Tag Archives: digital audio

AK Jr red

REVIEW: AK Jr – Astell & Kern’s new kid on the block

It may be designed as an entry-level addition to the acclaimed digital music player range, but this £399 machine is has serious intentions – and it’s now available in red, too! UPDATE: The sleek little Astell & Kern AK Jr. digital audio player is now available as a limited edition in red. Selling for the […]

Korg DS-DAC-10R

Korg adds DSD DAC complete with A-to-D for recording LPs

New Korg DS-DAC-10R offers DSD128 decoding/encoding, and has built-in phono stage for simple recording of vinyl to hi-res audio Just announced by Korg is the DS-DAC-10R, combing the functions of hi-res digital-to-analogue conversion and analogue-to-digital for recording to DSD. Selling for £439 when it hits the shops in January 2016, the new model even has […]

Frankenspiel FS-X: in Single or Dual mode, it’s so much more than just a Bluetooth speaker system

The market is awash with Bluetooth speakers of varying plastickiness, and it’s rare that a day goes by without me receiving at least one press release extolling the virtues of some new miracle said to be just the thing to get the party started/entertain the whole beach/play music while cycling/amaze your friends and win true love – […]

SC-SC-connector

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 […]

Naim does DSD with new NAC-N 272 preamp/DAC/network player

New from Naim is the £3300 NAC-N 272, a combined network music player, DAC and preamplifier – and for the first time in a Naim product it can play DSD files, either from local storage such as USB devices or streamed over a home network. The reason I was down in Salisbury last week – […]

REVIEW: Technics R1 and C700 systems tested

I’ve now had a chance to review both the Technics C700 Premium system and the Reference R1 set-up, and the results are very promising So, almost a year since I first heard the beginnings of the Technics revival, the boxes started arriving containing the review samples. And having now listened to both the R1 Reference […]

Two-channel audio alive and well in Japan’s megastores

So hi-fi as we know it is on its last legs, is it? The huge selection on sale in a couple of Japan’s consumer electronics superstores suggests otherwise… Some will have you believe that hi-fi as we know it is on its way out, replaced by small speakers, Bluetooth whatnots and streaming services, but having […]