Vinyl

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Get into the groove? With entry-level turntables shipping with their own factory-fitted cartridges, I’m finding it a challenge, especially when sitting them next to entry-level streamers selling for similar cash. A recent poll revealed that many of you feel the same way. What’s going on? Where is that elusive magic that so many vinyl die-hards speak of?

I put this to TONEAudio’s Jeff Dorgay for our first podcast episode of the year. Dorgay is a far, far more experienced vinylphile than I.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #13 – Best of 2018

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

In which Jeff Dogay of TONEAudio and I select five of our favourite products of the past twelve months and the industry trends to which they speak. Listen here:

Follow us on Soundcloud here and subscribe to the iTunes feed here.


My picks…

Naim Uniti Atom £1,999 [Review here]

Chord Qutest DAC £1,195 [Review here]

Devialet Expert Pro 140 €4,999 [Review soon]

Campfire Audio Atlas IEM US$1,299 [Preview here and here]

MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open US$799 [Review here]
Campfire Cascade US$799
Audeze LCD 2 Classic US$799

(I’ll be nominating my Product of the Year 2018 in a separate post)

Jeff’s picks…

Hana SL US$749

Boulder 508 US$5,000

PS Audio DirectStream PowerPlant 15 US$7,499

Roon Nucleus €1,500 – €2,500

dCS Vivaldi One US$88,000Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #12 – Small speakers

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes we want steak, other times only sushi will do.

And so it goes with loudspeakers: we might lust for (full-range) floorstanders but either our room’s acoustics and/or our aesthetic sensibilities say otherwise: only standmounts can be accommodated.

Like food, it’s better to have too little than too much.

In our latest episode of the Darko.Audio podcast, Jeff Dorgay of TONEAudio and I discuss small loudspeakers with our informal chat romping through the following products (and more):

47 Labs Lens
Atacama Nexus 6i
Blumenstein Audio
DENSOTen Eclipse 510Z MKII
ELAC Debut 2.0
ELAC Uni-Fi UB5
Genelec 8341 ‘The Ones’
Genelec GTwo
Harbeth P3/ESR
JERN 14DS
KEF LSX
Michael Green Room Tunes
Martin Logan Motion 4i
Paradigm Monitor SE Atom
Pioneer SP-BS22-LR
ProAc Tablette 10/Signature:
Raidho Acoustics D1.1
Sonus Faber Sonetto I
Sound Anchors
Wharfedale Diamond 9.1 / 10

A must listen for any apartment dweller or standmount loudspeaker enthusiast:

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

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Letters to the editor: Videos vs. words

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

It seems our Chord Qutest, ALLO DigiOne Signature and KEF LSX video reviews really pushed back the email floodgates. What follows is a selection of missives from Darko.Audio readers around the world arriving in the past few weeks.

Dominik H:

Hi John,

Thank you for your review of Qutest. Actually, I have learned about Chord products thanks to your previous reviews and went along the way using Mojo and then Hugo2 for my setup during the last 12 months.

A year ago I was all into hi-end headphones and portable DAC/amps, but then I realized I prefer convenience over absolute sound quality and ended up owning and using B&W PX’s over Audeze’s and Apple AirPods over Westone UM Pro’s.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #11 – RMAF 2018

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

With RMAF 2018 coverage firmly in the bag, Jeff Dorgay and I discuss our favourite finds of the show – which aren’t all products – whilst springing into tangents on the idea of accuracy (again), why snake oil no longer persists, the scarcity of bad reviews and why we don’t divulge manufacturer plans.

Photos are included below for those who want to follow along with their eyes.

Listen here:

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

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Darko.Audio podcast #10 – Accuracy

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

As the sun went down on Berlin, it came up in Portland, just as Jeff Dorgay and I convened across Internet wires, Macs and microphones for another episode of the Darko.Audio podcast. Monday’s Euro sunset turned in a spectacular performance – enough for me to interrupt podcast recording midway to take four shots with a Canon EOS 200D camera. See above (but also below).

Question time: how accurate is my photo? How close is it to the actual event?

Framing a shot crops out reality’s width and height to render it instanstly compromised.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #9 – Music formats

By | August 12th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Vinyl sales are on the up and up. Audiophiles already know that. But cassettes are coming back too. UK cassette sales were up 90% on the same period last year. Moreover, almost all new releases still get pressed to CD. And yet that DSD-loaded future we were promised back in 2010 is nowhere to be seen.

A new Aphex Twin EP will soon be issued as a limited vinyl, a standard vinyl, a CD and a cassette. And if it wasn’t for the 24-bit PCM download or the streaming, you’d swear it was 1991 all over again.… Read the full article

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