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    MQA streaming goes mobile: nugs.net on iOS, Groovers on Android

    MQA (the company) dropped the mother of all news annoucement bombs at CES 2017: Tidal’s desktop app would execute the first unfold on MQA-encapsulated hi-res audio streams. The tiny corner of the Internet populated by audiophiles subsequently exploded, mostly with enthusiasm but also some displeasure. The former celebrating the arrival of hi-res content to the […] More

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    Letters to the editor: Bowers & Wilkins PX

    Vacuums. New products aren’t born into airless isolation but land next to rivals that collectively provide price-point expectations against which any newcomer is assessed. Today’s review subject is the PX Bluetooth headphone from Bowers & Wilkins but our story doesn’t start there – and neither will it end there. A reader letter sets the scene […] More

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    Sonos control comes to Tidal, Pandora mobile apps

    [Editor’s note: We start 2018 not with a spring in our stride but with a limp and a news hangover from 2017.] Connect. For Spotify and Sonos, a means to sidestep Sonos’ own long-in-the-tooth mobile app to keep things green and black, allowing the Spotify app itself to act as a remote control, instructing the […] More

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    2017 – Counting backwards

    219,373 – the number of uniques (individual readers) visiting DAR in the last 4 weeks. “Is that a lot?”, you ask. Like this site’s own review commentary, performance must be triangulated from comparative data points. Back in October, the number of unique visitors clicking through to DAR was 182,637. That means the site has enjoyed […] More

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    DAR’s Product of the Year 2017

    Take a look at DAR’s Favourite bits of 2017 and what do you see? The majority play to a similar aesthetic: rectangular boxes dressed in black; and despite this selection being the best of the best and reflecting DAR’s Future-Fi manifesto. Granted, the KEF LS50 Wireless are also available in white, the Sony WH-1000XM2 in […] More

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    DAR’s favourite bits of 2017

    This (and not that). Filtering (and not just summarising). Explaining why. Just as the Sieve of Eratosthenes removes all divisible numbers to leave only prime, choosing the best audio products of 2017 is a process of elimination – one that leads us to the prime cuts of the year (just as it did last year). […] 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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    How to enable aptX (HD) Bluetooth audio on your iPhone, iPad?

    ATTN: Bluetooth beginners. Did you receive a nice pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones for Christmas? Has the manufacturer made a big noise about aptX (HD) support on the packaging? aptX developer Qualcomm asserts that their Bluetooth codec provides “wired quality sound – wirelessly.” Understandably, you want some of that good stuff. As an iOS user you […] More

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    Surprise! AURALiC add Spotify Connect

    Attention AURALiC device owners: fire up the Lightning DS app on your iPhone or iPad today and you’ll see that an update rolled out overnight to bring the firmware version up to 5.3. (Click to ‘additional operations’ in the app settings and then ‘hardware setup’ in the web interface to verify). The App store release […] More

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    Tidal streams for free for 12 days, comes to Apple TV

    Tidal may or may not be doing it tough on cashflow – we can’t possibly know for sure – but it’s certainly doing the hard yards in the mainstream press where many publications are riffing on a report by Norway’s Dagens Næringsliv that the Jay-Z-owned streaming service has six months left to live. We only […] More

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    With the Beetle: AudioQuest’s $199 DAC goes home and away

    In 2015 an early (prototype) version of AudioQuest’s Beetle DAC crawled out of Berlin. Two and half years later, it crawls back into the German capital (and into cities all over the world) as a fully realised retail product: a 24/96kHz-capable D/A converter with asynchronous USB, asynchronous Bluetooth and TOSLINK digital inputs plus a 3.5mm […] More

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    Wyred 4 Sound DAC2v2SE 10th Anniversary review

    FOMO. Fear of Missing Out. It’s a rather interesting phenomenon that’s probably always existed, but didn’t become part of the lexicon until fairly recently. Blame our increasingly social world. With more opportunities than ever to connect, one can easily find oneself overwhelmed with options – and paralyzed by the thought of not making the best […] More

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