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SOtM sMS-100 Network Streamer – Review

By | August 25th, 2014|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

From the moment I had the noise problem from my  USB inputs, I’ve been thinking of solving the known “computer problem”. Considering it was mainly because of the 5V USB power, I’ve started looking into this matter and realized that the 5V output from the motherboard’s usb inputs isn’t usually linear.

If your DAC uses in any way the USB power, the sound will be affected. The USB input from MSB Analog DAC, is optically isolated, but it still uses the power from USB.… Read the full article

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Asus Xonar Essence III – Review

By | May 30th, 2014|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

It brings me joy to see that Asus shows interest in this relatively small market. Why am I saying this?

Well, I have two big reasons:

  • Their products in this category are very good so far
  • Asus is a very big and popular company and this may help bring more people into this domain. If the market grows, more companies will be interested in it and we shall have more competition between the producers. This kind of competition is always good for the consumer and even for the companies, as it leads for faster progress and sometimes to better prices.
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FiiO X3 – Review

By | October 15th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I have stressed for some time now on what phone I would get that has decent sound. At first I got the Galaxy S1 that had a Wolfson Dac and combined with Voodoo Sound I got decent playback.

Recently I got a Galaxy S4 knowing it has a Wolfson Dac too but I didn’t notice the European version didn’t have it, and I don’t like the sound on it.

I didn’t want to go for an Ipod or something similar because It didn’t find them to sound better than my S1 (which i kept just for music).… Read the full article

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Simaudio Moon Evolution 650D – Review

By | September 22nd, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I have something special prepared for this review. It has excellent build quality and very good sound:

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Just kidding 🙂

However I really have something special prepared for this review: the Simaudio Moon 650D DAC .

After I have listened to the Msb Analog Dac I haven’t stop thinking of it and also never looked with the same eyes  at my home system.

What has been heard….cannot be unheard.

When I have the time, I go to Jack and watch the analog dac from the shadows, planning, hoping, scheming, waiting…

Polar-bear-hunting-seal-soon

( If you want to know if the seal made it, read the whole article ) :))

I cannot thinking at the similarity of my salary with this hobby and this animation:

audiophile salary

I thought of starting to check out some other DACS meanwhile and I am lucky to say I got the Moon 650D  for this review.… Read the full article

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New Burson 1793 DAC PCB Review

By | August 25th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I have recently received the new Burson 1793 DAC PCB from Burson Audio.

Burson Audio PCB 1793 DAC

Burson released 2 new Conductor SL that are basically the same, except the dac implementations:

I was pretty pleased with the sabre32  dac from the full Burson Conductorand I liked it better than the one in HA-160D implemented around the burr brown chip.… Read the full article

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MSB Analog Dac – Review

By | August 12th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I was quite happy with my system in the last few weeks. Hydra & Conductor with HD800 & LCD2 were rocking my life lately. I have bought the AG500 Power Regenerator from Power Inspired and it got my system some steps up again. Don’t worry, I will soon review the AG500 too.

So I was thinking how much better can this and in what ways? Hard to imagine at that moment.

Meanwhile I was getting “attacked” by a friend that also had Burson Conductor but got a PS Audio PWD2 instead, telling me every day what a big difference it makes.… Read the full article

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Naim DAC-V1 review

By | May 28th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I’ve been waiting for a few months now to write this review. The first time I have seen that  Naim will release a headphone dac/amp/preamplifier combo I was really really intrigued and curious.

I’ve been bothering the guys from Jack for over 2 months now: “Did it come? Did it come?”

Well finally it came, and here it is on the review bench, and I must say it looks just awesome!

The build quality and the design really impressed me.… Read the full article

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Audiobyte Hydra: High-End USB interface

By | May 26th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I have heard for a while now, of a Romanian company that supposedly produces some very good audio gear.

Never had the chance to hear one of their products until recently.

The company I am talking about is Audiobyte. The owner, and main engineer is Nucu Jitariu. I have heard of him from Sandu during the last few years. From what I have heard, he is a legend throughout the audiophile society in Romania.

It has come to my attention that Nucu worked with some very popular audio companies like PS Audio, Wadia, MSB, Goldmund.… Read the full article

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The Little Black Box: Arcam rPac

By | May 2nd, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hey guys,

I have seen this little box recently and it intrigued me a lot. It has an impressive build quality.

Arcam rPac

It has a very thick aluminum case and it feels like a tank can get over it and wouldn’t hurt it.

Ok…Now I am curios..would it hurt it? Why am I thinking of this?

Because of this crazy video(where they run a tank over a 5000EUR dac, chord qbd76) :

Hmm…All i need now is a tank… Does anybody know a guy…with a tank?… Read the full article

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The Titans are Back : Sennheiser HD800 vs Audeze LCD2 & Burson Conductor

By | February 24th, 2013|Categories: DAC - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello  guys,

This post is really a special one. I have once listened to HD800 with Burson Conductor and I and i really liked the sound, as it was a few classes over the the sound given in combination with Burson HA-160ds.

For some while I thought of re-evaluating the sound of Sennheiser HD800and DarKu was kind enough to lend it to me again. When I went at his place to get the HD800, I went with my Chord Silver Plus cable to show him the difference it makes.… Read the full article

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