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Cyrus' new Lyric series music players may look like inkjet printers, but don't judge them on their looks -- they may be ideal hubs for audiophile-grade living room audio. Both the Lyric 05 (80W per channel, 24-bit DAC) and Lyric 09 (170W per channel, 32-bit DAC) can stream 24-bit, 192kHz tunes fr...

December 16th 2013 at 12:32pm 0 Comments
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Audioengine recently released a premium 24-bit DAC (digital to analog converter) that lets you bypass your Mac headphone jack and send the audio through a USB port. The result is an audible and sometimes dramatic improvement in music quality. The D3 is US$189.00, a very reasonable price as high-qual...

December 4th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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A review of a smartphone that's primarily sold in China? Yes, that's exactly what this is, and with good reason. The Vivo Xplay merits attention because of the components it contains -- some of which are exotic, like its "HiFi grade" audio chips, and some of which are straightforward but desirable...

November 7th 2013 at 9:31am 0 Comments
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Does the choice of metal inside a headphone cable have much discernible impact on sound quality? It's a debate we'd struggle to contribute to, with ears as bruised as ours, but Onkyo clearly believes that such things matter. Its latest over-ears (the ES-CTI300) and in-ears (IE-CTI300) come with th...

November 6th 2013 at 11:47am 0 Comments
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Raspberry Pi and the Raspbmc OS already make a solid combo as a media center, but if you encounter music-related limitations then it may be worth giving the RaspyFi distro (v1.0) a shot instead. In addition to supporting Apple AirPlay and a range of lossless file types, this audio-centric form of...

September 10th 2013 at 12:11pm 0 Comments