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Audiobytes Black Dragon Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 30, 2016
Audiobytes Black Dragon Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Frank Iacone has posted a review of the Audiobytes Black Dragon headphone amplifier-DAC ($2500) at Headphone.Guru. His conclusions: “Designing a good quality digital-to-analog converter was Audiobyte’s goal for the Black Dragon. The headphone amplifier was not the top design priority yet when Nicolae heard the amplifier he was impressed with its performance. Based on...
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Aurender N10 Music Server

March 30, 2016
Aurender N10 Music Server

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Aurender N10 music server ($7999) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “he N10 hits the sweet spot where price, features, and functionality converge. Yes, apps like Roon offer much greater integration with metadata sources, but I very much enjoyed my time with the N10, especially given its sound...
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Soul Note SD300 DAC

March 29, 2016
Soul Note SD300 DAC

Lam Seng Fatt has posted a review of the Soul Note SD300 DAC ($1990) at av2day.com. His conclusions: “If you need an all-in-one DAC/headphone amp/preamp in a neat little box for precise and neutral sound, then go for the Soul Note. If you want some flair and flavour, looks for others in the market.”...
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Schitt Gungnir Multibit DAC and Mjolnir 2 Headphone Amplifier

March 29, 2016
Schitt Gungnir Multibit DAC and Mjolnir 2 Headphone Amplifier

Smit Patel has posted a review of the Schitt Gungnir Multibit DAC ($1249) and Mjolnir 2 headphone amplifier ($849) at Audioholics. His conclusions: “As with their more budget-oriented models, the Schiit Gungnir Multibit and Mjolnir 2 combo have highly impressed me. Many would consider this an end-game setup and I would not blame them...
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Esoteric K-07 CD/SACD Player

March 28, 2016
Esoteric K-07 CD/SACD Player

Jasper Soong has posted a review of the Esoteric K-07 CD/SACD player (£6500) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “The Esoteric K-07 may be the entry product of the Esoteric line, but it is extremely hefty and well built, with a sound quality that matches it’s price range. I would say that for an entry...
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Bryston BDA-2 DAC

March 28, 2016
Bryston BDA-2 DAC

Mitchell Yap has posted a review of the Bryston BDA-2 DAC ($2395) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “All in all, I find that the BDA-2 is truely hard to fault as it does its job as a DAC very well. It doesn’t try to bring about great changes to the sound but it gives...
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Chord Electronics Dave Preamplifier-DAC

March 27, 2016
Chord Electronics Dave Preamplifier-DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Chord Electronics Dave preamplifier-DAC (~€12,00) at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “It delivers a beautiful, well balanced, rich and amazingly well controlled performance that covers all one might wish for. It is an all-rounder fully capable of delivering fantastic performance when playing Slayer, but also when delivering...
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Linnenberg Vivace 2 and Unisolo Preamplifier-DAC

March 27, 2016
Linnenberg Vivace 2 and Unisolo Preamplifier-DAC

Wojciech Pacula has posted a review of the Linnenberg Vivace 2 (€2900) / Unisolo (€1100) preamplifier-DAC at High Fidelity. His conclusions: “Vivace 2 is not just a DAC a a complete preamplifier too. All one has to do is to pair it with power amplifier, a music server with USB output or with a...
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Cypher Labs Sustain84 Headphone Amplifier

March 27, 2016
Cypher Labs Sustain84 Headphone Amplifier

Marcusd has posted a review of the Cypher Labs Sustain84 headphone amplifier ($1200) at Hi-Fi Senses. His conclusions: “That being said those looking for aggressive dynamics, a heavy hitting bass line or supreme headroom with soaring treble performances might be better suited to a more solid state amp as the Sustain84’s big strength is...
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SoulNote SD300 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 26, 2016
SoulNote SD300 Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Srajan Ebaen has posted a review of the SoulNote SD300 headphone amplifier-DAC (€1500) at 6moons. His conclusions: “Returning to its double-trouble proposition as a one-box DAC/headfi amp, this benign grounded voicing and civilized gentleness on attack and treble detail make the SD300 a good choice for lit-up fast dynamic headphones like the Sennheiser HD800,...
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April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

March 26, 2016
April Music Aura Note V2 Music Center

Greg Voth has posted a review of the April Music Aura Note V2 music center ($2500) at Stereo Times. His conclusions: “With it’s myriad of quality features, 125 wpc power and 2 year warranty (parts and labor), this all-in-one should be on every music lovers list of brands to consider. If you lean toward...
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Acoustic Research AR-M2 Portable Digital Audio Player

March 25, 2016
Acoustic Research AR-M2 Portable Digital Audio Player

John Atkinson has posted a review of the Acoustic Research AR-M2 portable digital audio player ($1199) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “I recommend the AR-M2. It’s good to see the Acoustic Research brand applied to such a well-engineered product after all these years. It’s just a shame that the beautiful-looking and -sounding AR-M2 couldn’t be...
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April Music Aura Note V2 CD Receiver

March 25, 2016
April Music Aura Note V2 CD Receiver

Art Dudley has posted a review of the April Music Aura Note V2 CD receiver ($) at Stereophile. His conclusions: “Similarly, there’s an audience for the Aura Note V2, some members of which may have even grander playback gear in a different room or domicile—while for others, an all-in-one, just-add-speakers music center is sufficient....
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EC Designs Mosaic T DAC

March 25, 2016
EC Designs Mosaic T DAC

Christiaan Punter has posted a review of the EC Designs Mosaic T DAC () at Hi-Fi Advice. His conclusions: “One thing I became more aware of recently is how honest the Mosaic is. If a recording is not great then it will just not sound great. The Mosaic will never butcher bad recordings but...
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Queststyle QP1R Portable Digital Audio Player

March 25, 2016
Queststyle QP1R Portable Digital Audio Player

Hi-Fi Choice has posted a review of the Queststyle QP1R portable digital audio player (£699). Their conclusions: “In a market populated increasingly by touchscreen, do-it-all smartphone clones, the QP1R is a refreshing and desirable departure that’s wilfully a little old school in appearance and operation, but offers a sublime twist. It’s a gorgeous thing...
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Playback Designs IPS-3 Integrated Playback System

March 24, 2016
Playback Designs IPS-3 Integrated Playback System

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the Playback Designs IPS-3 integrated playback system ($19,900) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “It is easy to appreciate the build quality, compactness and stunning sonic quality of the IPS-3 from Playback Designs. If you have been wanting an integrated solution, but have been concerned with how it will...
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Chord Electronics MOJO Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 24, 2016
Chord Electronics MOJO Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Marc Rushton has posted a review of the Chord Electronics MOJO headphone amplifier-DAC ($899) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “MOJO has introduced me to the joy of listening through headphones. End of story. ” You can read the full review here. You can find links to more reviews of the Chord MOJO headphone amplifier-DAC here.
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Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier-DAC

March 24, 2016
Audio Alchemy DDP-1 Preamplifier-DAC

Alistair McKeough has posted a review of the Audio Alchemy DDP-1 preamplifier-DAC ($3500) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “For me, the DDP-1 is the perfect solution for a system driving high-end active speakers. It’s small, attractive, ergonomic and flexible. Most importantly, it delivers excellent sound quality with a tonal balance, depth of engagement and detail...
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AVM Evolution SD 3.2 Streaming Preamplifier-DAC

March 24, 2016
AVM Evolution SD 3.2 Streaming Preamplifier-DAC

Mark Gusew has posted a review of the AVM Evolution SD 3.2 streaming preamplifier-DAC ($7587) at StereoNet. His conclusions: “With its wide range of inputs, both analogue and digital, it is highly capable of handling everything that you are ever likely to need to connect up to it. Add to this the inclusion of...
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iFi Audio micro – iUSB 3.0 USB Filter and Power Supply

March 24, 2016
iFi Audio micro – iUSB 3.0 USB Filter and Power Supply

Steven Plaskin has posted a review of the iFi Audio micro – iUSB 3.0 USB filter and power supply ($399) at AudioStream. His conclusions: “I found the performance of the iFi Audio iUSB3.0 to be not only impressive in my system, but a significant improvement over iFi Audio’s previous efforts with the iUSB Power...
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Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

March 23, 2016
Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD Headphone Amplifier-DAC

Steven Stone has posted a review of the Simaudio Moon Neo 230HAD headphone amplifier-DAC ($1500) at The Absolute Sound. His conclusions: “The Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD gives you far more than a taste—it will fatten you right up. If you don’t require a balanced headphone output, the Neo 230HAD may be all the...
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Lindemann MusicBook:25 Network Music Player

March 23, 2016
Lindemann MusicBook:25 Network Music Player

Hugh Douglas has posted a review of the Lindemann MusicBook:25 network music player ($6220) at AVHub. His conclusions: “In sum, the Lindemann musicbook:25 proved to be an outstanding performer, as a CD player, as a DAC, and as a pre-amplifier, returning state-of-the-art test results across all measurements.” You can read the full review here.
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Cary Audio DAC-200ts Preamplifier-DAC

March 23, 2016
Cary Audio DAC-200ts Preamplifier-DAC

Jeff Poth has posted a review of the Cary Audio DAC-200ts preamplifier-DAC ($3995) at Enjoy the Music. His conclusions: “It’s natural sounding and doesn’t give up resolution or dynamics to achieve it. Assuming the networking issues are truly resolved, which I think is a fair assumption (shouldn’t be that hard), then the Cary Audio...
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BMC PureAmp and PureDAC MK2 DAC

March 23, 2016
BMC PureAmp and PureDAC MK2 DAC

Lim Juan has posted a review of the BMC PureAmp ($2690) and PureDAC MK2 DAC ($1790) at audiofi.net. His conclusions: “This is the kind of performance and value for money I would want from any hi-fi component I own, and boy, do I wish I owned them. Yeah, sure, Devialet, FM Acoustics and Soulution...
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TAGA Harmony HTA–700B V2 Amplifier and Platinum B-40 Loudspeakers

March 22, 2016
TAGA Harmony HTA–700B V2 Amplifier and Platinum B-40 Loudspeakers

Dominic Marsh has posted a review of the TAGA Harmony HTA–700B V2 amplifier and Platinum B-40 loudspeakers (together €840) at Hi-Fi Pig. His conclusions: “The TAGA Harmony HTA – 700B V2 amplifier is a great little amplifier in its own right. It has enough features to make it flexible with regards to connections, it...
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