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Ch-ch-ch-ch changes (turn and face the strange)

  • UPDATE 29th February: And we’re live with the new look DAR!


    A new dawn. Tomorrow, a fresh look and feel comes to DAR; the changes will go way deeper than just the cosmetics of the UI. You can expect to see faster page loads times, deeper integration with social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and better use of large/widescreen monitor real estate. The new template will also scale more elegantly for those viewing DAR on a mobile device and you should notice things are just easier to read. Lastly, content structure and navigation has also been given a work-over.

    My deepest thanks go to web developer René Ertzinger of Raydianze who has done some pretty special things to the code to make sure the new look DAR’s engine runs lean and mean.

    However, change isn’t always easy to deal with. For every ten shouts of “Awesome work!” there’ll be the odd dissenting voice – and that’s fine. You can’t please all of the people all of the time, especially when you’ve one eye on the longevity of a website. Nothing stays the same forever. Acclimatisation to change often needs time.

    Best of all, when the new look lands, reader comments will be switched back on.

    A good time then to clarify what you can expect from my commentary on these pages and which follow up questions will net you the best outcome. If I don’t mention a comparison between X and Y in any given review, it means I didn’t do it. Each review takes a minimum of 40 hours to complete. Therefore comparisons must be prioritised. And if a new product doesn’t meet with your individual requirements, no need to sound off in the comments about it being a PoS. A cool head is recommended until you’ve at least heard/used the unit. Moreover, a product update doesn’t instantaneously render all previous models unlistenable. Enjoy what you have today and upgrade tomorrow (or consider another hobby).

    Please also keep in mind that you’re getting what information I do provide for free. I don’t ask for reader donations; nor will I as long as this site is funded by the banner advertising that you see around you. For more on how things operate behind the scenes please feel free to consult the newly revised ‘About DAR’ page.

    Thank you for sticking with us throughout this ten day period of downtime. Not long now till the news, reviews and showcase posts kick back into action.

    Take one last long look at the wood background and stand by.

    P.S. Oh – and please be patient whilst we iron out any bugs. A redesign always brings bugs.

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

    Darko.Audio is a member of EISA.

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