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Volumio goes Primo!

By | November 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SBC. Small board computer audiofolk will know Volumio as a free, open-source Linux OS that permits headless remote control of music playback on the host device. Think UPnP streaming from a direct USB-connected hard-drive or across the LAN, playback controlled via web browser or smartphone app. This most popular of SBC OSs also supports web radio and Airplay and for this Raspberry Pi user, Volumio’s UI puts most other UPnP apps in its rear-view mirror.

At the end of October, Volumio’s development team announced the availability of MyVolumio whose two paid subscription tiers – Virtuoso (€3/month) and Superstar (€7/month) – integrate Tidal and Qobuz support and offer possibilities for remote streaming.… Read the full article

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One vision: DAR’s top 3 audio trends of 2017

By | December 28th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

What does it all mean? Not life but the slew of products heard by yours truly in 2017. Reproducing a summary list is an easy cop out – a hat tip to pull quote culture. Yeah nah. More of a challenge and therefore more rewarding (for me and you the reader) is to tease out trends sketched out by a selection of the year’s best audio hardware, to join their dots and ink the connecting lines with greater indelibility. Here are three such trends:

Idealist audiophiles talk a lot about synergy – of one amplifier extracting better sound from a pair of loudspeakers than another – but offered bespoke-fit amplification, tailored to the driver level, those same idealists will politely decline; their ability to choose an amplifier is gone.… Read the full article

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