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    Darko.Audio’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018

    You won’t see it in the nighttime happy snaps of Berliners huddled in groups at Christmas markets, sipping on Glühwein and eating Pfannkuchen. And you won’t see it in the opulence of KaDeWe’s seasonal displays, nor in Friedrichstraße’s understated lights. At this time of year, Berlin says Auf Wiedersehen to […]

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    KIH #63 – Passive struggles, active solutions

    Dynamically challenged? Being referred to as dynamic speakers makes the breed distinct from planars like classic MartinLogan, Quad and Magnepan. Following nomen est omen, one might conclude that dynamics would be a dynamic speaker’s greatest forté. But speaker designer Pat McGinty (of Meadowlark) explains why they’re more challenged than you […]

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    Cables & consistency

    Tell the Average Jo/e not versed in the double trouble of electrical noise and jitter that you dropped US$350 on a USB cable and s/he’ll likely question your sanity. Audiophiles know what Jo/e does not: that not all USB connections are born equal. For this commentator, there’s no doubting the Curious […]

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    Letters to the editor: Putting on weight (& height)

    Response to a recent editorial and poll on hi-res audio and a show and tell on doorstops. Jim C: Hey John, I read your doorstop article, and on a total whim I ordered these: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MFEC211/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I put one on my Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC and one on my First Watt […]

  • How to get reviewed

    What follows are the (necessary) formalities of the Darko.Audio review process. Note: formality doesn’t mean unfriendly, simply that the t‘s and i‘s must be crossed and dotted ahead of gear being dispatched. Once digested, please feel free to get in touch with your review request. Read up. Spend fifteen minutes with the About page. Then dip […]

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    I’m chairman of the board!

    “I’m bored. I’m the chairman of the board. I’m a Lincoln monologue, I’m livin’ like a God, I’m bored.” — Iggy Pop Hi-fi racks – we audiophiles use them to organise our components, to more attractively display them and, sometimes, to minimise the negative influence of vibrations, which not applied […]

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    Darko.Audio podcast #12 – Small speakers

    Sometimes we want steak, other times only sushi will do. And so it goes with loudspeakers: we might lust for (full-range) floorstanders but either our room’s acoustics and/or our aesthetic sensibilities say otherwise: only standmounts can be accommodated. Like food, it’s better to have too little than too much. In our latest […]

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