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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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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: Sonos wants to get you into great sound

By | July 8th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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PLAY:5 making serious inroads for the sub-$1,000 home system.

Sonos had a strong showing at the Vancouver Audio Festival with it’s PLAY:5 speaker system, and the new PLAYBASE television sound base. I’ve seen, and heard the budget-oriented PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5 speakers a number of times, but almost always singly or in different rooms throughout a home, and the 5s were always on their side… not in the Hifi Centre demo room though. No, this time the PLAY:5s were on dedicated speaker stands, and had a matching wireless SUB.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2017: High Fives on Day Two

By | June 25th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Singing pretty with Sonus Faber.

Smiles greeted me from a number of manufacturer representatives as I headed into HiFi Centre for the second, and final day of the inaugural Vancouver Audio Festival. Seems those tasked with room demos had been making “genuine, and positive connections” with attendees, and were enjoying the more intimate nature of the show. Dedicated audiophiles were already checking gear out when when I arrived shortly after 10 a.m., and rooms starting slowly filling up for demo sessions not long after.… Read the full article

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Roon: for the hardware you have, not the hardware you have to buy

By | March 17th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With Roon Core running on a server – any PC/Mac or QNAP/Synology NAS – we can stream music to Roon Ready to devices like the AURALiC Polaris, the PS Audio DirectStream DAC, the Ayre Acoustics QX-5 Twenty, HiFi Berry and IQAudiO, all via the company’s in-house designed (and asynchronous) RAAT protocol. Roon’s hardware partners now number sixty (60!). The point? Roon is an elegant, audiophile-centric music library manager and network streamer.

However, Roon also dreams of mainstream acceptance. With full AirPlay compatibility baked into its code, it will stream audio to an Apple TV, Airport Express or any other AirPlay-equipped device.… Read the full article

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Wireless TRNTBL streaming via Sonos – $429 to pre-order

By | February 20th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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An interesting proposition for diehard vinylistas…

A turntable that can rip ‘n stream your vinyl simultaneously to a Sonos system for multi-room playback  under $500 USD you say?

I’m listening.

VNYL is a company that is taking preorders on just such a design.

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Like Romeo, and Juliet – will these two be denied their attraction?

Apparently this has been floating around out on the Internet for close to 10 months (I stumbled across it Sunday evening), and there seems to be confirmation (of sorts) via the Sonos web forum that the company will actually be capable of delivering on the goods:

“VNYL, the company that makes TRNTBL, is working on an integration through Sonos Labs, our open developer API and program.

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