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