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Hi Ya!
Not all ideas &  equipment that arrives on my desk will find their path to the Audiophile Style's frontpage.
Sometimes my reviews doesn't qualify for the spotligtht, sometimes the device doesn't fulllfill expectations, sometimes the blog can circumvent publishing schedules ... There are many good reasons to start a blog here. En plus -  reflecting on DACs or writing reviews about new recordings are nice options as well.
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Updates on the Arylic HD DAC – it’s (more) functional now! - PLUS WIIM Pro Plus in the store

I have some good news about the HD DAC: The firmware has got an update in March (4.6.509530.45 / 20230302) and it doesn’t brick the device anymore, at least with the unit under review. The 4stream app received as well an overhaul (3.1.18.230210) in February, and they included the 5Ghz network toggle that was missing and which was heavily criticized. Thumbs up for that!              The app itself still has a search engine on valium, but the app throughput i.e.  like Radio Pa

DuckToller

DuckToller in Streamer - DAC

Arylic UP2STREAM HD DAC – A blog rant

The company has sent me this device, the Arylic UP2STREAM HD DAC and the S50+ Pro Pre-amp / Streamer / DAC in return for giving it a thorough and honest review. With the HD DAC board I received a remote control and the Arylic acrylic case option (no pun intended). I was asked to publish the review this week, starting yesterday, and the company was aware of my findings. I’ve produced a set of pictures that you’ll find in the galleries, a work which may underline my serious enthusiasm to revi

DuckToller

DuckToller in Streamer - DAC

Update - WIIM mini HD Streamer - a success story

Update -  WIIM Mini Streamer: The WIIM Mini Streamer is a cheap - puck sized - device for streaming Hi-Res Audio up to 192kHz/24bit from your home network or mobile phone to your DAC or preamp. It is a budget wise investment for multiroom scenarios - think  BlueSound Node or Sonos. Plus, it is easier to setup than any RPI3/4 solution. The device was bought chez Amazon France for 99 Euros in April 2022. For the record: I have had two trips to Germany, a quite miserable Covid infecti

DuckToller

DuckToller in Streamer - DAC

Saturday evening was a testing one.

The setup of the device via Bluetooth using the WiiM HOME app did work smoothly. But I rather like BubbleUPNP for playback cues. JRIVER and FOOBAR detected the device sans fault. Checking out the killer feature of the WiiM, the 24bit 192 hz digital output to an external DAC. It didn't work at the beginning  with native bitrates, but worked well with 24bit 96hz, though. Or with down sampled streams from JRIVER or BubbleUNPN. As it didn't work out with the Toslink cable provided by

DuckToller

DuckToller in Streamer - DAC

TOSLINK - I stand corrected!!!

I stand corrected: The Toslink cable provided by WIIM does work with 24bit - 192 kHz files. Just tested it together with the two new short digital cables that arrived yesterday, no difference by performance except for my personal Bias for the shortest one of 50 cm. It's quite handy ;-) Possible reason for my fail: Firmware update in the meantime or multiple human mismatch. Prefer the first option ;-) However, it is important to underline that you won't need to add another cable to

DuckToller

DuckToller in Streamer - DAC

Pretty much excited to get the WIIM mini Airplay 2 in my hands tonight.

What's that ? It's kind of chromecast on XTC for music lovers. A lightweight puck of 48 gramms, infused with technology of from Linkplay Technolgy Inc, Newark, California,  who owns the brand Wiim, which once was called WiimU and has its home in Nanjing, China, somewhere between Shanghai and Wuhan. Funny thing is, I bought it at Amazon.fr from a company called Arylic-Eu.com, which is the brand name of Rakoit.com, another Chinese enterprise from Shenzhen. This company has contact

DuckToller

DuckToller in Streamer - DAC




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