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AVM CS2.2 Streaming CD A/V Receiver

April 15, 2015
AVM CS2.2 Streaming CD A/V Receiver

Jutta Dziwnik has posted a review of the AVM CS2.2 streaming CD A/V receiver (£3900) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The AVM Inspiration CS2.2 will be absolutely perfect for everyone who wants a component that will do everything (well, pretty much everything…) to an extremely high level of performance, but who does not want one...
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NAD D1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 15, 2015
NAD D1050 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the NAD D1050 headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “I was highly impressed with the NAD D1050. Throw in the $500 price tag and for me it’s a no brainer to recommend for those on a budget looking for a very natural and balanced sounding DAC....
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Digital Audio Player

April 14, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC and Digital Audio Player

Eric Neff has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC and digital audio player ($1295) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “At $1295 it is a solid value wrapped in a high class brushed aluminum body. It’s versatility and performance makes it a go to product that could serve as a primary DAC/Amp for...
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PS Audio Directstream DSD DAC

April 13, 2015
PS Audio Directstream DSD DAC

Scot Hull has posted a review of the PS Audio Directstream DSD DAC ($6000) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “The DirectStream DAC is the hottest thing to come of PS Audio since forever. This unconventional design, even as it does all manner of violence to the heart of the purist with all of his...
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April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

April 10, 2015
April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the April Music Aura Note V2 music center ($2750) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If CD playback is an important aspect of your listening lifestyle coupled with the ability to play file-based music up to 24/192 and you want the simplicity and convenience of a very good sounding...
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Dirac Live Room Correction Software

April 9, 2015
Dirac Live Room Correction Software

John Brazier has posted a review of the Dirac Live room correction software ($420) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “While I can go on and on about the changes in the sound the Dirac suite had in my room and on my system, but that is not the point. The point is that the...
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Musical Fidelity Merlin Audio System

April 9, 2015
Musical Fidelity Merlin Audio System

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity Merlin audio system (£799) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “I have to admit to coming to this system with divided thoughts. Yes, I expected good things given the brand, but still couldn’t quite dismiss from my mind the worry that this might be...
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Thorens MM-008 Analog to Digital Converter (ADC)

April 8, 2015
Thorens MM-008 Analog to Digital Converter (ADC)

Malcolm J. Gomes has posted a review of the Thorens MM-008 analog to digital converter (ADC) ($450) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “If you have a good sized vinyl record collection and listen to them only occasionally because you could not be bothered with the numerous intricate steps that you have to go through,...
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Burmester 151 Musiccenter Media Player

April 7, 2015
Burmester 151 Musiccenter Media Player

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Burmester 151 Musiccenter media player (£12,500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “We end where we started. Burmester equipment is never going to be in the ‘bargain’ stakes, but that is not what Burmester stands for. Instead, the 151 shows Burmester is trickling down technology from its Reference...
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Oppo HA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 6, 2015
Oppo HA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marcusd has posted a review of the Oppo HA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Placing a modern day smartphone on top of the HA-2 feels very normal and logical. It will also make considerable inroads to those who might have chosen other audiophile convergence devices like the FiiO E18 and the Creative...
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Antipodes Reference Series DX Music Server

April 4, 2015
Antipodes Reference Series DX Music Server

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Antipodes Reference Series DX music server ($6500) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I was very much impressed by the Antipodes DX from the get go. Over time, I became more and more enamored with its ability to serve up an infectiously musical signal clearly outperforming the MacBook...
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Bel Canto Black ASC1 Digital Preamplifier and Music Steamer and MPS1 Monoblock Amplifiers

April 3, 2015
Bel Canto Black ASC1 Digital Preamplifier and Music Steamer and MPS1 Monoblock Amplifiers

Joël Chevassus has posted a review of the Bel Canto Black ASC1 digital preamplifier and music streamer ($20,000) and MPS1 monoblock amplifiers ($30,000/pair) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Even though here we play in a very elite price zone which is unusual for a Bel Canto badge, I must admit that this was one of...
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Bel Canto REFLink USB Converter

April 3, 2015
Bel Canto REFLink USB Converter

Francesco Taddei has posted a review of the Bel Canto REFLink USB converter (1495) at ReMusic. His conclusions: “The REFLink is a well-made and beautiful object, mostly if matched with other Bel Canto products. Matched to the DAC 3.5 VB MK II and connected via ST Fiber, it has shown a great synergy.” You...
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Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and irDAC DAC

April 3, 2015
Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and irDAC DAC

Roy Gregory has posted a review of the Arcam FMJ A19 integrated amplifier ($999) and irDAC DAC ($699) at The Audio Beat. His conclusions: “In many respects, the Arcam A19 and irDAC are the gateposts that mark the threshold of real musical performance. They’ll do everything you actually need them to do when it...
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ReQuest Audio The Beast Music Server

April 2, 2015
ReQuest Audio The Beast Music Server

Rafael Todes has posted a review of the ReQuest Audio The Beast Music Server (£29,900) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The Beast certainlyjustifies its sobriquet for its gravitas and the sheer awe it inspires. It has an alter ego: the.quick footed and an intelligence, which is always present. It is eye-wateringly, but reassurringly expensive, but...
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DiDiT DAC212 DAC

April 2, 2015
DiDiT DAC212 DAC

Chris Beeching has posted a review of the DiDiT DAC212 DAC (€2995) at The Ear. His conclusions: “Having praised this little unit, is there a downside? Well, you might not like to hear this, but it’s well underpriced for the sound quality you get. The machining, style and attention to detail that have gone...
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Exogal Comet DAC

April 1, 2015
Exogal Comet DAC

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Exogal Comet DAC ($2500) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Exogal Comet is one of the most flexible audio components I’ve had the pleasure of using. With its complete array of digital inputs — and even an analog input — and XLR and RCA outs, along...
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CEntrance Mini-M8 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 30, 2015
CEntrance Mini-M8 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the CEntrance Mini-M8 headphone amplifier-DAC ($699) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “I’ve not really heard anything quite like this in a long time. For $700 or so, you can’t go wrong. It is musical, enjoyable and offers a great sense of separation, so naturally sound stage nutcases like...
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Pono Digital Audio Player

March 29, 2015
Pono Digital Audio Player

Tyll Hertsens has posted a review of the Pono digital audio player ($399) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “Until then I’ll just leave you with the knowledge that I love the sound of the Pono Player. If you want a simple but excellent sounding portable player that won’t break the bank the Pono Player...
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Wavelength Audio Crimson HS with Quotient Q1 DAC Module

March 27, 2015
Wavelength Audio Crimson HS with Quotient Q1 DAC Module

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Wavelength Audio Crimson HS with Quotient Q1 DAC module ($19,500) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The harmonic correctness and spectacular soundstage properties of this DAC are the finest I have yet heard from a digital product. The resolution and transparency of this DAC, especially with the Silver...
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Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior and MiniMax DAC Supreme

March 26, 2015
Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior and MiniMax DAC Supreme

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Junior ($850) and MiniMax DAC Supreme ($1350) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “This is precisely what an outstanding product is supposed to do, perform at a level that makes us think it would be absurd to spend more. It should make us so...
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Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone Amplifier

March 25, 2015
Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC, Preamplifier, and Headphone Amplifier

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Burson Audio Conductor Virtuoso DAC, preamplifier, and headphone amplifier ($1995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “And I was prepared to go on with more track-by-track sonic impressions, yet after these listening seshs and others with the Virtuoso I feel confident giving it an enthusiastic thumbs...
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Aurender Flow Digital Audio Player

March 24, 2015
Aurender Flow Digital Audio Player

J Loh has posted a review of the Aurender Flow digital audio player ($1295) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “The Aurender Flow may not be as portable as made out to be, but its solid built and cutting-edge file compatibility make it a worthy of an extended audition. Those who want their music clean and...
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Pono PonoPlayer Digital Audio Player

March 24, 2015
Pono PonoPlayer Digital Audio Player

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Pono PonoPlayer digital audio player ($399) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Considered on its own merits, the PonoPlayer is a well-engineered, high-performance, portable player that is equally at home in a conventional high-end audio system, and is offered at a fair, affordable price. In combination with the...
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Rega DAC-R DAC

March 23, 2015
Rega DAC-R DAC

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the Rega DAC-R DAC ($1199) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “I was very impressed with the excellent sound of this unit and honestly found it to be an over achiever at the price. With the DAC-R, Rega has updated the audio circuitry resulting in a very positive improvement...
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