February 2012

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    Addicted To Audio (Kew, VIC) – a quick tour

    One of the newest kids on the Melbourne hi-fi block is Addicted To Audio. This retail space is the first in a run of quasi-office spaces in Woodlands Avenue, Kew.  From the outside it doesn’t look much like a hi-fi store but one can’t miss A2A’s striking blue signage. Inside, the office-y vibe continues but […]

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    Tivoli Hi-Fi (Hawthorne East, VIC) – a quick tour

    Being a Sydney resident, I’ve often wondered what it’s like inside a Melbourne hi-fi store.  After all, Melbourne is often heralded in some quarters as Australia’s hi-fi capital – are stores more bountiful down south?  In December 2011, I took my camera to Victoria to find out.  First stop: Tivoli Hi-fi in Hawthorn East. Upstairs, […]

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    Antelope Audio support up to 384KHz files via iPad

    Antelope Audio’s Zodiac D/A converters are now compatible with Apple’s iPad, allowing playback of audio of up to 384kHz files (WAV/AIFF) played and controlled from an iPad through the Zodiac DAC.  FLAC files are supported up to 192kHz via the excellent FLAC player iOS app. Connectivity is pretty simple:  plug an Apple Camera Connection Kit […]

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    KingRex UPower 5V Li-ion battery USB PSU review

    January 2012.  Christine Wu of the Taiwanese KingRex Tech offered up review units of the UD384 convertor (US$479) as well as its (optional) battery PSU, the KingRex UPower (US$189).  Freeing the USB DAC from its potentially noisy USB bus power feed had me on the review assignment hook. Armchair audiophiles will find themselves immediately muted […]

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    NAD Wireless USB DAC 1 review (PCM1781)

    My day usually begins with emails and social network catch-ups.  I sit at the dining room table with coffee and my hands work a MacBook Air, during which time I nudge album after album from my main rig that sits five or so metres in front of me: a MacMini pushes the audio binary out […]