Christiaan Punter

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16 July 2024
Mad Scientist Audio Prime USB premium
This brand new Mad Scientist product is called Prime not just because it is the company's best cable but mainly because it uses prime numbers to define the sizes and positions of various elements to create a non-resonant "bad antenna" design that reduces noise and interference. Does this cable really make a unique proposition, or have we heard it before?
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11 July 2024
JCAT Unveils USB Card XE EVO premium
JCAT Unveils USB Card XE EVO: The Next Generation of USB Audio Performance.
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NuPrime AGM STA-SE stereo power amplifier premium
With the AMG STA-SE, the company has issued a successor to the AMG STA. With this new model, the company sought to narrow the gap between the different sound characteristics of models such as the ST-10 and Evolution STA on the one hand,  and the AMG STA on the other
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Media Room v5 – July 2024 premium
A quick summary of the Media Room in July 2024.
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Main System 13 – June 2024 premium
Below is a quick summary of the Main System in June 2024.
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Collaboration between Admire Audio and ATM-Audio premium
From the collaboration of Jesús Alejos (ATM-audio) and Daniel Reina (Admire Audio), three products associated with the AA4, AA3, AA2, and Monitor models are born.
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Denafrips Ares 12th-1 premium
Based on the entry-level model Ares II (recently renamed to Enyo), the Ares 12th-1 is Denafrips' Anniversary Edition DAC, offering various performance enhancements over the Ares II/Enyo.
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Clarisys Audio Minuet Plus premium
Remember how smitten I was with the Clarisys Audio Minuet when I heard it one year ago (2023) at PUUR hifidelity? Now, go figure that the speaker company issued an improved "Neodymium" model called Minuet Plus that does everything the previous Ferrite model did but with higher efficiency and improvements across the board.
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27 May 2024
Manunta EVO Phono 3 and M2Tech Nash premium
Manunta offers the richly-featured EVO Phono 3 MM/MC phono stage at a very attractive price. In this review, I will compare it with its higher-end stable mate, the M2Tech Nash.
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HFA Audio Setup History 34 – Media Room v5 – May 2024 premium
After I don't know how many room changes, breaking down walls, re-adding them, removing others, and seemingly forever shuffling the functions of the kitchen and former hallway and bedroom areas as a result of ever-changing priorities, I think (and really hope) I have finally found the most efficient use of the available space.
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HFA Audio Setup History 33 – Invaluable Advice – 2021-2024 premium
A visit by Rick Paap of Dynamic Solutions proved invaluable for me and a true turning point after following his advice positively transformed the acoustics of my room, and with it, the sound of my system.
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Media Room v5 – May 2024 premium
This is a quick summary of the Media Room as it was in May 2024
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Munich High End 2024 Show Highlights premium
Highlights from Munich High End at the MOC and HifiDeluxe 2024 at the Marriott Hotel
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9 May 2024
Artesania Audio at Munich High End & HifiDeluxe 2024 premium
Artesania Audio, the high end rack company, will be at Munich High End and HifiDeluxe, with two dedicated rooms and lots of collaborative exposure.
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8 May 2024
Thorens TD1600 Turntable with TP 160 Tonearm premium
Recently, Thorens issued a new tonearm, the TP 160, which is now fitted as standard to the TD 1600 and TD 1601 turntables instead of the TP 92 arm. In this review, I will assess how these two arms compare using Thorens TAS 1600 and TAS 1500 MC cartridges.
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Chord Ultima Integrated premium
Chord products have always appealed to me, and I love the bold industrial aesthetic. Yet, somehow, a review never materialized. Until now!
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Halcro Eclipse Stereo Power Amplifier premium
Honestly, I did not think the moment would come that another transistor amplifier would put up serious competition for my treasured CH A1.5, but here we are. Read all about it in the review.
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Main System 12 – March 2024 premium
This is a quick summary of the Main System as it was in March 2024.
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22 March 2024
Silent Angel Bonn N8 Pro and Bonn NX Ethernet Switches and Genesis GX Clock premium
In this review, I will compare the Silent Angel Bonn N8 Pro Ethernet Switch with the new Bonn NX Ethernet Switch, first on its own and then augmented by the Genesis GX Word Clock.
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Diptyque DP 140 MkII premium
With sleek and stylish new looks, improvements in structure and rigidity, optimized PPBM technology and higher tolerances across the board, the DP 140 MkII defines the sweet spot for Diptyque.
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Network Acoustics tempus premium
tempus is the most recent addition to the Network Acoustics portfolio, a precision ultra-low noise Ethernet Switch with dedicated hybrid power supply.
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Antipodes G4 K22 premium
Review samples supplied by Antipodes Audio Retail price (world) USD 9.000 excluding storage Upgrade price G3 to G4 USD 2.000 Storage can be included at purchase or later installed by the user Available in Black or Silver Part of the KALA series, the Antipodes K22 offers the best performance the New Zealand company can squeeze […]
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31 January 2024
Ansuz PowerSwitch X-TC3 and D3 premium
The Ansuz X-TC3 and D3 PowerSwitches are hugely effective products with almost magical properties. But don't dismiss the Ansuz ethernet cables, especially the D2 with its active Tesla Coils, when powered by one of these PowerSwitches.
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31 January 2024
JCAT Launches ULTIMO Power Supply premium
JCAT is proud to announce the launch of its flagship linear power supply, the ULTIMO.
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16 January 2024
Antipodes G4 Oladra premium
The original Oladra performed better than any Antipodes server before it. While some of the Oladra technology has recently trickled down into the other models, these latest G4 updates ensure the Oladra comfortably retains its head start.
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4 January 2024
JPLAY for iOS premium
JPLAY is a wonderful app that offers a rich yet slick and easy-to-use interface combined with superb sound quality.
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1 January 2024
Audio Technica AT-OC9XML and AT-OC9XSL MC Cartridges premium
With the AT-OC9XML and AT-OC9XSL, I wanted to investigate the relative performance of the Special-) Fine Line versus MicroRidge/MicroLinear stylus shapes. And what better way to do this than by using otherwise practically identical cartridges of the same brand?
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Grimm MU2 premium
Principally, the MU2 does not deviate all that much from the MU1, which is a good thing! But instead of relying on active digital speakers or an external DAC, the MU2 includes the company's proprietary 'Major' DAC and a relay-based analog preamp section.
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Denon DP-3000NE Direct-Drive Turntable with DL-103, DL-103R, and DL-A110 Cartridges premium
Denon has a strong reputation for its direct-drive designs of the past and the DP-3000NE is their current flagship premium direct-drive turntable. For this review, I will listen to it using the Denon DL-103 and DL-103R MC cartridges.
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8 December 2023
M2Tech Joplin MkIII phono A/D converter back in stock premium
After a long and arduous search for the necessary components, M2Tech is pleased to announce that the Joplin MkIII A/D Converter will be available again starting December 14, 2023.
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7 December 2023
JPLAY update with TIDAL MAX integration premium
JPLAY is excited to announce the latest update to its iOS app (version 1.0.14), now featuring integration with TIDAL MAX. This update represents a significant leap forward in digital music streaming, offering unparalleled audio quality for JPLAY iOS app users.
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4 December 2023
Bergmann Magne Air-Bearing turntable with DS Audio DS W3 Optical Cartridge premium
Here's a special combination: the Bergmann Magne Air-Bearing turntable with Air-Bearing tonearm with the DS Audio W3 cartridge and phono equalizer. As it turns out, they work together seamlessly.
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29 November 2023
Main System 11 – December 2023 premium
This is a quick summary of the Main System as it was in December 2023.
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dCS Puccini CD/DAC & Paganini Clock/USB Interface – Quick Impression premium
I only just recently heard the dCS Puccini CD/SACD Player and DAC and Paganini Master Clock/USB Interface in the context of my own system. Since many people are shopping in the second-hand market, I thought it would be worth sharing my Quick Impressions of these products.
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3 November 2023
Network Acoustics Introduce the tempus Ethernet Switch premium
Streaming specialists Network Acoustics introduce tempus, their flagship Ethernet Switch.
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2 November 2023
Wires 4 Music Completes the Osiris Signature Range premium
Wires 4 Music, a company making handcrafted high-end cables since 2018, is proud to introduce four new products, completing the OSIRIS SIGNATURE range.
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31 October 2023
Ensemble Dynaflux FSF RCA Interlink – Quick Impression premium
Connected between the CH Precision C1.2 DAC and L1 preamp, the Ensemble Dynaflux FSF Interlink surprises by sounding nothing like its appearance might suggest.
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Mad Scientist Black Magic Ultra and Black Magic Gold premium
Mad Scientist introduces two new ranges: Black Magic Ultra and Black Magic Gold. Reviewed are four cables: Black Magic Ultra speaker cables, Black Magic Gold balanced analog interlink, Black Magic Ultra Power cable, and Black Magic Gold USB cable.
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17 October 2023
Reference Sounds – Wilson Sasha V with Wadax Atlantis Reference and D’Agostino premium
Michael Huigen and Nick Spier of Reference Sounds kindly hosted a private session for yours truly and two colleagues. Having attended Reference Sounds demos before, I knew this was already promising to become a great day, almost no matter the audio system. But this was not just any audio system, very far from it!
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1 October 2023
Manunta Evo DDC 3 USB to Digital Converter premium
Manunta By M2Tech is a new daughter company from M2Tech, devised to offer audiophiles and music lovers a large portion of the M2Tech product quality at a lower price. The Evo DDC 3 can be seen as the successor of the HiFace Evo that I have used for over a decade. In this review, I am putting the sleek yet versatile Evo DDC 3 to the test and I will investigate how it performs and how it compares to its older nephew.
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27 September 2023
Network Acoustics muon2 USB Cable premium
Network Acoustics believe there’s always a way to improve the sound of music streaming. Their latest innovation is the muon2 USB Cable, the ultimate version of the award-winning muon digital interconnect.
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24 September 2023
Lejonklou Entity 1.2 MC Phono Stage premium
Building on the highly refined and musical sound of its 1.1 predecessor, the updated 1.2 model's seemingly subtle tweaks (new chassis ground parts and a specific fastening torque) yield distinct advantages.
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24 September 2023
Aequo Audio New Production Facility premium
Aequo Audio is going to expand considerably and has started the construction of a new production facility of 1200 m2. This will be the new home base for the loudspeaker manufacturer from Eindhoven in the coming years.
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AG Lifter Apollo Modular Rack premium
The AG Lifter design philosophy is to build a rack for music lovers. Apollo is the top-of-the line product with a modular nature which allows users to start with a single module and build out the system precisely as needed.
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3 September 2023
Vermouth Audio Statement XLR Interlink premium
Before the introduction of the Statement series, the Reference series was Vermouth's very best. The new Statement series, using OCC silver/gold conductors, promises further elevated performance.
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Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS) EXR Audio Stand premium
For the past five years, HRS has worked on the EXR system to get the performance and modularity on the desired level while also offering a 30% cost reduction over the model it replaced. As a result, the EXR Stand System is the brand's most cost-effective system to date.
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Jorma Audio Unity Interlink, Power Cable, and Speaker Cable premium
Along with the Marten Parker Trio loudspeakers that I recently reviewed, I was also handed a trio of Jorma cables. As I found, these cables turned out not only to work superbly synergistically with the Parker Trios, but they also proved a smashing success overall. As such, I felt they deserved their own review.
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4 August 2023
Antipodes Updated Line-up for 2023 premium
Antipodes Audio is proud to announce their updated server/streamer line-up for 2023, with updates to the existing flagship OLADRA and the K Series range. Coupled with the release of the updated range is the Antipodes Audio Upgrade Program for all existing OLADRA and K Series owners, which brings their units up to the corresponding new model specification.
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Dutch Audio Event 2023 premium
Mark your calendars for a new edition of the Dutch Audio Event on October 7 and 8 2023!
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1 August 2023
Marten Parker Trio premium
Marten may be known primarily for its luxurious cost-no-object Mingus and Coltrane series, but fortunately for those with more modestly-sized wallets, the range also extends to the other side. The Oscar series is the starting point into the world of Marten. Positioned above is the Parker series which offers a considerably more lavish build with non-parallel walls, a so-called multi-diverse crossover technique, and more exotic drivers.
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1 August 2023
Ansuz Darkz Resonance Control premium
As I wrote review after review of Audio Group Denmark products, Darkz Resonance Control footers were always involved in one way or another. As I quickly found, Darkz have a profound impact, leading to my using several sets in my two systems as well as in many other reviews since then. But so far, the info was scattered across various articles. To make the info more easily attainable, I decided to create a separate article.
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Goldmund Tethys premium
The beautifully understated and elegant Tethys is the latest addition to Goldmund's portfolio and it marks the brand's very first passive loudspeaker. Given that all other Goldmund loudspeakers are active designs, that is a pretty big deal.
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AG Lifter Crescendo Power Amplifier Stand premium
The AG Lifter design philosophy is to build a rack for music lovers. The Crescendo Power Amp Stand is a relatively affordable standalone product that offers a very large chunk of what a full AG Lifter rack solution can do for an audio system.
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Main System 10 – July 2023 premium
This is a quick summary of the Main System as it was on July 22nd, 2023.
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Bowers & Wilkins – Company Profile and Signature 801 D4 Review premium
Originally, I had intended to limit this review just to a listening impression of the new 801 D4 Signature. However, during my visit to Bowers & Wilkins in Eindhoven, I was provided with such a wealth of information that I felt I could not just keep it all to myself and only focus on the review. As a result, what you can read below is a bit of Company History, a Factory Tour, and of course, a Listening Impression of the 801 D4 Signature.
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13 July 2023
Aqua LinQ Squeezelite Module premium
The Squeezelite Module for Aqua LinQ is now ready! Its performance and sound quality are at the same high level which characterizes the other LinQ modules. The Squeezelite module allows users to stream to the Aqua LinQ Network Interface directly from any Squeeze Server.
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AVIDHIFI ALTUS and NEXUS Tonearms premium
After years of development and thoroughly testing various techniques, AVIDHIFI has now released two Tonearms: the entry-level ALTUS and the range-topping NEXUS. In this in-depth review, I will assess both arms using an AVIDHIFI Sequel SP turnbtable.
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Auralic Aries G1 and Lumin T3 – Quick Impression premium
This is not an in-depth review but a Quick Impression of these two streamers with the aim of providing a high-level (overall) comparison of their features and performance.
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27 May 2023
Lampizator Amber 4 DAC – Quick Impression premium
The Amber 4 DAC is the most recent incarnation of Lampizator's most affordable offering. This is not a full in-depth review but a Quick Impression.
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27 May 2023
Copper Variants Explained premium
Red copper, yellow copper, White copper, T1 copper... all just copper?
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25 May 2023
Antipodes Oladra premium
The Oladra offers the familiar Antipodes qualities such as deep tonal saturation, lushness, liquidity, and organic flow but is more articulate, crisper, more expressive, airier, and more highly resolving than ever before. Amazingly, it does all this without sounding even the tiniest bit cooler or more analytical.
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24 May 2023
Artesania Audio Exoteryc Rack Pro premium
Introducing the Exoteryc Rack Pro - An enhanced version of Exoteryc with Master Kyo features.
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Munich High End 2023 Show Highlights premium
After my 2022 report of the show based on photos, comments, and other content from friends in the industry who are attending, I felt it was time to visit the show in person once again.
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AVIDHIFI BORON MC Cartridge premium
AVIDHIFI offers three MC phono cartridges, of which the BORON is the mid-range model. Distinguished from the REFERENCE RUBY top model only by its BORON cantilever, the BORON may well represent the sweet spot of the range.
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Driade Flow Link Reference 808 XLR and RCA – Follow-up Review premium
Regular readers will know of my unwavering enthusiasm for Driade Flow Link Reference 808 interlinks ever since reviewing them in the summer of 2021. As time went by, I found myself using them more and more, and they are now my favorite cables!
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12 May 2023
CH Precision Introduces the P10 Phono Stage premium
Following the introduction of the L10 and M10 amplifiers, CH Precision is proud to announce the release of the partnering phono-stage, the new P10.
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