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Audeze Arrivals

By | August 18th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

It was a big box, it was sitting in my front hallway when I opened the door and had Audeze markings on the side.

This excited me. This made me happy. It had been a long week and boxes of new gear always puts a smile on my face.

I had spoken briefly a while back with Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram about getting some fresh headphones sent to me for review and he replied that he’d send me a mix of ‘phones to try out.… Read the full article

Astell & Kern SR15 and SE100 preview

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Astell & Kern is one of those companies that I was instantly intrigued by the moment I saw their first industrial-designed audiophile product years ago — the AK100 — before I’d even heard a note of music through one of their DAPs.

The original, the AK100.

A relatively new player on the high-fidelity block, A&K is a company that launched at the beginning of what was the audiophile-centric, computer-audio boom and has ridden that wave to critical acclaim with unique, standout products like the aforementioned AK100 portable digital-audio player, which made its debut at CES in 2013.… Read the full article

Kenzie Encore Headphone Amplifier Review

By | August 3rd, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

The Kenzie Encore

Midrange Magic in a Box

$2,000 USD as configured

I must admit, this review is a little different for me.

I generally try to focus on lower or mid-priced gear that represents a value proposition — essentially, things that would interest other 23 year old freelancers on strict budgets — so I was a little trepidatious before my first call with ampsandsound founder Justin Weber, as a $2,000 USD tube amplifier is decidedly not what I would consider within my budget.… Read the full article

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AV Tech Media review policy reminder

By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

AV Tech Media review policy reminder

Due to a number of recent unauthorized solicitations to high-fidelity manufacturers, distributors and media-relations personnel for review equipment, we feel it necessary to post this policy reminder.

We have been alerted by several major brands that individuals misrepresenting themselves as freelance contributors for our associated websites and magazines have either attempted, or have succeeded in, having review equipment sent to them. With theft of said equipment being the final result in some cases.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind brands that a “trust no one” approach is the most prudent policy.… Read the full article

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Headphone shops in your home town

By | July 31st, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

I remember when I first decided I needed to get a better set of earbuds because my iPhone ones had packed it in. Again.

It was about six or seven years ago and I got the idea because A) This was the second set of Apple ‘buds cables that had fallen apart on me B) I was trying in vain to twist and squeeze the cables so the left channel would work instead of coming through intermittently and C) I saw something out the window of the bus that morning while commuting to work struggling with the Apple earbuds that I had never seen before: A shop dedicated to selling only headphones.… Read the full article

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Chord Mojo and Poly arrive

By | July 27th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Like peanut butter and jelly, some things are just meant to go together.

Portable audio DACs/Headphone Amplifiers/players can be a mixed bag of features, connections, format support (both wired and wireless), size and price.

Form factor and cost seem to be key determinants for many shopping around for a way to get better sound from their electronic devices.

The Chord Mojo($599 USD) has been the peanut butter on my list of portable DACs to audition for a while, so when I was offered one for review I was thrilled.… Read the full article

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Audeze LCD2 launch and Mobius rollout keeps CEO busy

By | July 19th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

Audeze’s main man and CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram is racking up the frequent-flyer miles of late.

A schedule that saw him overseeing the first shipments of the initial batch of $399 USD Mobius gaming/mixed-media platform headphones from Asia and the rollout of the newly-announced LCD2 planar-magnetic closed-back headphone at CanJam in London this weekend has had Thiagasamudram feeling a bit jet lagged.

Despite the gruelling pace, he managed to connect with me for a quick chat about the $899 USD LCD2, what sets it apart from the LCD-XC and what it means for Audeze.… Read the full article

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Review: 64 Audio A18t

By | July 12th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

64 Audio has a special place in my heart.

Perhaps that’s an odd way of introducing a review, as it makes me sound totally biased, but allow me to explain.

My first experience with the company – which was called 1964 Ears back then – involved one of their very first designs.

It was a triple-driver custom in-ear monitor which I purchased as a regular customer and subsequently reviewed – just for fun – way back in 2010. The established competition (mainly Ultimate Ears and Westone) wanted nearly $1,000 for custom-molded triple-driver models, while 1964 Ears sold their offering for less than half that price – with very little sonic compromise involved.… Read the full article

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Is neutral sound possible in a recording? A mastering engineer weighs in.

By | July 7th, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

An introduction to our newest contributor here at InnerFidelity – Mr. Rob LoVerde.

For those unfamiliar with LoVerde and his exploits, he began his career in the music business in 1999 at The Hit Factory in New York City, where he worked as a mastering assistant on many chart-topping hits of the day.

In 2003, he started working in the mastering and production department at Sony Music Studios, also in New York City, cutting records for a number of reissue record labels. … Read the full article

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Review: ifi Nano iDSD Black Label

By | July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Innerfidelity|

ifi Nano iDSD Black Label

Product Link: ifi Audio

MSRP: $199 USD

Grover Neville has been working quietly in the background at InnerFidelity for a while now, this is his first full review for us, so please welcome his efforts warmly.

A mouthful of a name for an itty-bitty unit.

Many readers are probably passingly familiar with ifi at this point – they’re active in sending gear to community meets and have a broad product range from higher-end amps to the small portable units for which they are best known.… Read the full article

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