NAD M10 BLUOS STREAMING AMPLIFIER $2,500 REVIEW

April 7, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Interestingly, there is no physical headphone connector, as the provision for Bluetooth wireless headphones is there. There is also wireless internet connectivity to the M10, but without an ugly external antenna, although I strongly prefer a wired LAN connection for speed, reliability and sound quality. At least you have choice and flexibility.

Internally the M10 is operated by a powerful NXP 1GHz ARM® Cortex A9 Processor, and the digital to analog is handled by a high-end 32-BIT/384kHz ESS Sabre ES9028 DAC.

A feature that you don’t see every day on a product like the M10 is Dirac Live integration. Dirac Live is a patented room correction technology that is capable of correcting the frequency response and the impulse response of your loudspeakers within the listening room and is a very welcome addition at this price point. Unfortunately, our review unit has not had this function activated yet and is expected to be enabled within weeks.”

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TIDAL MASTERS ARRIVES ON ANDROID DEVICES

March 8, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Now, thanks to the MQA decoder being bundled with the latest Tidal for Android update, Android users will be able to maintain an optimal audio quality experience between the desktop Mac / Windows versions and their phones, both online and offline. Hello, audiophile streaming!

This has been a long-awaited feature that I’ve been looking forward to. After all, bringing the Android version of the app in line with the desktop app has been overdue. Considering “Masters” are promoted to be Tidal’s best-quality recordings, it’s a no-brainer that a high-fidelity music streaming service would want to bring the feature to all mobile users.”

Qobuz Hi-Rez Streaming Launches in the US

March 6, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Another basis for choice is price. Qobuz offers multiple subscription tiers:

• “Sublime +”: $299.99/year for unlimited Hi-Rez streaming plus discounted downloads.
• “Studio”: $24.99/month for unlimited Hi-Rez (24-bit /up to 192kHz) streaming ($249.99 if purchased on an annual basis).
• “Hi-Fi”: $19.99/month for unlimited 16-bit CD quality streaming ($199.99 annually).
• “Premium”: $9.99/month 320kbps MP3 quality streaming plan ($99.99 annually).

YouTube Music arrives on all Sonos speakers

February 16, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“YouTube Music Premium (£10/month) offers ad-free music streaming as well as downloads for offline listening, while the £12-per-month YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) subscription offers ad-free, background and offline viewing across all of YouTube, in addition to all YouTube Originals.

Naturally, owners of the smart Sonos One and Beam will be able to control playback of the YouTube streaming services through voice commands once Google Assistant arrives on the speakers, which should be very soon.”

Roon Launches Biggest Update Yet

February 9, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“The software update also provides access to Qobuz’s entire music catalog, including uncompressed high-resolution tracks, and integrates that content with Roon’s metadata for an enhanced listening experience. Users can seamlessly sync Roon and Qobuz collections to replace “lossy” content with lossless versions from Qobuz.
Finally, the Version 1.6 update gives Roon a “fresh new look” and makes the software “easier and more fun to use than ever.”In addition to showing a high-resolution image of the selected artist, the Now Playing screen displays lyrics in real-time along with streaming resolution, credits, biographical information on the artist, and even a review.”

Why Sony Is Launching a Hi-Res Streaming Service in Japan

February 7, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Sony Music Entertainment Japan — which is under the Sony Corporation umbrella but operates independently from the U.S.-based Sony Music Entertainment — will offer subscriptions to Mora Qualitas for 1,980 Yen ($17.50) a month starting in early 2019 as a streaming component to its existing high-res music download store called Mora. The new service will run off of Rhapsody’s “Powered by Napster” platform, which provides systems, tools and APIs and will deliver lossless music at 24-bit/44.1-96khz (high-resolution) and 16-bit/44.1khz (CD quality). While global industry leader Spotify launched in Japan in 2016, Sony and Rhapsody executives say they expect Mora Qualitas to appeal to a different class of consumer: diehard music fans who want a deeper, richer experience than the norm.”

Qobuz

February 4, 2019 § Leave a comment

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“Roon’s Radio Mode includes the Qobuz library and, of course, your own library (and Tidal’s if you also have a subscription). When Radio Mode is turned on, Roon continues to reach out on its own accord (an example of ‘machine learning’) to consecutively choose and play other tracks of music for you from among all libraries it has access to. One major way I took advantage of Radio Mode (in addition to personal selection and comparisons not using Radio Mode) was to have only the Qobuz library turned on for it; that way I was able to listen to an enormous sampling of Qobuz music—by just keeping Radio Mode on for hours at a time. If I wanted to change genre or another attribute, I could simply intervene and insert a chosen track to cause the music to drift in a new direction. As a reviewer, this was golden.”

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