Digital

Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman Digital Audio Player

March 2, 2015
Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman Digital Audio Player

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman digital audio player ($1199) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusion: “For my longtime fans who know how blunt I can be, let me say this clearly and concisely. The Sony NW-ZX2 doesn’t suck. It rocks my music world and I want one...
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Musical Fidelity M6si Integrated Amplifier-DAC

March 1, 2015
Musical Fidelity M6si Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Erich Wetzel has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity M6si integrated amplifier-DAC ($2999) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The M6si’s sound never drew attention to itself, handling all types of music with aplomb, and its performance was evenhanded at any listening level. I enjoyed listening to it because its sound produced no stress...
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Devialet Ensemble Audio System

March 1, 2015
Devialet Ensemble Audio System

S. Andrea Sundaram has posted a review of the Devialet Ensemble audio system ($9995) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “The beauty of Devialet’s Ensemble system is that you can have truly excellent sound in a small, décor-friendly package for under $10,000 and with no effort. That’s a unique value proposition that I believe will...
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Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC

February 27, 2015
Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC ($1400) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The sonic characteristics of the Hegel HD12 lean to the colder side of the continuum, as opposed to the warm inaccurate bloom of some tube based DACs. The HD12′s soundstage is a bit smaller than...
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Lotoo PAW Gold Portable Digital Audio Player

February 26, 2015
Lotoo PAW Gold Portable Digital Audio Player

Hadi Özyaşar has posted a review of the Lotoo PAW Gold portable digital audio player ($2000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “If you are looking for natural sound, transparency and accuracy, tonal balance with excellent imaging and wide dynamics, then let me recommend to you the best DAP I have encountered until now, the Paw...
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exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC

February 26, 2015
exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC

Canada Hi-Fi has posted a review of the exaSound Audio Design e22 DAC ($3499). Their conclusions: “The magic of music sounding musical is in the harmonics, and capturing those also builds the sense of acoustic space and air, which leads to a truly engaging experience with the music as the artists meant it to...
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Goldmund Mimesis 16.5 Preamplifier, Goldmund Eidos 17 CD Player, and Goldmund Prologos+ Loudspeakers

February 25, 2015
Goldmund Mimesis 16.5 Preamplifier, Goldmund Eidos 17 CD Player, and Goldmund Prologos+ Loudspeakers

Domenico Pizzamiglio has posted a review of the Goldmund Mimesis 16.5 preamplifier (CHF 15,000), Goldmund Eidos 17 CD player (CHF 10,300), and Goldmund Prologos+ loudspeakers (CHF 60,000) at Audio Activity. His conclusions: “Well, it is expensive but how many times we spend even more to have less? In Goldmund is not just a matter...
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Essence HDACCC Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 23, 2015
Essence HDACCC Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Gatsky has posted a review of the Essence HDACCC headphone amplifier-DAC ($699) at Everything Audio Network. His conclusions: “No, it will not best the top-tier DACs in ultimate audio quality, but the sonic character is ESS chip smooth — with nice detail and the feature set is so deep that nothing touches it...
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Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 22, 2015
Hegel H80 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Chris Ward has posted a review of the Hegel H80 integrated amplifier-DAC (£1350) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “This amplifier feels like it’s successfully addressing noise and distortion in fundamentally new ways. It may be an entry-level product in Hegel’s product range, but it is clearly benefitting from trickle-down technologies found on more superior...
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Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver

February 20, 2015
Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Audioengine B1 Bluetooth receiver ($129) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “he Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Receiver is a great performer both sonically and connectivity-wise. The B1 makes a lot of sense in many environments where better sound is desired and the convenience of Bluetooth is demanded. Yes...
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Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC

February 18, 2015
Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Hegel Music Systems HD12 DAC ($1400) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “Hegel Music Systems’ HD12 digital-to-analog converter provides the best sound for the least money of any DAC I’ve had in my system. You might be surprised at just how good it is, and just how...
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iFi Micro iDSD USB DAC

February 18, 2015
iFi Micro iDSD USB DAC

Doug Schroeder has posted a review of the iFi Micro iDSD USB DAC ($499) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The iFi Micro iDSD USB DAC did a commendable job driving a popular upper end pair of magnetic planar headphones, and did not disgrace itself in comparison to a DAC nearly three times the price. It...
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Aurender Flow Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 17, 2015
Aurender Flow Portable Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Aurender Flow portable headphone amplifier-DAC ($1295) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “As to power, I’m not ready to comment on the Flow’s output capabilities just yet, other than to say that it seemed to have (just) enough oomph for the fairly power-hunger HiFiMAN HE-560 headphones, yet was...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 17, 2015
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Chris Martens has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC (£1199) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Oppo has a long history of building well-respected high-value products, but in my view the HA-1 stands as the firm’s best all-around effort to date. What is impressive is not just the number of roles the HA-1...
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Atoll HD 120 Preamplifier-DAC and MA 100 Power Amplifier

February 16, 2015
Atoll HD 120 Preamplifier-DAC and MA 100 Power Amplifier

Michel Aublanc has posted a review of the Atoll HD 120 preamplifier-DAC (€750) and MA 100 power amplifier (€400) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Given the very affordable cost of this amp-preamp pair, you might be tempted to go with speakers in the same price range. However, don’t let their size and price tag...
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Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 16, 2015
Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Teac AI-301DA integrated amplifier-DAC ($549) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If you’re looking for an eminently listenable and likable integrated amp/DAC and headphone amp that plays back PCM resolutions up to 24/192 and DSD while adding Bluetooth connectivity as well as analog and S/PDIF inputs, you’ll be...
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Leema Elements Precision DAC

February 16, 2015
Leema Elements Precision DAC

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Leema Elements Precision DAC (€1800) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “The Leema Elements DAC isn’t one of those bland new DACs, digging ever deeper for details and forgetting the music in the process. It has character, and that’s just the way that I like my audio...
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Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Teac AI-301DA Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Adrian Justins has posted a review of the Teac AI-301DA integrated amplifier-DAC (£400) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The amp is excellently built, looks the part and is highly versatile in terms of its file handling and source compatibility, although its lack of AirPlay or Ethernet makes it more limited when used in a...
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Micromega MyAmp Integrated Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Micromega MyAmp Integrated Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the Micromega MyAmp integrated amplifier-DAC (£480) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “The Gallic flair that the aesthetic and ergonomic design shows also applies to the way it makes music. Despite giving an engaging sound, it remains surprisingly refined; sophistication such as this is unexpected from a product...
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Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

February 15, 2015
Oppo HA-1 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

David Price has posted a review of the Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier-DAC (£1099) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Right now, the HA-1 is surely the best do-it-all DAC/preamplifier/headphone stage at the price. It’s hard to fault, and makes a wonderful partner for Oppo’s excellent PM-1 headphones – with which it works hand-in-glove…As a preamp,...
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Parasound ZCD CD Player, ZPRE2 Preamplifer, and ZAMP Power Amplifier

February 15, 2015
Parasound ZCD CD Player, ZPRE2 Preamplifer, and ZAMP Power Amplifier

Neville Roberts has posted a review of the Parasound ZCD CD player (£400), ZPRE2 preamplifer (£400), and ZAMP power amplifier (£350) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Sound-wise, the quality is par for the course for a system of this type and will be very satisfactory as a second system, driving some bookshelf speakers in...
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Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

February 14, 2015
Astell&Kern AK240 Digital Audio Player

Adrian Justins has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK240 digital audio player (£2200) at Hi-Fi Choice. His conclusions: “Is the AK240 the ultimate hi-res portable? Not quite – operationally it’s not perfect, but the build quality is insanely good and the AK240’s ability to take medium-resolution files and squeeze every lost drop of...
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FiiO X1 High Resolution Digital Audio Player

February 13, 2015
FiiO X1 High Resolution Digital Audio Player

Bowei Zhao has posted a review of the FiiO X1 high resolution digital audio player ($99) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “I’m astounded by the vibrant (but not as accurate) sound that FiiO can push out with the X1 with the features it has and the price point it sits at. If you are in...
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Canary Audio KD-2000 DSD DAC

February 13, 2015
Canary Audio KD-2000 DSD DAC

Terry London has posted a review of the Canary Audio KD-2000 DSD DAC ($6495) at HomeTheaterReview. His conclusions: “Canary Audio’s first attempt at an all-format tube-based DAC has turned out to be a great success. It offers great build quality, a robust power supply, and a tube-based analog conversion section that gets you the...
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Metrum Acoustics Pavane DAC

February 13, 2015
Metrum Acoustics Pavane DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Metrum Acoustics Pavane DAC (£3849) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The absence of noise, distortion, jitter, you name it, makes room for the music, whether the music be jazz, pop or classical. I have yet to find a track that does not sound outstanding, unless...
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