Category: Amplifiers

How Does It Sound? – Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2 and Hugo M Scaler

Ken Davis from Brooks Berdan invited me over for a quick discussion on Chord Electronics’ new products. I had such a wonderful time. Not too bad for 3 hours of sleep! This was the same room the world’s first Chord Electronics Blu Mk.2 review was written and it’s great to be back. I’ve written some…


Dayens Menuetto Stereo Integrated Amplifier – A Magnificent Gem

“It was all a dream.” – Notorious B.I.G. In the 80s, Dejan Dobrins’s love for music had him pondering about how to improve his enjoyment. He wanted something better than what was out there – and so immersed himself in the world of DIY audio. He developed his own loudspeakers, amplifiers, and eventually the entire…


Eleven XI Audio Formula S Headphone Amplifier and PowerMan Review

It is recommended to place the PowerMan below the Formula S, unlike what’s depicted in the photo. I’ve reviewed quite a few headphone amplifiers last year. Including the $7,999¬†Woo Audio WA33 and the $15,000 Wells Audio Headtrip Reference. The centerpiece for those reviews was my reference headphone – the Abyss AB-1266 Phi. There’s a reason…


Chord Electronics TToby Stereo Power Amplifier – Compact Without Compromise

In order to review more bookshelf speakers¬†for near-field listening, I’ve spent the past few monthsref auditioning amplifiers. For some time now, I’ve been driving my high-sensitivity Omega Compact Alnicos Monitors directly with the full-bandwidth signal of the Chord DAVE. It takes transparency to unimaginable levels but understandably doesn’t always have the dynamic drive and body…


PS Audio Sprout100 Integrated – The $599 Overachiever

I first witnessed the PS Audio Sprout100 at AXPONA 2018. Guarding the tiny device was the great Bill Leebens (PS Audio’s Director of Marketing). He explained it was a new design being released in May 2018. Come to think of it, I haven’t reviewed a piece of PS Audio gear since the impressive LANRover. The…


Wells Audio Headtrip Reference Headphone Amplifier – A $15,000 Musical Indulgence

The first time I heard the $7,000 Wells Audio Headtrip was during my headphone shootout a few years ago. It wasn’t until a year later I met the man himself, Jeff Wells, at a SoCal CanJam. The Headtrip sounded even better the second time around, especially with the power-hungry Abyss headphones. This is most likely…


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…