Category: Reviews

Audeze Sine Portable Planar Magnetic Headphone Review

Introduction A few readers have requested a review of the Audeze Sine ($449). When I first heard the Audeze Sine at CanJam 2016, my first thought was “Oh man, on-ears? Painful.” And indeed, it was. It was painful while they were on my head and even more when I took them off. I really didn’t…


Sonore microRendu & UpTone Audio UltraCap LPS-1 Review

The 0’s and 1’s from an audio stream are extremely sensitive to electrical noise from all components in the chain. This is the reason why most audiophiles have purpose-built PCs and streamers to keep only what’s needed for optimal sound reproduction. There are many products out there that help you galvanically isolate your USB port…


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…


PS Audio LANRover Review – vs. Sonore microRendu + Uptone Ultracap LPS-1

Even with all the innovations made in the realm of digital audio, the issue of digital noise and EMI/RFI is pervasive and entrenched in many of our audio systems. Particularly for USB DACs, the signal path from our PC/media server is enormously susceptible to these undesirable effects. In addition, our placement of these devices is also limited…


iFi Nano iUSB3.0 Review – vs. Uptone Regen, Wyred 4 Sound Recovery, and Audioquest Jitterbug

Before I get into the iFi nano iUSB3.0 review, I think it’s important to give purpose to our quest… Why do I need  a USB conditioner? Short answer: Chances are your equipment generates a certain level of unwanted electrical noise and this causes bits to be mistimed on arrival at the D/A converter. EMI/RFI might…


Sennheiser HD 800 S Review – A Pure, Smooth, and Balanced Headphone

I reviewed the infamous HD 800 here. As mentioned, with the Anax mod, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that headphone for a price point under $2,000. As ludicrous as it sounds, it’s a fantastic value for an audiophile-grade headphone. In order to free myself from time limitations on the review, I purchased the HD800S outright. Equipment…


Meze 11 Neo Earphones – Oh So Beautiful

Meze Headphones is a premium headphone company founded in 2009, based in Baia Mare, Romania. Meze is designing and developing its products in house, with a focus on good sound, iconic design, and quality build and materials. I’m a huge fan of their Meze 99 Classics and look forward to their new offering in ear-bud form. They…


High Fidelity Cables CT-1 Ultimate Power Cord and MC-0.5 Review

Power components are usually overlooked but those who have had years of experience in this hobby know it could make all the difference. I firmly believe one cannot experience the full potential of a system until you have a quality power infrastructure in place. I’ve written a few posts in the past regarding various power…


High Fidelity Cables Magnetic RCA Adapters – Elevate Your System for $299

I had the pleasure of meeting Rick Schultz, the founder and inventor of High Fidelity Cables, at THE Show Newport 2016. In one room he had an informative presentation on his patented magnetic conduction technology and the other a full-fledged setup with custom speakers and a multitude of his magnetic products. I sat through a couple…


The Sonore Sonicorbiter SE – An Affordable Roon Ready Endpoint

The Sonicorbiter is a music renderer that is capable of converting your desktop and portable USB DACs into a network-enabled device. It is basically a Cubox-i with custom software that is licensed by Roon. With many Roon endpoints starting at $3,000, the $300 RoonReady Sonicorbiter is difficult to ignore. It’s also compatible with a number…


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