Category: Reviews

Los Angeles Audio Show 2017 – Day 1

The 2017 Los Angeles Audio Show held at the Sheraton Gateway was very well organized. Driving to the venue from Downtown LA wasn’t bad at all at 10 am. Parking was a breeze. Check-in was easy, the event booklet was helpful, and there was even signage on the elevator doors to direct you to some…


Supra CAT8 Ethernet Cable Review – An Amazing Spotify and Tidal Experience

Introduction I was going to title this post “A Swedish Surprise” but presumed it was something salacious. Thank you Urban Dictionary. I was firmly in the camp of spending no more than $10 on an ethernet cable. After my review of the fantastic sounding SOtM dCBL-CAT7 ethernet cable, I wanted to survey a few more quality cables,…


SOtM tX-USBultra USB Regenerator Review – The Ultimate Digital Defuzzer

Introduction I’ve reviewed quite a few USB conditioners/regenerators and their variants in the past. Their job is to filter noise and reconstruct an accurate and jitter-free signal for your DAC. Many of them apply their own sound signature, which isn’t a bad thing, as long as it does its job of phase correction and noise reduction. When…


Meze 11 Neo and Meze 12 Classics Review

Introduction Like the rest of the world, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the Meze 99 Classics. Admittedly, not a lot of audio gear survives my merciless cleansing, but the 99 Classics have remained with me through most of my recent reviews. When Meze announced their new line of IEMs, I wanted to be the first in line. Well…


Gingko Audio ARCH Vibration Control Platforms Review

Introduction Have you ever wondered why your HiFi rig sounds better in the early mornings and later evenings? One obvious reason is the lower noise due to the less busy electrical grid in your city. Additionally, there are micro-vibrations from people bustling around, the cars driving on the freeways, your neighbor mowing his lawn a…


$500 Portable DAC/Headphone Amps – iFi Micro BL 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…


Omega SUPER 3i Loudspeakers and deepOMEGA 8 Subwoofer Review

Introduction When I’m not listening to my $4,500 Abyss headphones, I’m bumping my $300 M-Audio Studiophile BX5a monitors. Hey hey, before you judge, It’s the Deluxe edition baby. This thing packs a punch (without a sub) and frees me from my headphone leash. I primarily work in front of an LCD screen for more than 10…


iFi Pro iCAN Headphone Amplifier Review – A High Performance Fully-Balanced Flagship

At this point, everyone realizes when you get something from iFi, it’s like Christmas came early. You get all the widgets and switches without sacrificing performance. Their iFi Nano iUSB3.0 is still the quietest and most transparent USB conditioner I’ve ever heard. iFi never fails to provide enough features to tailor to all musical palates…


Campfire Audio Vega Review – A Dynamic Delight

ALO Audio isn’t a stranger to anyone. I’ve heard their portable Continental amp last year and thought they sounded and looked great. It would definitely be quite a conversation starter at your local Starbucks. I was just stopping by The Source AV and they were just setting up a few Campfire Audio IEM demos. I…


SOtM tX-USBultra Announced – USB Regenerator with an Ultra Clock

SOtM just announced their new tX-USBultra. What’s special about this USB regenerator is its ultra clock, the sCLK-EX. It’s supposedly one of the best, if not the best, clock in the world.  Facing up to the fact, the tX-USBUltra is designed to reach to the goal which improves sound quality. It works as a hub by…


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