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Papa's Got a Brand New DAC! PS Audio's New Snowmass Operating System for DirectStream Junior

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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

Main System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Von Schweikert Audio VR-35 Export Deluxe,  REL Strata III Subwoofer       

ELECTRONICS

Pass Labs XA30.8 Class A Stereo Amplifier, “Fugly F4” DIY First Watt F4 Impedance Converting Amplifier (Thanks DIY Audio!), Homebrew Basic  David Slagle AVC Autoformer passive volume control, First Watt F7 Power Amplifier, Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier

SOURCES

Analog: Music Hall MMF-9 Turntable with Project Carbon 9c Arm modified with with Cardas Litz phono wire and Expressimo Audio’s Half Moon Heavyweight Counterweight, Lyra Delos MC Cartridge,  Goldring Maestro MC Cartridge, George Wright WPP100C phono-stage and WP100 Sowter Step-up Transformer, Pass Labs XP-17 phono stage, Pass Labs XP-15 phono stage

Digital: PS Audio DirectStream Junior, Sony DVP-S7700ES DVD player.… Read the full article

NextDrive Spectra X Review

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

8.3Score$189.99NextDriveDisclaimer: The NextDrive Spectra X sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at NextDrive for giving us this opportunity. To read more about NextDrive Products Review on Headfonics click here. Earlier in the year, I reviewed the NextDrive Spectra DAC with good marks. Today, I will […]

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A short film about the Schiit Modi 3 DAC

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

“Saw it on the tube
Bought it on the phone
Now you’re home alone
With a piece of crap”

– Neil Young


The Modi 3 DAC. It’s a piece of Schiit  but it’s no piece of crap. Previewed (here) and reviewed with words and pictures (here), the Modi 3 might not have the portable prowess of the identically-priced AudioQuest DragonFly Black but what it lacks in go anwhere utility, it more than compensates us with broader connectivity – coaxial, TOSLINK and USB – and a tonally richer, weightier sound.… Read the full article

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Schiit Modi 3 DAC review

By | November 29th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

What can you buy for a hundred bucks? A month of takeaway coffees. Four vinyl LPs. Or a DAC – a digital to analogue converter – from Californian hi-fi company Schiit Audio. Their name is a Dad joker’s dream ticket; so brace yourselves.

This metal box is called the Modi. According to Norse mythology, Modi (‘brave’) was son of Thor. In the Schiit DAC world, this is Modi’s third outing, this time with three inputs: USB, coaxial and TOSLINK. Digital in, analogue out for a highly affordable US$99!… Read the full article

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A short film about the Chord Qutest

By | November 20th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Value for money isn’t the preserve of inexpensive products — it can exist at any price point. Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 is a DAC that edges out similarly-priced rivals on detail retrieval and spatial cues to take up residence in a many a two-channel enthusiast’s hi-fi system, seemingly flying in the face of its internal rechargeable battery and high-quality headphone output that give users go-anywhere possibilities. Where we go, Hu-go. That spells Value with a capital V, italicised and emboldened.… Read the full article

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Keces S3 Headphone Amplifier and DAC

By | November 10th, 2018|Categories: Av2day|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

A Head Turner Indeed

by Venoth Nair

 
Most audiophiles who are confined to small living spaces like apartments or small homes (or just a room for that matter) usually resort to a headphone-based system to fulfil their audiophile cravings. Of course, a pair of headphones may not be a purist Hi-Fi choice in many ardent audiophile’s eyes but there is no ignoring the limitation in today’s world as well as the growing competence of headphones when it comes to conveyance of great sound.… Read the full article

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dCS Network Bridge and Vivaldi DAC receive MQA and juice my streaming

By | November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ever since I reviewed the dCS Network Bridge a year ago,  I’ve been enjoying a lot more digital music. YES, I still prefer dropping the needle but the convenience of a dCS Network Bridge + dCS Vivaldi DAC + ROON is tough to beat.

I find myself re-discovering CDs I ripped years ago, but more often on the hunt for more high resolution music.  Its been a bit of a disease, each Friday around 4pm, heading over to www.superhirez.com to look for what new music was released that week. … Read the full article

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Stoner Acoustics UDX DAC Review

By | October 31st, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

8.3ScoreDisclaimer: The Stoner Acoustics UDX was sent to us in exchange for our honest opinion in this review. Many thanks to Stoner Acoustics for giving us this opportunity. You can read about previous Stoner Acoustics products reviewed on Headfonics here. I’ve never heard a Stoner Acoustics product before, so when my inbox was primed with […]

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Chord Qutest Review

By | October 24th, 2018|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

Tonality9.5Build Quality9Functionality9Matchability9 9.1Score£1195Chord ElectronicsDisclaimer: The Chord Qutest sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Chord Electronics for giving us this opportunity. The Chord proposition has been a compelling pitch since the Hugo crash-landed into the portable audio scene a few years ago. Not many people I […]

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The DENAFRIPS Pontus DAC

By | October 15th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

I remember my first high-end digital player, a California Audio Labs DX-1. Looking forward to perfect sound forever, I tried to sell myself on the virtues of that CD player. Listening through my (then) Martin Logan Aerius speakers and Classe amp, I could never shake the feeling that the DX-1’s sonic signature was contributing to my musical anxiety, and I was never really happy with the sound. I was a newbie audiophile, and digital high end was in its infancy.

I also remember my first digital experience.… Read the full article

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