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Allnic Audio ZL-5000 Power Cable

By | February 6th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|


Designer Kang Su Park of Korea’s Allnic Audio is an obvious deep thinker and top tinkerer. We recently published a review of his H-1202 tubed phono stage. It was a marvellous piece of design with superb sound. Park also designs cables. When David Beetles from Allnic distributor Hammertone Audio asked Audiophilia to review the H-1202, he slipped into the conversation that a loom of Allnic Audio cables was also available for review. Cables—discussing or writing about them—do not scare me. Some publications won’t touch them.… Read the full article

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Joscho Stephan Trio—Paris – Berlin/Berliner Meister Schallplatten Direct to Disc 180g vinyl

By | February 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|


For those of you not familiar with vinyl Direct to Disc technology, think of it as cutting out the recorded medium middle man. New to me Berliner Meister Schallplatten explains the process as:

The recording is made onto a lacquer disc. With a galvanic process this lacquer disc is turned into an extrusion die. Every vinyl disc is thus an original copy of this recording. Because lacquer discs and extrusion dies are destroyed or worn out during the manufacturing and multiplication process, the pressed vinyl discs are ultimately the best possible reproductions of a direct-to-disc recording.Read the full article

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By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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What is all the buzz about Qobuz?
In a nutshell: Think Tidal—but for the connoisseur.

Qobuz is a subscription based digital music provider/streaming service that is quickly gaining attention by offering lossless streaming of high-resolution (Hi-Res) 24 bit FLAC audiophile quality music files up to 24/192 PCM in addition to CD 16/44.1 resolution (and MP3). Yes: flawless lossless streaming of even native 24/192 FLAC files. Crucially, their files are curated carefully and thoughtfully from the best original sources they can get their hands on.… Read the full article

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Mytek HiFi Manhattan DAC II

By | January 24th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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Like most progressive digital manufacturers, Brooklyn’s Mytek HiFi ships multi-use, single-box audio solutions. Basically, full function, highly technical, very capable, one-box-cures-all, digital wiz kids. The Manhattan DAC II is Mytek designer/owner Michal Jurewicz’s top wiz kid.

It’s interesting the name of this unit changes from internet source to internet source. The title of our review is the name as it appears on the Mytek HiFi webpage. Others call it Manhattan II D/A preamplifier-headphone amplifier, Manhattan II, Manhattan DAC 2, and other odds and sods.… Read the full article

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Bryston 28B³ Monoblock Power Amplifiers

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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According to its website, Bryston has been in business for 35 years, has 150 dealers in North America and is in 60 countries worldwide. That is very impressive for an audio company. Bryston headquarters is located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, which is approximately a 2 hour drive from my hometown, Toronto.

Even though I have known about Bryston for decades, I have not reviewed any of their products nor have I heard any of their products for an extended period of time.… Read the full article

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Rocky Mountain Audio Fest hotel update (Sept 5 – 8, 2019) Denver, CO

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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The latest from our friends at RMAF:

This year we are thrilled to be expanding with you into the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, which will be our new RMAF “home on the range” starting with the 16th Annual RMAF, September 5-8, 2019.

The Gaylord Rockies opened on schedule and to great fanfare on December 18. A few of our team spent the opening night there exploring, testing, tasting and…WOW!

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This $800 million facility has 2 million square feet of upscale accommodations, convention and exhibition space.Read the full article

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Allnic Audio H-1202 Phono Stage

By | January 4th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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It’s interesting to note that a $3750 phono stage is now considered, among some audiophiles, as entry level for delivering vinyl sound as it’s meant to be heard. Sure, there are relatively inexpensive examples that do a fine job—the excellent Rega Aria is priced at $1500—and some expensive models that don’t, but in my experience, higher priced analogue gear sounds better. You gotta pay to play.

My reference Sutherland Engineering DUO monoblock Phono Preamplifier was so good in review, I purchased the unit(s).… Read the full article

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PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC: Snowmass Upgrade

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|


Over four years ago, in May 2014, I reviewed the PS Audio DirectStream (DS) DAC. I ended up purchasing it and I still use it as my reference. Many times over these last four years I have been approached by other audiophiles asking why I have a DAC as my reference that is not ‘new’ and ‘up-to-date’ as compared to other DACs that have the newest DAC chip. ‘Oh no’, I say, ‘you are wrong’, ‘my DAC is only at most months old, it is yours that is old.’

My response is in fact, a fact, and that is what is so special about the DS DAC: Because its electronics are software based not hardware based, you get a new DAC every time PSAudio updates the software—and updates are free of charge.… Read the full article

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Brahms: The Four Symphonies—DG Limited Edition 180g vinyl reissue

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|


I usually write music reviews, especially classical, with my classically-trained hat on, commenting on performance, interpretation, comparables, etc. My audiophile nature kicks in at times and posts commentary in each review, for sure, but the main event is always the music.

For this review, it’ll be primarily about the sound.

What is the lover of classical music, Brahms, von Karajan, the Berliner Philharmoniker, and especially of reissue vinyl, getting from yet another version of their legendary performances? Karajan’s Brahms cycle was released originally on vinyl by Deutsche Grammophon in 1964.… Read the full article

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Our Favourite Christmas Albums

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Audiophillia|


From all of us at Audiophilia, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  

Here are a few of our favourite Christmas albums, some you’ll know, some maybe new to you. All are spectacular, both in execution and musicianship. 

All recordings are on CD, with most on the streaming networks. Get them all in a queue for Christmas morning.  

Here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. And a very special thank you to all for your support in 2018. 













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