• Roon Does DSD (Now)

    Roon Does DSD (Now)

    Roon software was recently released for audiophiles to use in playing back computer audio music files. Evolved from Meridian’s Sooloos software, Roon’s interface is refreshingly different from the iTunes-inspired model that’s so popular for digitally-encoded ...
  • High End 2015: New Age Audio

    High End 2015: New Age Audio

    While Robert, Jon, and Julie were doing the honors of covering traditional audio gear, I turned my attention to a new category I’ve dubbed “new age audio.” This is the realm of components designed to ...
  • Munich Update: Meridian's MQA

    Munich Update: Meridian's MQA

    There was much anticipation that Meridian would make an important announcement about its Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) technology, but the press conference was more of an overview of how the technology works. I did, however, ...
  • The 2015 Munich High-End Show

    The 2015 Munich High-End Show

    If there was ever any doubt about the Munich high-end show’s ascendance to the world’s premier audio event, the 2015 show will put any reservations to rest. This year the vibe was even more upbeat ...
  • Astell&Kern Announces AK Jr

    Astell&Kern Announces AK Jr

    The following is a press release issued by Astell&Kern. April 24, 2015 - Seoul, South Korea - Astell&Kern, the leader in portable high-res audio players, announces its newest player, the entry-level AK Jr. The Astell&Kern ...
  • Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Understanding Digital Music Systems

    Issue 254 of The Absolute Sound includes a comprehensive primer explaining the new architecture of digital music systems. A table in that article was abbreviated because of space restrictions. We reprint the full table here. ...
  • Meridian MQA U.S. Premiere

    Meridian MQA U.S. Premiere

    The following is a press release issued by Audio High. March 31, 2015 - We are proud to announce that Audio High has been chosen as the first Meridian partner to introduce MQA (the new ...
  • Sony NW-ZX2 Digital Media Player

    Sony NW-ZX2 Digital Media Player

    When Apple discontinued its 160GB iPod Classic portable music players, a funny thing happened: Their prices on eBay doubled overnight. And while many tech-pundits see dedicated portable players as an ergonomic dead end (supplanted by ...

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