Momentum S250 MxV Amplifier from Dan D’Agostino $79,950 Review

December 31, 2022 § Leave a comment

The Momentum S250 MxV shares minimal with its predecessor. It is an entirely new product inspired by the magnificent Relentless Epic amplifier series.

From the first night of listening to today, I still smile from check to check. My goosebumps are more common, and tears are shed frequently as I remember special memories of the past.

Sometimes upgrades impact certain areas of a product. I can safely say that the scope of the MxV changes has certainly moved all core areas to music reproduction.

The sound stage was tremendous; the unveiling of detail and associated dynamics will ignite and bring out the best in your loudspeakers. Instead of a symphony of audiophile words, I will summarize it as everything, and I mean everything got better. It brings so much of what inspired me in the larger Relentless Epic 800 and Relentless Epic 1600 to a smaller form factor and price point that matched my needs.


Matrix Audio Element X2 Network-Attached DAC Review

December 31, 2022 § Leave a comment

If all this sounds rather familiar from my Element X review back in January last year, then so be it. As I mentioned, the fundamentals of the audio design haven’t changed in this new ‘Mk2’ model, and while the internal tidying up does seem to give the newcomer just a little more clarity and bite to the sound, not to mention a punchier bass, most of the effort has gone into the user interface and the connectivity. But then there’s a real sense of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – just give it a dust down and bit of buffing’ about the Element X2. Nothing wrong with that, and the work done here makes an excellent-sounding product that little bit more enjoyable to use.

RAAL Requisite CA-1A Review

December 31, 2022 § Leave a comment


December 30, 2022 § Leave a comment

Sometimes I wonder what the 17-year-old me would think of the incredible equipment I use to listen to music now. I’m sure the FiiO FD5-BTR7 would have blown me away. To have such a sweet-sounding device for music playback in the palm of my hand, is still mind-boggling. I may not have the same ears as I did back then, but my love of music is as strong as ever. Listening to music through the BTR7, reinforced that love.

The Audiophile Dream System!

December 30, 2022 § Leave a comment

Le Kim Thach spent a year completing the project for a client. The system uses a KT Audio system with five pairs of balanced tube amplifiers and active tube crossover, and a matching high-efficiency horn system to fit the 100 m2 room in the suburban villa in Hanoi. 

Klipsch La Scala AL5 Review

December 30, 2022 § Leave a comment

3:11 / 14:16


Grado Labs Opus3 moving-iron cartridge High Output version: $275 Review

December 29, 2022 § Leave a comment

One drawback of the Grado Labs Timbre line is the stylus is not user replaceable, just like moving coil cartridges. Once the stylus is worn out you have to send it to one of the many phono cartridge re-tippers out there. Or, Grado Labs has a very generous trade-in program, so for about what you would pay for a new stylus for a moving magnet phono cartridge you can purchase a brand new Opus3. This would be the best alternative. It may take a couple of weeks to send your old Grado to the dealer and wait for the new one, especially if it is not in stock. For me, this is where the Audio Technica AT-3600L comes in handy as a temporary substitute.

There are reasons why Grado Labs phono cartridge have been around since 1953. The company may be better  known these days for making some of the best headphones in the world at really good prices. The same can be said about their phono cartridges. I am purchasing this phono cartridge and keeping it installed in my newly acquired Music Hall mmf-1.3 turntable. The $275 price tag got me really close in performance to my Hana phono cartridge. I have to give props to the recommendations of both Music Hall and Grado Labs, because this is a great combination. I now have a third option along with my AR and Thorens turntables. The Grado Labs Opus3 phono cartridge, just like the Music Hall mmf-1.3 turntable, is highly recommended.

Meze Audio 109 PRO Review

December 29, 2022 § Leave a comment

First of all, I have to note these headphones have a very high sensitivity rating, making them quite easy to drive. While they are pretty forgiving regarding the source, they clearly sound their best with better gear. As I went up the ladder with DAC/Amps, I was able to get greater levels of detail and separation out of them.

McIntosh Factory 9.6.4 Dolby Atmos Home Theater Tour

December 29, 2022 § Leave a comment

Janszen Valentina A8 Loudspeakers $12,750 REVIEW

December 28, 2022 § Leave a comment

That is Mr. Janszen’s explanation of why these speakers sound so good. I am in no position to say if this is correct or not. However, no matter how these speakers work, you need to hear these speakers for yourself and come to your own conclusions. I think at $14,700 ($12,750 without Presets 2 and 3) that they are a bargain, particularly if you do not have enough room or money for bulky separate equipment, don’t want long cable runs, or if you would prefer to stream your music directly to the speakers.

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