Audio is all about good times. At least, it should be. Yes, I’m like everyone else in this silly hobby, poring over the mysteries of phono cable capacitance or trying to squeeze gear the size of a Mennonite hope chest into a room too small for much hope to fit. Still, at the risk of losing my Audiophile Animal ranking, I know that almost all of us yearn for a simple solution to listen to music as it should be heard.… Read the full article
Toes in My Head, er Sand – MrSpeakers' Aeon Flow Headphones, Schiit Gungnir Multibit DAC, and Ampsandsound Kenzie Amplifier
This note reflects, essentially, my first toe in the water of a higher end headphone setup, at least as a reviewer. I’ve heard high end speaker systems for decades. My first “high end” headphone setup was sometime in the late 1970s, an unknown model of magical Stax “earspeakers.” At the time I thought them better than any regular speakers I’d heard. Since then, I’ve heard numerous excellent two channel setups, but I have made little or no effort to familiarize myself with headphones.… Read the full article
Headed by two industry veterans, Schiit Audio is a company that has taken the world of high-end personal audio by storm with their focus on value and commitment to developing game-stopping products.
The original Yggdrasil represented Schiit’s flagship DAC product, and garnered the company a loyal following. Now, the company have further modified the internals to produce a new iteration—the Yggdrasil Analog 2 DAC (which can be upgraded from the original for a cool $550, or sold stock on Schiit’s website).… Read the full article
8.5ScoreStarting at $399BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Playmate sent to us is a sample unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity. You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. A few weeks ago, Burson sent me an interesting DAC and AMP combo called the […]
Ayre (website) was one of the earliest to market with a good USB DAC. That’s how I remember seeing and interacting with them. The QB-9 did one thing (USB) and did that one thing well, and all the mags raved about it. But what I always wanted? Well, aside from anything in the the milled-block-of-aluminum R-Series, was the C5 CD player. Man, I wanted that thing in a bad way — “no point in USB, when CD is that good!” is what I remember thinking.… Read the full article
Dan D’Agostino continue’s to fill in their Progression line with the addition of the new Progress Integrated Amplifier in Munich at the High End 2019. 18k USD buys you that engaging D’Agostino sound, beautiful meters, single ended and balanced inputs, and a long range Bluetooth remote. A modular design allows you to also add both MC Phono and differential Streaming DAC boards that include all of the features you have come to expect.
I had an opportunity to get a sneak peak of a partial pre-production unit that wasn’t assembled in April 2019.… Read the full article
If you are a mastering engineer or have recorded an album in a world-class studio within the last thirty-five years, you are likely quite familiar with the work of Daniel Weiss. If your roots are instead more limited to the world of hi-fi, you should have come across a piece or two of Weiss Engineering‘s high-end hi-fi products somewhere over the last twenty years. At AXPONA 2019, Doug White of The Voice That Is!… Read the full article
Digital Audio Converters (DAC), which take the carefully crafted digital signal and convert it to analog, mostly matured between five and ten years ago. Companies like DCS, Playback Designs, Theta, and more, pushed the chip manufacturers to develop extraordinarily complex and powerful designs, and finally have nearly eliminated jitter and other innate problems. Musicality improved with every generation, as did computing power, topping out about a decade ago with chips used quite often today for stereo PCM 24/192 and up to 2X DSD.… Read the full article
Before I start, I should just confess that the Bricasti M1 Limited Edition (aka, The Golden Gun*) has been my personal DAC reference for the past two years. It is, quite simply, the best-sounding all-around digital converter that I’ve had in-house.
To anyone who says otherwise — it’s pistols at dawn.
As you may or may not recall, computer audio is how I
got into this mess got started with this website in the first place.… Read the full article
It Even Makes Julienne Fries
It was a golden age for Television, or perhaps commercials in the 1960s. The Ronco Veg-O-Matic hit the market, promising to ease the life homemakers everywhere. This food slicer did it all; its catch-phrase, “It slices! It dices! It even makes julienne fries!” became the go-to reference for multi-function devices for years. The real catch, however, is that the Veg-O-Matic did all of its functions well. Modern devices are not much different than the Veg-O-Matic.… Read the full article