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    EDC Velvet: a more affordable IEM from Noble Audio

    King of the road. Santa Barbara’s Noble Audio have a formidable reputation as purveyors of the high-end personal audio experience. Like the best things in life, that high-end listening experience doesn’t come cheap: Noble’s multi-BA universal models start with the Trident at US$399 and end with twin flagships Kaiser Encore and Katana at US$1850. A financially […]

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    Warsaw AV Show 2017: Ubiq Audio [VIDEO]

    From a distance, it looks like a coaxially-aligned tweeter. Get closer and we see it’s a horn-loaded compression driver from the pro world. I’m talking about one component of the somewhat imposing the Ubiq Audio Model One loudspeaker (€12,000+) as demonstrated by one Igor Kante at the 2017 Warsaw AV Show. Kante once distributed brands from […]

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    Ten highlights from the Warsaw AV Show 2017

    The 2017 Warsaw AV Show is in the books and its visitor numbers tallied: 14,000 people put their ears in the National Stadium, the Golden Tulip Hotel and the Sobieski Hotel during the show’s three day run. Click here for a video overview. This is what a less congested room looked like: Breaking it down: 1400 visitors […]

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    Letters to the editor: ECM catalogue comes to streaming services

    Phil W. writes: “A quick heads up – the title says it all. Not necessarily your type of music but for those into ECM‘s tastes its a significant move (far more important than the Beatles streaming as far as I’m concerned). And ECM are possibly the last major label to hold off from streaming. Might be worth a quick […]

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    Lumin announce D2 streamer, add Spotify Connect

    Lumin have announced a “modest update” to their D/A converting D1 network streamer. From within a slightly enlarged case, the D2 carries over its predecessor’s balanced circuitry, DSD up-sampling, DoP (DSD over PCM) support and Wolfson WM8741 DAC chips but internalises the power supply and adds a faster processor to permit playback of DSD128. On […]

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    A plus from Poland: Mytek announce Brooklyn DAC+

    There are many reasons to dig Mytek’s Brooklyn DAC (US$1995): a full suite of digital inputs including USB support for 32bit/384kHz and DSD256; Apple remote-controllable volume (analogue and digital); a full colour display with dancing signal level meters; balanced and single-ended outputs; a single-ended input doubles as (a very decent) MM/MC phono; a killer headphone […]

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    ALLO’s $59 Boss DAC is a super tasty delicious Pi maker

    The Raspberry Pi, now at version 3, sells for around €35. A teeny-tiny personal computer selling for a teeny-tiny price and carrying with it price-commensurate internal DAC circuitry. For better sound quality the audiophile must BYO. At first blush, with USB DAC in hand, the Raspberry Pi’s potential as digital streamer appears strong. The undercarriage […]

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    Schiit Vidar/Saga: an affordable care act for your loudspeakers

    Vidar – “Veedar” – lovechild, son of Odin, second in strength only to Thor and the mythological Norseman lending his name to Schiit’s Audio’s first power amplifier. Not for headphones but for loudspeakers. The company’s Stateside direct sell model means pricing is super sharp: US$699. (DAR’s product launch week preview can be read here). Everything that […]

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    1More – keeping the headphone world honest

    What’s “a lot of money” for a pair of headphones? The answer depends on who we ask. For audio show regulars and Head-Fi.org devotees, we might be talking four figures. For the other 99% looking for a first step beyond smartphone-supplied IEMs, it might be as low as two. Pitching their wares to mainstreamers at […]

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    Better budget Bluetooth IEMs from RHA

    What are the best sounding IEMs under two hundred bucks? Assuming ‘best’ exists, a cursory Google search for <$200 IEMs will return options in their hundreds (not tens) to lead many would-be upgraders to give up the ghost and stick with what they have: the IEMs that shipped with their smartphone. That’s the paradox of […]

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    The search for headphone truth with Sonarworks’ True-Fi

    What’s the future of headphone listening? If you’re Latvia’s Sonarworks, it’s post-analogue: DSP-powered correction of a headphone’s frequency response with personalisation options for bass and treble, the latter adjusting for a decline in high frequency hearing as we age. Install Sonarworks’ True-Fi software to Mac OS or Windows to create a ‘virtual soundcard’ for your […]

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    Getting high on my own Sbooster power supply

    One clear advantage held by headphone shows over their loudspeaker-fronted counterparts is the ease by which attendees can conducts an A/B demo. Whilst two channel exhibitors often keep their hardware constant throughout a show’s duration, visitors to events like CanJam Europe are encouraged to plug different headphones into the same amplifier or apply different amplifiers […]