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CEDIA 2018: QOBUZ launching in USA, Roon support coming

By | September 8th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We are making our first trip to CEDIA to mix it up this year. CEDIA is home to more than 20,000 home tech pros and 500+ exhibitors who convene to geek out on the latest in connected technology. Internet of things (IoT) devices are invading our homes and more and more all of our prized audio systems are getting connected. In my house it is “Alexa turn on turntable” to get some tunes rolling on my control system.

Our first CEDIA stop, paying a visit to David Solomon, Chief Hi-Res Music Evangelist at QOBUZ.… Read the full article

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Tidal offers 12-Days of streaming for free… what are you waiting for?

By | December 27th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Get in on this.

Donna Summer had many hits in her long, multi-decade career. Her work with Goirgio Moroder in the mid seventies on LPs like Love to Love You Baby – to me – were the progenitors of electronic dance music as we know it today. But it’s her 1983 hit album, and title track She Works Hard for the Money, that I’m thinking about here. Why? Because I’m sure that you, like me, do that exact thing: We work hard for our money.

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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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Impressions:  The Sound Galleries SGM2015 – Chapter 1, with the T+A DAC8 DSD DAC

By | November 10th, 2017|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In which our hero meditates… (Drawing by Robinson at a particularly boring faculty meeting many years ago….)

What’s the deal with me and German designs?

In my later adult life, I’ve gravitated to a lot of products from our friends in Germania. While I’m not in the market for, say, guns, artillery pieces, or tanks, there are other things that sing to me.

My beastie Porsche 928GT with GTS engine:  street-legal, track ready!

Lessee:  Audionet. Porsche. MBL. BMW. TIDAL Audio. German Physiks.… 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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dCS brings on MQA

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Let there be MQA…

dCS products age like a fine wine, getting better over the years as the dCS team adds a flurry of new capabilities to keep their products fresh and current.  Most of these updates are accomplished with a firmware update building on a flexible architecture.

This week dCS announced the release of a software update that provides MQA compatibility to many of their current products specifically the: dCS Rossini, Vivaldi One, Vivaldi DAC, and Network Bridge.Read the full article

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MQA update for AudioQuest Dragonfly Black and Red coming May 17 – new partnerships announced

By | May 12th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Coming to a laptop near you very soon.

The MQA freight train keeps rolling down the tracks of high-fidelity seemingly without resistance. A press release just announced that portable USB DAC wünderkind AudioQuest will be releasing a free, and highly-anticipated MQA firmware update to its award-winning, and crazy good/affordable/popular Dragonfly Black and Red on May 17.

This is something that Dragonfly owners who are Tidal HiFi subscribers have been eagerly waiting for – full hardware decoding/unfolding of the original MQA studio masters that have been streaming on Tidal for the last four months in their 24/16 origami wrappers.… Read the full article

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Roon Labs release major update with version 1.3

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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64-bit pipeline, and user adjustable DSP.

Nine months in the making, Roon 1.3 goes live today with major upgrades, and additions under the hood of the digital audio player, and represents a milestone for what many (including myself) consider the most capable, in-depth player of choice for music lovers. You can read some of my thoughts on Roon here.

According to a release put out by Roon this morning, the latest build includes new streaming hardware support (Sonos anyone?), a new 64-bit pipeline architecture for audio processing, user-configurable DSP, faster file handling, and metadata management.… Read the full article

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CES 2017: TIDAL Masters brings MQA

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

tidalmastersA juicy tasting of MQA was experienced at T.H.E Show @ Newport on a Meridian Ultra DAC, and ever since we have anxiously awaited the arrival of more MQA content.

The day has finally arrived…. At CES 2017, TIDAL announced it will offer MQA content to all TIDAL HiFi tier subscribers under a new ‘Master’ listing. Initially available on the desktop TIDAL client, a wide range of recordings are available starting today.

“TIDAL is committed to bringing members closer to their favorite musicians and offering MQA sound quality will allow subscribers to hear music just as it was recorded in the studio,” said a TIDAL representative.

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RMAF 2016 Video: Bricasti introduces M12 digital source controller, M15 stereo power amplifier

By | November 12th, 2016|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

Bricasti Designs is on a roll with two new products at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this year: The M15 Stereo Amplifier ($18,000 USD), and the M12 Dual Mono Source Controller ($15,995). Co-founder, and company president Brian Zolner was excited by the extremely positive response to the M12, and the M15 at the show, and said many painstaking hours had gone into the design, and construction of both.

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Bricasti M15 Stereo Amplifier.

The big power amplifier sits on beefy isolation footers, and looks the part of brute force, while the sleek pre-amplifier, and source controller M12 is a perfect visual match up.… Read the full article

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