Category: Sources

Players, DACs and amps – anything that will feed music to your earphones / headphones

October 3, 2016 / DACs & Amps

When Philips first created a DAC back when they worked with Sony on the first digital audio standards, they used a multibit design. Multibit designs are often considered to sound better than the more modern single-bit (delta-sigma) technologies, but MB DACs are generally considered to be more expensive and more complicated to build in order to reach the same (or better) quality than a modern delta-sigma DAC. The Schiit range of DACs all offer Multibit functionality as an upgraded option. In this case, I’m looking at (and listening to) the 2nd highest model in the Schiit range, the Gungnir Multibit (or Gumby for short).

September 6, 2016 / Accessories
September 1, 2016 / DACs & Amps

AudioQuest recently released two new DragonFly models: DragonFly Black and DragonFly Red. Both use the same power-efficient processor, are equipped with ESS brand DAC chips, and offer up to 24-bit / 96kHz decoding, but they differ in their exact model of DAC chips, power output and volume control. I bought the DragonFly Red and almost instantly fell in love. Jump in to find out why…

June 20, 2016 / Accessories

The debate around the value / importance of USB cables is a tense one in the audiophile world with some people swearing that the cable makes no difference and others believing it does. I personally sit in the second camp. I believe, based on listening to many different USB cables, that the cables do actually make a difference. I have also found that the cost of the cable has no bearing on whether or not it sounds better and personal preferences will also play a part in this question.
The wonderful crew over at AudioQuest have loaned me one of each of their USB cables and I’ve thrown in some cables I already own to create a comparison review of 10 different USB cables to see if it’s really worth spending more and to see which features are valuable and which features are just gimmicks…

May 2, 2016 / A Bit About Sound

This post contains a video explanation of USB audio about why the design of USB cables is actually important. As important as pure analog cables (RCAs, etc.)? Perhaps. Perhaps not, but they are important no matter how you look at it.