Pause for the jets

  • When did you last take a week off work? A week away from the office; away from meetings; from phone calls; from email; from Skype; from instant messages? For this audio journo, it was January 2010, a full nine months before DAR was born.

    A whopping seven years (7!) have passed without any significant disconnect between DAR and I. Seven years without a proper break from writing news and reviews, attending shows, writing up show reports, shooting photos, coding site changes, responding to reader comments, emailing manufacturers, waiting for courier drops off and pick-ups, talking about audio, thinking about audio.

    This week’s feature article, going up later today or first thing tomorrow, will be published without a comments section. As you dig into its 3000 words, I’ll be en route to Spain for some sunshine, sight-seeing and a little record shopping.

    Yes – I’m taking a week off. That means seven days without any DAR-related activity: no new articles, no comment approval/responses, no email replies and no phone calls. Only DAR’s Instagram will continue as normal.

    DAR returns on Friday 17th March.


    John Darko

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where 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.

    Follow John on YouTube or Instagram


    1. Enjoy your holiday. I’ll be in Spain too next week. Madrid. For work though 🙂

      Tapas y cañas o vino tinto (rioja or Ribera del Duero usually my favorite) Essential words: jámon, boquerones en vinagre, pimientos padrón, tortilla y paella. Buen provecho!

    2. Everyone needs time off! Enjoy yourself and don’t even look at your phone or computer for a week.

    3. You’ll just get pissed off at the in flight headphones and be back to square one 🙂

      Have a good one!

    4. If it means more quality articles like your usual style, its fine by me if your site goes Dark-O for a month

    5. Sheesh!!!

      My last week off was in 1992. 🙁

      But I wish I could get away…

      Enjoy for both of us!!!

    6. John, if anyone deserves a vaca it’s you! Happy No Audio Business Week to you sir, a true audiophile gentleman.

    7. Enjoy your trip to Spain! We’re grateful for all your hard work. Such a fun website.

    8. John, I’d have some sympathy if you were a code monkey or an accountant, but *seriously* ? Its been attributed to several billionaires, but I think the quote goes : ‘do something you love and you’ll never work a day in your life !’ : I have no doubt that your obsession involves some very late nights and hideous long-haul flights, but you’re not exactly driving fenceposts into rock hard ground or shearing sheep in a 50-deg C tin shed, are you ? Enjoy your break, but never take for granted the fact that you get to do something 95% of office drones would give their right (ok, left) arm to do.

      McLovin, starting promptly at 8.30am and praying for the weekend calls for a deeper technical analysis of MQA

    Future-Fi Now!