Thanks to Todd from TTVJ for allowing me to borrow and review the Sangaku. Pictures Background The Sangaku is a relatively new amplifier from Apex and Pete Millett, famous for his Millett Starving Student DIY tube hybrid amplifer kit. The Sangaku is a tube amp that uses KORG Nutubes, a relatively new component from […]Read more "Apex HiFi Sangaku Review"
Thanks to Justin Weber of ampsandsound for sending me this loaner of their Mogwai amplifier to evaluate and share my thoughts on. Pictures Background I don’t really know much about the history of ampsandsound. The first time I heard their amps was at the NY Head-Fi meet last summer. There, I actually got to meet […]Read more "ampsandsound Mogwai Review"
Thanks to Matt for building and then sending this very interesting DIY amp kit to me for listening and review. Pictures Background The Neurochrome HP-1 is a single-ended, solid state amplifier designed by Tom Christiansen that boasts a 3W output into 20 Ohms and 0.000050% THD (worst case) which equates to a signal-to-noise ratio of […]Read more "Neurochrome HP-1 Review"
A big thanks to Lee for organizing this event in his photography studio. It was an excellent meet, run by an incredibly generous and helpful host. Also thanks to xeph for the excellent photos of the meet, I was so busy going around trying stuff that I basically forgot to take pictures. Please do note […]Read more "Philadelphia Head-Fi Meet Impressions 1/29/17"
Big thanks to Josh and Kyle for loaning me these units for review. Pictures Background Rather than just review the Fulla 2 as I was originally intending to do, I decided to reach and and see if I could get a couple of different options to get a better feel for the $100 price bracket. […]Read more "$100 DAC/Amp Shootout"
Thanks to Furiousipaduser for making this loaner tour possible and for allowing me to take part. It’s very difficult for us to get gear to review without the support of the community and I appreciate the opportunities it’s afforded me to try things I might never have gotten a chance to audition otherwise. Pictures Background […]Read more "ECP Torpedo III Review"
I’d like to give a shout out and my thanks to Will and Mark of Linear Tube Audio (makers of the MicroZOTL 2.0) and Urban HiFi for rearranging their store to host this meet. The space was fantastic for this sort of thing and it was obvious the hard work that went into organizing the […]Read more "Head-Fi Meet Impressions 12/05/2016"
All of the following impressions are based on notes taken during a meet. Disclaimers about meet conditions and impressions apply. Pictures Focal Elear The Focal Elear was a surprise to me when I first heard. Based on its price and relation to its sibling the Utopia, I expected the Elear to be worse in some […]Read more "Head-Fi Meet Impressions 10/16/16"
The Schiit Jotunheim was said to be revolutionary. It has so many features. It’s a single ended and balanced, it can supposedly power even the Hifiman HE-6 with ease with its massive amount of power, it has a pre-out, and what I consider to be the most impressive, it has a space for an upgradable […]Read more "Schiit Jotunheim with DAC Module Review"
Very rarely do I buy a piece of gear that so utterly disappoints me so much that I feel like I have to restrain myself from talking about how I really feel about it because I don’t want it to seem like I actually have a bias against it. The Micca Origen+ is one such […]Read more "Micca Origen+ Mini-Review (Updated 10/2/2016)"