Digital

Parasound Zdac V.2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 1, 2015
Parasound Zdac V.2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Grandberg has posted a review of the Parasound Zdac V.2 headphone amplifier-DAC at InnerFidelity. His conclusions: “The Parasound Zdac was already a very enjoyable device. It offered a very “analog” sound in an attractive, relatively affordable package, from a well known and respected brand. The few complaints I had were all minor in...
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Hidizs AP100 Digital Audio Player

July 1, 2015
Hidizs AP100 Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Hidizs AP100 digital audio player (£230) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “he Hidizs AP100 is a solid release and given the incremental and rapid firmware updates are bringing out some really hardcore features such as DSD, 32BIT and gapless I can’t fault them for giving this a big...
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Music Technology Modified Oppo BDP-105

July 1, 2015
Music Technology Modified Oppo BDP-105

Lewis Dardick has posted a review of the Music Technology Modified Oppo BDP-105 ($1800 modification only) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I would say the MT modded Oppo is definitely a no-brainer! It is certainly a mod you may want consider, since, from my perspective, at its $1800 price tag, it may be the...
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AVM Evolution SD 5.2 Streaming DAC-Preamplifier

June 28, 2015
AVM Evolution SD 5.2 Streaming DAC-Preamplifier

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AVM Evolution SD 5.2 streaming DAC-preamplifier (£5100) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The AVM Evolution SD 5.2 is the perfect example of audio done right for 2015. It’s a fine replacement to about three or four separate devices in one simple box. It’s a joy to use,...
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Linn Akurate Akudorik Exakt System

June 27, 2015
Linn Akurate Akudorik Exakt System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Linn Akurate Akudorik Exakt music system (£17,500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: ” I feel Linn’s more direct connection with the music would appeal to many enthusiasts, were they willing to put their preconceptions on hold for an hour or two. In fact, the Akudoriks are not...
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ReQuest Audio The Beast Music Server

June 27, 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: ” ReQuest’s The Beast changes that: it can better my Esoteric K‑05 CD player without an external atomic clock, albeit with one, the fight is much closer: but the Beast certainly justifies its sobriquet for...
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Cary Audio DMC-600SE Digital Music Center

June 26, 2015
Cary Audio DMC-600SE Digital Music Center

Brett Rudolph has posted a review of the Cary Audio DMC-600SE digital music center ($8000) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Especially for those audiophiles who are looking to get the most out of their CD collection, want the ability to stream high resolution material from their computer or have mobile devices they want...
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Aurender N100H Music Server

June 26, 2015
Aurender N100H Music Server

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Aurender N100H music server ($2699) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Aurender N100H is a hybrid component capable of being a caching network player streaming from a NAS and / or a music server with local storage. Add in the fact that it can stream lossless...
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Astell&Kern AK380 Digital Audio Player-DAC

June 25, 2015
Astell&Kern AK380 Digital Audio Player-DAC

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK380 digital audio player-DAC ($3499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The ultimate portable media player for recording/mastering sound quality is the Astell&Kern AK380 hands down, everything else is settling for a compromise. When it comes to transparency, accuracy and the ability to drive...
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Cyrus Audio Stream XA Music Streamer

June 25, 2015
Cyrus Audio Stream XA Music Streamer

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cyrus Audio Stream XA music streamer ($2799) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If you are looking for a one box solution for playing your NAS-based music and Internet Radio, just add amplification, that offers a smooth and relaxed sound, the Cyrus Stream XA may be for you.”...
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Apogee Duet DAC

June 25, 2015
Apogee Duet DAC

AudioHead has posted a review of the Apogee Duet DAC ($649). His conclusions: “Duet is not only fantastic for the avid traveler; it is great for the bedside as well. Connect your favorite iOS device (I recommend the iPad Air for the task) to Duet on a nightstand and you’ve got a HiFi listening...
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Exogal Audio Comet DAC

June 25, 2015
Exogal Audio Comet DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Exogal Comet DAC ($2500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “As a DAC and front end for digital sources, the Comet is a spectacular success and, especially at its moderate price, I strongly recommend you audition it in your system. It represents Exogal’s very auspicious entry...
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Hifiman HM-901S Digital Audio Player and HE-1000 Headphones

June 21, 2015
Hifiman HM-901S Digital Audio Player and HE-1000 Headphones

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Hifiman HM-901S digital audio player (€1499) and HE-1000 headphones ($2995) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Easy to predict are first sonic reactions. Like a Sennheiser HD800, there’s a very capacious super airy quasi out-of-head stage. I felt spontaneously justified to invoke an electrostatic gestalt, albeit one that...
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QAT RS3 Music Server

June 20, 2015
QAT RS3 Music Server

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the QAT RS3 music server (€1790) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The days of putting a PC in a box and calling it a ‘music server’ are slowly coming to a close, and brands like QAT are the reason. The RS3 is a dedicated audio device for supporting...
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OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-3 Headphones

June 19, 2015
OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-3 Headphones

Maurice Jeffries has posted a review of the OPPO HA-2 portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) and PM-3 headphones ($399) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “So there you have it, micro-verse maniacs. The Oppo HA-2/PM-3 combo offers superb build quality, excellent ergonomics and great sound at a bargain price. The PM-3′s closed-back architecture does a great...
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Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC

June 18, 2015
Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC

Jason Thorpe has posted a review of the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC (£2495) at The Ear. His conclusions: “…I think this is one of the most transparent and realistic sounding DACs available. It makes instruments and voices sound more real than other very good converters and has as natural a sound as the best...
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Accuphase DC-37 DAC

June 18, 2015
Accuphase DC-37 DAC

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Accuphase DC-37 DAC (€8500) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “The DC37 has superb resolution and a very natural timbre, and it is neutral in the best possible way. Compared to the DP400 and DP410 the DC37 adds a dose of velvety luxuriousness and has the capability...
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Astell and Kern AK Jr. Digital Audio Player

June 18, 2015
Astell and Kern AK Jr. Digital Audio Player

Andrew Everard has posted a review of the Astell and Kern AK Jr. digital audio player at Words and Music. His conclusions: “This is a remarkably well-sorted little player, requiring no allowances to be made for its compact size and (again, by A&K standards) affordable price. It looks and feels the business, being both...
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Moon Nēo 430HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 15, 2015
Moon Nēo 430HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Moon Nēo 430HAD headphone amplifier-DAC (£2700) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you have yearned for a realistically-priced, world-class headphone amplifier that can stand tall in comparison with absolutely any other amp being produced today, you need look no further than Moon’s Nēo 430HA.” You can read...
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 15, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC ($1295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “In my view, Aurender’s Flow is arguably one the top two or three portable headphone amp/DACs on the market today. It earns this status through the old-fashioned combination of solid build quality, elegant good looks, clever and...
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Woo Audio WA7tp Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 14, 2015
Woo Audio WA7tp Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Andy Schaub has posted a review of the Woo Audio WA7tp headphone amplifier-DAC ($) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In the future, two-channel home audio might just be an arrangement like this, where you can still sync a portable, high-resolution player to your MacBook Pro and use a portable pair of headphones (such as...
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Rega DAC-R DAC

June 14, 2015
Rega DAC-R DAC

Andy Schaub has posted a review of the Rega DAC-R DAC ($1195) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I’d say that if you can afford the QB-9 DSD and you don’t mind having USB-only input, that’s the way to go. If that’s a little rich for your blood, or you want more inputs, get the...
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PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

June 11, 2015
PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Nathan has posted a review of the PS Audio Sprout integrated amplifier-DAC ($799) at Headphonia. His conclusions: “And pairing it is easy as pie: flip Sprout’s input switch to BLUETOOTH, then hit pair on your computer or mobile device. Lickety split.” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more...
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

June 11, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC ($1299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The Aurender Flow is a beautifully made, beautiful-looking, beautiful-sounding, and beautifully versatile audio component. Its different digital filters allow its sonic character to be optimized for different types of music. Its light tonal balance will be a...
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Audioquest’s DragonFly USB DAC v1.2

June 11, 2015
Audioquest’s DragonFly USB DAC v1.2

Smit Patel has posted a review of the Audioquest’s DragonFly USB DAC v1.2 ($149) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “Overall, the DragonFly DAC is an outstanding value for money that is not only portable but offers a high resolution sound in a pocket-size form. The energetic and vivid sound character makes music seem livelier and...
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