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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

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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Thom Mackris: exaSound DACs

By | August 22nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

This guest article is by Thom Mackris, head honcho at Galibier Design. PF Senior Associate Editor Lynn Olson shared it with me right after Thom published his comments on a very recent three-hour listening session that he had with Lynn. They were doing some listening comparisons with exaSound DACs; the comments below summarize Thom’s take on what they heard.

Thom’s article is re-published here with his kind permission.

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

And now for something completely different … auditioning DACs.… Read the full article

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Simaudio Moon 390 Network Player and Preamplifier

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

We’re Gonna Spread Our Wings And Take To The Sky

For some time now I’ve been attempting to implement, to my satisfaction, a home built music server/home theater PC. Being an audiophile, I set the bar higher for sound than picture. But until just recently my attempts have not produced sound quality competitive with my universal disc player. In fact, I could burn the files from my computer to a CD rom, compare the sound directly from the computer with the burned disc in my player, and the player always won easily.… Read the full article

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Rupert Neve Designs Introduces Fidelice™ Line of High-Fidelity Products

By | July 28th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

LONDON (PTA) — After cultivating an unexpected audiophile following with their RNHP Precision Headphone Amplifier, Rupert Neve Designs further strides to blur the line between pro-audio and audiophile communities by introducing a whole new line of Fidelice™ products aimed directly at the audiophile hobbyist. These include a new DAC, Phono-Pre, and Headphone Amplifier (see photos below).

Wimberley, TX (July 26th, 2019) – New for the summer and shown for the first time at the 2019 CanJam London Show, Rupert Neve Designs is proud to introduce a Fidelice: a new product range for the high-fidelity audio market.

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A short film about the dCS Bartók

By | July 20th, 2019|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , |

dCS didn’t discontinue their long-running and Debussy DAC for nothing. In its place comes the Bartók, a D/A converter that contemporises the entry point into the Cambridge company’s range of über high-end hardware: the Ring DAC™, FPGA-centric DSP control board, all powered by a single transformer; plus Class A headphone amplifier with balanced and single-ended outputs that attracts its own transformer; plus a network streaming board. All up: £11,999.

On physicality, the Bartók enjoys none of the outgoing Debussy’s fascia-sculpt but what it lacks in outward aesthetic seduction, it more than makes up for in size and weight.… Read the full article

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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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Hifime’s €80 S2 DAC is for smartphones, PCs, Chromecast Audio

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

Looking at an AudioQuest DragonFly but wishing it had a TOSLINK input as well as USB? Hifime have you covered. Their matchbox-sized S2 USB DAC sports a microUSB input to work with PC/Macs and smartphones plus a mini-TOSLINK input for hooking in a TV, games console or Google Chromecast Audio (RIP). Only data can travels across a TOSLINK connection so the microUSB needs to see 5V of power from a ‘phone’ charger or battery pack.

The USB’s input power draw falls between 30mA and 50mA; well below the 100mA limit imposed by Apple on its iOS devices.… Read the full article

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Brief First Impressions from an Editor's Notebook: The LampizatOr Pacific DAC

By | July 6th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

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[Note:  All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.]

Last updated 05/16/2019

LOUDSPEAKERS

Evolution Acoustics Micro One Monitors.

(A new loudspeaker setup will be installed in the near future.)

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The Audionet PRE G2 Preamp.

ELECTRONICS

The PASS Labs Xs 150 Monoblock Amps and Power Supplies on Critical Mass Systems QXK Amp Stands

Merrill Audio Element 118 monoblock amplifiers; PASS Labs Xs Reference Phono Amp, Xs Reference Preamp, and Xs 150 Reference Monoblock Amps; Accustic Arts (components to be detailed); Audionet Pre G2 reference preamplifier, Audionet MAX monoblock amplifiers, Audionet Pam G2 reference phono preamplifier with EPX power supply, darTZeel CTH-8550 Integrated Amplifier; Walker Audio Procession Reference Phono Amplifier (updated 2015).… Read the full article

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Aurender, Scott Walker Audio | T.H.E. SHOW 2019

By | July 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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In the largest set of dealer lead exhibits at THE SHOW 2019, Scott Walker Audio and Aurender had a static display of Aurender’s most popular offerings. While Friday’s wrap of the show was taking hold, I decided it would be fun to examine up close the Aurender players on display, and delve deeper into what made the special, and more often the go-to digital source of many exhibitors in the audio show circuit.

Aurender A30

Aurender is a music server company that makes one-box-solutions that store and playback digital music collections of any resolution.… Read the full article

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