Author: Jay

MrSpeakers AEON Flow Open-Back Headphone Review

MrSpeakers created the first 3-D printed production headphone back in 2013. I purchased the Alpha Dog and was impressed with the magic MrSpeakers’s founder, Dan Clark, was able to perform with Fostex T50RP drivers. The adjustable bass was a welcomed feature and it was the first time I’ve ever seen tuning dots (called “Doggie Treats”)….


Chord Qutest is Here!

Chord 2Qute’s replacement is finally here. Basically a Hugo 2 without the headphone amp and rechargeable battery. Looks like it’ll also be capable of pairing with the Chord Blu Mk. 2 M-Scaler. Price: $1,620 USD Materials: Precision machined aluminum casing with polycarbonate buttons and glass viewing portal. Available in black. Device Power Supply: 5v 2amp Micro USB Connectivity…


Audio Bacon’s Best of 2017

What a year! I’ve tried my best to provide unbiased impressions of all the gear I receive. I’m not on any manufacturer’s payroll and I try my best to avoid the forums to prevent expectation bias. My opinions are based solely on what I hear from my systems. My goal is to help others decide…


Woo Audio WA33 Fully Balanced Headphone and Pre Amplifier Review

There’s something so alluring about tube amplifiers. My first purchase from Woo Audio was the gorgeous WA7 Fireflies. They were fantastically articulate, transparent, and quiet. Over the course of a few shows, I had a chance to listen to their WA5-LE which left an imprint on my mind. It was paired with upgraded tubes, the…


Survey of Audiophile RCA Interconnects Cables

As mentioned in my previous reviews, I’ve gathered a few impressions on the RCA interconnects I’ve been listening to. My goal was to find the best pair that will go between my Omega Compact Alnico Monitors and the Chord DAVE. The Chord DAVE has enough power to drive these high-efficiency speakers and, with the help…


Gutwire Perfect and Ultimate Ground Cables Review

We’ve underestimated the amount of noise in our system. One impetus for the design of high-performance audio equipment is to mitigate the EMI/RFI noise that may contaminate the audio signal. This applies heavily to analog and digital cables which, without proper geometry and materials, could welcome this distortion with open arms. Of course, this also applies…


High Fidelity Cables Reveal RCA & XLR Interconnects Review

Many of High Fidelity Cables’s products were out of reach for most. For example, the CT-1 RCA interconnect starts at an eye-watering $1,200/meter and their Pro Series power cables start at $20,900/meter. Many have gotten a taste of what this magnetic conduction technology was capable of. After listening to the $5,900 Ultimate power cord (and…