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Darko.Audio podcast #14 – Vinyl

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Get into the groove? With entry-level turntables shipping with their own factory-fitted cartridges, I’m finding it a challenge, especially when sitting them next to entry-level streamers selling for similar cash. A recent poll revealed that many of you feel the same way. What’s going on? Where is that elusive magic that so many vinyl die-hards speak of?

I put this to TONEAudio’s Jeff Dorgay for our first podcast episode of the year. Dorgay is a far, far more experienced vinylphile than I.… Read the full article

Introducing: Kallax-Fi

By | February 5th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

1×1. 2×2. 3×1. 4×1. 4×2. 3×4. 4×4. 5×5. Not mathematics for young ‘uns but IKEA’s KALLAX – the world’s most popular vinyl storage solution. Why? Clean lines, simple colourways and value for money that is unsurpassed. The 1×1 sells for €20, the 5×5 for €120. Each internal cube can hold between 50 and 60 records.

For those not optioning a separate (and more costly) hi-fi rack to house their audio electronics, the KALLAX can do double duty as vinyl holder and component cache.… Read the full article

Try walking in my shoes

By | December 31st, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Empathy – to place oneself in another’s position – is this reviewer’s most valuable skill.

To understand that journeyman audiophiles see their multi-box systems, complete with hi-fi rack and cable salad, as an audio playground BUT ALSO that many others are repelled by such monstrous setups, preferring instead the Future-Fi minimalism of a pair of active loudspeakers and a streamer or a pair of passive loudspeakers juiced by a super-integrated (where streamer, DAC and amplifier play from one box).

To understand that state-of-the-art audio invariably means small production runs and a price tag that would otherwise buy a six-month vacation BUT ALSO that many would-be hi-fi buyers are horrified by the idea of dropping new-car-money on an amplifier or DAC.… 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


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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BLOG: 2018 Awards – Lieven’s Selection

By | December 24th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This is an article many of you, well mostly the companies actually, always anxiously wait for. This is the article in which we award the best gear of 2018. First up: My own selection!!

2018 Awards – Year overview

It was another great year that flew by even faster than last year. A year in which we somewhat saw of a comeback of desktop / full sized gear. That being said though, we’re still living in a world where DAPs and IEMs are the most used.… Read the full article

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Darko.Audio podcast #13 – Best of 2018

By | December 19th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , |

In which Jeff Dogay of TONEAudio and I select five of our favourite products of the past twelve months and the industry trends to which they speak. Listen here:

Follow us on Soundcloud here and subscribe to the iTunes feed here.

My picks…

Naim Uniti Atom £1,999 [Review here]

Chord Qutest DAC £1,195 [Review here]

Devialet Expert Pro 140 €4,999 [Review soon]

Campfire Audio Atlas IEM US$1,299 [Preview here and here]

MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open US$799 [Review here]
Campfire Cascade US$799
Audeze LCD 2 Classic US$799

(I’ll be nominating my Product of the Year 2018 in a separate post)

Jeff’s picks…

Hana SL US$749

Boulder 508 US$5,000

PS Audio DirectStream PowerPlant 15 US$7,499

Roon Nucleus €1,500 – €2,500

dCS Vivaldi One US$88,000Read the full article

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Audiophile album of the year 2018: Morphology’s Traveller

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Album of the year? In 1996, it might have been B12’s Time Tourist. The London duo’s sophomore outing, released on Warp, was a moody, twitchy electronic ride into the future with its sci-fi influences worn, quite literally, on its sleeve. Executed by The Designers Republic, the back plate carried encoded references to Star Wars, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dick whose novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” provided the source material for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.… Read the full article

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A farewell to ears, from Nathan with love

By | December 17th, 2018|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , |

This is Nathan’s farewell article, looking back at 4 years of writing for Headfonia. I’d like to thank Nathan for his dedication, great photography, humor and knowledge he’s shared with us. Headfonia wouldn’t be where we are today if it hadn’t been for Nathan.  I wish him all the best for his future career. Make sure to leave him a comment! Lieven

I never though I’d charge out of the gate reviewing Dita’s The Answer. I never thought I’d follow it up doing the same with Jerry Harvey’s Roxanne.… Read the full article

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KIH #63 – Passive struggles, active solutions

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Dynamically challenged? Being referred to as dynamic speakers makes the breed distinct from planars like classic MartinLogan, Quad and Magnepan. Following nomen est omen, one might conclude that dynamics would be a dynamic speaker’s greatest forté. But speaker designer Pat McGinty (of Meadowlark) explains why they’re more challenged than you might think.

He begins by explaining what creates the notion of slow bass. “Three common causes are poorly aligned vented enclosures, cheap drivers and elements that cause poor electrical damping.Read the full article

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