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A short film about the Schiit Freya +

By | September 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The shortest distance between two points? That’s a straight line. In the hi-fi world, Occam’s Razor and financial prudence cast that shortest distance for digital audio enthusiasts as DAC with volume control wired directly into the back of a power amplifier or pair of active loudspeakers.

In my case, that’s the Mytek Brooklyn Bridge (US$2999) firing straight into the back of a pair of ELAC Navis ARB-51 (US$2000/pair). The resulting sound is quite a bit more resolving than the ELAC’s internal streaming module + DAC chips that are fed by the outboard Discovery Connect DS-C101W-G streamer (US$399).… Read the full article

NEIN!

By | August 31st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

It’s been quite the summer for Darko.Audio’s reach: we netted our 10,000th Instagram follower, cruised past 40,000 subscribers on YouTube and joined EISA, whose annual awards dinner in Berlin next weekend will regrettably prevent me from attending RMAF 2019.

The biggest ‘celebration’ of all is reserved for tomorrow, 1st September: this website’s ninth birthday. Thanks go out to the Darko.Audio video team – Olaf behind the camera and Jana in the editing suite – as well as those penning written contributions, past and present.… Read the full article

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A 5-minute film about the Technics SL-1500C

By | August 29th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Nothing sounds better than vinyl. We hear it often and everywhere. Similarly, that “tubes are better solid-state”, that “R-2R DACs are better than sigma-delta designs”, that “Macs are better than PCs”, that “single malt whisky is better than blended”, that “red wine is superior to white” or that “black coffee is better than milked”.

Clear-headed pragmatists will recognise such black and white thinking as nothing more than the sound of enthusiasts trying to codify the complexity of their chosen pursuit.… Read the full article

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A long film about room acoustics

By | August 19th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

What is the most critical component in any loudspeaker system? It isn’t the loudspeakers. And it isn’t the electronics that feed them. It’s the room in which everything sits.

Largely determined by a room’s dimensions, specific frequencies are boosted in some listening positions and sucked out in others. A room mode calculator will tell you your room’s problem frequencies. Alas, the science says these room modes are (almost) non-negotiable.

At higher frequencies, our brain will attempt to separate direct sound from its reflected cousins — from the walls, from the ceiling and from the floor.… Read the full article

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A short film about the Devialet Phantom Reactor 900

By | August 9th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The times they are a-changin’. My old car splutters into life when I turn the ignition key and it doesn’t run as smoothly as it once did. I thinking of buying a new one. Not a standard city runabout, you understand but a performance car. My plan is this: I’ll start with a body from Mercedes; then I’ll grab the transmission from Toyota; the engine will come from BMW; Fiat will handle the (leather!) interior.

A bespoke fit engine won’t be needed.… Read the full article

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A short film about Berlin’s Scape Mastering

By | August 5th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Loud or not loud? “It always ends up on loud or not loud”, says Stefan Betke of Berlin’s Scape Mastering whose client list of the last twenty years is a veritable whos-who of electronic music pioneers. To name ten: Richard H. Kirk, Mathew Jonson, The Orb, VCMG, Kanding Ray, John Tejada, Thomas Fehlmann, Richie Hawtin, Barker and Biosphere. Some readers will recognise Betke as the man behind Pole.

For a mastering engineer taking instruction from a paying client, the customer is always right (even when they are wrong).… Read the full article

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OnSight: an afternoon with Phonon

By | July 24th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Muting the Noise — the distribution arm of Innervisions, a Berlin record label run by Dixon (Steffen Berkhahn) and Âme (Kristian Rädle, Frank Wiedemann). Their office sits in the loft space of an anonymous Kreuzberg Alt-Bau and doubles as a DJ performance space with a rotary mixer designed by Floating Points and – audiophiles take note – loudspeakers from Klipsch. Yes, Klipschhorns.

Out in the street, there is no Muting the Noise signage and no passing foot traffic and yet each Thursday, between 4 pm and 8 pm, Muting the Noise opens as a record store.… Read the full article

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A short film about the dCS Bartók

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , |

dCS didn’t discontinue their long-running and Debussy DAC for nothing. In its place comes the Bartók, a D/A converter that contemporises the entry point into the Cambridge company’s range of über high-end hardware: the Ring DAC™, FPGA-centric DSP control board, all powered by a single transformer; plus Class A headphone amplifier with balanced and single-ended outputs that attracts its own transformer; plus a network streaming board. All up: £11,999.

On physicality, the Bartók enjoys none of the outgoing Debussy’s fascia-sculpt but what it lacks in outward aesthetic seduction, it more than makes up for in size and weight.… Read the full article

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Final introduces D8000 Pro Edition headphones

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

AFDS. Air Film Damping System — the technology found in Final’s flagship D8000 headphone where two perforated metal plates straddle a planar-magnetic driver to create an air chamber that aims to better control the driver’s low-frequency resonance and distortion. Final’s intent: to keep hold of the top-end precision of a planar driver but lend it the punch of a dynamic. Adjusting the size of the air gap between plate and driver, as well as the size of the plate’s perforations, gives Final’s engineers additional control over the D8000’s voicing.… Read the full article

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Getting high on dynamic range with Jerry Harrison

By | July 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jerry Harrison’s solo album Casual Gods landed in British record store racks in February 1998 – just a few weeks ahead of Talking Heads’ Naked, with whom Harrison had played keyboards and guitar since he left Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers twelve years earlier. In 2019, Talking Heads’ swansong and Harrison’s sophomore solo album are both 31 years old.

Casual Gods’ striking cover art photography comes from Sebastião Salgado, about which the sleevenotes read: “This is not a scene from a movie.Read the full article

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