Cary Audio AiOS Review

April 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“MQA streaming from the handful of MQA tracks I had on hand (mostly downloaded from 2L’s excellent test track repository) showed a very subtle effect of non versus their non-MQA encoded versions. The MQA tracks showed a little more rhythmic ease and a little more light in the midrange and a more delicate high end especially on cymbal work, but I would not say that it was a super obvious difference. MQA streaming via Tidal Masters showed similar differences between 16/44 and MQA versions of the same tracks. Testing versus the MQA certified Mytek DAC showed again that there was a slight loss of tonal colour with the AiOS MQA decoding.”

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ELAC DISCOVERY SERIES DS‑S101-G MUSIC SERVER REVIEW

December 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“The simple looking, yet elegant ELAC box is a secret power-up to your system. Roon is fast becoming the thing for music lovers to access their music, but – it must be said – the cost of entry can be a little steep for the as yet unconvinced. By building on a Roon Essentials backbone, the ELAC Discovery truly lives up to its name: a product that at once allows the user to discover their music in a deeper way, discover just how Roon enhances that deep listening concept, and for those still on the spinning-disc side of things to discover the world beyond their collection. And it’s easy to operate, install, and navigate for anyone who has a modicum of web skills (I’m far from black belt web-savvy, but I was up and running inside of 10 minutes flat, and two of those minutes were spent finding and loading the Roon app). Roon isn’t the future of music replay, but it’s certainly a major part of the future of music replay, and the ELAC Discovery DS-S101-G is the best and easiest way to experience that right now. Unless you are likely to hit that 30,000 track limit, this little box comes strongly recommended.”

NAD C 388 Digital Hybrid Streaming Integrated Amplifier With DAC, Streamer $1599 -Review

November 13, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“NAD’s C 388 definitely lives up to the NAD name and reputation for affordable high performance audio equipment. Many components that try and include even less functionality become deficient with regards to one element or another, yet this one seemed to excel at all of them, especially when you factor in the relatively low price point for the basic model without the additional BluOS card. Even with the BluOS card, the price represents quite a bargain in my opinion. If you are budget minded or want a great deal of functionality in one package, you owe it to yourself to put this on a short list of possible candidates. I know that I am.”

Naim Audio Uniti Atom All-In-One System Review

November 5, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“Did it better my 25K amplification/digital setup? Nope. Attached to the truly special 10K Raidho Acoustic XT-1 Loudspeakers, my Jeff Rowland/Bel Canto/Antipodes Audio setup has killer synergy, definition, and superlative inner detail with accurate bass. And at 35K compared to a 5K setup, it damn well should be better. But I was so impressed with the Atom, I’m going to request the top of the line Naim Uniti Nova ($6,995) doubling the power and upping the internal component quality. That should be a hell of a shootout, and I will be happy to report back to you. ”

Auralic Aries and Vega G2 WALK THRU – VIDEO

October 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

PS Audio Stellar S300 Stereo Power Amplifier Review

October 15, 2017 § Leave a comment

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“he Stellar S300 amplifier has numerous strengths, but the most obvious is the purity of the entire treble range. Here we enjoy a freedom from harshness, a continuousness, a depth of tone that is similar to that found in the Cary single-ended tube amp. The tube amp digs a bit deeper into the lowest levels of resolution, but the easy on the ears treble range of the PS Audio amp is a pleasure to hear. (I wonder if raising the amplifier’s cut off frequency from 50 kHz to 100 kHz might provide another small fraction of a degree of higher resolution in the upper treble.) ”

Magna Hifi Mano I²S and SPDIF streamer – Video

August 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

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