Welcome to my review of the iFi Go Bar which retails for £329, then compared to the iFi Gold Go Bar, which is a limited edition run of 1,000 units, which retails for £499. Then all are compared to the Chord Mojo 2, which retails for £450 in the UK. The Chord Mojo 2 pricing is other countries is a lot higher.
iEMatch – the most sensitive IEMs can be matched
Connects directly to your device with the USB C Input, and works with balanced 4.4mm or S-Bal 3.5mm headphone plugs for ultimate convenience and versatility
Welcome to my new video on how to upgrade the opamps in your device, in my case using the Burson Audio Playmate 2 Headphone AMP DAC.
In this review, I take a look at the Burson V6 Vivid and V6 Classic Opamps and compare the sound quality between them. Before we talk about the sound quality, I also show you how to install the new opamps. I also pick a winner based on my preferences, but highlight what each one would be best for. Burson Audio sell the V6 opamps for $145 for a pair.
Both the Burson V6 Vivid and V6 Classic make a terrific improvement to the sound quality of the device. Highly recommended 9.5/10.
Welcome to my review of the Burson Audio Playmate 2 which retails for £599. The Burson Audio Playmate 2 is a headphone AMP/DAC and Pre-AMP.
3W Class A SE.
Upgradeable Opamps with four detachable DIP sockets
ESS 9038QTM DAC.
XMOS DSD 512.
Precision machined aluminium for a sumptuous finish.
Unified aluminium enclose also acts as a heat sink.
Class-A and 3W per channel
Two levels of power control, each with 100 volume steps. 110db IEM, no worries. 70db planar magnetic, no problem either.
MCPS charges the Playmate at 170 thousand times per second to enhance the power, dynamics and micro-details.
A decade ago, Burson Audio argued against using IC opamps on the audio signal path. Today, their discrete audio opamps are industry benchmarks. They focus on building great products that speak for themselves. Based on my experience so far, not only do they look stunning but they also sound terrific too! Plus with the added bonus of being able to easily upgrade the op amps, what more could you ask for!
The Playmate 2 has an easy to access and use menu system, that provides access to the following options.
Headphone level – High or Low, this is your headphone gain setting
FirFilter – you can select a digital filter that are built-in directly in the ESS Sabre DAC chip, there are 7 filters to play with
DPLL (DSD) – OFF, Low, Mid and High (default) – the higher this setting is the higher the jitter rejection will be for DSD files
DPLL (PCM) – Off, Low, Mid (default) or High – the same but for PCM files
Emphasis – Off (default), On – ON position rolls-off the treble by about 5db at 10 kHz and by about 8 db at 20 khz. Best to leave this setting to the OFF position. Only turn on if using a cassette tape player.
OLED Level – Low (default) or High – changes the brightness of the OLED screen
Reset Set: No or Yes – resets to factory settings.
Welcome to my review of the iFi ZEN Air DAC which retails for £99. The iFi ZEN Air DAC is a desktop DAC/AMP. It functions as either a DAC or headphone amp. You can connect it to a separate amp or speakers too.
PCM 32bit/384kHz, fully native DSD256 and MQA.
PowerMatch adjusts the gain of theZEN DAC Air so it functions at the right level for your headphones.
XBass+ allows you to tailor the bass to suit your headphones and your personal taste.
New low latency 16 core XMOS IC.
Burr Brown Chip – Bit-Perfect DSD & DXD DAC by Burr Brown.
Headphone output 280mW at 32ohms, 36mW at 300 ohms, 1V/3.3V max (variable).
The iFi ZEN Air DAC is a superb budget DAC/Amp. Highly recommended. 9.2/10.
Welcome to my review of the SoundPEATS Mini Pro TWS earphones that retail for £59.99.
Key Specs / Features
Qualcomn QCC3040 processor
AptX-Adaptive, AAC and SBC
Hybrid Active Noise cancellation & Transparency Mode
Low latency gaming mode down to 60ms
7 hours battery and 21 hours with case
USB C but no Qi charging
Clear call guaranteed by CVC 8.0 noise detection tech
Weight single earbud 4.7g
1.5 hours recharge for earbuds and case
Audio Music Tracks
Audio Music Test Tracks List
– Roxy Music – True to Life (Remastered) – Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life – Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy (2012 Mix Master) – Eric Clapton – Layla (Acoustic Live at MTV Unplugged) – Axel F – From Beverly Hills Cop – Natalie Merchant – Ophelia – CeeLo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City – Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley – K.D. Lang – Constant Craving – Nigel Kennedy – The New Four Seasons – Hans Zimmer – Mountains
A superb pair of TWS earphones at a stunning low price. Highly recommended 9/10.