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    New Raspberry Pi 3B+ –> 5GHz Wi-Fi audio streaming for $35

    3.14 are the first three digits of the mathematical constant Pi; the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. On the calendar, 3.14 points its index finger at 14th March – Pi Day – today –  and the perfect opportunity for small board computer designer/manufacturer Raspberry Pi to announce a new ‘flagship’ model where […] 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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    A better sounding Raspberry Pi with JustBoom’s Digi HAT

    Previously on Raspberry Pi: a €35 palm-sized computer deployed as Roon/MPD-streaming endpoint. Drama! Intrigue! There must be a plot twist, right? Yessir: sound quality. As a network streamer, the Raspberry Pi alone can’t keep pace with the bigger boys like the AURALiC Aries Mini and (especially) the Sonore microRendu. On Giant Sand’s “Monk’s Mountain”, run […] More

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    Bryston’s BDP-π is a rich, Roon Ready slice of Raspberry Pi

    How much is your time worth? That’s the question we might ask ourselves when first glancing at Bryston Limited’s latest digital audio streamer, the BDP-π, which for US$1295 gives us a Raspberry Pi and Hifiberry Digi+ snapped into a custom case and boxed up with switch mode power supply – a combination that might otherwise be purchased for […] More

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    10 ‘must-hear’ active loudspeakers

    Not everyone taking an interest in a better hifi system wants to engage in the sport of hi-fi: mixing and matching amplifiers to extract the best performance from a pair of passive loudspeakers before adding a DAC and network streamer. Many modern hi-fi buyers have a thirst for better sound quality at home but derive […] More

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    Pro-Ject’s Stream Box S2 Ultra is full of surprises

    Turntables and flowers – a familiar sight for those visiting Pro-Ject’s large display at Munich High-End. This year, CEO and founder Heinz Lichtenegger’s standing as the world’s largest turntable manufacturer grew a little further with the news-rumour that he has acquired UK electronics manufacturer Musical Fidelity and has been appointed “European ambassador/distributor for Music Hall” […] More

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    Pro-Ject’s densely packed Pre Box S2 Digital

    Seventy-five products, seven ranges. There’s a lot to get your head around with Pro-Ject Audio Systems audio hardware. They’re best known for their turntables but this Austrian company also make ‘Box-Design’ electronics – small price, smaller form factor. Internet chatter recently surfaced the £300/€345 Pre Box S2 Digital. The name’s a mouthful but so is […] More

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    Going home and away with the Chord Poly

    Home. Berlin, Thursday, 5.30am. Sleep was elsewhere. I was wrong. Not just the title of the 8-minute closing of The Sisters of Mercy’s Vision Thing – on this morning streaming via Roon from an Intel NUC, via Ethernet cabling, to the Chord Mojo – but also the concept of having erred. I’d previously pegged the Mojo […] 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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    One vision: three key audio trends from 2017

    What does it all mean? Not life but the slew of products heard by yours truly in 2017. Reproducing a summary list is an easy cop out – a hat tip to pull quote culture. Yeah nah. More of a challenge and therefore more rewarding (for me and you the reader) is to tease out […] More

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