They have finally arrived …The New Franco Serblin Masterpiece. The LIGNEA.

img-20160923-wa0009 After months of patiently waiting we are proud & happy we can announce that the newest creation of The Franco Serblin Studio, The LIGNEA, has arrived in the BeNeLux!

At High-end München 2016 visitors could see and hear The LIGNEA for the first time. Their comments on the new LIGNEA were very promising!

At Durob Audio, we were and still are, very proud that The LIGNEA was presented at High-End München 2016 in combination with our own PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier!

Last Monday, we received the first pair of LIGNEA’S. We carefully opened the cartons and took the new babies out! Touching for real, the details and craftmanship of The LIGNEA is what you expect from Franco Serblin. The same craftmanship you also find with the KTEMA, ACCORDO and other loudspeakers Franco Serblin has been responsible for!  The LIGNEA is more than “special”. The look of the speaker is NEW, and that means indeed DIFFERENT. But extremely BEAUTIFUL.

Since we got the first pictures of the LIGNEA we have posted these on our Facebook page as well as all information much information as possible. Many Likes, many Shares. Now it’s time for real life experiences. We invite you to see, hear and feel the LIGNEA in real-life.

The first pair LIGNEA loudspeakers have been delivered to Dé HifiWinkel Beek – Ubbergen (near Nijmegen).

The manager of Dé HifiWinkel, Rob Wilms, an experienced audiophile for years and proud owner himself of a pair of Franco Serblin Ktema loudspeakers, is ready to demonstrate The Lignea speakers for you!

Please contact Dé HifiWinkel Beek – Ubbergen for more information about The LIGNEA or for a listening session. Email: or call: 024 684 2091.

For more information you can also visit the Franco Serblin website through the link below.

My passion for music, as well as my interest for musical instruments and their materials, have lead my research since the early 80’s.
Lutes and violin, through the use of wood, strings, their forms and harmony of their constitution, have inspired my systems.

Franco Serblin



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New products from Playback Designs! The Merlot Dac & The Syrah Music Server

Sonoma_SyrahFront_1920Today we received TWO new products from PlayBack Designs! The Merlot Dac & The Syrah Music Server.

The Merlot DAC is a state-of-the-art D/A converter with AES/SPDIF/USB/PLink digital inputs that support any sample rate and format up to quad DSD. Its discrete architecture is software upgradeable for future Playback Designs updates. In addition to balanced and unbalanced line-level analog outputs, there’s also a headphone output on the front panel with discrete volume control. An easy-to-use recording software application allows the creation of wave or DFF/DSF files on a computer from digital sources connected to Merlot.

The Syrah Music Server is the companion product to the Merlot DAC. It provides internal storage, but can be connected to external storage and networks. The Syrah supports DLNA streaming, rips CDs automatically from an external drive, and offers extensive metadata capabilities. Able to be controlled via iPad/Android tablets, it supports any file format and native sample rate, and connects to Merlot via USB for native file playback. Also on offer is the “OpBox” modification kit for Oppo players, which allows a direct connection to the Merlot DAC via ST optical cable. This permits digital audio data sourced from any disc (CD, SACD, DVD or Blu-ray) to be transmitted natively via the Oppo’s optical output to Merlot for direct conversion to analog. The conversion is an easy install and can be performed either by a dealer or end user directly.

In the video below the team of Playback Design tell you more about their latest creations!

Next week you can see, feel and listen The Merlot Dac & The Syrah Music Server at Dé Hifiwinkel te Beek – Ubbergen ( near Nijmegen ).


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A Marvel from PrimaLuna by Jeff Dorgay – ToneAudio magazine!

PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier

In the latest issue ( No 77 ) of ToneAudio magazine Jeff Dorgay has tested our PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier for months at his home. After the review Kevin Deal from Upscale Audio & PrimaLuna USA received the following request from Jeff.

Hi Kevin: You know my respect for PrimaLuna goes way back. Back to the first ProLogue Integrated, and in the course of TONE Audio’s 12 year history, we’ve reviewed nearly every model – all great, but you guys have really outdone yourselves with the HP integrated. I’d really like to purchase the review sample to be used as a permanent reference component here. It’s fantastic! This is one of the loveliest integrated amplifiers I’ve had the pleasure to use. Sounds great, looks great, drives any speaker I can throw at it. And knowing that the original ProLogue One I bought from you before I even started TONE is still running daily without any issues, I know this baby will outlive me!

Thanks for sending it my way…

Please click HERE to read the full review of Jeff Dorgay – ToneAudio magazine.

Many thanks to Jeff Dorgay of ToneAudio & Kevin Deal from Upscale Audio.

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How To Use The Evo Phono Dac Two

DXD A/D conversion, DXD and DSD D/A conversion, 32 bits resolution, coaxial S/PDIF inputs, single-ended analog inputs and outputs on gold-plated RCA females, IR remote control with HID capability, external clock input with clock info output, phono EQ in digital domain, input gain 0dB to 62dB, input impedance continuously settable 10 Ohms to 50k Ohms, same form factor of all Evo Two products, can be powered by any 7.5V to 15V power supply, Evo Clock Two and Evo Supply Two recommended.

The Evo PhonoDAC Two is a very high value-for-money digital/analog combo capable of converting analog to digital up to DXD and DXD and DSD to analog.
Its bi-directional USB 2.0 Audio Class compliant port is natively supported (no driver needed) by OSX and Linux. An ASIO-compliant driver for Windows is provided.
High precision, low-jitter clocks allow for exceptional detail resolution, maximizing the 32-bit capability of the ESS Sabre ES9018K2M (D/A) and ES9102S (A/D)conversion IC’s.
The Evo PhonoDAC Two versatile analog input stage allows for setting it’s gain from 0dB to 62dB, allowing for any low-output cartridge to be directly coupled to it, as well as line-level sources like CD players, tuners, tape decks, etc.
Input impedance may be set to any value between 10 Ohms and 50,000 Ohms, accommodating all kind of cources.
The Evo PhonoDAC Two is capable of performing real-time, digital domain phono equalization, using any of the 26 EQ curves provided with it.
Ancillary filters like anti-rumble, anti-hiss and MPX allow for best playback and ripping from warped, scratched or worned records, as well as from cassette tapes or FM and AM broadcast.
The Evo PhonoDAC Two de-jitter feature allows for exceptionally good performance from coaxial and connection.
The Evo PhonoDAC Two uses high quality polypropylene capacitors and a low-noise opamp in the analog sections (input and output) for best sonic results.
The IR remote control allows for accessing all Evo PhonoDAC Two features (volume, balance, muting, input selection and many other menu settings), as well as taking advantage of the HID protocol to control the player on the computer without manually accessing the keyboard.
The Evo PhonoDAC Two can be powered by the stock wall adaptor in budget conscious setups, while better performance can be obtained with a good power supply such as the Evo Supply Two.

From M2Tech we received a manual “How To Use The Phono Dac Two that we like to share with you! Please click HERE to open en read the manual.

If you interested in M2Tech products please contact us at



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Copland Audio DAC 215 vanaf 23 juli 2016 in de BeNeLux verkrijgbaar!

Copland Audio DAC 215Nu in de BeNeLux verkrijgbaar!


Een heel nieuw product van Copland is altijd weer een feest! Ole Muller maakt geweldig klinkende apparatuur en neemt de tijd om zijn ontwerpen helemaal te laten rijpen voordat ze op de markt komen. Naast hoogwaardige d/a converter (dsd) is de 215 ook een zeer fraaie hoofdtelefoonversterker. De Copland is eveneens als lijn-voorversterker (via een analoge ingang) te gebruiken.

Kortom, de DAC 215 is veelzijdig en de eerste berichten zijn zeer lovend. Copland maakt al vele jaren heel bijzondere geluidsapparatuur. Ole Muller ontwerpt buizenversterkers, maar ook transistorversterkers. Zeer populair is de geintegreerde buizenversterker CTA 405, waar net weer een verder ontwikkelde versie van uit is op basis van KT 120 buizen (de CTA 405 A).

Vanaf aanstaande Zaterdag 23 juli 2016 kunt U bij Dé Hifiwinkel Beek – Ubbergen de Copland Audio DAC 215 zelf beluisteren en ervaren.

Klik HIER om de website van de winkel te bezoeken!

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Calimero M2tech beats Apple’s El Captain



Audio Research being one of the victims of Apple’s El captain reports how Italian Calimero M2tech beats Apple’s El Captain.

From the Service department of Audio Research Corporation we received the following message:

Thank you for your patience as Audio Research worked to find a solution for the DAC8 when used with the latest Apple computers and/or their new operating system, El Capitan. In the past, changes to the Apple operating system have been addressed by software changes in the driver. This is seen in the fact that Audio Research currently has posted four different versions of the Apple driver on our website to support these changes.  However, the new Apple computers and/or El Capitan were such a radical change that it requires new hardware to communicate with the DAC8.  That El Capitan is radically different can be seen in the perspective provided by this audio reviewer as he laments the problems that El Capitan has caused for most manufacturers.  (“Apple Messes Up USB 3.0 Audio Big Time”)              

Please see:

Audio Research does not have new hardware that would allow the DAC8 to communicate with the latest Apple computer and/or El Capitan.  However, all is not lost.  Audio Research has identified an inexpensive USB to SP/DIF converter that will talk with El Capitan and all Apple computers.  It is the M2TECH Hiface 2 USB to SP/DIF converter.  Please see attached photo and see their website for details:  We have tested this product and found the sound to be equal to or better than the sound out of the USB port. 









When inserted into the USB port of an Apple Computer running El Capitan, it will provide audio output to the DAC8 via an RCA or Coaxial digital input on the DAC8.  This product can easily be found and purchased on the internet for less than $200.   

HiFace Two







The Hiface Two and other M2Tech products are available in the BeNeLux through Durob Audio. Contact us HERE 

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M2Tech releases 3 new models! Now available!

M2tech Releases 3 New Models

Desktop and computer based audio is a growing category amongst enthusiasts and one Italian manufacturer, M2tech, based in Italy, has been specialising in this area for some years. To compliment their existing product range they recently announced three new products.

The newly announced Evo Two series is a modular desktop system for high quality computer audio playback. The new series takes its steps from the huge success of the original Evo Series, and according to the manufacturer, “refreshes the look and encompasses a large number of improvements over the predecessors.”

Evo Two is a true Swiss Knife for its extreme versatility. Its USB device interface is USB 2.0 Audio Class compliant and supports ASIO under Windows and Integer Mode under OSX. It is supported natively under OSX and Linux and can be powered by the USB bus or by an external power supply such as the new Evo Supply Two. Its comprehensive outputs set includes S/PDIF, AES/EBU, Toslink™, and I2S in PS Audio standard.

Supported formats include PCM up to 384kHz (on I2S only, up to 192kHz on all other outputs) and DSD up to 128x (on I2S only). The external clock input accepts word clocks as well as master clocks, even asynchronous to the selected sampling rate. Sampling frequency information are sent out by an optical transmitter to the clock generator for automatic clock switching. An auxiliary S/PDIF input allows for sending digital audio data to the computer for recording, as well as for sampling rate conversion through the internal SRC.

An LCD display shows all settings, together with the selected sampling frequency. All settings, as well as HID features, are set by a remote control.

Evo Clock Two is a high precision Word Clock and Master Clock generator, which is perfectly tailored to the hiFace Evo Two, but is reported to work perfectly with other equipment accepting a word clock.

Its internal high stability and low phase noise TCXO’s are routed and divided by a highest precision clock conditioner generally used for digital data transmission over satellite links.

Automatic frequency selection is performed when the Evo Clock Two is connected to the hiFace Evo Two by the dedicated optical link.

An LCD display shows the selected sampling frequency. Manual frequency selection is done by two buttons.

Evo Supply Two is a very low noise 9V power supply dedicated to the Evo Two Series products. It is provided with three outputs which deliver clean current from a low noise, discrete components regulator. Outputs are switched with a relay operated by a button on the front panel.

Overcurrent protection is included on each output.

All units are enclosed in a stylish aluminium case with 2mm brushed front panel, 105x48x100mm.

In the gallery below you find HR pictures of the new models.

The Evo Two series are available in the BeNeLux through Durob Audio. Send an email to for more information.

More information you also find on the website of M2Tech. Click HERE to visit the company website.


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