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Now DSDs are becoming easier to play, where exactly do you get them?

Online music vendors are waking up to the resurgence of interest in the single-bit hi-res format, but there is an alternative… DSD was born as part of one of those inevitable consumer electronics format battles, as hardware and music companies sought to find the next step on from CD. For the proponents of Super Audio […]

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UPDATED: High-resolution audio – now with added fibre…

My latest music-network upgrade is another run of fibre-optic cabling – and it’s made an amazing difference UPDATE 08.06.15: More fibre, more sound! Well, I’ve just introduced some more fibre optics into my audio system, and this time the sound really has taken a leap forward. I took a bit of a kicking from the […]

The end of Linn preamps means – well, the end of Linn preamps. That’s all.

Having claimed to sound the death-knell for the CD player six years ago, Linn’s now calling time on the hi-fi preamplifier. It’ll take more than that…

World first live double-DSD concert transmission tests start this weekend

Marathon music event from Japan will be followed next Saturday by live Berlin Philharmonic concert – and all in beyond-SACD quality UPDATE 04.04.2015: Korg DS-DAC100m arrived, set up on my computer – which took all of five minutes – and now listening to DSD5.6 sample files from the DSD live streaming site via the supplied […]

Out with the old, in with the new: Apple’s Japan development is a sign of the times in consumer electronics

New ‘smart community’ in Yokohama will have Apple tech centre at its centre, replaces Panasonic factory The times they are a-changin’ in Yokohama, Japan, where Apple is set to build a massive technology development centre on the site of an old Panasonic radio factory. Part of the 3.8 hectare site is to be bought by […]

SPES: magical, mystical sounds from an ancient tradition

I’m greatly enjoying the latest recording from one of my favourite labels, 2L, which combines Western choral singing with traditional Sami musical styles. The Sami are the indigenous people who live in part of the far North of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and are sometimes known as Lapps or Laplanders. The new release, SPES, is […]

Making a Statement: building Naim’s super-amp

Naim boss Paul Stephenson may say ‘We’re glad 2014 is behind us, and we can move on’ – he admits times were tough last summer, mainly due to global economic and political unrest –, but the company is still upbeat after recording its best-ever sales last year, with record months in the last quarter. Giving […]