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iFi’s ZEN is a £129 MQA/DSD DAC & headphone amplifier

By | October 14th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

An MQA DAC and headphone amplifier that will talk to a Mac, a PC and a smartphone* for a hundred quid (ish)? Not the AudioQuest DragonFly Black but the forthcoming ZEN DAC from iFi that eschews the dongle in favour of a quarter-width aluminium chassis more becoming of a desktop rig.

Features abound in all directions so let’s keep it simple with four to the floor:

1) On internal D/A conversion, we note a TrueNative BurrBrown DAC chip that handles PCM up to 24bit/384kHz and DSD (up to DSD256) but without the usual apriori conversion to PCM.… Read the full article

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dCS Bartok DAC, Part One | Review

By | October 13th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , |

dCS Bartok

Love those smooth, clean lines on the dCS Bartok

Every once and a while, a product will turn up at the house for review that is so special, it changes what I understand to be possible for an audio component. And let’s face it; most of us don’t have anything resembling “unlimited budgets”, so finding something magical at a price you might (barely/one day/maybe-possibly) afford can make for a great day. For me, I found the dCS Bartok DAC to be just such an animal.… Read the full article

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Picture Sunday: iFi Audio Gemini & Mercury

By | September 21st, 2019|Categories: Headfonia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In today’s Picture Sunday post, we’re looking at the high quality USB cables from iFi Audio, the iFi Audio Mercury & Gemini.

Disclaimer: This post is a part of our Picture Sunday series. If you want to check the previous ones, you can do so here. The iFi Audio Gemini & Mercury USB cables were sent to me from iFi Audio directly.

USB Audio Cables?

Believe it or not, I’ve never seriously tried different USB cables. It wasn’t a topic I was interested in.… Read the full article

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TotalDAC USB Gigafilter | Review

By | August 4th, 2019|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , |

TotalDAC USB Gigafilter

Digital is dicey

Looking at the totalDAC USB Gigafilter, you ask questions. Digital is supposed to be straightforward: ones and zeroes coded as “Hi” and “Lo” voltage signals, all marching forward in a straight line like kindergarteners to the bathroom. That’s pretty much it, right?

The complexities of vinyl playback, in contrast, are easy to understand. Move that cartridge in any direction, and you affect the way the tip of the stylus hits the grooves … Which in turn affects the sound.… Read the full article

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New Epic USB digital audio interconnect

By | August 1st, 2019|Categories: Chord Company|Tags: , , , , , |

The latest addition to our digital family is a high performance USB cable, designed to bridge the gap between the Shawline and Signature ranges.

Chord Company Epic USB digital audio interconnect. A high performance hi-fi cable, intended for use with digital music sources, this product benefits from the unique Chord Co Tuned ARAY conductor technology and enhanced screening/shielding materials that help to reduce interference.

 

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HiFiMAN’s Bluetooth Ananda-BT come with a USB twist

By | March 6th, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Ananda. For Buddhists, a state of extreme happiness. For Chinese headphone manufacturer, a mid-tier headphone model: full-size, circumaural and open back with the 1-2 micron-thick ‘NSD’ planar magnetic diaphragm easing power thirst. At 25 Ohms input impedance and 103 dB input sensitivity, the Ananda demands no muscle amp. Pretty much any portable player (or integrated amplifier headphone socket) would do.

But which player? The tyranny of choice wades into view with numerous options from Astell&Kern, Sony, FiiO, iBasso, Shanling, Pioneer, Onkyo, HiBy, Opus or HiFiMAN’s own offerings.… Read the full article

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THE BEATLES “WHITE ALBUM” IN 5.1 IS AMAZING!

By | December 27th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

My wife would like to take credit for it (and she’s probably right because she does pay the credit card bills), but I some weeks ago ordered the 50th anniversary boxed set of the Beatles “White Album” as a Christmas […]

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Quadraphonic (QS) Vinyl LIVES!

By | November 4th, 2018|Categories: Real HD-Audio|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By now many of you must be thinking that I’ve retired or am spending countless hours at the local golf course. The regularity of my posts has slowed to a trickle but not because I don’t enjoy updating my readers […]

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Eat Schiit, audiophiles!

By | October 13th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Aegir (“Ay-jjj-ear”?) is the forthcoming stereo (and mono-blockable) amplifier from California’s Schiit Audio and teased at RMAF 2018: a Class A-ish circuit dropped into a Vidar chassis that borrows from the Lyr 3’s Continuity output stage to deliver 20wpc into 8 Ohms, 40wpc into 4 Ohms. It was designed by Jason Stoddard and will be available for purchase from Q1 2019. Price? US$799.

That same (estimated) price and release quarter will be shared by the Mike Moffat-steered Sol turntable that threatens to shake up the entry-level(ish) vinyl playback world for those willing to put a little time into ‘table setup.… Read the full article

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The talking heads of RMAF 2018: Gordon Rankin

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

The USB stick, handed to me early Saturday morning by Wavelength Audio’s Gordon Rankin, detailed the five new models being shown at RMAF 2018: the Duetto v5 8w 300B amplifier, the (flagship) Crimson HS3x ES9038 USB DAC, the Cosecant HS3x ES9038 USB DAC, the Brick N2 Hybrid NOS Ladder DAC and, most newsworthy of all for this commentator, the Ethernet Spacelator — an optically isolated, dual-clocked repeater ($TBC) that sits between streamer (or streaming DAC) and network.

Rankin’s USB stick elaborated: “The input side of the circuit goes to a really high-quality reclocker, this is then converted to a digital parallel interface that is optically coupled in both directions to the clean side reclocker.Read the full article

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