Digital

AudioQuest JitterBug USB Data and Power Noise Filter

July 30, 2015
AudioQuest JitterBug USB Data and Power Noise Filter

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the AudioQuest JitterBug USB Data and Power Noise Filter ($49) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Summing up, for $49 the AudioQuest JitterBug strikes me as a no-brainer choice for anyone looking to improve their experience of listening to music over USB.” You can read the full review here....
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Rega Research DAC-R DAC

July 30, 2015
Rega Research DAC-R DAC

Jon Iverson has posted a review of the Rega Research DAC-R DAC ($1195) at Stereophile. His conclusions: ” Rega has spent enough in R&D to get the most cost-effective use of solid engineering, careful design, and parts choice, without passing the point of diminishing returns. The things it doesn’t do include headphone listening, DSD,...
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NuPrime DAC-10H Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 30, 2015
NuPrime DAC-10H Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Grandberg has posted a review of the NuPrime DAC-10H headphone amplifier-DAC ($) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “Let’s recap: as a DAC, it equals anything I’ve heard in its class. Add in the exceptional preamp stage, the cutting edge format support, the very generous connectivity, and of course that killer balanced headphone amp,...
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Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and CDS27 SACD Player

July 26, 2015
Arcam FMJ A19 Integrated Amplifier and CDS27 SACD Player

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Arcam FMJ A19 integrated amplifier ($999) and CDS27 SACD player ($1499) at Stereo Tomes. His conclusions: “If you know of a music lover with a limited budget, or hell, even one with a massive budget but who also happens to be level-headed and practical, you’d be...
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ALO Audio Continental Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 24, 2015
ALO Audio Continental Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brian has posted a review of the ALO Audio Continental headphone amplifier – DAC ($1495) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “At $1,495 the Continental Dual Mono is the most expensive portable amp/dac combo I have ever reviewed. But with portable players beginning to hit the $3.5 mark the move seemed almost inevitable. It adds...
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Metronome Technologie C8+ CD Player

July 23, 2015
Metronome Technologie C8+ CD Player

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Metronome Technologie C8+ CD player (£15,900) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “Nothing has dropped in price like separate high-end DACs, so costly units like the Metronome C8+ CD player are almost anachronistic. One has to ask: who spends this much on digitilia? There’s...
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Lumin Music D1 Music Streamer-DAC

July 21, 2015
Lumin Music D1 Music Streamer-DAC

Dawid Grzyb has posted a review of the Lumin Music D1 music streamer-DAC (€2500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “For me the Lumin D1 was a hugely positive surprise and sonically unexpectedly refined. It marked its presence in marvelous fashion in each setup I tried. My ears were served with beneficial advances far above just...
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NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier-DAC

July 19, 2015
NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier-DAC

Thom Moon has posted a review of the NAD C 510 Direct Digital preamplifier-DAC ($1299) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “Bottom line: If you’ve moved to an all-digital system or are contemplating doing so, you owe it to yourself to listen to a C 510. It’s an exceptional achievement, especially considering its reasonable price.”...
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AudioQuest Jitterbug

July 17, 2015
AudioQuest Jitterbug

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the AudioQuest Jitterbug ($50) AT TONEAudio. His conclusions: “The sound quality of cymbals, violin and piano is the most profound example of the JitterBug in action. Vocals become more palpable and realistic, with much more body and dimension. It’s not so much like cleaning a dirty window,...
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Ayre Acoustics QB-9DSD DAC

July 16, 2015
Ayre Acoustics QB-9DSD DAC

Colin Smith has posted a review of the Ayre Acoustics QB-9DSD DAC ($3495) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “When a component raises the bar as much as the QB-9DSD did in my system, I think I’d sell a kidney to keep it.” You can read the full review here.
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Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 16, 2015
Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Brent Butterworth has posted a review of the Aurender Flow headphone amplifier-DAC ($1295) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “When Devialet introduced their great-sounding, ultrasleek, digital integrated amps, they rocked the world of high-end audio. Aurender has now basically applied the same concept to the headphone amplifier-DAC: The Flow is an upscale product with excellent...
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Classe Audio Sigma SSP and Sigma AMP5

July 14, 2015
Classe Audio Sigma SSP and Sigma AMP5

Dave Thomas has posted a review of the Classé Audio Sigma surround sound processor ($5000) and Sigma AMP5 multi-channel amplifier ($5000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The Classé Audio Sigma SSP and Sigma AMP5 are really what I would call “every man” components. Their understated, sleek looks and ability to render fine musical details...
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Exogal Comet DAC

July 11, 2015
Exogal Comet DAC

Lim Juan has posted a review of the Exogal Comet DAC ($2500) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “A very good DAC then, from experienced industry veterans who know what they are doing. The Comet’s proprietary processing platform allows the manufacturer a measure of future proofing of the unit to protect their customers’ investment which other...
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Audio Analogue Vivace DAC

July 11, 2015
Audio Analogue Vivace DAC

Rafael Todes has posted a review of the Audio Analogue Vivace DAC (£1249) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “This is both a highly musical and capable DAC, which would suit in particular a classical listener with smaller speakers. It has real qualities, a beautiful midrange which sings and glows and is enticing to listen to....
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AudioQuest JitterBug

July 11, 2015
AudioQuest JitterBug

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the AudioQuest JitterBug ($49) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “So, precisely what do you get in sound terms for your £40? More realism: vocals seem less pinched and stressed, you are more able to hear the tubes sagging in a wailing guitar amp in full compression, and the...
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iBasso DX90 Portable Digital Audio Player

July 8, 2015
iBasso DX90 Portable Digital Audio Player

Smit Patel has posted a review of the iBasso DX90 portable digital audio player ($419) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “Taking all things into consideration, the iBasso achieves what it set out to do and regardless of the minor shortcomings can be heralded as an excellent product in their already fantastic line-up.” You can read...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

July 7, 2015
Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

Bailey S. Barnard has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 digital audio player ($2500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “In the AK240’s primary role as a super-powered iPod, I will go so far as to say that it’s second to none.” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more...
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RT Audio Design Ultra USB DAC Orpheus

July 6, 2015
RT Audio Design Ultra USB DAC Orpheus

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the RT Audio Design Ultra USB DAC Orpheus (€1700) at High Fidelity. Hiis conclusions: “In this type of music the results of eliminating active conversion stage and coupling capacitors are usually remarkable, and changes introduced to the signal (as always, there is also a cost of this...
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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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