Category: Reviews

Adventures at CanJam RMAF 2018 – Abyss, Sennheiser, ZMF, MrSpeakers, and More

We tend to cover more stereo components at RMAF but enjoy spending a bit of time at CanJam RMAF. These booths were always busy. We didn’t cover as much as we’d like but were able to hit up a few of the debuts at the show. We’ll go into more depth at the next CanJam….


This Just In – Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2 DAC, Preamp, & Headphone Amplifier

Feast your eyes on the new Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2 in sexy black. I can’t wait to try out some headphones (and speakers) on this beast. Will it sound like how I described it here? Check out our unboxing video!    


ATC SCM7 v.3 Bookshelf Speakers – Love at First Listen

ATC (Acoustic Transducer Co.) had its beginnings in the professional sound industry in 1974. It was founded by Bill Woodman – who is also a pianist and studied engineering in Australia before moving to the UK. He was an employee of one of the first BBC LS3/5A monitors licensees – Goodmans Loudspeaker. After immersing himself…


RMAF 2018 – Innuos Statement vs. ZEN Mk.3 Music Servers

As we step into the Well Pleased AV room, we see a huge smile from one of the industry’s most genuine people – Mark Sossa. If you’ve ever heard Hip-hop or gangsta rap coming from his room, I was probably in there. Mark is one of those few exhibitors who takes the time to try to…


RMAF 2018 – World Premiere of Verity Audio’s $1,000,000 Monsalvat System

Verity Audio had one of best sounding rooms at last year’s RMAF so we were excited to hear what was in store for us this time around. Here’s our interview with Verity Audio’s co-founder and designer, Julien Pelchat. He discusses in detail the design of their massive Verity Audio’s Monsalvat loudspeaker system. Verity Audio’s system…


The Linear Solution OCXO Audiophile Switch & Reference Ethernet Cable – The Missing Pieces of Digital Audio

When I first heard about “audiophile-grade” ethernet switches (and cables), my eyes slowly started to roll. Slowly because, as we know, everything matters in Hi-Fi – but this wasn’t a DAC, or server, or even USB related. But, like most things in digital audio, it involves a clock – and we know how crucial an accurate…


SOtM sCLK-OCX10 – A High Purity, 10 MHz Master Clock Generator

All digital recording and playback devices require a word clock which determines when a sample is recorded or replayed. For example, Red Book recordings are sampled with 16-bits of resolution 44,100 times a second per channel. With high-res recordings at PCM 192kHz/24-bit, DXD, and Quad DSD – we have an insane sampling rate of bits. Now,…


Roon 1.5 (build 354) – Now with Displays and Real Time Lyrics

Displays Since our Chromecast release a few months ago, we’ve been asked over and over whether we’d it would be possible for Chromecast devices to show cover art and artist photos for the music that’s playing via otherdevices, like Roon Ready devices, Sonos, Airplay and more.   As of Build 354, that’s now possible. Any Chromecast…


Bybee Technologies iQSE, and Crystal Series Quantum Signal Enhancer, Gold RCA Adapters

As far as tweaks, audiophiles can’t enough of them. One of my favorite tweaks is the High Fidelity Cables MC-0.5s and RCA adapters. They’re small and affordable tweaks whose impact is easy to verify. Bybee Technologies? Well, they’re known for their tweaks. Jack Bybee is the creator and designer of the products at Bybee Technologies. …