History of the HFA website
This site started under the Dutch name www.audioadvies.nl, with the intention to provide an info-database for audiophiles with tips and tricks, using the experience and knowledge that I gathered from my beloved hobby.
At this time I was still maintaining off-line lists of my private equipment. Lateron I decided to add short reviews to every component, and put these lists online. This way I always had my overviews at hand, and simulaneously the lists could help inform visitors of the website.
Still later I started writing in-depth reviews not only of my own equipment but also of equipment temporarily offered by manufacturers and distributors for review. At some stage it occurred to me that a much larger audience could be reached if I would write the articles English. So that’s what I did, and I changed the website name to Hifi-Advice.com, and this is what effectively started the site in its current guise.
Above: me in a conversation with Jeff Rowland at the hifi show in Munich
Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, I conduct product comparisons and write reviews in my spare time. Because music is my main interest, virtually all the time left outside my job is used for assessing audio components, even when I’m not working toward a particular review. I have a fulltime job in the TV broadcast industry that makes it possible for me to devote so much time to the HFA website without making a proper profit. On occasion I also write reviews for external parties such as Dutch audio magazine HVT.
Point of view
Of course there’s no such thing as a 100% objective review, and if there was then it would likely be very boring. Naturally my reviews are also coloured by my subjective opinion, but I try to be very consistent in my opinions and I will never make a secret of what I like and what I don’t like.
One of the prime interest areas for this site is what I call Next-Gen Audio, basically the latest in computer/streaming audio. But I’ll always keep op reviewing whichever components that interests me, be it new or classic. This is why you will find lengthy reviews of Apogee magnetostatics, classic Philips CD players or classic tangential turntables.
It is my continuing aim to offer more and more objective, in depth reviews as well as extensive and interesting information, both on classic equipment and bleeding edge technology. I hope that you’ll enjoy your reading on hifi-advice.com!
HFA Reference Audio Setups
As a result of knowledge gained through experience, my audio system is continuously changing.
Read all about the different Audio Setups, both past and present here: HFA Reference Audio Setups