Chord Hugo 2 Transportable DAC / Headphone Amplifier $2,200 Review

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“What’s more, it was abundantly clear that the Hugo 2 was not holding either amplifier back. The Hugo 2 has a very nice, wide soundscape, and paired with the Rogue RH-5, which is one of the widest sounding amps I’ve heard, the sheer openness of the combo was absolutely jaw-dropping. Playing with the adjustable crossfeed on this combo with the Sennheiser HD800 was especially interesting, as you could hear the dimensions of the soundscape change in dramatic fashion.”


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“A good example of this would be the ethereal track ‘Hey Now’ from London Grammar’s If You Wait [Sony Legacy, 16/44.1] as played through RHA’s remarkable CL1 Ceramic earphones powered by the DACAMP L1. The CL1 Ceramics are not easy earphones to drive, but the DACAMP L1 really made them sing on this track, neatly revealing the pinpoint precision of Dan Rothman’s guitar work, the profoundly atmospheric vibe of Dominic ‘Dot’ Major’s almost meditative keyboards, and the lofty, upward-reaching beauty of Hannah Reid’s vocals. With help from the DACAMP L1 and the CL1 Ceramics, the listening experience became deeply moving and inspired a quiet sense of reverence—almost like listening to an electronica or pop-inflected take on evensong as performed in a quiet cathedral.”


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” Vinnie of Red Wine Audio set out to create a smaller device with more power, cooler running, better portability and a more defined battery charging status than the CDM. On that front, the Continental V5 has certainly succeeded and redefines a new slice of the market for those looking for hi-end quality for a fraction of the price of the original Continental Dual Mono”

FiiO’s nifty i1 headphone amplifier $40 Lightning adapter

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“Naturally, we had to compare the two adapters, FiiO and Apple. Starting with a Sennheiser Momentum 2.0, the i1’s bass definition firmed up compared with the Apple Adapter. With “Pink Up” from Spoon’s “Hot Thoughts” album, the drums and vibes have a lot of reverb, and the i1 sounds clearer than the Apple adapter. Not by a huge amount, but the differences are there.”

Shure SHA900 DAC/HP Amp $999 Review

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” The SHA900’s $1,000 price tag is definitely an audiophile price, but I do not see it as overpriced. It is very well built and the audio is top notch. The better the headphone, the better it sounds — and the DAC conversion is first rate as well. Airy, wide and deep soundstage with abundant detail.”

Woo Audio WA8 Eclipse – Review

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” The beauty of the WA8 lies in its simplicity, but since it offers an analog input which bypasses the onboard DAC, I decided to try it as an amp. With the Codex configured as DAC and connected to the WA8 with Wireworld Pulse 2xRCA-to-minijack interconnect, I heard most of the advantages of both units: a large, holographic headstage combined with the burnished tone of the tube amplifier. ”




“This is an IEM that needs good current to get the best out of its dynamic driver and produce some seriously excellent sub-bass performances and the PB3 delivers. If anything balanced it just a bit more “in your face” compared to the unbalanced output which has a slightly more neutral “standoff” staging across the board.”

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