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The McIntosh MHA150 is more than meets the eye

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh Labs is, by all accounts, an iconic audio firm. Throughout their 70 years of operation, McIntosh gear has been reviewed countless times and their history thoroughly documented in a number of places – see former employee Roger Russell’s meticulous website coverage for what must be a definitive take on the subject.

I grew up listening to a MAC1700 receiver (from the late 1960s). That relatively modest McIntosh product, its tube tuner imbuing the numerous local jazz stations of the era with a strong sense of tone.… Read the full article

Linear Tube Audio's Microzotl Preamplifier and ZOTL40 Reference Amplifier

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

Prologue: A Berning Desire

Many years ago, I purchased a boxy little bespoke headphone amp for my Sennheiser HD600’s called a MicroZOTL. Built by a mysterious mid-Atlantic, not-so-mad audio scientist by the name of David Berning, the MicroZOTL was a mighty tiny wonder. I loved it so much I had physicist / audio manufacturer Berning build me his ZH270 integrated amplifier. It was a great amp. Mr. Berning’s creations are aural artworks to be treasured, but sadly, those were early days in my own high-end audio journey when I was continually choosing to try different paths, and I eventually sold both amps to lucky audiophiles.Read the full article

ampsandsound Suolo Monos: An And Game Amplifier in a Boutique Package

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

I tend to jump into things blindly, especially when it comes to this hobby. Most of the amps, headphones, and speakers that I am interested in are not sold locally. Some of the best things in this hobby are made to order, and they often times don’t have a 30 day trail. Needless to say, I have been burned many times when buying new gear. It is not the fault of the manufacturer or the dealer, just the fact of life in a hobby as subjective as audio.… Read the full article

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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Denon Keeps It Simple & Accessible With New Matching Amp, CD Player

By | August 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , |

Denon DCD-600NE CD player

There is an interesting draw to the upfront sensibilities of the integrated + CD Player combo for desktop or small stereo solutions. On the shelf, the matching duo provide a clean presentation that avoids much of the overcompensation look that follow big, gaudy pieces of audio jewelry. Denon has a powerful brand in the more mainstream space, but their new offerings announced this week might just work their way into a comfortable (albeit perhaps smaller) niche for the audiophile crowd.

The 600 series Integrated and matching CD player first and foremost are a serious budget option for those who like the look of separates, but don’t necessarily want to drop several grand on more of the traditional high end options (ATC also recently released a micro pair).… Read the full article

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Impressions:  Final Thoughts on the Merrill Audio Element 118

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

David W. Robinson:  a portrait by John Robinson

The Merrill Audio Element 118. Why that name?

Simple, says Merrill Wettasinghe, the designer:  “Element 118 is named after the newest element in the periodic table called Oganesson, which completes the 7th row of the periodic table. The name Element 118 reflects the newest in technologies in the Element 118 Monoblock Power Amplifiers.

Merrill Wettasinghe with a pair of his Element 118 monoblocks, here driving some very nice Tidal Audio loudspeakers.Read the full article

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Auris Audio Euterpe – First Contact

By | August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The Auris Audio Euterpe is the company’s latest desktop tube amp featuring a headphone, DAC/Preamp capability and a unique enclosure that duals as a headphone stand. It retails for €1,499.00. Disclaimer: The Auris Audio Euterpe was sent to us in exchange for our honest opinion in this review. Many thanks to Auris Audio for giving us this […]

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KECES E40 Integrated Amplifier

By | July 30th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

KECES E40 Integrated Amplifier

It is no secret that the United States HIFI market is so densely packed it is approaching a singularity. If that gravity was not enough to pull a manufacturer into spaghettification, lets add in all the hobbyists and DIY-ers clamoring to fabricate something for pennies on the dollar, so they can revel in their David verses Goliath story, while soaking in some music with their friends!

Why bother bringing a new product here anyway? The simple answer is: When you have been working tirelessly on the design and engineering of specialty audio products, as KECES has since 2002, the result is above the noise of the marketplace and into the music where it belongs.… Read the full article

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Audio Research 160M Amplifiers – My White Whale

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

Even after two plus decades of reviewing, there are a few major brands that have largely eluded me. Whether it’s been a timing issue, system need, personal bias, (I’ll get into that more later), or I just haven’t been in proximity of the brand. For me, up till a couple years ago, one of those brands had been Audio Research. I was able to land a DAC9 for review that I absolutely loved. I still rave bout it to whoever is willing to listen.… Read the full article

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