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Amplifier with DAC UDA1: a very Qobuz effort from Sony for dematerialised music!

Qobuz In English Le 17 avril 2014
If Sony is launching itself into dematerialised music, then you know there’s going to be a big splash. The head of a family which has several members already, the UDA-1 amp, which contains a DAC which can deal, via USB, with all currently-existing PCM audio files (except the very rare DXD) and also DSD (SACD format), which has become essential gear in Japan.

CES 2014: Sony launches the NWZ-ZX1, a high-end 24-bit/192 kHz walkman! Le 16 avril 2014

We have seen it pre-ordered from Tokyo shops for a few months now, and Sony has just officially announced the launch of the ZX1, the...

Qobuz Choice for the Sony HAP-S1 stereo amplifier with HDD and digital inputs Le 12 avril 2014

Not really a networked player or a standalone DAC (as we understand the term to mean now), the Sony HAP-S1 is something of a hybrid system,...

Tangent Booster DAC2: little DAC with a nice headphone amp; manufacturer a little borderline… Le 8 avril 2014

After reading the headline to this article, you’re surely asking yourself: “the manufacturer’s a little borderline???” We’ll explain ourselves in...

Audioengine A2+ : Qobuz Choice for these stunning USB speakers! Le 8 avril 2014

You spend lots of time plonking away at your computer keyboard (streaming Qobuz no doubt), but your computer’s speakers aren’t all that. You...

Just in from China: a 24-bit/192kHz digitiser for cylinder recordings! Le 1 avril 2014

Pathé cinema group have been acquired by a Chinese investment fund, and the developments are escalating at an alarmingly rapid pace.

Rega Saturn-R : Qobuz choose DAC equipped CD player with a catchy name! Le 31 mars 2014

The CD’s decline hasn’t stopped some brands from continuing to create machines for the format, equipping them with USB DACs that are compatible...

Beats Pill XL Bluetooth Speakers (299 Euros/aptX): a big dose of Dr Dre! Le 31 mars 2014

The phenomenally popular Beats Pill speakers (by Dr. Dre) have now brought out a new model – but the size of this new pill makes it harder to...

Audioengine DAC D3 : aluminium box and silver sound ! Le 31 mars 2014

Digital-analogue converters in USB-key format are far fewer in number than their cousins, which come in boxes of a size that we would more readily...

JBL launches Authentics connected speakers – and their performance is out of this world! Le 17 mars 2014

Look out – it’s going to get raucous at Qobuz, thanks to JBL: The manufacturer has just launched connected speakers, which have incredible...

Audiofly (with video): a new in-ear range to suit every wallet Le 17 mars 2014

Audiofly: who are you and what do you want from us? Audiofly is an Australian brand founded in 2011, whose in-ear earphones are spreading like...

iFi iDAC Digital-Analogue Converter: Sabres Drawn! Le 17 mars 2014

No-one can avoid the rules of competition. The price of a USB DAC seems to have been established at around 300 Euros, and good (that is, very...

Dared MP-5BT: a fun little valve amplifier with 16 bit/44k USB and aptX Bluetooth Le 17 mars 2014

Born at the end of the 19the century, at the dawn of the electronic age, vacuum tubes are still glowing at the start of the 21ste and combining...

NuForce µDAC-3: it’s very small, it’s very cute, it makes music! Le 12 mars 2014

Just as nature sometimes brings forth giants, sometimes manufacturers create digital-analogue converters which use computer circuitry. The...

Testing the Astell&Kern AK240 HD-audio player: to infinity and beyond! Le 12 mars 2014

Apparently, the Astell&Kern AK100 and AK120 (double-DAC) HD-audio players were mere appetizers at this audio feast. That’s despite the fact that...

BC Acoustique Amplifier EX222: a soft touch, with plenty of capacity! Le 12 mars 2014

After a dramatic spawning not unlike Gremlins multiplying after contact with water, new releases of standalone DACs seem to be levelling off. That...

Devialet 110: Made in France, made for Qobuz! Le 4 mars 2014

Sometimes dreams really do come true and it is likely that a number of enthusiasts who have raved over the sheer beauty, performance and...

World Premier: Sonos integrates the CD quality Qobuz application! Le 4 mars 2014

The Sonos teams were mobilised to offer wireless streaming from the Qobuz Hi-Fi subscription, the first streaming subscription in the world to...

AwoX StriimSound wireless speaker: Cabasse sound engineering meets the wireless pros. Le 3 mars 2014

There was plenty of excitement at the Qobuz HI-FI Guide with the arrival of a pretty special wireless speaker, conceived by the sound engineers at...

Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro headphones: the good, the BAD (BAss on Demand) and the German Le 3 mars 2014

Long before a certain well-known brand started marketing itself on the variety of colours its headphones came in, rather than their sound quality,...