Digital is dicey Looking at the totalDAC USB Gigafilter, you ask questions. Digital is supposed to be straightforward: ones and zeroes coded as “Hi” and “Lo” voltage signals, all marching forward in a straight line […]
For those who’ve followed my path meandering through digital audio, and streaming in particular with Tidal Hi-Fi, the name totaldac might be a familiar one. I’ve been hooked on Vincent Brient’s designs for more than […]
That ubiquitous spinner known, and loved by many digital-audio junkies (as well as AV-gear heads, and audiophiles alike) – the Oppo UDP-205 – has announced a partnership with music mastering, and hi-fi industry juggernaut MQA […]
The MQA freight train keeps rolling down the tracks of high-fidelity seemingly without resistance. A press release just announced that portable USB DAC wünderkind AudioQuest will be releasing a free, and highly-anticipated MQA firmware update […]
Looking at the Border Patrol SE DAC, you have to smile. It’s cute! Can you even say that about at kick-ass piece of audio gear? Maybe it’s disrespectful. Too bad — because everybody knows that good […]
Reviewing high-fidelity audio equipment is fraught with peril, and snake pits. Gauging relative sound quality (and writing about it) when inserting a component into an existing system can be a difficult thing to accomplish objectively. There […]
Canadian amplification legend Classé has announced some serious upgrades to the multi-talented eight-channel surround preamplifier Sigma SSP, now in MK II guise. I’ve not heard any of Classé’s home-theatre products, but I’m a big fan […]
iFi-Audio has been slowly but surely consuming all of the air in the affordable high-end audio market — or, at least, making a damn good attempt at it. We’ve covered some of their products over the […]
Guess what showed this week? My Kickstarter Green headphone awesomifier! I ordered the 1 watt output version, so that makes this a Super-Duper Geek Out. I’m super-duper psyched. Oh, if you missed your opportunity during […]
Rememeber the Audiophile Desktop from CEntrance? Let me refresh your memory. $2,000 gets you a CEntrance DACmini PX, a pair of Masterclass 2504 speakers, and a hefty Pelican case to lug them around in. The PX […]
Michael Mercer over at CEntrance twisted my arm (ha ha!) about bringing in a new package that they’re positioning for the audiophile’s desktop, called, conveniently enough, the Audiophile Desktop. $2,000 gets you a CEntrance DACmini […]
Guess what showed up at my dealer yesterday? My brand new DAC! A Berkeley Audio Alpha Series 2 is waiting for me! And (miracle of miracles) so is the Alpha USB! Hooray!
Pretty excited! My Berkeley Alpha USB has arrived at the dealer! Now, all I need is my Berkeley Alpha Series II DAC to show up … and that doesn’t ship till Nigel Tufnel Day.