Category: Reviews

New to the Family: Focal Emblematic Grande Utopia and Stella Utopia EM Evo

Focal Adds the Emblematic Grande Utopia EM Evo and Stella Utopia EM Evo Loudspeakers to its Utopia III Evo Line Debuting at 2018 High-End Trade Fair in Munich, Focal’s legacy Hi-Fi loudspeaker is redefined Munich – May 10, 2018 – Focal, a recognized leader on the global stage for high fidelity products, today launches the…


The New Flagship: Lumin X1 – Fresh Output Stage, PSU, and Optical Networking

The new Lumin X1 is the new flagship offers improvements in dynamics, imaging, and tonal quality. Roon Ready Network Player Dual ES9038Pro DSD512 Femto Clock New output stage New power supply Optical network (in addition to copper Ethernet network) XLR, RCA, BNC-SPDIF, USB audio output (*) Lumin (solid aluminum chassis): 350mm (W), 345mm (D), 60mm…


Enhance Your PC Audio Easily – For Under $120

Understandably, there are plenty of audiophiles who use their Windows machines as their server/streamer. I personally don’t care for PC audio. I’m on a MacBook Pro 99.99% of the time. When I’m on the go, I just plug in my Chord Hugo 2 and stream off Spotify or Tidal. I’ve been kindly asked by readers to…


World Premiere of Audirvana Plus for Windows 10 – High End Munich 2018

Paris, May 9, 2018—Audirvana, maker Audirvana Plus, the reference hi-fi audio player initially made for Mac users, announced today the launch of its Windows 10 version for the pleasure of PC owners. Highly anticipated, this new software with a totally redesigned user interface is set to take Audirvana Plus to an even wider audience. Created…


iFi AC iPurifier – The Active Power Cleanser

By now, you should know EMI/RFI is bad for audio and that quality power is very important. Glad we got that out of the way. There are plenty of power conditioning “plugs” in the market today. Some are filled with magnets, some with resonators, and some with noise-eating dwarfs. To my knowledge, the iFi AC…


Roon 1.5 – Now With MQA Decoding

Exciting news for Roon users! It will now perform the first MQA unfolding to 88.2 kHz or 96 kHz. Full decode requires an MQA hardware decoder. Release notes here. It’s been a long road. While we got off to an encouraging start when we began serious discussions about an MQA integration in 2016, it ended…


Totaldac d1 USB Gigafilter Cable Review

You’ve seen the award-winning Totaldac DACs and servers at many high-end shows. They’re difficult to miss due to their elegant boxy, glossy, black and yellow-lit appearance. Vincent Brient, the founder of Totaldac, had his beginnings as a telecommunication technician in the French Silicon Valley. Due to the cost of some high-end DACS, he started building active…


ZenWave Audio D5 RCA Interconnect Review – A Solid-State Dream

When I first saw the prices of some of these brand-name audiophile interconnects, I immediately thought “Forget it, I’ll just make one myself. It can’t be that difficult or expensive.” After a few DIY projects of my own, I’ve quickly realized how time-consuming and costly developing a cable (that’s synergistic to your system) could be. One…


Synergistic Research PowerCell 12 UEF SE Power Conditioner Review

One of my first big a-ha moments when it came to audio gear was upgrading to a significant power conditioner.  I noticed a small difference in my first unit — the PS Audio Dectet, but when upgrading to a PS Audio Power Plant P10 Regenerator, it changed my world.  It was a thoroughly upgrade across…