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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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Antelope Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

April 10, 2016
Antelope Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Antelope Zodiac Platinum DSD DAC at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “I have listened to several DACs and Zodiac Platinum gives a distinctive sensation on its own. Though priced slightly higher that the Auralic Vega I had reviewed previously, the Zodiac Platinum stands determinedly with its great...
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MSB Analog DAC

April 10, 2016
MSB Analog DAC

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the MSB Analog DAC at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “The MSB Analog DAC and its matching MSB Analog Power Base performed so well that I almost wanted to pull my trigger and purchase it. Another major appeal to me is its beautiful and simplicity finishes that make...
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Phison Audio PD2 Preamplifier-DAC

April 8, 2016
Phison Audio PD2 Preamplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the Phison Audio PD2 preamplifier-DAC (€6000) at 6moons. His conclusions: “A hifi’s true test sits, sharp pen and test score in hand, at the opposite end. How satisfying, compelling and addictive is it at low volumes? The Phison aced that test with flying colours. It worked flawlessly...
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Bluesound Node 2 Network Player-DAC

April 7, 2016
Bluesound Node 2 Network Player-DAC

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the Bluesound Node 2 network player-DAC ($499) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “As someone who grew up listening to LPs and radio, having my digital music library, Tidal HiFi, and Internet radio all at my fingertips in one nice-to-use iPad app is a dream come true. Add in...
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Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD Player

April 5, 2016
Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD Player

Neil Gader has posted a review of the Esoteric K-03X CD/SACD player ($12,000) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “In terms of flat-out performance and flexibility, the Esoteric K-03X runs the table…Built to last and offering playback solutions that represent the best of both digital worlds, could the K-03X be the last player you’ll...
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Aurender N10 Music Server

April 3, 2016
Aurender N10 Music Server

Robert S. Youman has posted a review of the Aurender N10 music server ($7999) at Positive Feedback. His conclusions: “The technology has finally arrived. The execution has been realized. The support is in place. The Aurender N10 has delivered on all of this and more. I think that music servers are here to stay...
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Marantz CD6005 CD Player

April 3, 2016
Marantz CD6005 CD Player

Greg Borrrowman has posted a review of the Marantz CD6005 CD player ($960) at AVHub. His conclusions: “The performance of the Marantz CD6005 is nothing short of miraculous. It’s an amazingly good CD player at a frankly unbelievably low price that’s just packed—overloaded even!—with features you will not find even in far higher-priced CD...
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Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

April 3, 2016
Chord Mojo Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marcusd has posted a review of the Chord Mojo headphone amplifier-DAC ($599) at Headfonics. His conclusions: “or now, the Mojo is probably the best all-around portable DAC/Amp proposition with all the correct connectivity on offer for modern devices and an audio quality that should please a large audience most of the time.” You can...
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Soulution 560 DAC

April 2, 2016
Soulution 560 DAC

Jeff Fritz has posted a review of the Soulution 560 DAC ($35,000) at SoundStage! Ultra. His conclusions: “Overall, the 560 easily produced the best sound I’ve heard in my system. It made me forget the debate of analog vs. digital, and encouraged me to just explore my music collection and forge ahead to discover...
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T+A PA 3000 HV Integrated Amplifier and MP 3000 HV Music Server

April 2, 2016
T+A PA 3000 HV Integrated Amplifier and MP 3000 HV Music Server

Alan Taffel has posted a review of the T+A PA 3000 HV integrated amplifier ($17,000) and MP 3000 HV music server ($13,500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “What T+A has done is to make it possible for audiophiles of more modest (though still significant) resources to get in on the extraordinary build-quality, sonic...
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Simaudio Moon Evolution 780D DAC

April 2, 2016
Simaudio Moon Evolution 780D DAC

Aron Garrecht has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Evolution 780D DAC ($15,000) at SoundStage! Hi-Fi. His conclusions: “To say that I like Simaudio’s Moon Evolution 780D would be a gross understatement. I’m enchanted by it. It’s the best-sounding DAC I’ve heard in my system, and quite possibly the best-sounding DAC I have...
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iFi Audio Retro Audio System

April 1, 2016
iFi Audio Retro Audio System

Dwayne Carter has posted a review of the iFi Audio retro audio system ($1995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “So how do I wrap up my experience with the iFi Audio Stereo 50 and LS3.5 speakers? Well, I was sad to return them and miss having the ability to listen to virtually any...
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Henry Audio USB 128 MK II DAC

March 31, 2016
Henry Audio USB 128 MK II DAC

Hi-Fi+ has posted a review of the Henry Audio USB 128 mk II DAC (£159). His conclusions: “Henry Audio joins a small – but growing – list of companies that make products that overturn the status quo in audio, making products that surprise you in making a sound that good for that little money....
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AURALiC Aries MINI Network Player

March 31, 2016
AURALiC Aries MINI Network Player

Michael Lavorgna has posted a review of the AURALiC Aries MINI network player ($549) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “If we add up all of the Mini’s strengths including the ability to play up to 384kHz PCM and DSD256 files, user-selectable filter modes, a very user-friendly app, access to your NAS-based music, USB stored music,...
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iFi Audio Micro iUSB3.0 Power Supply

March 31, 2016
iFi Audio Micro iUSB3.0 Power Supply

Clive Meakins has posted a review of the iFi Audio Micro iUSB3.0 power supply ($399) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “If you use a USB connection with your DAC then you need to try the iFi Audio iUSB3.0. I’m sure there are computers or streamers which are so well sorted in terms of...
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Aurender X100L Music Player

March 30, 2016
Aurender X100L Music Player

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Aurender X100L music player ($3499) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “The trend of digital music playback is getting more matured and with HDDs getting cheaper, digital music portability and streaming is becoming affordable and highly convenient to use. With the recent popularity of cloud streaming and...
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Devialet 400 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

March 30, 2016
Devialet 400 Integrated Amplifier-DAC

Kriz Tan has posted a review of the Devialet 400 integrated amplifier-DAC ($17,495) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “Devialet is one company that deliver that with great measures. Devialet 400 is a state of art equipment, both in design and performance. It may be expensive on the tag but if you assemble your various...
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