8.8Score$449.99FiiODisclaimer: The FiiO M11 sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank FiiO for this opportunity. To learn more about FiiO reviews on Headfonics you can click here. It has been 6 years since FiiO introduced X3, an adventurous budget DAP that draws many of us into the audio hobby. 4 […]
Disclaimer: The Chord Electronics Hugo M Scaler sent to us is a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank the team at Chord Electronics for giving us this opportunity. You can read more about Chord Electronics products we reviewed on Headfonics by clicking here. This is a product review I have been looking […]
Straight out of Munich, Mark Levinson by Harman is debuting a new disc spinner turned all-things-digital-audio called the No. 5101. Also enabled with the responsibility of digital streaming and digital decoding from an eternal source, the newest edition to the Levinson family offers everything you would expect from a modern day digital audio product and leaves little else on the table.
Outfitted with the latest round of ESS Sabre chips, the No. 5101 not only accommodates SACD playback but also allows for streaming with NAS drives, DLNA and UPnP over a wireless network or even wired directly.… Read the full article
The “G”s continue to roll out from the digital gurus at Auralic. Just in time for the big Munich hifi show, two new products have been introduced which share the same next gen, two-tier destinations.
First up to bat is a reimagined statement of the all-in-one streamer/DAC Altair. The wireless streaming product would be destined to sit between the the new VEGA G1 and the now-discontinued Aries mini, however it still differentiates itself with wireless capabilities (the VEGA G1 only has wired) and additional pre amplifier capabilities.… Read the full article
AURALiC has announced an update to their mid-tier streaming DAC/pre-amplifier; the ALTAIR is now the ALTAIR G1. AURALiC has switched up the D/A converter from an ESS 9018 DAC chip to an ESS 9038Q2M, improved the analogue output stage, lifted the processor platform to G2 status (with 2GB RAM) and wrapped the whole shebang in a G1 chassis, complete with 4″ colour display and Smart IR.
Like the original ALTAIR, we look to AURALiC’s own Lightning DS streaming platform to stream music from elsewhere on our home network, from Tidal, from Qobuz, or from a hard drive fitted to the unit’s underbelly.… Read the full article
Tonality9.2Build Quality9.3Functionality9.3Software8.9Matchability9.4 9.2Score$899iBassoDisclaimer: The iBasso DX220 was sent to us a sample in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank iBasso for this opportunity. To learn more about iBasso product reviews on Headfonics you can click here. In 2017 iBasso released what turned out to be one of the best sounding DAPs under $1k, the DX200. […]
We know Italy’s Gold Note best for their IS-1000 super-integrated amplifier: a DAC and MM/MC phono stage that feeds a Class A/B loudspeaker amplification stage. Phil Wright reviewed it here. I previewed it a few months prior; at Munich High-End 2018 (here). I don’t attend shows to listen to gear but to scope out new products for further listening at home.
To this year’s Munich event, Gold Note will bring two new products for our previewing pleasure.… Read the full article
A network streamer for less than five hundred British pounds? With Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity? Plus: analogue and digital outputs? The obvious (if dated) choice is the Sonos Connect whose breadth of streaming service integration is unsurpassed but whose sound quality is found wanting when sat next to more recent rivals such as the Bluesound Node 2/i, Volumio Primo and the (now discontinued) AURALiC Aries Mini.
Throwing their hat into the Sonos Connect-rival ring this week is Audiolab whose 6000N Play streamer will join the 6000CDT CD player and 6000A integrated amplifier as part of the British company’s more affordable 6000 series — see header image.… Read the full article
Life begins at forty? Not for the Compact Disc. The CD format was co-developed by Sony and Philips in 1979 but wasn’t shown to the public until 1982. The format picked up steam throughout the eighties to become the number one mainstream choice by 1990. Twenty-five years later, the CD is the music format equivalent of smoking indoors, its mid-nineties heyday as remote as a Counting Crows b-sides compilation.
CD sales have been in steep decline since 2008, giving way first to downloads and then to the now ubiquitous/dominant streaming services.… Read the full article
Bergisch Gladbach. Not a lesser-known internal organ but the German home of Thorens since being acquired a year ago by ex-ELAC/Denon MD Gunter Kürten. To this year’s Munich High-End event in May, Kürten’s revitalised Thorens will bring four new products.
The TD 1600 (€TBC) and TD 1601 (€TBC) turntables are built around the same platform – belt driving motor unit, power supply, wooden plinth, height-adjustable TP 92 tonearm and a sub-chassis suspended via conical springs, any horizontal movement locked out by a steel pin – but the TD 1601 offers a few niceties over the TD 1600: an electrical arm lift, auto shut-off and true balanced (XLR) outputs.… Read the full article