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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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