In Pictures: TEAC HA-P90SD

We didn’t get to listen to it at all, as the operating system froze and crashed repeatedly; turning the power knob to the ‘OFF’ setting couldn’t even turn it off — we had to wait until the battery drained. A very bad sign indeed. The build quality feels similar to that of the lower cost…

The Biz: Show Report – TAA International Hi-End Hi-Fi Show

The TAA International Hi-End Hi-Fi Show is a large annual audiophile exhibit organized by the Taiwan Audio Association. Held this past weekend at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, the show is hi-fi heavy in the traditional sense, so it’s mostly about the KEFs, the Focals, and the Magicos of the world. However, for the…

Beyerdynamic A200p: Portable Digital Amplifier

Editor’s Note: The Beyerdynamic A200p is a product adapted from and very similar to the Astell&Kern AK10. The two share very similar functionality and outward appearance. Disclaimer: I’d like to thank Beyerdynamic for loaning me the A200p for review.  The sample will be returned to Beyerdynamic following evaluation. The Beyerdynamic A200p is a very small DAC/Amp combo…

DSD & Resonessence Labs’ Herus

Editor’s Note: When Mr. T reviewed the Resonessence Labs Concero HP last year (review here), he was thoroughly impressed by its robust build and superlative sound quality, along with Resonessence’s impressive technical service attributes. However, the Concero HP, being the size of a removable optical drive, was merely a transportable device, rather than a truly…

Resonessence Labs Concero HP: USB-Powered Tour-De-Force

Editor’s Note: CYMBACAVUM was lucky enough to get a hold of the Resonessence Labs Concero HP; now Mr. T won’t relinquish it. You’ll have to pry it away from his cold, dead hands. There are audio companies and then there are audio companies. Resonessence Labs is the latter. You may have heard of Resonessence Labs…

EleKit TU-HP01 Hybrid Tube Amplifier

A Cost Effective Introduction to Portable Tubes A few months back, CYMBACAVUM made a mention about the EK Japan TU-HP01 portable hybrid tube amp that made its debut at the 2013 Fujiya Spring Headphone Festival. EK Japan, also known as EleKit Japan, is an established electronics maker specializing in miscellaneous DIY kits for electronics and…

Quick Thoughts: CEntrance HiFi-M8 LX

These are quick, serendipitous thoughts about the much-hailed CEntrance HiFi-M8. As these thoughts were penned within the span of a week, they’re relatively reactive and unprocessed musings, and as such should be taken lightly and with a grain of salt (Mr. T tends to be overly critical of items at the onset).

Miniwatt N4 | A sweet sounding DAC

Editor’s Note:  Miniwatt is Hong Kong-based company that comes from a home stereo and speaker background, well regarded for their tube amplifiers. Recognizing the popularity of audiophiles using CAS (computer-as-source) and headphones, Miniwatt decided to foray into the realm of USB DAC/amps. The n4 is the culmination of such an endeavor, taking on a minimalist…

JL Acoustic Labs’ BAB1-MC *LE Edition #L | Onion, Not Ogre

Editor’s Note: This is an extremely belated writeup; for various reasons, it was continually delayed in lieu of other content. The author apologizes profusely for the long wait. For quite some time, Class D amplifiers were thought of as the ogres of the solid state world. Audiophiles found them repugnant, dastardly little digital devices. However,…

Upping The Ante: The CLAS-db/ALO Rx MK3-B Mobile Rig

Editor’s Note: TheDigitalFreak tops out on the very best high-end portable gear, from DAC to amp to cables. Read his journal here. Although initially designed for mobile use with iDevices, the second-generation Cypher Labs AlgoRhythm Solo (CLAS) DAC, the -db, can now also be used with a PC/Mac just like an external sound card. Because…