While there’s no set date for the US Qobuz launch, it “will be announced soon”. Soon is good! We do however, have the Pricing Plan!
I have issues with some hi-fi forums. Namely, rudeness, personal attacks, off-topic rambling, and utter nonsense pretending to be the truth. When left unchecked, this kind of behavior can fester and infect a forum faster than you can say unmoderated. My friend John Darko and I have been talking about this so we decided to […]
“…right back where I started from!” It was a cool crisp 2011 fall day when I headed to the airport to attend the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest as Editor of AudioStream for the first time. Next Thursday, on what looks to be a cool crisp fall day, I’ll be heading to the airport to attend […]
Sonos owns a huge chunk of the $18 billion home-audio market [footnote 1]. They got there by making smart products that were easy to set up, even easier to use, and easy on the wallet. Even though profit margins were slim for resellers and installers, people loved selling Sonos because it was easy to set […]
I am a fan of Nelson Pass. My fandom goes all the way back to the 1980s when I owned the Pass-designed Threshold SA3/FET10 pre/power combo. I wish I still had ’em. I’ve never attended a Burning Festival of any kind but if could go to just one, I’d go to the Burning Amp Festival […]
Vincent Brient, Mr. totaldac, has been busy, releasing not one but two new DACs—the d1-twelve-mk2 and the d1-direct. According to Vincent, the d1-twelve-mk2 improves on the original d1-twelve by using “new techniques from the d1-direct and d1-seven DACs” . The d1-direct, as its name suggests, has direct outputs from the R2R ladders just like the […]
“Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends.” Anonymous (incorrectly attributed to Francis Bacon and Tom Waits). Naim Audio has dressed up its popular one-box Mu-so player in a limited edition (2,000 units) champagne anodised aluminium finish. I think it looks smashing.
dCS, maker of some of the most engaging digital products I’ve heard, announced the birth of Bartók, an Upsampling Network DAC and the entry point in the dCS lineup when sorted by price (ascending). Bartók retails for $13,500 and/or $15,000 if you opt for the integrated Class-A Headphone Amplifier.