The Biz: Asahi-Kasei and ESSTech go to war over mobile superiority

There's no question that, over the past three years, ESSTech has completely dominated the premium portable digital audio segment. The fab-less circuit design firm kicked things off in 2014 with the introduction of the now-ubiquitous ES9018-2M, a mobile-minded DAC chip designed as a two-channel die shrink of the venerated 8-channel ES9018S (itself the evolved production …

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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). Note: Unless otherwise …