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Amazon launches CD-quality, hi-res streaming tier

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

And here it is, the Munich High-End rumours made real: Amazon Music has today announced the immediate availability of CD-quality streaming from its 50 million-strong song library via a new ‘HD’ subscription tier: US$14.99/month, discounted by US$2/month for Amazon Prime subscribers.

A small percentage of this same lossless library will be made available as natively streamed hi-res audio – 24bits and sample rates up to 192kHz – and without the help of MQA. Amazon is calling this content ‘Ultra HD’.

With an existing subscriber base of around 30 million users, Amazon Music is one third the size of Spotify but dwarfs all three streaming services that offer lossless tiers: Deezer (7 million subscribers); Tidal (3 million subscribers); Qobuz (0.2 million subscribers).… Read the full article

FiiO M5 Review

By | September 15th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The FiiO M5 is the company’s latest miniature touchscreen digital media player designed to fit into both the lifestyle and audiophile category. It retails for $99.99 Disclaimer: The FiiO FH7 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank FiiO for this opportunity.  To learn more about FiiO reviews on Headfonics you […]

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HiBy R5 Review

By | September 10th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The HiBy R5 is the company’s new mid-range digital audio player featuring a dual CS43198 DAC implementation, Android Oreo, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. It is priced at a competitive $399. Disclaimer: The HiBy R5 was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank HiBy Music for this opportunity.  To learn […]

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RIP Sonos Connect. Hello, Sonos Port

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Sonos has today announced the imminent availability of a new multi-room network streamer, the Port. It will replace the Connect that has been in play for over a decade and was many an audiophile’s first experience with streaming from a server at home and, later, from the cloud.

The Port switches the case from white to matte black and to a lower, wider profile to bring the new model into line with the Sonos Amp. ‘Round back we note the following connections: Ethernet in and out; a pair of RCA inputs for streaming analogue sources to other Sonos devices; a pair of RCA outputs for connection to an amplifier or pair of powered loudspeakers; and only ONE digital output — coaxial.… Read the full article

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The Schiit Sol Turntable Gets Official At $799

By | September 5th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Schiit Sol Turntable

It has been a long time in the works. Our first glimpse at a mechanical doohickey that spins black discs from the wildly successful budget DAC-and-Amp maker Schiit Audio was probably more than a year ago. Even the company’s direct to consumer website notes 6 years of research and development for the product.

Now perhaps the longest teased audio product of all time has finally taken form in the market as the Sol turntable. While the actual price has bounced around some since its inception, the final market price rolled out at $799 (without a cartridge).… Read the full article

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Innuos to launch PhoenixUSB re-clocker with A/B demos

By | September 3rd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

From Portugal, a two-fer about a three-fer.

Connect a USB DAC to an average computer and we hear one level of sound quality. Swap that Macbook, HP or Dell out for an Innuos server/streamer and we what we hear is different: music sounds less tense, less rigid in the joints; it displays a greater sense of ease.

Why? Apple and Dell don’t optimise their computers’ sound quality by lowering the USB sockets’ electrical noise emissions. Noise that messes with the connected DAC’s audio data clock and analogue output stage.… Read the full article

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iBasso DC01 Review

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The iBasso DC01 is a ‘pint-sized’ fully functional USB-DAC and amplification dongle with a 100% balanced 2.5mm TRRS output jack. It retails for around $50 depending on your location. Disclaimer: The iBasso DC01 was sent to us as a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank iBasso for this opportunity. To learn more about […]

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10 ways to remove the room with EQ

By | August 27th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

During last week’s video interview with Berlin-based studio acoustician Jesco Lohan, he listed three big wins in his battle against the negative influence of the room over a loudspeaker system: 1) speaker/couch placement; 2) the installation of numerous absorbers, diffusers and bass traps; and 3) Equalisation (aka EQ).

For the majority of readers, domestic harmony will immediately strike number 2 from the list and number 1 was probably set in stone a long time ago — although a revisit couldn’t hurt.… Read the full article

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Cayin T01 Motherboard Review

By | August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The Cayin T01 Motherboard is the second module released for Cayin’s new N6ii DAP featuring a dual PCM1792A DAC implementation and a quad OPA1622 op-amp design. It is priced at $339. Disclaimer: The Cayin T01 was sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank Cayin for this opportunity. To learn more […]

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dCS’ Network Bridge is ‘affordable’ excellence

By | August 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Aston Martin, purveyor of upmarket automobiles; a brand that is synonymous with consumer desire, with James Bond glamour and with excellence. We pay a pretty penny but the best things in life don’t come for free (well, mostly).

This British car manufacturer once offered a small car, the Cygnet, for £30k. Hardly bargain basement pricing but certainly more affordable than their main range of models that started at £120k. As a rebadged Toyota IQ with Aston Martin branding, the Cygnet fooled no one.… Read the full article

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