Self–Censorship, or the Art of Saying “No, Thanks.”

As an equipment reviewer, a fair amount of new gear comes across my desk. If you’ve ever seen my office, you wouldn’t be surprised at the resulting clutter. I request equipment based on either my limited experience with the product at a trade show, or via a positive recommendation by someone I trust. Unfortunately, like […]

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The 16th C. Roots of Computing

Hello Happy Reader, What with the holidays and plethora of pipe organs in the Twin Cities, I hit a couple of concerts recently. The most recent was a Olivier Messiaen piece, La Nativité du Seigneur, as played by Raymond Johnson, the Director of Music at St. Mark’s Cathedral here in Minneapolis. It was dissonant, angular […]

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RMAF 2013 – Ella Lives Pt. 3

Ciao Gentle Reader, In Parts One & Two of my RMAF 2013 report, I discussed activities at CanJam, always fun, and some of the suites that caught my fancy. This last installment continues with coverage of individual rooms that I enjoyed, starting with April Music…

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RMAF 2013…Ella Lives Pt. 2

Hey Audio Fans, In Part 1 of “RMAF 2013…Ella Lives,” I discussed many of the stuff at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest’s CanJam gathering. This year, it was bigger and better than ever, with some amazing high end headphones, and some budget ones that kick serious butt. In this, the second part of my RMAF […]

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RMAF 2013…Ella Lives Pt. 1

Hello gentle reader, The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest happened earlier this month…This year, I decided to take a different tack than in year’s past. At previous Rock Mountain shows, I’d rush around, attempting to “take in” the whole show. Then I’d rush to crank out coverage. Bah, I say! This year, I moseyed along the […]

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Micromega MyDAC

Hi kidz, The good folks at Audio Plus Services, the North American representative for  Micromega, have lent me their new almost entry level DAC. I say “almost” as it’s not spendy enough to make it into my DAC survey, but yet inexpensive enough (US$370 on Froogle) to compete with all but the bottom feeder products […]

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MidPriced DACs — Part VII

Hello Digiphiles, There seems to never be enough midpriced DACs out there for your dancing and dining pleasure. I’m up to 89 now! An example of one of the new entries is the DSD-capable ARK MX+ DAC from AURALiC. In related news, the 13th edition of Hifi Zine is out, and I have a piece […]

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MidPriced DACs — Part VI

Hello Digiphiles, I’m up to a frankly incredible 86 DACs in my list of mid–priced DACs. In related news, the 12th edition of Hifi Zine is out, and I have a piece in there about shopping for DAC. It’s a 10,000 foot view, but you may find it interesting. An example of one of the […]

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MidPriced DACs – Part Trois

Hey folks, As I dredge up more DACs for your comparison pleasure, I add ’em to the table. The updated version adds the current version of the Music Hall dac25, an easily upgradable DAC that takes kindly to better voltage regulators and op amps… Enjoy! OMas

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MidPriced DAC Survey — Part Deux

Hey folks, Around Black Friday, I put together a survey of some mid–priced DACs to use with your computer and hi–fi system. Since the original posting, I’ve found a few more to add so, instead of updating the original post, I’m going to continue to update the stand-alone table; one chart to rule them all! Take […]

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HR Playback Host

On Dec 8, 2012, Marco, one of my TS&G readers in Italy, wrote me with the following: “Hello! I’m reading your book today, and It’s very easy to read, complete and interesting. Next year, I’ll be buying an iMac and I’m undecided which of the following configurations to go with: Configuration 1 – iMac 21,5″ […]

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Happy HoliDACs!

This blog entry was first published as Happy HoliDACs on Blogcritics… It’s Black Friday and, at least in my neighborhood, it should be White Friday. It started snowing late yesterday afternoon and, by this morning, we had a nice white covering. This weekend, it’s your duty as a conspicuous consumer to go out there and do your […]

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