After a huge success of the Goldmund Telos 590 NextGen integrated stereo amp and the whole Goldmund Telos NextGen line, this high-end audio equipment manufacturer from Switzerland released the upgraded version of the Telos 590 Nextgen called NextGen II and a more affordable but slightly less capable and less versatile Telos 7 NextGen. In this review, we will discuss all the advantages and disadvantages of Goldmund Telos 7 NextGen and give you our opinion on its overall performance. Is this really one of the most amazing stereo power amps currently made by Goldmund? Let’s find out. Goldmund was founded in 1978 in France. Two years after, it was acquired by Michel Reverchon and moved to Geneva, Switzerland. Since then, Goldmund has been making high-end turntables, preamps, pow
To many audiophiles and audio enthusiast, a well-executed pure DHT circuitry is the holy grail of the preamp design. Only a few high-end manufacturers can implement Directly Heated Triode circuitry and make a unit that can achieve a true audiophile performance. Today, we are reviewing one of those units. Allnic Audio L-8000 DHT preamplifier could easily be the best DHT preamp in its price range. Allnic Audio is a high-end audio equipment manufacturer, based in South Korea. The company was founded in 1990 by Kang Su Park. Before founding Allnic Audio, Kang Su was the cofounder of Silvawed, a company known for its high-end single-ended-triode and transformer-coupled tube designs. At first, Allnic Audio made only tube amps but today, they manufacture all kinds of audio equipment incl...
Looking for a flexible multichannel audio interface providing both high efficiency and pristine sound quality? Orion 32+ Generation 3 might be just the thing you need. It’s the latest iteration from the Orion 32+ series and it brings some significant improvements when it comes to converters and dynamic range. In this review, we will discuss all the advantages and disadvantages of this powerful audio interface, check out the features, and test its capabilities. Let’s see if Orion 32+ Generation 3 is worth the price. Antelope Audio manufactures professional and audiophile audio. They have a lot of experience in manufacturing digital audio equipment. The company is also one of the pioneers when it comes to clocking – they were the first to improve the audio master clocks by implement
After reviewing Naim’s Uniti Atom, we are continuing our series of reviews of all-in-one hi-fi systems with SIMAUDIO’s MOON ACE all-in-one music player. This is another affordable and quite versatile all-in-one system. As always, we will discuss the design, features, setup, capabilities of the system, compare it with some alternatives, emphasize the most noticeable upsides and downsides, and give you our verdict. Making your own high-end hi-fi stereo system is a huge hassle and it’s a time-consuming and expensive venture. Just think about it – you have to buy a power amp, preamp, DAC, you have to match them all together (which means a lot of experimenting), and you need a lot of space for all this equipment. That's why some manufacturers decided to change their approach and started
Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 comes from a very popular Onyx Studio line of Bluetooth speakers made by Harman Kardon. The first version was released in 2014 and this is the second iteration of this beautiful speaker. You probably know that there are also Onyx Studio 3, Onyx Studio 4, and Onyx Studio 5. Harman Kardon is, as you probably know, part of the same company as JBL, and they have obviously decided to target different types of customers. JBL is known for its rugged and waterproof outdoor Bluetooth speakers, while Harman Kardon makes more stylish, more elegant-looking speakers. Some Harman Kardon speakers are technically portable and can be used outdoors, but they all look a bit too refined and too sophisticated to be used outdoors. That’s the case with the speaker we are about to r
Looking for a compact, capable, but also affordable Bluetooth headphone amp? Shanling UP2 is one of the amps that checks all those boxes. In this review, we will take a closer look at the Shanling UP2, analyze its strengths and weaknesses, and give you our verdict. Shanling UP2 is a Chinese audio company, founded in 1988. For more than 30years, they’ve been making all kinds of audio devices - AV receivers, CD players, FM tuners and radios, DAC/amps, integrated amps, stereo systems, digital music players (M series), etc. Since recently, they also make earphones (ME series) and Bluetooth amps. Two things all Shanling products have in common are affordability and great performance that usually exceeds the price tag and your expectations. Let’s see if UP2 is that kind of device. We
Ever since the introduction of the Poly music streamer for the Chord Mojo (back in 2017), we knew that this reputable British manufacturer will release a similar companion device for the Chord Hugo 2. Less than 2 months ago, Chord Electronics started shipping their new transportable music streamer called simply 2Go. Today, we are reviewing this powerful streamer. Chord 2Go looks like a natural extension of the Hugo 2. This is a transportable, battery-operated network streamer that adds an impressive set of features to the Hugo 2 and transforms it into a powerful digital music player. Chord 2Go does the same thing as any other network/media streamer, only better – it receives audio signals from the internet or from a local server and sends it to the DAC or DAC/AMP (Hugo 2, in t
The market is flooded with all kinds of cheap headphones but not all of them can meet your requirements and many are just junk. When buying budget headphones, it’s probably smart to stick to some trusted brands. OneOdio is one of those brands. They are known for making affordable, highly versatile, and great-performing DJ headphones, professional studio monitors, and ANC headphones. Today, we are reviewing OneOdio A70 DJ headphones, also known as Fusion A70. We will analyze all their strengths and weaknesses and give you our opinion on whether they are a good buy or not. For starters, here’s a short overview. OneOdio A70 headphones are versatile budget DJ headphones with Bluetooth connectivity. They are very light and super comfy. The headphones have both 3.5mm and 6.35mm audio in
You may think that you can’t get premium performance from an affordable pair of true wireless earbuds but you actually can. You just have to know the right brands and there are at least a few of them making very affordable and also very capable true wireless earbuds. TRANYA is one of those brands. With every new release, TRANYA manages to raise the bar and improve the performance of their headphones and earbuds. Today, we are reviewing TRANYA’s B530 Pro true wireless earbuds. It’s the upgraded version of the previous B530 earbuds, with a stronger battery and improved sonic performance. We will discuss all the upsides and downsides, and give you our honest opinion on whether you should buy them or not. We like many things about TRANYA B530 Pro earbuds but they can all be summar
Oppo PM-3 are meant to be high-end portable planar magnetic headphones. If you know anything about planar magnetic headphones, you know that they can hardly be portable for multiple reasons, but Oppo really tried hard and their effort was not in vain. In this review, we will be discussing all the upsides and downsides of this amazing pair of portable planar magnetic headphones. Oppo is better known for its DVD and Blu-ray players but they have also made some highly praised headphones and other audio equipment. Unfortunately, Oppo went out of business at the beginning of 2018 but they still offer customer support and warranty for the products made in the past. They have decided to discontinue the production of Blu-ray players and hi-fi equipment but they are still one of the big players ...