Category: Preamps

We’ve Built A Intoxicating Budget Audiophile Setup Using One Of The Best New Bookshelf Speakers!

I just finished reviewing the new Klipsch Reference Premiere RP-600M II speaker, and I was very impressed by its transparency and dynamics. The soundstage and imaging are also top-notch. You get a lot for a

Now With Wireless! Vincent Audio Intros Their Latest Hybrid Tube Integrated Amplifier, The SV-237MK II

While I love the sound of Tube Amps, they can be a pain to deal with, especially if you don’t spend the big bucks for features like auto-bias or tube replacement indicators. That’s where hybrid

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

Bluesound Unveils The HUB, A $319 Networked Music “Preamp” With HDMI And Phono Input

Today, Bluesound announced the release of their new HUB Network Accessory. This Wi-Fi audio transmitter lets you take the output from various digital and analog components (like CD Players) and stream them out to Bluesound

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,

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

Spin CDs and Stream To Your Heart’s Content With This Brilliant Affordable Audiophile Setup!

While streaming is probably the audiophile’s primary music source nowadays, I know many like to spin CDs as well. (I personally like to head out to the local Goodwill on the weekend, find some 99-cent

Best Powered Bookshelf Speakers Under $1000! (2022)

Buying a pair of Powered Bookshelf Speakers is a quick and easy way to start an affordable hi-fi system. With these speakers, a good portion of the work has been done for you, as the

How To Build A Mind-Blowing Budget Audiophile System In 5 Steps!

You CAN build a wonderful budget audiophile setup! If you’re reading this, then that means you most likely care about music. Not just music, but high-quality reproduction of music. That’s basically what Hi-fi (short for

Cyrus Audio Brings Well-Respected BluOS Multi-Room Audio To Their Hi-Fi Systems

British Hi-Fi manufacturer Cyrus Audio is bringing the venerated BluOS multi-room audio system to their excellent lineup (our review) of hi-fi components: The following press release is courtesy of Lenbrook: Cyrus Audio to Join the

Cambridge Audio AXR100 Stereo Receiver/AXC35 CD Player Review: This Affordable Hifi System Is Sensational!

Wondering what a hi-fi system is? Here’s your answer! Cambridge Audio has been making affordable yet robust amps and receivers for a long time now. My first proper high-end component, a modestly priced Azur 540A

Product Of The Year Awards 2021: Best Powered & Active Speakers, Best Speakers

As the year wraps up, this is the time when we look back at the best stuff we’ve come across in 2021, awarding them based on several criteria, including value for money, design/build, innovation, and