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    iFi Zen DAC V2iFi Zen DAC V2

    iFi Zen DAC V2

    iFi Audio's Zen DAC sports a 4.4mm balanced headphone output unheard of at this price, and unfolds and decodes MQA; perfect for Tidal users. Now a 5 ⭐ hit on What Hi-Fi?. [See Product Desc. For More] HIFI Trends adored Zen DAC. With enough power to drive a 300 ohm Sennheiser or ZMF Headphones, and 420 ohm Audio-Technica, this is here to stay. As you continue upgrading your rig, this 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 Zen DAC grows with you. Use it to decode digital and feed a balanced analog signal into your other devices as a hub! See the rest of iFi Audio's innovations here, or browse the rest of our collection of DACs and amplifiers here.


    Our Price | $217.55

    Benchmark LA4 Line AmplifierBenchmark LA4 Line Amplifier

    Benchmark LA4 Line Amplifier

    A 256-step relay volume control brings one of the market's most sophisticated line stages from Benchmark Media to Hi-Fi and full-size system enthusiasts. Stereophile gave this compact full-size Hi-Fi component a glowing review, appreciating its technology. The Absolute Sound praise it in full-system context alongside Benchmark's own DAC3. This supremely transparent and precise line-level control helped Positive Feedback hear "every change I made to my system". [See Product Desc. For More] Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity used an entire system with the AHB2 power amp to declare "Benchmark provides a textbook case of how good (read: superb) things can come in small packages".  Write to us about a demo in your own stereo set-up at home. Or view the THX-888 headphone amplifier version of the LA4, the HPA4, here. You'll also be able to see everything from Benchmark here and all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $3,750

    Benchmark AHB2 Power AmplifierBenchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

    Benchmark AHB2 Power Amplifier

    From a company revered for their digital audio technology, Benchmark Media launched an all-out assault on stereo speaker amplification with their AHB2 power amplifier. Taking Stereophile's Product of the Year 2018 gong, this up-to-480-watt per channel Class AB amplifier depends on THX feed-forward AAA technology to deliver the widest dynamic range plus lowest signal-noise ratio of power amplifiers on the market, measuring perfectly on AudioScienceReview. [See Product Desc. For More] StereoNET rightfully called AHB2 a "class act that delivers an awful lot at its price" before it went on to take the publication's coveted Applause Award. Whether run as a stereo or monoblock amp, it's guaranteed to get the job done in any rig you place it in. Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity used an entire system together with the DAC3 and HPA4 THX-888 pre-amp to declare "Benchmark provides a textbook case of how good (read: superb) things can come in small packages". It got the Gold Award on Soundnews. The hallmarks of building a great power amplifier are all present here, with the ultra-efficient switching power supply of AHB2 stably and quietly juicing the amplifier regardless of load, before outputting into a power stage with peerless damping factor. You'll also be able to see everything from Benchmark here, our other digital and Roon Ready streaming sources from Matrix Audio here, and all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $4,350

    iFi Zen Blue V2

    iFi Zen Blue V2

    iFi Audio's ultra-affordable Bluetooth streamer receives almost every signal from your computer, Mac, Android phone or mobile iOS device before decoding it to a balanced analog output signal. A 5 ⭐ hit on What Hi-Fi?, V2 boasts an improved antenna touting up to 80 per cent more range. [See Product Desc. For More] Zen Blue supports Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD, LDAC and HWA, the latter hi-res codecs created by Sony and Huawei respectively. An improved clock means that jitter is reduced for better timing reproduced in your audio. Once received, that signal stands by to either go into your amplifier or speakers via balanced or single-ended analog, or digital SPDIF into a downstream decoder. That's flexibility at your fingertips! See the rest of iFi Audio's innovations here, or browse the rest of our collection of DACs and amplifiers here.


    Our Price | $217.55

    Feliks Audio Euforia Anniversary EditionFeliks Audio Euforia Anniversary Edition

    Feliks Audio Euforia Anniversary Edition

    Feliks Audio are famed tube amplifier manufacturers from Poland and their heritage makes an appearance in their flagship headphone amplifier, Euforia Anniversary Edition. Headfonia have detailed the advancements and the superlative improvements made to one of Head-Fi's most transparent sources, the original Euforia. [See Product Desc. For More] Stereophile's Herb Reichert writes that Euforia "allows recordings to feel more direct and unmolested" – high praise from one of the world's most experienced listeners. The same writer found its pairing with the HEDDphone by Heinz Electrodynamic Designs (HEDD) particularly enriching. You'll be able to see everything from Feliks Audio here and all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $5,249

    Matrix X-SPDIF 2Matrix X-SPDIF 2
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    Matrix X-SPDIF 2

    Transforms your computer into a high-end audio transport, capable of outputting digital signals via I2S by HDMI, AES/EBU and SPDIF to your DAC. *Price mentioned in video is in USD. All our website prices are in SGD. 


    Our Price | $629

    DCS Lina Headphone AmpDCS Lina Headphone Amp

    DCS Lina Headphone Amp

    No one knew exactly what to expect from dCS Data Conversion Systems' first separate analog power amplifier, but neither is anyone surprised by the excellence of Lina headphone amplifier anyway. Headfonia didn't do a very good job, trying to prevent their jaw from dropping at Lina's performance, in an early preview. Exhibiting remarkable specs on paper, it's immediately apparent how Lina's discrete transistor solid-state reference amplifier product translates those into spectacular audible results – an analog product that proves worthy of bearing the dCS name. A pinnacle of frequency extension and transparency, Lina headphone amplifier makes its case to be the ultimate, final headphone source you'll ever need – conjuring macro and micro dynamics before your ears while always sounding relaxed and completely natural in its tonality. When fed by dCS' accompanying Lina network DAC, Lina amp's fully-balanced, differential design encased in solid aluminium brings out even more than you thought your flagship headphones could produce. [See Product Desc. For More] Lina amp outputs up to 2 watts per channel with enough current-handling ability for loads like the Abyss AB1266 Phi TC, Hedd Audio HEDDphone and HIFIMAN's Susvara. At the drawing board, dCS invest every effort in building Lina amp as a linear open-loop design.  Rather than achieving current-handling capability via the usual technique of building with more output transistors in parallel, Lina amp opts for quality over quantity and a lower parts count. Less is more, and dCS elegantly selects fewer but more unconventionally capable devices with current capability exceeding the normal needs of headphone amplifiers. Feeding this potent array of beastly power transistors is a proprietary driver stage that dCS designed to operate linearly with low open-loop distortion, unfazed by pushing the large output devices. This secret voltage gain circuit is more than up to the task of passing along and upsizing the signal of Lina DAC transparently without adding noise and distortion, thanks in part to cascodes operating supplementary and reducing voltage-induced non-linearities. Said cascodes also play a part reducing capacitance at the bases of transistors where they operate, which provides tremendous high-frequency performance with Lina amplifier extending out to 100Khz at -3dB. Meanwhile, Lina amp's DC-coupled nature also means bass extends down to subterranean levels – this kind of frequency performance down low and up top guarantees superbly flat phase reproduction in the audible human hearing range for potent and realistic musical dynamics. Through the audio microscopes that are flagship headphones, Lina's perfect phase response is undisputedly audible. The above – low output impedance, excellent current-handling, low distortion and frequency extension – all remarkably achieved in the open-loop. After getting these basics of an excellent analog circuit right, dCS then apply the cherry on the cake – closing the loop with negative feedback to make an already good design great. dCS thus achieves the amplifier ideal of a straight wire with gain, adding as little colouration as possible to let your transducers speak freely, to the fullest of their potential. It's been thoroughly thought out. When used with Lina DAC, Lina amp takes advantage of the former's high-current line-stage. The latter boasts an unbuffered balanced input, bypassing unnecessary active input stage devices and simplifying the circuit further for less chance of error.  Now we see – with the gargantuan task of creating a standalone amplifying product that lived up to the dCS name, these digital specialists pulled off a masterclass in analog design. A true testament to the skill of the designers, for the benefit of the most dedicated headphone listeners. Elsewhere, explore the digital chops from the rest of Lina here, or browse our other desktop products here.


    Our Price | $13,500

    DCS Lina Network DACDCS Lina Network DAC

    DCS Lina Network DAC

    The Lina network streaming DAC boasting Ring DAC technology is both a continuation and a new beginning for dCS Data Conversion Systems. Headfonia didn't do a very good job, trying to prevent their jaw from dropping at Lina's performance, in an early preview. Lina DAC's design combines renowned dCS technologies with new innovations developed for headphone listeners – resulting in a bold new interpretation of the dCS experience, and a complete re-imaging of form and function alongside Lina headphone amp and Lina master clock. What doesn't change, however, is a level of new immersion, resolution and realism that accompanies any dCS; even at Lina's new entry-level point. There are multiple ways to get your music aboard Lina DAC, with Spotify and Tidal Connect, plus Roon Ready status, standing by for easy connectivity right from set-up. With Lina DAC, dCS took core playback technologies, including the dCS Ring DAC and Digital Processing Platform, and added new innovations developed for headphone listeners. [See Product Desc. For More] A sensible flex-ridged circuit board allows dCS to deliver all of the features you’d expect from a dCS DAC in a much smaller chassis that would sit handsomely on a desktop or coffee table. READ ALSO The exhaustive breakdown of dCS Ring DAC technology At the heart of all dCS DACs is the Ring DAC, and Lina is no different. Ring DAC denotes a proprietary digital-to-analog conversion system. Ring DAC is renowned for its ultra-wide bandwidth, technical accuracy, and ability to reveal astonishing levels of detail in digital recordings – from the subtlest of sounds, to the sense of time and harmonic movement, and the atmosphere that surrounds a musical performance. A Xilinx Artix-7 FPGA comes loaded with the dCS Ring DAC mapping algorithm, and custom dCS oversampling linear-phase filters. FPGA technology allows dCS to supply constant firmware updates with time, by way of network updates. This showcases Lina's status as a true software product with each firmware upgrade yielding audible and functional improvements that sees dCS DACs always stay relevant. READ ALSO Software-driven hardware design at dCS After digital signal processing at Lina DAC's FPGA, the oversampled signal is then processed by a high-performance array of resistors and current latches controlled by the Ring DAC mapping algorithm, to form the basis of Lina's supreme performance discrete delta-sigma DAC. Designed from the ground up by dCS, not relying on performance-limiting off-the-shelf DAC chips, there is literally nothing out there like Lina DAC.  Lina gives all listeners the capability to expand its potential beyond a single box – its high-current discrete analog line output stage, fully balanced and differential – is designed to preserve the transparency of the Ring DAC. It can feed directly the unbuffered input section of Lina headphone amp, for full resolution and best signal-to-noise ratio.  Lina master clock meanwhile sits alongside ready to supply a reference clock source via dual BNCs for Lina DAC. Pushing phase noise and jitter far below audibility, the difference Lina master clock makes is profound, even on a decoder already as supreme as Lina DAC – and must be heard to be believed. The result is a powerful, supremely capable product designed for use in a wide range of environments, from living rooms to studios and workspaces.  With its wide dynamic range, crisp, clear playback, expansive soundstage, and tonal neutrality, Lina DAC provides a deeply natural, highly detailed, and profoundly musical sound that encapsulates our singular approach to audio. READ ALSO Expanse – digital crossfeed done right Add unique headphone optimisation technology like digital crossfeed, an elegant and tactile design, and a high-performance streaming platform, and you have a hugely versatile source that delivers spectacular sound, however you choose to listen.  View the rest of the Lina family here so that you may build on the magnificent performance of this network DAC, or view our other desktop products here.


    Our Price | $19,000

    DCS Lina Master ClockDCS Lina Master Clock

    DCS Lina Master Clock

    The Lina master clock is a product inspired by dCS Data Conversion Systems' absolute dedication to achieving the highest possible standards of sound reproduction. Headfonia didn't do a very good job, trying to prevent their jaw from dropping at Lina's performance, in an early preview. Design of Lina clock, to operate in tandem with Lina network DAC connected by dual BNCs, is informed by dCS experience developing master clocks for professional and home use. Designed to further suppress jitter and phase noise in Lina DAC, it uses two oven-controlled crystal oscillators to deliver a precise and stable clocking reference for all audio formats and frequencies. [See Product Desc. For More] When paired with Lina DAC, Lina clock allows its sibling's internal clock system to be locked to a master signal, for even greater precision and enhanced audio performance. READ ALSO The scientific basis of dCS master clocks Its standalone design ensures sensitive clocking components are protected from factors that can cause interference. Each crystal oscillator is oven-controlled to ensure its performance remains consistent, even under changing conditions and temperatures. With its own dedicated chassis and power supplies, clock signals are thus protected from power interference, crosstalk and other factors that can affect integrity and in turn, audio quality. The feedback dCS received from listeners and audio experts who’ve experienced significant sonic benefits after adding such a master of time to their system clearly advised their design for the most thorough headphone reference rig available to market. Designed for maximum reliability and longevity, Lina clock is a silent but powerful component engineered to operate with absolute precision and consistency, so you can experience the best possible performance from your system. Combined with the rest of the Lina system that you can view here, Lina clock delivers an even more profound and immersive dCS listening experience, and helps ensure the audio you hear sounds exactly as it should.


    Our Price | $11,000

    Feliks EliseFeliks Elise

    Feliks Elise

    Adding scale and stage to Feliks Audio's impressive Echo II is Elise. Tube character abounds but never enough to take away the life-like realism of actual music in this OTL amplifier in single-ended triode format, based on the 6SN7 driver stalwart. You'll struggle to dispute Elise's quality at portraying an orchestral piece of work, or its magic synergy with Audio-Technica, Sennheiser or ZMF Headphones. Give it one listen, or many. Rarely will a single piece of gear fit as many sources, genres or set-ups. [See Product Desc. For More] Its mids are liquid and forward, great to address any flaws still present in your flagship cans. Warm, natural and wholesome even harmonic sound dominates – a direct result of Elise's single-ended Class A topology. The holy grail of all bias schemes isn't undertaken lightly, and new current sources ensure Feliks Audio's classic single-ended triode amplifier runs stably fully biased at all output levels. This is a decidedly low-distortion affair in an inherently linear amplifier given high tube operating voltages and current. Transconductance increasing with bias current is optimal. And while tube imaging, emotiveness and liquidity is de facto, Elise always sounds natural and fully transparent. Indeed, despite its mid-range vivacity, a massive audio bandwidth is guaranteed given its output transformer-less OTL construction. Literally nothing separates you from your music. Pairs of 6SN7 and NOS 6N13S tubes power your headphones directly, without any chunk of iron in the signal path.  Elise champions frequency extension – the fast, deep bass and airy, open highs from the best OTL associations to perfect phase reproduction and respectable damping factor – therefore. Long tube operating lifespans come courtesy of improved thermal management and more efficient passive cooling driving up to 60 per cent lower operating temperatures in the incumbant, versus its predecessor. Really, it's never only about the parts, and Elise is further proof boasting a new tube cathode heater and power supply design derived from the flagship Euforia. Great design nous gives a premium, Polish-built amplifier the platform to perform quietly and transparently.  Whether you go up or down, you'll be served browsing the rest of Feliks Audio's offerings here, or all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $2,699

    Matrix Audio Mini-I Pro 3Matrix Audio Mini-I Pro 3

    Matrix Audio Mini-I Pro 3

    The sleekest streaming DAC Matrix Audio have released to date shows up ready for display in your living room and bedroom listening. Hi-Fi News bestow it an Outstanding Product award, as it "not only has the technical specification to assume a wide variety of roles but its crushing competence and outright musical capability across them all is little short of astonishing". With a 3.3 inch LCD display screen unlocking a brand new user interface, Mini-I-3 Pro comes dressed to impress in every modern home. [See Product Desc. For More] Do judge this book by its cover: Mini-I-3 Pro comes loaded with an ESS Sabre ES9038Q2M backed up by traditional Matrix audio engineering know-how. Packaged with a Roon Ready Ethernet/Wi-Fi streamer from the box, this feature-loaded balanced DAC also tosses in Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth 5.0, LDAC and a 4.4mm headphone output for nearly every use case. AudioScienceReview categorises Mini-I-3 as another textbook case of great Matrix audio engineering. Soundnews give it a Gold award for "great digital design, must-have features, beautiful looks and small form factor at a price that wouldn't land a critical hit on your wallet". Alpha Audio NET likewise cast a critical eye and handed Mini-I Pro 3 all 5 ⭐.  A full MQA decoder and Crystek clock marriages extraneous flexibility of use with excellent sound quality never possible at this price segment before, ensuring new home audio audiophiles can find lasting pride of place for Mini-I-3 Pro in each room. Check out all of Matrix Audio's streaming DAC releases here, or view our other desktop options here.


    Our Price | $1,499

    Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (MQA)Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (MQA)

    Matrix Audio X-Sabre Pro (MQA)

    With the bar already set incredibly high with the X-Sabre Pro, Matrix Audio sought to take the design all the way in launching X-Sabre Pro (MQA). Steve Guttenberg, CNET's resident Audiophiliac, has nodded his approval. In addition to full rendering and decoding of Tidal Masters tracks, its ESS Sabre ES9038Pro DAC chip receives additional support in the latest XMOS and FPGA technology. The proof is in X-Sabre Pro (MQA) sounding exceedingly transparent and spacious. But if there's need for more, here's it taking the gong as AudioScienceReview's best measuring DAC ever. Praise doesn't come much higher. Yet it takes top marks on Audiophile Style for a non-clinical, natural sound that highlights "this isn't yesterday's Sabre DAC" to the writer. You'll be able to see everything from Matrix Audio here and all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $3,199

    Feliks Audio EuforiaFeliks Audio Euforia

    Feliks Audio Euforia

    Feliks Audio are famed tube amplifier manufacturers from Poland and their heritage makes an appearance in their flagship headphone amplifier, Euforia. Based on the historic 6SN7 tube family, Euforia's transparency matches some of the best solid-state amplifiers on the current market. [See Product Desc. For More] Stereophile's Herb Reichert writes that Euforia "allows recordings to feel more direct and unmolested" – high praise from one of the world's most experienced listeners. The same writer found its pairing with the HEDDphone by Heinz Electrodynamic Designs (HEDD) particularly enriching. You'll be able to see everything from Feliks Audio here and all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $3,699

    Cayin HA-300B Mk. IICayin HA-300B Mk. II

    Cayin HA-300B Mk. II

    Cayin Audio’s HA-300 MKII is upon us, to ensure the modern headphone enthusiast can continue to enjoy the magic from historic 300B tubes with any headphone. Important refinements over its predecessor include a MUSES72320 resistor ladder electronic volume control part. This preserves signal-to-noise ratio and channel balance down to the ALPS-controlled encoder's lowest level – perfect for however much, or little, travel you need. A 4.4mm output ensures yet more headphones can be plugged in via Pentaconn’s ubiquitous connector for transformer-balanced operation. With headphones having developed leaps and bounds since the turn of the decade, Cayin guarantee their latest and greatest flagship keeps up with the times – such that any can you throw at it will perform in ways you hadn't even thought possible. [See Product Desc. For More] HA-300 MKII has been built again as a Class A single-ended triode amplifier to preserve the all-important even-order harmonics audio enthusiasts crave from such topologies. But Cayin's flagship remains a truly reference device. The direct-heated magic from Genelex PX300Bs – bearing the Gold Lion mark of quality – continues to provide Cayin with access to square law, load line and graceful soft-clipping triode functions at the drawing board to push down distortion without the crutch of negative feedback.  HA-300 MKII's high tube operating voltage ensures excellent open-loop linearity and additionally reduces the need for negative feedback. Power supply regulation is thorough, extending beyond typical small signal regions to encompass even the power stage and high-voltage sections of the amplifier. Huge EI-core output transformers with reinforcing shielding are wound in-house to Cayin’s exact spec for frequency extension at the extremes, lowering impedances and providing immense inductance for the lowest bass reproduction, plus great top-end transparency owing to their shape. Custom-built AudioCapX MultiCap coupling capacitors upgraded for MKII's signal path are also ideal for passing low frequencies and extending bass down to 10Hz. Phase reproduction in the audible human hearing range remains stellar as a result, with taut dynamics and impactful slam – not the wooly affairs of yesteryear's transformer amps. That high bandwidth gets delivered into any working personal audio transducer, with HA-300 MKII's output transformers allowing it to drive low-impedance, low-sensitivity planar-magnetic headphones balanced via 4.4mm and 4-pin XLRs pushing up to 6 watts on the front. That potent Class A power can even be switched to speaker terminals on the rear to drive high-impedance, high-sensitivity passive speakers from the likes of Rogers, DeVORE Fidelity or Zu Audio. What's crazier is this brute in ballet shoes produces next to no hiss into sensitive earphones via 4.4mm ... a true feat, barely imaginable, till this point. There is therefore almost no scenario in which you can't enjoy this HA-300 MKII behemoth. Or, employ a different Cayin specialist that you can browse here, and view all our other amplifiers here.


    Our Price | $5,899

    Questyle CMA15Questyle CMA15

    Questyle CMA15

    CMA15 celebrates the 15th anniversary of Questyle Audio's inception with the use of ESS Technology's flagship ES9038Pro DAC. ecoustics say the benefits of a natural union of current-mode technologies are audible, placing CMA15 at the top for your consideration as a line source and headphone amplifier. CMA15 packs one of the most sophisticated pure Class A analog stages in a DAC available to market now, the strengths of an ES9038Pro and CMA15's current-mode amplification working hand in hand. CMA15 is alive with tone colour and saturation, notes propelled forth with a real zeal and macro-dynamic force about them. There is a tangible physicality about this Questyle flagship – listeners enjoy a palpable connection hearing familiar music again, as CMA15 heaves and breathes like it were a real, living, being. And still, in a reference DAC where neutrality is so prized, it presents tonal balance accurately. [See Product Desc. For More] In a throwback to Hi-Fi luminary Dan D'Agostino's work [using Texas Instruments] for Krell Industries at the beginning of the 21st century, Questyle designed CMA15's analog circuit path to operate transmitting signal solely in current instead of the standard voltage, starting from its ES9038Pro's 50mA analog current output. Manufacturers have long taken advantage of the ESS flagship's claim to be the most sophisticated DAC chip available, outputting in current for best distortion figures before traditionally voicing the circuit through the crucial I/V current-to-voltage converter stage. But D'Agostino understood then that no I/V stage could completely disappear sonically, colouring the sound artificially in ways unacceptable – he therefore removed the stage entirely, by employing Krell's own current-mode analog circuit. Transmission of signal, entirely in current, without prior conversion to voltage, has been revived by Questyle to the same effect here. Removal of the I/V aspect of CMA15's circuit therefore sees the purest expression ever of Questyle's current-mode philosophy, keeping affairs post-digital conversion magnificently and elegantly simple with fewer parts necessary.  Questyle's choice of current-mode signal is the stuff of legend by now. It eliminates the lag time that might otherwise occur when signal is transmitted in voltage, as it builds up at the capacitances in the circuit – current signal passes through unhindered by comparison, with speed and ease.  By doing away with the issue of transmission delay in CMA15, Questyle virtually eliminates any of the harshness caused by the intermodulation distortion associated with high capacitance, solid-state circuits.  Coloured yet correct, CMA15 presents detail smoothly and organically with a sense of vibrancy that's accurate and still entertaining. Another effect of being unhindered by capacitance in the signal path means that huge signal bandwidth is possible, leading to phase response being accurately preserved in the human hearing range. Indeed, to hear current-mode is to hear a naturalness to music not encountered before in a conventional circuit, and Questyle build CMA15 as the ultimate expression to such a topology.  A 4.4mm headphone output, a pure Class A small signal and power stage, and LDAC Bluetooth input, allow users to enjoy CMA15 in ever more scenarios. Current-mode will prove even more effective the closer a load is to ground. The results translate to an ultra-low distortion, linear, analog system in tandem with Class A, without resorting to the excessive use of negative feedback. CMA15 works as a perfect DAC for your Hi-Fi system into component input impedances that have been dropping ever more readily since the turn of this decade. Flip CMA15 to variable volume mode, and its analog potentiometer turns it into an excellent pre-amp. Everything above discusses the less-obvious about a true Questyle flagship, because the plain truth is that CMA15 functions as the perfect headphone amplifier first and Hi-Fi hub second. Check out Questyle's other headphone specialties here, or view our other DACs here.


    Our Price | $3,199

    Feliks Echo IIFeliks Echo II

    Feliks Echo II

    The star of the entry level demands your attention. Feliks Audio's Echo II defies what you'd come to expect from a beginner tube amp, blurring the lines between solid-state energy and natural tube tonality. You'll want to test this out as your first amp for certain – pair this with a high-impedance headphone from Audio-Technica, Sennheiser or ZMF Headphones, and you're off to audio nirvana via the lively, energetic performance Echo II particularly excels at! [See Product Desc. For More] Coloured yet correct, there's still a tonal evenness throughout that means you can trust this is the way your music was meant to sound. Its ability to drive planar magnetic headphones has improved further, with increased power output offering more flexibility and synergy with such low-impedance transducers than ever before. The same is true of source selection, with three RCA inputs to choose from. Echo II's massive audio bandwidth is a plus at this price point and comes courtesy of an output transformer-less OTL construction. Affordability, it appears, is no excuse to compromise pure performance in Feliks Audio's books. With a pair of 6N6P and 6N1P tubes driving your headphones directly without a chunk of transformer iron in the signal path, there's literally nothing standing between you and your enjoyment of music. Here's a lesson of legacy technologies done right – already, the single-ended Class A nature of Echo II means you'll enjoy the audio gains from the holy grail of bias schemes, without paying an arm and a leg for warm, natural and wholesome even harmonic sound. You'll be able to see the explore what these traditional principles are capable of doing pushed to their maximum higher up Feliks Audio's 2021 line-up here, along with all our other DAC & amp options here.


    Our Price | $1,399

    Matrix Audio X-Sabre 3Matrix Audio X-Sabre 3

    Matrix Audio X-Sabre 3

    Beginning the decade with a bang – that's what X-Sabre 3 does for Matrix Audio. The package and capabilities are familiar. The expectations are higher. This ESS Sabre ES9038Pro flagship DAC invites your proud Hi-Fi to enter the world of networked audio together. What you loved from Matrix Audio hasn't changed. The same show stopping audio fidelity of previous generations – particularly the perfectly-measuring X-Sabre Pro (MQA) raved about – shows up in X-Sabre 3. It's now just more usable than ever. Hailed as a third-generation flagship DAC, it's learnt new tricks. Ethernet and 2.4/5Ghz Wi-Fi inputs allow you to easily integrate X-Sabre 3 onto your home network, where its Roon Ready status guarantees ease of use on Hi-Fi's most beloved audio management interface. [See Product Desc. For More] REVEALED Unlock X-Sabre 3's network capabilities Continue to put its Ethernet and Wi-Fi capabilities to good use. Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect status shows up – the latter pulls the full MQA stream right off the Tidal cloud, for which X-Sabre 3 is perfectly certified to unfold and decode to its full resolution. UPnP/DLNA also comes built in that sees X-Sabre 3 adapt perfectly into your home ecosystem of tablets and smart devices through your preferred app. Don't let this ease of use fool you, though. This is an utterly high-performance DAC that puts to use Matrix Audio's years of working with the ES9038Pro, a chip still unrivalled in its performance till today.  ESS' top dog is given the platform to perform by Matrix, with X-Sabre 3's power, digital and analog components entirely separate and CNC-carved from a single block of aluminium. A FPGA and Crystek CCHD-950 femtosecond clock suppress jitter and phase noise; the ability to run in synchronous mode offering intriguing experimentation from your various digital sources. Analog decoded by the ES9038Pro then runs properly through a high-performance I/V stage that preserves the linearity of small signal perfectly. X-Sabre 3 is silent as a tomb. A claimed dynamic range above 130dB and 0.00010% total harmonic distortion? Believe it. X-Sabre 3 measures perfectly as you'd expect from China's premier digital company. Better, it sounds perfect any way and any how you choose to listen to it. Hopes couldn't be higher, and Matrix Audio have delivered again with this digital source-plus-converter duo. Also view everything from Matrix Audio here, or browse our other DAC/amps here.


    Our Price | $4,199

    Cayin HA-6ACayin HA-6A

    Cayin HA-6A

    Another Cayin Audio amplifier that promises infinite variety. From the box, HA-6A lets you roll between included pairs of EL34 and KT88 power tube variants. This mid-tier amplifier with the top-tier sound gets praised by John Grandberg on Darko.Audio for its multiple flavours and way of excelling with all of them. In a direct shoot-out, one pundit gave HA-6A the upper hand over the previous usual suspect in class, Woo Audio's WA22. [See Product Desc. For More] HA-6A has the ability to dump up to 4.5 watts per channel of pure Class A power into your cans, but that's just the beginning of the story. Large EI core output transformers built in-house to Cayin's spec means it's not just brute force but also finesse ensuring great, clean frequency extension at the bass and treble extremes – otherwise a weak point in other tube amplifiers. Meanwhile, a loosely wound EI core power transformer ensures greater AC line performance over a conventional toroid, avoiding saturation plus the negative impacts caused by the latter's high magnetic flux. Running EL34s or KT88s in either triode or ultra-linear mode yields multiple pairings. Swap to taste, for perfect sound quality with your beloved TOTL headphones from Audio-Technica, Focal, Sennheiser and ZMF Headphones. Equip with an Element series DAC from Matrix Audio for Roon Ready and Tidal streaming. Make the step further up yet with Cayin's flagship HA-300B MKII here, browse the rest of Cayin's gear here, or check out our other amplifier options here.


    Our Price | $3,599