Digital Audio Review

On a journey to a better sounding destination.
  1. Download – unzip – copy/paste – insert – reboot. Even for the average Joe, the firmware upgrade process for PS Audio’s DirectStream DAC is relatively pain-free. The most recent release, dubbed Huron and reportedly a complete ground-up rebuild by digital guru Ted Smith, was made available by the Boulder company some two weeks ago – […]
  2. A holiday in the sun. It’s what many of us dream of after months and months of the nine to five. The aim? To rid ourselves of the stress and tension of modern life. We might take a week by the pool in Thailand or two weeks hiking in Switzerland. However – wherever – we […]
  3. Here Come The Warm Jets (1973) is Brian Eno’s first solo album. I picked up a used vinyl copy at Berlin’s The Record Store in January 2017. An original UK pressing on Island. €20. A Pro-Ject VCS record cleaning machine took care of most of the surface noise and Here Come The Warm Jets now sounds almost as good as the […]
  4. Looks can be deceptive. Technics’ SL-1200G (€3499) isn’t your Father’s Technics SL-1200 turntable. The price tag is the give away that isn’t. The new version has been redesigned from the ground up by Panasonic’s engineering team. The aim? To tickle the audiophile’s fancy with a new quad layer chassis, a new triple-layer platter, a new […]
  5. Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a house in the suburbs and/or an apartment in the city. Choose a really big hi-fi system. Choose a dedicated listening room. Choose an enormous pair of floorstanding loudspeakers. Choose Beryllium tweeters and subwoofer crossover points. Choose room treatments and power filters. Choose a turntable with outboard motor and two […]
  6. An integrated amplifier. Monoblocks. A pre-amplifier. A DAC. A music server. A PCIe USB3.0 audio card. A Schumann Resonator. A decent range of products from the relatively fledgling Clones Audio, founded in 2012 and whose first product, a Gainclone implementation, lent this Hong Kong company its name. Clones Audio’s latest offering is the PSUPD — a fully discrete […]
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