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Musical Fidelity V90 DAC

September 1, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90 DAC

Dave Berriman has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90 DAC (£199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “So, whether you are a new-comer wishing to dip a toe in the murky waters of USB audio, or a seasoned silver spinner, the V-90 DAC will prove to be ideal. Apart from its rewarding high res....
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Astin Trew Concord DAC 1 DAC

September 1, 2014
Astin Trew Concord DAC 1 DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Astin Trew Concord DAC 1 DAC () at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “” You can read the full review here.
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PS Audio Directstream DAC

September 1, 2014
PS Audio Directstream DAC

John Darko has posted a review of the PS Audio Directstream DAC ($6000) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “My opinion? I’ve spent time with both PerfectWave predecessors and whilst I still consider them both to be very good DACs, I would never call them great. All that changes with the DirectStream. It takes...
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Goldmund HDA Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 31, 2014
Goldmund HDA Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Goldmund HDA Headfi DAC (CHF 8600) at 6moons.com. His conclusions: “As a reviewer, excitement can come from unexpected performance at everyman prices. It can also come from exclusively positioned products that push the envelope. To this writer, the former happens more often. Cynicism, general appeal and...
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iFi Audio Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 31, 2014
iFi Audio Micro iDSD Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the iFi Audio Micro iDSD portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The bottom line here is that it will be very hard for any such unit in the years to come to sound better while also providing so many features at this...
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Matrix Audio Mini-i Pro DSD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 30, 2014
Matrix Audio Mini-i Pro DSD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Matej Isak has posted a review of the Matrix Audio Mini-i Pro DSD headphone amplifier-DAC ($550) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “The Matrix Mini-i Pro DAC represents one of the better values on the market and I can understand the strong following of the brand. It comes with the slick design, array of...
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Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface

August 28, 2014
Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB Interface

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Berkeley Audio Design Alpha USB interface ($1695) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “Though the Alpha USB’s $1695 price is considerably more than that of other USB converters, the Alpha is a bargain when you consider that it provides a simple, foolproof path for creating a...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD Transport-DAC

August 28, 2014
Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD Transport-DAC

Terry London has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD transport-DAC ($3000) at HomeTheeaterReview. His conclusions: “Simaudio’s Moon Neo 260D is very impressive in its performance, particularly in the areas of timbres/tonality, accurate soundstaging, and punchy powerful dynamics and bass extension. It is a good-looking piece of equipment that was enjoyable...
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Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

August 28, 2014
Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-Headphone Amplifier and Voltikus Power Supply

John Iverson has posted a review of the Antelope Audio Zodiac Platinum DAC-headphone amplifier ($6000) and Voltikus poswer supply. His conclusions: “In the end, Antelope Audio’s Zodiac Platinum with Voltikus power supply has a complete set of features for the modern audio system, performs flawlessly, and trades jabs with some of the best DACs...
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Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

August 24, 2014
Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 Receiver-Streamer-DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Cyrus Audio Lyric 09 receiver-streamer-DAC (£3000) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Lyric is a tour de force for Cyrus. The sound quality combined with the feature count and sheer ease of use puts it in the premier league. The amplifier is a major upgrade on virtually all...
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Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB Converter

August 23, 2014
Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB Converter

John Darko has posted a review of the Audiobyte HYDRA X+ USB converter (AU$1325/€699) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “Oversimplifying for the sake of argument it seems the more you spend on your D/A converter, the more likely it is to feature circuits that provide considerable immunity to jitter and electrical noise. That...
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PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC

August 22, 2014
PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC

Art Dudley has posted a review of the PS Audio PerfectWave DirectStream DSD DAC ($6000) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Time will tell if and when these levels of performance, flexibility, and luxury will become available for less than $6000. But today, for those who’ve waited for a computer-friendly DAC that offers, with every type...
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Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

August 20, 2014
Linn Akurate Exakt DSM Player and Exakt Akubarik Loudspeaker

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Linn Akurate Exakt DSM player and Exakt Akubarik loudspeakers (together, ($41,000) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Exakt Link protocol is a digital audiophile’s dream in that it keeps the audio data in the digital domain unit the final amplification step at the loudspeaker. This near...
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Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

August 20, 2014
Lumïn S1 Music Streamer

Joel Chevassus has posted a review of the Lumïn S1 music streamer ($14,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The S1 now competes directly with heavyweights like the Ayon S5 or TotalDAC Dual server + Dac whilst perhaps delivering a less romantic presentation. I am not fond of romance in audio playback. The small signs or...
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Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 20, 2014
Sony PHA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Sony PHA-2 headphone amplifier-DAC ($595) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “For those audiophiles who strongly favor a difficult-to-drive headphone, the PHA-2 will be a better option than the headphone amplifiers built into most portable devices. Also for owners of highly sensitive, custom, in-ear monitors, who...
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TotalDac D1- Dual DAC

August 20, 2014
TotalDac D1- Dual DAC

Key Kim has posted a review of the TotalDac D1- Dual DAC ($12,300) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “I don’t have firsthand experience of all other super DACs out there but the Totaldac D1-Dual DAC is the best sounding digital playback I’ve had in my home. It produced a transparent, delicate, and musically involving...
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Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC

August 19, 2014
Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA Vacuum Tube DAC

Ken Micallef has posted a review of the Line Magnetic Audio LM-502CA vacuum tube DAC ($1800) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “At $1800, I’d say the LM-502CA is a bargain, maybe a steal. You can go loco and tube-roll the 502. And I imagine dabbling in power cord fetishes might get you somewhere. The...
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Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player

August 18, 2014
Marantz NA-11S1 Network Audio Player

Brian Kahn has posted a review of the Marantz NA-11S1 network audio player ($3499) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “The NA-11S1 is a well-thought-out, easy-to-use DAC/network audio player that provided glitch-free performance with all input types. The quality of playback is extremely good and engaging. The energetic and dynamic capabilities of the NA-11S1 make it...
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Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF Reclocker

August 18, 2014
Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF Reclocker

John Darko has posted a review of the Wyred4Sound Remedy S/PDIF reclocker ($399) at Digital Audio Review. His conclusions: “The Remedy is a genuine game changer for almost every entry-level digital audiophile so DAR-KO award assignation is the only way to wrap this review . And the review unit? It’s all mine!” You caan...
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Nagra HD DSD DAC

August 17, 2014
Nagra HD DSD DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Nagra HD DSD DAC (€19,900) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Audio Technology Switzerland’s Nagra HD DAC is a truly full-featured very modern über DAC with remote-controlled analog volume to support amp-direct use; and a very good headphone amp that’s ideal for Sennheiser’s flagship HD800. With its FPGA...
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