Tag Archives: headphone amplifier

Naim does DSD with new NAC-N 272 preamp/DAC/network player

New from Naim is the £3300 NAC-N 272, a combined network music player, DAC and preamplifier – and for the first time in a Naim product it can play DSD files, either from local storage such as USB devices or streamed over a home network. The reason I was down in Salisbury last week – […]

Two-channel audio alive and well in Japan’s megastores

So hi-fi as we know it is on its last legs, is it? The huge selection on sale in a couple of Japan’s consumer electronics superstores suggests otherwise… Some will have you believe that hi-fi as we know it is on its way out, replaced by small speakers, Bluetooth whatnots and streaming services, but having […]

Oppo HA-1

REVIEW: Oppo HA-1 headphone amplifier

Bells, whistles and solid engineering in this all-in-one headphone amp and DAC, plus a smooth, confident sound to make the most of the superb PM-1 ‘phones Headphone amplifiers are clearly like buses: you wait ages for one, then two come along at once. And so it was, just as I was wrapping up my review […]

TEAC HA-P50

REVIEW: TEAC HA-P50 headphone amplifier

Compact and very capable, great-sounding and with a good range of digital input flexibility The boom in the sales of headphones has seen the hi-fi industry undergoing two changes: one is the large number of companies getting into the personal audio market with their own range of headphones, and the other is the appearance of […]

REVIEW: Denon DA-300USB DAC

…And here’s what happens when mainstream hi-fi players start taking desktop audio seriously Until recently, the whole world of desktop audio wasn’t something troubling the big names of mainstream audio unduly. True, everyone from high-end companies to accessory specialists and even all-but-unknown start-ups had already gone down the route of providing digital-to-analogue converter bridges between […]

Sony TA-A1ES

REVIEW: Sony TA-A1ES amplifier

For various reasons, it’s taken a while to get my hands on Sony’s flagship high-resolution audio player, the HAP-Z1ES – which isn’t the subject of this review. The buzz has been building about this novel approach to the whole computer music thing, with its onboard storage, DSD upconversion and lack of any sign of network […]

Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier

REVIEW: Meridian Prime Headphone Amplifier – so much more than the name suggests

The new headphone amp from Meridian is its most ambitious personal audio product so far, with analogue and digital inputs, processing to get the sound out of your head and the ability to be used as a preamp And then there were three: on the heels of Meridian’s Explorer DAC/headphone amp and recently-launched Director DAC […]