computer sales stagnate, their use as music sources seems suddenly to be
taking off. Shorn of their ability to baffle users with facile failure
messages and tasked to cope with one role only, computer based servers like
this month’s Aurender S10 show they can deliver amazing results.
Just a few years
ago Mac Minis were spewing out masses of jitter, likely caused by poor clock
multipliers working in conjunction with an on-board CD based 44.1kHz master
clock. Now the CD has gone, the little Mini’s clock source has changed –
and improved no end in the process. Here’s another step forward.
All of a sudden
computer audio seems to be getting into its stride and in the process a
strange new alliance is forming where absolutist audio ideas are being imposed
on number crunchers to extract a devastating audio performance. How the world
Once we would
have recommended students and the impecunious grab a turntable, budget amp and
an inexpensive floor standing loudspeaker to make music. The turntable became
a CD player and now it is likely to be a laptop running iTunes and feeding an
external DAC. In this new world floor standing loudspeakers remain little
changed we find in this month’s Group Test. But that’s no disgrace as they
deliver fine results for little outlay; just £300 gives you a great taste of
real audio quality. Just don’t forget decent cables and stands, because
accessories make all the difference – as readers testify in our Letters
What would hi-fi be without the need to tweak! Computers are now
benefiting from it, but turntables were the original hotbed that nursed this
hobby, demonstrating just what could be achieved. Little changes – this
month we review a Garrard 301/401 bearing no less! Don’t you just love it.
Well, Adam did, as you can read in this issue too. Enjoy!
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