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Hifiman HM-901 Portable Digital Audio Player

April 21, 2014
Hifiman HM-901 Portable Digital Audio Player

Marcusd has posted a review of the Hifiman HM-901 portable digital audio player ($999) t Headfonics. His conclusions: “Wow – what a journey I have had with the HM-901 and thank you if you managed to get to the end of this review without an overnight sleep! It is probably one of the most...
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Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 18, 2014
Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS portable DAC and headphone amplifier ($189) at AudioStream. His conclusion: “If you’re looking for a highly resolving micro-detail champ of a portable PCM DAC/headphone amp, the Cambridge Audio DAC Magic XS may have your magic number. With the ability to play...
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Oppo BDP-105 Univerdal Blu-Ray Player

April 17, 2014
Oppo BDP-105 Univerdal Blu-Ray Player

Toby Tingskog has posted a review of the Oppo BDP-105 universal Blu-Ray player ($1199) at Dagogo. His conclusions: “So is the Oppo BDP-105 a real audiophile device? It certainly is a great sounding player and a good entry to high rez audio. If you need a Blu-Ray player and want to stream TV, the...
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Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

April 17, 2014
Meridian Explorer Portable USB DAC

Doug Blackburn has posted a review of the Meridian Audio Explorer portable USB DAC ($299) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “It might sound as if the giant-killer AudioQuest DragonFly was handily bested by the Meridian Explorer — but keep in mind that the DragonFly is smaller and doesn’t have the stubby USB cable to...
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Aurender X100L Music Server

April 17, 2014
Aurender X100L Music Server

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Aurender X100L music server ($) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “The Aurender X100L is a welcome product, and I’m glad to say that all of my initial concerns about compromises of quality in a less-expensive model were unfounded. More important, my high hopes were met and...
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Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

April 16, 2014
Sennheiser HDVD 800 Headphone Amplifier/DAC

Mike Liang has posted a review of the Sennheiser HDVD 800 headphone amplifier/DAC ($1999) at TONEAudio. His conclusions: “As good as the HDVD 800 performs with Sennheiser’s latest headphone creations, those with older models will not be disappointed. Revisiting the older HD 650 headphones, a workhorse for many enthusiasts, also turns in an exceptional...
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Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

April 16, 2014
Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the Empirical Audio Overdrive SE USB DAC/Pre ($5999) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found this DAC to be an excellent performer with speed and definition that rivals some of the most expensive designs I have heard. When combined with the Final Drive, the Overdrive SE is more...
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Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

April 16, 2014
Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-Headphone Amplifier

Vince Hanada has posted a review of the Alpha Design Labs X1 USB DAC-headphone amplifier ($479) at SoundStage! Xperience. His conclusions: “Although other portable USB DAC-headphone amps work well with Apple devices, the ADL by Furutech X1 is a unique device that adds 24/192 capability via USB. It sounded splendid at all resolutions, and...
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Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

April 16, 2014
Musical Fidelity V90-AMP Integrated Amplifier and DAC

Thom Moon has posted a review of the Musical Fidelity V90-AMP integrated amplifier and DAC ($349) at SoundStage! Access. His conclusions: “The Musical Fidelity V90-AMP is an admirable little piece of gear and proof of the old adage: Good things come in small packages. It can be the perfect basis for a great computer-...
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Lampizator DSD DAC

April 15, 2014
Lampizator DSD DAC

Bruce Brown has posted a review of the Lampizator DSD DAC (€3000) at Stereo Mojo. His conclusions: “So what’s the verdict? The Lampi is the best DSD I’ve heard. Picking apart the music, it betters the Playback in the bass transient dept. and is better or equal to it in everything else. Will I...
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Aesthetix Romulus CD Player and DAC

April 15, 2014
Aesthetix Romulus CD Player and DAC

Robert Harley has posted a review of the Aesthetix Romulus CD player and DAC ($7000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Romulus is another home run for Aesthetix, combining innovative circuit design, premium-quality parts and construction, and first-rate sound. This player was never anything less than musically communicative and immensely enjoyable, even in...
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Magnum Dynalab MD807T Music Server with FM Tuner

April 15, 2014
Magnum Dynalab MD807T Music Server with  FM Tuner

Alan Sircom has posted a review of the Magnum Dynalab MD807T music server with FM/DAB tuner (£3995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “There’s an old saying – Jack of all trades, master of none. The accent should be on the ‘old’. Products like the MD807T ably show that it’s time to put this bon mot...
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ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 15, 2014
ADL X1 Portable DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Steven Stone has posted a review of the ADL X1 Portable DAC and headphone amplifier (£395) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “While £395 isn’t inexpensive, when you consider the X1’s capabilities, both sonic and ergonomic, it must be ranked as an excellent value that can serve a multiple of useful functions in a variety of...
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PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

April 14, 2014
PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter

Jerry Seigel has posted a review of the PS Audio NuWave Phono Converter ($1895) at 10Audio. His conclusions: “The NuWave Phono Converter has an interesting combination of features: a high quality phono preamplifier that is compatible with the vast majority of cartridges available today, and a similarly high quality AD converter for making digital...
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Audioengine D3 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 9, 2014
Audioengine D3 Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Steven Meijas has posted a review of the Audioengine D3 portable USB DAC and headphone amplifier ($189) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “The sound? In a word, glorious. Whereas the AudioQuest DragonFly traded some speed for a more relaxed, full-bodied sound, and the Audioengine D3 sacrificed some grip and control for transient clarity and overall...
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Parasound Halo P 5 Pramplifier and DAC

April 9, 2014
Parasound Halo P 5 Pramplifier and DAC

Art Dudley has posted a review of the Parasound Halo P 5 preamplifier and DAC ($1095) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Exceptional clarity. Exceptional dynamics. Neutral without being colorless. Very well made and complete for the price. What’s not to like? On paper, prior to its arrival, the Parasound Halo P 5 seemed like an...
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Aqua La Scala Mk II DAC

April 8, 2014
Aqua La Scala Mk II DAC

Rene van Es has posted a review of the Aqua La Scala Mk II DAC () at The Ear. His conclusions: “I could listen for hours and hours with this DAC to every kind of music you can think of. Lounge music, country, pop, jazz, baroque or any other classical music. Only occasionally did...
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Lumin A-1 Audio Streamer

April 7, 2014
Lumin A-1 Audio Streamer

Ed Selley has posted a review of the Lumin A-1 Audio Streamer (£4995) at Hi-Fi+. His conclusions: “Personally, I am a long way from being convinced that DSD will produce a meaningful body of music, but for me this actually strengthens the case for the Lumin rather than undermines it. The A-1 is such...
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B.M.C. Audio PureDAC DAC and Headphone Amplifier

April 7, 2014
B.M.C. Audio PureDAC DAC and Headphone Amplifier

John Grandberg has posted a review of the B.M.C. PureDAC DAC and headphone amplifier ($1790) at Confessions of a Part-Time Audiophile. His conclusions: “Apart from that, the PureDAC is no slouch in any particular area. The balanced headphone output is up there with the two or three best integrated headphone amps I’ve yet heard....
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Aurender W20 Music Server

April 7, 2014
Aurender W20 Music Server

Chris Connaker has posted a review of the Aurender W20 music server ($16,800) at Computer Audiophile. His conclusions: “The Aurender W20 is a purpose built race car that does one thing very well, it plays music that sounds better than any server I’ve ever used. When connected to great components the W20 enables one...
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