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TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

May 3, 2016
TEAC PD-501HR Digital Player

Venoth Nair has posted a review of the TEAC PD-501HR digital player ($850) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “Great looks and a balanced sound output that’s fun to listen to make this DSD CD spinner a great player to invest in when building either a humble high end desktop rig or even a full blown...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 3, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Mark Fleischmann has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at Sound and Vision. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is a state-of-the-art headphone amplifier/DAC that has a healthy, and sometimes transformative, effect on whatever headphones you plug into it. The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD is...
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Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

May 2, 2016
Centrance DACport HD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Earmass has posted a review of the Centrance DACport HD headphone amplifier-DAC ($199. His conclusions: “HD has actually outperformed my expectation and I am satisfied with the audio performance throughout the review period and I actually use it for few weeks long already, every session I am with the HD is session of pleasure,...
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YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

May 1, 2016
YBA Passion PRE550A Preamplifier-DAC

Vade Forrester has posted a review of the YBA Passion PRE550A preamplifier-DAC ($8000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Passion PRE550A looked and sounded gorgeous, is built like a brick privy, has a thoughtfully designed remote control, and no significant vices. I could, and did, happily live with a PRE550A in my system. Very...
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Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

April 29, 2016
Marantz HD-AMP1 Integrated Amplifier and DSD DAC

Andre Marc has posted a review of the Marantz HD-AMP1 integrated amplifier and DSD DAC ($1099) at Audio Video Revolution. His conclusions: “The Marantz HD-AMP1 is a great addition to the Marantz line. The sonics were absolutely beyond reproach at this price point (and well beyond). The feature set is remarkable, and the built...
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PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC

April 28, 2016
PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC

Jim Austin has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave DSD DAC ($1299) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Operationally, the NuWave DSD performed without flaw: It swallowed whatever I fed it in whatever format via whatever input, and it output music, without one glitch or pop. I tested all the inputs (except I2S over...
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HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC

April 28, 2016
HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC

Qishin Tariq has posted a review of the HRT Music Streamer III USB DAC ($200) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “Simple to use, gets noticeable results, what’s not to love? This makes for a solid entry-level DAC until you’ve upgraded the rest of your system enough to make it worth splashing for a correspondingly pricey...
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Mytek Brooklyn DSD DAC

April 28, 2016
Mytek Brooklyn DSD DAC

Dirk Sommer has posted a review of the Mytek Brooklyn DSD DAC ($1995) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “Even if the new, “small” Mytek, due to the improved functionality, has become more expensive than its predecessor, the Brooklyn’s price-sound relationship makes it almost irresistible. And if you are more into excitement, dynamics, and incredibly...
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Questyle QP1r Digital Audio Player

April 27, 2016
Questyle QP1r Digital Audio Player

Janine Elliot has posted a review of the Questyle QP1r digital audio player (£699) at Hi-Fi Pig. Her conclusions: “For a new comer to this scene this Chinese product is exceptionally good. After my initial disappointment at reliability it became extremely reliable and extremely fun to use. It also has sufficient output to drive...
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Chord Dave DAC

April 25, 2016
Chord Dave DAC

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the Chord Dave DAC ($13,000) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “When DAVE was here, my listening sessions were more involving and musicality soared. Sadly I had to return it and the loss of DAVE has created a void in my listening room(and life). Rob Watts has hit it...
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Bryston BDA-3 DAC

April 24, 2016
Bryston BDA-3 DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Bryston BDA-3 DAC (£3200) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Bryston BDA-3 is not only the best DAC that this Canadian company has made it is one of the best equipped on the market and delivers a sound that is both revealing, fluent and very much...
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Nuforce µDAC5 DAC

April 22, 2016
Nuforce µDAC5 DAC

Jason Kennedy has posted a review of the Nuforce µDAC5 DAC (£200) at The Ear. His conclusions: “The Nuforce µDAC5 is a cute little converter that ticks all the boxes spec wise and delivers an energetic and entertaining sound. It is transparent to source and format quality and would make a good starting point...
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Exogal Comet DAC

April 20, 2016
Exogal Comet DAC

Tarkan Ceviker has posted a review of the Exogal Comet DAC ($2995) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “I’ve mentioned it several times throughout the review, but transparency is the greatest strength of the Comet DAC, and without sounding too cliché, it really does just get right out of the way and let you hear the...
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Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 19, 2016
Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

J. Loh has posted a review of the Chord Mojo headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “I’ve tested a fair bit of gear in my time, and few products have impressed to the level the Mojo has. No matter where and how it was called into use, it never disappointed and surpassed all...
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Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 19, 2016
Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Wayne Robson has posted a review of the Optoma-NuForce Audio DAC80 headphone amplifier-DAC ($750) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “The DAC100 was a well-received headphone DAC/amp combo that used much of the same electronics used today in the DAC80. But the decision to go with separate, discrete components makes the DAC80 a more flexible dedicated...
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Henry Audio USB 128 MK II DAC

April 18, 2016
Henry Audio USB 128 MK II DAC

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Henry Audio USB 128 MK II DAC (£159) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “It’s a crying shame that so much of the audiophile’s gaze is directed upward at ever more aspirational products; while they are great, we need to periodically get back in touch with our roots,...
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Aries Cerat Kassandra MK2 DAC

April 18, 2016
Aries Cerat Kassandra MK2 DAC

Matej Isak has posted the review of the Aries Cerat Kassandra MK2 DAC at Mono and Stereo. His conclusions: “While other DAC’s might be on the level of Vieux Château Certan, Latour à Pomerol or L’Église-Clinet; Aries Cerat Kassandra nails it with the richness and completeness of one and only ’61 Pétrus.” You can...
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AURALiC VEGA DAC

April 18, 2016
AURALiC VEGA DAC

Jerry Siegel has posted a review of the AURALiC VEGA DAC ($3495) at 10 Audio. His conclusions: “The soundstage is very wide with good depth. The clear and precise overall character of the Vega delivers performers on the virtual stage with excellent lateral separation. Orchestral recordings have good layering of the musicians towards the...
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MHDT Lab Pagoda DAC

April 17, 2016
MHDT Lab Pagoda DAC

Nick Whetstone has posted a review of the MHDT Lab Pagoda DAC ($1188) at TNT Audio. His conclusions: “It’s honestly impossible to find anything to dislike about the Pagoda, or its sound. It’s beautifully built, with a solid, expensive feel and appearance. Given the performance and build quality, the price is fair for what...
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Leema Acoustics Libra USB DAC

April 17, 2016
Leema Acoustics Libra USB DAC

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the Leema Acoustics Libra USB DAC (€7800) at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “The Libra’s sound is also different from the norm, which in my experience still revolves around ever cleaner and more astute sound. Not so the Libra. It has all the detail and refinement one can...
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ARCAM’s MusicBOOST Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 17, 2016
ARCAM’s MusicBOOST Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Rob Johnson has posted a review of the ARCAM’s MusicBOOST headphone amplifier-DAC ($189) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “he sound quality is a major step up, especially considering the cost factor, enough so that we happily award the Arcam MusicBOOST an Exceptional Value Award for 2016. For those just beginning their personal audio journey, this...
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M2Tech Evo DAC 2 Plus!

April 17, 2016
M2Tech Evo DAC 2 Plus!

Earmass has posted a review of the M2Tech Evo DAC 2 Plus! ($605). His conclusions: “I am really impressed with what Plus and its sibling can do, don’t get me wrong, even without the Evo Supply 2, Plus itself is a fine DAC too, easily the best you can get in the price range,...
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Rockna Wavedream DAC

April 14, 2016
Rockna Wavedream DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Rockna Wavedream DAC ($6600) at 6moons. His conclusions: “On good recordings, the Rockna also unraveled more difference between similar instrumental timbres; and more strongly identified various unisono overlaid tone colours meant to create a new complex timbre. This ability to dig a bit deeper into an...
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Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Digital Audio Player

April 13, 2016
Astell&Kern AK380 Portable Digital Audio Player

Alan Taffel has posted a review of the Astell&Kern AK380 portable digital audio player ($3499) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “With the AK380, Astell&Kern has created a flagship that transcends the genre of audiophile-quality portable players. Never, to my knowledge, has such a device incorporated features and parts comparable to those found in...
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Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Music System

April 11, 2016
Naim Audio Mu-so Qb Music System

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Naim Audio Mu-so Qb music system (£595) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Ultimately, I’m not surprised Mu-so Qb was one of the big hits of CES – it puts a smile on your face! In truth, I’ve possibly spent more time just listening to sounds through the...
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