Pass XP-17 Phono Preamplifier premium
Not so long ago I owned the legendary Pass X-ONO, but as has become obvious, at that time I did not realize how good it was. After the X-ONO was sold I have tried numerous other phono preamps, only to find that some are better in some areas, but none of them beat the Pass […]
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Mad Scientist BlackPod Nanotech premium
Excellent Universally Applicable Footers Review sample kindly supplied by Mad Scientist Audio Retail prices: Set of 3 footers: $299 Set of 4 footers: $369 Regular readers will know that I have a longer history with the BlackPod family. The first ones I reviewed in 2015 and since then the Mad Scientist has issued several updates. […]
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Mad Scientist Heretical USB premium
If there is any doubt that USB cables can make a difference then try the Heretical USB! Review sample kindly supplied by Mad Scientist Audio Retail prices: Type 1 (Regular USB cable) 2 m (as reviewed): $199 Type 2 (“Data only” cable – the 5VDC line is not connected) 2 m: $199 Type 3 (Shotgun cable, with […]
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Mad Scientist FCG+ Interlinks premium
Flexible Carbon / Graphene Analog Interconnects (FCG+) Review sample kindly supplied by Mad Scientist Audio Retail prices for a stereo pair: 1 meter FCG with KLE Copper Harmony: $499 1 meter FCG+ with KLE Absolute Harmony: $899 1.5 meter FCG+ with KLE Absolute Harmony (as reviewed): $999 Other options are available, including XLR connectors Background […]
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Origin Live Onyx Tonearm premium
A superb match with Thorens TD-160 Review sample kindly supplied by Origin Live Retail Price in the UK: £450.00 Retail Price in the Netherlands: 650 euro After having obtained a beautifully finished Thorens TD160B with all parts carefully cleaned and reconditioned, with completely new high gloss cabinet, the best motor and best bearing shaft and spindle made […]
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ViRa Aidas Panzerholz MC Cartridge premium
Powerful and dynamic with incredible transient behaviour 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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