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    Global feedback: Death to WAF

    WAF. Web application firewall? World Architecture Festival? Welsh Automotive Forum? In the dude-dominated audiophile world, we’re talking Wife Acceptance Factor — how likely an audiophile’s spouse would approve of his latest hifi acquisition, but not based upon its sound quality or functionality, but looks – and looks alone. According to Stereophile staffer Larry Greenhill, WAF […] More

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    ATC’s CDA2 MK2 is a 21st Century CD player

    Acoustic Transducer Company. As per the British manufacturer’s lesser-known unabbreviated name, ATC is best known for its loudspeakers: actives taking up residence in the some of the world’s finest recording studios and a consumer range – actives and passives – continuing to impress at home. Being well-versed in active loudspeaker design means ATC also know a thing or […] More

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    Electronica for audiophiles (Part 8 – Ignoreland)

    Electronic music doesn’t enjoy a great deal of playtime in audiophile circles. Why? Maybe it’s snobbery? Maybe it’s a lack of exposure. Maybe it’s preconceptions of mindlessness? That so-called mindlessness is a feature, not a bug. Fresh converts might be made if only the properly curious were pointed in the direction of what’s good — examples […] More

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    Cue fanfare: Tellurium Q’s Silver Diamond USB cable

    USB cables. In joining DAC to network streamer, theoretical idealism would have us believe that they all sound the same. Real-world pragmatism tells us otherwise. Bridging the reality gap are several possible points of order: 1) There is no such thing as digital signal transmission, only analogue representations of a digital signal. For USB data, […] More

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    Letters to the editor: What’s best?

    What’s best: the Audeze LCDi4 (US$2495) or the Noble Audio Katana (US$1850)? The answer depends on who is asking. For the indoor listener with no-one to disturb with an open-backed planar, the choice can fall to sound quality alone — the LCD-i4 — but for the everyday train/plane traveller, the open-backed design of the Audeze […] More

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    Freedom! Mytek announce US$995 Liberty DAC

    Subtraction. Take the Mytek Brooklyn (and not the Plus). Shrink the box volume by a factor of three to remove the colour LED display and dancing signal level meters but maintain balanced outputs by converting the associated rear panel socketry from XLR to TRS (and offer TRS-XLR adaptors as an option). Keep hold of its internal ESS Sabre 9018K2M DAC […] More

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    To Core Infinity and beyond with Devialet, Seprolec

    Re-unification. UPnP, Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Roon – five key streaming connections Devialet intend to add to their Expert Pro range of ‘super-integrated’ amplifiers, bringing future software development in line with the Phantom range of digitally active loudspeakers. This means new software. The forthcoming Devialet OS, “a Linux-based OS tailored for audio applications […] More

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    Dynaudio introduces Xeo 20, Xeo 30 active loudspeakers

    Danish loudspeaker company Dynaudio has announced reworked versions of their Xeo 4 (standmount) and Xeo 6 (floorstanding) active loudspeaker models. The incoming models hold tight to their predecessors’ driver complement with a 28mm Esotec soft dome tweeter augmented by an in-house developed 14cm MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) mid/bass driver in the standmount Xeo 20 (€2199/pair) and an […] More

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    Step up from a Raspberry Pi with Allo Digital’s USBridge

    Flavour of the month items come and go; we audiophiles have a proper thirst for the new. Some products leave an indelible mark though. Think NAD’s original 3020 amplifier or Linn’s LP12. Maybe the Devialet amplifiers or Roon software. Sonore’s microRendu is surely such a landmark product, not just halting the rise in streamer pricing […] More

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    Genelec ‘The Ones’ 8341 think inside the box

    Conventional thinking – who needs it? Not Max Schlundt and his Kultur Technik HiFi store in West Berlin where high end actives from Grimm, Kii, Manger, Avant Garde, Lyravox and Genelec enjoy equal ocular and aural billing alongside passives from ELAC, Burmester, Focal and other more usual suspects. The most pronounced difference drawn out of […] More

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    KIH #54 – Baaargain basement

    The silence of the lambs. Fear not. Today Hannibal Lecter won’t have your liver with fava beans. Instead let’s look over my shoulder during our recent move. Fintan of One Man And His Van plus crew sit in our kitchen. Having just delivered the last of our boxes over a two-day period of loading, unloading […] More

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