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Celebration Giveaway 30: Mytek Liberty DAC

By | April 7th, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , |

We continue our $50k gear giveaway with the Loiberty DAC by Mytek. Just keep reading and enter the giveaway!

Last week’s Winners

The PlusSound cable giveaways saw some very funny comments and the lucky guy this week is Ronald T. from Hong Kong. You will be contacted very shortly by email (check your spam folder), so make sure to get in touch.

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As promised and explained earlier, we’ll be doing a year long of weekly giveaways and last September was the start of our 52-week celebration.… Read the full article

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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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FLORIDA 2019: Mytek Digital built a Bridge to Brooklyn, and then proved it was good

By | March 14th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Shortly after the opening of New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, a rumor started circulating around the city that the bridge was in fact unstable and likely to collapse. To prove the engineering marvel was indeed safe for public passage, P. T. Barnum marched a twenty-one elephant parade (with media present) across the span of the Brooklyn Bridge, and back.

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The Mytek Digital Brooklyn DAC+ was on exhibit in the halls of the Florida Audio Expo. We’ve covered that model in terms of exhibition and specs, but never really spent a good chuck of time with it for a listen.

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A short film about CanJam NYC 2019

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

With up to 100 exhibitors in tow, we might see Head-Fi.org’s CanJam as the travelling circus of audio shows. This headphone-centric audio show now runs in six cities around the world and throughout the year: Denver, Singapore, London, Shangai, Los Angeles and, on the second weekend of February, New York.

CanJam NYC is now in its third year and in 2019 attracted 65 exhibitors. No high-end headphone store on the planet could hope to match that level of product audition potential but with 2200 attendees spilling through the doors of the Marriott Marquis at Times Square, background chatter was bound to intrude upon definitive product assessment.… 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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HFN Awards – Nathan, Linus, Berkhan and Nano

By | December 26th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this article we’re giving an overview of the 2018 awards of the rest of the writing crew. You can find Lieven’s selection right here

Nathan’s Awards: Page 1

Linus’ Awards: Page 2

Berkhan’s Awards: Page 3

Nano’s Awards: Page 4

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2018 was full of excitement. And Headfonia got a bunch of new talent, meaning that I didn’t cover as much as I did in previous years. But I got lucky. By and large, I didn’t have to cover crap.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: The Vinyl Revivers, MyTek, Accuphase, Sonner Audio; A sound I would love to come home to

By | December 4th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

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The Vinyl Revivers bring value to the game, MyTek brings a big apple, Accuphase reminds me of my childhood, and Sonner Audio definitely is the all joining smooth one.

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The Vinyl Revivers is a passion project created by Russ Katz. Russ is a music lover, whose passion for involved listening runs deep. Delving into his childhood experiences of listening to music of all genres with his father and mother, his devotion to good sound and attentive listening experiences show through in his cultivation of high-end audio products.… Read the full article

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Mytek teases Brooklyn Bridge streaming DAC

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

On my office desk sits a most well-connected DAC — a book-sized slab of electronics with options for MQA, DSD, analogue or digital volume attenuation, Apple remote control hijack, single-ended or balanced outputs; on the rear panel for connection to an amplifier (like the Mytek Brooklyn Amp) and on the front for driving low- or high-impedance headphones. Heck, it even has an MM phono stage. That DAC is the Mytek Brooklyn Plus. US$2195. Review here.

If I want to stream digital audio to the Brooklyn Plus, I must call on a third party device for hook-up to one of the Plus DAC’s numerous digital inputs: USB (hello Sonore microRendu), coaxial (hello ALLO DigiOne), TOSLINK (hello JustBoom DigiHAT) or AES/EBU (hello AURALiC Aries G1).… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday – Mytek Brooklyn DAC+

By | July 21st, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Disclaimer: The Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ is part of our Picture Sunday series.

Mytek. A name that’s not thrown around in our parts of audio a lot. They are more known in a different segment, studio electronics. They however also make great two-channel hifi gear, and their designs are very well respected. In portable, they only offer the Clef. A small mobile dac/amp. Future proof with high resolution support and MQA. We’re not looking at that though, no, we’re taking a peek at their desktop sized DAC, pre-amp, phono stage and headphone amplifier – the Brooklyn DAC+.… Read the full article

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Mytek Liberty DAC review

By | June 26th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Half the size, half the functionality, half the price. Sort of – bear with me. Does the Mytek Liberty DAC (preview here) deliver half the sound quality of the Brooklyn DAC (review here) and Brooklyn+ DAC (review here) on which its design was based?

Neither was on hand for comparison – that’s for a possible follow up article – but specifications-wise, the Liberty splits the Brooklyns, mating the ESS9018K2M chip of the original with the improved output stage of the Plus version.… Read the full article

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