Digital

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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Revox Joy S120 Integrated Amplifier and Network Audio Player

March 22, 2015
Revox Joy S120 Integrated Amplifier and Network Audio Player

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Revox Joy S120 integrated amplifier and network audio player (£2090) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “You pay a premium for the Revox name and the German manufacture of the Joy S120, but it’s a cool brand with a fabulous heritage. The player itself is pretty cool too;...
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Calyx M Digital Audio Player

March 22, 2015
Calyx M Digital Audio Player

Scot Hull has posted a review of the Calyx M digital audio player ($999) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Here’s the net-net — the Calyx M is a truly excellent-sounding player, and for the majority of my headphones, its non-fatiguing presentation will mean hours of pure escapism. In direct comparison to the AK240, the...
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Fore Audio DAISy 1 DAC

March 21, 2015
Fore Audio DAISy 1 DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Fore Audio DAISy 1 DAC (€5990) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Attractively compact with its about single rack-space profile, this deck is beautifully built and finished. Sonically it was really exciting to stimulate attention and interest. It’s also a decidedly complete package which additionally arrives packaged for...
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RT Audio Design Orpheus MKII DAC

March 21, 2015
RT Audio Design Orpheus MKII DAC

Mike Cox has posted a review of the RT Audio Design Orpeus MKII DAC (€750) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “The Orpheus mk1 from RT Audio Design is a DAC worth seeking out. The value for money is excellent as output transformers are not cheap plus the added complication of the battery and charging...
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Black by Bel Canto

March 21, 2015
Black by Bel Canto

Anthony Kershaw has posted a review of Bel Canto Black components (together $55,000) at Audiophilia. His conclusions: “You should find a dealer and audition Black if you are thinking of upgrading your digital domain and/or amplification. The components are available separately, but I would not break up what is obviously a beautiful partnership. It’ll...
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Oppo Digital HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-1 Headphones

March 20, 2015
Oppo Digital HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC and PM-1 Headphones

David Robinson has posted a review of the Oppo Digital HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) and PM-1 headphones ($1099) at Positive Feedback. “Many audiophiles are grumpy about prices in the current high-end audio market, and grumble about not being able to afford new products. Well, amigos, this is your chance to get substantial value at...
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Mytek Manhattan DAC

March 20, 2015
Mytek Manhattan DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Mytek Manhattan DAC ($5495) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Mytek has hit another one out of the park. The Manhattan is a very fine sounding DAC, preamplifier, and headphone amp that delivers as solid and real a sound image as I’ve heard. It also sounds very natural,...
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Resonessence Labs Concero HP DAC

March 19, 2015
Resonessence Labs Concero HP DAC

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Concero HP ($850) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “So in the end, I am giving the Resonnessence Labs Concero HP two big thumbs up! I think they have passed my final test; the “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” test and I did purchase...
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Arcam irDAC USB DAC

March 19, 2015
Arcam irDAC USB DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Arcam irDAC USB DAC ($) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “hat I can tell you is that, from inherently flawed lossy MP3 files to the highest-resolution material in my library, the irDAC made nearly everything sound great. If versatile virtuosity is what you want in...
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AURALiC VEGA DAC

March 18, 2015
AURALiC VEGA DAC

Scot Hull has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DAC ($3500) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Given that delta, and my sheer delight at the performance I’m hearing with this DAC from AURALiC, the Vega earns not only an Editor’s Choice award, but one of my rarest distinctions — a Julia. Nicely done,...
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Vinnie Rossi LIO Modular Preamplifier-DAC

March 18, 2015
Vinnie Rossi LIO Modular Preamplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Vinnie Rossi LIO Modular preamplifier-DAC (starting at $4870) at 6moons. His conclusions: “To conclude introductions, “one more thing I need to make easier for people to get is that LIO can be configured as a single-function component. It can be just a DAC, just a phono...
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PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

March 18, 2015
PS Audio Sprout Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the PS Audio Sprout integrated amplifier-DAC (£650) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Sprout works nicely, offers just enough inputs and delivers ample power for efficient loudspeakers. But at £650 many full size amplifiers are available that will offer more power, more inputs, remote control and...
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Simaudio Moon by Neo 430HA Headphone Amplifier

March 16, 2015
Simaudio Moon by Neo 430HA Headphone Amplifier

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon by Neo 430HA headphone amplifier ($3500; $4300 with DAC) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “I think Simaudio’s Moon Neo 430HA will be a big hit among headphone enthusiasts. It can drive any pair of headphones I’ve ever encountered to loud levels; it can handle...
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Sharp Electronics SD-WH1000U Wireless High Resolution Audio Player

March 14, 2015
Sharp Electronics SD-WH1000U Wireless High Resolution Audio Player

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the Sharp Electronics SD-WH1000U wireless high resolution audio player ($4995) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “For all the tantalizing promise of the Sharp SD-WH1000U, I regard it as still a work in progress. I will report on that progress in due...
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Naim UnitiQute 2 Music Streamer

March 14, 2015
Naim UnitiQute 2 Music Streamer

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Naim UnitiQute 2 music streamer ($) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The latest version of the Unitiqute is a highly musical and entertaining piece of kit, it’s no powerhouse as the specs suggest but with the right speakers this does nothing to undermine its ability to...
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Leema Elements Precision DAC

March 13, 2015
Leema Elements Precision DAC

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Leema Elements Precision DAC (€1800) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The Leema Elements DAC isn’t one of those bland new DACs, digging ever deeper for details and forgetting the music in the process. It has character, and that’s just the way that I like my audio...
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