Tag Archives: High-resolution audio

Fiio X3 with v3.0 firmware

REVIEW: Fiio X3 gets even better as new firmware adds DSD and a slicker interface

Free download improves the user-interface immensely, and the £160 digital media player now handles more music formats and plays them better, too The Fiio X3, the Chinese company’s great-sounding little digital media player, just keeps on getting better. You may have read my original review of this bargain-priced device back in August last year, and […]

Pro-Ject Dac Box DS

REVIEW: Pro-Ject DAC Box DS

Fine-sounding converter is now even better value with DSD capability DSD: it’s a contentious subject among those interested in all things high-resolution. I’ve been subject to some quite scathing comments from some keyboard warriors for suggesting anyone should buy products not supporting DSD, which they see as the way, truth and light; others, meanwhile, see […]

Naim Muso

Naim mu-so is a radical all-in-one network music system

Selling for £895 when it goes on sale in September, mu-so packs Wi-Fi, UPnP, Bluetooth and AirPlay, along with six speakers driven actively by 450W of digital amplification – and Android app control! This is the Naim mu-so: launched in April as Muso, but now renamed mu-so in time for its on-sale debut in September […]

REVIEW: Denon DA-300USB DAC

…And here’s what happens when mainstream hi-fi players start taking desktop audio seriously Until recently, the whole world of desktop audio wasn’t something troubling the big names of mainstream audio unduly. True, everyone from high-end companies to accessory specialists and even all-but-unknown start-ups had already gone down the route of providing digital-to-analogue converter bridges between […]

Sony TA-A1ES

REVIEW: Sony TA-A1ES amplifier

For various reasons, it’s taken a while to get my hands on Sony’s flagship high-resolution audio player, the HAP-Z1ES – which isn’t the subject of this review. The buzz has been building about this novel approach to the whole computer music thing, with its onboard storage, DSD upconversion and lack of any sign of network […]

The dawn of the High Resolution Audio age – maybe next year, eh?

According to all the pre-publicity, this year’s CES show was going to mark a turning point in the way we all listen to music. It didn’t quite happen like that…       CES 2014 was going to be the event at which audio moved beyond CD quality and data-reduced downloads, and became high-definition. Not only had […]

So is Pure Audio Blu-ray the solution to hi-res music format bafflement?

A new release of one of the most celebrated classical recordings – Allegri’s Miserere by The Tallis Scholars – is designed to broaden the appeal of high-resolution surround sound The Tallis Scholars (picture: Eric Richmond) The brave new world of high-resolution audio is a minefield for the unwary traveller, or indeed the under-informed would-be guide. […]

Marantz NA-11S1

REVIEW: Marantz NA-11S1 – a very good thing worth the very long wait

When it comes to high-end network music players, the smaller specialist audio companies have led the market. Linn and Naim are perhaps the best-known examples, with Cyrus joining the party somewhat later – the larger mass-market brands have been cautious in this area, and only now are we seeing signs that the whole music-streaming idea […]

REVIEW: Esoteric K-07 SACD/CD player/DAC

Maybe it’s time for one of Japan’s best-kept audio secrets to become a bit less – well, esoteric I’ve always liked Esoteric equipment, ever since I first clapped eyes on some of the range many years ago in a shop in Tokyo’s Akihabara district – you know, the ‘Electric Town’ area everyone used to rave […]