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JPLAY Femto + femtoServer promises better-sounding UPnP

By | November 2nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Twelve months ago we reviewed JPLAY Streamer: a playback engine for any music playback app running on a Windows PC. Catch up here. TL;DR? The lower a music playback app’s hit to the host PC’s system resources (e.g. CPU), the less electrical noise generated by the PC and the better any USB-lassoed DAC will sound.

This week the Polish software company has announced JPLAY FEMTO: “a complete network music software player for the most demanding audiophile”. According to developer Marcin Ostapowicz, JPLAY FEMTO will not only improve the sound quality of locally stored music but also Tidal and Qobuz.… Read the full article

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Audirvana Plus for Windows review

By | October 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

“Roon. Great functionality, metadata2die4, a user interface that trounces others Hulk-style. All for the price of a good interconnect. Or rent it, like your music.”…say some. It’s not the only party in town though.

I use it. I know it’s good. It does cost a fair wedge and Roon’s in-house coded RAAT protocol is theirs and theirs only. I’m two years in and things move on both inside Roon (via a wealth of updates) but also elsewhere.

Time to revisit an alternative: the new version of Audirvana+.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2018 – Digital

By | October 12th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , , |

RMAF 2018 – Digital

In the past I’ve reported on both digital and personal audio at RMAF in one report. But as RMAF and CANJAM have continued to expand, so has The Absolute Sound’s coverage. Now Chris Martens of HiFi+ will take over personal and portable audio, and I will concentrate on newest digital offerings. As usual, I found an ample supply of new digital components to explore, far more than I could include in one show report. The hardest part of this job is deciding which components to include in the report and which don’t manage to make the final cut.… Read the full article

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A short film about Roon (in three parts)

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Straight to the heart of the matter: Roon streams digital audio, wired or wirelessly, from hard drives, NAS drives and Tidal to endpoints around the house: to AirPlay devices, to Chromecast devices, to Sonos devices, to Squeezeboxen and to Roon Ready devices whose in-house-coded RAAT transmission protocol sees data sent from the Roon server on the endpoint’s say so. We call that asynchronous.

Let’s take a closer look at the Roon endpoints I use at home:

At the heart of any Roon system is the server that puts Roon Core on any sufficiently capable Mac or PC – an easy setup for most people.… Read the full article

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Google’s Chromecast Audio is now a Roon endpoint

By | July 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Roon. v1.3. v1.4. v1.5…v1.6? Not quite. At least, not yet. The next software update to roll out to users is a point release but with a knockout new feature: streaming support for Google Chromecast devices.

From Build 333 of Roon v1.5, the Google Home, the Google Home Mini, the Google Home Max, the Chromecast Audio and the Chromecast (Gen 1, Gen 2, and Ultra) will all function as Roon endpoints to join AirPlay streamers, Sonos boxes, the KEF LS50 Wireless and Roon Ready devices.Read the full article

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Coming soon: Audirvana Plus for Windows 10

By | June 1st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

If digital audio playback were just a matter of file storage and playback, of handing off ones and zeroes to a USB DAC, iTunes would be good enough for most of us, even audiophiles.

But things are never as simple as they appear on the surface. Recognising that reducing a music playback software app’s burden on the host device’s CPU and RAM lowers electrical noise and improves sound quality is one Damien Plisson whose Audirvana Plus app sounds quite a bit better than iTunes.… Read the full article

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A room with a μ: Sonarworks @ Superbooth ’18

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Tomorrow, Munich High-End kicks into life, which means today, show exhibitors are setting up some of the world’s best audio gear in oft-hostile rooms, wrestling with loudspeaker placement for optimal sound quality. More likely than not, the loudspeaker demands that it be placed not too close to the front and side walls for best performance. Wall-reflected sound arriving at the listening position can see certain frequencies enhanced and others cancelled out.

In other words, when we listen to a loudspeaker system, we are also hearing the room in which it is placed.… Read the full article

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Roon 1.5 adds MQA, Linn DS support

By | May 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Roon v1.5 is upon us.

The software update’s first new feature smooths the setup path for newcomers and power users: Roon now offers automatic device discovery and configuration. Fire up the software for the first time and Roon will auto-detect and auto-configure every Roon Ready streamer and Roon Tested DAC on the network. Invisible to the end user, Roon will draw on a newly-coded internal database of Roon-capable devices that details optimal settings for each device:

From v1.5’s release notes: “Over the last couple of months, we’ve been building a database of audio devices, starting with every Roon Tested and Roon Ready device.Read the full article

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The TAS Super LP List: New Entries for 2018

By | April 21st, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , , , |

The TAS Super LP List: New Entries for 2018

Editor's Note: This list only contains new entries for the 2018 list update. Watch for the full list here coming soon, or pick up a print issue of TAS 283, where the list appears in full. Of the many articles and reviews that Harry Pearson wrote for The Absolute Sound, his annual Super LP List (aka SuperDisc List) may have been the most eagerly anticipated. The issue in which it was published was the one that everyone had to buy, borrow, or copy.… Read the full article

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MQA streaming goes mobile: nugs.net on iOS, Groovers on Android

By | January 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

MQA (the company) dropped the mother of all news annoucement bombs at CES 2017: Tidal’s desktop app would execute the first unfold on MQA-encapsulated hi-res audio streams. The tiny corner of the Internet populated by audiophiles subsequently exploded, mostly with enthusiasm but also some displeasure. The former celebrating the arrival of hi-res content to the mainstream, the latter complaining of back-door DRM by stealth.

The next question to be asked by those maintaining an open stance: when would MQA’s first unfold (core decoding) come to mobile devices?… Read the full article

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