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Weiss Engineering, The Voice That Is! | AXPONA 2019

By | April 24th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

AXPONA 2019 Weiss

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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

PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC – Premier Review

By | April 18th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

PrimaLuna EVO 100 Tube DAC

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

Bricasti M1 Limited Edition DAC | Review

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , |

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.

Just call me “Scaramanga”

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

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Parasound Halo P 6 2.1 Channel Preamplifier and DAC

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

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

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Stax SRM-D10 First Contact

By | March 8th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

$799StaxHeadamp Audio USDisclaimer: The Stax SRM-D10 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Stax for giving us this opportunity. To read more about electrostatic products we reviewed on Headfonics click here. This is our first formal Stax product review on Headfonics though we have done […]

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Bricasti Design Launches Model 3 Digital to Analog Converter

By | March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , |

Fans of the site know that Bricasti Design has been an in-house favorite for years. Contributing reviewer John Richardson recently reviewed the M1 Classic, an experience that set a highwater mark for reference sound in his home system. Yours Truly owns and uses a pair of their massive monoblock amplifiers and their flagship DAC as the heart of his reference system.

We’ve been following designer Brian Zolner’s work forever. To say that “we’re fans” is to sell us a bit embarrassingly short.… Read the full article

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Pro-Ject announces MaiA S2 super-integrated amplifier

By | February 25th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Nine — an impressive number of inputs squeezed by Pro-Ject into their latest – and rather diminutive – super integrated amplifier, the MaiA S2.

On the analogue front, we note 3 x line-level RCA pairings, a 3.5mm line-level socket and MM* phono staging. That’s five. Saying hello to up to 24bit/192kHz PCM and feeding an internal Cirrus Logic CS4344 DAC chip are asynchronous USB, 2 x TOSLINK and aptX Bluetooth. That’s four more. Total: nine.

Measuring a mere 20cm wide and 4cm high, the MaiA S2 is also one of the smallest super-integrated amplifiers currently available.… Read the full article

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Review: Auralic VEGA G1 Streaming DAC

By | February 20th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Auralic VEGA G1 Back Panel

The Auralic VEGA G1 DAC may take a little more explaining than your average DAC review but that’s because the proposition has evolved, just as the digital audio scene has. No longer just a digital converter from USB or SPDIF, the new VEGA is a DAC and streamer. The entire device is controllable from Auralic’s own Lighting DS app or as an endpoint for Roon, and the usual streaming services apply – even the recently launched Qobuz (for the US at least). … Read the full article

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Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ and Brooklyn Amplifier

By | February 14th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , , |

I was recently introduced to Mytek, a company out of Brooklyn, NY that specializes in digital electronics. Not being known for being the go-to guy for digital I thought the opportunity to try something completely different was something I could not pass up. Suffice it to say right up front that I am glad that I didn’t pass. Mytek HIFI produces some impressive gear. This is a review of both units.

The very first thing that caught my attention was the diminutive size of both the preamp/DAC and the amplifier.… Read the full article

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