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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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Euphony Buggy/Zotac premium
Futuristic looking highly versatile Music Server with class leading sound quality
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17 April 2017
HFA Audio Setup History 26 – April 2017 premium
An overview of the main system as it was in place for most of 2017.
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PS Audio Directstream DAC and Directstream Memory Player premium
This Directstream combo delivers new benchmark setting performance!
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dCS Elgar – Mini Review premium
dCS was largely responsible for the upsampling rage
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Meridian Ultra DAC premium
Meridian's DACs were usually assigned a number such as 606, 563 and 818. And now there is the Ultra DAC. Purely on appearance it is hard to see the differences with the 818 but soundwise it is immediately clear that this DAC deserves more than just another number.
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Exogal Comet premium
Exogal - Out of this Galaxy?
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Wadia 521 DAC premium
The 521 is the last DAC made by the Wadia team prior to the take over by Fine Sounds in 2011
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Metrum Pavane premium
Non Oversampling DAC with a clever design
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Meridian 818v3 – MC200 – DSP 5200 SE premium
For the first time, there are a pair of active Meridian DSP speakers in my listening room, along with an 818v3 Reference Audio Core and a Media Core 200. This makes for some very interesting comparisons.
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Leema Acoustics Libra premium
Highly versatile DAC with a smooth, refined and seductive sound
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Wadia 121 USB DAC premium
The 121 may look diminutive, but should not be underestimated.
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13 February 2016
Jeff Rowland Capri s2 and 125 pre- and power amp premium
The Capri 2s and 125 are the brand's latest and most affordable pre-power amp combo.
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Wadia 861 CD player premium
A true reference player, but one that divides opinion. There are people who say it's the most real sounding player and there are those who find it square and "digital" sounding.
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dCS P8 SACD Player premium
P8 - dCS' first all in one SACD player.
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Cardas Clear XLR Interlink premium
The best Cardas interlink to date?
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Wadia 781i SACD Player premium
Beefed-up 581, but more than the sum of parts!
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Wadia 581 SACD Player premium
Successor to the famous 861, the 581 uses a more basic transport, but is the first Wadia to offer SACD playback.
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Computer Audio part 6 – Perspective premium
Genelec 8050 and Wadia 121 with a Computer Source in the secondary setup.
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15 October 2012
CD Mechanism Masterpieces – Wadia premium
Wadia 7 1992-at least 1996 Retail price 17.016 euro Wadia’s third player (after the WT2000 and WT3200) and basedon the Teac P-2S, the Wadia 7 is a legendary transport using the VRDS CMK-2 with KSS-151A laser, still sought after and fetching high prices, even if some critics say that it is outdated and not better […]
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9 October 2012
CD Mechanism Masterpieces premium
Remember when CD players were built immaculately and used heavy, smoothly operating CD mechanisms?
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Wadia S7i CD Player premium
Wadia S7i is compared to the Wadia 861, PS Audio PWD MKII and Linn Klimax DS/0.
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MKII Upgrade for the PS Audio PWD premium
An upgrade that positively transforms the PWD.
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Trends TA-10.2, Wadia 151, Jeff Rowland 102 and OEM ICE Power module compared premium
Via independent routes several "digital" amps came my way, one after another. Originally I was to review only one but at a certain moment I had 4 different ones in my living room.
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Audio Synthesis DAX Decade DAC premium
An older dac but recently overhauled at the factory to bring it to current spec.
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PS Audio PWD (Perfect Wave DAC) – part 3 premium
The PWD initiated quite a chain reaction Network cables, switches, power cables, and NAS placement were all examined and found to have an influence on the sound. Here is the final installment of the PWD review. Compared to the Audio Synthesis DAX Decade In the meantime, I had received an Audio Synthesis DAX Decade DAC for […]
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Wadia 171i iPhone/iPod/iPad Transport premium
The introduction of Wadia's new 171i transport was a good reason to subject it to a thourough review
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PS Audio PWD (Perfect Wave DAC) – part 2 premium
Here's part two of the review of this interesting netw0rk player.
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PS Audio PWD (Perfect Wave DAC) – part 1 premium
The PWD has long been on my list of things to do but there was such high demand for this unit that I couldn't get one in for a review.
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9 July 2010
SACD and DSD premium
SACD promised even more perfect sound forever. It was hoped that it would replace CD and revitalize the music market. Alas it did not, but the DSD format is still around. Here are my thoughts on the subject.
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7 August 2009
HFA Audio Setup History 04 – Maximum Expansion! premium
The complete setup as it was in December 2008. Individual component changes aside, the setup 's main components remained unchanged until 2009 and many reviews were written using this system.
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5 June 2009
CD Transport + DAC or Integrated Player? premium
As always, both methods have their own advantages, but there is one unique clear advantage to taking the integrated player route.
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5 June 2009
Separate Transport + DAC versus Integrated CD Player premium
Does a separate transport and DAC sound better than an integrated player?
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Legacy High-End CD Player Comparison – part 1 premium
Wadia 861, Meridian 508.24, Krell KPS20i, CEC TL1x and Audiomeca Enkianthus X.
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Wadia 27ix GNSC DAC and Mark Levinson no.360S DAC premium
The Wadia 27 used to be the best Wadia DAC available, being the replacement of the original Wadia 9, which was the successor to the famous 2000.
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Wadia 26 DAC – Mini Review premium
The 26 sounds a lot like a Wadia 25 but ultimately is a little darker and sounds more grounded...
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21 June 2008
Upsampling explained using dCS Delius + Purcell premium
Upsampling explained by means of two reference dCS components: Delius DAC and Purcell upsampler.
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Nakamichi Dragon CD Player – Mini Review premium
This three-piece collection together formed a Nakamichi reference CD player, so expensive that few people purchased it.
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Wadia 25 DAC premium
When hearing the 25 for the first time I was amazed at its enormous soundstage, its back to front layering and its rhythmic timing, as well as its solid bass.
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Wadia 12 DAC – Mini Review premium
The humble 12 was my first entry into the higher end audio world.
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19 November 2005
HFA Audio Setup History 03 – Rapid Evolution premium
Ramping up to the high-end
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16 September 2005
HFA Audio Setup History 02 – The room needs attention, too premium
All wood furniture; tables, wall fixtures and cabinets that you can see in many pictures are designed and made by me. Over the years I went from highly curvy shapes to more linear furniture.
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7 August 2005
HFA Audio Setup History 01 – The very beginning premium
Main picture above: this must have been somewhere around 1976. This is me with a radio glued to my ear: the fascination really was there early on.
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