Digital Signal Chains
While constructing this mail out, I have been enjoying listening to a variety of music ranging from Ricky's excellent Top Five (loved every one of them!) on Youtube to a selection of Jazz streamed as 16bit FLAC files from Qobuz and have been marvelling at the clarity and precision with which all of the music has been delivered. Youtube is notorious for being full of very low-grade audio but, if you take good care with delivery. You can still enjoy the results.
Pictured above is a digital music bundle from a company called HiFiBerry
. I have this very bundle incorporated into my own listening space as it enables me to listen to CD and Hi res Flac files with a very short digital signal chain. I have an amplifier with an optical input and on-board DAC which is good for 24bit, 96kHz Hi-res audio, hanging off the end of the mysterious miniature "Orac" pictured above. Music is stored on a cheap and cheerful 2 Tb HDD. The music is selected using a piece of open-source software called Volumio and allows me to put play lists together and search artist, song, album, genre from the comfort of my own phone, computer or iPad. The quality I am enjoying is absolutely marvellous. Maybe not the most elegant plug and play product available and I had to enlist the help of a good friend with IT skills to help get it going, but comparatively cheap and keeps me extremely cheerful.
Until next month, take care and listen to everything very carefully!