Category: Streaming Audio

Volumio Primo – Bravo, bravissimo!

The Volumio Primo is a streamer with DAC in an interesting segment of the market. Audio lovers, prick up your ears, because the Primo is surprisingly good.

Review LHY SW-8 Switch and LHY LPS50VA Linear Power Supply

LHY is a subsidiary brand of the longstanding audio brand Jay’s Audio from China. LHY offers a number of products in the area of power supplies, clocks and switches. In this review, we look at the SW-8 and the linear power supply: the LPS50VA.

A (very!) deep dive into network switches- listening and measuring

Readers and viewers of Alpha Audio know that the platform has been involved with streaming audio for quite a long time. And with that comes the influence of infrastructure: cables, switches, settings of routers, et cetera. We have tried to measure switches before. But not yet on a large scale, allowing us to look for […]

Audirvana Interface

Review Audirvana Studio – smooth operator

What difference does software make in terms of sound? A ‘1’ is a ‘1’ and a ‘0’ is a ‘0’ …. right? Well … there’s more between heaven and earth… Or to stay in HiFi for a moment: there’s more between source and dac…. Or between layer 1 and layer 7… Apologies: we will stop […]

Review Auralic Aries G1.1 streamer – Complete and coherent

Auralic is a very well known name in the world of streaming audio. And it’s definately deserved: they make very nice gear that has proven itself by now. The entire series is logical and well put together, making it possible to enter the world of streaming audio at a reasonable level, or build a full-blown […]

Review Atoll ST300 streamer and Atoll AM300 power amplifier

Atoll Electronique from Brecey, France, has gained a foothold in Holland and Belgium in recent years. Not least because of importer Viertron who, without exception, makes available every device in their catalog. This time we even received two devices. But we mainly focused on the Atoll ST300 streamer – 3000 Euro – because in addition […]

Live stream review – ROON – Audirvana – Foobar – JRiver

On Sunday, Oct. 23, we hosted a livestream in our Alpha Audio listening room. This time we juxtaposed audio software. As a baseline, we used Windows Media Player and consequently listened to Audirvana, ROON, JRiver and Foobar. The latter application is free, the other three are not. Finally, we also hooked up a Macbook Pro so […]

Primare NP5 Prism MK2 – small powerhouse

This is the second version of Primare’s music streamer. The Primare NP5 is a streamer only, with no DAC. The fire at AKM’s factory in Japan forced Primare to find another supplier for the re-clocking chip. This new version is the result of that search.

SOtM Audio PC

Review SOtM audio pc – digital wonder box

We know SOtM – which stands for Soul of the Music – mostly for their good and mostly reasonably priced accessories. Think of power supplies, a switch, usb cards and even streamers. The design is often a bit silly, but that makes them stand out. When colleague Hans Beekhuyzen asked if he could send us […]

Aurender N150

Review Aurender N150 – compact and complete

The world of streaming seems to be dominated by two systems: Sonos and ROON. Sonos for those who think “good is good enough” and ROON for the die-hard audiophiles. Appearances are deceiving, however. There are plenty of enthusiasts who just use Tidal connect, stream with Spotify or very consciously choose other systems. Think of Diretta, […]