• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Headstage Arrow 5TX (Enhanced Bass Boost) Review

    October 18, 2015 Luckbad 9

    Comments across the tiny Hi-Fi corner of the internet might lead one to believe that Headstage amps are a mere myth. An ultra-thin amplifier of high quality and a plethora of features created by an eccentric genius. Delays, periods of silence during development, and confusion abound. But it’s here now. Was it worth the wait? […]

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  • Vorzuge VorzAMP duo Review

    August 24, 2015 Luckbad 5

    In the search for the best basshead gear, we’re willing to search far and wide. In this case, we’ve landed on an amplifier from a boutique audio company in Germany called Vorzüge. They have a beautiful little amplifier called the VorzAMP Duo. What makes this a basshead amp? EQduo. In short, it provides both a Bass switch and a […]

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