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    Don’t worry, USB happy (reprise)

    Last week, DAR readers were polled about their USB cable choices. Did they use a standard ‘el cheapo’ USB cable between PC/streamer and DAC or had they dropped the extra cash on an audiophile-designed USB cable? 712 people voted with the results favouring the audiophile USB cable choice 2:1. Clearly, the majority of DAR readers’ […]

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    AudioQuest’s Niagara 1000: what the hell (are you waiting for)?

    To refer to AudioQuest as a ‘cable company’ is a like saying Apple are a ‘computer company’ — it’s only part of the story. In recent years, AudioQuest have diversified to design and manufacturer D/A converters (DragonFly and Beetle), a USB noise filter (Jitterbug) and headphones (NightHawk/NightOwl) to become a tech company. An in-house development […]

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    m2Tech announce Rockstars series, updated Young DAC

    From (almost) under the shadow of its leaning tower, Pisa’s m2Tech have overhauled their website to (in part) launch a new set of products. The Italian company’s Rockstars Series will ultimately provide everything needed for a complete hifi system: just add loudspeakers and a turntable. Landing in October will be the Nash MM/MC phono stage […]

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    MQA, Donald Fagen & PS Audio

    The Nightfly – it reminds me of my teenage years in which my Dad would spin his vinyl copy on a Dual turntable, through a Sansui amplifier and B&W loudspeakers, and talk of how the Donald Fagen solo debut reminded him of his teenage years. This must’ve been how I caught the ‘good sound’ bug, […]

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    KIH #46 – MQA’s missing link?

    For every professional, there is a con man. Oops. I meant to say, for every pro, there is a con. For every yes, there is a no. Today is about the latter. Or nomad not yes man is Frederic Vanden Poel, designer of the 432 Evo music server of Belgian brand Klinktbeter. What follows landed […]

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    Schiit ready $699 ‘No Excuses’ Vidar power amplifier

    Product announcements are like buses. You wait all day for one and then two show up at once. DAR’s post on Schiit Audio’s new Eitr/Gen 5 USB had already gone live when a second press release arrived from Jason Stoddard. So here we go…again. The Californian company are today formally announcing a new power amplifier, […]

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    Schiit announce Gen 5 USB, Eitr USB-S/PDIF converter

    USB audio. Whatever your DAC’s USB performance, it can always be improved upon. We seem to be forever fixing USB’s qualitative shortcomings. Four or five years ago, USB-S/PDIF converters like the Audiophilleo, Wyred4Sound’s uLINK, Resonessence Labs Concero and the JKSPDIF were the most talked about products in digital audio. These devices re-clocked USB data before […]

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    Vinnie Rossi announces LIO DAC 2.0 module

    An internal DAC now comes as standard in many modern integrated amplifiers. It’s a sign of the times: digital audio is no longer an outlier pursuit but an everyday matter of making our computers, network streamers, games consoles and TVs sound better. Having a DAC built into our amplifier of choice makes such third-party hardware […]

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    Devialet AIR streaming comes to Roon

    The poster child of Future-Fi in high-end audio? Devialet’s Expert range of hybrid Class A/D amplifiers (that are so much more). Why? The French manufacturer has lavished as much attention on the Expert’s outward appearance as it has on the internals and sound quality. The result is a super-integrated amplifier – with DAC, phono stage […]

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    The Music-First Audiophile and RMAF 2017

    How to make a hi-fi show more inviting to the curious newcomer? Not one to shy away from such issues is Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) organiser Marjorie Baumert. RMAF is one of the USA’s largest and most successful audio shows. It’s where manufacturers and their distributors gather to show off their latest and greatest […]

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    Rotel ready RA-1572 super-integrated amplifier

    ‘Mid-fi’ – a piss weak insult levelled from on high at many an entry-level audio manufacturer; as if an amplifier priced in the hundreds – not thousands – could even dream of competing with ‘proper high-end’ (read: most costly) models. Thankfully, exceptions occur. Mid-fi, should it exist, was nowhere to be found when this Music-First […]