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Roland Aira System-1 Synthesizer

By | December 26th, 2014|Categories: EQUIPMENT|Tags: , , |

Are you looking for a new synthesizer? Ever since the late seventies, the music industry has been developing all kinds of synthesizers and their popularity changed the face of music. […]Read the full article

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Audio-gd Precision 2 – Review

By | December 1st, 2014|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , |

If you read my review of Audio Gd Master 9you would know how much I love that product and how happy I am with it in my headphone sound system. After spending a lot of Saturdays at Jack and listening to a lot of speakers, I’ve caught the bug of wanting some speakers of my own, small speakers till I move to a bigger place, but nevertheless a good pair bookshelves of my own.

I already kind of knew what I wanted, a pair of Focal Aria 906Read the full article

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FiiO X1 – Review

By | November 27th, 2014|Categories: Portable - Headmania|Tags: , , , |

Recently I’ve got my hands on the new FiiO X1. If you’ve read my review of FiiO X5, you would know that I was really impressed with it. Actually, even if it was on buy list since I’ve first listened to it, I just managed to get one for myself, just in time to compare it to X1.

When I saw the price of the new X1, I thought it would sound something like FiiO E10, and surely below FiiO X3.… Read the full article

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Stereo as Furniture

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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I bought a pair of late 1950’s speakers recently, Brociner corner horns. Really rare. I doubt they made many, most people in audio have never heard of Brociner, which was a bit like Fisher, Scott, Marantz, but a notch better (and more expensive). I was not in the market for these things at all. In fact, a friend who is an inveterate collector of all cool old good things audio bought them first. I had accompanied him to the apartment where they were being sold to check them out.… Read the full article

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The Big Bamboo

By | November 6th, 2014|Categories: Oswalds Mill Audio|Tags: |

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People often ask me what makes the most difference for the sound in a high end audio system- is it the speakers, the amplifier, vinyl vs. digital?

I always say that everything matters, though it does not matter in the same amount or in the same way. And sometimes I’m amazed myself how something that seems very small or inconsequential can make a real difference in the sound of a big, complicated, and often very expensive system.

I recently had the opportunity to try a new phono cartridge made by the Japanese man responsible for the Miyajima Lab line of cartridges which OMA represents.

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HRT microStreamer – Review

By | October 7th, 2014|Categories: Portable - Headmania|Tags: , , , |

One of my friends insisted on making me listen to this little device, so he lent it to me for some time. It’s been a while now since I’ve had it. Sorry man, it was your fault you gave me such a nice product.

When I saw it for the first time, I was very skeptical it would impress me in any way, as it seemed too small to achieve that. As you may imagine, you haven’t read this intro if I wouldn’t have been impressed.… Read the full article

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Sony MDR-1R – Review

By | October 7th, 2014|Categories: Headphones - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve listened to these headphones on numerous occasions and every time I’ve told myself that they really deserve a review.

Looks, Presentation & Specs

First, I have to mention that they are really cheap in Romania, and that here it is quite hard to find something to beat them at that price (~130 EUR).

The first time I saw them I considered them to be a handsome pair of headphones. Another very important fact here is that they are extremely comfortable.… Read the full article

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Best Music Albums to Test Audio System

By | September 30th, 2014|Categories: EQUIPMENT|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Being an audiophile does not just mean you are constantly dragging audio equipment into your listening room, while you drown in cables and stress over whether your amp is good […]Read the full article

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SOtM sHP-100 DAC / Headphone Amplifier – Review

By | September 20th, 2014|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

If you remember, I’ve been really impressed by the SOtM sMS-100. That product made me respect this company and also aroused my curiosity regarding some of its other products. Luckily, when SOtM sent me the SMS-100, they’ve also included a small surprise in the package, the sHP-100. I’ve been meaning to review this product for over a month now, but I’ve been caught in a lot of work and personal stuff. These being said, here we are at last.… Read the full article

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Fostex FE206En Rear-Loaded Horn Speakers

By | September 2nd, 2014|Categories: DIY AUDIOFILE|Tags: , |

Once again Mark tries on the Fostex FE206En high sensitivity fullrange driver, but this time in large rear-loaded horn loudspeaker cabinets. The horn speaker cabinet plans are from the FE206En driver datasheet.

Fostex FE206En Rear-Loaded Horn Speaker Cabinet
Fostex FE206En Rear-Loaded Horn Speaker Cabinet

Each horn speaker cabinet is made up from thirty-six pieces of 21 mm thick pine plywood.  Australian beeswax is used on the outside of the horn cabinet and heavy cedar oil was applied to the mouth of the horn.

The sensitivity of the FE206En driver is greater than 96 dB / 1W / 1m, so the rear-loaded horn speakers are very well suited for use with very low power tube amplifiers.Read the full article

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