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This is the first current mode amp I have reviewed but it is not the only current mode headphone amp out in the market such as the HPA-21 from Bakoon to give but one example. The difference being is that the CMA800R is a rev 2 ...

 
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The Conductor SL by Burson

 
March 2, 2014
 



Every once in a while, the clouds part and the sky begins to gently glow, flowers bloom, angels cry and audiophiles around the world begin to sob with joy. It is really rare to find a USB Dac and amplifier combo with future pro...


 
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The N4 by Miniwatt

 
January 22, 2014
 



It’s Chinese New Year soon and Hong Kong audio specialists have reduced the price on their N4 USB powered DAC/Amp to a very tempting $199 as a special promo so we though we would take a look and see how it performs and if...

 
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ALO Audio recently released their new balanced USB powered DAC/AMP called the Island priced at $299 and frankly folks this is about as small as it can get. Ok so I saw the eye catching pictures like everyone else on their websi...

 
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The EF6 from Hifiman

 
September 15, 2013
 



What’s in a single number change? Moving from 5 to 6 should be an evolution of sorts, I mean the EF5 was a pretty powerful little tube amp that packed about 2.5W per channel and took little or no space in 2011. But that w...

 
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The AT-HA40USB is a ‘newish’ tiny USB powered DAC/AMP from Audio Technica in the same vein (and more or less the same size) as the Nuforce Icon uDAC which has been hanging around for years in one iteration or anothe...


 
 
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iFi Audio is a very interesting new manufacturer of affordable transportable audio gear created by Abbingdon Music Research Audio. iFi (and Avatar Acoustics; thank you so much for allowing me to borrow these for an extended per...

 
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I have to admit that the first things that struck me about the Burson Soloist were the finish and the weight. The latter I noticed even before I opened the box, given how heavy it was, and I didn’t realize how badly I rem...

 
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Rein Audio are relatively new to the audiophile market but have produced some well received products including the X-DAC which by all accounts was full of win but I have yet to try that one myself. For a while I just simply jus...

 
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Modi and Magni
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Modi and Magni

US amp manufacturer Schiit just recently announced the launch of the Modi and the Magni at a ridiculous price of $99 each. The Magni being a discreet AB power amp and the Modi being a USB DAC with 24/96 sampling rates. Both are...