Network Player Reviews

Antipodes CX + EX Music Server and Renderer premium
There comes a time when a reviewer just lacks the superlatives to describe the latest experience and for me, this is it. This combination is, quite simply, the very best digital front end that I have heard.
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Antipodes DS Base Music Server premium
After having reviewed the costly Antipodes DX and proclaiming it my new reference, here is a product of the same manufacturer, but at the other end of the cost scale. At 1995 euro, it is far removed from the DX' lofty 6000+ price, but does it offer comparable sound quality? Read on to find out!
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Antipodes DX Music Server premium
Ones and zeros are not just ones and zeros and music servers are not all created equal
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Antipodes EX Music Server premium
With its ODAPS2 power supply, four separate shielded chambers, and user-installable storage, the relatively affordable EX server marks the start of a new Antipodes range.
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Aqua LinQ Network Interface premium
Never before has a digital interface, network or otherwise, behaved so utterly consistently and dependently. The LinQ has the uncanny ability to improve the quality of upstream components but it does this while refraining from imposing any discernible character onto the proceedings.
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Ayon S10-II Signature premium
The S-10 MkII is not only a streaming endpoint and a DAC but also an analog preamp complete with two analog inputs. And, unlike many competing products, the Ayon's preamp can actually replace a very good separate analog preamp.
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Bricasti M21 DAC and M15 power amp premium
It baffles me why the Bricasti brand does not pop up everywhere, it certainly should. Beautifully sculpted and with immaculate build quality, these components are not inexpensive but in context, they surely are also not extravagantly priced.
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Bricasti M5 network player premium
The Perfect Roon Ready Streaming Endpoint.
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Bryston BDA-3.14 Renderer+DAC premium
The BDA-3.14 is Bryston's current reference DAC and with its many inputs, streaming capacity and built-in volume control, it is meant to perform the central role in a multiple-digital-source system.
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Bryston BDP-3 Digital Media Player premium
Easy to use, yet highly versatile digital music player.
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CH Precision C1 + A1 premium
The C1+A1 combination sounds ultra-transparent, clean and controlled but also smooth and fluid, and organic, wholly musical and absolutely convincing.
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CH Precision C1 + A1 – part 2 premium
Part 2 of the C1+A1 review.
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CH Precision Ethernet_IN HD board Upgrade premium
The C1 has simply never sounded better than via this new connection. And as a bonus, you get to use the superb Roon interface. It's a win-win!
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Devialet Expert 120 and 200 premium
Devialet Expert 200 and 120 hybrid class A / class D integrated amplifiers compared directly.
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Devialet Firmware premium
Devialet Expert Firmware - newer versions add functionality, but also change the sound.
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EC Designs Mosaic T DAC premium
Non-conformistic, superbly unforced and natural sounding DAC.
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Euphony Buggy/Zotac premium
Futuristic looking highly versatile Music Server with class leading sound quality
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Linn Klimax DS Network Player premium
The Klimax DS/0 was the first high end music streamer.
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Linn Klimax DS/1 network player – Mini Review premium
The new Dynamik power supply and a newly designed circuitboard make sure that the Klimax DS stays on top.
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Logitech Sqeezebox premium
The player reviewed here is no longer available. Instead, there is now the Squeezebox Touch, but I'd bet that soundwise nothing has changed.
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Melco N1A/2 and N1ZH/2 Music Servers premium
Not all NAS servers are created equal!
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Meridian 808.3 Signature Reference CD player premium
Sooloos products had me hooked right from the start
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Meridian 818 DAC/Pre/Network Player premium
The very best Meridian Sooloos Streaming Audio.
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Meridian 818v3 – MC200 – DSP 5200 SE premium
For the first time, there are a pair of active Meridian DSP speakers in my listening room, along with an 818v3 Reference Audio Core and a Media Core 200. This makes for some very interesting comparisons.
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Meridian Control 10 Sooloos control unit premium
Discovering the original Sooloos experience.
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Meridian MS200 premium
Meridian Sooloos endzone for only 725 Euro!
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Meridian Sooloos MD600 and MS600 premium
After being so enthusiastic about the MC200 and almost having purchased one, I decided to first review its bigger brothers.
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Meridian Sooloos Media Core 200 premium
Combination of Sooloos server and endpoint in one neat and compact package.
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Meridian Ultra DAC premium
Meridian's DACs were usually assigned a number such as 606, 563 and 818. And now there is the Ultra DAC. Purely on appearance it is hard to see the differences with the 818 but soundwise it is immediately clear that this DAC deserves more than just another number.
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MKII Upgrade for the PS Audio PWD premium
An upgrade that positively transforms the PWD.
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Musical Fidelity Clic premium
Comparable in size to the Naim UnitiQute, the Musical Fidelity Clic promises even wider compatibility, albeit without built in amplifier.
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Naim NDX, CDX2, DAC and XPS2 premium
After being so enthusiastic about the UnitiQute and Uniti, I was curious to find out how much more there would be in the Naims higher up on the scale.
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Naim Uniti Network Player, CD player and Amplifier premium
The Uniti is the UnitiQute's bigger brother, with a cd player added, a bigger amplifier and more inputs.
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Naim UnitiQute Network Player and Amplifier premium
The UnitiQute is a smaller version of the Uniti, minus the CD player, but lacking none of its bigger brother's functionality.
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PS Audio PWD (Perfect Wave DAC) – part 1 premium
The PWD has long been on my list of things to do but there was such high demand for this unit that I couldn't get one in for a review.
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PS Audio PWD (Perfect Wave DAC) – part 2 premium
Here's part two of the review of this interesting netw0rk player.
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PS Audio PWD (Perfect Wave DAC) – part 3 premium
The PWD initiated quite a chain reaction Network cables, switches, power cables, and NAS placement were all examined and found to have an influence on the sound. Here is the final installment of the PWD review. Compared to the Audio Synthesis DAX Decade In the meantime, I had received an Audio Synthesis DAX Decade DAC for […]
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Sonos Connect with Wyred4Sound reclocker modification premium
A versatile music streamer equipped with a high accuracy direct I2S upsampling digital coaxial output.
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Weiss DAC502 DSP DAC and Network Renderer premium
The DAC502 is an absolute reviewer's dream. It contains every function that one could ever want, poured into a very responsive UI with direct access to every function, topped off with utter stability. Soundwise, this is a dead-neutral, highly-revealing DAC with a solid, punchy, crispy and no-nonsense delivery.
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