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SOtM sMS-200ultra Network Audio Player and sPS-500 Power Supply Review

SOtM (pronounced “som”) is a high-end audio company that’s always on the move. They’ve recently announced a new master clock and an assortment of digital, analog, and power cables at RMAF this year. The sMS-200ultra is SOtM’s latest network audio player which includes their sCLK-EX super clock. This is the same clock used in the award-winning…


Chord Blu Mk. 2 M Scaler CD Transport Review – Digital Dressed in Analog

Morning Blu I received a call a few mornings ago from Ken Davis from Brooks Berdan in Monrovia, California. He said he had a surprise for me: A Chord Blu Mk. 2. As far as I’m aware, Brooks Berdan is the first dealer to have a Blu MKII in their listening rooms. This highly anticipated device…


$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…


Original Chord Hugo vs Chord Hugo 2 Review

Just a quick post about my impressions regarding the new Chord Hugo 2. The original Hugo is my daily driver and it remained the best portable DAC for years. I was able to do a decent amount of A/B at SoCal CanJam 2017. I had my custom JH Audio Angie with me for the face-off….


SOtM sMS-200 Network Audio Adapter & mBPS-d2s Battery Module Review

Introduction The SOtM sMS-200 has been the talk of the town in recent months…and for good reason. A lot has already been written on its functionality and features set so this review is primarily focused on the sonic qualities of this device. First allow me to get a few setup formalities out of the way….


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…


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…


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…


Chord DAVE Review – Project EvaD (Evaluation DAVE)

Introduction This project was code-named “Project EvaD (Evaluation DAVE)” and was conducted over the course of a few weeks. I aimed to test the validity of some of the claims made about this revolutionary DAC. I plan to keep this a living document and update as I go. This project focuses solely on sound quality….


Best Portable USB Amp/DACs Shootout with the Custom JH Audio Angie IEM

The Challengers Chord Hugo Aurender Flow Chord Mojo LH Labs Geek Out V2 LH Labs Geek Out V1 Meridian Explorer2 DacMagic XS Audioquest Dragonfly V1.2 Equipment used: Audioquest Jitterbug Lenovo T420 JH Audio Angie (CIEM) Figuring out which portable DAC/amp you should get is a daunting and time-consuming task. Instead of going through the buying/selling…


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