IFi Audio announced yesterday an upgraded version of their “balanced” DAC, Pre- and HP-Amp NEO iDSD, called - who will wonder about that – NEO iDSD 2. I tried to have a short preview on the documents but gave up on quick & short and allow myself to show you more details on the available information than I was expecting this morning. The device is announced at 699 Euro/USD/GBP.
If you hadn’t been convinced on the fir
Present: Gloria, Dave Peter, Tom. Canadians at the Gite.
Our place to stay:
Our Gite “Ty Josephine” chez “Les Gites de Kervac’h” – Erdeven - A range of fully equipped traditional houses, to be rented for a reasonable prices, dog friendly & no pool - but the Ocean only 5 km away.
Main activity : Welcoming the friends from Chicago at Port de Saint-Goustan in Auray
Gloria and Dave (the Cubs) arrived from Chicago over Paris CDG early in the morn
The audiophile friends travel blog - Who was where ?
A couple of friends from Germany, France, Chicago and Canada were at Erdeven, a small town close to the Quiberon peninsula at the French Atlantic coastline in the Brittany region.
Present: Peter, Tom, Frisby & Isis (the Canadians – Nova Scotia & Labrador)
When the dates for the Munich Hi-End 2023 were announced the year before, I have sent out mails to Chris, my contributing colleague
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 (18.104.22.168210) 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
As many say, when you experience "big sound", you know it ... . Not equivalent to loudness, though the volume setting is part of the equation - a pretty good description of various aspects is here, https://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/what-does-big-sound-mean-to-you.1157065/#post-30558048.
The above link alone says that this is not an "impossible dream!" - people have achieved this regularly, pretty well since the birth of audio recordings, using various methods. A key part of this
Written by Rushton Paul for Positive Feedback.
You may have seen that NativeDSD recently decided to expand its catalog offerings to now offer albums originally recorded in PCM 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz rates in addition to the DSD/DXD recordings they have always featured.
So, after a month under the new policy, I've been watching to see what this change brings to us as listeners. And, thus far, I've been quite pleased with the additional titles from their existing label par
After something like 8 years, a proper exhibition of many setups - and, it was, for me, something of a surprise. Last show the hit rate was about 1 in 10 - that is, systems that were worth listening to, more seriously, counted for a single finger on two hands; this round, it was probably better than 8 out of 10 ...
So, what happened? Well, probably a combination of everything moving forward - exhibitors had a better handle on what to do, the designers of gear are steadily discovering
The red elephant & the art of product life cycle enhancement
There is an elephant in the room, and it is kinda red.
The micro iDSD Signature by design is a transition product between the good-ole iDSD Black Label edition and the new streamlined iDSD Diablo. This might explain why it comes with a limited availability.
The Diablo may show the new direction of iFi products - it comes in aggressive Lamborghini Red as the king of the purist design hill, a top-o
Bonjour Blog readers!
I have received information from Qobuz that right right now the standard 1-month trial has been enhanced to a 2 month sequence, using this link and the code below. Though, I have no idea how long the offer will be valid, you better redeem asap ;-)
I have also understood that this offer is limited to the 24 countries Qobuz operates and read that it may work adding that gift code to your existing subscription. The link works only without VPN, or at least us
NEO iDSD (around 700-800 $) : HIGH HOPES
I need to underline that iFi had understood some of the critical input raised by the reviewers and made changes to the package and the firmware selection. The recent incarnation of iFi neo iDSD comes along as the iFi Audio Performance Edition at 799$ MSRP.
The NEO iDSD Performance Edition now does include now the iPurifier3 USB B reclocker plus the SPDIF iPurifier and gives you a firmware choice that allows you to use all capabilities of the B
How boring ;-)
Stop right there!
The tapes are coming back …. Just click here …
It’s a thing. And it brings up memories.
I had roughly 2 decades in my life in which I was working with tapes. From cutting mu
Great expectations, high hopes & the elephant in the room
iFi Audio Micro iDSD Signature & NEO iDSD review
The Micro iDSD Signature - Great Expectations
Contents Part two:
Exhibt 2: 4.4mm balanced output Pentaconn
Exhibit 3: The GTO filter
Last November I was kind of surprised when I read the announcement of a Signature edition for the iFi Micro iDSD. Great expectations had been raised instantly about this shiny new
I have re-read my 2021 review about these two iFi devices, which I wrote between December 20 and Mars 21, and found that the work is likely worth to be published, even it is seemingly kind of old news, as the Neo iDSD has already received a revamp.
I will make a series of entries out of the material, starting today with Part 1
1. Review intro and overview
2. The Micro iDSD Signature - Great Expectations
3. NEO iDSD - HIGH HOPES
4. The red elephant & the art of product life
I have already posted the pics and the links for the Audiophonics.fr DA and DAW all-in-one amplifier here.
Here are the links to Audiophonics . DA250NC and DAW250NC .
From my personal experience with AIO amplifiers, the integration of different PCBs with specialized services & functions, like DAC input /output, Wifi and BT input isn’t easy-peasy at all. You’ll get something wrong in the firmware, and your units suddenly lose a lot of their value.
No UPnP/DLNA? Meh!
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
In my formative years (1978 - 88 or so) there had been one outstanding Radio DJ for me, an Englishmen from Dartford / Kent (by chance the hometown of Mick Jagger), presenting radio shows from Cologne and Essen, Germany:
Mr. Alan Bangs (born 1951),
working for BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) and WDR (West German Broadcast):
For young DuckToller he took over musical education from Wolfman, whose US Top 40 I had heard almost every Sunday afternoon when I was 12, but Al
Having a hard time tuning into organising an optical waveform 'cleaner' for the Edifiers ... I know what needs to be done, but my loss of energy in recent times is making my interest in sorting the technical design not intense enough to follow through, right now - yes, I could just buy something, and tweak that to get the job done. But that's not the point ... the goal is a low cost solution, commensurate with the cost of the audio components on either side of the conditioner; and requires most
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
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
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
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
Just came across this thread, on ASR, https://www.audio “science” review/forum/index.php?threads/those-of-you-who-believe-measurements-arent-the-whole-story-do-you-have-a-hypothesis-why-that-is.25416/. This has the usual round of non-thinking comments, but at least a couple of posters are putting up some interesting contributions. In particular, escksu. And, atmasphere - as a manufacturer of tube amps, he's game to want to join in, .
What a better way to celebrate the passage of time (New Year), from a musical standpoint, than with Loren Schoenberg, musician, Jazz scholar, former director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.
His book "The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz" (https://www.amazon.com/NPR-Curious-Listeners-Guide-Jazz/dp/039952794X) is a great introduction to Jazz, and an opportunity to discover or learn to appreciate many artists through Schoenberg's insightful and informative comments.