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RMAF 2018: Göbel Audio and CH Precision

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , |

What a system this was!  Clarity, huge dynamics, genuinely involving sound.  I hit this room three times.  It was that good.  Elliot Goldman had brought all his top gear.  Okay, honestly he stacked the deck…or should I say they stacked the CH Precision boxes?   There were literally dozens of them.  I’ll explain this is a minute.

We were listening to Göbel‘s Epoque Aeon Reference speakers at $220,000.  The electronic stack was an impressive set of CH Precision gear including:

  • M1.1 power amplifiers at $54,000 each
  • L1 mono preamplifier at $58,000
  • X1 power supplies at $17,000
  • D1 SACD/CD transport at $38,000
  • T1 10mhz Time Reference with GPS at $28,600
  • C1 Dual Mono DAC with streaming at $73,000
  • P1 Dual Monaural Phono stage at $31,000

Supporting gear was also terrific:

  • TW Acustic Raven AC turntable with Anniversary board and three motor drive system at $24,000
  • TW Acustic 10.5 inch tonearm at $5,500
  • Ortofon A95 cartridge at $6,500
  • Miyajima Madake cartridge at $6,000
  • Sonore Signature Rendu at $3,445
  • Sonic Orbitor 10TB at $2,000

Cable was Göbel’s Lacorde Statement series:

  • Balanced Cables 1.2 meters at $7,000
  • Speaker Cables 3 meter pair at $23.000
  • Ethernet Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • USB Cable 1.2 meter at $5,100
  • Digital Cable 1.2 meter at $3,500
  • Power Cable 2.0 meter ay $8.500

System was sitting on Core Audio equipment racks and stands.  … Read the full article

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Sonicorbiter v2.7 comes to Sonore streamers/servers

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

Small Green Computer has announced the availability of Sonicorbiter v2.7, the latest – and reportedly greatest – operating system for all Sonore Rendu series streamers (microRendu, ultraRendu, Signature Rendu SE) and the sonicTransporter server.

Causing the Small Green Computer coders refer to v2.7 as the ‘greatest’ OS to date is the addition of: 1) Resilio Sync which “gives customers the ability to easily sync their music files on their computer with their sonicTransporter series servers”; 2) HQ Player to the SonicTransporter and 3) Roon-less Tidal to Rendu streamers where users can now repurpose Linn’s Kazoo with Tidal login to talk directly to any Sonore endpoint.… Read the full article

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The Music-First Audiophile and Spotify Connect

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Missing: Richard D. James. I Care Because You Do. Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2. Drukqs. Four downright essential Aphex Twin albums and nowhere to be found. Missing too was Prefab Sprout’s Crimson Red (from 2013) and Luna’s debut Lunapark (from 1992). Missing from where exactly? Tidal.

Despite an advertised 50 million+ songs, for this electronic/indie music fan there are holes in Tidal’s library. Filling in those blanks is Spotify whose Ogg Vorbis-encoded lossy streams cast it as the Coke Zero of music rental services.… Read the full article

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MQA support comes to Sonore streamers

By | January 11th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

The short/good news about to spill from CES 2018 is for Format-First Audiophile owners of Sonore streamers.

In collaboration with Small Green Computer, a forthcoming firmware to the Signature Rendu SE, ultraRendu and microRendu will add MQA ‘core decode’ functionality to their Roon, MPD/DLNA and Squeezelite output modes1. Support for NAA output mode remains in development.

Upgraded to v2.6, the Sonicorbiter operating system will execute the first unfold on the device before sending the hi-res datastream downstream to any DAC, MQA compatible or not.… Read the full article

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RMAF 2017: Sonore Renders Sublime Sound

By | November 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Streaming.  All the cool cats are doing it.

However, confession time…I’m a bit lost. I have some pieces of a puzzle but I don’t know how to put them together. Network bridge? Tidal HiFi? Roon? Ethernet connection on the Uverse router? quality DAC? Yep, got ’em all.  But how do I put them all together to create the best possible sound?

I was about to dig into this streaming business and advance my computer audio education.  Oh sure, I know DACs, USB to SPDIF converters, and USB power conditioners and all that.… Read the full article

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Sonore's UltraRendu Streamer with the UpTone Audio UltraCap™ LPS-1 Linear Power Supply

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , |

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Streaming is the future of computer audio. Anyone who’s serious about playback of digital files knows that streaming is essential to achieve the ultimate in effortless, totally transparent playback. Think of it like this: with computer audio, there’s no transport, per se; you can have the world’s greatest digital-to-analog converter, but you’ve still gotta have some way to get the music stream to it. In the infancy of computer audio, it was all about just connecting a USB cable to your computer and in turn, your DAC.… Read the full article

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Network streaming comes to Audirvana Plus

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

With Mac + USB DAC, if I want the best sound quality (by a nose), I opt for Audirvana Plus. For UX elegance, auto-tagging, meta information layer, music discovery and networked audio streaming, I opt for Roon. Audirvana Plus doesn’t do network streaming.

This week, that ‘doesn’t’ moves to the past tense: ‘didn’t’. French software developer Damien Plisson has introduced a pubic beta of Audirvana Plus v3.1. (“Or-deer-varna Plus”). Per the headline, v3.1 introduces UPnP network streaming.

What’s not to like about Universal Plug n Play (UPnP) when it comes to audio?… Read the full article

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Classier! Sonore’s ultraRendu takes digital audio higher still

By | July 16th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Ethernet input. USB input. No wifi. No S/PDIF. We’ve been here before. Sonore’s ultraRendu is this Florida company’s second go at a network streamer. Their first was the DAR-KO Award winning microRendu (US$640 + power supply) – catch up here.

TL;DR? The microRendu sounds better than a standard PC and Mac. Why? Electrical noise and jitter erode music’s tone, timbre and all-round vitality. The microRendu was created to to lower jitter and electrical noise. Your average Dell or Macbook was not.… Read the full article

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Sonore microRendu software update adds Spotify Connect

By | May 2nd, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

We all want the same things. So reckons the Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn. His songs document interpersonal relationships, not those that exist between man and his audio machinery. Do audiophiles all want the same things? Not by a long shot.

The vinyl-or-die brigade’s idealism conveniently sails past the hard truth that no two turntables, tonearms or cartridges sound alike. The same can also be said of the digital world where everything from the D/A converter to the streamer (and its power supply) to the file format used to encode the stream make a difference to what we eventually hear.… Read the full article

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Classy! Sonore’s microRendu takes digital audio higher

By | January 27th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The class system. It exists even within the oft-complex world of digital audio. To feed a DAC over USB with a standard PC or Mac is to be seated in Economy. We journey from A to B but with some degree of (DAC- and system-dependent) audible compromise: greyed out tonality and neutered micro-dynamics compared to high/er end streamers and servers.

Why? The hardware and software found in and on a consumer-grade PC or Mac is often optimised for various combinations of speed, performance, usability, image quality and battery life.… Read the full article

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