VOVOX textura Gourmet High-End Cables Review

Introduction Admittedly, I didn’t hear about the VOVOX products until I was searching for SOtM cables on High-End Audio PC and Crux Audio. There seems to be some implication of synergy between the two products but I didn’t think much of it. A few months ago, Jürg Vogt, the founder of VOVOX, asked if I wanted…


Purist Audio Design Diamond Edition Dominus AC Power Cord Review

When you’re listening to an entire system, whether at a trade show or demo room at a shop, it’s difficult to isolate which component you’re actually hearing. One set of components, however, has a more weighted and substantial impact on the overall sound. These are the power-related components. They unequivocally determine what the limitations are as…


Linkin Park Singer, Chester Bennington, Dead at 41

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the multi-chart-topping Linkin Park, took his own life by hanging today. Uncoincidentally, on the day of his good friend Chris Cornell‘s  birthday. Bennington performed at Chris’s funeral and dedicated this tribute to him a few months ago: A quote from a recent interview with Chester regarding aging as a musician: I think…


1MORE MK802 Wireless Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphone Review

1MORE is a Taiwan-based audio company and they’re making huge moves in audiophile-land. Their quad driver IEM recently won the Los Angeles Audio Show 2017 Alfie Awards in the Personal Audio category. If that wasn’t impressive enough, they also have the backing of musician Jay Chou. Their goal is to produce uncompromising quality (both in sound…


UpTone Audio ISO REGEN Review

Introduction I’ve written quite a bit about the sonic benefits of various USB conditioners. The UpTone Audio USB REGEN was my first USB conditioner and I was blown away by its performance. It probably had the most natural timbre and tone out of the ones I’ve tested but came off a bit flat and fuzzy…


SOtM iSO-CAT6 Special Edition: The Flavors of Audiophile Ethernet

Introduction When I hesitantly (due to the $500/1.5m price tag) reviewed the SOtM dCBL-CAT7 ethernet cable back in March, I realized the importance of having a high-quality ethernet cable in the chain. Now I have a dCBL-CAT7 running from my modem to my router and two more for my actual source components. I felt the…


Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Bluetooth Headphone Review

Introduction Audio-Technica’s new flagship wireless headphone is finally here and it’s bringing something new to the table. Most bluetooth headphones have a DAC built into the cups/buds themselves but the new Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT ($550) and DSR7BT ($300) both use Pure Digital Drive, a DAC-less technology. Basically the digital signal from your laptop/phone goes directly into a…


Concert: Marian Hill Live at The Fonda Theater

Marian Hill just finished their 15-date tour! Often mistaken as a solo artist, they’re actually a duo from Philly: Jeremy Lloyd on electronics and Samantha Gongol on vocals. Their band name comes from Marian Paroo and Harold Hill, who are characters they played in a middle school production of the musical The Music Man. It wasn’t…


Crux Audio sMS-200ultra Upgrade Program – For a Limited Time!

Crux Audio has announced today that, for a limited time, there is a new option for those who already own a SOtM sMS-200 and are considering an upgrade to a sMS-200ultra. The ultra sports the game-changing super clock, the same one in the SOtM tX-USBultra I reviewed. This upgrade includes free shipping to and from Korea,…


Demo Tracks – The Sound of LAAS 2017

When starting this journey, we’re constantly looking for good “demo tracks” to test gear. We would even listen to music we don’t like just to have a reference point on how certain elements of a recording sound. My recommendation would be to get familiar with recordings you actually enjoy as it’ll make the journey more…