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Review: Hagerman Audio Labs Tuba : “Top Brass”

By | November 3rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Today we’re giving Headfonia readers a look at an unusual and very different sort of headphone amplifier: the ‘Tuba’ from Hawaiian manufacturer Hagerman Audio Labs.
Disclaimer: the Tuba was sent directly to Headfonia by Hagerman Audio Labs in exchange for our honest feedback and review. 

subjectivism noun

sub·​jec·​tiv·​ism | \ (ˌ)səb-ˈjek-ti-ˌvi-zəm

“A doctrine that the supreme good is the realization of a subjective experience or feeling (such as pleasure)”

Measurably-speaking tube audio is, by rights, yesterday’s technology. Ask a casual listener what they think about a strange-looking box with glowing valves protruding out the top, and they might tell you that it has all the high-tech appeal of a World-War II-era typewriter.Read the full article

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XI Audio Broadway – First Contact

By | October 26th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The Xi Audio Broadway is a transportable balanced/single-ended Class A headphone amplifier with both AC and battery power supply. It is priced at $2,299. Disclaimer: The Xi Audio Broadway sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned. Thank you to Xi Audio for giving […]

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Vitus Audio Factory Visit | Man About Town

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Vitus Audio Factory

Vitus Audio Factory

A trip to the Vitus Audio Factory

Denmark, a country with a landmass 1/25th the size of Ontario Canada and a population of only 5.6 Million, occupies one of the most prestigious spots in the world of high-end audio. Danish audio manufacturing is a benchmark of excellence, known worldwide for their high-quality standards and manufacturing precision. The sound Danish audio equipment is also known for having natural timbres and organic elements, which makes them desirable and highly sought after worldwide.… Read the full article

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DROP Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/AMP Review

By | September 4th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The DROP Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/AMP is a hybrid of the x Alex Cavalli Liquid Carbon X amp and the Massdrop x Grace Design Standard DAC (or SDAC). It is priced at $380. Disclaimer: The Liquid Carbon X + SDAC DAC/AMP  was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We […]

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Rupert Neve Designs RNHP – First Contact

By | August 31st, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The Rupert Neve Designs RNHP Precision Headphone Amplifier is the debut launch of the company’s first-ever dedicated desktop headphone amplifier. It is priced at $499. Disclaimer: The Rupert Neve Designs RNHP is a paid-for sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank Rupert Neve Designs for this opportunity. To learn more about solid-state headphone […]

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Yulong DA10 Review

By | July 17th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Yulong DA10 is an all-in-one desktop pure DAC, preamp and balanced headphone amplifier featuring an AK4497 DAC and up to 3W of output power. Disclaimer: The Yulong DA10 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Yulong and Shenzhen Audio for giving us this opportunity. […]

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Benchmark HPA-4 – Headphone Amplifier/Pre – Review

By | July 7th, 2019|Categories: Amplifier - Headmania|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s been a while since I managed to get some time to write on HeadMania, as it gets harder and harder to find time between work and family these days. It’s also been a while since I have been this excited about an audio product.

As I have mentioned before, HeadMania is part of my audiophile hobby. I don’t get money out of it and it actually costs me to keep it alive. So, my reviews contain my honest impressions as I don’t have any interest other than sharing my experience.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark Review

By | July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

The Monprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark is a compact transportable headphone amplifier developed by Alex Cavalli for Monoprice. Disclaimer: The Monprice Monolith™ Liquid Spark sent to us for this review is a paid-for sample. We thank the team at Monoprice for giving us this opportunity. To read more about portable and transportable amps we have reviewed […]

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Burson Playmate Review

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

8.5ScoreStarting at $399BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Playmate sent to us is a sample unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity.  You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. A few weeks ago, Burson sent me an interesting DAC and AMP combo called the […]

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Raven Audio | AXPONA 2019

By | April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Show Coverage brought to you by the LSA Group

by Paul Elliott

I have known about Raven Audio and their tube amps for a number of years when I met Dave Thompson and friends at an earlier Capital Audiofest.  I was really impressed with the sound and look of his amps finding it hard to believe they were made in America and at the price point that was quite affordable.

I have watched the product line grow each year and surprised each year with all the new models.

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