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The Hanze HiFi HAT Turntable Power Supply

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Welcome to Hanze HiFi!

I always enjoy telling you about the people behind high-performance audio products and HiFi shops, as quite often they are the most insightful and informed of all enthusiasts about HiFi, telling us about new and exciting audio advancements, and possessing a zeal and vision that drives audio performance to that next level, enriching our HiFi hobby, our music listening, and our lives in the process.

Hanze HiFi in Zwolle, Netherlands.

Such are the people that are Hanze HiFi, located in the historic and picturesque city of Zwolle, Netherlands.… Read the full article

Celebration Giveaway 41: C3 Audio – 3 UPOCC Cables!

By | June 23rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with three of C3Audio’s balanced headphone cables! Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The ColorFly U8 DAP giveaway is now over! The lucky girl/guy this week is Annie Lee from Singapore. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.

Number 41

As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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Pneuance Audio Pneupod Pneumatic Isolation Feet

By | June 7th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

Pneuance Audio Pneupod Pneumatic Isolation Feet

When James Brown urged everyone to “get on the good foot!” he could have just as easily been singing about Pneuance Audio’s new Pneupod Pneumatic Isolation Feet, they’ve sure got me singing their praises! Isolating components from unwanted vibrations and the resonance they cause with high quality isolation footers can, and does result in very real and dramatic sonic improvements. The kind of improvements you may not realize you need until you hear them for yourself in your system. This was very much my experience.Read the full article

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DS Audio ST-50 Stylus Cleaner; Keeping Your Stylus – and the Message – Crystal Clear

By | May 27th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Primary System: Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Edition (stereo pair), Zu Audio Omen Dirty Weekend Bookshelf (single speaker for center channel and mono playback), REL T1 powered subwoofer, Definitive Technologies Powerfield 1500 subwoofer.

Secondary System: Magneplanar MMGs modded with custom-built stands and Peter Gunn’s (of Audio Asylum notoriety) custom outboard crossover mods (the crossovers cost more to build than the speakers cost second hand!), Klipsch RB-3 Compact Monitors, Audioengine A5+ Powered Loudspeakers, Audioengine B2 powered Bluetooth Speaker.… Read the full article

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Review: PEARS UT-125 – Tuning Pleasure

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

Today we have a different kind of review for you; the PEARS UT-125 IEM tuning device. Let’s take a look at this interesting box and see what it offers.

Disclaimer: P-EAR-S sent me their UT-125 tuning device on loan. Once the review is finished, I will send it back to Switzerland. The brand is not affiliated with Headfonia. 

Intro

This review is quite different than most reviews of Headfonia. Normally we review In Ear Monitors, Headphones, Digital Audio Players and so forth.… Read the full article

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GIK Acoustics 4A Alpha Panel and TriTrap

By | May 1st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

When it comes to room acoustics, size matters. The axiom that smaller listening rooms lead to larger acoustical challenges holds true in my experience. Room-mode resonances, which greatly affect bass response, generally manifest higher in frequency in small rooms, leading to coloration, not just in the bass, but further up into the midrange. Those of us relegated to listening to music in smaller rooms know all too well the challenges associated with loudspeaker and listener placement. Closer proximity of wall surfaces leads to a preponderance of early reflections and slap echo, which can result in tonal coloration and diffused, confused imaging.… Read the full article

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Celebration Giveaway 32: Earsonics Grace & Effect Audio Ares II 8W

By | April 21st, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with a special Easter giveway! . Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The iBasso giveaway as expected was huge as it’s a very popular brand ! The lucky guys this week are:

iBasso IT04: Wiwit Nugroho from Jakarta

iBasso IT01: Alexander O Guevarra Jr from Philippines   

iBasso IT01: Michael Donovan from The UK

iBasso IT01: TJ from Canada

iBasso IT01: Narayan from India 

You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.… Read the full article

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Synergistic Research Active Ground Block SE

By | April 10th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

One of the many reasons why I love the audiophile hobby so much is that it always affords me so many avenues to learn something new and interesting. For example, take the need to “ground” all your audio components. On the surface, grounding may seem like a boring concept. However, if you dig beneath the surface, it is anything but.

Electrical theory 101, states that the wire that supplies power to our components has three conductors. The “hot” conductor supplies the current, the “neutral” conductor provides the current’s return path to the ground, and then you have the ground.… Read the full article

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Jensen Transformers' MC-2RR ISO-MAX Moving Coil Phono Cartridge Step-Up Transformer

By | April 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

LOUDSPEAKERS

Marten Bird Loudspeakers, Marten Duke 2 Loudspeakers, and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS

E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, two E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), E.A.R. 534 stereo amplifier, E.A.R. 912 Professional preamplifier, E.A.R. 834L tube line stage, E.A.R. HP4 headphone amplifier, Grado Battery headphone amplifier, and KingRex headphone amplifier.

SOURCES

Analog: E.A.R. Disk Master Turntable with two Helius Omega Tonearms.

Cartridges: Koetsu Rosewood Signature, London Reference and Grado Statement1.… Read the full article

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Impressions:  From an Editor’s Notebook – Merrill Audio Element 118, Pneupods, and Focal Sphear Earphones

By | April 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 03/18/2019

The current system (09-2018) with a pair of the beautiful and powerful Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblocks on the top shelf of the Critical Mass Systems QXK rack.

A close-up view of the EAT Massive Record Weight. Nice looking, and really helps to improve the sound of your LPs!

One version of our current stereo reference system, featuring PASS Labs Xs Phono Amp, Xs Preamp, and Xs 150 Monoblock Amps, feeding Evolution Acoustics MM2 Loudspeakers with EXACT External Crossovers.Read the full article

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