October 2019
« Sep    
>> Breadcrumb :/Tag:roon

Primare’s NP5 Prisma puts Roon, Chromecast under one roof

By | October 8th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Network in, S/PDIF out (with a side of Bluetooth) is the basic premise of Primare’s NP5 Prisma. The Swedish company have extracted and re-housed the streaming module from their larger components for a palm-sized network streamer that pulls music from the cloud, a local server, a smartphone or a directly attached USB hard-drive.

From the press release sheet: “Specifically designed to be small enough to slip inconspicuously into any system setup, NP5 Prisma can be used with any product with a digital input, both stereo and multi-channel, Primare or other brands, to provide full Prisma connectivity and control, making it the network player for anyone and any system.”

On inputs, we note Ethernet, Wifi and USB-A.… Read the full article

LG’s V30 as a hi-res network streamer with touchscreen

By | October 7th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

ES9218P – a system-on-a-chip (SoC) from ESS Labs that executes D/A conversion and headphone drive, fitted by LG into their V series smartphones for some of the best smartphone sound quality in the world. The V30 can’t match the iPhone on dynamic punch but its way with tone and a filigreed top-end means that when it came time to upgrade earlier this year, I considered nothing but its successor: V40. The V40 uses the same SoC and sounds identical to the V30.… Read the full article

Comments Off on LG’s V30 as a hi-res network streamer with touchscreen

A short film about the Auralic ALTAIR G1

By | September 27th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A headphone amplifier with in-built DAC and in-house developed network streamer, all wrapped in an attractive aluminium chassis with colour front panel display? That’s the second generation ALTAIR – the G1 (US$2699) – from Auralic that serves as a tasting plate for the Chinese/American company’s ever-expanding range of digital audio products.

With the ARIES Mini discontinued, the ALTAIR G1 is the new entry point to Auralic’s TESLA streaming platform where an ARM 1GHz Quad-Core Cortex A9 CPU, 1GB DD3 RAM and 4GB of (operating) system storage are deployed to route and tidy up the streamer’s digital audio feed.… Read the full article

Comments Off on A short film about the Auralic ALTAIR G1

10 ways to remove the room with EQ

By | August 27th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

During last week’s video interview with Berlin-based studio acoustician Jesco Lohan, he listed three big wins in his battle against the negative influence of the room over a loudspeaker system: 1) speaker/couch placement; 2) the installation of numerous absorbers, diffusers and bass traps; and 3) Equalisation (aka EQ).

For the majority of readers, domestic harmony will immediately strike number 2 from the list and number 1 was probably set in stone a long time ago — although a revisit couldn’t hurt.… Read the full article

Comments Off on 10 ways to remove the room with EQ

dCS’ Network Bridge is ‘affordable’ excellence

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

Aston Martin, purveyor of upmarket automobiles; a brand that is synonymous with consumer desire, with James Bond glamour and with excellence. We pay a pretty penny but the best things in life don’t come for free (well, mostly).

This British car manufacturer once offered a small car, the Cygnet, for £30k. Hardly bargain basement pricing but certainly more affordable than their main range of models that started at £120k. As a rebadged Toyota IQ with Aston Martin branding, the Cygnet fooled no one.… Read the full article

Comments Off on dCS’ Network Bridge is ‘affordable’ excellence

Meridian announces 210 network streamer

By | August 19th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Meridian has a formidable reputation in CD player design – it made one of the world’s first models – so when the UK company announces a new network streamer, the announcement deserves more than a cursory glance. The 210 is both dual-band WiFi and Ethernet capable with network onboarding, UPnP/DLNA playback control and volume attenuation handled by the accompanying Meridian Control app (iOS, Android).

On streaming platform compatibility, the 210 runs the gamut: from aptX Bluetooth, Apple Airplay and Spotify Connect to UPnP/DLNA and Roon Ready.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Meridian announces 210 network streamer

Celebration Giveaway 48: ROON!

By | August 11th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with something different this time – ROON! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The Hifiman Ananda giveaway is now over and it was a huge hit! The lucky guy/girl this week is Frode Ones from Norway. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.

Number 48

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Celebration Giveaway 48: ROON!

Cooking up a summer storm with the KEF LSX

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Bluetooth. AirPlay 2. Spotify Connect. Roon. Room tuning. DSP. Firmware updates. Every one an audio tech abstraction until it meets the real world where many of us un/consciously look beyond our sub-optimal listening environments.

With the Berlin summer in full swing over the weekend, it was time to bust out the BBQ. My rooftop apartment offers a balcony long enough for a large group of people and wide enough for a large Weber-on-wheels — but not a four-seater table. We’d cook, chat and sink cold adult beverages outside but we’d eat in the kitchen.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Cooking up a summer storm with the KEF LSX

A short film about the NAD M10

By | June 28th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Kallax-Fi: hi-fi hardware that sits comfortably inside an IKEA Kallax unit, arguably the world’s most popular (and affordable) vinyl storage system. Future-Fi: hi-fi hardware that sees multiple functions coalesce inside a single box that keeps at least one eye on handsome industrial design.

Announced in January at CES 2019, NAD’s M10 (US$2499/€2999) is both Kallax-Fi and Future-Fi. Its shoebox form factor is comfortably accommodated by the Kallax’s 33cm shelf width, height and 38cm depth. On the inside, the M10 marries BluOS/Roon/SpotifyConnect streaming functionality to a 100wpc Hypex nCore amplifier with external DAC inputs (no USB) and a pair of instantly digitised analogue inputs to keep pragmatic vinyl spinners in play.… Read the full article

Comments Off on A short film about the NAD M10

Prize giveaway #10: Roon for your room

By | June 19th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

I woke from a nightmare. I was sat, alone in a room, a pair of 2m-tall floorstanding loudspeakers bearing down on me with all the force of “Tin Pan Alley”; snaking from the car engine-sized monoblock amplifiers that internally flanked each loudspeaker were 2-inch thick power cords; sitting further back, a double-width rack with power conditioner, pre-amplifier and outboard power supply, phono stage and outboard power supply, tube-loaded D/A converter and a high-mass turntable whose platter would be heavy enough to sink a small boat; bass traps were judiciously placed in each corner; a 2m square diffusion panel adorned the front wall; absorption panels lined the side walls.… Read the full article

Comments Off on Prize giveaway #10: Roon for your room