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Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Ultra High End Review|Tags: , |


Dan Worth has posted a review of the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder (£1499) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions:

“With a complimentary headphone amplifier, great style and a detail rich, natural and fluid sound, I can’t see what there’s not to like about the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder.”

You can read the full review here.

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The Talented Mr. Cucuzza | High End 2019

By | June 21st, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

High-End 2019 show coverage brought to you by The LSA Group

I’ve been a long-time Audio Research fan. As part of my research on the brand, I came to know Livio Cucuzza, their designer, through a cyber friendship and also by his sublime design work of Sonus Faber, McIntosh Labs, and Audio Research projects.  But I had never met the man…until Munich. I had asked Livio if I could do a short interview at Munich and he agreed. On Saturday afternoon, I rambled into the ARC/McIntosh press room and to my surprise our very own Dr.… Read the full article

Mike Moffat: Re-Creating the Musical Event

By | June 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

His background may have been in tubed audio product design, but Theta Digital’s Mike Moffat is now at the forefront of computer-based digital processor development. His Theta D/A processors are among a handful of products that use Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chips and custom filtering software instead of off-the-shelf filter chips (footnote 1). I recently visited Mike at the Theta factory to get his current ideas on digital audio reproduction and what goes into designing a good-sounding processor. I began by asking Mike if he had always been an audiophile.… Read the full article

Theta DS Pro Generation III digital processor

By | June 6th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

A visiting manufacturer recently expressed the idea that digital processors and transports are the worst value in high-end audio. He contended that, because they all sound bad, their differences and degrees of imperfection are meaningless. In his view, the very best digital differed very little from the worst. His advice? Buy a moderately priced CD player and enjoy your LPs.

Based on my experience with a wide range of digital processors, I hold the opposite opinion. Sure, the best digital processors are expensive, but the difference in the musical experience between superlative and mediocre converters is, for me, vast.… Read the full article

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KIH #67 – A change is as good as a rest?

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Definitive Audio, the distribution and retail arm of speaker house Living Voice, were relinquishing their long-standing Kondo franchise for the UK. “We have always followed our heart because that’s where music communicates. It is fundamental that we feel a powerful connection to the brands we represent. Over the years we have enjoyed a good working relationship with Kondo and it is now time for us to move on and make way for someone who feels as passionate about their new designs as we do about their originals.Read the full article

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Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Also read Doug’s Exogal Comet DAC Review (2015) and Exogal Ion PowerDAC Review (2016)

When my Dutch friend and ski instructor, Marty, taught me downhill skiing I was quite intense and asked him to take me to successively more challenging slopes. Starting at age 27, in three brief seasons I went from novice to skiing black diamond moguls in the Canadian Rockies. A large part of that involved blowing up, falling. I fell a lot. At one point I was frustrated and said to him, “I’m doing a lot of falling,” as I thought the falling should decrease with experience.

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Stealth Audio Cables USB-T Select

By | March 26th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

2018 was a year where, between my law firm, my ailing parents and my not-for-profit activities, I was working 75-hour weeks and I had little time to write reviews. However, I never stopped checking out new components to try and further improve my system.

I’ve recently started a phased retirement, and am finally able to write reviews of the components that impressed me the most during the last 18 months. This also enables me to write about components which I have had in my system for long stretches, so for the foreseeable future my reviews will be based on long-term listening experiences.

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Audio Research Reference 160M monoblock power amplifier

By | September 20th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

At a recent dealer event in Seattle, after being impressed by the musical rightness of an Audio Research Corp. LS28 preamplifier and VT80SE power amplifier driving a pair of Sonus Faber Guarneri loudspeakers, I spoke with ARC’s Dave Gordon about reviewing one of the company’s new amplifiers. Less than a month later, two ARC Reference 160M tubed monoblock amplifiers ($30,000/pair) were headed my way.

Soon thereafter I received a huge, pallet-bound stack of boxes as tall as my neck: the two monoblocks, plus one ARC preamp—their hefty, one-piece Reference 6 (REF 6) line preamplifier ($14,000), which Michael Fremer reviewed in December 2016.… Read the full article

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EXOGAL Abandons MQA Development

By | June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: |

EXOGAL Audio announced today that they are ceasing development of MQA for inclusion in EXOGAL products. 

June 22, 2018. Said Jeff Haagenstad, CEO of EXOGAL: “We have been evaluating MQA technology and watching the wider MQA ecosystem since early 2016. After much research on the fundamental technology and more importantly on the market demand for MQA, we have reached the decision to cease the pursuit of adding MQA to our products for several reasons:

  • Our products by themselves exceed the performance of our products with the inclusion of MQA,
  • Regardless of the breathless hype by the audio press, actual consumer demand is just not there.
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Human after all: the ModWright-modded OPPO UDP-205

By | March 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Simplicity – does your system have it? Do you wish it did? I recall the good old days when my entire playback chain consisted of one box. All I wanted/needed back then was a CD player, and I rambled my way through many of the best available at the time: Sony, Krell, McIntosh, Wadia, Lector, Meridian, Electrocompaniet, Simaudio, Linn, and Esoteric. I routinely gave my vinyl-loving friends a hard time about how many components they needed – table, tonearm, cartridge, stylus, phono stage, etc – and how complex it was to achieve an optimal setup.… Read the full article

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