December 2011

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    Darko’s Top 10 albums of 2011

    Tomorrow is the day the world’s clock ticks over into 2012. Skidding in under this year’s fast-closing door, here are 10 albums that kicked ass inside my head during 2011.  In no particular order: Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise*  (Whispering, intimate electronics) Perc – Wicker And Steel*  (Sometimes brutal, sometimes delicate, sometimes metallic) PJ […]

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    QLS introduce QA-100 digital integrated amplifier

    Here’s something interesting.  Well, interesting because it’s super cheap.  The QLS wizz-kids – them behind the QA-550 WAV player – now a have digital amplifier with in-built DAC ready to ship direct from Shen Zhen for US$320 (+ US$50 shipping).  It probably won’t sound as good as your Krell, but it’s certainly a possibility for […]

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    New pre-power pair from Primare now shipping

    A slimline new Primare amplification system option featuring the new PRE32 pre-amp and A34.2 power amp is now available. Think of the EISA award-winning I32 and imagine more power, even lower distortion and greater audio separation. Primare’s PRE32 is an upgradeable audiophile pre-amplifier designed to match the Primare A34.2 and all Primare power amplifiers.  It […]

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    Rega Brio-R integrated amplifier review

    I was two glasses of Barossa Shiraz into the evening and had already begun to talk bollocks.  An audiophile buddy was over to infuse my Audio-gd DI with some clock mods (and a transparent lid).  He began pulling on my coat about what I thought of the Metrum Octave.  That’s where the word association shenanigans […]

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    Trends Audio launch SA-10(R) loudspeakers

    Trends Audio have made the leap from electronics to transducers in announcing the SA-10 ans SA-10R standmount loudspeakers; the difference between the two models being an off-set tweeter position on the ‘R’ version. Here’s the SA-10: and here’s the SA-10R: See? David Ho, marketing director of Trends Audio quothed thus,“Building incredible-sounding products at reasonable prices […]

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    PS Audio PerfectWaveDAC + Network Bridge (6Moons review)

    Here’s another review sent for a lunar module ride across the surface of 6Moons. Months and months in gestation, a PS Audio factory tour cuts back to summary commentary of two years of DACs-to-date, which in turns leads into comparatives with PS Audio’s PerfectWaveDAC (it ‘wins’) and then onto my (99% excellent) user experience with […]