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    Review: Niimbus Audio US4+ Statement Amplifier (includes large high-end amp roundup)

    Sorry not familiar enough with any Bakoon gear to compare. I have never really liked their stuff much, but that has always been with pretty limited exposure to them. Could be great, you never know.
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    SparkoS Aries headphone amp

    I use Audio Art cables. Love their stuff, and they have something for everyone with various lines at differing prices. So far all that I've tried were extremely competitive or just downright better than others in that price class.
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    Rafe's Inner Fidelity

    Minor update as I know a few people have been following along. I finally got a couple of my reviews converted over to the Stereophile site. If you take a look HERE you'll see all three of them (so far) out of what was originally around 100 articles total. The focus is entirely on custom IEMs...
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    Sonnet Digital Audio: New kid on the block, well.. not really!

    I'd go so far as to say pretty much every DAC out there has appeared on the used market from time to time... including those which originally cost $10k, $25k, etc. Some people just love trying new stuff regardless, and of course no DAC (or headphone, or amp, etc) is perfect for everyone. I...
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    SparkoS Aries headphone amp

    I appreciate having both options, despite the Aries only having a 1/4" output. That's because some DACs are far better via their balanced outs, while in other cases it doesn't matter. If using a DAC that sounds best via XLR, you can still take full advantage.
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    Reply to review by 'project86' on item 'Violectric V590'

    Not likely, since the V550 is just the V590 minus the DAC portion. So I feel like that's pretty much been covered already.
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    Sonnet Digital Audio: New kid on the block, well.. not really!

    I would email Sonnet to inquire. I had the MQA card in my review loaner but only tried it a handful of times via USB, and perhaps later with I2S from the Hermes. I want to say I2S worked but I honestly don't recall completely. I don't have much interest in MQA so it wasn't something I spent much...
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    SparkoS Aries headphone amp

    Was there supposed to be a question or comment in there? It didn't go through...
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    Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet

    It's always interesting to hear what gets results for some people, or what doesn't. For some it is PSU upgrades, for others it is USB tweaks, and for others it is vibration platforms, and on and on. Personally I have had great results with some stuff and absolutely zero benefit in other cases. I...
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    Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet

    It probably comes down to our definitions of "huge" improvement. I consider that to be something immediately obvious, even to someone who is not particularly well versed in high-end audio. If I attempt to show my wife or kids the difference between two DACs, and have to explain what they...
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    Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet

    "Worthwhile investment" is a relative term for sure. Running V590 fed by a Sonnet Morpheus (NOS R2R so theoretically quite different than the internal V590 DAC) is an improvement for sure, but I wouldn't call it drastic. Bigger dynamics, slightly more extended/convincing treble, and a richer...
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    Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet

    I agree with the above post - V590 is in a higher tier compared to those. I've spent lots of time with the Hugo 2 family and all the RME ADI-2 models, along with the Questyle CMA800i (not the newer models but I don't think they are vastly different). All have their strong points and I would...
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    Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet

    I prefer the Matrix, though Singxer is great as well. And I prefer AES over coax but coax is not bad at all.
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    Violectric DHA V590 DAC/AMP - Blue Velvet

    I would have really disagreed with you about USB quality but then I recently tried the V590 using a more traditional cable, and now I see/hear your point. I have been using my BMC PureUSB1 active cable which apparently does wonders in cleaning up the result, making it on par with AES and coax...
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    YULONG DA1: Flagship All-in-One with AK4499, 5W Class A BAL headphones and Pre-Amp

    I personally find this thing very intriguing. The massive outboard PSU will most certainly contribute to the overall SQ, and is beyond anything we've seen from Yulong before. I also love that buyers can stagger the expenditure by starting with the DAC and then later adding the upgraded power...
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