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What is electrical noise and how does it affect your DAC?

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

We’ve been here eleventy billion times before: the sound quality of a digital audio system doesn’t rely simply on the safe arrival of each and every bit but how accurately those bits are timed into the DAC chip. Any mis-timing is called jitter. Electrical noise – entering hi-fi components via the mains and via cables acting as antennae – can seriously disturb the timing accuracy of a DAC’s clock oscillators.

Not only. According to Garth Powell, Direct of Power/Engineering at AudioQuest, electrical noise will also make its way into the analogue section of a DAC to potentially mask the very low-level signal retrieval for which it was designed/purchased.… Read the full article

iBasso SR1 Review

By | March 25th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonality8.8Build Quality9Comfort & Fit9Matchability8.5 8.8Score$499iBassoDisclaimer: The iBasso SR1 was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank iBasso for this opportunity. To learn more about iBasso product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. The SR1 is iBasso’s first foray in the headphone making business and they are only releasing 500 units […]

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Custom Art FIBAE 4 Review

By | March 24th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonality9Build Quality9.2Comfort & Fit9.3Matchability8.7 9.1Score€725.00Custom ArtDisclaimer: The Custom Art FIBAE 4 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Custom Art for giving us this opportunity. To read more about Custom Art products we reviewed on Headfonics click here. FIBAE 4 is the next logical step for Poland’s Custom […]

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Jomo Audio Salsa – First Contact

By | March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

SG$1,399.00Jomo AudioDisclaimer: The Jomo Audio Salsa sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Jomo Audio for giving us this opportunity. To read more about Jomo Audio products we reviewed on Headfonics click here. The Jomo Audio Salsa just arrived in the office and with it our first Jomo […]

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Vanatoo announces Transparent One Encore

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Vanatoo — not a fictional planet from Doctor Who but an American loudspeaker company built around the work of one Gary Gesellchen and one Rick Kernen, who this commentator first encountered at a Newport Beach hi-fi show back in 2013. That meeting led to our review of their debut product: the Transparent One — a US$499 powered loudspeaker with serious low-end assault.

Six years later comes a revised version: the Transparent One Encore. The T1E starts with the same MDF cabinet that houses the same 5.25″ aluminium mid/bass driver – and backed by the same 5.25″ rear-facing passive radiator – but is now augmented up top by an all-new 1″ aluminium dome tweeter.… Read the full article

Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci IX & X – First Contact

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

$2000 & $2400Clear Tune MonitorsDisclaimer: The Clear Tune Monitors Da Vinci IX & X sent to us are samples in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at CTM for giving us this opportunity. To read more about Clear Tune Monitors products we reviewed on Headfonics click here. It has been almost a […]

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Being Frank about vinyl

By | March 21st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

In the above photo, we see Frank Schröder, a Berlin-based tonearm manufacturer of over twenty years, sitting on my couch (in Mitte) and not on his own, 6 km away in Charlottenburg. He has just installed a Zu/Denon DL-103r to a Rega Planar 2 turntable — because if anyone in the world knows how to properly align a cartridge, it’s Schröder.

This Berliner made his first tonearm at 14 years old, sold his first tonearm at 17 years old and joined the world of high-end audio exhibitors in 1999 at the High-End event in Frankfurt (before it relocated to Munich).… Read the full article

Noble Audio Khan Review

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Tonality9.3Build Quality9.1Comfort & Fit9.1Matchability9.1 9.2Score$2399Noble AudioDisclaimer: The Noble Audio Khan sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Noble Audio for giving us this opportunity. To read more about Noble Audio products we reviewed on Headfonics click here. We broke in our initial impressions about the Khan last December […]

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KIH #64 – Get real!

By | March 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Real people fi. Oops. Cursed by dualistic language, once we write that, we’ve turned ourselves into despicable judgmental dunces. What does that term make the rest? Hifi for faux people? Let’s try again.

I just want to document what ‘real’ people apart from diehard audiophiles might/should do with small speakers like these Amphion Argon3s. For evidence, your prosecutor of the cause presents exhibit A. That’s my wife’s room. It’s how she has always set up her bedside system around her MacBook with external DVD drive.… Read the full article