‘As well as performing as a traditional CD player, the Audiolab 8300CDQ can function as an external DAC/preamp, thanks to three pairs of line-level RCA analogue inputs and five digital inputs,’ said Raffi Keverian of Audio Visual Revolution. ‘There’s an asynchronous MQA-capable USB input and four S/PDIF digital inputs, two of which are coaxial and two of which are optical, but the 8300CDQ also has a dedicated direct-coupled headphone amp with current-feedback circuitry whose gain bandwidth and high slew rate ensure dynamic, detailed and engaging performance with all headphones.… Read the full article
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It Even Makes Julienne Fries
It was a golden age for Television, or perhaps commercials in the 1960s. The Ronco Veg-O-Matic hit the market, promising to ease the life homemakers everywhere. This food slicer did it all; its catch-phrase, “It slices! It dices! It even makes julienne fries!” became the go-to reference for multi-function devices for years. The real catch, however, is that the Veg-O-Matic did all of its functions well. Modern devices are not much different than the Veg-O-Matic.… Read the full article
Vincent Brient of totaldac has a new product to introduce at the Munich show in May — and it’s not a DAC. This time around, it’s an amplifier, the AMP-1. No word on pricing, specs, or availability. That is, there is next-to-nothing on this, only the following images, and an injunction to show them in order.
More as details become available.
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The grandly named T+A Elektroakustik GmbH was a company hitherto unknown to me. After years in the business, many reviews, shows, events and store visits, I was surprised such a highly regarded company had escaped my notice. I’m going to set that straight with an in depth look at one of the company’s DACs, the DAC 8 DSD High End D/A Converter.
T+A is a German company founded in 1978 and produces a full range of electronics and loudspeakers. The company is based in Herford, very close to my old stomping grounds in Westphalia.… Read the full article
Expert review and test of the FiiO Q1 MkII Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.
I had been planning to review the FiiO Q1 portable DAC and headphone amplifier, but before quite getting to it, the Chinese firm launched a successor. The FiiO Q1 Mark II is a huge upgrade over the original model. The old unit was a PCM-only device, limited to USB Audio Class 1.0 compatibility. That means it topped out at 24 bit, 96kHz sampling.… Read the full article
Reviewers in TAS are supposed to focus on sound quality and not on style and engineering. Fair enough, but if the sound quality is excellent in virtually every respect, then style and engineering should be given their due. The Bel Canto Black EX DAC/control preamplifier and Black EX amplifier both provide outstanding sound. What makes them particularly striking, however, is that they also provide outstanding features and achieve this in exceptionally compact packages with equally exceptional styling. This makes for a welcome change in an era where having the largest box and shiniest front panel often seems to be a …… Read the full article