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AIX Records Site: Reborn

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

The AIX Records and iTrax digital music download sites have been down for many months. The machine that served both sites (and some others including this blog) couldn’t be upgraded to accommodate newer software so I needed to identify an […]

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T.H.E. Show: A Great Show by Audiophiles

By | June 10th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The 2019 edition of The Home Entertainment Show is over. Unlike years past, I didn’t drive home every night. After an unfortunate experience at a nearby Travelodge (loud music coming from the adjacent room and no option to swap rooms), […]

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Highly Resolving Redux

By | June 5th, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’m really fortunate to have friends that are smarter than me. In many aspects of life, it’s great to be able to discuss and learn from people with different areas of expertise and life experiences. So when I authored a […]

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T.H.E. Show: Long Beach This Weekend

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

Attending trade shows gives audio hardware and software vendors a chance to demonstrate their products to new customers, connect with existing customers, and maybe garner some attention from the audiophile press for their products. I’ve participated in dozens of trade […]

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Highly Resolving Audio Systems: Required or Not?

By | May 31st, 2019|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It’s an easy and all to common response from high-end audio reviewers and consumer commentators that one needs to assemble an audio system of sufficient quality and expense — “a highly resolving system” — to reap the benefits of high-resolution […]

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dCS Bartok, HIFIMAN, WyWires | High End 2019

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

When I signed up to cover dCS at High End 2019, I was thinking BIG DIGITAL. You know, a very expensive system in a big room with one, or several, six-figure dCS stacks. That room existed, with Wilson Audio Sasha DAW loudspeakers and Dan D’Agostino amps, featuring a notably pure and clean sound that you would probably expect from such esteemed companies. I sat in that room, took notes, and I was duly impressed.… Read the full article

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Ayre 8 Series | High End 2019

By | May 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

Leadership team at Ayre

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by The LSA Group

Ayre (website) was one of the earliest to market with a good USB DAC. That’s how I remember seeing and interacting with them. The QB-9 did one thing (USB) and did that one thing well, and all the mags raved about it. But what I always wanted? Well, aside from anything in the the milled-block-of-aluminum R-Series, was the C5 CD player. Man, I wanted that thing in a bad way — “no point in USB, when CD is that good!” is what I remember thinking.… Read the full article

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Saturday Highlights | High End 2019

By | May 12th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by Core Power Technologies

My second full day of coverage for High End 2019 in Munich was a bit of a roller coaster, exacerbated by my inability to keep my phone on a network for more than a couple of minutes. I’d stop and try to find a new and willing network, get on wi-fi, receive tons of messages and texts, take a couple of steps and lose everything. People were trying to find me and that led to a few missed opportunities, but I still managed to have a few enlightening experiences when it came to new products in high-end audio.… Read the full article

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dCS paints a Mosaic with new cross-platform music management | High End 2019

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

dCS has a track record of continuing to invest in their products for years after they initially launch.  They have quoted statistics stating that they only use around 60-70% of the capacity of a device at launch, giving them 10 years of headroom to innovate.  This creates an experience where your device may sound the worst the day you bought it, as future updates refine performance and add capabilities.  We’ve come to love their hardware and delicious analog sound, but haven’t always been the biggest fans of their iOS only control software across the Vivaldi 2.0, Vivaldi One, Rossini, Bartók, and Network Bridge.   … Read the full article

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