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

Where does one start with a DAC like this? Lets ease into it. The Looks This is not a dCS Puccini or a Devialet. But then again it costs almost 6 times less. So its not a pretty DAC with masses of metal and detailing, but it looks quite good. But it oozes technology. It is so packed with buttons …

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

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 found a few 2.5W to 3.5W examples. So …

Gryphon Diable 300

Gryphon Diablo 300

Nearly 10 years ago, the Gryphon Diablo brought newfound credibility and respectability to the humble integrated amplifier. Previously the object of widespread scorn from audiophiles, the full potential of the integrated amplifier was finally realised in the Gryphon Diablo, so far ahead of its time that it – with typical Gryphon longevity – remained the absolute reference in its class …

Pass Labs XA30.5

Pass Labs XA30.5 Power Amplifier

Amplifiers from the great Nelson Pass have one thing in common – Sheer brilliance. His amplifiers are some of the best designs ever to grace our ears! The looks of this power amplifier is amazing. Strong modern industrial look. Its not trying one bit to be subtle. Most people notice it immediately. And for most its love at first sight! …

MHDT Pagoda

MHDT Pagoda

First, Pagoda is the highest achievement of memorial in all things, especially architectural forms. And second, every eminent monk has a sacred, protected space where he keeps all his treasures and those things he holds most sacred; this is also known as a Pagoda. Since we consider the PCM1704 chip to represent the highest standards in regards to the R2R …