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Have your Pi & eat it: Pro-ject’s Stream Box S2 Ultra

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

‘£600 is flipping expensive for a tarted up Raspberry Pi!’

Not quite the words of the forum poster but in line with the sentiment: that Pro-ject is ripping off customers by charging silly money for a Pi with open source software and a nice case. Fairy dust or what?

Actually, strip away the invective and we find a reasonable question. Pro-ject are quite open about the Stream Box S2 Ultra (Stream Ultra) being based on the (CM3 industrial version of a) Raspberry Pi running a customised Volumio operating system.Read the full article

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Volumio goes Primo!

By | November 23rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

SBC. Small board computer audiofolk will know Volumio as a free, open-source Linux OS that permits headless remote control of music playback on the host device. Think UPnP streaming from a direct USB-connected hard-drive or across the LAN, playback controlled via web browser or smartphone app. This most popular of SBC OSs also supports web radio and Airplay and for this Raspberry Pi user, Volumio’s UI puts most other UPnP apps in its rear-view mirror.

At the end of October, Volumio’s development team announced the availability of MyVolumio whose two paid subscription tiers – Virtuoso (€3/month) and Superstar (€7/month) – integrate Tidal and Qobuz support and offer possibilities for remote streaming.… Read the full article

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Letters to the editor: Videos vs. words

By | November 21st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It seems our Chord Qutest, ALLO DigiOne Signature and KEF LSX video reviews really pushed back the email floodgates. What follows is a selection of missives from Darko.Audio readers around the world arriving in the past few weeks.

Dominik H:

Hi John,

Thank you for your review of Qutest. Actually, I have learned about Chord products thanks to your previous reviews and went along the way using Mojo and then Hugo2 for my setup during the last 12 months.

A year ago I was all into hi-end headphones and portable DAC/amps, but then I realized I prefer convenience over absolute sound quality and ended up owning and using B&W PX’s over Audeze’s and Apple AirPods over Westone UM Pro’s.… Read the full article

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