The US price for the DAC2.1x Signature is $4,900. Like the transport, this DAC sits about mid-way through their “level” of digital converter products. It includes the AN “secret sauce” componentry, including Black Gate caps, Tantalum resistors, a choke-regulated and tube rectified power supply, as well as the separate mains transformer and a transformer-based digital input.… Read the full article
Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.… Read the full article
Coffee. Champagne. Coffee. Russian liqueur. Coffee. Tequila. Coffee. Whiskey. Coffee. Red wine. Coffee… I lost track of the actual number of drinks, and coffees I had during my first day visiting Peter Qvortrup of Audio Note UK at his home in Brighton. It was my own fault. I had forgotten a fistful of sleep aids on the kitchen counter at home in my dash for the airport, and as a result hadn’t gotten a wink on the 10-hour flight from Vancouver, Canada.… Read the full article
Review updates: Harbeth, DeVore, Totem, Pass Labs, totaldac, AudioQuest, Pro-Ject, PS Audio… coming from Rafe
2017 is rocketing past us, and with the summer at its nadir I thought it was time for a quick update on what’s happening with me up north here on the Best Coast in Vancouver. I’ve moved into a new place that is much larger than my previous one to accommodate the growing list of gear making its way to my door, and so my son could live with with me while going to university (most importantly).… Read the full article
Sometimes you have to take time to listen to what’s not there.
So when I sat down to take in the room that Neli, and Mike Davis of Audio Federation, now out of Palo Alta, California had put together, what wasn’t there made it one of the sweetest setups at the Los Angeles Audio Show for me. There was absolutely no treble glare of any kind, regardless of the material I heard being played while I was in the room, which varied from classical, to jazz, to alt-rock to electronic.… Read the full article
Audio Note UK levelled it’s latest salvo at the mainstream audio industry during this year’s Salon Audio Montreal by launching Audio Note Music. The first album from the new label is Pure Cello, a 2×45 rpm LP, and CD by noted Canadian cellist Vincent Bélanger. The LP was recorded in a chapel on the grounds of the Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut which is renowned for its acoustics, and signifies the British hardware manufacturer’s intention to continue to go against industry norms.… Read the full article
Canada’s sophisticated French-speaking metropolis Montreal is about to be descended upon by the masses of high fidelity, and this time we’ll be there to cover it.
I’ll be heading to Salon Audio Montreal on Thursday morning, and while the weather forecast calls for some chilly temperatures, I’m looking forward to a warm reception with a number of good friends who will be attendance. Former show stalwart David Cope will be there, as will cellist Vincent Bélanger for the launch of Audio Note Music with his new album Pure Cello.… Read the full article
TAVES 2016: Mundorf and the ANKITS
By Richard H. Mak
Born out of Audio Note UK as the Audio Note Kit company, ANKIT is a separate entity operating out of Canada by company director Brian Smith. The circuits employed in the designs are different than Audio Note UK. ANKIT employ some of the highest quality parts you can find in the industry such as Mundorf Silver Gold and Oil Capacitors, or ANKIT’s proprietary Quad C-Core output transformers designed and manufactured in Canada.… Read the full article
By Richard H. Mak
Francis Chung, President of the Toronto Home of Audiophiles, is the exclusive dealer of Pass Labs and Gershman Acoustics in the greater Toronto area. I have known Francis for nearly 30 years, and I still remember my university days back in the early 90s where a bunch of us would skip classes and trek down to Francis’ original store in The Village by the Grange just one block south of the University of Toronto. The industry has changed a lot since then but Francis remained as committed to the service oriented retail sales business model as he was 30 years ago. … Read the full article