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A room with a μ: Sonarworks @ Superbooth ’18

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Tomorrow, Munich High-End kicks into life, which means today, show exhibitors are setting up some of the world’s best audio gear in oft-hostile rooms, wrestling with loudspeaker placement for optimal sound quality. More likely than not, the loudspeaker demands that it be placed not too close to the front and side walls for best performance. Wall-reflected sound arriving at the listening position can see certain frequencies enhanced and others cancelled out.

In other words, when we listen to a loudspeaker system, we are also hearing the room in which it is placed.… Read the full article

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Not for everyone: Audeze Mobius @ Superbooth ’18

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

Audeze’s Mobius is a Bluetooth headphone with LDAC and AAC support that can also be fed (losslessly) over USB or via 3.5mm-terminated analogue wire. Per Audeze’s modus operandi, Mobius features a planar-magnetic driver, making it this Californian headphone manufacturer‘s most affordable closed-back over-ear headphone to date. That alone is enough to make the Mobius newsworthy.

However, Audeze isn’t only pitching Mobius to music lovers but to gamers. Internal digital signal processing (DSP) engine powers head-tracking software (from Waves) to create a virtual listening room.… Read the full article

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RME ADI-2 DAC @ Superbooth ’18

By | May 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

German company RME have been serving the pro audio community for over twenty years so it makes perfect sense that we find at Superbooth ’18. Less expected were the Audeze LCD-XC headphones sat atop their display table that effectively served as a lead-in to their latest product, a box aimed at the home hi-fi market.

Derived from their ADI-2 Pro, RME’s ADI-2 DAC (€999) drops the Pro’s analogue inputs and associated ADC for a streamlined DAC and headphone amplifier that, phono stage and MQA support aside, has the potential to take on the Mytek Brooklyn at half the money.… Read the full article

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Superbooth ’18 – sights & sounds

By | May 6th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Men and their machines. Spun off from MusikMesse by Berlin store and distributor Schneidesladen, Superbooth hones in on the world of modular synthesizers for three days in May. Somewhat appropriately, the host venue for this trade show is a discovery centre for children. Manufacturers get to meet potential customers but also shoot the breeze with other manufacturers. It’s B2C and B2B. Tutorials and demos run in the auditorium. An outside stage showcases talent. In the evening, DJ sets and movie screenings.… Read the full article

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