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Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Preamplifier-DAC

July 31, 2014
Wyred 4 Sound mPRE Preamplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Wyred 4 Sound mPRE preamplifier-DAC ($1099) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The Wyred 4 Sound mPRE is a very fine, value-priced analog preamp that also has a built-in DAC. As an analog preamp, the mPRE’s performance is far better than its price tag would indicate and rivals...
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Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC

July 29, 2014
Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the Resonessence Labs Herus USB DAC ($399) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “This USB DAC/amplifier perhaps offers more juice than is absolutely necessary for most listeners building a portable rig around an iPod Touch or iPhone…but if your headphones demand a kick in the seat of...
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Norma Audio HS-DA1 DAC

July 29, 2014
Norma Audio HS-DA1 DAC

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Norma Audio HS-DA1 DAC ($3400) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “Any questions whether the Norma Audio HS-DA1 was a real diamond or a cubic zirconia Spectral look alike were put to rest after countless hours of listening through the DAC in my system.The impeccable internal design...
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AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

July 28, 2014
AURALiC GEMINI 2000 Headphone Amplifier-DAC-Stand

Chris Martens has posted his initial impressions of the AURALiC GEMINI 2000 headphone amp/DAC/stand ($1995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “If you want a big—and I mean really big—taste of what top-tier headphone electronics can be like, yet at a price that must be considered a bargain, then look no further.” You can read the...
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

July 25, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC

Frank Alles has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC ($6000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “After listening to the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DAC for the past few months it is my opinion that DirectStream represents a new benchmark in audio reproduction. Notice that I didn’t say “digital audio reproduction.”...
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m2Tech hiFace USB DAC

July 25, 2014
m2Tech hiFace USB DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the m2Tech hiFace USB DAC ($) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “I’m calling out the hiface DAC as a better match (over the Cypher Labs gold brick) for two-channel rigs, particularly those in need of a bit of pep and pepper. It’s a natty, wallet-friendly way...
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Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

July 24, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

John Atkinson and Sam Tellig have posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-DAC ($299) at Stereophile. Their conclusions: ST: “My head is spinning. I haven’t even opened the 23-CD Leon Fleisher box. Compared to the V-DAC II, the V90 DAC offers still greater low-level resolution, superior dynamics, and fatigue-free listening. It does space...
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iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

July 24, 2014
iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/Headphone Amplifier

Chris Martens has posted a review of the iFi Nano iDSD portable DSD DAC/headphone amplifier (£165) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “n sum, when paired with appropriately revealing, accurate, and high-sensitivity transducers, the affordable Nano iDSD DAC/amp provides an amazingly versatile and sonically sophisticated high-end solution. The only caveat is that, for best results, you...
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CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

July 23, 2014
CH Precision C1 Preamplifier/DAC, D1 SACD Transport, and X1 Power Supply

Marshall Knack has posted a review of the CH Precision C1 preamplifier/DAC ($32,975), D1 SACD transport ($37,750), and X1 power supply ($14,975) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The D1/C1, especially with the X1 in line, did not behave like any digital I’ve encountered. Neutral, exciting, fast, tons of detail, yet musical in a way...
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Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

July 23, 2014
Astell&Kern AK120II and AK240 Digital Audio Players

Lieven has posted a review of the Astel&Kern AK120II ($1699) and AK240 ($2499) digital audio players at Headfonia. His conclusions: ” It’s obvious I don’t like everything about the AKs but in the end I really love how they sound. Plug in your headphone, push play, close your eyes and dream away. Yes, they...
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Ayre DX-5 DSD Universal Blu-ray Player

July 23, 2014
Ayre DX-5 DSD Universal Blu-ray Player

Marc Michelson has posted a review of the Ayre DX-5 DSD universal Blu-ray player ($10,950). His conclusions: “As Tampa Red put it, “You can’t get that stuff no more” — the DX-5 DSD has been discontinued. You can buy Ayre’s QB-9 DSD DAC or the rare used DX-5 and have Ayre update it, the...
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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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