December 2012

Monthly Archives

  • Red Wine Audio introduce RWAK100

    Private audio heads have gone gaga for iRiver’s Astell & Kern AK100 portable audio player since its release in October. The specifications alone tell you why: 32GB of internal memory dual MicroSDHC port capable to expand the total amount of internal memory of the Astell & Kern AK100 up to 96GB. Compatible with 24bit/192kHZ FLAC […]

  • Wyred4Sound µLink USB-S/PDIF converter review

    I get a lot of ‘Dear John’ emails. Readers want to know more, more, MORE about what I uncover during review playtime.  Time then to turn it on its head…. Dear John I’ve just bought a Metrum Octave DAC. I’m still very much a beginner at all of this digital audio stuff. Should I connect […]

  • Perreaux to sell direct into Australia with new online store

    I like this. I like this A LOT. New Zealand-based Perreaux have launched an online store in Australia. Selling direct into Oz means no Australian distributor handling and no associated mark-up! The Australian online store features free shipping, a 30-day right of return and all products are backed by a five year factory warranty. “We […]

  • Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC review (6Moons)

    Lunar-tic Srajan Ebaen caught me off guard: he’d asked me to pen a couple of paragraphs on the Metrum Hex as second opinion for his 6Moons review. Digging it BIG TIME, the words kept flowing (which is unusual for me and soon the commentary bubble had expanded to 1500 mots justes). You can read them […]

  • Darko’s Top 10 albums of 2012

    You’re not gonna find any sign of Japandroids or Frank Ocean in my Top 10 albums of 2012. I reckon The Cloud Nothings are overrated too. But then again, I’m not 23 so I probably don’t need that much angst in music anymore. Everyone went gaga for Andy Stott’s Luxury Problems but I think it’s […]

  • MP3 download coupons really grind my gears

    You know what really grinds a vinyl lover’s gears more than anything? MP3 download coupons. Surely folk buying the black stuff aren’t just young hipster kids or those looking to connect with something tangible. A significant portion of vinyl buyers are audiophiles – they buy records for their (supposed) maximal resolution. And yet record companies […]

  • Giant Giant Sand live in Portland, Oregon

    I don’t think I’ve played ANY album more this year than Giant Giant Sand’s Tucson: A Country Rock Opera. Country rock is exactly how it sounds…only without the opera. Imagine a Tom Waits / Johnny Cash lovechild record and you’d be halfway there. Howe Gelb is a legend.  Lonna Kelley’s sporadic vocal turns gently blow […]