Category: Reviews

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…


Chord Poly Review – Rediscover your Mojo

s When I first heard about the Chord Poly, I wasn’t sure what the allure was. It adds a little bulk and I didn’t feel like I would be using it often. Being wirelessly untethered from the phone and laptop is a plus…but is it a $679 USD plus? This accessory costs more than the…


Periodic Audio In-Ear Monitors – The Elemental Sound of Magnesium, Titanium, and Beryllium

I actually went to a Medical Magnet high school in Los Angeles, which focused heavily in the sciences. Although I did melt the footer off the graduated cylinder, I had a knack for chemistry and was intrigued with beautiful, and sometimes, explosive mixtures. Each element had their characteristics and their place in the world. So…


MrSpeakers AEON Flow Open-Back Headphone Review

MrSpeakers created the first 3-D printed production headphone back in 2013. I purchased the Alpha Dog and was impressed with the magic MrSpeakers’s founder, Dan Clark, was able to perform with Fostex T50RP drivers. The adjustable bass was a welcomed feature and it was the first time I’ve ever seen tuning dots (called “Doggie Treats”)….


Woo Audio WA33 Fully Balanced Headphone and Pre Amplifier Review

There’s something so alluring about tube amplifiers. My first purchase from Woo Audio was the gorgeous WA7 Fireflies. They were fantastically articulate, transparent, and quiet. Over the course of a few shows, I had a chance to listen to their WA5-LE which left an imprint on my mind. It was paired with upgraded tubes, the…


Survey of Audiophile RCA Interconnects Cables

As mentioned in my previous reviews, I’ve gathered a few impressions on the RCA interconnects I’ve been listening to. My goal was to find the best pair that will go between my Omega Compact Alnico Monitors and the Chord DAVE. The Chord DAVE has enough power to drive these high-efficiency speakers and, with the help…


Gutwire Perfect and Ultimate Ground Cables Review

We’ve underestimated the amount of noise in our system. One impetus for the design of high-performance audio equipment is to mitigate the EMI/RFI noise that may contaminate the audio signal. This applies heavily to analog and digital cables which, without proper geometry and materials, could welcome this distortion with open arms. Of course, this also applies…