Publisher’s note: Every product comes with an Owner’s Manuals to familiarize the customer with its operations. These dcouments are often written in a dry style and to the point. But once in a while, we come across vast sections in Manuals that reads like a smooth presentation of ideas and juicy description of brilliant technologies, and if we’re lucky, even a story on the challenges faced by the engineers and designers in bringing the concept to fruition. ‘Design Notes” is a new series created to feature the informative and well written documentary inside those Manuals to the readership, to offer knowledge and viewpoints that we believe will benefit and even entertain us.… Read the full article
ZMF Pendant Headphone Amplifier Review
Over the years Zach from ZMF headphones has partnered with a varying companies to bring complimentary products to his consumer base. With the introduction of his own range of dynamic headphones in 2016, ZMF recently took up residence with tube amplifier maker ampsandsound for a partnership that we currently find ourselves staring directly into the warm glowing tubes of.
The collaboration is an interesting one, bringing together more than one theme for personal audio enthusiasts. There are hints of classic technologies and tried-and-true design elements aligned with more cutting edge design and material work that run through the system like veins of sonic lifeblood. … Read the full article
A Head Turner Indeed
by Venoth Nair
Most audiophiles who are confined to small living spaces like apartments or small homes (or just a room for that matter) usually resort to a headphone-based system to fulfil their audiophile cravings. Of course, a pair of headphones may not be a purist Hi-Fi choice in many ardent audiophile’s eyes but there is no ignoring the limitation in today’s world as well as the growing competence of headphones when it comes to conveyance of great sound.… Read the full article
If you have read my reviews on Chord products, you already know that I was really impressed by their evolution and their performance. When Chord Hugo was released, I was impressed by the sound quality from that small unit.
Then, Chord decided to go even smaller with even newer technology with Chord Mojo. I couldn’t resist and I actually bought one for myself. What impressed me the most for Mojo was the natural tonality & transparency. It actually sounds great in my big speaker system as well.… Read the full article
AVM’s latest Compact Streaming CD Receiver, the INSPIRATION CS 2.2 4T will be unveiled by PMC UK Distribution at Festival of Sound in September. Based on the CS 2.2, the enhanced CS 2.2 4T now features the latest Bluetooth 4.2 standard, with a dedicated second antenna on the rear of the unit.
Upgrades to the digital section of the CS 2.2 4T include the use of the latest Wolfson Digital to Analogue converter, to bring improvements to all connected digital sources.… Read the full article
Chord Electronics’ Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amplifier has won Europe’s most prestigious DAC award: EISA DAC 2018/19. The award from the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) reflects the pooled experience of EISA’s expert magazines in Europe, the USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong/China, Japan and Australia, and acknowledges Hugo 2 as the world’s most advanced transportable DAC.
Commenting on the definitive EISA DAC 2018/19 award, Matthew Bartlett, Chord Electronics’ Manufacturing Director said, “I’m delighted that EISA’s expert judging panel have once again recognised the technical and sonic superiority of Chord Electronics’ DAC designs.… Read the full article
If PS Audio’s Sprout100 has all the answers, you can just imagine the questions.
I cannot tell you the number of times aspiring audiophiles and existing ones who share my penchant for travel ask me online and in person to make recommendations for them. And, what they have all in common is their particular criteria that it be something they:
- Can be proud of around their friends and audiophiles (I have to chuckle that the two seem to be mutually exclusive)
- Will not break the bank
- Can make their office/secondary solution
- Will travel well nationally and internationally
The Sprout100 ticks all the boxes and then some.… Read the full article
As a headphone enthusiast, I often find myself on the defensive. Fellow audiophiles want to know what misfortune drove me to use headphones for the majority of my listening, and which speakers I would use if I had a “proper” setup. Unintended condescension aside, I realize that high-end headphones remain something of a niche within a niche – and a lot of people just don’t quite “get it”.
Admittedly, I do know a few people who legitimately dislike the presentation headphones offer, and I can totally respect that perspective.… Read the full article
Behold: the Klipsch Heritage headphone amplifier. Price = US$499.
Headphone enthusiasts will want to know how well this unit pairs up with a range of transducers, from low impedance IEMs to high impedance over-ears. Inside, dual Class-AB TI TPA6120A2 op-amps load the single-ended 6.4mm socket with 810mW and 940mW into 16 Ohms and 32 Ohms respectively.
Thirstier cans will benefit from a move to the 4-pin XLR balanced socket from which those same TI op-amps push 525mW into 16 Ohms / 1440mW into 32 Ohms.… Read the full article
Also read: Interview with founder King Ip.
“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel.
The audiophile industry has seen prices rising dramatically over the last few decades and many individuals are trying to find good values wherever possible. Perhaps, as Billy Joel states, everyone loves music, but it is audiophiles who love great music packaged by great sound quality.… Read the full article