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dCS Network Bridge and Vivaldi DAC receive MQA and juice my streaming

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever since I reviewed the dCS Network Bridge a year ago,  I’ve been enjoying a lot more digital music. YES, I still prefer dropping the needle but the convenience of a dCS Network Bridge + dCS Vivaldi DAC + ROON is tough to beat.

I find myself re-discovering CDs I ripped years ago, but more often on the hunt for more high resolution music.  Its been a bit of a disease, each Friday around 4pm, heading over to www.superhirez.com to look for what new music was released that week. … Read the full article

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RMAF 2018: Joseph Audio, Doshi Audio, Cardas and the Rest of Your Life

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Early on the morning of the first day of RMAF, Scot Hull and I got on the subject of ideal yet practical loudspeakers. Or, as I eventually put it, the speakers we would own if we weren’t so obsessed about high-end audio and just needed something to enjoy for the rest of our lives. Both of us agreed on one speaker, in particular, the Joseph Audio Perspectives.

No more than an hour after that discussion, I found myself face to face with the $12,999/pair Perspectives.… Read the full article

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Qobuz x Electronica for Audiophiles

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

French streaming service Qobuz will soon launch in the USA. On sound quality, their standard tier is similar to Apple Music or Spotify: lossy compressed that’s called lossy for a reason. Of greater interest/import to those who care for greater audio nourishment is Qobuz’s Hifi tiers that offers CD-quality streaming – no data is thrown away. For hi-res fanciers upping to Qobuz’s Sublime tier, data rates are higher than Tidal’s MQA-powered Masters streaming but call for no MQA-capable DAC.

Whatever your streaming quality preference, there exist numerous ways in which to listen to Qobuz at home or on the go.… Read the full article

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CEDIA 2018: T+A Series 8 brings Roon and MQA

By | September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Sometimes big things come in small packages, and in the case of the T+A Series 8, these little boxes deliver.  At CEDIA 2018,  T+A was displaying updates to their Series 8 line, specifically their new MP 8 Multi-Source Player and updated DAC 8 DSD.

The MP 8 Multi-Source Player is positioned as the last source you need, providing a network streamer (wired and wireless Ethernet), Roon, MQA, TIDAL, QOBUZ, Bluetooth, USB Storage, a CD transport (tray is hidden under the display), and for those ham-fans, an old-fashioned FM Tuner.… Read the full article

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CEDIA 2018: Whitledge Designs Magic Bus

By | September 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A study by Texas A&M found that on an average, an American spends 38 plus hours per year waiting in traffic.  For me, its music that gets me through the grind and takes me to my happy place.

Unfortunatel,y most car audio systems, and even the fancy overpriced audio upgrades from various car manufacturers are disappointing.  Very few, if any car audio systems get me excited (except for the B&W system in the Volvo XC90).

Everything changed when I bumped into Jon Whitledge and stepped into his Magic Bus.… Read the full article

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CEDIA 2018: Simaudio Moon 390 hits a GRAND SLAM

By | September 11th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

We’re fortunate to get to learn, listen and play with lots of great products.  But sometimes we come across something that surprises us.  In the Roon Labs booth at CEDIA, they had assembled an army of the best streaming DACs for attendees to listen to over Audeze headphones. In that sea of great devices, one stood out from the rest….

All of the usual suspects were lined up the booth: dCS, T+A, MyTek, Bryston, Moon by Simaudio to name a few.… Read the full article

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CEDIA 2018: QOBUZ launching in USA, Roon support coming

By | September 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We are making our first trip to CEDIA to mix it up this year. CEDIA is home to more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors who convene to geek out on the latest in connected technology. Internet of things (IoT) devices are invading our homes and more and more all of our prized audio systems are getting connected. In my house it is “Alexa turn on turntable” to get some tunes rolling on my control system.

Our first CEDIA stop, paying a visit to David Solomon, Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist at QOBUZ.… Read the full article

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McGary Audio SA-1 Stereo Amplifier Review

By | September 1st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

McGary Audio SA-1

One of the fun aspects of reviewing gear from small start-up companies is getting to know the owner/proprietor, who is also usually the designer and builder of the piece of gear I’m reviewing. Such is the case with Mike McGary, something of a new kid on the block in the world of vacuum tube amplifier design. Mike is the owner, designer, builder, and chief bottle washer at upstart McGary Audio, which is based in Gainesville, Virginia, not quite a two-hour drive from my home in south-central Pennsylvania. … Read the full article

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We eat first with our eyes

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

What’s the biggest problem with digital audio? For this audiophile, it’s that there’s nothing to look at whilst listening. Vinyl playback gives us the turntable and its rotating record plus a large sleeve with liner notes. But with music streaming from across our home network or from the cloud, from server to streamer, the format itself is invisible. We can’t look at a FLAC file – only its metadata.

Some streamers address this issue. Both the Naim Uniti Atom and AURALiC Aries G1 show metadata on their front panel; as did the Logitech Squeezebox Touch (RIP).… Read the full article

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Qobuz cuts a slice of American pie

By | July 7th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Already serving European countries, French music streaming service Qobuz (“KO-buzz”) is set to become officially available in the USA, accessible via three subscription tiers.

Pricing is TBC but hardcore audiophiles will likely turn their noses up at Qobuz’ ‘Premium’ tier that streams via a lossy codec (like Spotify or Apple Music). For those who prefer lossless compression, the ‘Hifi’ tier will deliver CD-quality streaming whilst the ‘Sublime’ tier will add hi-res streaming on selected titles for a few dollars more (per month).… Read the full article

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