Korea’s Cocktail Audio has loaded up their X45Pro with just about all of the digital functionality you could ask for, added a MM phono stage, DAB+/FM Tuner, color LCD screen and volume control for good measure.
Each Friday, Stephen Mejias, AudioQuest’s Director of Communications and former Stereophile and Audiostream columnist, will browse through the many exciting albums released that day and select 15 worth a closer listen.
We Are Sent Here By History was released in 2020 but it only recently landed in Barn. And I thank my lucky stars.
The Audia Flight FLS 10 is among the most engaging integrated amplifiers to have graced the Barn. It’s performance is in some ways remarkable while being wholly engaging in every way. Why not begin at the end for a change?
If a new piece of hifi gear brings more enjoyment, is it worth it? Some people think the answer depends on a number.
That’s right, a quintet.
I try, I really do, to pick music that my dear friend Stephen Mejias has not covered in his weekly #NewMusicFriday column because there’s so much great new music I don’t want to make it seem otherwise. Sometimes, an exception is made.
Streamer Check List: Easy setup, intuitive interface, free and user-friendly control app, native streaming support, Roon-Ready, multiple digital outputs including AES, DSP, solid build quality, color screen a plus, and most important of all—do no harm.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this is another photo of the totaldac d1-tube DAC/Streamer that’s been living in the Barn since 2020. But it’s not.
I am thrilled to welcome the Mola Mola Tambaqui DAC into the Twittering Machines reference system.
The new Perlisten S5t Tower Speakers are the little brother of my 2021 Favorite Speaker of the Year, the Perlisten S7t.
I fell for Babehoven’s Sunk EP, released last March, and their debut LP Light Moving Time digs in even deeper.
PCL86 Push Pull Class AB, 2 x 10W. I think that’s poetry.
When it comes to pleasure purchases, I want it all.
The world of pro audio is no stranger to external word clocks and hifi brands including dCS and Auralic have been offering them for years. China’s Silent Angel has just entered the Word Clock fray with its Genesis GX.
It’s hard not to believe that our connections to certain music are nothing more than chance encounters that occur in transitory moments, flickering like a projector with missing slides until something clicks.
In Part One of my two-part Sonnet Pasithea review, I’m going to talk about how it performs as a DAC. Part Two will see it paired with the Kratos Mono Amplifiers and Hermes Streamer for a complete Sonnet system review.
Over a year in the works, Switzerland’s Merason has announced the updated and upgraded version of their DAC1 in the MK II version.
I had to know. How would it work to have my rack between the speakers?
My father loved jazz guitar.
The Silent Angel stack, specifically the Munich M1T Streamer/Forester F1 combo, proved to offer a big slice of sonic goodness in a small package.
Vincent Brient of France’s totaldac has been busy and he has three new DACs that share his new “unity” DAC architecture to show for it.
Outsider British folk troubadour Richard Dawson makes music to the beat of his own drummer.
What better way to spend the time between December 25th and January 1st than listening to one’s own hifi?
A Blues is Boomkat‘s Album of the Year. Why?