McIntosh Laboratory has launched a new media server/streamer – the MB100 Media Bridge. This combines 1TB of internal storage with a wide range of inputs and can serve as a digital media control centre or hub. The MB100 has four USB inputs, plus an eSata port for direct connection to external drives.read more
The ADL X1 portable DAC has put Furutech’s digital electronics brand on the market for Apple users and now it has a solution for Android devices in the £435 A1. This DAC and headphone amplifier is also DSD-capable when used with either Mac or PC. It has three digital inputs: USB, Android OTG (On-The-Go – an Android USB connection protocol), and 3.5mm optical. Output is via minijack and the A1 supports DSD64, DSD128 and PCM at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192kHz.read more
Once upon a time when history was in its infancy and nostalgia didn't yet exist, hi-fi fanatics had very little to be perplexed by or snobbish about. They pined for a thing that had a hole in it centre, rotated at either 33 or 78rpm and made sound through a single speaker, life was good.read more
An almost cubic DAC with a knob on it, from Bulgaria, with my reputation? Not half. I tried the first Antelope converter (now dubbed Zodiac 192 kHz) when the digital streaming malarkey was making the first inroads into the high end, at the time it managed to make a Bryston BDP-1 digital transport sound pretty exhilarating. read more
September means many things to many people but to the audio enthusiast it means show time. The first date of the season in the UK is the National Audio Show at Whittlebury Hall not far from the Silverstone F1 race track. This large and warren like... read more
Music it is said is part and parcel of every audiophile's raison d'être. It is the reason for large speakers and annoying electronics that occupy living space and endanger peace, happiness and in some cases marital bliss. And yet it would appear that less of us are parking our ears in front of the audio set-ups we cherish so much as often as we once did.