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Make your own high-end network cable – shield it baby!

We’re back in the swing of things with networking. A short while ago we looked at a total of ten network plugs to determine how they install. We haven’t gotten around to a listening test yet, but that’s still to come if all goes well. Before we start that, however, we wondered: what if we […]

Why a good switch does matter for streaming audio

Keeping an open mind is important. Both in our lives and in our profession. If we as a human race don’t keep an open mind, we are basically at a standstill, as we would be dismissing everything we don’t know. However, at Alpha Audio we also think it is important to understand things. We like […]

Audible differences Codecs – MP3 – AAC – Ogg – FLAC

After the story about audio codecs, we felt strongly about putting them to the test. What do they sound like? What are the differences? And how can we easily demonstrate that? And of course: let you hear it. We grab our reference track and get to work with Foobar and Adobe Audition!

From AAC, DSF and Flac to Mp3, Ogg Vorbis and WAV – Codecs

We stream a lot. Especially among you – the readers – streaming has become very common. We hardly ever think about what format we are streaming. AAC? ALAC? WAV? FLAC? We list these formats for you. Because one codec really isn’t the other!

Get the best sound quality from Foobar 2000

Those who work a lot on the PC will find it useful to be able to play music on the PC in a decent way. Now there are – not entirely surprisingly – countless media players. From the built-in media player to very decent paid options. We choose one of the more popular packages: Foobar […]

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 […]

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 […]

JPlay with ASIO Bridge and Kodi

As some readers may know, your editor has long been an avid user of Kodi (formerly Xbmc). It is a handy and versatile media package. But there is a drawback: it does not support ASIO. And therefore – for example – not JPlay’s driver. But what if you just want to use it? Well: that’s […]

Play from anywhere in the world – with ROON!

Roon is great software. It is user friendly and the sound quality is just… ‘delicious’. But there is one drawback: it is only available in the network where the ROON server is running. But we wouldn’t be Alpha Audio if we didn’t try to work around that. Because suppose you are on holiday and want […]

Measuring Ethernet cables – Part 1

Ethernet cables. Since streaming has entered the world of high-end audio, we see ethernet cables from almost every manufacturer: Audioquest, Supra, Nordost, Shunyata, Chord, et cetera. But Ethernet is digital. And also package based (in contrast to spdif, for example). That can’t go wrong, can it? How is it then possible that we hear differences? […]

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