Category: Amplifiers

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!    


Sony WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth Headphone Review – STILL the King of Noise-Canceling

  There seem to be two major camps when it comes to Bluetooth headphones: Bose or Sony. Let’s get this out of the way. The Bose QuietComfort 35 IIs are surely comfortable but the tonal balance always sounded a bit uplifted to my ears. I feel the Sony WH-1000XM2 has more accurate tonality but imaging is…


Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Review – A 400-Watt BEAST

Parasound has been one of those brands that, although have a huge following, somehow gets overlooked. As a kid reading those Audio Advisor catalogs, you idolize them a bit and hope to have their gear one day. Then as adults, we shoot into a really fast and hard ramp up the infinite list of other…


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…