JPlay JCAT USB Cable

The JCAT usb cable is the fifth high end cable I have been listening to (if we don’t factor in the Wireworld Starlight and Ultraviolet, which I consider far less than high end, albeit far from cheap). The JCAT USB cable has been conceived by JPLAY, already known for their playback software for Windows PC’s…. » Read the full article

iFi Gemini USB cable

This is a review for the iFi Gemini, which came with my AMR DP777 purchase. iFi is a sub-brand of AMR, offering more affordable products than the high end tier ones, which stay under the brand of AMR. There is some mistery surrounding the iFi Gemini, due to the relative youth of the product. Impressions… » Read the full article

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