Equipment


MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HA

MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HA

Switching from the subtle harmonies embedded in Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin’,” to John Bonham’s massive drum sound via the recent HD remasters of the first two Led Zeppelin albums, I am stunned by how much musical depth, detail and sheer dynamic energy the MOON by Simaudio Neo 430HA reveals, especially in light of its $4,300 price tag. Read More >


Woo Audio 234 SET Monoblocks

Woo Audio 234 SET Monoblocks

You can look at the Woo Audio SET monoblocks one of two ways:  a dreadfully overpriced $16,000 headphone amplifier, or a $16,000 pair of SET monoblocks that give you output tube flexibility (45, 2A3 or 300B output tubes are accommodated) that eclipse a pair of $125,000 Wavac SET amps with a free headphone amp thrown in. Read More >


OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC (PREVIEW)

OPPO HA-2 Portable Headphone Amplifier/DAC (PREVIEW)

High-performance portable listening is a phenomenon that continues to grow, with new enthusiasts constantly looking for a way to take their tunes on the go, without having to sacrifice audio quality. Read More >


Astell&Kern AK240

Astell&Kern AK240

Don’t freak out—the AK240 high-resolution pocket player costs $2,500. Now, before you crucify me for even floating the suggestion that a souped-up iPod costing as much as (if not more than) a monthly mortgage payment is somehow worth it, please let me state my case. Read More >


Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier and DAC

Aurender Flow Headphone Amplifier and DAC

Aurender first teased their portable DAC / headphone amplifier at the 2014 Munich High End Show. Back then it was called the “V1000” – not exactly catchy. Read More >


Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Light Harmonic Geek Out 1000 DAC and Headphone Amplifier

Building on their momentum of successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns, Light Harmonic added to their Geek Out line of products: the remarkable Geek Out 1000, designed to drive larger headphones. Read More >


Oppo HA-1

Oppo HA-1

Listening to the complex timbre of Joni Mitchell’s voice, it’s hard to believe that the $50,000 hifi system I’m listening to is utilizing the OPPO HA-1 headphone amplifier as its front end. Headphone amp you say? It’s more than a headphone amplifier, but if the HA-1 were only a $1,199 headphone amplifier, it would still be a screaming good deal. Read More >


Preview: Woo Audio WA234 Monoblocks

Preview: Woo Audio WA234 Monoblocks

Sixteen very large bills for a pair of very large amplifiers that make up a headphone amplification system.  Don’t think of it as crazy money for a headphone amplifier, because the WA234 can drive a pair of efficient speakers when configured with 300B output tubes. Read More >


McIntosh MHA100 Integrated Headphone Amplifier

McIntosh MHA100 Integrated Headphone Amplifier

I can’t believe what I’m hearing from my little pair of Energy satellite speakers, which I think I paid $150 for about a decade ago. Dr. Dre’s 2001 should not be thumping like this through these speakers. Read More >


AURALiC Gemini 2000 Headphone Amplifier

AURALiC Gemini 2000 Headphone Amplifier

Is the Gemini 2000 a headphone amplifier? Is it a headphone dock? Is it a DAC? Well, yes. Through the Gemini, Hong Kong-headquartered AURALiC creates a design that manages to pack all that into an attractive and great-sounding component. Read More >


Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies Headphone Amplifier

Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies Headphone Amplifier

Woo Audio makes incredible headphone amplifiers in all shapes and sizes. Read More >


ALO Audio Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

ALO Audio Studio Six Headphone Amplifier

Let’s get right to the point, Motown style, and put the hit on the first track. Read More >


AURALiC Taurus MKII Headphone Amplifier

AURALiC Taurus MKII Headphone Amplifier

A TONEAudio World Premier!

Many great bands and product designers have suffered the “sophomore slump,” stumbling after producing a great product or releasing a great album, with the follow-up never meeting the promise of the debut. Read More >


NuForce HAP-100 Headphone Amplifier

NuForce HAP-100 Headphone Amplifier

Over the past couple of years, there have been two principle driving forces within the hi-fi industry. Read More >


Astell&Kern AK120 Mobile Music Player

Astell&Kern AK120 Mobile Music Player

By now, you’ve likely heard of Astell&Kern. The sub-brand of Korean electronics manufacturer iRiver launched late last year, with its $700 AK100 mobile touchscreen player capable of delivering 24-bit/192-kHz music, thanks to a single Wolfson WM8740 DAC and the ability to store up to 96 gigabytes worth of audio files. Read More >


Apogee ONE

Apogee ONE

Those not well versed with the world of professional audio may not be familiar with the name Apogee. Read More >


Astell&Kern AK10 Portable Smartphone DAC

Astell&Kern AK10 Portable Smartphone DAC

In the past year, a healthy section of the audiophile headphone community has gone gaga for iRiver’s Astell&Kern AK100 and AK120 portable media players. Read More >


Furutech GT40

Furutech GT40

I always enjoy teasing our publisher about the validity of five-figure gear and his recent obsession with the dCS Paganini stack. Read More >


Decware Zen Head headphone amplifier and Phiaton MS400 headphones

Decware Zen Head headphone amplifier and Phiaton MS400 headphones

Decware, Decware.  Aren’t those the guys who make the Zen tube triode SET amplifiers?  Yes, they are. Read More >


Sieveking Omega Headphone Stand

Sieveking Omega Headphone Stand

Perhaps the world’s most beautiful headphone stand is also the most expensive. 

But for those of you with primo phones, what better way to show them off on the Omega stands?  Available in five colors from fairly dark, to the light maple featured here, this stand is slightly smaller than the average head, so that very little pressure is put on the headband assembly. Read More >