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  1. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=688-Woo-Audio-WA7tp-Fireflies
  2. For those not familiar with Woo Audio’s offerings, the USA-based company has been making high performance loudspeaker and headphone amplifiers for several years out of New York. Owner Jack Woo has successfully piloted the company and built a substantial reputation for quality-made tube stage amplifiers. While the full product rundown includes loudspeaker implementations, most of Woo’s foothold in the marketplace comes directly from its large, perfectly incremental headphone amplifier product line. From their entry level single-ended OTL WA3 amp ($599) to the behemoth WA234 monoblocks ($15,900)
  3. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=660-Amarra-For-Tidal-Review
  4. To the computer audiophile, the convenience of having millions of tracks at your fingertips has always been hamstrung by quality issues. With the rise of Tidal and its lossless capabilities, streaming has really gotten a second look as a more legitimate source. Its appearance at audio shows is becoming more frequent (even if its use is often hidden from public view). So as with most intentions associated with the audiophile hobby, it should come no surprise that eventually steps to squeeze more fidelity out of this high-potential cloud-based service should come to market.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
  5. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=657-ALO-Audio-Continental-Dual-Mono-DAC-Amp
  6. There seems to be no end in sight for the significant gains portable audio has seen in the past few years in terms of both sound quality and feature sets. The last big hurdle seems to tackle the elusive integration of tubes. A few desktop units from Woo Audio and others have trickled out into the market but a more portable solution hasn’t really gained significant steam in the public consciousness. Portland-based ALO has introduced several variations on this theme with their original Continental and subsequent Pan Am models, but has since halted production to focus on their new portable flagsh
  7. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=627-High-Resolution-Technologies-dSP-Review
  8. The newest product from the long-standing High Resolution Technologies (HRT) is a small one, both in size and pricing. The dSP line consists of two products (estimated $69/each). i-dSP can handle an Apple Lighting connection while the regular dSP is intended for use with a computer (via USB) and Android devices. The i-dSP still requires the purchase of Apple’s Lighting to USB Camera adaptor to work properly, so add another $30 on to the price to get things going in that scenario. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Normally when I review a portable DAC there is quite a handful of options to compare it again
  9. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=614-Grace-Design-m920-Review
  10. The wild world of DACs continues to expand with a new update from the pro-leaning company Grace Design. The m903 was released just 3 years previous but already it seems like a (product) lifetime ago. The newest bible-sized, DAC/headphone amplifier is called the m920 “High Resolution Monitoring System” and still shares many of the same external design elements from its predecessor. The internals have had some renovating of course, and the price moved $100 north from $1,895 to $1,995. As of September of this year the m903 is permanently discontinued so older models aren’t kept around for purchas
  11. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=603-Eclipse-TD-M1-Wireless-Speaker-System-Review
  12. Computer desktop audio and hifi converge in the form of several products each year. The newest submission by Eclipse is called the TD-M1 wireless speaker system. The bullet-shaped casing from each of the mounted speaker cabinets houses a single 8mm driver and is rated for 20W output from the built in amplification. Also included in the mix are an interesting selection of inputs that include Apple’s Airplay, your standard computer USB input and a USB input from a direct connection to an iDevice. The overall layout of the system screams for desktop and nearfield listening, although the setup ca
  13. You can view the page at http://www.computeraudiophile.com/content.php?r=589-Oppo-HA-1-Headphone-Amp-DAC-Review
  14. The Oppo HA-1 is a harvester of many tricks, so many in fact that it is almost unfair to label it strictly a headphone amplifier as the acronym in the name suggests. It really stretches the boundaries of inputs, outputs and digital conversion all within a reasonable amount of desktop real estate. As with all things Oppo, attention to detail appears to be a top priority, even down to the packaging. In a market where the focus on sound quality can allow manufacturers to slip by with off-the-shelf interfaces and external design, the Oppo ship is watertight. In rare form for most HiFi equipme
  15. Hey Art, For the asking price the D3 performs very well. Higher price points will generally get you better overall resolution, dynamics and a heightened sense of air and space, but as with many things in high end audio, 2X, 4X the price rarely projects equal leaps in quality. There was no noticeable distortion from playback through the device. Re: #3, See the "associated gear" section after the review.
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