Totaldac Ethernet Cable

This is my review for the TotalDAC Ethernet cable, which I bought to use with the SOtM sMS-100 network player. The purpose of the TodalDAC Ethernet cable is to take care of the radio-frequency and electro-magnetical interferences that can be picked up and travel through the network lines, degrading or limiting the digital performances in… » Read the full article

From HiFiDuino: The Soekris R-2R DAC

A while ago I have been notified about a very interesting DIY project at HiFiDuino: the Soekris R-2R DAC. The DAC is based on a set of Burr-Brown PCM1704 DAC chips (one of the best multibit chips, now out of production). The DAC has the potential to be class leading for a very affordable price,… » Read the full article

SOtM sMS-100 Mini Server

Here I am finally reviewing the SOtM sMS-100, a very simple, feature loaded Network Player that’s become a keeper in my audio chain. The main purpose of the sMS-100 network player, is to get rid of a computer in the living room for a more direct, convenient way to access to the music. I have… » Read the full article

Horror Report: Stax SR-009 Imbalance Troubles

This post points to several problems related to the Stax SR-009 headphones. Despite their high price tag, several models seem to be affected by channel imbalances developing over few months upon purchase. There have been several reports on Head-fi lamenting this situation. It seems that most problematic headphones come from grey market sources such as… » Read the full article

Grado RS1i: A Mini-Review

This is a mini review for the Grado RS1i, which I had owned a few years ago, with the sources I had at that time (Melior Bitstream DAC and AMB Gamma 1), and the AMB CKKIII headphone amplifier. The Grado RS1i, just like its RS1 predecessor, is a headphone voiced for rock music, and to… » Read the full article

Computer Audio Design: Optimization Scripts

I would like to present this set of scripts, prepared by Computer Audio Design, aimed to optimize Windows 8, 8.1 and Mac computers by stopping unnecessary background processes. The first time, the user launches an executable file. A console prompt opens, where the user is asked three questions: – if he wants to fully disable… » Read the full article

Metrum Hex NOS DAC

Here I am reviewing one of the best sounding (if not the best sounding) DAC’s I have ever heard. It’s the Metrum Hex. I have purchased this after having liked the Metrum Octave Mk2 quite a lot. In a convenient form factor, the Octave was offering a warm, lush, bloomy signature albeit a bit too… » Read the full article

AMR DP-777

Here is my take on the AMR DP-777 DAC, which I have been listening to for several month, and mentioned in various of my latest articles. AMR has been (co)founded by Thorsen Loesch, one of the people mainly involved in studying the Philips TDA1541 DAC chip through the years, which is usually regarded as one… » Read the full article

Flash: Westone Pro 50 Quick Impressions

Reporting some impressions from Head-fi forum member Catscratch (not just a man whose ears I trust blindly, but also the main “culprit” to introduce me into Hi-Fi over ten years ago). These are his first impressions about the Westone Pro 50, which apparently suffer of bass excess overwhelming the mids. Here are some excerpts from… » Read the full article

Zodiac Gold DAC And Voltikus PSU

The Zodiac Gold is the top of the Antelope Audio dac line. The Gold is considered an improvement over its lesser siblings because of its high quality stepped attenuator, and because of the board modifications made to use such attenuator. There is a motor which lets the attenuator move either when commanded from the computer… » Read the full article