• EAR-Yoshino 192 DACute DAC

    EAR-Yoshino 192 DACute DAC

    When Tim de Paravicini set out to design the DACute, I’m fairly certain that he sought to maximize its analog footprint. After all, analog is his métier. In fact, he freely admits to trying to ...
  • Parasound Zdac

    Parasound Zdac

    Pocket USB streamers are all the rage today. Feather-light and foolproof, they fit in your trousers, fanny-pack, or handbag, and, voîlà, high-res music on-the-hoof. However, they do pose problems for dedicated home-based high-end platforms. Sure, ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 2

    What follows is a survey of new headphone, earphone, and related products seen and heard at RMAF. HeadAmp The Virginia-based firm HeadAmp was showing its newest product, which is the two-chassis, fully balanced, solid-state GS-X ...
  • CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    CanJam at RMAF 2013 – Part 1

    Over roughly the past decade an alternate high-end audio universe has been emerging—a universe centered on very high-performance headphones, earphones, portable and desktop headphone amplifiers, and amp/DACs. In short, it is a world that might ...
  • Three New DSD-Capable DACs

    Three New DSD-Capable DACs

    During the years that J. Gordon Holt and I made recordings together he often complained about the lack of “pro” audio gear being reviewed in consumer audio publications. Many times he found a particular piece ...
  • Sony Backs Hi-Res Audio Big Time

    Sony Backs Hi-Res Audio Big Time

    At a highly-promoted September 4 press conference in New York City, Sony unveiled a multi-pronged strategy to “deliver hi-res digital to a broader audience”. Sony’s explanation for wanting to do so would be self-evident to ...
  • Meridian Explorer USB DAC

    Meridian Explorer USB DAC

    When I think of British digital electronics, the first name that comes to mind is Meridian. Designers of complete digital systems from transports to fully active DSP- controlled loudspeakers, it makes products that are exquisite, ...
  • Meridian Introduces the Director DAC

    Meridian Introduces the Director DAC

    August 5, 2013 - Meridian has announced the introduction of Director, a high-quality DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) designed to deliver superior audio performance from digital sources such as media players, CD players and computers. ...
  • iFi iDAC, iCAN, and iUSBPower

    iFi iDAC, iCAN, and iUSBPower

    Ever hear of iFi Audio? Me neither. But at the 2012 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, there was a quartet of miniature products bearing the iFi logo in the Avatar Acoustics room. Darren Censullo, head honcho ...

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