Tag Archives: music

Audirvana 3

Last year, around this time, I was about a month into my iTunes replacement experiment with Audirvana+. I still get a lot of hits on those articles, so I thought it was time for a follow-up on how that’s going. That is especially relevant now that Audirvana has reached the shiny 3.0 milestone, with a whole new rendering… Read More »

Syncing Playlists with the Fiio X3 (or X1 or X5)

Awhile back I wrote a review of my portable digital audio player, the Fiio X3 2nd generation (Amazon US, Canada). The summary of that review was that this is a bare bones audio player, with a simple UI, that is beautifully-built with an attention to sonic quality. It sounds fantastic but has a few UI quirks that take… Read More »

Ripping CDs Without iTunes (on macOS)

a CD or “Compact Disc”, is a small, shiny round surface containing optically-readable, microscopic bumps used to encode music or data. They are an obsolete technology that existed in the latter quarter of the twentieth century and enjoyed a brief metamorphosis into the DVD (“digital versatile disc”) and Bluray formats at the beginning of the twenty-first century before fading away… Read More »

Gear Review: Fiio X3 2nd Generation

There sure is a lot going on in the world right now. Twitter’s a mess of US election coverage, overthrown governments and localized horror shows. Oh, and the Olympics are starting soon. What better way to tune out the noise than with some headphones and a great little portable music player? Sit back, crank up some tunes, and I’ll tell… Read More »

i’m just killing time…

House acquired. Now we wait. Waiting for: – people to give us prices and order things, – wallpaper to be stripped and walls to be painted and carpets to be ripped out and floors to be put in… in the meantime, … we’re spending a lot of time doing little things. I’m reading a few books. Soon I Will… Read More »

A couple of weeks with Audirvana+

What a week. Our house is now closed and we have gone fully nomadic. Next time I write here, I’ll be on the east coast for good and I truly can’t wait. While we’ve been on the road, I’ve spent a little bit of time auditioning Audirvana+ as an iTunes replacement. The short: I now load this when I… Read More »