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Orange crush: Wyred 4 Sound’s PH-1 phono stage

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The beginning is a familiar one, told a thousand times: I slide the record from its sleeve, and carefully place it on the turntable platter; I delicately pull the tonearm across so that the needle seen from above sits above (but just inside) the record’s outer edge. With the lever I lower the tonearm…

…a gentle THUNK hits the loudspeakers and we begin. Sometimes with a slow build but in the case of the Kitchens Of Distinction’s The Death of Cool, a chiming guitar and a drum fill and puts us in swift indie rock motion.… Read the full article

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Berghain 08, Fiedel: techno that takes no shortcuts, prisoners

By | January 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

Despite the existence of CD quality streaming tiers from Qobuz, Tidal and Deezer, 2018 remains tough going for the MP3-allergic techno fan. Drinking from the oceans of the Internet’s freely (and legally) available DJ mixes – as served up by the likes of Resident Advisor, XLR8R, Factmag, Secret Thirteen, not to mention the DJ themselves via Soundcloud and Mixcloud – can lead to a seriously nasty side effect: a deep thirst for better sound quality.… Read the full article

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Electronica for audiophiles – Bandcamp Edition

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The reasons to dig Bandcamp are numerous – here are five for starters:

1. Bandcamp is a platform that enables artists to sell their music to fans directly. The company takes 15% on digital sales (which drops to 10% once total artist revenue hits US$5000) and 10% on merchandise. That’s a long way south of Apple’s 30%. Artists retain ownership rights on all music sold through their Bandcamp microsite.

2. Bandcamp doesn’t deal only in MP3s. Artists upload their work in a lossless format and the Bandcamp back-end executes any file transcoding at time of download where we get a choice of lossy (MP3, AAC) or lossless (wav, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis).… Read the full article

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