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Mytek Intros Two Budget Options – The Liberty DAC and Portable CLEF

By | February 20th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , |

The small label above the blue dot on the front panel of the new Liberty DAC by MyTek sums up a lot about the company’s direction in terms of compatibility. Its going more mainstream (in terms of pricing) but is bringing along a slew of audiophile features along with it. While a cool grand is perhaps more than most mainstream digital listeners might pony up, the value is still carved into the idea with large strokes. With Myteks’s upstream aspirations landing a little more on the spicy side (Manhattan II – $6k, Brooklyn DAC+ $2.2k), a $1k DAC sporting a full back of connectivity options is mighty appealing for the target market that shops within this range.… Read the full article

An Interview With Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio

By | February 15th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

He’s made quite a bit splash in his pond of budget components. Jason Stoddard of Schiit Audio gets behind the mic for an interview to talk about his company and his unique vantage point into all things hifi. Jason has a long history with the hobby including time designing on the loudspeaker side, a category which he has recently returned to under the Schiit brand with a series of power amps, integrateds and pres.

You can subscribe to The Occasional Podcast via iTunes, Android, Google Play or RSS feed.… Read the full article

Shure Now Offers Cable Updates For Its Classic IEMs – NAMM 2018

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

In case you were wondering – no, that’s not Sean Sullivan’s hair adorning his corporate shirt. Sure, sure, its Shure at NAMM but those lovely strands are actually a well thought out combination of metal, plastic and IEM love. For any current Shure fan (535 anyone?), their long history with the tiny ear speaker has always been terminated with a standard 3.5mm headphone connection. Lucky for most, recent models have been equipped with a standard MMCX removable jack capping the other end.… Read the full article

Zu Dirty Weekend Part Deux

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Sure, Zu Audio has partaken in a few dirty weekends before, BUT… the fire sale discount on their entry-level model doesn’t really come around that often. And yes, you could purchase a pair of home theater speakers from a big box retailer for this range, BUT… these doorways to supple sonic texture are way more hifi in my humble opinion. The Zu team tours the shows, the speakers look the part. $1k is the cost for entry and the color this time out is a very intriguing Rustic Hickory.… Read the full article

A New Mono From McIntosh, The MC611 Quad Balanced Power Amplifier

By | February 8th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh has a new monoblock called the MC611. The “Quad Balanced Power Amplifier” runs big at a full 600 watts into any of its speaker taps (2/4/8 ohms) and of course show off the company’s iconic blue meter with a glowing green logo. There are a quiet a few improvements to the new 611 from the previous 601 model, but McIntosh is putting “a 55% increase in dynamic headroom for added musicality” at the forefront of the feature set.

MSRP for the new amp is $7,500 with dealers taking orders now for shipping in February.… Read the full article

Beyerdynamic’s New $99 Headphone And The FOX – NAMM 2018

By | February 7th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Beyerdynamic was on full display mode at both CES and NAMM this year, but we saved our coverage for NAMM with a little more wiggle room, time, and mental space left over for the maker of some of our favorite headphones. The big news this year? A one-two punch for the podcasters and mobile producers, but the ripple effect for budget audiophiles is one that will not be overlooked! We are talking of course, about the new $99 DT240 PRO and the FOX USB Mic ($149).… Read the full article

A Few Days In The World Of McIntosh

By | February 6th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Last week I attended a McIntosh event in New York city with a fine cross section of the audio press. The main focus of this audiophile get-together was based around listening sessions for two new flagship speakers, but also covered off on the myriad of global products the McIntosh Group owns under its corporate brand.

For those not familiar, in addition to McIntosh amplifiers and speakers the family umbrella also includes Sonus Faber, Audio Research, Wadia, Sumiko, and the Pryma headphone brand.… Read the full article

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JH Audio Wants To Help You Help Yourself – NAMM 2018

By | January 30th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

If you are a true audiophile you owe it to yourself to pick a pair of earplugs. Hearing loss is permanent (for now) and almost all listeners loose the top end of the frequency spectrum as they age. There is no enforcement of volume levels for concerts and show producers can essentially set a SPL that is massively unhealthy for even short periods of exposure without penalty. For those who want to retain some semblance of  frequency response during use, JH Audio has recently joined the list of options for hearing protection with new product designed to retain as much of the original information as possible.… Read the full article

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The Audeze iSine LX

By | January 27th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

While we may be pushing the timeline around for daily readers of the site, the Audeze announcement that came out of CES this year was still bustling around the scene by the time we made it to the musician-friendly show NAMM. It was at this Anaheim show where we finally met up with representatives from the company and got the usual download from the OC startup known for producing some serious planar magnetic tech.

With the formal introduction and PR release landing a few weeks before, the news of a new addition to the iSine family came as a little bit of a surprise.… Read the full article

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64 Audio Updates the Line and Unveils a Hybrid Named N8t – NAMM 2018

By | January 27th, 2018|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , |

Its been quite a while since we’ve caught up with 64 Audio. The company has undergone some changes since it first opened its doors (initially named 1964Ears) but founder and CTO Vitaliy Belonozhko is still at the helm of the WA-based IEM company. Our initial review of their first 6 driver model shot up to 71k views and became our #3 review video of all time, if that’s any indicator of the appetite for custom ever-increasing-driver IEMs at the time.

Both 64 Audio and the IEM market as a whole are a bit more established now.… Read the full article

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