THE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

THE Desert Island Disc (Audiophilia LP giveaway)

I'm often asked what's my favorite LP. I always respond with it's too difficult to choose. Yet, to myself, Bill Evans' Waltz for Debby sometimes shoots to the front of my cerebral cortex or Dorati's LSO Firebird on Mercury. Muddy Waters Folk Singer on MoFi, too. Reiner/Chicago has to have a couple of LSCs in there, right? But, you know, there is one, no matter the year, the month, the day, the mood, which always places itself first among equals, pushed to the front of my line by its brilliance and unquantifiable musical kismet. A perfect musical storm. Arnold: Overtures with the composer, Malcolm Arnold conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Reference Recordings. 

The primary reason I'm writing this article is to give a copy of this brilliant album (newly remastered and pressed by Reference Recordings) to one of our readers, not simply to give you my nominee for heavenly vinyl status. That said, I'm sure many of you have one for stardom. Please comment below. I would like to read your choice. 

Mytek Brooklyn DAC +

Mytek Brooklyn DAC +

Digital Analog Converters (DAC) in recent years are achieving better and better sound quality, with some getting smaller and lighter that, yes, can still be considered of audiophile/high-end quality both in sound and construction–and at a lower cost than one might think. Some of these newer smaller DACs have a variety of integrated features from among volume control, a preamp for analog input, headphone amp, phono stage–and even amps and streaming, in some cases. This trend is yet another example in high-end audio, where the meaning of ‘integrated’ has been expanded to describe any audio unit that incorporates several functions for your audio system.

Certainly a prime example of this progress is demonstrated by the Brooklyn, New York based company Mytek, which, in mid-October 2017, released the object of this review, the new and improved Mytek Brooklyn DAC +. I am grateful to Mytek President Michael Jurewicz for promptly sending me a unit for review.

I had spotted the DAC + at the recent RMAF 2017 (Denver Colorado, early October) in the lobby with Jurewics, where it was being debuted and was sufficiently impressed to accept his offer of reviewing it. As a Manhattanite, naturally I was initially interested in reviewing the much more expensive Mytek Manhattan II DAC; but the tiny size, lower price, and extraordinary array of included technology in the new Brooklyn DAC + truly intrigued me.