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Naim DAC-V1 Review

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Naim has been on the home audio scene since the early ’70s when Oxford born and self-taught designer Julian Vereker brought the NAP200 power amplifier to market after his disillusionment with then current pro-audio offerings.

Naim DAC-V1 Review

By | May 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Naim has been on the home audio scene since the early ’70s when Oxford born and self-taught designer Julian Vereker brought the NAP200 power amplifier to market after his disillusionment with then current pro-audio offerings.

High End Munich 2019: Mark Levinson Strikes Again

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Right now, in the audiophile marketplace, who is bigger, bolder, more ubiquitous, or more iconic than Harmon Luxury Audio’s Mark Levinson brand?

High End Munich 2019: Mark Levinson Strikes Again

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

Right now, in the audiophile marketplace, who is bigger, bolder, more ubiquitous, or more iconic than Harmon Luxury Audio’s Mark Levinson brand?

High End Munich 2019: MrSpeakers and Headamp Wow

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

In the digital realm, High End Munich 2019 made it very clear that CDs and SACDs are back – alive and better reproduced than ever. In like manner, moving-coil cartridges are improving faster than DACs. In the headphone world, companies like Stax relaxed; assuming their position on top of the electrostatic headphone mountain was secure. But we all know: you snooze – you lose.

And, while Stax was napping, young whippersnapper companies like HiFiMan and MrSpeakers were doing their homework and the results are now changing how electrostatic headphones, and their accompanying amps and energizers, are perceived.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019: MrSpeakers and HeadAmp Wow

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

In the digital realm, High End Munich 2019 made it very clear that CDs and SACDs are back – alive and better reproduced than ever. In like manner, moving-coil cartridges are improving faster than DACs. In the headphone world, companies like Stax relaxed; assuming their position on top of the electrostatic headphone mountain was secure. But we all know: you snooze – you lose.

And, while Stax was napping, young whippersnapper companies like HiFiMan and MrSpeakers were doing their homework and the results are now changing how electrostatic headphones, and their accompanying amps and energizers, are perceived.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019 with CH Precision

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiostream|

The $20,995 Etsuro-Urushi Gold might be the most expensive phono cartridge in the world. I mention this because in the CH Precision room, at High End 2019 I was delighted to experience the Gold in comparison to C-H’s all-out assault on the digital art – who could ask for more fun?

High End Munich 2019: CanEver DAC-Headphone Amp

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I have not yet experienced the music-playback capabilities of CanEver’s ZeroUno D/A processor. But Art Dudley has. And he praised it at some length in the April 2017 Stereophile: “By the end of its stay in my home, it had pushed virtually all of my Happy buttons — not by doing everything I could ask of it, but by having a point of view that aligned with my own.”

CanEver’s ZeroUno original DAC caught my attention because it is from a small Italian company (I like small European companies) with a sharp-brained, designer-engineer named Mario Canever, who, I thought, might have an aesthetic-engineering viewpoint not too dissimilar from my own.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019: CanEver DAC-Headphone Amp

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I have not yet experienced the music-playback capabilities of CanEver’s ZeroUno D/A processor. But Art Dudley has. And he praised it at some length in the April 2017 Stereophile: “By the end of its stay in my home, it had pushed virtually all of my Happy buttons — not by doing everything I could ask of it, but by having a point of view that aligned with my own.”

CanEver’s ZeroUno original DAC caught my attention because it is from a small Italian company (I like small European companies) with a sharp-brained, designer-engineer named Mario Canever, who, I thought, might have an aesthetic-engineering viewpoint not too dissimilar from my own.… Read the full article

High End Munich 2019 With Warwick Acoustics

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Innerfidelity|

At the start of High End 2019, I had never heard of electrostatic headphone manufacturer Warwick Acoustics. Then, on the second High End day, I noticed the $24,000 USD pro-styled Aperio electrostatic headphones and their associated power-supply-energizer, streaming DAC, headphone amplifier, and line stage, sitting on a spot-lit stand outside the Warwick auditioning room.

When noticed it, I stopped. Took a picture. Walked around back and looked. I determined it was a member of an emerging category of headphone products I casually refer to as “one box” – meaning they do everything except drive conventional loudspeakers.… Read the full article