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Blog: Head-Fi CanJam London 2019 – Report

By | August 6th, 2019|Categories: Head-Fi, Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today’s post is all about the Head-Fi Canjam London 2019 show. Check out previous reports by clicking HERE.

Canjam London 2019 – Intro

This show report is offered by AudioConcierge. 

When Lieven and I visited CanJam London 2018, I knew I was going to participate in the 2019 show. After all the preparations and paper work (visa), I was able to attend and what a show it was. Traditionally, the show is held in Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel.… Read the full article

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A short film about the dCS Bartók

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , |

dCS didn’t discontinue their long-running and Debussy DAC for nothing. In its place comes the Bartók, a D/A converter that contemporises the entry point into the Cambridge company’s range of über high-end hardware: the Ring DAC™, FPGA-centric DSP control board, all powered by a single transformer; plus Class A headphone amplifier with balanced and single-ended outputs that attracts its own transformer; plus a network streaming board. All up: £11,999.

On physicality, the Bartók enjoys none of the outgoing Debussy’s fascia-sculpt but what it lacks in outward aesthetic seduction, it more than makes up for in size and weight.… Read the full article

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Chord DAVE vs. PS Audio DirectStream?

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , , |

PS AudioDirect Stream vs Chord DAVE? The thirst for comparative data no doubt stems from both DACs’ use of an internal FPGA instead of an off-the-shelf DAC chip to handle data marshalling and upsampling as well as decode preparation and execution. But it’s the software that matters most. In the PS Audio, the mathematics comes from Ted Smith. In the Chord unit, from Rob Watts.

Both DACs offer a choice of balanced and single-ended outputs and pre-amplifier possibilities. Both offer USB, TOSLINK and BNC (on the DAVE) / coaxial (on the DirectStream) digital inputs.… Read the full article

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The talking heads of RMAF 2018: Jude Mansilla

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , |

Jude Mansilla is the founder of Head-fi.org — the world’s largest online community for headphones and personal audio. He is also the founder of CanJam — real-world events in which headphone manufacturers and distributors show off their wares to the public.

CanJam now runs annually in SoCal, New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai and Denver, the latter attached to the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF). I sat down with Mansilla just before CanJam @ RMAF 2018 kicked into life to ask him about his work as a scientific measurer of headphone performance:

Further information: Head-fi.org | CanJamRead the full article

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Blog: Head-Fi CanJam London 2018 – Report

By | July 25th, 2018|Categories: Head-Fi, Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today’s post is all about the Head-Fi Canjam London 2018 show. Check out previous reports by clicking HERE. The picture above was taken on the top of “The Shard”.

Canjam London 2018 – Intro

My first ever Canjam show happened in London last weekend, and because this was also my first ever trip to London, I enjoyed it more than you can imagine. Apart from hanging with Lieven around the streets of London and taking that beautiful picture above from The Shard, the show itself was also so great, that it made me wanting for more next year.… Read the full article

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AR Launches New 2018 Portable Audio Range

By | June 1st, 2018|Categories: Av2day, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

AR Returns

by Dick Tan

 

Caption: Acoustic Research's AR-H1 planar magnetic drive headphone offers unparalleled clarity combined with a very high level of efficiency
Caption: Acoustic Research’s AR-H1 planar magnetic drive headphone offers unparalleled clarity combined with a very high level of efficiency

At a recent ceremony in Petaling Jaya, AR (Acoustic Research) announced the Launch of its 2018 range of portable digital audio components which comprises two hi-res music players, the AR-M2 and theAR-M20, a hi-res Bluetooth streamer, the AR-M200, a magnar planar driven hi-res headphone, the AR-H1 and two In-ear earphones, the AR-E10 and AR-E100.

 

According to Eric Suh, the Director of Sales and Marketing for VOXX International Corporation which distributes AR products, the AR brand, while it may seem like a newcomer to the portable digital audio market, is in fact a highly respected hi-fi name first founded in 1952 by legendary hi-fi innovator Edgar Vilchur and has a long, distinguished history in loudspeaker design innovations.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: CanJam SoCal 2018

By | April 15th, 2018|Categories: Head-Fi, Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: This post is an odd part of our Picture Sunday Series. I went to an event abroad, Canjam Socal 2018 by Head-Fi. Abroad!

One doesn’t fly from Tokyo to Los Angeles, stay in The Roadway Inn near L.A. Live, and then fly up north on a sardine jet for fun. One braves the smell of pee and sidewalks bumped with discarded chewing gum only on a tight business budget, and only if they have other, unrelated, business to attend to.… Read the full article

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Go forth and multi-buy: KZ’s knockout ATE IEM

By | February 28th, 2018|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , |

Happy Accidents will happen (time and again). The entry-level IEM buyer doesn’t just hope for them, s/he depends on them. With so many lesser-known brands, notably from China, launching new models by the dozen, and daily, not even the most dedicated Head-Fi reader and/or full-time reviewer could keep abreast of developments.

For this porta-fi fiend splitting his time with two-channel gear, chance encounters with possible giant killers is often left to spare time, browsing comments sections and social media feeds. … Read the full article

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Blog: Canjam Europe 2017 – Berlin – Part 1

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Head-Fi, Headfonia|Tags: , , , |

This week’s blog post is all about the Canjam Europe 2017 show in Berlin. To check out previous show reports click HERE.

Canjam Europe 2017 – Berlin 

When the Canjam Europe organizers announced the move from Essen – where the last four shows were held – to Berlin, everyone – me included – was a bit skeptic about it. Berlin isn’t very close for people from Belgium, the UK, France and the Netherlands and in stead of a 2 hour drive, I was now looking at a 9 hour one.… Read the full article

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McIntosh ready MHA50 portable DAC/headphone amplifier

By | September 27th, 2017|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , |

Portable decoding amplifier. Three words that neatly encapsulate the MHA50, McIntosh’s first foray in the pocketable DAC and headphone amplifier space. Connect a digital source, plug in a pair headphones and you’re off to the races with better sound quality superior than your average smartphone or laptop.

McIntosh assert that: 1) the MHA50 is similar in size to the average smartphone; 2) its chassis is made from extruded aluminium whose noise-shielding properties help block external interference” and 3) the glass front panel offers a touch-sensitive volume control inspired by the classic knobs found on countless McIntosh products”.Read the full article

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