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    by Published on 09-13-2008 10:06 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Digital to Analog Converter,
    3. USB Interface,
    4. S/PDIF (RCA) Interface,
    5. S/PDIF (TosLink) Interface

    Who can forget the the fabulous opening to the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley walking on stage and proclaiming, "... Just think, nobody thought this would last." Less than two years later everyone else on the planet was proven correct when the two split up. They were clearly not a match made in heaven. Hailing from Bozeman, Montana the Headroom Ultra Micro DAC and Ultra Micro Headphone Amp are definitely not a Hollywood couple. In fact these to components really reach their full sonic potential when paired together. After a couple months with this combination I've really learned to appreciate the meaning of system synergy. The Ultra Micro DAC and Ultra Micro Headphone Amp together reproduced seriously good sound with every pair of headphones I plugged in to them. What follows is my complete review of this match made in Montana.
    by Published on 09-09-2008 10:25 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Announcements

    You can now follow Computer Audiophile using Twitter! As a supplement to the normal articles there will be frequent Tweets / updates posted in the blue box on the left side of the site. Make sure to use the little arrows in the box to scroll through previous Tweets if you happen to miss them. For those not familiar with Twitter I have posted a short video that describes the very popular and useful communication tool. Briefly, Twitter is for short communications to let people know what you are doing. These short messages are called Tweets. In addition to standard Tweets, I will be posting live updates from Rocky Mountain Audiofest as I visit with manufacturers and listen to the newest components. I will post photos instantly from the RMAF suites via my iPhone 3G! Much more to come as RMAF approaches in early October. For now, follow the Tweets. ...
    by Published on 09-09-2008 07:02 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Software

    The anticipated iTunes 8 release is now available for download. So far the updates appear mostly cosmetic despite Apple's insistence that this is a big release deserved of the 8.0 version number. Audiophiles will most likely appreciate the new Grouping feature. According to Apple, "If you’re a fan of classical music, you know that certain works — whether symphonies, concertos, operas, or oratorios — should be played together. And they can be with Grouping. Select the tracks you want to group. Choose Get Info from the File menu. Enter the name of the work in the Grouping field and click OK." Read more for some other bits of iTunes 8 info and screenshots. ...
    by Published on 09-07-2008 05:23 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Bits & Bytes

    Cambridge Audio is getting a lot of press for its DacMagic DAC. Pictures of the DacMagic have been surfacing for some time now, but CEDIA seems to be the "official" launching pad for this DAC. The DAC will be about $400 and offer coax, toslink, and USB inputs. A cool feature that at least one major audio magazine has misreported, is the coax & Toslink digital output. The DacMagic offers two digital inputs and one digital output. Not only can this unit be used as a traditional DAC, but it can pass a digital signal through to your components that may not have a USB input. Cambridge is touting the Adapted Time Filtering (ATF™) upsampling technology that upsamples every input signal into 24/192. Purist audiophiles may shy away from upsampling, but I resommend giving it a listen before condeming all together. I can't imagine Cambridge implementing this feature if it produced inferior sound. Read more for the complete release including all the specs and photos. ...
    by Published on 08-28-2008 08:45 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Speakers,
    3. Bits & Bytes

    The ADM9.1s have finally made the journey across the Atlantic and arrived here at Computer Audiophile. At first glance the ADM9.1s look just like the ADM9s. Appearance is about the only thing the two models have in common. So far I have spent a few hours listening to both the ADM9s and 9.1s individually and in direct comparison to each other. I certainly won't go into much detail since this is just a preview of what's to come. However I will say if the 9.1s continue the perform as well as they have so far the little elves at AVI better get to work. They'll be building a lot of ADM9.1s. ...
    by Published on 08-24-2008 06:33 PM
    1. Categories:
    2. Software

    Those of us who often switch between several high resolution albums know that the current iTunes / Audio Midi situation is less than ideal. Even switching between outputs can be inconvenient. SoundSource 2.0 from Rogue Amoeba does not solve the auto sample rate recognition issue, but does make life a little easier for OS X users. ...