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  1. Hi Sonis, NSX, and Chris, Thanks for being so frank, and not shying away from delivering disappointing news. Coincidentally, I've been hoping AS would do more headphone reviews. I've been thinking about buying IEMs, and finding most headphone reviews almost useless as they come from a site that appears to love everything they review Cheers!
  2. Thanks for the terrific write up, a great companion piece to Chris's. But let's not forget that the DragonFly costs less than rounding error or sales tax on a typical audiophile DAC--we need to keep that in mind for objective reviews. The real question is does it give us a couple of hundred bucks benefit vs a Mac or iPhone
  3. Yes--it would be kind of crazy if DF could match Hugo at 1/10 of the price. All the DragonFlies are dramatic improvements over a Mac's built in DAC. They make the Mac a reasonable source.
  4. Thanks, Chris. The original DragonFly was my entry to computer audio, so I have a very soft spot for them. Curious--what Custom IEMs were stolen? I am getting close to biting the bullet, so I'd appreciate your recommendation.
  5. I'm a big fan of AS, but I must say this makes me uncomfortable--you will be reviewing a product on which you are directly benefiting from the sale.
  6. This is really well put on a couple of levels. If Tune Tots sound like Wilsons (say, almost Sabrinas), they are priced fairly. Frankly, I'm bewildered by posts that suggest there is any test of value beyond sound, appearance, and room placement flexibility. But whether or not you think they are priced fairly, if they are too rich for your blood, there are plenty of great speakers that cost less.
  7. PeterG

    My Dad

    My Dad, age 87, a fan of opera, classical, and jazz decades ago, but without a stereo since the 1970s and completely inexperienced in modern hifi, reminded me yesterday of the true beauty of our hobby. While we were sitting quietly on my patio, he suggested that I "get some Bose speakers out here". Realizing that I had never played my McIntosh tubes/B&Ws for him, I shook my head, led him inside and sat him down in the sweet spot for Morgan James singing Nina Simone. At first he looked a bit confused, then started rolling his head and smiling, then looked more confused, adjusted his hearing aids and said "she can't sing THAT well". (i.e. it sounds so good, there must be a trick) ...A beautiful moment, and certainly the best best response I've ever heard from anyone on any hifi. It doesn't take take years of engineering, or training, or a golden ear to appreciate great sound--it only takes open ears and an artistic soul.
  8. Hi Josh, Just when I thought you couldn't top the selection of Aja! Enjoying my Fish People version as I read/respond; I will pick up 2018 soon. You might consider Talking Heads's Remain in Light for a future column. Like Hounds it is a complex and multilayered classic. But a recent listen to Angelique Kidjo's magnificent reinterpretation shows (at least my copy of) the original to be muddled. It deserves the The Best. Cheers!
  9. Burn in and warm up are two different things. More importantly, you might consider a Transparent Powerbank 6 for protection of your system--they guarantee component replacement, and I don't think you will notice any difference in sound.
  10. Emily King--WOW--thanks for the tip! Just ordered the new CD and about to buy a pair of tix to see her in Cambridge. Good luck with your expanding family--in just a few years you can take your "baby" to concerts--you'll drag her to Emily King, she'll drag you to Taylor Swift. You'll have a blast at both....That's love!
  11. Nice write up! I especially appreciate a bits is bits guy acknowledging that it is not always the case, and also like seeing China come in with an audiophile-level component. Cheers!
  12. Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell both delivered by Morgan James. Surprised no mentions yet, Morgan's sold a lot of systems at my local dealer: http://www.morganjamesonline.com/music/
  13. Having dissed your video format before, I must now admit that it works very well for this type of thing. Nice job!
  14. Congratulations, Chris! It's a pleasure to be on the site and also to see an entrepreneur succeed at something he loves. But I don't believe you when you say digital will always be the focus. The guy who wanted a TAS system 20 years ago, now wants to crush TAS (in very friendly and respectful way). That's awesome. But for Audio Style to have enough audiophile style to topple the old regime, it will need to pursue beautiful sound with every tool available. I look forward to cheering you on!
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