Tag Archives: Amplifier

Sony Signature Series Hi-Res Audio Range Will Make Your Wallet Yelp

If you are looking for some serious audiophile sound with the look to match, then perhaps you might be interested in Sony’s newest addition to its audiophile range. The Ultimate Signature Series Audio Range announced earlier this month comprises of two Walkman players (NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A), a pair of reference standard headphones (MDR-Z1R), and a headphone amplifier (TA-ZH1ES) – all aimed to heightened your music enjoyment through meticulous engineering and crafted from the highest quality materials selected based on their acoustic merits. Continue reading Sony Signature Series Hi-Res Audio Range Will Make Your Wallet Yelp

Like a Good Tailor, This Device Will Tailor the Audio from Any Sources to Suit Your Hearing Sensitivity

It is said that kids can hear audio frequency adults can’t and as it turns out, grown up also deciphers audio frequency differently, just like eyes can do with colors which resulted a debate that went viral. That said, audio pushed out by regular headphones, regardless of make and model, is not one-size-fits-all, so to speak. While it seem like nothing can be done, there is a Hong Kong-based tech startup thinks otherwise. Their product, Aumeo is a pocket-size device that helps you to map out your hearing sensitivity and adjusts the music based on your audio profile. Sounds pretty rad, right? We think it is, well, if it works as it has promised. Continue reading Like a Good Tailor, This Device Will Tailor the Audio from Any Sources to Suit Your Hearing Sensitivity

You Have Seen Portable Amplifiers, Now Meet One That’s Made of Wood

By now, we are no stranger to turning old speakers into Bluetooth-enabled ones and to this end, the market is certainly not lacking of such intermediary. That said, you could say Repop portable amplifier from Taiwanese outfit, Minfort, is yet another one, but we challenge you to say the same after looking at the product image. Seriously, tell us you are not captivated by it when you first lay eyes on it. Aesthetically, it is unlike its competitions. We are not saying the others are ugly, but Repop’s handcrafted, waterproof-coated teak wood enclosure is a departure from your usual aluminum or plastic variety. And even there are wooden examples out there, they would be in maple or walnut, which are pretty much the wood of choice in America. Continue reading You Have Seen Portable Amplifiers, Now Meet One That’s Made of Wood

Optoma NuForce’s New DDA120 Multipurpose Digital Amplifier to be Available Starting March for $700

If you don’t already know. NuForce, the specialist audio equipment maker, was acquired by Silicon Valley-based projector maker, Optoma to complement the firm’s projector portfolio. The acquisition was finalized late last year and Optoma was quick to act, introducing a new audio range back in January, which includes the DDA120 all-in-one digital amplifier you see here. Optoma said it “is the only device you’ll need to run your home entertainment setup without breaking the bank.” Well, that, depends on your threshold of “breaking the bank.” In any case, expect it to run you back at $699. However, considering it is of audiophile-grade and assuming it remains as the NuForce the audiophile community has come to know, then a bargain it would be. Continue reading Optoma NuForce’s New DDA120 Multipurpose Digital Amplifier to be Available Starting March for $700

CEntrance Packs a Headphone Amp, DAC and a Portable Battery into One Uber Sleek iPhone Case

Coming from a company knows a thing or two about portable media player, it is no surprise that iPhone is capable of handling high-resolution audio, but as any audiophile would tell you, the ability to playback does not equate to high-quality sound. Fortunately, you have a slew of options in the market today, such as portable headphone amplifier and DAC, to up your iPhone’s sonic performance, but professional audio equipment maker CEntrance thinks it can do better; it has designed an iPhone case that will not only protect your precious iDevice, but also features a built-in headphone amplifier and Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) to up your iPhone’s sonic performance many times over, plus an integrated battery pack to boot. Continue reading CEntrance Packs a Headphone Amp, DAC and a Portable Battery into One Uber Sleek iPhone Case

Griffin Introduces New Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier, Adds Wirelessly Streaming Capability

Truth be told, the market is chockfull of wireless streamer, but what actually makes the all-new Griffin Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier stands out lies in its versatility. Debuted at CES earlier this month, Twenty is a follow up to company’s first Twenty introduced some two years back. This new iteration is of course, more refined in both aesthetic and functionality. The look is, well, pretty much self-explanatory, but if you really wants to know what we think, we think it looks awesome; something that any style-conscious folks wouldn’t mind leaving on their bookshelves or TV consoles. That’s aesthetic. On the functionality aspect, it has Bluetooth technology, allowing wireless audio streaming from any Bluetooth-enabled sources. Continue reading Griffin Introduces New Twenty Digital Audio Amplifier, Adds Wirelessly Streaming Capability

This Beautiful High-end Tube Amplifier is Also a Sound Dock for Both iOS and Android Phones

tube amp is definitely not new and so is sound dock. in fact, the latter is a little passe these days if you ask us, but that won’t be the case with the Lampion High-end Tube Amplifier + Sound Dock designed by Stefan Radev for a Danish start-up. sound dock by itself is, as said, is a thing of the past, but what Lampion High-end Tube Amplifier + Sound Dock has to offer is more than a sound dock. yes. it has docks for Android or iOS devices, but it also supports wireless audio streaming, along with RCA connectors and a pair of 3.5mm line-in audio jack. on top of all that, it has a tube amplifier, outputting 20 + 20 watts of audio and the device can be hooked up with external speakers or headphones, through a set of RCA jacks and a 14” headphone jack. Continue reading This Beautiful High-end Tube Amplifier is Also a Sound Dock for Both iOS and Android Phones

Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

you have put down good money for a pair of high-end headphones, now you own it to yourself and that shiny new headphones to ensure awesome tunes come pumping through and the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier is one worthy candidate if you have the extra bits of dough to spare. billed as a reference-quality analog headphone amplifier, the Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier caters to virtually all types of headphone that deliver audio from both analog and USB-based sources. the design is unmistakably Meridian, which we must admit, was the first to draw our attention to it. clad in a Allen-Boothroyd designed metal enclosure, the Prime also offers a preamplifier output for driving an external audio system or analog active loudspeakers. the chassis’s design is more than just skin deep; it features a dual-skinned design of interlocking extrusions that is said to minimize the interference to the electronics within. Continue reading Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

heard a lot about DAC and how your demanding sound holes can benefit from it, but lack of the desktop real estate for one? well, then you will have no more such excuse for not getting one with the Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC. described as “pint-sized” by its maker, the DacMagic XS USB DAC is so called for its ridiculously small package which measures just 30 x 10 x 53.5 mm (1.2 x 0.4 x 2.1 inches) and that size, btw, is actually smaller than a regular matchbox. its high-quality 24-bit digital-to-analog converter uses asynchronous USB audio clocking that supports both USB Class 1 and USB Class 2 to output anything from regular MP3 files to high-resolution 24-bit/192KHz recordings, free from noise, jitter and distortion. Continue reading Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC

Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier

looking for well-rounded portable headphone amplifier? well, then the Sony PHA-2 Portable High Resolution DAC and Amplifier might be worthily of an investigation. the PHA-2 promised to up the ante of your on-the-go music enjoyment and it is the first portable DAC/amplifier to be compatible with virtually every high-resolution digital file format, including up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM, as well as both DSD (2.8 MHz) and Double DSD (5.6 MHz). of course, you can also expect upgraded sound quality with your regular MP3 files, as well as music from other sources. Continue reading Sony PHA-2 Portable Hi-Res DAC and Amplifier