If you are searching for a way to make the music from your smartphone/DAP sound better, or if you need to drive some less efficient headphones, iFi Audio submits the xDSD portable DAC/Amp for your consideration. It looks to be an impressive little beast that is barely bigger than a deck of cards.
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The NAD VISO HP70 headphone is the fraternal twin to the PSB M4U 8. Both have essentially the same internal components and specs, and both are equipped with the latest iteration of Paul Barton’s RoomFeel tuning. That is where the similarities end however, as their external design and aesthetics are about as different as can be.
If wireless noise cancelling headphones happen to be on your purchasing radar, the Bowers & Wilkins PX are definitely worth your time and consideration. They offer rakishly good looks, advanced design and more than a few clever touches to augment their compelling sound quality.
Intended as a step-up from the well-received M4U 2 noise cancelling headphones, PSB’s new M4U 8 shows us how designer Paul Barton takes a good thing….and makes it wireless!
I found myself in the interesting position of having three different high performance wireless Bluetooth headphones in my possession at the same time.
During my preparations for the review of Mark Waldrep’s book, Music and Audio: A User Guide to Better Sound (link), I was able to interview Mark by phone from his home on the California coast. We discussed the new book and touched on various aspects of his career in music and on the state of high-resolution audio in general.
Many of our Secrets readers are, undoubtedly, already familiar with Mark Waldrep. His AIX Records audiophile label has been producing high-resolution music in stereo and multi-channel surround sound for almost twenty years. Mark recently decided to draw upon his 40 years of combined audio engineering, production and teaching experience to put together what amounts to a reference book about high-resolution audio. It neatly covers practically every link in the chain, from studio production to home playback.
European Audio Team (EAT for short) is a name that is new to my ears but has been around as an audio company since the 1990s. Based in the Czech Republic, t...
The MartinLogan Crescendo X is a stylish looking and great sounding networked speaker that can bring you your music from a variety of sources, whether they be wired or wireless. It incorperates the latest Blutooth functionality, is AirPlay certified and can be controlled in depth through the DTS: Play-Fi app on either Android or iOS devices.
The B&W 803 D3 is part of a top-to-bottom, revolutionary rethink of an iconic speaker line. It features cutting edge speaker technologies combined with avant-garde styling to bring the end user something truly special, both visually and sonically.