You won’t find many class A/B power amps under $1,000 on the market, especially if they are designed and made in the US. Still, it’s not completely impossible – Vidar power amplifier made by the Schiit is exactly that. At $700 price point, Schiit Vidar is one of the cheapest high-end power amps on the market and it is also one of the best power amps under $1,000. Schiit is an American audio equipment manufacturer. The company was founded in 2010 and it's been instantaneously recognized as a high-quality brand. There are a few reasons for that. First, Schiit’s founders Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat have decades of experience in the audio industry. That experience was definitely an important factor – they already knew how to make a high-quality product. Furthermore, Jason and Mike
Looking for a compact high-end all-in-one audio system? Well, you can stop your search - Naim Uniti Atom may be just the thing you need. It’s a hi-fi stereo receiver, wireless music streamer, amplifier, music player, and so much more. The number of different features packed in this small and compact device is simply remarkable. In this review, we are going to go through all the highlights of Naim Uniti Atom, give you our opinion on the performance, talk about downsides and, finally, evaluate it and suggest some alternatives. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this review. Naim has been one of the synonyms for high-end audio equipment, especially when it comes to amplifiers, for more than 4 decades. It’s a British audio company established in 1969. The last 10-15 years
Did you know they make great headphones in Romania? No, we’re not talking about that new Sennheiser’s factory. We’re talking about the Meze Audio, a Romanian headphone/earphone manufacturer based in Baia Mare in Northwest Romania. The company was founded in 2009. They’ve struggled a few years to make a breakthrough, but after the introduction of 99 Classics in 2015, Meze has become a recognizable name in the audio industry. 99 Classics received many awards and were praised by many customers as one of the best-looking and best-sounding headphones in their category. The only problem was their price. It’s not like they were crazy expensive, but most people don’t really want to spend more than $300 on a pair of headphones. So, the people from Meze Audio decided to expand their reach and ma
AudioEngine has been in the audio industry for quite some time and they’ve been known for making high-quality products, mostly powered bookshelf/desktop speakers. Their first powered speaker A5 was a big hit. Then, they upgraded it to AudioEngine A5+ which is still one of the AudioEngine’s bestsellers. AudioEngine A5+ wireless 2.0 speaker system is the upgraded version of the A5+ Classic. The most noticeable difference between the two is the wireless connectivity. A5+ Wireless has a built-in Bluetooth module and can be wirelessly connected to any Bluetooth-enabled device. A5+ Classic didn’t have this ability, but there was a way to make it wireless by connecting it to the AudioEngine B1 Bluetooth receiver. In a way, A5+ Wireless is the A5 Classic with a built-in B1 receiver. The se
Brainwavz is a young audio equipment manufacturer that’s been trying to make some real impact in the audio industry and position itself on the market for the past few years. Some of their previous models like the over-ear headphones HM5 and HM100 have been highly praised as great midrange headphones, but Brainwavz decided not to stop there. Alara planar magnetic headphones are the latest release from this ambitious headphone manufacturer and it is, by far, the most expensive and the best-sounding model ever made by Brainwavz. These are also the first planar magnetic headphones ever made by the Brainwavz. At $500 price point, Alara headphones have a few noticeable rivals on the planar magnetic headphone market, but there’s also a lot of great dynamic headphones within this price range, and
HiFiMan Edition S headphones are in many ways, a very special pair of headphones. They are the cheapest headphones made by the famous manufacturer of high-end planar magnetic headphones. Unlike all the other HiFiMan headphones, these are not planar magnetic, but that doesn’t make them less special. They are one of the rare headphones on the market that can be used as open-back or closed-back. It’s like having two pairs of headphones in one package. As you probably know, HiFiMan is best-known for its planar magnetic headphones. Some of their headphones like HE6, HE1000, SUNDARA, SUSVARA, etc. are very popular among audiophiles. All these headphones are made for critical listening, they are all quite large, and they are not portable. Also, they are all very expensive. HiFiMan wanted to e
SVS Prime Elevation is advertised as the world’s most versatile home theater speaker and that statement is not far from the truth. SVS Prime Elevation was primarily designed as high-performing height effect speaker and it’s a great choice if you need that kind of speaker, especially if you can’t install in-ceiling height speakers for some reason and you don’t want to use Atmos modules. Before we even start reviewing this speaker let's explain the two most popular types of height speakers. The first type are in-ceiling speakers. The greatest problem with in-ceiling speakers is that they don’t sound as good as speakers with cabinets. The second problem is the installation (drilling, cutting, wiring). You have to make holes in your ceiling and you have to wire the speakers which can b
Oontz Angle 3 Plus is the third speaker from a popular line of Oontz Angle speakers. Compared to its predecessor Oontz Angle 3, Angle 3 Plus is larger, delivers louder sound and punchier bass, and has a much larger battery. Oontz Angle 3 Plus is a great choice if you are looking for an inexpensive portable Bluetooth speaker under $40. It’s small and lightweight, it features Bluetooth, it’s IPX5-certified, and it delivers an amazing playtime of up to 30 hours at 2/3 volume. The speaker can be used indoors and outdoors and it’s a nice choice if you need a shower speaker. The sound is quite amazing for the size. It’s nowhere near some $100+ JBL or UE speakers, but for the price, you will get more than satisfying sound quality. We were not impressed by the bass response but you won't ge
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium are the first sports bone conduction headphones made by AfterShokz. Compared to some previous AfterShokz bone conduction headphones, these are much sturdier and more comfortable. There is also an upgraded version of Trekz Titanium called Trekz Air, which is even lighter and more comfortable, but also significantly pricier. To be completely honest, we are not convinced that the number of improvements justifies such a high price of Trekz Air. In our opinion, Trekz Titanium is a smarter choice. AfterShokz is the only recognizable brand when it comes to bone conduction headphones. If you do a little research on your own, you will see that all the other bone conduction headphones have some odd names that you have never heard of. In a way, AfterShokz is the only trus...
HiFiMan HE-400i are planar magnetic headphones designed for critical or casual listening. Compared to other planar magnetic headphones on the market, these can be considered quite affordable, but they are most definitely not cheap. Still, if you want to experience planar magnetic technology and you are not prepared to splash more than $1000 on some high-end headphones, HiFiMan HE-400i planar magnetic headphones are a great entry-level option. They are not the cheapest choice but they offer great performance and great sound quality for the price. There are only a few recognizable names on the planar magnetic headphone market. The most reputable ones are Oppo, AUDEZE, and of course, HiFiMan. The introduction of planar magnetic drivers started the revolution on the headphone market and bro...