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Introduction Having a technical background, I always laughed about the ridiculous claims cable manufacturers made. So I never really invested in expensive RCA cables or power cords…until recently. I just wanted to find out what the fuss is all about. Maybe I was completely wrong and I overlooked something. Who knows, maybe I would finally […] Read more

Introduction After living with my Chinese SMSL M8 DAC for a while, I was getting kinda curious whether there’s still something better out there. Since I haven’t had much experience with pricier Chinese audio gear, I thought it was time for yet another experiment. During my research, I stumbled upon the Gustard X20u DAC which […] Read more

As I’ve explained in my previous posts, Roon Labs software can currently be used only with a limited number of hardware devices although that number is growing. German manufacturer ELAC has recently entered the scene (advertisement) with a one-box music server (ELAC Discovery) that includes a great DAC and full Roon capabilities. But if you […] Read more

Disclaimer: I currently do not own any Auralic products. My review is based on experiences with a 6 months old white Auralic Aries Mini loaned from a friend. Introduction With the Auralic Aries, the Chinese manufacturer Auralic has stirred up the audiophile industry quite a bit. The Auralic Aries was truly the first high-end product […] Read more

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of the Raspberry PI. Some even think it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread :) There are countless use cases in audio for a Raspberry PI. Some of my friends have replaced their SONOS clients or Squeezeboxes with even better quality and even lower total cost thanks […] Read more

Last year I was shopping around for a new DAC that would compliment my little Chinese eBay DAC. After dozens of disappointing experiments with several DACs, I pretty much decided to get something that is based on the ESS Sabre ES9018 chipset which is known to offer superior resolution. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find […] Read more

You’ve probably noticed that I mention my own STAX SR-507 electrostatic headphones used for testing DACs and music server equipment from time to time. So I thought it would be a good idea to let you guys know more about them. Why I Primarily Use Headphones First of all, let me explain why I switched […] Read more

China is for many a complete answer to sourcing cheap consumer electronics. However I find that Chinese manufacturers can indeed produce ultra-high quality electronic products at reasonable prices. With many top universities in China including Tsinghua or Fudan which are among the best tech universities in Asia, there’s no shortage of brilliant engineers. Electronic parts […] Read more

Introduction I have often felt intimidated by rankings of DACs in popular Hifi magazines. I’ll be upfront with you – sonic differences between various DACs nowadays are miniscule. Older chipsets which includes digital gear made in the 80s or 90s were susceptible to power supply noise and signal jitter. However, with the latest generation of […] Read more

Most big names in the online music-streaming industry — including Spotify, Qobuz and Tidal — focus on pleasing the majority with multi-tiered types of music-quality plans. Apple Inc., however, has always developed innovation by going against the flow of the status quo. Hence, they created their own version of an online music-streaming service called “Apple […] Read more