Recently, the music streaming giant re-branded it's CD-quality (flac) tier and is now available on Bluesound's platform. The announcement is most welcome as I've been patiently waiting for a Tidal HiFi alternative. After signing up for their 30-day trial, I listened to a number of very familiar favorites and so far I'm impressed with the … Continue reading Deezer HiFi
After years of playing in Apple's sandbox, this past Spring I began looking in earnest for non-Apple replacements for my aging gadgets (iPhone 6 & iPad Air). In a nutshell, Acer's Chromebook R11 convertible replaced my iPad and Google's Pixel 2 became my 1st ever Android phone. Late to the party Google's Cast technology has … Continue reading Chromecast Audio
Now that the weather has changed it's time to swap out the amps. In goes the APPJ PA0901A miniature tube marvel and out goes the Fleawatt. You can read more about the amps in this blog post.
After much research prior to my 1st Android phone purchase, I settled on Google's Pixel 2. Despite being extremely happy with the phone I was, admittedly, a bit disappointed with the Bluetooth specs Google had published for their latest greatest .. Bluetooth 5.0 + LE. That's it. No aptX (never mind aptX HD). I wondered … Continue reading Bluetooth Revisited
Schiit Audio recently released a very affordable hardware EQ (aka, tone control). At $149 I just couldn't resist. So much for being off the merry-go-round. Loki Mini Fans of Schiit will remember the Loki name from a now discontinued product which was their brief foray into DSD-land. Apparently Jason and Mike liked the name enough … Continue reading Aww Schiit!
Well, it's about that time of year when I simplify my system. Why? Think cool as in cool-running. Think summer. I love the heat and I want my windows wide open. I want to smell the rain and fresh-cut grass. Yeah, I'm one of those people and honestly, I really dislike air conditioning. The only … Continue reading Hot damn!
Geeks adore it. Audiophiles, not so much. Allow me to set a scene for you .. (music plays in the background) .. while enjoying some good food, drinks, and conversation with friends, someone says “I heard a great song today and saved it on my phone, can we play it on your system?”. Always happy to oblige … Continue reading Bluetooth