PrimaLuna DiaLogue Premium HP Integrated Amplifier $4,399

September 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“Awesome as the HP is as an integrated amplifier, it’s pretty amazing as a headphone amplifier too. Rather than adding the headphone amplifier as an afterthought to cash in on the current craze, PrimaLuna merely attenuates the output of the amplifier via the switch, utilizing the whole amplifier to power your phones.

A quick throwback to the 70s with some Iron Butterfly and Pink Floyd along with the Flaming Lips to keep it in this century, all via the Audeze LCD-2s proves breathtaking. Sampling about ten different phones, it’s clear that the HP succeeds as a world class headphone amp as well. Everything in our headphone arsenal was driven with ease, so true head fi’ers can be confident that the HP will drive the full range of your can collection. This is grain free, tubey goodness at it’s best, providing a number of very long, non fatiguing headphone listening sessions.”

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Amazon Echo Sub, Echo Link Amp and Echo Link – Hands On

September 21, 2018 § Leave a comment

Master & Dynamics MW07 True Wireless Earbuds – Hands On Review

September 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

Audiovalve Solaris HeadPhone Amp $4990 Review

September 20, 2018 § Leave a comment

PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC and M700 monoblock review

September 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The GCD features enough inputs and outputs to keep both long-time purists and audiophile newbies happy. There is I2S, Coax, optical and USB (I used the USB input and Tidal Hi-Fi with Roon exclusively for the review). Formats handled by the inputs are PCM up to 32/384KHz via I2S and Asynchronous USB, and DSD64/128 via DoP over USB and I2S (which is compatible with the DirectStream Transport “SACD handshake for DSD playback,” according to PS Audio specifications. Analog inputs are three stereo RCA pairs and one stereo XLR pair. Outputs include both RCA and XLR in the back and a 1/4-inch headphone connector up front.”

Kii Audio Three Review

September 19, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“They go loud too. Kii Audio claims a maximum sound pressure level peak of 115dB, which is impressive and entirely believable if our experience is anything to go by. Turn the volume up and the Threes stay remarkably clean and unflustered, keeping obvious distortions to very low levels.

We move onto Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and enjoy the speaker’s dynamic punch and ability to track a multitude of instrumental strands without confusion. The Threes sound brilliantly organised and have the composure to match even when the music becomes demanding. They can deliver a large-scale sound with an authority that’s well beyond most similarly sized rivals and with clarity most barely hint at”

Gryphon Audio Designs Diablo 120 Integrated Amplifier-DAC $15,450 Review

September 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

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“The Diablo 120’s DAC section was truly plug’n’play. Within minutes of connecting and powering it up, I was listening to music from my Mac Mini server, streamed via USB. Many would assume that no add-on DAC could be as good as a standalone DAC, but I would beg to differ, based on my experience with similarly equipped integrated amplifiers. Additionally, there’s been a proliferation of excellent-sounding, small-chassis DACs that give full-size DACs a run for their money. Properly executed, there’s no reason to believe that excellent results can’t be obtained.

The Diablo 120’s DAC module was proof of this. Neutral in tone, with solid imaging, no hardness or glare, and excellent momentum and flow, it was the perfect companion for the amplifier section. I don’t listen to much electronica, but Deadmau5’s recent Where’s the Drop? (16/44.1 FLAC, mou5trap/Tidal) has been in regular rotation here and proved to be the perfect demo recording. This album of soaring orchestral arrangements of Deadmau5’s previous work, with deep synthesized bass, gave the DAC a good shakedown — I could find no category of sound in which it was lacking.”

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