Amplifiers

87/100 Amplifiers
Soncoz Technology Co. Ltd. might look like a fresh and young company to you, but their lead engineers have years of practice, perfected in the digital and analog realms. After releasing several products under different brands, a time came for the big move that formed the Soncoz team as we know it …
80/100 Amplifiers
Are those vacuum-tube loving chaps of xDuoo ever sleeping at night? Are they dreaming tube gear and make them happen by the day? We’ll never know that, but I know that xDuoo are one of those guys that aren’t walking the same path two years in a row. Last year, matte-black everything was their …
91/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: Oh my, how time flies. I remember as it was yesterday when Burson Audio released their first power amplifier somewhere at the end of 2013 calling it the Timekeeper (such a fitting name), that we got to review on our sister website a decade ago. My daily driver at that time was a …
93/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: Name the first grandiose and imposing thing that dictates your imagination. Contemplate in intimacy the detail that seduced your thoughts in a journey across continents and oceans. If among the symbols of timeless grandiloquence, you have listed the Colossus of Rhodes, the Great …
87/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: The golden trinity of the East might be competing for the best D/A converters and headphone amplifiers at less than one grand, but when it comes to integrated and power amplifiers, SMSL Audio is the undisputed and uncontested champion. They already have 13 speaker amplifiers of …
88/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: It’s that time of the year when Topping goes all-in, making sure it wouldn’t be outgunned anytime soon. After releasing three Nested Feedback Composite Amplifiers (NFCA for short) by now, you would think they would rest on Laurus Nobilis? Think twice, they are just getting warmed …
90/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: Singxer Electronic Co Ltd. is a mysterious audio manufacturer for me, they have done ODM and OEM work for third party companies for more than a decade now. They started slow and small, but they learned fast, they did their homework so well, that in fact the second generation XMOS …
85/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: The most controversial review I ever wrote was for the Musician Pegasus R2R DAC. I didn’t know too much about them at that time, only that they had more than 20 years of experience under their belts in the digital and analog audio domains and that was enough for me to understand …
91/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: I always loved the way Burson Audio was approaching analog designs. Instead of waging wars with its competition on lower distortion numbers and on higher signal-to-noise ratios, the simplest things were more important to them. Above some numbers appearing on the screen of an audio …
91/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: With the introduction of SP200, SMSL embraced the THX-AAA hype train that everybody was talking around the block. Finally, there was a serious contender in town for the overrated Drop THX-789 and as my comprehensive comparison of the THX-es proved, in some ways it even outclassed …
87/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: How Topping is even operating in times like these, it’s a big mystery to me. I know several audio manufacturers from Europe that are not accepting orders anymore, just because their factories are barely working due to Covid-19 lockdown, yet Topping is releasing several new DACs …
90/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: Ever since publishing my Benchmark HPA4 review last year, I couldn’t sleep at night because of the huge differences between it and the second-best headphone amplifier I’ve tried before it. One month later, I smashed my piggie banks and killed my wallet for good, by purchasing an …
89/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: I was given the privilege of reviewing the Keces S125 power amplifier some time ago, that in time become my daily driver work horse. Anything else I had before it felt muddy, raw and unpolished. It grown on me with its clean nature and although S125 isn’t a heavy lifter and …
87/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: Few months ago when I was building a secondary speaker setup, I decided to try a medium sized power amplifier that had all the right ingredients that were mandatory for me as an oversized toroidal transformer, an all discrete circuitry and of course some of that Class-A magic for …
85/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: Everyone has a new way of attacking the entry level audio market. JDS is doing that with their Atom line-up, Schiit Audio with their schiity sounding Modi, Magni, Vali and Fulla, Drop is working hard on their upcoming AAA One. Companies from the East are doing the same, as both …
86/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: When LittleDot MKIII SE (which I will be simply calling LD3 from now on) landed at the front of my door, a flashback struck me and a lot of good memories rushed in. Long before my xDuoo TA-10 and TA-30 reviews, before my Woo Audio WA6 Special Edition review and even farther away …
90/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: From the tens of audio manufacturers from the land of the Red Dragon that I came across, I can count about three of them which are really proud about their identity and achievements. Without a doubt, on top of this very short list stays the funky Kinki Studio team. With a simple …
91/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: One of the biggest hypes I ever encountered in the headphone kingdom was the announcement of THX Achromatic Audio Amplifiers that revolutionized the way we listen to music. By far, the biggest impact on the market had the THX-AAA-789 by Drop. The company that made it, prepared a …
85/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: About a year ago when I finally tested a passive power conditioner from KECES called BP-600 it made wonders in my desktop setup cleaning up those dirty power lines, offering an impeccably clean background, that I decided to rename it to Mr. Clean. It changed the way I listen to …
91/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: It all started about half year ago when I had a long conversation with Vitaliy Barchan of Flux Lab Acoustics about his company, about new products, about the hard times of a newly opened business and the struggle to win the hearts of the potential customers. We talked a lot about …
92/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: When you think you know them all, as if you listened to the best solid-state headphone amplifiers on this planet, a little doggie called Lutz would come and tell you that you know nothing young padawan. As a detour from my intro, about one year and half ago, one of my friends …
83/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: What a crazy and crowded year was 2019 for Topping. They were able to release not one, not two but three flagship DACs: the technical and serious DX7 PRO, its musical and playful brother D90 and the D70 that sits somewhere in the middle of those two. Topping didn’t forget their …
79/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: When I’ve tested the SMSL SP200 headphone amplifier I’ve felt how much this company is pushing the envelope into affordable Hi-Fi market. SP200 is still the most affordable THX AAA headphone amplifier on the market and it performs admirable even with heavy loads. SMSL released a …
87/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: A lot of time passed since I listened an all tube amplifier at my place. I still have good memories of my former WooAudio WA6 Special Edition that I was upgrading monthly with better vacuum tubes and better capacitors, just to squeeze the best out of it. That one was the only …
88/100 Amplifiers
My Video Review: There is a lot of talk lately about a Chinese company called Kinki Studio – yes, that is exactly their name. I already imagined how a guy enters a media company that specializes in business names and just casually asks around: “Hey, we came from China, we have a studio and we …
100/100 Amplifiers
My video comparison review: As promised my 3-way comparison review between 3 THX-AAA headphone amps is ready and here are my findings. HPA4 and SP200 were already reviewed around here, THX-789 is a loaner unit from a closer friend of mine, thank you Dan for making this possible. In this review I …
88/100 Amplifiers
My video review: Disclaimer: SMSL SP200 was sent to us as a review sample exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Apos Audio for this opportunity. Probably the biggest hype I ever encountered in the headphone kingdom was the announcement of THX AAA 789 headphone amp by Massdrop. People …
79/100 Amplifiers
My video review: Disclaimer: FiiO K5 PRO was sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team FiiO for this opportunity. I am an old-school guy and I like the simplest DAC/Amp units, especially desktop ones that can be wall-powered. Sadly, for the past years FiiO forget …
93/100 Amplifiers
Disclaimer: Benchmark HPA4 together with DAC 3 HGC were loaned to me from the local distributor. Both will be returned back after the test period ends. My video review: Before starting my actual review, I just want to remind you that headphone listening at the Hi-Fi level is a big part of my life. …
86/100 Amplifiers
Disclaimer: Aune S7 PRO was sent to us free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion. We thank team Aune Audio for this opportunity. My video review: At München High-End Show 2019 Aune Audio unveiled a bunch of interesting products such X1s PRO DAC/Headphone amp combo, X7s stand-alone …
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