Digital Audio Review

On a journey to a better sounding destination.
  1. In the lobby area of Munich High-End 2017, an small exhibition of album cover art. To name five of these contemporary, almost-classic artists: Fever Ray, Manic Street Preachers, Muse, The Klaxons, Caribou. Journey upstairs to the listening rooms that U-shape wrap the two atriums and you’ll hear nothing of the sort. This contradiction, like that […]
  2. With forty years clocked up in the loudspeaker business, Dynaudio were at Munich High-End 2017 to launch a fortieth anniversary model: a standmount called The Special Forty. It does what it says on the tin. The Special Forty’s 3cm tweeter, exclusive to this model, is a fresh take on their Esotar design and the all-new 17cm mid/bass driver is […]
  3. We’ve heard a good deal about Roon Ready endpoints this past year – devices made by third party manufacturers that play catch on a Roon (RAAT) stream. Roon Ready hardware partners number around 65. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the device that dispatches the the ones and zeroes: the server box that runs […]
  4. Munich High-End 2017 felt like a victory lap for MQA. Content licensing deals are now in place with all three major labels – Sony was announced with a whisper last week – as well as independent provider Merlin. From May 15th’s press release: “MQA and Merlin, the global digital rights agency for the independent label sector, have today […]
  5. Little and large. The shiny Muon reach for the stars in performance, physical stature and price: £140,000/pair. Being passive loudspeakers, their amplification is external. At Munich High-End 2017, that came from Arcam: “An AV950 preamp processor feeds 3 x P49 per side – a two-channel class G power amp switched into bridged monoblock mode. Each one can deliver 1kW at 0.0001% […]
  6. David Bowie’s Low, Bruce Springsteen’s Darkness On The Edge of Town, Miles Davis’ Tutu, Björk’s Homogenic, Radiohead’s In Rainbows, The Beatles’ Abbey Road, U2’s War, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Johnny Cash’s American II, The Velvet Underground & Nico, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions, Massive Attack’s Mezzanine… These titles (and more) formed […]
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