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Darko.Audio podcast #7 – Streaming methods

  • Naim’s Uniti Atom could be the poster child of the modern hi-fi age: a small 40wpc integrated amplifier with probably the best volume control in the world that streams every which way: aptX Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, Googlecast, UPnP and Roon; plus Internet radio and Tidal through Naim’s own app.

    The Uniti Atom is the perfect platform from which to discuss how we stream music in the home and the perfect starting point for the seventh Darko.Audio podcast, the second with TONEAudio‘s Jeff Dorgay.

    The podcast ending was also pre-planned: a hat tip for Nathan Fake’s mind-blowing Dekmantel podcast that runs rings around his latest album, Providence. The Uniti Atom’s Googlecast support brings SoundCloud into the audiophile picture where it rightly belongs.

    However, at 80 minutes, the seventh Darko.Audio podcast is also the longest (and probably deepest) episode to date. In between Naim and Nathan, Dorgay and I discuss how Spotify Connect works, the limitations of Apple AirPlay, the differences between Tidal and Qobuz, hifi review methodologies, “Musicality“, Tidal’s promotion of hip-hop / RnB, the LG V30 smartphone, our latest favourite gear, volume knobs and the importance of coloured finishes.

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    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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