“Honey, I shrunk the LS50 Wireless” might be the snappiest way to describe KEF’s latest active loudspeaker: into a compact, Danish-fabric-wrapped cabinet, designed by one Michael Young and landing in five colour options, goes a new version of the British loudspeaker company’s Uni-Q driver array, internally juiced by Class D amplification – 70w for the mid/bass, 30w for the tweeter – and crossed over in a DSP engine that takes its binary feed from the (also internal) digital streaming board. An attractive hi-fi system in a box for apartment dwellers and bedroom producers.… Read the full article
Options. In speccing a Wyred 4 Sound Music Server we get the choice of an i3 CPU with 4GB of RAM (US$2999) or i7 CPU with 16GB RAM (US$3999). On internal storage, the former starts with a 2TB HDD and the latter a 1TB SSD, both of which can be optioned upward to a 2TB SSD. Your call.
As its name suggests, the black (or silver) box from California can serve digital audio files to a home network. For those streaming mega libraries to numerous zones simultaneously and with back-end upsampling, the i7 might be the wiser choice.… Read the full article
Naim review cliche #1: to headline the article with the pun-heavy “What’s in a Naim?”. It’s as tired as David Byrne features topped with “Still Making Sense”; a well-worn wink at the ex-Talking Head frontman’s most well-known eighties release (Stop Making Sense).
I’m as guilty as the next guy, headlining my coverage of the Naim Uniti Atom and Nova’s 2016 US debut with – you guessed it – “What’s in a Naim?”. Never again (is what I swore the time before).… Read the full article
It’s all in the hyphen.
● Super integrated; a nice amplifier.
● Super-integrated; an all-in-one – amplifier / DAC / streamer / phono stage in one box. The music centre reinvented.
The second bullet refers to the audio industry’s response to real-world listening rooms. Spaces that are shared. Where books, furniture, TVs and a plethora of other things have equal footing with audio hardware. Where a forest of kit just doesn’t work.
It’s also recognition that audio alchemy is not for everyone.… Read the full article
3.14 are the first three digits of the mathematical constant Pi; the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. On the calendar, 3.14 points its index finger at 14th March – Pi Day – today – and the perfect opportunity for small board computer designer/manufacturer Raspberry Pi to announce a new ‘flagship’ model where the F-word continues to thrust two fingers in the direction of high/er-end PC pricing: the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, like its ‘B’ 2016 predecessor, will sell for US$35.… Read the full article
Home. Berlin, Thursday, 5.30am. Sleep was elsewhere. I was wrong. Not just the 8-minute closing cut of the same name from The Sisters of Mercy’s Vision Thing – on this morning streaming via Roon from an Intel NUC, via Ethernet cabling, to the Chord Mojo – but also the concept of having erred. I’d previously pegged the Mojo as one of the finest DACs available below a grand but with the qualifier that it was, at times, a smidge bright and ever-so-slightly thin.… Read the full article
With Mac + USB DAC, if I want the best sound quality (by a nose), I opt for Audirvana Plus. For UX elegance, auto-tagging, meta information layer, music discovery and networked audio streaming, I opt for Roon. Audirvana Plus doesn’t do network streaming.
This week, that ‘doesn’t’ moves to the past tense: ‘didn’t’. French software developer Damien Plisson has introduced a pubic beta of Audirvana Plus v3.1. (“Or-deer-varna Plus”). Per the headline, v3.1 introduces UPnP network streaming.
What’s not to like about Universal Plug n Play (UPnP) when it comes to audio?… Read the full article
Who’s a pretty boy then? A question aimed at Chord Electronic’s new Mojo appendage, Poly (£500), and not company Sales Manager Colin Pratt.
Poly is a wireless network hub that clips onto the Mojo directly. Digital audio is then sent from Poly to Mojo for Rob Watts WTA-powered D/A conversion and headphone amplification. An internal rechargeable battery means Poly, like the Mojo, can be used both in and out of the house.
Poly can be fed in numerous ways. Out in the street, she can play catch on digital audio streams sent from a neighbouring smartphone via Bluetooth or Airplay.… Read the full article