Tonality Fun8.7Tonality Bang8.6Build Quality9Functionality9Matchability8.6 8.8Score$299 – $599BursonDisclaimer: The Burson Fun & Play sent to us are samples units in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Burson for giving us this opportunity. Burson are not site advertisers on Headfonics You can find out more about Burson products reviewed on Headfonics here. Earlier […]
By Steve Folberg
Long before the Luxman L-550AXII ever graced my door, there was a stereo system. I bought my first real system just out of graduate school in 1985: a Systemdek turntable (with a glass platter and the worst suspension system ever slapped into a turntable), a used Linn Basik tonearm with some long forgotten Audioquest cartridge, a PS Audio Elite Plus integrated amp, and a pair of the original Vandersteen 2C loudspeakers, bi-wired with some fat, ugly, Monster Cable speaker wire scattered all over the floor.… Read the full article
To those who follow aviation history, Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is something of a legend. In case you are unfamiliar with the name, Johnson was a chief designer for Lockheed Martin who was the brains behind such legendary aircraft as the U2 and SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. These designs were so top secret that they were conceived and developed in a nebulous location known as the “Skunk Works” and eventually tested at Groom Lake in the Nevada desert, which is known more universally as Area 51.… Read the full article
Disclaimer: The Xi Audio Formula S sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned.
Thank you to Xi Audio for giving us this opportunity.
The birth of the Formula S solid-state amplifier, and I guess the birth of Xi Audio is a complex story. I would suspect “audiophiles” might be aware of the names and brands involved.… 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
Disclaimer: The Burson Play was sent to us in exchange for our honest opinion in this review. Burson Audio is not an affiliate or advertiser on Headfonics and the unit does not have to be returned. Many thanks to Burson for giving us this opportunity.
It has been almost seven years since we did our first Burson product review, the HA-160D in 2011. Though it was reviewed by Kyle back then I had the unit myself and loved it.… Read the full article
Disclaimer: The Tempotec Serenade iDSD sent to us for the purposes of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned. Thank you to Tempotec for giving us this opportunity.
It is very unlikely you have heard of Tempotec before never mind tested or read about the Serenade iDSD.
Tempotec is a Chinese audio manufacturer and by all accounts have been operating in one form or another for the last two decades so they are not new to audio.… Read the full article
Welcome to something new we’re going to try here on PTA thanks to our friend Wynn Wong of Wynn Audio in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I’m going to be curating a new list every month featuring different categories of gear that I think you – our readers – have to hear under any circumstances you can arrange: beg, borrow, steal, drive for hours, hop a train, take a plane… you get what I’m saying. Price will not be a factor, with individual pieces on each list reflecting a spectrum of what I feel is the best.… Read the full article
Disclaimer: The Aune X1s sent to us for the purpose of this review is a sample and does not have to be returned to Aune. Thank you for giving us this opportunity.
The Asian market has given us a lot of goodies over the past few years, have they not?
Aune has been one of the more prominent Chinese brands out there and I am a long time owner of the older T1 tube amp, which was reviewed and enjoyed by me a very long time ago.… Read the full article
This year dawned with plenty of questions facing the high-end audio industry. The most pressing were: Would the U.S. economy hold up, allowing manufacturers and retailers to stay afloat? Would vinyl continue its revival, possibly enticing young people into a hobby that’s in danger of aging out? And, would the recent growth in the show circuit create too much of a good thing?
That third question was still hanging in the air as September arrived and the last two of the record seven major domestic gatherings for 2017 were scheduled to go off within weeks of each other, putting a strain on the finances and staff of audio companies and creating decisions for potential out-of-town attendees.… Read the full article