• Wireless

    by Published on 08-31-2014 03:50 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital Interface Converter,
    3. Wireless,
    4. S/PDIF (RCA) Interface,
    5. AES/EBU Interface,
    6. S/PDIF (TosLink) Interface,
    7. UPnP / DLNA

    The Auralic Aries is perhaps the most talked about HiFi product in recent memory. The Computer Audiophile Community is probably more responsible for this chatter than most other outlets combined. It only makes sense that we would talk about, and hype, the Aries as the product is right up our alley. An Ethernet to digital audio interface, software driven and upgradeable, and an ambitious iOS application are items for which some computer audiophiles live. The Aries includes all three. I've had the Aries in my system since early July and it's time to deliver an update to the CA Community. In the early beta days I had my share of issues with the Aries and Lightning DS iOS application. I've used the Aries in combination with several UPnP servers, UPnP control points, and DACs since its arrival. Over the last few weeks the system has become increasingly stable and enjoyable to use for all my local and lossless streaming music needs.

    Creating a new product such as the Aries with its corresponding iOS application is a huge undertaking. Most manufacturers won't even touch such an ambitious project. They will use ready-made hardware solutions and applications to deliver a portion of what Auralic delivers with the Aries. Auralic is different in that it has the engineering ability to build this product from the ground up. Since its initial beta release the Auralic team has doubled-down on improving the Aries / Lightning DS combination and this hard work shows in increased functionality, stability, and ease of use. ...
    by Published on 12-09-2013 02:22 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Speakers,
    3. Wireless
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    We've all seen countless numbers of small speakers designed for use with an iPhone, iPad, or laptop. Most of them have sound quality equivalent to their prices, low and low respectively. Thus, I was a bit hesitant to embrace the foxL DASH7 pocket-sized loudspeaker when a colleague pulled it from his bag at Rocky Mountain Audiofest 2013. Granted this was a colleague whose opinion I respect greatly but I've heard the same story about small speakers sounding much bigger than their sizes one too many times. I proceeded to indulge my friend by connecting my iPhone 5 to the foxL DASH7 via Bluetooth and selecting some tracks from my favorite music service MOG. I was immediately blown away by the sound. RMAF 2013 hadn't officially started and I knew I'd already heard my favorite product of the show. Yet, this product wasn't even on display at the show. I spent the next thirty minutes listening to the foxL DASH7 placed on a few different surfaces with several different types of music. Following this impromptu listening session my next question was, "How do I get one for review?" ...
    by Published on 05-30-2013 07:02 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Speakers,
    3. Wireless
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    How do I review this product without sounding like a book of audiophile adjectives exploded on my keyboard? The Peachtree Audio deepblue music system will likely be reviewed countless times and have more HiFi one-liners written about it than I've ever heard. To use an idiomatic phrase I guess it is what it is. deepblue is a surprisingly better product than I thought could come from its smallish size. There are only so many ways to rearrange drivers in a small chassis. Most products like this offer different spins on the same thing. Average performance using average components sold at above average prices. The deepblue music system offers much better performance than I've heard from anything in its class and at a better price than even commodity components from giants of this industry. A $399 product that sounds this good and is very easy to use is a dream come true for audiophiles looking to spread the word about our wonderful hobby. Take note, the new HiFi ambassador to the world is here and its name is deepblue.




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    by Published on 03-26-2013 05:33 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Speakers,
    3. Wireless

    Paging through audio magazines over the years Computer Audiophile readers have likely noticed something not quite right about many advertisements. That something is a look that's far too clean for a functioning audio system. Advertisements rarely show all the cables required to connect components to each other and to loudspeakers. Dynaudio on the other hand doesn't have to show this unsightly necessity when advertising its new Xeo wireless speaker system. The speakers cabinets contain nearly everything required for great sound such as amplification and digital to analog conversion components. A single power cable for each speaker and a wireless transmitter connected to a computer is all that's required to complete a Xeo system. The Xeo 3 speakers wirelessly connected to either my MacBook Pro or CAPS v3 server sounded great. The Dynaudio Xeo 3s aren't the type of ear splitting speaker that can only be tolerated for 30 minutes at a time. Rather the smooth sound and surprisingly deep but ...
    by Published on 06-27-2012 11:11 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital Interface Converter,
    3. Wireless

    Seven years ago Stereophile's John Atkinson published objective measurements of Apple's AirPort Express (Link ). Since then Apple changed critical internal parts increasing jitter levels and more recently completed a redesign of the entire AirPort Express. The time has come to put both new and old Express units on the analyzer and publish updated measurements.


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    by Published on 05-21-2012 10:08 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital Interface Converter,
    3. Digital to Analog Converter,
    4. Wireless,
    5. USB Interface,
    6. S/PDIF (TosLink) Interface

    Wireless audio in the home has traditionally been handcuffed by CD quality 16 bit / 44.1 kHz sound, mandatory playback software, wireless network configuration, or all three. Any one of these restrictions can be showstoppers for many users. I love the Apple AirPort Express and AppleTV wireless products but am not thrilled by the lack of high resolution audio support. On the other hand Squeezebox users love the ability to play high resolution audio but the required use of Logitech Media Server software is the elephant in the room. These obstacles, and many more, have been removed by Audioengine's D2 wireless computer interface. It's a wireless USB DAC, wireless USB to S/PDIF converter, and wireless optical S/PDIF stereo link. The D2 wireless computer interface supports up through 24 bit / 96 kHz audio, is compatible with every playback application supported by the host computer, and requires absolutely no wireless network setup. Audioengine has not only freed users from the technical prohibitions of other wireless audio devices but has also created a good sounding device in the D2 wireless computer interface.
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