MHDT Stockholm V2

The MHDT Stockholm V2 is the second revision of Stockholm DAC, which was conceived as a successor to the Havana non-oversampling DAC, with additional capabilities for high resolution playback, up to 24bit – 192kHz. This is allowed by the usage of different USB receiver and digital filter (CS85416), while preserving the same 16 bit R2R,… » Read the full article

DIY Cables Advice (External Links)

DIY Cables Instructions: VH Audio AES/EBU Digital Cable (DIY Recipe) VH Audio Fine Silver Interconnects (DIY Recipe) VH Audio Power Cord Flavors (DIY Recipe) Braiding Litz Wire Interconnects and Speaker Cables (How-To) Theory: Henry Ott’s “Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineering”: exceptional book also covering cable design Commercial products: VH Audio Power Cord Flavor 4 Chimera Labs Advantage… » Read the full article

Stax SR-Lambda Review

Presentation This is a very short, but dense review of the Stax Lambda, one of the “right sounding” headphones that I currently own, and which I’d blindly suggest to any audiophile on a budget. The SR-Lambda came with bias voltage of 230V (or “normal”), and 6 pins termination and were the first in the Lambda… » Read the full article

Forza Audioworks Recable for Etymotic ER4

Introduction After having owned a couple of the Forza Audioworks cables (the twin, copper made usb cable, and the Claire analogue interconnects), I asked him if he wanted to make me a recable for Etymotic ER4P. I have been an Etymotic lover for years, mainly for their lifelike midrange, deep bass, linearity, and their high… » Read the full article

Review: JPlay 5.2 Audio Player

Jplay is considered, along with XXEighEnd and the minimal MQN, one the best sounding music players on Windows platform. Initially I have been sceptical about how a software player could affect the sound quality of a hifi system, but, as long as I kept learning about the matter, everything started to make sense. It’s about… » Read the full article

iFi iUSBPower USB Power Supply

Presentation The purpose of the iFi iUSBPower is to regenerate the dirty 5V power signal coming from a PC USB port, with clean 5V taken from an external source and passed through the iFi device itself. There are, in generally, two types of USB DAC (or USB-to-SPDIF converters) in the audio market: those that actually… » Read the full article

The Meitner IDAT D/A Interpolation Algorithm

This interesting article (source: Stereophile) provides a good explanation about what’s special in Meitner’s IDAT interpolation algorithm and the way it’ said to be “capable of understanding music”. The article describes how the IDAT algorithm merges the effect of FIR (finite impulse response) and IIR (infinite impulse response) filters, by detecting which parts of the… » Read the full article

Forza Audioworks Claire Interconnects

I am reviewing these interconnects, made by Polish brand Forza Audioworks, after having been very satisfied with their twin USB cable. I wanted something that would let me use my Headamp AE-2 portable amplifier with more flexibility than what’s offered by my other cables. The Claire cables are indeed built for flexibility, and they sort… » Read the full article