Tidal Adopting Hi-Res FLAC for HiFi Plus Subscribers

April 16, 2023 Comments Off on Tidal Adopting Hi-Res FLAC for HiFi Plus Subscribers


Following the recent positive reception to MQA’s latest technology (SCL6), there has been increased international interest in buying MQA Ltd. At the same time, MQA’s main financial backer is seeking an exit. In order to be in the best position to pursue market opportunities and expedite this process, the company has undergone a restructuring initiative, which includes entering into administration and is comparable to Chapter 11 in the US.


Apple Music Classical First Look

March 29, 2023 Comments Off on Apple Music Classical First Look

Apple Music Classical Announced – Everything You Need To Know

March 15, 2023 Comments Off on Apple Music Classical Announced – Everything You Need To Know

Ultimate Guide To The Best Music Streaming Services For Audiophiles! (2023)

March 8, 2023 Comments Off on Ultimate Guide To The Best Music Streaming Services For Audiophiles! (2023)

The Digital Side Of My Immersive Atmos Music System

August 28, 2022 Comments Off on The Digital Side Of My Immersive Atmos Music System


At first blush this system appears complicated. However, I’ve done all the legwork and know what works and what doesn’t. Most people can also use a single music server and an iPad for playback. I have to use everything because I have to understand how it all works and test it, so I can write about it. 

The easiest route to Atmos music is to use something like an NVIDIA SHIELD with a hard drive full of MKV files, connected to a processor like a Lyngorf MP-40 or Trinnov Altitude16. For most people, this is all they’ll need and it can double as a home theater processor. I’ll write more about this option at a later date. 

As an audiophile who loves music and understands technology, I had to implement the best system I could put together. This involved a mix of consumer and professional software, state of the art digital signal processing, and professional hardware. A system like this doesn’t exist as a package or from a traditional high end audio manufacturer. Perhaps soon we’ll see music servers and 12 channel DACs from our favorite companies, to play immersive audio. 

Can Amazon Music Deliver True Atmos to My 7.1 Theater Setup?

July 24, 2022 Comments Off on Can Amazon Music Deliver True Atmos to My 7.1 Theater Setup?


So, why are you hearing sounds coming from all of the speakers in your 7.1-channel system when playing tracks from the Roku Amazon Music app? The likely answer is that the Dolby Surround Upmixer processing in your Sony A/V receiver is engaged for the HDMI input to which your Roku Ultra is connected. The Upmixer takes incoming stereo (or 5.1 or 7.1) signals and intelligently steers them to the full array of speakers in a Dolby Atmos home theater setup to enhance spaciousness. The processing is part of the Dolby Atmos technology bundle that’s integrated in your AVR, which is the likely reason why you’re seeing “Atmos” on the receiver’s front-panel display.

Deezer Review

March 7, 2022 Comments Off on Deezer Review


Regardless of the device used, subscribers can access a catalogue of over 90 million songs, which Deezer now assures us are all available in the CD-quality FLAC format. It’s an impressive figure, but with all music streaming services making similarly huge claims, the numbers game is rendered a little academic. 

What matters is whether the tracks you’re looking for are available and, in our experience, Deezer produces the fewest blanks after Spotify. It’s rare to find a song in Spotify’s catalogue that isn’t also available in Deezer’s – and in that higher-quality format. 

We find Deezer stocks pretty much every track of the diverse range we search for, and all in CD quality too. Just be aware that, unlike Apple Music and Tidal, Deezer doesn’t have artist or album window ‘exclusives’, although it does occasionally release its own live sessions with big artists.

Spotify Review

February 13, 2022 Comments Off on Spotify Review


Spotify’s intuitive interface looks much the same as before, although minor layout changes have been made to accommodate new features, and the desktop app has been brought in line with the mobile version.

The Search page is a well-maintained section that throws up playlists from various genres to suit various moods. It has constantly updated UK and global charts and a ‘New Release’ area for your attention. Don’t miss the ‘Concert’ section, which flags up gigs fitting with your music tastes and location. The same goes for the ‘Podcast’ tab, which opens up a rich zone of targeted podcast suggestions, genres and playlists to search through.

For more familiar listening, the Home page is where you’ll find your current favourites and most played, as well as assorted compilations along the same lines. You won’t find much new listening here, but it’s a handy welcome splash. 

Music discovery through a series of personalised algorithmic playlists is at the forefront of Spotify’s innovation, though, and is essentially where the service leapfrogs its rivals. Head to the ‘Discover’ tab in the Search/Browse section for this.

AURALiC Sirius G2.1 and Aries G2.1 $7189 Review

October 18, 2021 Comments Off on AURALiC Sirius G2.1 and Aries G2.1 $7189 Review

So what can the Sirius do? It can upsample of course, and it can change formats between PCM and DSD or vice versa. It supports up to DSD 512 and PCM sample rates up to 384kHz. It is a re-clocker, because all of its digital inputs are cached, and then re-clocked using not one but three 72fps clocks. The Sirius can also perform speaker placement compensation, and supports full parametric EQ functionality. On top of all of this, it also provides digital volume control, and while not as good as an analog volume control, in my testing I found it to be a better then using a source device (such as a streamer or a computer) to control the volume digitally.

Now some of you may wonder why you need an up-sampler. Many DACs, after all, support many different sample rates, and many argue that you cannot “create or add detail” if it is not there. We will talk about the create/add detail part a little later but let’s focus on other DACs first.

Bluesound Node Hi-Res Music Streamer Review

October 12, 2021 Comments Off on Bluesound Node Hi-Res Music Streamer Review

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