Digital

Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 22, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatski has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “At $1,199. the Oppo HA-1 is an outstanding DAC/headphone preamp — with the ability to connect to computers, tablets, and smart phones at the highest resolution available, as well as the typical digital player. When...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

July 22, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Mercer has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable high resolution digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “So, does $2,500 bucks sound like a boatload of money now? I’m not saying it’s cheap, or, even, what many would call affordable! It’s a lot of loot. But, and believe me...
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Bricasti Design M1 DAC

July 22, 2014
Bricasti Design M1 DAC

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the Bricasti Design M1 DAC ($8995) at AVHub. His conclusions: “But make no mistake; the bull has been taken firmly by the horns. The Bricasti M1 is an outstanding DAC that offers generous connecting options, flawless build quality and exceptional technology. When it comes to its sound...
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Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 21, 2014
Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Cypher Labs’ Theorem 720 headphone amplifier-DAC ($799) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “For the vast majority of headphones, the sound quality from iPod Touch + Cypher Labs brick aces the iPod Touch: better separation, better frequency extension, less nervy/twitchy dynamics. All the audiophile-centric touchstones are...
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HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

July 21, 2014
HiFiMAN HM-802 Portable High Resolution Music Player

John E. Johnson, Jr. has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HM-802 portable high resolution music player ($679) at Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The HiFiMAN HM-802 is a great little player. It is a wonderful alternative to other more ubiquitous players out there, because you can use a full...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Portable DSD Digital Audio Player

July 19, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 Portable DSD Digital Audio Player

David Robinson has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 portable DSD digital audio player ($2499) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Being blunt: The AK240 is the best portable audio player that I’ve ever heard. Not just by light years… by parsecs! For PCM it’s excellent, but more important to me (and to you),...
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Autonomic Mirage MMS-5A High Resolution Music Server

July 18, 2014
Autonomic Mirage MMS-5A High Resolution Music Server

Adrienne Maxwell has posted a review of the Autonomic Mirage MMS-5A high resolution music server ($4250) at HomeTheaterReview. Her conclusions: “For those who have the means, the Mirage music players can deliver high-quality audio and a diverse selection of streaming services in a simple, intuitive fashion, through a variety of control options. Clearly the...
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dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System

July 17, 2014
dCS Vivaldi Digital Playback System

Jeff Dorgay has posted a review of the dCS Vivaldi digital playback system ($108,500) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “If you can afford a dCS Vivaldi, take it for a test drive; you won’t regret it. The most exciting part of adding this player to my reference system is that it remains enthralling after a...
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Electrocompaniet ECM 2 Media Player

July 17, 2014
Electrocompaniet ECM 2 Media Player

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Electrocompaniet ECM 2 media player (£3950) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “I compared the ECM 2 with my Resolution Audio Cantata streamer, a more expensive piece, but one without any video streaming capabilities. The Cantata produced better leading edge definition and thus greater perceived speed, which suits...
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YBA Heritage CD100 CD Player/DAC

July 17, 2014
YBA Heritage CD100 CD Player/DAC

Greg Borrowman has posted a review of the YBA Heritage CD100 CD player/DAC ($1545) at AVHub. His conclusions: “European sonic sensibilities matched with expert (and cost-effective) Chinese engineering have delivered a unique CD player (that’s also able to be used as a DAC… including for computer audio) that most definitely must be on your...
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DEQX PreMate Preamplifier with Speaker and Room Correction

July 16, 2014
DEQX PreMate Preamplifier with Speaker and Room Correction

Edgar Kramer has posted a review of the DEQX PreMate preamplifier with speaker and room correction ($4995) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Sure, you could fit out your room like a studio with massive and costly bass traps, acoustic foam and diffraction panels to perhaps approach the response your speakers were designed to deliver. DEQX...
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Musical Fidelity V90 DAC

July 15, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90 DAC

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90 DAC ($299) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “I liked Musical Fidelity’s V90-DAC. I felt it offered a level of performance that other similarly priced DACs have not quite attained in my system. Its sound was robust and full, with a delightful sense of...
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HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC

July 12, 2014
HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC

Tom Gibbs has posted a review of the HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC ($199) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “In today’s world, where bohemian hipsters are rapidly becoming the new generation of audiophiles with the purchase of $300 turntables, an inexpensive DAC needs to offer a lot of value for the money to...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

July 11, 2014
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Michael Piskor has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC ($1199) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “True, there are summit level products are only a few steps beyond the mid tier titans, yet cost a lot more but when a little extra clarity brings a lot more bliss and enjoyment, I have no...
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Astell&Kern AK240 High Resolution Portable Media Player

July 11, 2014
Astell&Kern AK240 High Resolution Portable Media Player

Tyll Herstens has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 high resolution portable music player ($2500) at Inner Fidelity. His conclusions: “The sound quality is superb—the best of any PMP I’ve heard—and is at a level commensurate with its price. Tonally it’s neutral with possibly a slight bias toward bright, but the resolution and...
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Astintrew Concord DAC-1 DAC

July 10, 2014
Astintrew Concord DAC-1 DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Astintrew Concord DAC-1 DAC (£3780) at The Ear. His conclusions: “While enjoying this fine jazz music I find it time to come to some conclusions about the Astintrew Concord DAC 1. It has enough S/PDIF inputs for normal use and the extra I2S and Firewire...
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Aurender X100L Music Server

July 9, 2014
Aurender X100L Music Server

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Aurender X100L music server (~€) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It is small, perfectly designed and built and it offers the kind of sound that should appeal to a large group of music lovers, regardless of how much they want to spend on this type of...
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Devialet 250 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

July 8, 2014
Devialet 250 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Devialet 250 integrated amplifier-DAC (£11,800) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “The fascinating thing about the Devialet 250 is, perhaps more than ever, it has become a mirror reflecting the demands of its owner. There are those who view it as an excuse for endless cable swaps, ‘config’...
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Rega Research Saturn R CD Player and DAC

July 7, 2014
Rega Research Saturn R CD Player and DAC

Phil Gold has posted a review of the Rega Research Saturn R CD player and DAC ($3299) at Canada Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The Saturn-R is a very neutral sounding animal, neither adding warmth nor veering to the clinical, two common faults. As such it is well suited to a wide variety of music. It...
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Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC

July 7, 2014
Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC

Andy Schaub has posted a review of the Ayre QB-9 DSD DAC ($3299) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “ne thing I can say for sure is that is that all if you want is to listen to really amazing-sounding music, pretty much no matter the genre nor format, and you’re willing to invest $3250...
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