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    A short film about the Volumio Primo

    Holes — dug by little moles. Logitech and AURALiC. The former’s Squeezebox Touch – a frugalphile favourite – was discontinued in 2012. The latter’s Aries Mini – another goto entry-level streamer – quietly slipped away in 2018. Those are big holes to fill. Stepping forward is Volumio, coders of the […]

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    Volumio to crowdsource Motivo streamer design

    Volumio is the default operating system found on numerous Raspberry Pi-based streamers. Pro-Ject sought a customised version from the Italian company of the same name for their Stream Box S2 Ultra unit. Late last year, Volumio (the company) even introduced their own network streamer, Primo, co-developed with Asus. This year, […]

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    Volumio goes Primo!

    SBC. Small board computer audiofolk will know Volumio as a free, open-source Linux OS that permits headless remote control of music playback on the host device. Think UPnP streaming from a direct USB-connected hard-drive or across the LAN, playback controlled via web browser or smartphone app. This most popular of SBC OSs also […]

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    Allo USBridge Signature review

    Digital audio moves forward rapidly, manufacturers can’t rest on their laurels. Today’s wunderkind quickly becomes tomorrow’s me-too, fantastic for consumers even if it does encourage the premature onset of an upgrade itch. My own journey is a case in point. Both my DAC and network streamer have changed three times […]

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    Raspberry Pi audio streaming 101

    IT 101. An Apple Macbook or Windows-based PC is made up of two fundamentals: the hardware; and the software that runs on the hardware. We can see the hardware if we pop the lid and take a peek inside: the CPU, the RAM, the storage (SSD or HDD) and the […]

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    Darko.Audio’s Product/s of the Decade: 2010-2019

    Take a picture of this: a wired/wireless network streamer with internal DAC that punches on a level somewhere between the AudioQuest DragonFly Black (US$99) and its Red variant (US$199). Also included: a 4.3″ colour touchscreen; hi-res PCM support up to 24bit/192kHz; 3.5mm headphone socket; SD card reader; USB socket that […]

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    Podcast #15 – Lifestyle products

    Lifestyle products. They look good but, in the high-end audio world, do they necessarily sound good? Perhaps not twenty years ago but in 2019 there are a good number of highly attractive pieces of audio hardware that easily hold their own against conservatively-styled (or functionally singular) rivals: hello Devialet, Micromega, […]

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