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NOVO continues their 3 part review series with the Blue Heaven USB and Speaker Cable

By | November 14th, 2018|Categories: Nordost|Tags: |

The third installment of NOVO magazine’s three-part cable upgrade series, The Journey to Higher Quality Audio With Nordost Leif Cables: Part 3 or 3 was released this October. Reviewer Suave Kajko is taking his readers through the process of maximizing the performance of their audio systems step by step. While parts 1 and 2 focused on Blue Heaven Interconnects and Power Cords, part 3 sees Suave shift his focus to Blue Heaven USB and Speaker Cables. With a full loom of Blue Heaven cables finally installed in his system, Suave finds a refinement to every discernible improvement he made along the away.… Read the full article

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Denon DP-450USB and DP-400 Turntables Spinning Vinyl with a Twist

By | September 25th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

We’re still seeing a trend of the re-introduction of vinyl in the audio market as evidenced by Denon’s release of two new turntables, the DP-450USB and DP-400 at the 2018 CEDIA show in San Diego. With advanced built-In phono equalizers for easy use, and an integrated sensor to help control precise speed, these new turntables from Denon might be worth the time to dust off your old albums and put the new retro chic hipsters to shame.  

The DP-450USB and DP-400 feature three-speed (33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM) operation, a horizontal tracking angled tone-arm and a weighted, belt-driven platter to help ensure records play back with precision and detail. … Read the full article

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Signature Digital and USB interconnects get new, improved ARAY technology

By | August 17th, 2018|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

New Signature Digital and Signature USB interconnects get new, improved ARAY tech
Signature range digital cables benefit from new refinements and the latest Tuned ARAY developments

20 years after the original Signature line-up was first introduced, we have launched new and improved versions of two popular digital cables from the high-performance Signature range. The new UK-built Signature Super ARAY Digital and Signature Super ARAY USB interconnects both feature the latest version of our unique Tuned ARAY conductor geometry (Super ARAY), plus a number of design and construction improvements.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Monolith USB DAC Amp and M1060C Planar Magnetic Headphones Review

By | July 30th, 2018|Categories: Audioholics|Tags: |

Monoprice is a Southern California company, based in Rancho Cucamonga that specializes in electronics and accessories.  Since its inception in 2002, Monoprice has made several leaps in the A/V world such as their Premium 5.1 channel Home Theater system model #10565.  Many have related this product to the Energy Take Classic 5.1 with design and sound comparisons.  I believe the most substantial contribution to the A/V world courtesy of Monoprice has been their Monolith series products.  There have been a number of reviews here on Audioholics.com pertaining to these, such as their Monolith subwoofers, and recently the MP-65RT bookshelf speakers

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Ifi iPurifier3 USB

By | July 14th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The ifi IPurifier 3 is an in-line USB device that claims to remove any d.c. offset voltage that might be present in a USB voltage and also re-clock and re-generate the USB audio data stream to eliminate jitter.

‘iFi developed the first USB power regenerator, the  iUSB Power, in 2012, then followed up with the original iPurifier, followed in 2015 by iPurifier2 and now the iPurifier3,’ said George Poutakidis, of BusiSoft, which distributes iFi in Australia. ‘The iPurifier3 uses iFi’s ANC2 circuitry to identifies noise frequencies then generate identical but opposite frequencies to actively cancel unwanted noise.Read the full article

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Audio Ramblings and the Skogrand Beethoven USB Cable

By | June 14th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Vandersteen Quatro Wood Carbon. Reimer Speaker Systems Tetons (with the Hi-Vi Isodynamic Planar tweeters and series crossovers) heavily treated with Marigo VTS Dots. 

ELECTRONICS

PS Audio BHK 250 amplifier, PS Audio BHK Signature preamplifier. Channel D Lino phono stage, and the Heed Thesis phono stage. DEQX PreMate + (preamp) Marantz 2230 receiver, and the Kora integrated.

SOURCES

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream DAC and DirectStream Memory Player, DEQX PreMate +, Mytek Brooklyn, Mytek Manhattan II, and an Oppo BD-105.… Read the full article

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JCAT USB Isolator – Enhancing USB Audio Playback to the Nth Degree

By | May 15th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair) with custom outboard Tianle Heil AMT Supertweeters, Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods, Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine HD6 Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker (for music out by the pool!).… Read the full article

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Munich High End 2018: totaldac shows off d1-twelve DAC and new USB GIGAFILTER

By | May 9th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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What to expect in Munich at High End 2018.

For those who’ve followed my path meandering through digital audio, and streaming in particular with Tidal Hi-Fi, the name totaldac might be a familiar one. I’ve been hooked on Vincent Brient’s designs for more than a year now, and have been sharing the joy of computer-based high-fidelity with friends, and family since Brient sent me his d1-integral DAC/server/headphone amp for a long-term review. I’ve published two parts so far, with the third instalment coming up in the next edition of The Occasional magazine coming out later this month.

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Master & Dynamic introduce Lightning and USB-C cables

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Metal and leather: aluminium and stainless steel; cowhide and lambskin. These are the core materials used by Master & Dynamic to carve out their own space in the prosumer headphone market. The Manhattan-based company consistently lavish as much attention on their headphones’ look and feel as they do on sound quality. Their recent collaboration with Leica resulted in a particularly striking colour coding of their first headphone, the MH40, that we reviewed in 2015. Style and substance.

Three years down the line, selling headphones to quality-conscious mainstreamers is a different ball game.… Read the full article

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BorderPatrol DAC SE USB + SPDIF Review

By | April 25th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Publisher’s note: Doug Schroeder, in conversing with Gary Dews, owner of BorderPatrol, found him “perfectly polite and technically succinct,” which inspired him to write this review in the style of notation form of the Owner’s Manual. This review is separated into two parts, namely a Q&A section, followed by the review observations. Per Doug: “Do not mistake brevity for lack of enthusiasm. Enjoy!”

Since Doug has given us a break this time by writing a sub-8,000 word Review, we’ll let him off.

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