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ATC announces CD2 CD player, SIA2-100 integrated

By | February 13th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

New from British ‘loudspeaker’ manufacturer ATC: the CD2 CD player and SIA2-100 integrated amplifier (with DAC).

Inside the CD2, a TEAC 5020A-AT transport mechanism sends digital audio read from a CD’s surface 1) out to an external DAC via its rear-facing coaxial and TOSLINK outputs or 2) to the CD2’s internal AKM DAC that in turn dispatches its analogue output via rear panel single-ended or balanced socketry.

From ATC’s press release: “The DAC is from AKM operating in conjunction with an output filter stage comprising a digital filter and ATC’s own low-noise multiple feedback analogue filter.Read the full article

Boom, boom, boom, boom! A dCS factory tour!

By | February 11th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Ben Ashcroft (pictured above) – he’s head of dCS’s service department and he’s deep into techno music. He’s still smiling too, despite the ‘help’ provided by Andy McHaig, dCS Technical Director. When Ben first joined the company as an apprentice he was tasked with developing a ladder DAC (dCS make DACs). McHaig assisted Ashcroft hard-wiring some of Ashcroft’s beloved techno into the logic board to expedite listening tests. How thoughtful.

Vengaboys is techno, right? Worse: McHaig had made this Euro dance pop non-defeatable so that Ashcroft would have to endure it for the entire project.… Read the full article

Chord DAVE vs. PS Audio DirectStream?

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR, Head-Fi|Tags: , , , , , , , |

PS AudioDirect Stream vs Chord DAVE? The thirst for comparative data no doubt stems from both DACs’ use of an internal FPGA instead of an off-the-shelf DAC chip to handle data marshalling and upsampling as well as decode preparation and execution. But it’s the software that matters most. In the PS Audio, the mathematics comes from Ted Smith. In the Chord unit, from Rob Watts.

Both DACs offer a choice of balanced and single-ended outputs and pre-amplifier possibilities. Both offer USB, TOSLINK and BNC (on the DAVE) / coaxial (on the DirectStream) digital inputs.… Read the full article

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Showdown! Mytek Brooklyn+ vs. Mytek Liberty

By | January 10th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Mytek’s Liberty DAC (£895, $995, €995) was reviewed by me (here) and put in a stellar performance, more than holding its own in the company of an Ayre AX-7e (£2,750) and Harbeth C7/2 speakers.

The Liberty mates the ESS9018 chip of the original Brooklyn (review here) with the output stages of the newer Brooklyn+ (review here). It’s also simpler, eschewing the analogue side of the Brooklyn/+ – inputs and phono stage – as well as the balanced headphone output and colour display.… Read the full article

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FiiO K3 Review

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

8.5Score$109.99FiiODisclaimer: The FiiO K3 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at FiiO for giving us this opportunity. To read more about FiiO products we have reviewed on Headfonics click here. Despite setting prices really low, Fiio has always offered great value in the portable audio […]

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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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Burson announces opamp-rollable DAC, headphone amplifier

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Swing and Playmate. Channelling the ghost of Hugh Hefner, Melbourne’s Burson Audio’s have announced two new models: the respectively-named digital pre-amplifier (US$399) and 2-watt headphone amplifier w/DAC (US$399).

The Swing sports a line-level output to run as a DAC and variable gain RCA outputs for pre-amplifier duties. Inside, a sextet of Burson’s ‘Maximum Current Power Supplies’ (MCPS) each juice six different stages of the DAC.

However, with its headphone output occupying more internal real estate, the Playmate gets one less MCPS and a single set of variable gain RCAs.

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Bricasti Design M21 DAC

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , |

Massachusetts-based Bricasti Design’s claim to fame is in the design and manufacturing of professional components for recording studios, its product line comprising the Model 7 Stereo Reverb Processor, the Model 7M Mainframe Stereo Reverb Processor, the Model 15 Stereo Power Amplifier and the Model 28 Monoblock Amplifier. In the consumer section, the company’s M1 dual-mono digital-to-analog converter showcases the company’s expertise.

Earlier this year, Bricasti Design released its next-generation DAC, the M21 Platinum. Retailing for $19,000, the M21 offers the following:

  • an advanced architecture that allows the selection and evaluation of digital music via three independent conversion paths: 24 bit delta sigma, 20 bit ladder dac and true 1 bit DSD for DSD.
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Doorstop me if you think you’ve heard this one before…

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

“Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before
Stop me, oh, stop me
Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before
Nothing’s changed
I still love you, oh, I still love you
…Only
Slightly, only slightly less
Than I used to, my love”

— The Smiths


Microphony: where electronic devices turn mechanical vibrations into electrical noise. Tube amplifier owners and guitar amp rockers know the effects all too well.… Read the full article

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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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