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    Topping D50 III Balanced DAC with EQ Review

    There is a separate USB connector for power. If it is connected, the bus power of the data connector is not used, as the DAC negotiates as self-powered. Especially mobile devices have issues supplying significant amounts of bus power, so a separate power connector improves compatibility. Any USB...
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    Spotify to launch 'Hi-Fi' CD Quality Tier.

    Before Android 14, there was not even a system-supported way to change the sample rate. Android 14 added exclusive mode, but each app has to implement the support for it separately. Apps would probably publish a piece of news when the support is implemented. Without exclusive mode, different...
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    Is TRS offset differential or relative to ground? The latter doesn't matter very much unless it is so large that it overloads op-amps. The differential receiver would just cancel it.
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    Topping D50 III Balanced DAC with EQ Review

    USB-C standards don't require supplying 15 W. Some host ports supply USB 2 baseline, some 7.5 W, some 15 W. Hosts may even change their power rating at any time, like if the power supply of the host is changed or new devices require sharing power.
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    Genelec 8030C Studio Monitor Review

    Genelec gives the following instruction: Apparently the latency difference matters less with subwoofers.
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    Topping DM7 8-Channel DAC Review

    Unlike professional audio interfaces, DM7 doesn't include word clock input or output, and it cannot synchronize to S/PDIF or ADAT either. Therefore, DM7 cannot be synchronized to the clock of other interfaces like a separate AD interface or an additional DA interface for more channels. This...
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    Maybe the device has the USB controller within the XMOS, and other interfaces are implemented through other chips. It would take additional effort to route these through the XMOS.
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    RME Babyface Pro FS Portable Interface Review

    Babyface consumes more power than the standard strictly allows: Even the idle consumption is more than the maximum power of USB 2 (2.5 W). The maximum consumption is more than allowed by USB 3. Apparently RME has tested their device and concluded that typical computer hosts can supply this...
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    RME Babyface Pro FS Portable Interface Review

    USB-C is not required to supply more power than traditional USB, and this is why most peripheral devices don't depend on it. I tested one of my laptop ports, and it is able to supply 15 W, which is the maximum power without PD, so this much is probably not very rare. The peripheral device would...
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    The software for editing PEQ is now available for Windows. The application is called Topping Tune. D50 III's manual confirms that configured PEQ filters are stored at the device and can be changed through the menu of the device.
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    Genelec 8030C Studio Monitor Review

    Neumann is unambiguous in that the name consists of regular German words, so if you know German pronunciation, it is natural to pronounce the name that way. Genelec is more obscured with respect to the origin of the name.
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    The data sheet says "desktop software", but the platforms are not specified. It probably means Windows, maybe also macOS, but I wouldn't count on it.
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    Topping A90 Discrete Review (Headphone Amp & Preamp)

    Sales are one thing, but in general refunds are advantageous to the buyer. If the purchase price is refunded the after one year of use, there is sometimes a newer version available for the same price, so the buyer gets an upgrade for free. The general trend is that the model has less value as it...
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    RME adds Room EQ capability to TotalMix FX (UFX+, UFX II, UFX III and UCX II only)

    The new Room EQ also adds a small feature that has been requested for a long time: output channels get Volume Calibration that allows up to 24 dB of attenuation. This way if you have sensitive speakers or headphones where the volume of 0 dB is dangerously loud even at lower reference levels, you...
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    RME ADI-2 FS Version 2 DAC and Headphone Amp Review

    The remote protocol is open and based on MIDI. It is possible to develop an Android version, but I am not aware if it exists yet.
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    SMSL DO100 Review (Stereo DAC)

    Analog amplifiers have their own noise floor, and attenuating signal beyond the analog noise floor sacrifices SNR. However, state-of-the-art amps have lower noise floors than state-of-the-art DACs, so there is more SNR-preserving attenuation there.
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    RME ADI-2/4 Pro SE

    In the case of 2/4 Pro, RME didn't opt to send a review unit. I suppose they determined a review wouldn't increase the number of sales significantly, unlike ADI-2 DAC which was sent by RME.
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    WiiM Pro Plus Streamer Review

    Airplay 2 has always had the capability to be lossless, but the more interesting question is if lossless is actually implemented with common apps and devices. I tested sending from Apple Music on iPad, and at that time Airplay 2 encoded to AAC. Apple Music had an album with test signals, and...
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