Sandu Vitalie

Sandu Vitalie

Bio

Founder and lead editor of www.soundnews.net. At a younger age I discovered that my stock Walkman headphones and my home boom-box sucked big time. Since then I wander the world in a quest to find the world’s best transducers in a headphone or speaker form. When low at inspiration I drink potions mixed with strong spirits and I raise that volume up, I headbang at rocks gigs and I’m a pretty good wedding crasher. I’m sorry I don’t have a favorite band, I like almost everything out there…except for Diana Krall.

Articles By Sandu Vitalie


My Video Review: Oftentimes I’m being asked which DAC is the best you can get at less than one grand. That is a very broad question that can’t have a simple answer from my part, as I can’t possibly know your music preference, your stereo or your headphone setup. In spite of everything, Topping D90 …
My Video Review: I was dismayed when FiiO announced that their M11 PRO and M15 will be fading away into the history books. We all knew it would happen at some point, but that fire at the AKM factory skyrocketed the prices of the remaining stock, making it happen sooner rather than later, with …
My Video Review: Were you ever surprised by something you’ve haven’t heard of? It happened so many times in my life, not only in Hi-Fi. Having big budgets for expensive marketing, some huge banners waving on top of the tallest buildings or the biggest pixels nailed on huge Hi-Fi websites can …
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 …
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 …
My Video Review: Il Suono Italiano…now confess to me, how does that sound to you? Like a sweet melody whispered gently in your ear by a delicate midnight muse? Like a stroke of brush by the great Buonarroti that separated the sublime genius from monotony of formal thoughts? Like a poetry …
My Video Review: Alright folks, I might not get too excited seeing another AKM or ESS Sabre based DAC been released in such a crowded landscape that digital audio has become, I’ve covered plenty of those already…but how about some fresh new Cirrus Logic based DACs? I don’t remember listening to …
My Video Review: I still remember when ESS Technologies released their newest all-in-one ES9218 DAC and headphone amplifier on a single SoC silicon a few years ago, that would revolutionize the affordable DAP market in a very good way. It meant replacing a big chunk of PCB space with just a single …
My Video Review: Before I move on with my actual review, I just want to make it clear that headphone listening is the biggest hobby of my life…for multiple reasons. With headphones you don’t need expensive room treatments, absorbers or diffusers, you don’t need obedient neighbors, you will never …
My Video Review: There’s always a first time for everything in life. In my case, I am meeting Hiby Audio and all their doings for the first time. In case of Hiby Audio (Hiby from now on), they just finished working on their first flagship IEM that is called Crystal6. You probably heard about their …
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