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The McIntosh MHA150 is more than meets the eye

By | September 16th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

McIntosh Labs is, by all accounts, an iconic audio firm. Throughout their 70 years of operation, McIntosh gear has been reviewed countless times and their history thoroughly documented in a number of places – see former employee Roger Russell’s meticulous website coverage for what must be a definitive take on the subject.

I grew up listening to a MAC1700 receiver (from the late 1960s). That relatively modest McIntosh product, its tube tuner imbuing the numerous local jazz stations of the era with a strong sense of tone.… Read the full article

HiFi Buys Event on September 19

By | September 12th, 2019|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: |

HiFi Buys Event on September 19

The following is a press release issued by HiFi Buys. September 12, 2019 – Thursday, September 19, 6-9pm: HiFi Buys (3157 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia) will host a party to celebrate the launch of its new headphone bar. Representatives from AudioQuest, Bluebird Music, Focal, and others will be in attendance to answer questions and demonstrate products. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available, but limited. The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required for entry.… Read the full article

Review: Obravo Cupid – Bravo!

By | September 11th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Today we share the review of the Obravo Cupid, the first ever affordable IEM from the luxury brand.

Disclaimer: Obravo provided me a Cupid sample during our visit at CanJam London 2019 show. The commercial price of the Cupid is between 249 £ – 299 £ which converts to around 350-400 $. 

Intro

The IEM market had been dominated by Balanced Armature Drivers once. Times have changed, and now we see companies using variety of drivers in their monitors. Of course it’s very nice to see the developments in drivers such as Electrostatic, Planar and Piezoelectric.… Read the full article

STAX SR-L300 Limited Review

By | September 4th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

The STAX SR-L300 Limited is a commemoration edition of the SR- L300 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of STAX foundation (800 units limited sale). It is priced at an SRP of $899. Disclaimer: The Stax SR-L300 Limited sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at HeadAmp […]

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Schiit readies Bifrost 2 w/ Unison USB, Asgard 3

By | August 28th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , |

Schiit has announced the third-generation Asgard headphone amplifier, the product that kicked the Californian company into life in 2010. The Asgard 3 promises a bigger power supply and lower noise than its predecessor with 3.5W RMS spilling into 32 Ohms from its Continuity circuit — that’s 3.5x Asgard 2’s power output. Price: US$199. Warranty: 5 years.

Continuity? From the press release: “Continuity extends the benefits of Class A outside of the Class A bias region, addressing the problem of transconductance droop identified by Bob Cordell and John Broskie.Read the full article

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Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 Review

By | August 25th, 2019|Categories: Headfonics|Tags: , , , , |

The Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 is the debut full-sized open-back planar magnetic headphone from ex-Audeze CEO, Alexander Rosson. It is priced at $2600. Disclaimer: The Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 sent to us is a sample unit in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Rosson Audio Design for giving us this opportunity. You can […]

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Audeze’s LCD-i3 arrive fully loaded for the future

By | August 21st, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Have you see this?” – the WhatsApp messenger was Andreas (nd_) Baumecker, Berghain DJ and Audeze enthusiast. He was linking yours truly to a new planar-magnetic earphone model from his favourite (Californian) headphone company. So quick off the mark was Baumecker that he beat the press release by a full 24 hours.

That new planar IEM is the LCD-i3: an iSINE 20 (review here) successor (read: replacement) that borrows its tech and styling from the considerably more costly LCD-i4 (review here).… Read the full article

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Campfire Audio’s Andromeda IEM goes for Gold

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

Andromeda — a Greek mythological character, a galaxy far far away, a TV show and one of Campfire Audio’s most lauded IEMs. From the floor of the Hong Kong AV Show 2019, Ken Ball and co. have announced a special edition Andromeda – Andromeda Gold – whose supply will be limited to 1000 pieces worldwide and will sell for US$1299.

Andromeda Gold sports a machined aluminium body, anodized black and sealed with 24K Gold screws. Sound is routed into the ear canal via a black PVD stainless steel spout.… Read the full article

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Dita Audio Twins – Fealty & Fidelity IEMs

By | August 4th, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , , |

With a vibrant commerce scene and international trading links, Singapore is a country where personal audio and high-fidelity sound are significantly valued. Planning to capitalize on these national traits, Dita Audio are a Singaporean brand striving to seek perfection without conforming to market trends. The latest in their rather impressive line-up is the new Twins Concept—a project inspired by the dichotomy of life.

Built from the same leaf, the Fealty and Fidelity IEMs are said to share similar characteristics while also exhibiting their own sound profiles.… Read the full article

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The Zenith of Headphone Planar Technology and Headamp Design from Audeze: World Premiere Reviews of LCD24 Headphones and King 2 Amplifier

By | August 2nd, 2019|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

audeze lcd24 headphones

As an audiophile and headphone aficionado for over half a century, I was only aware of two ways headphones could be operated until 2008:dynamic headphones and electrostatic headphones. Grado, Beyer, Sennheiser, and Sony owned most of the market share of dynamic cans, while Stax and Koss produced electrostatic models. Headamps dedicated to either format was up to the provider of the cans, or merely a convenient quarter-inch phone jack in your preamp, tuner, or tape player. You would be shocked by the poor quality of the cans in use in recording studios in the last century.… Read the full article

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