The SUPER Hi-Fi Pre-amplifier shootout, thoughts and some surprises.

Where does one begin to evaluate these components? I thought about it and after two years decided to write my own personal review here. I don’t have flowery words and mystic meanings. I CANNOT give a distortion analysis. No Frequency response. Im going to rank then 1st to the SOUND and experience. Then Ill rank them realistically including the specifications …

ifi - micro idsd signature

iFi improve on the already awesome iFi micro BL DAC

Micro – iDSD BL Signature MSRP: $649 (R15500) Our price: R13900 Our top-of-the-range desktop/transportable DAC and headphone amp will supercharge your tunes. Based around two Burr-Brown DAC chips in a custom ‘interleaved’ configuration, the digital engine has four pairs of differential signals – two pairs per channel. This means a lower noise floor improved channel separation finer musical detail and …

iFi stirs magic with the release of the new NEO iDSD

Price: $699MSRP: R15800Our Price: R13950 https://ifi-audio.com/products/neo-idsd/ The amazing iFi NEO iDSD now available for order. This is going to be a giant killer like its bigger brother the iDSD PRO. Why ? Simply the use of the Burr-Brown DAC’s. An extremely smooth detailed DAC chip. The Rolls-Royce of DACs. Superb connectivity and every format you could need for the next …

AEX now distributes Electrocompaniet

One of the most iconic names in audio. When the USA were at its peak with Krell, Mark Levinson, Pass Labs and Audio Research, a challenger emerged in Europe. One of the great makes that competes one on one with all the brands out there. The Legendary NEMO amplifiers, easily putting out its 600W into 8 Ohm, but just as …

2019 MingDa Releases

MingDa MC212-A Output Power50W Class A into 4/8 Ohm at less than 0.8% distortionInputInput impedance 220k, Up to 1000mV. SNR: 88dBValvesPsvane WE 212, 6SN7 x 1, 6SL7 x 1Dimensions40x60x55cm, 56kg per monoblockMingDa MC211-S Output Power50W Class A into 4/8 Ohm at less than 0.8% distortionInputInput impedance 220k, Up to 1200mV. SNR: 90dBValves211 x 4, 6SN7 x 2Dimensions40x55x43cm, 48kg per monoblockMingDa …

Zingali Twenty Evo 1.2

This review has taken some time to put together. What started out as a simple review turned out to be an adventure involving quite a few listening sessions and input from fellow audiophiles. Lets start with the system. As DAC we used the mighty EMMLabs XDS1 CD/DAC/SACD and the giant killer iFi PRO iDSD dac. Preamp is the MingDa MC300. …

iFi iDSD Pro

Is this the best DAC under R100 000 ? I think it might just be.After winning every shootout agains the big name DAC’s out there, dCS, EMMLabs, Levinson, Brinkman and Lampizator, this DAC demands a listen. It runs with the Giants in the game.Where does one start with a DAC like this? Lets ease into it. The Looks This is …

Audio Research Reference Phono 2 SE

Unpacking this beast from its boxes already had me admiring it. The beautiful workmanship already satisfied the sense before it even started playing. I knew I was in for something special here. I have waited a long time to test the top of the range Phono from Audio Research….and missed the boat. There is now a Reference 3 Phono and …

Ming-Da MC300 Preamplifier

Is this the best preamplifier under R100k ? W here does one start with this preamp ? Its history ? It doesn’t have much. Was designed by MingDa in China and for once not copied from an existing design. To be honest I looked far and wide and have yet to find a 300b/6SN7 preamplifier. Amplifier ? Yes indeed I …

Lance Dixon Revolve Reference Turntable

Lance Dixon – Revolve Turntable

At the end of a long phone-call with an Audiophile friend, he mentioned to me that he knows someone that has built a magnificent turntable. A work of love and pure genius. Meticulously designed and very sound mechanical principles. Seeing that we are all a little bit isolated from the rest of the “modern” world and that most of our …