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OnSight: an afternoon at Berlin’s SENIC

By | June 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

The move from CDs to rips, downloads and cloud streaming has robbed us of the button pushes one used to open and close a CD player drawer, to play the CD, to pause it, to skip tracks and, in many cases, the immense satisfaction of using a rotary to adjust the volume. Many of us now control music playback and volume with a smartphone (and little else).

One downside (especially when the phone rings with an incoming call) is that we must pull the smartphone from a pocket, unlock it – with fingerprint, finger-drag or PIN – before launching the control app (Sonos, BluOS, Roon, etc.) that allows us to hit pause or finger-slide the volume downwards.… Read the full article

Sonos Architectural by Sonance push into custom install

By | February 7th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

At CEDIA 2018, Sonos made a push for the custom install market. They announced the re-designed Sonos AMP. as well as a partnership with Sonance to deliver in-wall speakers building.

This week we are seeing the fruit of the Sonos / Sonance partnership as they announce the availability of the Sonos Architectural speakers. Not surprisingly, these new speakers have been optimized for the Sonos AMP.

The Sonos Architectural by Sonance speaker lineup will be made up of the following models:

  • Sonos In-Wall by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
  • Sonos In-Ceiling by Sonance ($599/pair USD)
  • Sonos Outdoor by Sonance ($799/pair USD)

The Sonos In-Wall and In-Ceiling speakers are available for pre-order starting now on Sonos.com.… Read the full article

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Letters to the editor: Qobuz, HD800S, Qutest, Audiophonics

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Header image: HEDD Tower Mains launch event, Emil Berliner studios, Berlin – January 2019.


Alun H writes…

Hello John. Thanks for all this informative entertaining stuff. I didn’t know you could stream CD quality via Sonos until I watched your recent video. Qobuz now added to Spotify  – streaming via a Sonos Connect in the living room (via Marantz and KEF) and Chromecast Audio in office headphone system (via Schitt Modi, Magni and AKG). Second Chromecast bought to form part of a cheapo bedroom system (yet to buy).… Read the full article

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Letters to the editor: Konto, Lindemann, Dynaudio & more

By | January 17th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A new year brings a fresh batch of ‘givers’ to the yard. A robust ‘thank you’ goes out to all who choose to share their findings with us.


Ryan K. writes:

Just wanted to say thank you for your approach to reviewing, as you’ve become my first in line, go-to guy when I inevitably begin my daily music & audio obsession.

Also wanted to thank you for your coverage on Raspberry Pi/DigiOne/Allo etc. as it pushed me to finally get a USBridge to replace my laptop as my streaming source via Roon.… Read the full article

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A short film about the Wyred 4 Sound Music Server

By | October 4th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Options. In speccing a Wyred 4 Sound Music Server we get the choice of an i3 CPU with 4GB of RAM (US$2999) or i7 CPU with 16GB RAM (US$3999). On internal storage, the former starts with a 2TB HDD and the latter a 1TB SSD, both of which can be optioned upward to a 2TB SSD. Your call.

As its name suggests, the black (or silver) box from California can serve digital audio files to a home network. For those streaming mega libraries to numerous zones simultaneously and with back-end upsampling, the i7 might be the wiser choice.… Read the full article

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Qobuz x Electronica for Audiophiles

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

French streaming service Qobuz will soon launch in the USA. On sound quality, their standard tier is similar to Apple Music or Spotify: lossy compressed that’s called lossy for a reason. Of greater interest/import to those who care for greater audio nourishment is Qobuz’s Hifi tiers that offers CD-quality streaming – no data is thrown away. For hi-res fanciers upping to Qobuz’s Sublime tier, data rates are higher than Tidal’s MQA-powered Masters streaming but call for no MQA-capable DAC.

Whatever your streaming quality preference, there exist numerous ways in which to listen to Qobuz at home or on the go.… Read the full article

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Absolute beginners: what’s better than a Sonos Connect?

By | August 7th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Long in the tooth – one way to describe the Connect; the standalone network streamer from Sonos, the world’s most popular streaming audio manufacturer.

As their range of digitally active loudspeakers enjoys the occasional hardware refresh, often with the addition of new features like AirPlay2, Trueplay room compensation and digital assistants, the Connect has been left to languish. It hasn’t seen its internals updated in almost a decade.

That leaves room for the smaller manufacturers to creep up and steal (some of) its lunch.… 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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Sonos control comes to Tidal, Pandora mobile apps

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

[Editor’s note: We start 2018 not with a spring in our stride but with a limp and a news hangover from 2017.]


Connect. For Spotify and Sonos, a means to sidestep Sonos’ own long-in-the-tooth mobile app to keep things green and black, allowing the Spotify app itself to act as a remote control, instructing the Sonos speaker/streamer which music to pull down directly from the Swedish giant’s servers. Neat.

No doubt inspired by Spotify, Sonos have expanded this connect concept to include Tidal.… Read the full article

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Review: dCS Network Bridge – The Swiss Army Knife of Streamers

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is nothing like grabbing a prized LP, dropping the needle in the groove, and having the events of the day get whisked away. Nothing else matters at that exact moment, only that you are sensing every emotion and every note… cue relaxation.

But now more than ever, times are a-changing. Digital music reproduction, the growing availability of high-resolution content, combined with better software is making this something audiophiles need to pay more attention to.  The debate of Analog vs.… Read the full article

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