Aurender W20SE Network Audio Library Review
May 8, 2023 §
Everything this server/digital player sends to a DAC, it does so with astounding presence, leaving the rest of the playback system nowhere to hide, and that’s in evidence with Mark Jenkin’s score for his new film Enys Men [Invada Bandcamp download], with its ethereal, unsettling soundscapes. The W20SE revealed huge amounts of detail here, making the music every bit as eerie as the movie it underpins. But that doesn’t mean it can’t turn on the snarl when required; there’s nothing polite or refined about the way it crashes out Rory Gallagher’s ‘Souped-Up Ford’ [UMC download], with both the voice and the guitar rough, ready and delicious.
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