Category: Source

Linnenberg Telemann DAC Review – A German Excitement

Linnenberg has been in the Hi-Fi industry for more than 20 years. All their products are hand-assembled and meticulously QA’ed in Germany. They pride themselves on smart engineering and building for the best sound performance: Our motto is to make every single spec at least 10 times better than what is actually required and finding a perfect…


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…


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 Black Label 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….