ViRa Aidas Panzerholz MC Cartridge premium
Preliminary Announcement – Final review will follow Now that the summer is behind us, the days are getting ever shorter in the Netherlands. Especially when it’s dark, rainy and windy outside, I get that craving for playing LPs. In times like these it seems that I need the extra emotional charge that analog records seem […]
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1 October 2017
XFi 2017 Show Report premium
I really have no excuse for not having done a show report of Xfi before, but rest assured that this installment marks the start of a yearly recurring series!
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26 August 2017
Current Secondary HFA Audio Setup premium
The all new secondary listening room spans the entire width of the appartment. The components in it can change at any time - that's precisely the point of this system: to be able to change anything for review purposes without having to tear apart my main system.
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HFA Audio Setup History 26 – Speakers So Far – Aug 2017 premium
If all my experiments over the years have tought me one thing then it is that amplifier and speaker performance is highly relative.
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24 August 2017
HFA Audio Setup History 25 – New Secondary System – Aug 2017 premium
After the halfway-there secondary listening rooms and the media room set ups, now I finally have a secondary listening room that spans the entire width of the appartment.
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SW1X DAC 2 premium
Sweetly seductive and lively dynamic in equal measure Review sample kindly supplied by SW1X Audio Retail price: £2500 (approx 2725 euro) For review this time I had no less than 3 DACs from the same manufacturer. SW1X take unique approaches to achieve great sound, and instead of sticking with any one solution, they seek the […]
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SW1X DAC 1 premium
Highly communicative, lively and enthusiastic performer.
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Antipodes DS Base Music Server premium
After having reviewed the costly Antipodes DX and proclaiming it my new reference, here is a product of the same manufacturer, but at the other end of the cost scale. At 1995 euro, it is far removed from the DX' lofty 6000+ price, but does it offer comparable sound quality? Read on to find out!
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Bricasti M5 network player premium
The Perfect Roon Ready Streaming Endpoint.
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Black Rhodium Stream Power premium
Power cables are often placed in one of two camps: warm and relaxed or fast and clean. The Stream manages to combine a silky smooth sound with excellent speed and transparency.
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26 July 2017
HFA Audio Setup History 24 – Breaking down walls (and building others) – July 2017 premium
After the troubles with room modes that I could not get sorted I reverted to using the secondary room as a media room again. After all, I spent most of my time behind the computer so I might as well dedicate an entire room to that, with an optimized audio monitoring system, right?
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Antipodes DX Music Server premium
Ones and zeros are not just ones and zeros and music servers are not all created equal
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Apogee Duetta Signature (part 4) premium
Duetta Signature using Graz’ latest KLM5 MRTW ribbons with new interfaces and wired returns Part 4 of 4 Page 1 – Page 2 – Page 3 – Page 4 In speaking with Graz about my experiences with the original and refurbished Duettas, he suggested I install new MRTW ribbons, not only because the KLM5’s are hugely improved […]
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Bricasti M1 Classic premium
The M1 throws a superb balance between technical excellence, emotional engagement and refinement.
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Esoteric D-07 premium
The Esoteric presents music with real gusto: theres a bold and focused power to its delivery, making for a very solid and upbeat sound not unlike the typical Wadia delivery.
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26 May 2017
HFA Audio Setup History 23 – Temporary third setup – February 2017 premium
I guess I just like being busy and keep experimenting. Oh and these speakers do sound fantastic, so it is a waste never to connect them up!
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22 May 2017
Munich High End 2017 Show Report premium
The Munich High End Exhibition is positively huge: there's so much to see that one really should take two days to properly see and hear everything.
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Oyaide C-037, C-046, C-079 and C-004 IEC Connectors premium
With each of the four IEC connectors having its own distinctive character, there is bound to be a suitable model for every application.
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