Head Gear Reviews by MLGrado
  1. iFi Nano iUSB 3.0 Power Supply

    5.00 star(s)
    The previous reviewer did an outstanding job detailing the unboxing experience, and going over the technical specs. Below I am going to add some thoughts of my own.... It was the middle of 2009 when I got my first taste of computer audio via USB. Actually, that isn't correct. I had been dabbling with USB audio RECORDING devices since around the year 2000. 2009 was the first time I tried to integrate a computer via USB into my Hi-Fi playback system. Those were rough days. Poor clocking, data dropouts, excessive noise, limited sample rates just...
  2. Monoprice Monolith M560 Planar Headphones

    3.50 star(s)
    Monoprice has quietly entered the Planar Magnetic Headphone market with two entries.  The smaller, portable M560, and the as of yet released M1060, that appears to be aimed at the upper end planar market dominated by HifiMan and Audeze.     The M560 is a nicely built, sturdy headphone that is very comfortable.  It can be used as both an open and a closed back headphone.  The wood colored caps attach magnetically, and are easily removed and replaced.     In my opinion, though, this headphone is ONLY for open back use.  When the cups are closed...
  3. Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1 LE (Limited Edition) DSD-capable DAC [SILVER]

    4.50 star(s)
    This is a review of the Wyred 4 Sound DAC-1 LE with the FEMTO clock upgrade.  I was looking to upgrade my iFi iDSD Micro portable headphone amp/DAC to a pure desktop DAC.  I no longer needed the head amp of the Micro, since I do all my headphone listening though an outboard amp.  The Micro is a GREAT DAC, but its weaknesses, slight as they may be, are an ultimate lack of control in the lower registers, and some grain in the treble, and some problems with sibilance.  One of its strengths is ability to play back every format in existence, and then...
  4. iFi Audio micro iDSD

    5.00 star(s)
    It was around February of 2014 when I first read of iFi while skimming the Head-fi forums. I was looking for a DSD capable DAC in the sub $500 range to replace the first generation Audioquest Dragonfly serving my desktop listening needs. There was only a handful of options at the time, and my interest in DSP free DSD playback further limited the choice. Actually, my choice was made for me. The iFi iDSD nano was the only DAC I could find that fulfilled this requirement in my price bracket. The only problem was I knew nothing about iFi, and I was...