Category: Amplifiers

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…