When listening to music on the hifi, I want to feel as if I’m in a void with just me and my music. No distractions, no thoughts of social media, likes, visits, or comments. Just me and my music.
One of Belgian artist René Magritte’s most famous paintings shows a pipe with words underneath that read: Ceci n’est pas une pipe. This is not a pipe. Of course, we all know it’s a pipe. So what’s the artist trying to say?
The classic Rob Roy cocktail is made from whisky and sweet vermouth; stiff and sweet. Lovers of 19th cocktails also know that a Rob Roy can be made “dry” or “perfect”, the former using dry vermouth, while the “perfect” contains both dry and sweet.
Legacy USB DACs. There I said it. These days, DACs without streamers are beginning to feel like relics.
Two of the principals of Riviera Audio Labs, Luca Chiomenti (audio designer and engineer) and Silvio Delfino (sales and marketing) spent a few decades talking about the kind of amplifier they’d like to make, if they ever decided to make one. Five years ago, on […]
The time between the test lab and the living room was only supposed to be a short breather for the sweet little Avantgarde Acoustic. But “short and sweet” just wasn’t possible: During its layover with us, the UNO XD cast such a spell over everyone […]
I do not know exactly how many DACs I’ve reviewed over the years, but the number is in three figure territory. And when I say reviewed, this means I’ve spent a minimum of weeks, most often months, in some cases years, with each and every […]
No matter how smart you think your DAC is, the Weiss DAC501 is probably smarter. A lot smarter. Heck, its Quick Start Guide is 10 pages long.
For most people, the idea of ever owning a stereo system that comes with a six-figure price tag is about as far from reality as Mars is from Earth. Göbel High End flung open the doors so we could enjoy an exclusive tour of the […]
Today we’re going to be comparing three dongle DAC/Headphone amps that are here for review mixed in with a few DragonFlys for good measure.
Audio Note has rightly earned its place among luxury brands. But with an entry price of €3,950, the long-awaited integrated valve amplifier Cobra has also sparked curiosity among music aficionados who normally wouldn’t be able to buy equipment from the British premium brand. In the […]
Some review components announce themselves upon arrival and the Clones Audio 25iRX Integrated Amplifier did so with resounding clarity.
“Innuos Statement” sounds like an extremely promising name. And when put to the test, this hefty server not only proved it’s worthy of such a name, it also surprised us with some of the innovative and logical approaches taken in its design. A musical tour […]
Sometimes power is a good thing.
Kii Audio defies the laws of physics. The active monitor speaker THREE sounds so clean, linear, and lively in any room it feels like the walls have disappeared. The BXT Bass Extender lends the system even more versatility.