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    ProAc’s delightfully insightful Tablette 10 loudspeaker

    Ninety degrees. The last loudspeaker to ask for a quarter turn from my pair of Atacama Nexus 6 stands was the Rogers LS3/5a. They’re wider than they are deep. This month, that very same stand turn angle has been executed once more for the identically-sized ProAc Tablette 10 (€1400/pair) – the British manufacturer’s tenth iteration of their […] More

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    OPPO Digital add MQA support to UDP-205

    Going ground up, OPPO Digital’s UDP-205 is a D/A converter and a headphone amplifier. Asynchronous (DSD512/PCM768kHz-capable) USB, coaxial and TOSLINK inputs each feed a pair of internalised ESS Labs’ 9038PRO chips to output via balanced XLR, singled-ended RCA on the back panel; or a 6.4mm headphone socket on the front. Multi-channel hi-res content – PCM […] More

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    KIH #51 – Out of time

    Timing. Consider Xeric’s Halograph Automatic which also comes in quartz; or their Soloscope SQ variant here in one square case option. Both remind us that fine timekeeping pieces are about a lot more than just telling time. These even demonstrate how an apparently retrograde movement (one which jumps backward) can be executed with an ordinary […] More

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    Letters to the editor: Know-how with KEF & Roon

    On digital audio knowledge, it’s not what we know that matters most but our ability to grasp what we don’t know. High-end digital audio asks us to install software and USB drivers and troubleshoot the same. When faced with a roadblock, do we dismiss the pursuit of better sound quality as overly complicated or do […] More

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    Black Friday on my mind

    Thanksgiving isn’t a public holiday here in Europe – so what’s for dinner? Same as the other 364 days of the year. Look at the DAR menu: our op-ed ‘think’ pieces and music coverage are only the dessert. For entrée we look to news announcements that detail the what, the why and the how much, […] More

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    The Italian job: Diapason, Aqua at Warsaw AV Show 2017 [VIDEO]

    Standmount loudspeakers. Many US show exhibitors stay away because experience says attendees don’t take ’em seriously enough. “They walk in, they clock the standmounts and they walk straight out,” said one Californian electronics manufacturer at an RMAF long gone. If standmount loudspeakers have an image problem, it wasn’t evident at the 2017 Warsaw AV Show. […] More

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    EDC Velvet: a more affordable IEM from Noble Audio

    King of the road. Santa Barbara’s Noble Audio have a formidable reputation as purveyors of the high-end personal audio experience. Like the best things in life, that high-end listening experience doesn’t come cheap: Noble’s multi-BA universal models start with the Trident at US$399 and end with twin flagships Kaiser Encore and Katana at US$1850. A financially […] More

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    Ten highlights from the Warsaw AV Show 2017

    The 2017 Warsaw AV Show is in the books and its visitor numbers tallied: 14,000 14,116 people put their ears in the National Stadium, the Golden Tulip Hotel and the Sobieski Hotel during the show’s three day run. Click here for a video overview. This is what a less congested room looked like: Breaking it down: 1400 visitors […] More

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