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Bowers & Wilkins announces Formation Suite

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Having purchased venerated loudspeaker manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins back in 2016, the now five-year-old EVA Automation has injected their streaming platform into a suite (not a ‘series’) of new B&W models that talk to die-hard audiophiles and the man in the street alike.

The Formation Suite comprises a standalone loudspeaker (Wedge, US$899), a 9-driver soundbar (Bar, US$1199), a subwoofer (Bass, US$999), a network streamer (Audio, US$699) and – of sharper interest to Darko.Audio readers – a pair of active standmount loudspeakers (Duo, US$3999) where “carbon-domed, tweeter-on-top technology and Continuum cone drivers” are juiced by Class D amplification with a 24bit/96kHz interlink keeping left and right channels in sync.… Read the full article

10 minutes on T+A, Roon Ready certification

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

T+A. Calm down – this isn’t Carry On Up Your Crossover but an abbreviated ‘Theory + Application’ belonging to 40-year-old German hi-fi company T+A whose MP 1000E, R 1000 E and MP 2000 R MKII each put CD transport, digital tuner (FM, FM-HD and DAB+), Bluetooth input and UPnP network streamer into a single box.

For users not in love with the T+A Control App that executes each multi-source device’s local UPnP and cloud streaming (Deeter, Qobuz, Tidal) via a somewhat pedestrian UI, a firmware update will soon add Roon Ready support so that each unit will instantly appear as a streamable endpoint to any installation of Roon’s server software, Core.… Read the full article

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Mytek teases Brooklyn Bridge streaming DAC

By | November 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

On my office desk sits a most well-connected DAC — a book-sized slab of electronics with options for MQA, DSD, analogue or digital volume attenuation, Apple remote control hijack, single-ended or balanced outputs; on the rear panel for connection to an amplifier (like the Mytek Brooklyn Amp) and on the front for driving low- or high-impedance headphones. Heck, it even has an MM phono stage. That DAC is the Mytek Brooklyn Plus. US$2195. Review here.

If I want to stream digital audio to the Brooklyn Plus, I must call on a third party device for hook-up to one of the Plus DAC’s numerous digital inputs: USB (hello Sonore microRendu), coaxial (hello ALLO DigiOne), TOSLINK (hello JustBoom DigiHAT) or AES/EBU (hello AURALiC Aries G1).… 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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Lyngdorf’s TDAI-3400 is a room-correcting super-integrated

By | April 14th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Tone controls. As audiophiles, we tend to lift our noses. Only a ruler flat frequency response will do. Yet listening to music through loudspeakers means we’re likely already wide of the mark. The listening room itself is the biggest tone control of them all, its dimensions and acoustic make-up causing a bump in the frequency response curve here, a dip there. What to do?

Passive room treatments like bass traps, absorbers and diffusing panels would be the acoustician’s starting point. Likely that’s not you.… Read the full article

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Modern life isn’t rubbish: Gold Note’s IS-1000 super integrated

By | September 21st, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

After twenty five years working the more traditional end of the high-end audio business – turntables, pre- and power amplifiers, loudspeakers – Florence’s Gold Note is set to introduce its first super integrated amplifier. The IS-1000 will house pre- and power amplifier stages, MM/MC phono stage, DAC and network streamer, all in a single box. Just add loudspeakers and an internet connection.

From the press release: “The new Class A/B amplifier with 125W @ 8Ω per channel (and 250W @ 4Ω) per channel has been developed exclusively for the IS-1000 to guarantee vivid dynamics, the purest sound and finest detail”.Read the full article

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Q ‘n A Saturday: Roon Labs

By | August 19th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Welcome to Linus’ new interview series on Headfonia.comEvery two weeks we will publish an interview with an insider of the audio industry. They will give us a little insight on how they started and what they are up to. We are thrilled to be able to share a little something with all of you.

We are back on schedule with Roon Labs’ CEO Enno Vandermeer! Also see yesterday’s post on ROON itself.

HFN: When was Roon founded and how did it all start?Read the full article

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BLOG: Roon – Overdue revolution

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

If you have been reading a lot of John Darko’s articles on DAR, or articles/reviews on Audiostream, Stereophile or Computeraudiophile you surely came across the terms „Roon Ready“, „Roon Tested“ or „RAAT“. Roon on first glance is a playback software, like Audirvana+, Foobar2000 or Jriver. But take another closer look and you will find out that is so much more. Roon consists of three parts: the Core, the Remote and the Output. For all three you can download specific software parts.Read the full article

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Devialet Air and Roon turn the stream into reality

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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The start of something beautiful.

Wake up. You’re not dreaming (you’re streaming). The missing link to make Roon, and the Devialet Expert Series speak easy has arrived.

Expert220

The Devialet Expert 220.

Devialet, the French amplification powerhouse which is considered by some to be the enfant terrible of the audiophile world for it’s quick, and unexpected market dominance in digital amplification, and streaming technology has joined hands with software wunderkind Roon Labs to make things much easier for those using Roon software with Devialet’s Expert hardware to access their music libraries, and online music catalogs.… Read the full article

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AURALiC firmware v5.0 adds DSP engine, web browser control

By | April 13th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Five-oh! Call the police – major update underway. Version 5 of AURALiC’s streaming device firmware is set to roll out “soon” and with a bounty of new features in tow. Yesterday, the Chinese manufacturer gave public beta participants a first taste.

Let’s tease out some of v5.0’s most interesting features:

1) After almost two years of AURALiC saying Roon is never coming to the Aries Mini, Roon is coming to the Aries Mini. Grab the (non-beta) update and bam: Roon Ready Aries Mini.

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