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  1. Focal Stellia Headphones Review

    Focal Stellia Headphones Review
    Closed-Back Utopia? Yes. Utopia? No.  Let me now explain in detail. In 2017, Focal came to Moon Audio to introduce the pre-production units of the Focal Utopia and the Focal Elear. Sanjay Sharma & Romain VET from Focal asked my opinion of what should be next for Focal in the headphone market. I immediately said if you can produce a reference closed back headphone you will dominate the headphone market. There has not been a true reference closed back headphone since the Sony MDR-R10 and this headphone goes all the way back to 1989. There have been some good closed back headphones...
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  2. Chord Hugo TT 2 DAC Review

    Chord Hugo TT 2 DAC Review

    Chord Electronics never ceases to amaze me. This Chord Hugo TT 2 Review explains and illustrates why Chord Electronics consistently ups their game with every new product they introduce to the HiFi marketplace. That is a tall feat to accomplish consistently. Sure every electronic company comes out with a new product from year to year, but in most cases, it is...
  3. Sonos For Music? Nope But Here's A Better Idea

    Sonos For Music? Nope But Here's A Better Idea

    Sonos Sound Review I was excited. Finally, after never-ending construction, my "tiny house" was ready. Moved in, unpacked boxes, mounted the TV on the wall, added a DISH, and hopped on the couch prepared for TV magic. But there was a problem. Hardwood floors, a cathedral ceiling, and BIG windows created an echo chamber. I couldn't hear my Sony Bravia...
  4. Chord Hugo M Scaler Review - Eureka I Can Hear

    Chord Hugo M Scaler Review - Eureka I Can Hear

    Chord Hugo M Scaler Initial Review. Soon I'll hit the big 50. I don't feel like a "fifty-year-old," but there are signs. A year ago my vision dived over a cliff. An optician confirmed the dive. She prescribed progressive bifocals for farsightedness. Working on cable designs and circuit modifications requires sharp vision.  Why tell you about aging eyes? Looking down through...
  5. Sonic Surprises: Auris Nirvana Tube Amplifier Review

    Sonic Surprises: Auris Nirvana Tube Amplifier Review

    Auris Nirvana Headphone Amplifier Review shares the textured, layered, and concert-like experience created by Milomir Trosic's flagship headphone amplifier - The Auris Nirvana tube amp. Listening to Auris Nirvana demonstrate why headphones create great listening experiences, great listening moments.  Intimacy - It feels like you're in the music as if it was written and played just for you.  Soundstage - great headphones...
  6. Focal Elegia Headphones Review

    Focal Elegia Headphones Review

    Elegia Headphones Review - Photo's don't do the Focal Elegia headphone justice. Their look and feel, something I love, is impossible to convey in a photograph. You experience Focal's new closed-back headphones value once you live and breathe with them. Once you've listened to them for long sessions over several days as I did, their outstanding performance in several areas is clear. ...
  7. Roon Nucleus Review- Marty Music Magic

    Roon Nucleus Review- Marty Music Magic

    Roon Nucleus Review - Marty Music Magic is about the search for a better musical NOW by remembering the past. Remember when a big part of listening to music was holding, reading, and contemplating an album? There was something magical about holding Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles, and Joshua Tree by U2...
  8. Chord Qutest Review

    Chord Qutest Review

    Welcome the new Chord Qutest DAC. Aren't you the Qutest? Chord electronics new products never disappoint.  Their most recent digital to analog converter (DAC), the Chord Qutest is a giant killer. Essentially the DAC section of the Hugo 2 placed in an aluminum brick, literally an aluminum brick, Chord removed Bluetooth input, the headphone amp circuit, and battery. Removing those features...
  9. Sennheiser HD 820: Closed-back vs. Open-back Sound

    Sennheiser HD 820: Closed-back vs. Open-back Sound

    Sennheiser HD 820 headphones - Can closed-back headphones sound as good as open back headphones?  We are looking forward to finding out. “Usually, high-end headphones require an open-back design, which has placed limits on where you can enjoy true audiophile sound. The HD 820 is a game changer that delivers exceptional sound while insulating the listener from their environment. I...
  10. U2 Joshua Tree Headphones Recommendations

    U2 Joshua Tree Headphones Recommendations

    U2 Joshua Tree headphones share memories of a great album. I heard Joshua Tree for the first time on a beautiful spring day in 1987. I opted for the back way home after a hard day at the candy factory. Leaving M&M/Mars in Hackettstown, New Jersey windows were down, and U2 was LOUD. The Delaware river flowed peacefully on my left...
  11. Elear Cans ROCK!

    Elear Cans ROCK!

    Focal Elear Headphones Review The first time I learned about Focal Elear and Utopia headphones, I thought their new cans would be unique. I’ve heard the distinct and extraordinary sound from Focal speakers. When Sanjay, Focal’s North American Sales Manager, asked to introduce new headphones we looked forward to the meeting. Sanjay made a full and magical presentation. Focal wanted...

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