Computer Audiophile Best of 2015 Awards

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“It’s time for the Best of 2015 Awards here at CA. To be considered for the awards, a product must have been used by me over the last year. The product doesn’t need to be released in 2015, only used in 2015”

 

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Best Open-Back Headphones under $500

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” Most serious listeners plug headphones like this into the headphone jack of a stereo receiver, or into a special amp designed just for headphones. The HE400S will likely sound better when used this way, but this model can deliver great sound even when plugged straight into a smartphone—a big plus. Most open-back headphones aren’t practical for portable use—they have low sensitivity, which means a smartphone or tablet may not be able to deliver adequate volume through the headphones even when cranked all the way up, and they let in too much sound from the world around you, but when you want to sit down at home for some focused music listening, they’re the best thing going.”

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Analog Domain M75D integrated amplifier review

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” This reveals interesting facts and the logic behind much needed power, especially with the modern dynamic speakers. Its not strange why there is a lack of musical flow that is essential for recreating the live musical experience. Summing all up logically refers to the discussion of to much power. Reality strikes. How can you jump five meters in a room that is only three meters high… This is a perfect analogy regarding to the proper power implementation.”

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AcousticWerkes W300AR Hybrid Customs IEM Review

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” Well these are hybrid CIEM’s, and the dynamic driver takes care of the lows, to very good effect. You get very dynamic and full lows that are more articulate and fuller than most BA based CIEM’s at this price can deliver. They are also however very well controlled, steering clear of bloating and warming up the mids. The lows are fast and can keep up with most rock music, but are best suited to filling out the sound of acoustic and jazz, or even slower rock. They offer good punch and have very good body, they never sound flat or hollow. Bass guitars sound excellent, and the lows extend very deep. Quantity wise they won’t satisfy bass heads, but they have enough to satisfy and I would say they are slightly above neutral in presence and quantity, this is not a bad thing.”

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Campfire Audio Lyra $750 Review

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“Another quality of fine IEMs is high efficiency. An IEM that can be driven easily from any mobile device, such as a cell phone or a dedicated audio player (DAP), is key for many buyers. When you’re forced to carry a bulky external amplifier simply to get decent volume from an IEM, you end up sacrificing a portion of the portability that makes IEMs so appealing. The Lyra was easily driven to just shy of painful levels from my iPhone 6 and had plenty of headroom when paired with an Astell & Kern AK100ii. No matter what source you’re pairing with the Lyra, you’ll have no issue setting the perfect listening level.”

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Star Wars the Force Awakens Soundtrack Vinyl Edition Announced

December 29, 2015 § Leave a comment

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” While the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was previously announced and subsequently released on CD and as a digital download, there was no mention about a vinyl edition. Now, Disney has announced an LP version of the soundtrack. ”

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NuPrime uDSD USB DAC Review – Video

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