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Audirvana Versie 3

UPNP: is it OK? And what can you do with it? Audirvana V3 under the microscope

Your editor has long ago purchased a license of the music player Audirvana. When I used iTunes as a music player, this was an ideal way to combine the ease of use of iTunes with the much better playback quality that Audirvana offers. With the arrival of ROON I used Audirvana less and less. Until […]

G’s G-Spot – Taylor Swift: Folklore

Taylor Swift on Alpha-Audio. Yes, because with Folklore this ‘queen of pop’ has made a very nice album. An album full of nostalgic songs that effortlessly takes me back to my own carefree youth, but at the same time full of references to the present. My present in any case.

Video Interview Trptk – Recording: gear

What gear does Trptk use? What’s their secret sauce? We talk to Brendon Heinst about their recording equipment in the final part of the trilogy around Trptk. Think DPA microphones, Grimm clocks and Merging converters. Nice stuff. But nice stuff by itself won’t get you there… …so Bendon says

Video Interview Trptk – All About Dithering

Nerd Alert: we’re going into depth here. But that’s okay, is it? In this interview with Brendon Heinst from Trptk, we talk about Dithering. The ‘art’ of adding ‘noise’, to prevent noise. We ask whether it is also necessary with High-Res files. Or DSD. In short: it’s an in-depth interview about an interesting technique that […]

Video interview Trptk – High Res Audio, DXD and DSD

What’s DXD? Or DSD? What’s the difference? And what about MQA? We talk – extensively – with Brendon Heinst from Trptk studios in Utrecht, Netherlands. He explains to us – you – in detail, what high-res audio is, and why 32 bit floating point DXD can be useful. We take a nice sip from our […]


Interview Grimm Audio

On Saturday, August 15, we held – live on Youtube – an interview with the gentlemen of Grimm Audio. You – as a viewer – could also ask questions via the chat. Although we had planned an hour to max 90 minutes, we hadn’t finished talking after about two hours. This because both Guido Tent […]

The 13th Note stops, and what that says about the audio industry

The British audio platform The 13th Note has announced it is stopping. In a series of background articles it becomes clear what the main reason is for this decision. And that makes you think about the audio industry, the money flows and the role of the media.

Interview Mark Otten – DJ – Producer – Coach

Last Saturday – 18 July 2020 – we interviewed Mark Otten. Mark is a DJ, producer, coach, teacher… musician… and so on and on. He has worked with a lot of talent in the industry. You can see who they are in the interview. By the way, the first interview at our ‘extra’ live stream […]

SSD Caching with network drives – including measurements

NAS systems are incredibly convenient. They are the – quite indispensable – data tanks of today. Your own cloud. In the electrical room, the server rack or maybe just on the desk. In many cases, a NAS full of mechanical hard drives is fine. Not everyone needs super fast access times. However, for those who […]

Alpha Audio – 2011 to 2020

It’s a bit of a surprise. But when we went through our Google Pictures, we came to the conclusion that we are already working on Alpha Audio for more than ten years. Officially the domain ‘alpha-audio’ was registered in 2005 (The Dutch version). And before that – 2002 – it was known as audiofreak. But […]