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Cocktail Audio X30 Music Server

February 12, 2016
Cocktail Audio X30 Music Server

Mattia Bellinzona has posted a review of the Cocktail Audio X30 music server (€1000) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “For me, we are way over an entry-level performance, both for the CDP and for the amplifier. The fact is that not everyone likes class-D amps. If you prefer a euphonic or even dull presentation,...
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC

February 12, 2016
Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC ($3999) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If you are considering a DAC in the $4k price range, you’d be wise to give the Cary Audio DAC-200ts as long a listen as you can afford. You may not want to ever stop. ” You...
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PS Audio PerfectWave Debuts DirectStream Junior DAC

February 11, 2016
PS Audio PerfectWave Debuts DirectStream Junior DAC

Pure DSD Done Right Introducing DirectStream Junior, a world class DAC based on the architecture of the Stereophile and Absolute Sound’s Product Of The Year, DirectStream. Hand-written, discrete, perfection based conversion that uncovers all the missing information hiding in your digital audio media for all these years. CD’s, downloads, high-resolution PCM or DSD based...
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Oppo Digital BDP-105D Darbee Edition Blu-ray/SACD Player

February 11, 2016
Oppo Digital BDP-105D Darbee Edition Blu-ray/SACD Player

Robert Dean has posted a review of the Oppo Digital BDP-105D Darbee Edition Blu-ray/SACD player ($13000 at Dagogo. His conclusions: “f you are short on funds to buy a decent CD player and a stereo preamp/processor, then get the Oppo for hundreds of not thousands less and get a unit that equals or exceeds...
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Ayon CD-3sx CD Player

February 10, 2016
Ayon CD-3sx CD Player

Marcin Olszewski has posted a review of the Ayon CD-3sx () at Sound Rebels. His conclusions: “The Ayon CD-3sx is on the top of the list of the conventional CD players of the manufacturer from Gratkorn. It is a device not only sonically brilliant, but also complete ergonomically – it can become the heart...
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Schiit Yggdrasil DAC

February 10, 2016
Schiit Yggdrasil DAC

Paddy Carroll has posted a review of the Schiit Yggdrasil DAC ($2399) at Headphone Guru. His conclusions: “The Yggdrasil sets a new benchmark in price for performance. I believe that it is the best DAC on the market for the money. It may well be the best DAC under 5000 dollars! I spent nearly...
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Entotem Plato Music Server

February 10, 2016
Entotem Plato Music Server

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Entotem Plato music server (£3600) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The sheer flexibility of Plato is remarkable and its use of the Android platform genuinely ground breaking in the audio field. Plato is also a growing force in TVs along with Sony and others, and there is...
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Sonic Unity Encore mDSD Portable DAC

February 9, 2016
Sonic Unity Encore mDSD Portable DAC

Marcusdhas posted a review of the Sonic Unity Encore mDSD DAC ($99) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “If you are in the marketplace for a quick audio upgrade on your PC or mobile phone sound then get the D3 instead of the mDSD. The mDSD is anything but ‘quick’, it’s too good to be defined...
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Roon 1.1 Computer Audio Playback Software

February 9, 2016
Roon 1.1 Computer Audio Playback Software

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Roon 1.1 computer audio playback software ($119/year, $449 lifetime) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “If you would like to get into computer audio music playback but have found the software unappealing or challenging, give Roon a try. You may find Roon’s simple, massively informative interface...
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Optoma NuForce DAC80 DAC and STA120 Power Amplifier

February 9, 2016
Optoma NuForce DAC80 DAC and STA120 Power Amplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Optoma NuForce DAC80 DAC (£500) and STA120 power amplifier (£500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “However, not so many years ahead of the game, and the DAC80 especially looks outclassed on paper by similarly priced DACs with DSD replay, headphone amps, Ethernet connections and more. All this...
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Aurender W20 Music Server

February 7, 2016
Aurender W20 Music Server

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Aurender W20 music server ($17,600) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Although many listeners will be drawn to the Aurender W20 by its capabilities and outstanding iPad control app, it’s really the sound quality that makes the W20 special. The Aurender W20 is not just a...
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Naim Mu-so Qb Cube Music Center

February 5, 2016
Naim Mu-so Qb Cube Music Center

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Naim Mu-so Qb cube music center (£595) at Words and Music. His conclusions: “At £595 this is no less than a steal: as befits more than 40 years of Naim tradition, the Mu-so Qb is quite simply the little box that rocks.” You can read the...
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Benchmark DAC2 DX DAC

February 5, 2016
Benchmark DAC2 DX DAC

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the Benchmark DAC2 DAC DX ($1895) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It makes sense to put aside that, “Got to have the latest and greatest,” attitude that most of us have, and consider a DAC that has had several years...
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Astell & Kearn AK380 Digital Audio Player and AK T1p Headphones

February 5, 2016
Astell & Kearn AK380 Digital Audio Player and AK T1p Headphones

Bob Katz has posted a review of the Astell & Kearn AK380 digital audio player ($3499) and AK T1p headphones ($1199) at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “I regret to say given this issue and the frequent crashes I cannot recommend this player at this time. If you are interested in this great-sounding player, make certain...
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Cary DMC-600SE Digital Music Center

February 5, 2016
Cary DMC-600SE Digital Music Center

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Cary DMC-600SE digital music center ($7995) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “All audiophiles crave a complete digital hub that can play any format from every available digital input type and storage device. The Cary DMC-600SE comes close to achieving that ideal. MP3s and Bluetooth streams sound excellent...
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Cambridge CXU Universal Blu-Ray Player

February 3, 2016
Cambridge CXU Universal Blu-Ray Player

Michael Wong has posted a review of the Cambridge CXU Universal Blu-Ray player ($2199) at AudioENZ. His conclusions: “The CXU appears expensive, lacks the extensive built-in streaming apps of cheaper Blu-ray players and will not play the imminent 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs, so on the surface it doesn’t look like a great buy....
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Hegel H360 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 2, 2016
Hegel H360 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Philip Beaudette has posted a review of the Hegel H360 integrated amplifier-DAC ($5700) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “It’s packed with features, extremely well built, and has a nice, unassuming design. Most important, its superclean sound and transparency will appeal to those many music lovers who crave detail and resolution.” You can read the...
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Naim Mu-so Qb Music Streaming Sound Cube

February 2, 2016
Naim Mu-so Qb Music Streaming Sound Cube

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Naim Mu-so Qb music streaming sound cube ($599/$999) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Whether it’s the effortless of the set-up, that it looks pretty damn good, the fact it doesn’t overdrive the room, the sheer clean-ness of the overall sound, or just the fact everything works together...
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Aune S16 DAC

January 31, 2016
Aune S16 DAC

Panagiotis Karavitis has posted a review of the Aune S16 DAC ($800) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Or maybe not, because the S16 not only stood well, but actually put to shame, some well-known European, Japanese and American DACs, costing up to three times more. Maybe not a giant killer, as we all wish...
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Aurender N100H Music Streamer and X725 USB DAC/Amplifier

January 31, 2016
Aurender N100H Music Streamer and X725 USB DAC/Amplifier

Tom Lyles has posted a review of the Aurender N100H music streamer ($2699) and X725 USB DAC/amplifier ($2499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I hope I live long enough to witness some sort of sonic hologram that can perform this magic, but the N100H was able to reproduce the scale of orchestra in...
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FiiO X7 Portable Digital Audio Player and K5 Desktop Amplifier

January 30, 2016
FiiO X7 Portable Digital Audio Player and K5 Desktop Amplifier

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the FiiO X7 portable digital audio player ($649) and K5 desktop amplifier ($110) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The FiiO X7 with K5 delivers the promise of high quality music that brings emotion and, dare we say, involvement as the musicians intended…FiiO’s new dynamic duo...
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Hegel Music Systems HD30 DAC

January 30, 2016
Hegel Music Systems HD30 DAC

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Hegel Music Systems HD30 DAC ($480) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “he HD30 delivers the goods superbly to those more interested in music than minutiae. The Hegel Music Systems HD30 DAC is highly recommended for those who’d like to remove the barriers between good and great...
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Chord Electronics Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

January 29, 2016
Chord Electronics Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Chord Electronics Mojo headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Yes, Chord’s Mojo is beautifully styled. But it also produced beautiful sound quality with all four of the headphones with which I tried it. All I can say is “Wow!”" You can read the full review...
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Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Digital Audio Player

January 29, 2016
Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Digital Audio Player

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK380 portable digital audio player ($3499) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “Is the AK380 a superb-sounding and remarkably versatile music player? Absolutely. Does the average consumer—even the high-end consumer—need to pay $3,499 for a 32-bit music player? If you want a one-word answer, it’s...
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Shanling M2 Portable Digital Audio Player

January 29, 2016
Shanling M2 Portable Digital Audio Player

Scott Burnside has posted a review of the Shanling M2 portable digital audio player ($249) at Audiophileon. His conclusions: “While sound is my main priority I still don’t think you should have to put up with an overall frustrating experience to get it and thankfully the Shanling Audio M2 has nailed it. Its the...
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