Category: Reviews

SOtM sMS-200ultra Network Audio Player and sPS-500 Power Supply Review

SOtM (pronounced “som”) is a high-end audio company that’s always on the move. They’ve recently announced a new master clock and an assortment of digital, analog, and power cables at RMAF this year. The sMS-200ultra is SOtM’s latest network audio player which includes their sCLK-EX super clock. This is the same clock used in the award-winning…


Unique Melody Merlin V2 Hybrid Universal IEM Review

Unique Melody is a China-based company that had their beginnings in the hearing aid business. They were one of the first companies to offer re-shelling services for IEMs and soon introduced their own line of universal and custom IEMs. Most of the CIEM manufacturers were tuned towards stage and professional use so Unique Melody’s angle…


Audience Au24 SX Analog RCA Interconnect Review – A Quest for the Best

As you probably know, I’m a bit OCD about my cables. A few years back, I tried at least a dozen balanced interconnects before deciding on a pair of Audience Au24 SE XLRs. They were the most well-constructed and best sounding balanced interconnects I’ve ever heard. There aren’t too many “safe-bets” in the high-end audio…


MSB Releases New Reference Headphone Amplifier

One, of a few new products we are releasing this month, introducing the Reference Headphone Amplifier! Paired with the Reference or Select DAC, this amplifier brings the magic of HiFi listening to the headphone experience. Reference Headphone Amplifier Main Features: 137 db Dynamic Range Designed for Dynamic Headphone 4-Pin XLR headphone output connectors Analog Pass-through…


Danacable Sapphire Mk.2 Speaker Cables Review – A Disappearing Act

Audiophile cables should be considered a serious component of an audio system, not just auxiliary gear. I used to believe their impact was subtle but after listening and testing over a hundred cables, choosing the proper analog/digital cables is the difference between a flat and congested sound versus an open and detailed one. Many believe the…


1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones Review

I reviewed the 1MORE MK802 wireless Bluetooth headphone in July and was thoroughly impressed with its wireless sonic performance and remains my reference for sound quality from a Bluetooth headphone. The earcups just need to be a bit larger but otherwise, an incredibly fun and musical headphone. When I first took a look at the packaging…


Synergistic Research Atmosphere UEF Level 3 HC Power Cord & BLACK Quantum Fuse Review

When I first heard about Synergistic Research, terms like “Mad Scientists” and “Voodoo” came up in the discussion. A quick peek at their HFT acoustic dots and the Atmosphere XL4 and you’ll start to understand why. Admittedly, something so outlandish would invoke some skepticism but innovation can’t flourish without an open mind. 😉 If you…


Curious Cables USB Review

Introduction I received the Curious Cables USB a few months back and postponed this review until I was able to compare this venerable cable with at least a dozen other USB cables. We all know it’s a fantastic cable, but how does it fare against the giants of today? So over the course of a…


High Fidelity Cables Trinity Go Headphone Module Review

Introduction When I first heard about High Fidelity Cables’s magnetic conduction technology, my first thought was a mixture of snake oil with unicorn tears. After listening to their offerings on my own setup and a few others, I’ve capitulated. They even made it on the Discovery Channel. Now, I own many of their power products and…


Chord Blu Mk. 2 M Scaler CD Transport Review – Digital Dressed in Analog

Morning Blu I received a call a few mornings ago from Ken Davis from Brooks Berdan in Monrovia, California. He said he had a surprise for me: A Chord Blu Mk. 2. As far as I’m aware, Brooks Berdan is the first dealer to have a Blu MKII in their listening rooms. This highly anticipated device…


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