Arche and Stellia promise high-end heaven

February 19, 2019 Deon Schoeman 0

French marque Focal has added a top-class headphone amp/DAC to its product line-up, and also announced the release of its second closed-back headphone. The Arche headphone amp/DAC is built by Micromega, and has been specifically designed to partner Focal’s burgeoning […]

Aqua La Voce S3: The art of digital

December 4, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

Food, art, cars, music … regardless of the subject, the Italians have a way of turning even the everyday into something special. That’s true of audio equipment, too – and the Aqua La Voce is a good example Milan-based Aqua […]

Mytek Brooklyn DAC+: Do-it-all DAC gets better

February 12, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

The Mytek Brooklyn DAC has become something of a digital favourite among music fans looking for a USB DAC/pre-amp/headphone amp/phono stage in a single chassis. Distinctive styling and much-revered sonic performance have only added to the popularity of the US-designed, […]

Chord Electronics Qutest: More than just cute

February 12, 2018 Deon Schoeman 0

The latest D/A converter from Chord Electronics is more than just a pretty face. Effectively a compact table-top version of the portable Hugo 2 DAC/headphone amp, but without the headphone amp element, the new Qutest uses the Hugo 2’s field-programmable […]

PS Audio: Zero loss, max music

July 9, 2017 Deon Schoeman 0

According to PS Audio, even the best D/A converters in the world benefit from a zero-loss analogue pre-amp. That fact was the basis of the company’s Stellar Gain Cell design imperative — combining a cutting-edge DAC’s output with a no-compromise […]