Category: Portable Headphone Amplifier

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…


$500 Portable DAC/Headphone Amps – iFi Micro Black Label vs. W4S uDAC-HD vs. Chord Mojo

I find that about 75% of the time, DAC performance tends to correspond with their price. Whether they incorporate a galvanically isolated async USB port or some other kind of noise reduction approach (e.g, powered off battery), you generally get what you pay for. Unlike my previous portable DAC shootout, where I compared DACs at wildly…


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…