• Schiit Gungnir Multibit Review

    January 7, 2018 Luckbad 0

    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 1

    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the privilege of owning several and having extended sessions with others, and I decided to put together a previously-unpublished comparison of the […]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 10

    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 1

    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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  • MHDT Labs Pagoda Review

    February 28, 2016 Luckbad 0

    Welcome back guest reviewer @s1rrah! His reviews of the outstanding MHDT Labs R-2R NOS Tube DACs are excellent and thorough. Enjoy this comprehensive review of the venerated MHDT Labs Pagoda. MHDT Labs Pagoda: A Review and Comparison Intro ——————————————————————————————————— I’ve used MHDT Laboratories DACs for quite some time. Having spent a great amount of time exploring […]

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  • MHDT Labs Stockholm v2 Review

    February 21, 2016 Luckbad 0

    Welcome guest reviewer @s1rrah! His reviews of the outstanding MHDT Labs R-2R NOS Tube DACs are excellent and thorough. Enjoy this comprehensive review of the venerated MHDT Labs Stockholm 2. MHDT Labs Stockholm v2 : A Review Before I even get in to this … let me just say that I’ve already done a review of […]

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  • Linum BaX IEM Cable Review

    January 18, 2016 Luckbad 0

    Aftermarket cables for IEMs and headphones have become increasingly popular over the past few years. Most seem to be either poor quality or extremely expensive. I got my hands on a Linum BaX cable with MMCX connectors. It’s reasonably priced and well-regarded, so I had to try the cable out for myself. First, let’s take a quick […]

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  • Emotiva Big Ego Review

    December 30, 2015 Luckbad 4

    If I talk about a USA audio company that does creates excellent bang-for-the-buck products, are you thinking about Emotiva? You should be. Emotiva has long been well-regarded in the home theater scene, even producing speakers to a quality level that big wigs at the other USA-based audio company you were probably thinking of (rhymes with $%#&) that makes […]

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  • Garage1217 Project Polaris Review

    November 3, 2015 Luckbad 1

    A gorgeous, versatile, powerful amplifier at a great price manufactured in the USA. Is the Project Polaris worth taking up a few inches of your desktop? Spoiler Alert: Heck yes it is! Garage1217 Project Polaris In the Box Project Polaris (Assembled) or DIY Kit Power Supply 5 Year Warranty Note that the case in the picture doesn’t […]

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