Category: DACs

SMSL DO100/HO100 Review: This Affordable DAC/Amp Combo Is A Budget Audiophile Dream!

TD; LR The SMSL DO100 + HO100 stack is an excellent entryway into DAC/Amp separates. They’re well built and provide exceptional detail, depth, and soundstage. Intro: While I like the simplicity, affordability, and utility of

CanJam Chicago 2022 Highlights: A Quick Tour Of The Best Headphones, DACs, and Headphone Amps

While it wasn’t the biggest show, CanJam Chicago 2022 definitely showcased the value of quality of quantity. So if you wanted the opportunity to sample some of the best hi-fi headphone gear available today, then

The Best Budget Audiophile Gear Of 2022 (So Far): Speakers, Headphones, Etc.

If you’re putting together an audio system on a budget, it’s an excellent time to be alive. Affordable hi-fi gear has never been better made or better sounding, so you get more system for your

10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas (For The Audiophile Dad)

Father’s Day (June 19th) is coming soon! Have you bought Dad a gift yet? Is he a music lover? Is he still listening to his tunes on a beat-up old stereo system or headphones purchased

“Level Up” With This Simple, Yet Awe-Inspiring, Budget Audiophile System!

You don’t need tons of money and “know-how” to build a top-notch hi-fi sound system! There’s a misconception that you need to be some kind of “guru” or expert to put together an affordable high-end

iFi Audio Go bar Review: The Best Ultra-Portable DAC Amp Combo. Period.

TL;DR If you’re looking for the most capable ultra-portable DAC/Amp combo, look no further. Intro I’m a big fan of iFi Audio’s DAC/Amp combos. It’s hard to beat their combination of power, build quality, and

Best Headphone Amps For Audiophiles On A Budget (2022)

Building an Audiophile Headphone system can be a rewarding and economical way to enjoy high-fidelity music reproduction. For example, when I was younger and couldn’t afford a super-expensive 2-channel hi-fi system (I also didn’t have

HIFIMAN HE-R9 Review: These Dynamic Closed-Back Headphones Provide Sensational Sound On The Move!

TL;DR These closed-back headphones provide a natural laid-back sound with superb comfort and easy-to-use wireless capabilities. That said, the look won’t be for everyone, and they could use a touch more transparency. Intro In March,

The Best Memorial Day Home Audio Sales: Speakers, Headphones And Electronics!

Are you looking for discounts on new audiophile gear this Memorial Day Weekend? Look no further; we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to! Leading the deals are the excellent Focal Chora 806 2-Way

Best Audiophile Bluetooth Receiver DACs For Your Stereo (2022)

If you’re looking for the absolute best sound quality and/or optional multi-room capability, Wi-Fi music streamers are the way to go. That said, you may want a music streamer that doesn’t depend on network bandwidth

AXPONA 2022 Friday Recap: Highlights From The Big Rooms! Focal, ATC, Luxman

One of my favorite parts of going to an audio show are the big rooms or ballroom/meeting rooms. Big rooms usually mean large systems, with six-foot-tall speakers and mini fridge-sized power amps. Sometimes they don’t

AXPONA 2022: Coolest Stuff From Day One At The Biggest Hi-Fi Show!

One of the best things about going to an audio show like AXPONA is coming across extraordinary or unconventional stuff. A big part of designing hi-fi is coming up with new ways of doing things,

Ultimate Guide To Affordable Home Stereo Systems (2022)

When you talk about Home Stereo or Hi-Fi systems, they can come in many different forms. It can range from a single powered speaker with a pair of drivers set in a stereo configuration (like

Create Your Own Personal Nirvana With This Budget Audiophile Headphone Setup!

Here at HI-FI Trends, we believe that high-end audio doesn’t necessarily mean high-priced audio. We say the designation “high-end audio” is an indication of design intent not price. Today, you can find a lot of

Audiophile Music Streamers Buying Guide (2022)

Learn how to pick the best music streamer for your system! Once derided in Audiophile circles, Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) Music Streamers have become an integral part of hi-fi systems. At the same time, they’re

Moondrop Releases Their First Portable DAC/AMP, The $189 Moonriver 2

Today, Moondrop unveiled their first portable USB DAC/Amp combo, the Moondrop Moonriver 2. On paper, it looks well-equipped, with top-notch audio components like dual Cirrus Logic CS43198 premium DAC chips (supports high-resolution 32-Bit/384kHz PCM and

Best Home Audio DACs For Audiophiles On A Budget! (2022)

In today’s digital audio world, you need a good digital to analog converter or DAC to get the best out of your home audio hi-fi setup. The DAC takes the digital audio signal produced by