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  1. Moon's Neo ACE – success is not the only reward

    Moon's Neo ACE integrated streaming amplifier is a profoundly good product, a true audio Swiss Army knife with extensive digital and analogue functionality that makes it the one-box does-it-all amplifier of the moment. We thought it was stunning value at its original retail price of £3,300. But, such is its success that Simaudio Moon has had to scale up production, and that means the Neo ACE is slightly cheaper to manufacture, and those savings have been passed down to the consumer. The price of the Moon Neo ACE is now £2,700. Read our review here: http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/moon-neo-ace-integrated-streaming-amplifier/ Although such price reductions...

  2. Headphones & Personal Audio at the L.A. Audio Show 2017

    The inaugural L.A. Audio Show 2017 featured an extensive HeadGear showroom, plus something new and valuable: namely, an XTREME HeadGear room reserved exclusively for top-tier models of proven performance capabilities. Since the L.A. Show followed hot on the heels of the Munich High-End Show 2017, which in turn followed closely after the AXPONA 2017 show, there was relatively little in the way of utterly new (as in never seen before, anywhere) equipment, but more in the way of models being shown for the first time in the U.S. or of models shown in a new demonstration context. What follows, then,...

  3. RHA Audio DACAMP L1 portable high-res DAC and headphone amplifier

    Those of you who have followed Hi-Fi+ over time know that we hold the Scottish firm RHA Audio in high regard as a manufacturer of sensibly priced high performance earphones, many of which have been reviewed in our pages. But interestingly, the RHA product we will review here isn’t an earphone; instead, it’s an ambitious, portable high resolution DAC and balanced output headphone amplifier called the DACAMP L1, priced at £399.95. Truth to tell, the DACAMP L1 has been a very long time coming, so that we can remember seeing early working prototypes of the amp/DAC over a year ago...

  4. Trilogy Audio Systems 906 phono stage

    We loved the Trilogy Audio Systems 907 phono stage when we tested it in issue 85. But it is a bit ‘spendy’. So when we saw the 931 headphone amp (a stripped down version of Trilogy’s top 933 model), we hoped there might be something smaller, lighter and cheaper than the 907 in the pipeline. There was, and it’s called the 906. Trilogy doesn’t really go in for funky names. As with the 931 headphone amplifier, the 906 phono stage incorporates a lot of what goes into its bigger brother, but in a single chassis. There is a likely a...

  5. Benchmark Media Systems DAC3 HGC digital converter

    Benchmark Media Systems is one of the bastions of the new face of audio electronics. Benchmark was and is a pro audio brand at the forefront of the democratisation of the recording industry and audiophiles became interested in the product line toward the end of the last decade, because the Benchmark DAC1 was one of the first products that took USB audio seriously. No company can afford to rest on its laurels for too long today, and the Benchmark DAC1 was replaced by a number of equally highly respected models. Which brings us to the latest Benchmark DAC3-HGC. Despite looking...

  6. Weiss Medus DAC

    Weiss has long been at the forefront of digital audio technology. It was the first company I recall making a DAC equipped with a Firewire input for the Mac computers that were used as a source when the whole digital streaming thing got off the ground. There is a reason for this, which is that Weiss has been in studios for a long time. I went to Air studios recently and visited the vinyl cutting room. There in the console I saw two Weiss units; don’t ask me what they do, but assume they had something to do with digital...

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