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Rafe Arnott  |  Apr 03, 2019  |  0 comments
In my experience clean, protected power is a key element to help in getting the best performance from delicate digital-centric source components like DACs, media servers, streamers or combos thereof.
Scott Eastlick  |  Mar 31, 2019  |  3 comments
Where my Winter Mix was an obscure selection intended to be enjoyed in isolation while shrouded in headphones and framed by frosted windows, the spring season finds me emerging from my musical shell with a more social selection – fresh like newly grown flowers or a pair of recently purchased sneakers.
Brian Hunter  |  Mar 28, 2019  |  1 comments
Welcome to the seventh episode of the AudioStream Podcast and host Brian Hunter brings you industry icon Peter Madnick. Madnick’s history with digital audio reaches back to some of the earliest incarnations of the external DAC. Along with extensive experience designing everything from amplifiers to turntables, his prolific handiwork has been behind many of hi-fi's successful components
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 26, 2019  |  9 comments
Noise. Sometimes it’s hard to hear what’s really going on because there’s so much of it in our lives these days obscuring what we’re really trying to listen to. I mean, do you have any idea how much electronic hash is being generated by your laptop or PC as it navigates millions of computational cycles in processing overhead while you are listening to music?
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 20, 2019  |  1 comments
The $21,000 USD DSC1 is the company’s first foray into hybridizing a classic DAC with DLNA/Airplay compatibility for streaming from network-connected devices.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 18, 2019  |  10 comments
I’d previously written in August of last year about the announcement from data Conversion Systems (dCS) that the company’s venerable entry-level Debussy DAC was being replaced after seven years of winning awards from the hi-fi press by the Bartók Network Streaming DAC. Think about that: A seven year product life-cycle in computer audio.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 14, 2019  |  0 comments
It was only a matter of time until the big blue meters swung around to point the way towards streaming-audio software palanquin Roon and all the hassle-free and optimized listening that comes with that compatibility.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 13, 2019  |  16 comments
Listening to MQA on-the-go just got easier with the announcement that digital music-streaming service TIDAL brought their iOS mobile-app code in-line to handle the software unfolding (24-bit/96kHz) of the ultra-high resolution Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) core signal for its Apple-centric user base. Android bassheads got their fix a couple months ago.
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 11, 2019  |  1 comments
I simply cannot. I know… and I’m sorry, but it’s quite impossible at the moment. I’ve received telephone calls and emails about it before even being able to publish this post – people want to know and I feel bad that I can’t say more. UPDATE – New specs received
Rafe Arnott  |  Mar 08, 2019  |  2 comments
In my experience choosing cabling to loom up your hi-fi has been a protracted exercise in A/B listening tests and like eating too much pasta, can leave you feeling a bit sleepy and in need of a nice espresso. That said, in the digital-playback world of the audiophile – or music lover as I prefer to call those with a bent for high fidelity – cables can make a noticeable difference to system performance in my experience.

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