April 25, 2018, 12:37 pm
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Wireless headphones sales jump 343%, a year after Apple drops 3.5mm headphone jack

At the launch of the iPhone 7, when Apple announced that it was dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack, there were mixed reactions from consumers and industry experts. To many, the decision to drop the...
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Hi-Res Audio Market set for further growth

According to Market Research firm NPD Group, sales of Hi-Res Audio devices grew 77 percent from 2014 to 2016, while unit sales grew 118 percent. NPD Group classifies flash-memory players, receivers and amplifiers, sound...

Astell&Kern announces the AK70 MKII

Astell&Kern today announced the AK70 MKII, successor to the AK70. At a first glance, the AK70 MKII exhibits minimal changes to its exterior form factor, it is the internal circuitry that has undergone significant...
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Verisimilitude of Wireless Audio: Bluetooth 5.0

Bluetooth technology is a godsend for many who seeks to minimize the wire clutter from the digital lifestyle. The jack-less smartphone design which was first led by Apple with a number of other smartphone...
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Audinst HUD-DX1 DAC/Amplifier Review

The Audinst HUD-DX1 is a solid state headphone DAC and amplifier combo from Audinst, Korea. Audinst is a company established in 2009 with the goal of bringing PC-based audio components to the Hi-Fi grade...
Onkyo and Pioneer Enable MQA Playback on the Onkyo DP-S1 and XDP-30R DAPs

Onkyo and Pioneer Enable MQA Playback on the Onkyo DP-S1 and XDP-30R DAPs

Onkyo and Pioneer have announced the release of a firmware update for the Onkyo DP-S1 and Pioneer XDP-30R enabling MQA playback on their latest DAP players, delivering on a promise that was made when...
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Verisimilitude of Wireless Audio: aptX HD

Wireless Audio, a term that is loosely translated to "audio signals that travel without wires". For decades, audio signals have been transmitted in its analog form via wires, a tried and tested technology and...
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Pioneer XDP-30R Review

For some, the emergence of Digital Audio Player (DAP) seemed like a return to the days when our need for portable music was provided for on separate devices. The evolution started with portable cassette...
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Hi-Res Audio vs. Hi-Res Music – Are they the same?

During my interactions with fellow enthusiasts, the term "Hi-Res Audio" and "Hi-Res Music" are commonly used interchangeably, often leaving impressions that the two are the same. In reality, "Hi-Res Audio" and "Hi-Res Music" are different and...
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IFA 2017: Labels Sony, Universal and Warner outlined hopes of mass-market appeal for hi-res...

"We are at a time where we are seeing major opportunities for hi-res: to get the younger generations to move on to hi-res. Formats like MQA make it more portable, so it’s easier to...