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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC

January 24, 2015
Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC

Laurence A. Borden has posted a review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC ($6399) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The Overdrive excels with both Redbook and hi-rez files. It should be noted that it does not do DSD. DSD is gaining a lot of buzz lately, though I believe the jury is out...
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AURALiC ARIES Music Streamer

January 23, 2015
AURALiC ARIES Music Streamer

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the AURALiC ARIES music streamer ($1599) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “No matter what I listened to during the review I believe I heard what I was supposed to hear through the Aries. I couldn’t identify a sonic signature of noise even when the WiFi was enabled....
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Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC

January 23, 2015
Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC

Peter Pialis has posted a review of the Metrum Acoustics Hex DAC ($3500) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “The expansive sound stage has me amazed at just how much more detail there was in my recordings that my other DACs missed. Not to mention that the naturalness of the sound has left me completely satisfied....
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Pono High Resolution Digital Audio Player

January 22, 2015
Pono High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Pono high resolution digital audio player ($399) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “Would I buy, or recommend, the Pono Player knowing what I now know? Yup. If you are looking for a portable high res player that can do double duty in your hi-fi and deliver a...
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Aesthetix Romulus Signature CD Player

January 22, 2015
Aesthetix Romulus Signature CD Player

Don Shaulis has posted a review of the Aesthetix Romulus CD player ($10,000) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “The versatility of configuration as a DAC, CD player with DAC inputs, or a preamplifier for an all-digital system makes it a rare if not unique audio component. Certainly the vacuum tube analog stage adds to...
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Schiit BiFrost DAC

January 22, 2015
Schiit BiFrost DAC

Chris has posted a review of the Schiit BiFrost DAC ($249) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “This DAC might be fine in a smaller more intimate system and depending on the music, provide much pleasure as it is inherently sweet. Detail is very good with what wazz I listened to, as well as softly...
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Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

January 22, 2015
Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

Gary L. Beard has posted a review of the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth music receiver ($189) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “I concur with fellow Positive Feedback contributors Andre Marc’s an d Dean Seislove’s findings…in their reports on the B1 as well as Andre’s selection of the B1 as a Writer’s Choice for 2014; the...
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Loit Passeri CD Player

January 21, 2015
Loit Passeri CD Player

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Loit Passeri CD player (£20,000). Their conclusions: “There’s a lot to admire in this player before you switch it on, and the sonics more than live up to expectation. And, with a presentation that’s rather like putting a valve amp in your system,...
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Sony NWZ-F886 Digital Audio Player

January 20, 2015
Sony NWZ-F886 Digital Audio Player

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Sony NWZ-F886digital audio player (£250). His conclusions: “I’m not a huge fan of the Sony’s fiddly operating system and the capacity is an annoyance, but both are forgivable in the face of such awesomely good performance.” You can read the full review here.
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Marantz PM6005 Integrated Amplifier and CD6005 CD Player

January 20, 2015
Marantz PM6005 Integrated Amplifier and CD6005 CD Player

David Price has posted a review of the Marantz PM6005 integrated amplifier (£380) and CD6005 CD player (£350) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Designing budget separates such as these is the art of the possible and it all comes down to how cleverly you make the compromises. Neither of these components will threaten the...
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Naim Audio mu-so Network Music Center

January 19, 2015
Naim Audio mu-so Network Music Center

Chris Thomas has posted a review of the Naim Audio mu-so network music center (£895) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Naim’s mu-so is a great device that succeeds on many levels. What it lacks in ultimate sophistication, it more than makes up for in exuberance, immediacy, and the fun of involvement, to say nothing of...
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HiFiMAN HM-650 Digital Audio Player

January 19, 2015
HiFiMAN HM-650 Digital Audio Player

Kyle has posted a review of the HiFiMAN HM-650 digital audio player ($449) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “I’m at a bit of a loss as to how to describe the HM-650. It sounds fantastic—for “only” $100 more it’s a solid step up from the FIIO X5. The only problem is that its battery life...
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FiiO X3 Digital Audio Player

January 19, 2015
FiiO X3 Digital Audio Player

Patrick Cleasby has posted a review of the FiiO X3 digital audio player (£159) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “There is no stronger recommendation for the FiiO X3 than that ‘I want one’ feeling. If it had been more readily available when I procured my own AK100 it would have been a tough call...
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Sony HAP-S1 Music Server

January 19, 2015
Sony HAP-S1 Music Server

David Price has posted a review of the Sony HAP-S1 music server (£800) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The Sony HAP-S1 is a special product then, offering an impressively easy and pleasant user experience, allied to excellent build and finish, flexibility and decent sonics. At £800 it’s not going to be the greatest sounding...
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Primare NP30 Music Server

January 18, 2015
Primare NP30 Music Server

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Primare NP30 music server (£2000). Their conclusions: “Overall we found the NP30’s sound to have been skilfully balanced, its gentle softening at the frequency extremes imbuing the NP30 with a touch of ‘golden glow’ that made even low-bitrate internet radio tolerable. When rendering...
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Lindemann Musicbook 25 Music Server

January 18, 2015
Lindemann Musicbook 25 Music Server

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Lindemann Musicbook 25 music server (£3890). Their conclusions: “The Musicbook 25 sounds highly civilised, with a rich midband and pleasing treble. Considering the build quality, comprehensive functionality and pleasingly compact form, it crafts a pretty esoteric hi-fi experience and is warmly recommended.” You...
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Burmester 101 Integrated Amplifier and 102 CD Player

January 18, 2015
Burmester 101 Integrated Amplifier and 102 CD Player

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Burmester 101 integrated amplifier (£5088)and 102 CD player (£4357). Their conclusions: “This is a powerful and smooth-sounding combination, strong on precision but not lacking warmth. In terms of material content and engineering quality, it offers better value than many a competitor.” You can...
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432 EVO Integrated Music Server

January 18, 2015
432 EVO Integrated Music Server

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the 432 EVO integrated music server (€2775) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “Klinkt Beter have found an unusual method in resampling to 432 Hz, but it really does add a dose of magic to the sound. Especially when playing soulful records, the EVO creates this expansive soundstage...
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Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server and /TA-A1ES Integrated Amplifier

January 18, 2015
Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server and /TA-A1ES Integrated Amplifier

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Sony HAP-Z1ES music server (£2000) and TA-A1ES integrated amplifier (£2000). Their conclusions: “The HDD player offers excellent functionality, the amplifier sounds fabulous, and as a duo they’re a most capable partnership, boasting solid build and handsome design. Tremendous value too.” You can read...
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Cambridge Audio Minx XI Music Streamer

January 17, 2015
Cambridge Audio Minx XI Music Streamer

Andrew Simpson has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio Minx XI music streamer (£600) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Like mini-systems of old, all-in-one players often get a bad press in hi-fi land, as in their attempt to be a jack of all audio trades, they’re sonically a master of none. Thankfully that’s...
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Krell Connect Network Media Player

January 17, 2015
Krell Connect Network Media Player

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Krell Connect network media player (£3500). Their conclusions: “It’s a pity Krell has not included digital inputs for legacy sources but, via network and especially USB, the Connect sounds bold and confident with CD-res files. Moreover, it delivers the high-end goods when rendering...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD transport-DAC

January 17, 2015
Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD transport-DAC

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 260D CD player-DAC (£2450). Their conclusions: “The Nēo 260D sounds exceptionally refined and detailed yet doesn’t cost a king’s ransom. If you’re in the market for a hi-res-capable USB DAC, then, you could plump for it simultaneously acquiring the last...
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TAD DA1000 Preamplifier-DAC

January 17, 2015
TAD DA1000 Preamplifier-DAC

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the TAD DA1000 preamplifier-DAC (£11,995). Their conclusions: “Matching a commanding physical presence with impeccable sonics, the TAD-DA1000 sounds inviting and unruffled across any media you throw at it. Its genuinely usable volume control means you only need a power amp to complete a very...
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Bryston BDP-2 Music Streamer and BDA-2 DAC

January 17, 2015
Bryston BDP-2 Music Streamer and BDA-2 DAC

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the Bryston BDP-2 music streamer (£3125) and BDA-2 DAC (£2500). Their conclusions: “If you owned the BDP-2 and BDA-2 you might find the latter’s USB input superfluous, as hi-res files played by the BDP-2 are likely to be noticeably superior to those from a...
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AURALiC VEGA DAC

January 16, 2015
AURALiC VEGA DAC

Hi-Fi News and Record Review has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DAC (£2890). Their conclusions: “There’s a natural ease to the Vega’s music making, yet it’s not too smooth-sounding to rob the music of vitality. Its feature set is also in the top drawer for 2014, making it an outstanding proposition for...
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