• Garage 1217 Project Sunrise III DIY Build Guide

    February 18, 2019 Luckbad 0

    I am a huge fan of the Garage1217 Project Sunrise III headphone amplifier. You can see how much I enjoy it in an earlier review of it. Today, we’re not here for a review. Instead, we’re here for a build guide! I put one of these together last weekend and recorded the process. This is […]

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  • Monolith Cavalli Liquid Platinum Review

    January 23, 2019 Luckbad 5

    Today we take a look at the Monolith by Monoprice Liquid Platinum Headphone Amplifier by Alex Cavalli. This review has taken me longer than perhaps any other on the site. The reasons had little to do with the Liquid Platinum itself. It started with work getting super busy, but ultimately it boiled down to this: I’d […]

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  • Monolith Cavalli Liquid Spark Review

    October 12, 2018 Luckbad 0

    When I heard that Alex Cavalli was ready for retirement, I was sad. My favorite all-around amp of all time is the Cavalli Liquid Crimson. I’d heard rumors of a compact Liquid Spark and balanced variant of the Liquid Crimson that came to be known as the Liquid Platinum. I was tremendously excited to see […]

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  • Flexound HUMU Review

    June 29, 2018 Luckbad 1

    I had the chance to experience an extended test of the HUMU Augmented Audio Cushion. Yes, it is indeed an audio pillow. I thought the concept was strange as well. That is, until I tried it. Bear with me, as it’s not the easiest product to explain. I recommend watching a video or two before […]

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  • RME ADI-2 DAC Review

    January 27, 2018 Luckbad 3

    After attracting the attention of the audiophile community with the ADI-2 Pro, RME set its sights on us once again with the new ADI-2 DAC. It does away with the analog-to-digital conversion that was part of the Pro unit while providing quite a few feature enhancements targeted specifically at music lovers. Some of the audiophile-focused […]

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  • Schiit Gungnir Multibit Review

    January 7, 2018 Luckbad 1

    The Schiit Gungnir Multibit has been around for a couple of years now. It is often recommended as the DAC to get in the $1000 price range. I’ve heard it a few times in unfamiliar setups and found it to be quite good in those situations, but I’ve long awaited the opportunity to try it out in […]

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  • Holo Audio – Spring DAC – Level 3 – “Kitsune Tuned Edition”

    November 13, 2016 Luckbad 0

    I recently received a Holo Spring Kitsune Tuned Edition digital-to-analog converter on loan to demo and review. It’s a modern DAC with patented R-2R technology. It’s the first discrete DAC that has linear compensation. It uses a dual R-2R network for PCM and a dual R-2R network for DSD. The technology involved made this intriguing to me, […]

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  • MHDT Labs Pagoda, Stockholm, Atlantis, Canary, and Orchid

    August 21, 2016 Luckbad 3

    It’s no secret that I’ve become a huge fan of MHDT Labs. They make non-oversampling R-2R tube DACs with no digital, op-amp, or feedback, and they’re all gorgeous to listen to. I’ve had the privilege of owning several and having extended sessions with others, and I decided to put together a previously-unpublished comparison of the […]

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  • S/PDIF Battle: Mutec, Singxer, Lynx, Rednet, Eitr, Et Al.

    August 4, 2016 Luckbad 14

    I am a born skeptic. Until I heard a properly good amplifier with legit headphones, I didn’t think they were necessary. Until I heard a good R-2R DAC against a theoretically-good Delta-Sigma DAC, I thought all DACs sounded essentially the same. As I’ve progressed in my audiophilia, I am left with few frontiers to conquer […]

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  • Garage1217 Project Ember, Horizon, & Sunrise Review

    March 19, 2016 Luckbad 2

    I have traversed significant audiophile ground over the past few years. My humble introduction to the world of high end audio were the Sennheiser HD555s. I’ve sojourned across the landscape ever since that time, buying and selling dozens of headphones, earphones, amplifiers, DACs, and other assorted audio accoutrements. In my journey, I have discovered a […]

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