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Oppo HA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 4, 2015
Oppo HA-2 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

In Ear Matters has posted a review of the Oppo HA-2 headphone amplifier ($299). Their conclusions: “With A10 as the digital source and HA-2 as the amp+DAC, the A10 really goes from just a decent sounding DAP to one of the best portable ‘audio stack’ around. This setup will really worthwhile if you are...
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AudioQuest JitterBug USB Noise Filter

September 4, 2015
AudioQuest JitterBug USB Noise Filter

John Atkinson has posted a review of the AudioQuest JitterBug USB noise filter ($49) at Stereopile. His conclusions: “You can see from the “Measurements” sidebar that I could find no significant effect that the JitterBug had on the analog signals output by three of the DACs I had to hand. Yet with those DACs...
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Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier-DAC

September 4, 2015
Audeze Deckard Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Richard Barclay has posted a review of the Audeze Deckard headphone amplifier-DAC (£599) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The premium planar magnetic headphone maker has succeeded in producing a high-quality, ultra low-distortion Class A headphone amp that offers a highly resolute, neutral and spacious sound that should be compatible with the vast majority of...
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Linnenberg Vivace DAC

September 3, 2015
Linnenberg Vivace DAC

Nathan has posted a review of the Linnenberg Vivace DAC ($2000) at Headfonia. His conclusions: “While it isn’t a minimalist design, there’s no need to peak at the manual (again, unless you use Windows). Thank god. Every control, switches, and LED is naturally placed and makes perfect sense. Retro? Sure. Natural? Obvious? You betcha....
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NAD Master Series M12 Preamplfier-DAC and M22 Stereo Amplifier

September 2, 2015
NAD Master Series M12 Preamplfier-DAC and M22 Stereo Amplifier

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the NAD Master Series M12 preamplifier-DAC ($6999) and M22 stereo amplifier ($5499) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “The transparency, openness and sheer power of the combination is stunning. With well recorded music, the dynamics, soundstage and lack of coloration of the NAD combination makes a very good play...
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Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Amplifier-DAC

September 1, 2015
Parasound Halo Integrated 2.1 Channel Amplifier-DAC

Phil Gold has posted a review of the Parasound Halo integrated 2.1 channel amplifier-DAC ($2495) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “So as I said I wanted the Parasound Halo Integrated to shine, and I got what I wanted. It concentrates on sound quality while including home theatre passthrough, subwoofer output, bass management, high...
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts Stereo DAC with Preamplifier

September 1, 2015
Cary Audio DAC-200ts Stereo DAC with Preamplifier

Jeff Poth has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts stereo DAC with preamplifier ($3995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Would hang on to the Cary Audio DAC-200ts DAC within my audio system if it was possible. The sonics are superb plus I love the sample rate conversion and tube output options....
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LampizatOr Generation 5 Level 4 DAC

August 28, 2015
LampizatOr Generation 5 Level 4 DAC

Wayne Donnelly has posted a review of the LampizatOr Generation 5 Level 4 DAC ($5195) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Even before experiencing it on computer audio, I thought that at a retail price of $5195, the LampizatOr Level 4 Generation 5 DAC was a fine value for anyone who wants the best...
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Astell&Kern AK Jr Portable MQS Digital Playback System

August 28, 2015
Astell&Kern AK Jr Portable MQS Digital Playback System

Astell&Kern AK Jr Portable MQS digital playback system ($499) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Of course what really matter is if the music is enjoyable, and here we have a winner! There’s always a delicate balance between extreme accuracy and musicality. It is not that they are mutually exclusive, yet at this lowish...
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Questyle QP1R Portable Music Player

August 27, 2015
Questyle QP1R Portable Music Player

Steven R. Rochlin has posted a review of the Questyle QP1R portable music player ($899) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Questyle’s QP1R is a killer unit with mind-blowing sound wrapped in high style chic magnificence.” You can read the full review here.
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Hegel H160 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

August 27, 2015
Hegel H160 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

A. Colin Floyd has posted a review of the Hegel H160 integrated amplifier-DAC ($3500) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “Over all though, the Hegel H160 is just a wonderful sounding and thoughtfully designed European style amplifier, which really lets you enjoy the music.” You can read the full review here.
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PS Audio NuWave Phono Stage and USB Converter

August 25, 2015
PS Audio NuWave Phono Stage and USB Converter

J. Loh has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave phono stage and USB converter ($1895) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Understandably, the NPC will not outshine other standalone phono stages at its price range. If you want to get the best dedicated phono stage for your money, you may find more bang for...
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Merging Technologies NADAC MC-8 DAC

August 24, 2015
Merging Technologies NADAC MC-8 DAC

David W. Robinson has posted a review of the Merging Technolg Togies NADAC MC-8 DAC ($11,500) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “If you have the budget to play in this range, there’s simply no question that you need to put the NADAC at the top of your list of DSD DACs. If you can’t...
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Nagra HD DAC

August 21, 2015
Nagra HD DAC

Steve Guttenberg has posted a review of the Nagra HD DAC ($) at C/NET. His conclusions: “I also brought my Sennheiser IE 800 in-ear headphones, and their sound was transformed by the HD DAC. The scale of the presentation, dynamic range, resolution of fine detail, bass punch and power were all the best I’ve...
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Yellowtec PUC2 Lite USB DAC

August 20, 2015
Yellowtec PUC2 Lite USB DAC

David Abramson has posted a review of the Yellowtec PUC2 Lite USB DAC ($485) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “Seriously, no matter what converter is currently performing your conversion, I highly recommend you hithee to the nearest Yellowtec website and find out where you can purchase – on trial basis – your very own...
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Wadia di122 DAC

August 19, 2015
Wadia di122 DAC

Ed Selley has posted a review of the Wadia di122 DAC () at Hi-Fi News and Record Review. His conclusions: “And it is this balance of convenience and capability that makes the di122 a very impressive proposition at the price. If we accept that a rotary volume dial-equipped challenger will make the best device...
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Exogal Comet DAC

August 18, 2015
Exogal Comet DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Exogal Comet DAC ($2500) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “We keep banging on about the revolution that is taking place in home audio, and the Exogal Comet is that revolution’s agent provocateur. It isn’t the first device that replaces source component, converter, and preamp for a digital...
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Questyle CMA800R Dual-Mono Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 17, 2015
Questyle CMA800R Dual-Mono Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Questyle CMA800R dueal mono headphone amplifier-DAC (€1500 each) at 6moons. His conclusions: “The benefits I heard overlapped with general lore on mono amps for loudspeakers. Soundstage scale, imaging specificity, low-level detail, separation, density, depth of stage and bass all improved. To what degree; and whether that’s...
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Linn Majik DSM Integrated Amplifier-Network Music Player

August 17, 2015
Linn Majik DSM Integrated Amplifier-Network Music Player

Hans Wetzel has posted a review of the Linn Majik DSM integrated amplifier-network music player ($4900) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “But what pushes the Majik DSM into a class of its own is Linn’s suite of apps, which turn the Majik into a thoroughly reliable and easy-to-use daily companion. Media from just about...
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Highend-AudioPC AudiophileOptimizer Computer Audio Software

August 17, 2015
Highend-AudioPC AudiophileOptimizer Computer Audio Software

Howard Kneller has posted a review of the Highend-AudioPC AudiophileOptimizer computer audio software (€119) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “In a world in which $133 buys you just a handful of hi-rez downloads, Highend-AudioPC’s AudiophileOptimizer is a stone-cold bargain — and that would still be the case even if AudioPhil charged a lot more...
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Chord Hugo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

August 16, 2015
Chord Hugo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

John Granberg has posted a review of the Chord Hugo headphone-amplifier ($2495) at Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Whatever the case, I see Hugo as a rather unique option. Good enough to hang with very expensive home devices, yet also capable of hitting the road in style. In this regard, Chord’s device stands alone —...
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Amare Musica Diamond Music Server

August 11, 2015
Amare Musica Diamond Music Server

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Amare Musica Diamond music server (€6600) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “With brilliant fit&finish, multiple control options it delivers highest quality signal to the D/A Converter of its user’s choice. This product is surely addressed first of all to the users of high quality USB DACs...
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Chord HUGO TT Headphone Amplifier DAC

August 7, 2015
Chord HUGO TT Headphone Amplifier DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Chord HUGO TT Headphone Amplifier-DAC (£2995) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “The digital technology finally matured. High quality turntable still offers something that no digital device can, but, in my opinion, it is no longer a decisive factor. DAC Hugo TT sounds so well, in such...
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UpTone Audio USB REGEN Data Regenerator

August 6, 2015
UpTone Audio USB REGEN Data Regenerator

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the UpTone Audio USB REGEN data regenerator ($175) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “The Uptone Audio USB REGEN improved the sound of both of my systems through three different DACs. I found the REGEN consistently added greater weight, clarity, and refinement to my music reproduction which led to...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 750D CD Player-DAC

August 5, 2015
Simaudio Moon Evolution 750D CD Player-DAC

Doug Schneider has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 750D CD Player-DAC ($13,000) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “The illumination of the audio signal emanating from within the Moon 750D is similar; it does not blind with brilliance in an attempt to overwhelm in terms of tonality or detail, and as such it...
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