• Denon PMA-50 Integrated Amp

    Denon PMA-50 Integrated Amp

    Memo to audiophiles: Most people don’t appreciate your hobby. They think you’re weird for using a stack of large, ugly, and (to them) insanely expensive equipment to listen to music. They are happier than (fill ...
  • 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 ...
  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC Update

    PS Audio DirectStream DAC Update

    On February 10, PS Audio released a noteworthy update to its DirectStream DAC. Unlike previous updates, which were labeled firmware upgrades, this new version—known as the Pikes Peak OS—delivers many improvements to the operating system. ...
  • Backing Up Your Music Files

    Backing Up Your Music Files

    If you’re a computer-audio enthusiast, no matter how expensive your equipment may be, your largest investment will be your collection of music files. Downloads cost money, and the higher their resolution, the more money they ...
  • PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

    PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

    In 2012, a group of Direct Stream Digital (DSD) enthusiasts within the audio industry (led by dCS) released the DSD-over-PCM (DoP) standard, providing a way to “trick” traditional PCM audio circuits into playing native DSD ...
  • dBpoweramp CD Ripper

    dBpoweramp CD Ripper

    The term “ripping” sounds a bit scary—like you’re tearing something apart. However, in audio, “ripping” is the process of copying music files from a CD to your hard drive or flash drive in a format ...
  • The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    It seems like there’s always some hot-button issue for audiophiles to debate. For the last couple of years, it was the ability to play high-resolution (176.4 or 192kHz/24-bit) computer-audio music files. Now it’s almost impossible ...

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