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Audio Ramblings – The Small Green Computer sonicTransporter i5 Music Server and the ultraRendu and digitalRendu Units

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.


Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 


PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.


Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn DAC+, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

Impressions:  The exaSound DM Network Audio Server and DAC

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Ye Olde Editor with pipe weed. Portrait by John Robinson.

This seems to be a season for culminating projects. Given that autumn is upon us now, I reckon that the time matches the season, and the mood matches the moment.

exaSound DM Network Audio Server DAC

Having finished my summing up of the Audionet STERN and HEISENBERG reference products, it is time to turn my attention to another reference-level product that arrived earlier this year:  the exaSound DM (Dual Mono) Reference Network Audio Server and DAC.

But first, a walk down audio memory lane.… Read the full article

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Innuos introduce ZEN MK3 music servers

By | May 16th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Portugal’s Innuos continue their push for the broader appeal of dedicated low noise digital audio supply with a smart and professional approach to audio show presentations that don’t bewilder curious newcomers with endless tech talk – it’s there if you want it but only after CD-ripping and a user-friendly OS have made first contact.

Sporting fully-branded attire at Munich High-End 2018, the highly personable Innuos team walked visitors through their disarmingly simple range of MK3 servers with the recently announced Statement model enjoying very favourable A/B comparisons with the ZENith MKII SE in the adjacent prefab listening room.… Read the full article

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Mojo Audio Déjà vu Music Server

By | April 30th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

I’m going to start off by saying that I feel like I have been on a digital journey during the process of reviewing the Mojo Audio Déjà vu Music Server. I encourage all who are interested in the specs and tweaks for the Déjà vu Music Server to visit the Mojo Audio website and read all about here: https://www.mojo-audio.com/deja-vu-music-server-windows-10/ To list everything here would leave little space for the review as they are fairly extensive. The Déjà vu Windows 10 Pro server is designed to be used with USB DACs and comes with JRiver MC23 installed as well as Audio Optimizer.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio Podcast #4 – Uptown Top Ranking

By | April 24th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

The Darko.Audio podcast is primarily intended to provoke thought among listeners. But gently. Carefully. With consideration.

“I think listeners see right through presenters who try to jazz up their talk with hollow words such as amped, pumped and psyched. My genuine enthusiasm for – and criticism of – music and playback hardware comes from both a broad industry overview and quiet consideration of the specifics that I see and hear. I hope our podcast reflects my more sober take on what’s good”, says John Darko.… Read the full article

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