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Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder

May 30, 2016
Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder

Dan Worth has posted a review of the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder (£1499) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “With a complimentary headphone amplifier, great style and a detail rich, natural and fluid sound, I can’t see what there’s not to like about the Wadia DI122 Digital Audio Decoder.” You can read the full...
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The Bit Opus #1 Digital Audio Player

May 30, 2016
The Bit Opus #1 Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Opus #1 digital audio player ($599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “Tonally The Bit have played things a bit safe with a very flat natural sound that doesn’t push the envelope in any specific direction but nevertheless remains very detailed with good levels of transparency and above average...
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Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

May 24, 2016
Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC and Ragnarok Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Schiit Audio Yggdrasil DAC (£1980) and Ragnarok headphone amplifier (£1580) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Rarely have I been as favourably impressed by a DAC and headphone amplifier as I have been by the Yggdrasil and Ragnarok. Though neither component comes anywhere near being the most expensive...
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Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 22, 2016
Meridian Explorer2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Jim Austin has posted a review of the Meridian Explorer2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Leave MQA out of the mix, and the Meridian Explorer2 is a fun, capable audio device at a cost that audiophiles—and anyone else who’s accustomed to audiophile prices—will likely find more than fair … But when you...
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ASI Liveline Speaker Cables

May 17, 2016
ASI Liveline Speaker Cables

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the ASI Liveline speaker cables ($) at Hi-Fi Advices. His conclusions: “Of the setups I tried it in, the cable works best in the context of fuller sounding systems, such as my own main Jeff Rowland/Apogee Diva setup and a friend’s Ayon/AvantGarde setup (link not yet active...
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Oppo BDP-101Ci Blu-Ray Player

May 16, 2016
Oppo BDP-101Ci Blu-Ray Player

Dick Tan has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-101Ci Blu-ray player ($) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Even in its scaled down form the BDP-101CI still offers key features such as 4K scaling, bitstream output for important lossless surround sound codec such as Dolby Atmos and DTS-X, high resolution USB ports and legacy digital...
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Aurender N100H Music Server

May 15, 2016
Aurender N100H Music Server

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the Aurender N100H music server ($2699) at SoundStage Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “Aurender’s N100H, like their S10 server I reviewed several years ago, sounds terrific. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a music server that sounds better, and maybe none as good. It stood out for its bass...
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AURALiC VEGA DAC

May 12, 2016
AURALiC VEGA DAC

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DAC ($3495) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “I had tried several DAC in the past and Auralic Vega is considerably one of the most value for money (VFM) choice with respect to its various features. From filters, clocks settings, upsampling and many more that...
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AURALiC Aries Mini Wireless Streaming Node

May 12, 2016
AURALiC Aries Mini Wireless Streaming Node

Jez Ford has posted a review of the AURALiC Aries Mini wireless streaming node ($699) at AVHub. His conclusions: “We were astounded by the Auralic Aries Mini. From one simple box it played almost everything quickly, smoothly and glitch-free. It handles NAS drives, high-res files, Tidal, AirPlay, Bluetooth. You can add a hard drive...
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NAD C 546BEE CD Player

May 12, 2016
NAD C 546BEE CD Player

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the NAD C 546BEE CD player (769) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The NAD C 546BEE is a fabulous CD player. It’s well-built, well-designed, sounds great using either filter setting (but for me, sounds better in the ‘Slow’ setting) and has a decent swathe of features including the...
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Aurender N100H Music Streamer

May 11, 2016
Aurender N100H Music Streamer

Dave Clark has posted a review of the Aurender N100H music streamer ($2699) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “At $2699 it offers you 2TB of audiophile-built storage in a simple and elegant box one-box solution and it takes up half the space of most components giving you some extra breathing room on the shelf....
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Neodio Origine CD Player

May 9, 2016
Neodio Origine CD Player

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Neodio Origine CD player (£27,600) at The Ear. His conclusions: “It really is hard to find CD players that have this combination of transparency, fine detail and tonal depth. Some of the best valve powered examples get close but it’s rare to find one that’s this...
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Metrum Pavane DAC

May 9, 2016
Metrum Pavane DAC

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Metrum Pavane DAC (€5000) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “In its price range it is definitely one of the top performers, and if it is the supremely etch-free NOS sound that you’re after, it may be one of the best options out there. If you crave...
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Metronome CD8 CD Player

May 8, 2016
Metronome CD8 CD Player

Ken Kessler has posted a review of the Metronome CD8 CD player (£7500) at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “‘Elegant’ was the first adjective that came to mind when I saw this player, and elegance remained its pre-eminent virtue. At no time did it sound ‘digital’ or harsh, regardless of the origins...
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dCS Debussy DAC

May 7, 2016
dCS Debussy DAC

WL Low has posted a review of the dCS Debussy DAC ($11,499) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “However, viewed on it’s own merits, the dCS still deserves recommendation beyond par excellence, at it’s current retail price of RM49,000/unit. High-end-dom certainly doesn’t come cheap at this point, but if it’s absolute digital audio performance that one...
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ZeroUno DAC

May 6, 2016
ZeroUno DAC

Roland Dietl has posted part two of his review of the ZeroUno DAC (€5500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The ZEROUNO is a rarely-seen symbiosis of thoughtful circuit design in all aspects, using extremely high-quality components, while showing a perfect finish too. The sound quality as well as the ability of this DAC to...
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exaSound PlayPoint Music Server

May 6, 2016
exaSound PlayPoint Music Server

Kal Rubinson has posted a review of the exaSound PlayPoint music server ($1999) in his Music in the Round column at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The sound quality was outstanding in both UPnP and NAA configurations. The PlayPoint lets you have an excellent multichannel digital music player anywhere there is access to the home network…Having...
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Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

May 5, 2016
Meridian 818v3 Digital Preamplifier, MC200 Music Server, and DSP5200 SE Digital Loudspeakers

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Meridian 818v3 digital preamplifier, MC200 music server, and DSP5200 SE loudspeakers at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “he Meridian 818v3 is a superb machine. Even in plain DAC-guise it is up there with the best DACs I have heard. But add in its preamp facilities, Sooloos/Roon compatibility,...
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TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

May 3, 2016
TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the TEAC PD-501HR digital player ($850) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Great looks and a balanced sound output that’s fun to listen to make this DSD CD spinner a great player to invest in when building either a humble high end desktop rig or even a full blown...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 3, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier/DAC that has a healthy, and sometimes transformative, effect on whatever headphones you plug into it. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

May 1, 2016
YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the YBA Passion PRE550A preamplifier-DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Passion PRE550A looked and sounded gorgeous, is built like a brick privy, has a thoughtfully designed remote control, and no significant vices. I could, and did, happily live with a PRE550A in my system. Very...
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Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

April 29, 2016
Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz HD-AMP1 integrated amplifier and DSD DAC ($1099) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Marantz HD-AMP1 is a great addition to the Marantz line. The sonics were absolutely beyond reproach at this price point (and well beyond). The feature set is remarkable, and the built...
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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC

April 28, 2016
PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC

Jim Austin has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC ($1299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Operationally, the NuWave DSD performed without flaw: It swallowed whatever I fed it in whatever format via whatever input, and it output music, without one glitch or pop. I tested all the inputs (except I2S over...
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HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC

April 28, 2016
HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC

Qishin Tariq has posted a review of the HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC ($200) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Simple to use, gets noticeable results, what’s not to love? This makes for a solid entry-level DAC until you’ve upgraded the rest of your system enough to make it worth splashing for a correspondingly pricey...
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