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…
I’ve been writing reviews now for around 15 years and I think this might be the very first time that I’ve ever re-written a review – not just edited a draft, but completely re-written a review. The reason I’ve re-writing this one is that the Nighthawk headphones from Audioquest are completely and utterly unique and require the right explanation to do them justice. Hopefully I can fulfil that challenge.
My first take tried to skate over the technology elements of the Nighthawks because I’m all about how it sounds, but I realised that I can’t do justice to these headphones without a thorough explanation so please grab your favourite drink, a snack and a comfy chair and enjoy the read.
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I’m both excited and nervous to publish this review. I’m nervous because I normally steer well clear of most cable reviews, but, just as was the case with the SilverPlus USB cable from The Chord Company, I’m excited to share a review of a really nice cable that might take your system that final step towards your ultimate audio goals.
SoundChef is a new company on the scene… well technically they’re not on the scene yet, but that’s part of why this is exciting – you see I’m very fortunate to be reviewing a prototype interconnect that’s due to be released in the coming weeks. So, back to the story… SoundChef is a company based in South East Asia and specialising in various custom cables. So far I’ve seen a range of their interconnects and heard 2 of them including this, the Marshmallow interconnect.
Pricing of the interconnects is higher than the standard fare, but they’re also not your average interconnect in terms of both aesthetics and quality. Pricing is expected to be in the range of $150-200 AUD depending on the model and the materials it employs. At this time I know of 3 versions of the SoundChef interconnects: Marshmallow, Meringue, and Macaroon.
The Marshmallow interconnect uses stranded silver, copper and gold for the left and right channels and combines a solid silver wire and a solid copper wire for the ground connection. It’s these ground wires that are spiralled around the active leads to make the striking design of all the SoundChef models. The other SoundChef models combine various other materials or different quantities of those materials to alter the sound characteristics slightly.
Design and Ergonomics
The SoundChef interconnects use high quality Neutrik right-angled 3.5mm plugs which are excellent in terms of their build quality, aesthetics and design. Between these plugs runs a 3cm (roughly, I didn’t measure) length of 4 cables as described above – 2 matched active leads and 2 ground leads of different
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