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The Neoteric Listener – The AURALiC VEGA G1 Streaming DAC

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

“Is it live or is it Memorex?” If you’re old enough to remember that ad for audio cassettes (hell, if you’re old enough to remember audio cassettes) you also remember that nobody had trouble answering the question. I don’t care how astounding your Nakamichi Dragon cassette player happened to be, nobody ever walked into your listening room and said, “Hey! Where’s the orchestra?!”

To be honest, I’ve had much the same experience with DACs. An invisible hand may drive DAC marketing, but there are plenty of audible fingerprints on digital sound reproduction.… Read the full article

TempoTec Sonata iDSD Review

By | November 6th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

The TempoTec Sonata iDSD is a very affordable portable Amp/DAC capable of up to DSD128, OTG, and Apple iOS connectivity. It retails for $70 and will be down to $49 during the 11.11 sale this 2019 on their Aliexpress store here. Disclaimer: The TempoTec Sonata iDSD sent to us is a sample in exchange for […]

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FiiO Q5s Review

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

The FiiO Q5s is a revision of the original Q5 portable Bluetooth DAC/Amp using FiiO’s latest interchangeable AM3E amp module. It retails for $349.99 Disclaimer: The FiiO Q5s sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank FiiO for this opportunity.  To learn more about FiiO reviews on Headfonics you can click […]

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Schiit Modi 3 vs. Modi Multibit – A Schiit Shootout!

By | October 19th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

Schiit Audio Modi 3 vs Modi Multibit Review and comparison.

For anyone following along – we have been blind testing (double blind in some cases) a variety of products from different categories at Schiit Audio’s retail space in Newhall, CA. These monthly meetups take place with the help of some of the company’s staff, who hide which products we are listening to (hence “blind”) and carefully and quickly switch between options so the audience that gathers can get a better sense of the nuanced sonic differences.

In some cases the candidates for “best of” number around 4, like our pre shootout – which would technically be a blind A/B/C/D.… Read the full article

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Monoprice Monolith™ THX Amplifier & DAC Review

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The Monoprice Monolith™ THX Amplifier is a mid-fi priced THX certified DAC/Amp combo featuring dual AK4493 and up to 2W of power. It is priced at $499.99 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 […]

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dCS Bartok DAC, Part One | Review

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

dCS Bartok

Love those smooth, clean lines on the dCS Bartok

Every once and a while, a product will turn up at the house for review that is so special, it changes what I understand to be possible for an audio component. And let’s face it; most of us don’t have anything resembling “unlimited budgets”, so finding something magical at a price you might (barely/one day/maybe-possibly) afford can make for a great day. For me, I found the dCS Bartok DAC to be just such an animal.… Read the full article

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LampizatOr Amber III Hi-Res DAC

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

Review By Dave Hanson

With this article, Positive Feedback continues its content-sharing relationship with Enjoy the Music. Dave Hanson shares his thoughts about the LampizatOr Amber III Hi-Res DAC. Read, and learn….

Dr. David W. Robinson, Editor-in-Chief

World Premiere Review! Fall in love with your music all over again.

It’s one thing to create a component that listeners can appreciate. It’s quite another to create a component that makes listeners appreciate their music even more. For me, the LampizatOr Amber III digital to analog converter ($2750 on up depending on options) falls into the latter category, quite decisively, in fact.… Read the full article

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Reimagining Net Neutrality: The Mola Mola Kaluga Class D Mono Power Amplifiers and Companion Makua Preamplifier (with onboard DAC and Phono Modules)

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

The Unbearable Joy of Thinking Outside the Box

Now that GTT Audio & Video head Bill Parish and I are finally back on friendly terms (heck, he even calls me on the phone occasionally to give me a hard time, and to ask when I plan to get around to finishing the reviews I promised to write, if ever), it seemed like the right time to share with the world my thoughts on a wonderful suite of electronics from the cutting edge design team at Mola Mola, the Dutch electronics wizards with the funny sounding name. … Read the full article

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Pure Audio Lotus DAC5

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

Pure Audio are a Taiwanese audio company with years of audio design experience under their belt. Despite not being famous amongst audio circles, the brand have attempted to break into international waters with their first successful distributor, Underwood HiFi, residing in the U.S. 

Part of their mission to win customers on a global scale has arisen from their firm desire to provide complete audiophile solutions using the best components. Enter the Lotus DAC5—which represents Pure Audio’s first stab at a hi-end DAC solution, complete with a full glass-front display.… Read the full article

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iBasso DC01 Review

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

The iBasso DC01 is a ‘pint-sized’ fully functional USB-DAC and amplification dongle with a 100% balanced 2.5mm TRRS output jack. It retails for around $50 depending on your location. Disclaimer: The iBasso DC01 was sent to us as a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank iBasso for this opportunity. To learn more about […]

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