Volti Audio, BorderPatrol, Triode Wire Labs exhibit something truly special and worthy of your undivided attention at Capital Audio Fest 2021. The Story by Eric Franklin Shook This story goes back almost a year or […]
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.