• Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    Three Miniature Portable USB DACs

    For audiophiles who travel a portable DAC has become one of those “must-have” travel accessories, right up there with a toothbrush and an unexpired credit card. The first generation of portable USB DACs was big ...
  • Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    Sony PHA-2 DAC/ Headphone Amplifier

    As part of its “high-resolution initiative” Sony has rolled out several exciting new products during the past year including the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 digital players, the NW-F887 portable player (Asia only), and the PHA-2 portable ...
  • Turning a Mac Into a Music Server

    Turning a Mac Into a Music Server

    Setting up an Apple computer for audio is simpler than a Windows pc because Apple offers fewer options. but it’s still possible to end up with a system that doesn’t perform optimally. often it’s a ...
  • Westone ES5 Custom In-Ear Monitor

    Westone ES5 Custom In-Ear Monitor

    Audiophiles have professional musicians to thank for custom in-ear monitors. Originally created so that players on stage and in studios could hear themselves while delivering maximum isolation, custom in-ear monitors have become ubiquitous. Watch any ...
  • Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Musical Surroundings MYDAC II DAC

    Finding an excellent digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for under $1200 used to be an audiophile fantasy. But with advancements in DAC design and reductions in the price of the high-quality parts needed to make these designs ...
  • Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player

    Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player

    As the flagship model for its “High Resolution Audio Initiative,” the new Sony HAP-Z1ES defines what Sony sees as the future of two-channel audio. It attempts to be easy for a naïve user to operate, ...
  • 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 ...

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