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Burson Playmate Review

By | May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 […]

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Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler First Contact

By | May 17th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Chord Electronics for giving us this opportunity. You can read more about Chord Electronics products we reviewed on Headfonics by clicking here. This is a product review I have been looking […]

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AURALiC announces Altair G1 at Munich High-End 2019

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

AURALiC has announced an update to their mid-tier streaming DAC/pre-amplifier; the ALTAIR is now the ALTAIR G1. AURALiC has switched up the D/A converter from an ESS 9018 DAC chip to an ESS 9038Q2M, improved the analogue output stage, lifted the processor platform to G2 status (with 2GB RAM) and wrapped the whole shebang in a G1 chassis, complete with 4″ colour display and Smart IR.

Like the original ALTAIR, we look to AURALiC’s own Lightning DS streaming platform to stream music from elsewhere on our home network, from Tidal, from Qobuz, or from a hard drive fitted to the unit’s underbelly.… Read the full article

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Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Also read Doug’s Exogal Comet DAC Review (2015) and Exogal Ion PowerDAC Review (2016)

When my Dutch friend and ski instructor, Marty, taught me downhill skiing I was quite intense and asked him to take me to successively more challenging slopes. Starting at age 27, in three brief seasons I went from novice to skiing black diamond moguls in the Canadian Rockies. A large part of that involved blowing up, falling. I fell a lot. At one point I was frustrated and said to him, “I’m doing a lot of falling,” as I thought the falling should decrease with experience.

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Ayre Acoustics QX-8 Digital Hub review

By | April 23rd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

With the recent release of the QX-8 Digital Hub (US$5950), Ayre Acoustics has filled a major gap in its DAC product line-up, one that previously comprised the Codex (US$1795) and the top-of-the-line QX-5 Twenty (US$9950) to leave a gaping hole in between. On a personal level, I have been awaiting the release of the QX-8 to see how close it comes sonically to my QX-5; a DAC that has served as one of my review references over the last 2 years.… Read the full article

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Audio Research announces SE update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC

By | April 9th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , |

CD6SE

CD9SE

MAPLE GROVE, MN – April 5th, 2019 Audio Research is pleased to announce an SE update to the CD6 and Reference CD9 Transport/DAC.

The new CD6SE and Reference CD9SE feature beautiful faceplate updates that closely match ARC’s Foundation and Reference-series components. The redesigned faceplates, with matching buttons, illumination, and black plexiglass display allow an integrated and uniform look across the latest model platforms.

Both SE units boast the latest V3.0 USB audio card, providing compatibility with macOS, Windows 10, and any Linux-based system that supports ALSA devices.

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Benjamin Zwickel on Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC Balanced

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

At the eighth annual (2018) California Audio Show, Benjamin Zwickel, founder of Mojo Audio, enjoyed discussing the technologies he incorporated into his products at his ‘quiet room’ booth in the HeadMasters Auditioning Room. The level of energy he imparted was palpable and infectious. For attendees who crave details and industry insider insights, Ben was the one to talk to.

The following is a Q&A on the Mojo Audio Mystique v3 DAC Balanced ($7,555).

What are the benefits of having 5 power supplies in a DAC?

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A short film about the Mytek Brooklyn Bridge & AMP

By | March 27th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Designed in Brooklyn, made in Poland, Mytek has removed the WCK IN/OUT and AES/EBU connectors from the rear of the Brooklyn DAC+ (review here) to make way for a 24bit/192kHz/DSD64-capable streaming board and a third Brooklyn: the Brooklyn Bridge (US$2995/€2995, previewed here).

The Brooklyn Bridge connects to a home network via Ethernet or Wi-Fi using the associated mControl smartphone app (iOS/Android), which in turn gives us direct access to cloud services – Tidal, Qobuz, Deezer and Spotify Connect – as well as local UPnP/DLNA and Roon servers.… Read the full article

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Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems announces the New Momentum HD Preamplifier

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Audio news, Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

CAVE CREEK, ARIZONA, MARCH 14, 2019— Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems today announced the Momentum HD Preamplifier, a major upgrade  to the Momentum Preamplifier. The Momentum HD Preamplifier builds on the award-winning platform of the Momentum Preamplifier. The new HD status represents the high dynamic and high definition improvements that have been achieved in this substantial upgrade. The new Momentum HD Preamplifier incorporates advancements in the power supply, audio circuitry, and control sections.

Housed in a separate chassis for maximum isolation, the Momentum HD main power transformer is 33% larger as compared to the original Momentum Preamplifier.

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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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