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Qobuz is My Funny Valentine

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Times up, waits over, let the queuing begin! Qobuz (website), the European music streaming service, is finally here and is set to challenge Tidal on its home turf — sound quality. But unlike Tidal, Qobuz is all about high-resolution audio, up to and including streaming music at up to 192kHz without requiring MQA and the associated hardware and software. Here’s the kicker: it sounds great. Perhaps because Qobuz has been a long time to come, but to me, the platform seems very stable.… Read the full article

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AVM CS 2.2 4T Compact Streaming CD Receiver

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: Hifipig|Tags: , , , , , , |

AVM’s latest Compact Streaming CD Receiver, the INSPIRATION CS 2.2 4T will be unveiled by PMC UK Distribution at Festival of Sound in September. Based on the CS 2.2, the enhanced CS 2.2 4T now features the latest Bluetooth 4.2 standard, with a dedicated second antenna on the rear of the unit.

Upgrades to the digital section of the CS 2.2 4T include the use of the latest Wolfson Digital to Analogue converter, to bring improvements to all connected digital sources.… Read the full article

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AXPONA 2018: Eikon Audio – Gayle Sanders returns…

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

AXPONA 2018 marks the return of Gayle Sanders with the launch of EIKON Audio. Sanders co-founded Martin Logan in 1982, where he stayed for nearly three decades only to sell the company in 2005.  After about four years, Sanders recognized he was missing the industry and got the itch to return as he hit the audio show circuit and prepped for re-entry.

Sanders realized digital was evolving at a rapid pace and aspired to see if he could leverage improvements in technology to solve age old problems he faced while at Martin Login.… Read the full article

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Liberty DAC for all from Mytek for $995

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Diminutive, full-featured, and affordable. The $995 USD Liberty DAC from Mytek.

What price would you pay to be free from digital-file type constraint? $2,000? $5,000? $10,000?

How about $995 USD?

Mytek Digital’s new Liberty DAC can up-convert to 384K/32bit PCM/DSD256 through it’s ES9018 Sabre chipset, its array of digital inputs (USB2 – Class2, S/PDIF, Toslink/ADAT, AES/EBU) natively handles PCM 192K, and DSD64 DOP, it features digital-volume control (preamp anyone?), balanced (TRS, TRS to XLR) and unbalanced outputs (RCA), and a headphone amplifier (300mA, three watts, single unbalanced headphone jack, 0.1 Ohm impedance).… Read the full article

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MQA: A fresh take – why the big labels are converting their catalogs

By | January 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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What’s the buzz with MQA? Read on…

There has been much interest in MQA of late and on some audio forums it seems quite a topic of controversy as well.  So I thought I would do some digging on it in advance of continuing my exploration of PS Audio’s amazing DirectStream DAC with an MQA/Roon compatible Network Bridge II.

I reached out to MQA public relations guru Sue Toscano and we decided to meet up with fellow Atlanta native Ken Forsythe who is very involved on the MQA team and has worked with MQA founder Bob Stuart for many years.  … Read the full article

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Oppo announces first step in support for MQA playback

By | November 29th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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Together at last.

That ubiquitous spinner known, and loved by many digital-audio junkies (as well as AV-gear heads, and audiophiles alike) – the Oppo UDP-205 – has announced a partnership with music mastering, and hi-fi industry juggernaut MQA to bring their unique brand of digital-music file playback to even more of the masses. This could be the peanut butter, and jam the streaming-audio set has been hungry for.

–Rafe Arnott

Press release below:

Partnership Launches with First MQA-enabled Blu-ray Player

Menlo Park, CA / London, 28 November 2017 – The OPPO UDP-205 is a universal disc player specifically designed for audio performance, providing reference level sound quality for 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and many other digital audio and video formats.

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How to build Listening Room Synergy: Curating a system that sings

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

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What goes with what?

System synergy — components mating so well that the result exceeds the sum of their parts — is one of the most elusive goals in audio. You know it when you hear it. You just don’t hear it all that often.

There are the obvious pitfalls. You wouldn’t want to do something completely deranged like trying to rock some 85-decibel-efficient speakers with a flea-watt tube amp, for example, or add a ruthlessly revealing cartridge to an already-bright system.… Read the full article

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Sonic Studio Announces MQA Support with Amarra Luxe 4.1

By | November 18th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Amarra Luxe 4.1 now supports MQA.

I’ve been a long-term fan of Amarra and the recent massive upgrade to Version 4 has been terrific in both sound and user interface.  Sonic Studio has now included MQA support in the Luxe version.  I will be getting the Luxe version soon to experiment with but the new release has allowed my standard version to offer better sound.

From the press release:

November 17, 2017: Sonic Studio announces the release of Amarra 4 Luxe v4.1 featuring integrated MQA audio technology.

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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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RMAF 2017: Daedalus, ModWright, WyWires are smooth operators

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

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When does a box look like a subwoofer and woof like a subwoofer, but not really be a subwoofer? When it’s attached to Daedalus Audio’s new Zeus loudspeaker.

The 74-inch-tall transducer, the flagship of the Apollo line, features a narrow top unit containing two 10-inch woofers, two five-inch midrange drivers and two one-inch soft-dome tweeters. That module looks like it’s sitting on top of a slightly wider and deeper sub cabinet, but in fact the lower box is empty and is bolted to the tower.… Read the full article

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