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13-2-2013
Jeff Rowland Aeris
The absolute best USB DAC I have heard to date!

26-1-2013
Meridian Sooloos C10
The original Sooloos Control unit was brought back in to make for some interesting comparisons with iPad operation.

23-1-2013
Meridian Digital Media System (Sooloos) MS200
A fully-fledged Meridian MDMS source at an unprecedented price point!

6-1-2013
Audio Aan Zee Ultra Flow Music Server
An affordable music server with a sublime user interface that challenges the best that I have heard.

16-12-2012
Audioquest Diamond USB
Current Audioquest top of the line, superbly finished USB cable, compared to the KingRex uArt USB cable and a standard no-name USB cable.

26-8-2012
Widealab Aurender S10
Fantastic build quality and fantastic sound, combined with an open architecture and an elegant iPad application that beats the Sooloos system in terms of user control.

16-7-2012
KingRex uArt-S USB cable
This cable makes such a large improvement over standard USB cables that it should be forbidden to ever use a standard cable ever again!

16-7-2012
Meridian 818 Reference Audio Core

23-6-2012
Meridian 808.3 CD player/preamp/Sooloos Source
The 808.3 is not only a fantastic CD player, it also takes Sooloos sound to another level, improving massively on the already splendid MS600

27-5-2012
Meridian Sooloos MD600 drive and MS600 single zone player
Since I liked the MC200 so much, it was time to find out how Meridian's G series units would perform. As it turns out, this is a winning team!

26-5-2012
KingRex Unanimous UArt USB Y-cable
Splitting a USB cable into signal and power makes all the difference in the world

17-4-2012
Meridian Sooloos Media Core 200

5-4-2012
Naim DAC, NDX, CDX2 and XPS2

1-4-2012
Wadia S7i versus Wadia 861, PS Audio PWD MKII and Linn Klimax DS/0

9-3-2012
PS Audio PWD MKII upgrade

11-2-2012
Mytek 192-DSD USB/Firewire DAC

24-1-2012
Linn Klimax DS/0

23-1-2012
Rein Audio XDAC

2-1-2012
KingRex UD384 USB-spdif interface and U Power Battery Power Supply

26-11-2011
Musical Fidelity Clic

13-10-2011
Naim Uniti

13-10-2011
Naim UnitiQute

29-8-2011
Onkyo ND-S1 iphone/ipod transport

13-7-2011
Audio Synthesis DAX

27-6-2011
PS Audio PWD - part 1
PS Audio PWD - part 2
PS Audio PWD - part 3

8-7-2011
Trends UD10.1 USB interface

29-6-2011
Wadia 171i transport

29-6-2011
Olive 04HD music server





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Best,
John McArthur


Hi Christiaan,
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Best wishes, continue doing a good job!
Yung


Hi from down under.
I stumbled upon your website and love it, I'm thoroughly addicted and constantly looking for new reviews.
I am a PS Audio Perfect wave Dac MKII user and can't wait for your thoughts on the 2.03 firmware, and it's free.
Keep up the great work.
Kind regards,
Greg


Hello Christiaan!
I enjoyed the Klimax DS/0 DS/1 review and comparison. I'm amazed that streaming audio is taking big steps everywhere, the PS Audio PWD upgraded, Klimax upgraded. When will we reach the full potential of streaming audio?
Crion


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Joaquim Rosa


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best,
Gary Schulz


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Carl


Hello Christiaan Punter
I am a Danish HiFI reviewer, working for the Scandinavian magazine Fidelity (www.audiofidelity.no), and I want to tell you what a wonderfull website you have made. It´s not often, that I see so much information, perfectly lay-out and easy to read and understand. Thanks!  ;=)
KURT LASSEN


First I have to say I love your website and the honesty you put in your
tests. In a few words I can learn more stuff than in a french commercial
hifi magazine !! The way you compare items or regroup them in the same
sound style is really helpful. You must spend so much time in these tests,
right !
François-Xavier Gonnet


Hi Christiaan,
I stumbled on different articles mentioning sonic differences between wav and flac. Like always, you have very interesting points of view and I like the fact that you say what you think, no matter what others will say. Bravo !
Alain Gregoire
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Dear Sir,
Just wanted to tell you how wonderful your website is - please keep it up ! It is very refreshing to find a hi-fi site with such knowledgable reviews, no advertisement, and no preconceptions...
Thank you !
Stephane


Hello Christiaan,
now i have found your website.
You are totally crazy ! But respect, for your knowledge about high-end.
Why don't you work as a writer for a highend-magazin ?


hello,
I've been discovering your site with great interest. thank you very muh for all the work done. The point I like particulary, is that most of the time, pros and cons are highlights, wich help to get a clearer idea of a product, instead of incredibly detailing what is good....and not talking about the rest. next is that you don't fear comparing products, and finally, the fact that you seems to care about system synery ;-)
kindest regards.
respectfully.
Quentin


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I'm looking for some trustworthy advice that it's difficult to find in audigon, audiocircle, computeraudiophile, headfi, etc... because of all the noise and shills.
Thanks a lot. Santiago Madruga


Dear Christiaan,
by chance I found your excellent website while looking for information regarding the Ayre QB 9 DAC and I am glad that I found your website. It is an excellent source full of information and what I do like the most is that you actually compare components side by side.
Your review of the Ayre QB 9 is very helpful since you really "played around" with it trying different USB-cables, different power cords and last but not least different computers with different operating systems and different software players. This way you got probably 100% of what the DAC can do.
Best regards and greetings from Germany,
Johannes


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Chris Connaker
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Hi Christiaan,
Great reviews you have done on the various computer USB interfaces, and the software involved. As always, very thorough.
cheers
Andrew


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Best Regards,
Alex


Hi Christiaan,
I have just discovered your site thanks to a link in a ComputerAudiophile thread. Man, I like it :D
I have come to the same conclusions, on topics where I have enough knowledge to cross your own experience.
Anyway I am so glad I discovered your site.
Keep up posting your uncompromised experience !
Regards,
Guillaume Brocard (France)


Good morning
First of all i would like to thank you for the helpful review you have done, i just bought an arcam  rdac.
Many thanks
Regards
lorenzo medici


Your website is the official website for me when Jeff Rowland equipment is concerned!
thanks and keep up the great work!
John Low


Hoi Christiaan,
Je hebt niets te veel gezegd, die EVO is een topper.
Vooral het midden, stemmen ed. is superieur maar ook het laag is veel strakker. Beeld is ook meer 3d en breder.
Heb hem nu ruim een week in gebruik en had nooit verwacht dat het verschil zo enorm groot zou zijn.
Nogmaals bedankt, jou review was de aanzet tot aanschaf!
Wim Koolwijk


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5-8-2011
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26-6-2011
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26-6-2011
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31-5-2011
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30-4-2011
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18-4-2011
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13-2-2011
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26-7-2010
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25-7-2010
Jeff Rowland Database - Generic Info

23-6-2010
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23-6-2010
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10-5-2010
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23-4-2010
Unofficial Jeff Rowland Info Database

15-4-2010
Modifying the Acoustic System International Liveline powercable

2-4-2010
Audio Lingo

10-3-2010
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9-3-2010
Schuko Connector standards

23-2-2010
Wadia 27ix GNSC under the hood

31-1-2010
Digital Cables - differences in sound

11-12-2009
All about Computer Based Audio Systems

7-12-2009
"Digital" class D amps explained (update)

4-12-2009
Electrostats - Magnetostats explained

4-12-2009
Transparent Cable Networkboxes Filtering explained

4-12-2009
"Digital" class D amps explained

4-12-2009
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4-12-2009
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17-11-2009
Info-Reviews
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HT fuses now also tested in Magnepan speakers

17-11-2009
Info-Reviews
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Many types were tested over an extended period.

17-11-2009
Info-Reviews
Belden powercable compared
2mm versus 4mm version compared. They turn out to sound very different

17-11-2009
Schukos compared - part 2
Hifi Tuning Gold versus Iego Gold

13-11-2009
Complete setups reviewed - layout improved
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12-11-2009
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20-10-2009
CD Transports - Do they sound different?
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20-10-2009
AWG-mm2 Conversion Table

20-10-2009
CD Player: Separate Transport/DAC versus Integrated Player

9-10-2009
Original Dutch review translated into English
4 extensionblocks compared
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5-10-2009
All reviews in category cd/dac now translated in English
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20-9-2009
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12-9-2009
All reviews in category cables now translated in English
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9-9-2009
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7-9-2009
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3-9-2009
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2-9-2009
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18-8-2009
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18-8-2009
Transparent Reference MM versus the older Reference and Ultra XL cables
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13-8-2009
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13-8-2009
Original Dutch review translated into English
Line conditioners yes or no?
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13-8-2009
Original Dutch review translated into English
Extensionblocks - standard vs starwired
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7-8-2009
By now the site is mostly translated into English, as it was time for a new international name. The new name has been registered as www.hifi-advice.com and will slowly be introduced over the next few weeks. For the forseeable future you will still be able to get here by typing www.audioadvies.nl though.

6-8-2009
Setups reviewed - system 7
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3-8-2009
Viva Verona XL Single Ended Triode poweramplifiers
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30-7-2009
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30-7-2009
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30-7-2009
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26-7-2009
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26-7-2009
Article added to info:
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8-7-2009
Golden Reference Powercable - Changing IEC connectors
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7-7-2009
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2-7-2009
Double Blind Tests
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26-6-2009
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22-6-2009
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17-6-2009
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17-6-2009
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15-6-2009
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30-5-2009
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29-5-2009
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