John E. Johnson, Jr.
A DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) is one of the most important components in digital audio. It is responsible for taking the 1’s and 0’s in the digital bitstream of the music and creating the analog sound that we hear.
Auralic has rapidly become one of the foremost designers of high-end audio DACs. Their VEGA DAC was a trend-setter.
In 1968, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey, was released. Although we didn’t realize it, this film would go down in movie history, and it still stands up today, 50 years later, with its landmark special effects.
Now that 4K (UHD, Ultra HD, Ultra High Definition, UHD Blu-ray, Ultra HD Blu-ray) is officially “here”, the question is, “Should you invest?”
E.A.T. C-Major Turntable, E.A.T. E-Glo Petit Phono Preamplifier, and E.A.T. Jo No 5 Phono Cartridge Review
E.A.T. (European Audio Team) is an Austrian firm, located in Wilfersdorf, with manufacturing facilities in Eastern Europe. The CEO is Jozefína Lichtenegger.
Pro-Ject is a manufacturer of turntable, amplifiers, speakers, and accessories, located in Mistelbach, Austria, with manufacturing plants in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. They range in price from a few hundred dollars up to several thousand.
Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon Turntable, Sumiko Starling MC Phono Cartridge, and Pro-Ject Tube Box DS2 Phono Preamplifier Preview
I recently obtained for review, a Pro-Ject RPM 9 Carbon turntable (MSRP: $2,499) with an Evo tonearm, Sumiko Starling MC phono cartridge (MSRP: $1,899), and a Pro-Ject Tube Box DS2 phono preamplifier (MSRP: $799).
Benchmark’s DAC3-DX DAC is designed for recording and mastering studios, but it is a great product for consumer use as well. Its clean, low distortion...
HiFiMAN’s Shangri-La electrostatic headphones break the sound barrier and took 20 years to develop. The headphones come with a pure Class A fully balanced headphone amplifier that uses 300B triode tubes in the output stage, producing a warm lush midrange that is simply beyond beyond.
Nearly 40 years ago, in 1982, the first CDs were released. It’s hard to believe it has been that long. I should know. I was there. Many of you were not even born then, and you may have never seen what CDs eventually replaced: Vinyl LPs. (It is ironic that LPs have come back with a vengeance, with sales increasing every year at an explosive rate.)
So Many HD TV, UHD TV, QUHD TV, Computer Screen, and Mobile Screen Resolution Formats: Mass Confusion
I remember when HDTV first arrived, and the information about high definition was that there would be two formats, 1280 x 720p (720 progressive) and 1920 x 1080i (1080 interlaced). 1080p (1080 progressive) is now the standard release resolution on Blu-ray discs...
OPPO’s latest player, the UDP-203, will play Ultra-HD 4K Blu-ray movie discs as well as 1080p movie discs. It also plays high resolution music, such as 24/192 and SACD. OPPO has released its latest player, the UDP-203, priced at $549 directly on-line from OPPO...