Category: Amplifiers

$500 Portable DAC/Headphone Amps – iFi Micro BL vs. W4S uDAC-HD vs. Chord Mojo

I find that about 75% of the time, DAC performance tends to correspond with their price. Whether they incorporate a galvanically isolated async USB port or some other kind of noise reduction approach (e.g, powered off battery), you generally get what you pay for. Unlike my previous portable DAC shootout, where I compared DACs at wildly…


iFi Pro iCAN Headphone Amplifier Review – A High Performance Fully-Balanced Flagship

At this point, everyone realizes when you get something from iFi, it’s like Christmas came early. You get all the widgets and switches without sacrificing performance. Their iFi Nano iUSB3.0 is still the quietest and most transparent USB conditioner I’ve ever heard. iFi never fails to provide enough features to tailor to all musical palates…


Cavalli Audio Liquid Tungsten Preview

Quick post on Cavalli Audio‘s upcoming flagship headphone amplifier. I typically like to see beautiful things with their clothes off but in this case, please dress this thing up already Cavalli! 😛 My impression was that it didn’t quite sound like what we’d expect from a tube amp (which isn’t a bad thing) but it…


Chord Hugo 2 Transportable DAC/Headphone Amplifier Early 2017

My Chord Hugo is my portable daily driver. It is the one portable device that has stayed with me during this journey. There were quirks with it but overall, impressive audiophile-grade sound. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new Hugo 2. In 2014, we introduced Hugo, a revolutionary portable DAC and headphone…


Headphone Amp Battle: Pathos Aurium vs Woo Audio WA7

  I’ve own these amps for a few months and wanted to a quick comparison. One thing to keep in mind is the price difference. The Woo Audio WA7 is priced at $999 and comes with a DAC (comparable to a DACmagic XS/Dragonfly). The Pathos Aurium comes in at $1,500 and doesn’t include a DAC. I’ll…


Headphone Shootout: Ultra-High-End Full-Size Open Cans

Amp: Wells Audio Headtrip – $7,000.00 Source: Chord Hugo with stock USB cable – $2,495.00 Cables: Kimber Silver Streak Interconnects RCA – $257.00 Power Conditioner: Panamax M5400-PM – $729.99 Headphones: Abyss AB-1266 – $5,495 (Deluxe) Sennheiser HD 800 – $1,599.95 HiFiMan HE-1000 – $2,999 Audeze LCD-3 – $1,945 Audeze LCD-X – $1,699 I’ve spent at…