Apex HiFi Sangaku Review

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 […]

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Sony Z1R Review

I grew up a huge Sony fan. My first music device was a Sony Discman. My first laptop was a VAIO of some sort. There’s an old Sony CRT TV in my childhood home. Even the first headphones I remember buying were a pair of Sony earbuds. But Sony isn’t exactly well renowned for their […]

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ampsandsound Mogwai 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 […]

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Monoprice XXX Review

I purchased this IEM soon after its release directly from Monoprice.  Monoprice shipping took about a week to get the IEMs to me and cost a little over $50. Pictures Background The in-ear monitor (IEM) market seems more competitive than ever, with a trend toward more drivers per side, hybrid balanced armature/dynamic driver designs in […]

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Monoprice M1060 Review

The Monoprice M1060 is some sort of anomaly. In an industry where the market seems to almost welcome price ceilings being pushed higher and higher, Monoprice went the opposite direction: they released a large diaphragm planar magnetic headphone for the low, low price of $299. They easily could have tacked on another $100 and nobody […]

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Neurochrome HP-1 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 […]

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$100 DAC/Amp Shootout

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. […]

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Monoprice Monolith M560 Review

A big thanks to Blaine of Cascadia Audio for lending me this pair of Monolith M560 headphones so that I can share my thoughts. Pictures Background It is my belief, that currently the $200 market for headphones is a market of compromises.  There are a lot of good options in that price range, but they […]

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