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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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The DAP days are over (Part 3: LG V30)

By | June 11th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why do digital audio players exist? Simply put: because many smartphones just don’t sound very good. They aren’t designed to satisfy audiophile sensibilities. Furnishing the mass market with thinner smartphones loaded with more resolving cameras is a higher priority for manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, Huawei and Sony than delivering better sound quality through the 3.5mm headphone socket. A socket that Apple kicked to the curb two years ago.

And so smartphone users looking for better sound quality on the go often resort to a second device: a dedicated portable music player that’s engineered to sound as good as possible and that, more often than not, adds support for hi-res audio.… Read the full article

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PS Audio ready Redcloud OS, add Spotify & Qobuz support

By | December 8th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The DirectStream DAC is not like other DACs. Instead of a more common off-the shelf DAC chip, PS Audio load an FPGA chip with software coded by one Ted Smith, he of wizard beard and Hawaiian shirt. And like the computer operating systems we use daily, Smith’s DirectStream code is updated semi-regularly – at zero charge to the end user – to bring him/her better sound quality from the DirectStream DAC.

Each software version is named after one of Colorado’s ‘Fourteener’ peaks.… Read the full article

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Letters to the editor: ECM catalogue comes to streaming services

By | November 16th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Phil W. writes:

“A quick heads up – the title says it all. Not necessarily your type of music but for those into ECM‘s tastes its a significant move (far more important than the Beatles streaming as far as I’m concerned). And ECM are possibly the last major label to hold off from streaming. Might be worth a quick article. Oh and a lot are in MQA.”

From Wikipedia: “ECM is an independent record label founded by Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969.Read the full article

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DAR & Roon – Songs for Europe

By | May 18th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

A little over one week ago, DAR readers were invited to submit their top 3 hifi demo cuts with a view to winning a lifetime’s worth of Roon. The reader response was nothing short of electric. Entries now number almost 150 with two weeks left to run on the competition.

I used the first 100 submissions to compile a Tidal playlist for which search results returned 220 songs. The “DAR & Roon – Songs for Europe” selection was born. In effect, it’s a playlist that imagines DAR readers in charge of demo selections across the floor of Munich High-End 2017.… Read the full article

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