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Marantz Model 40n

Review Marantz Model 40n – With the ‘N’ of “Neat!”

Your editor still regrets – if we stay within the hi-fi hobby for a moment – one thing: the sale of a Marantz receiver. A quadrophonic monster. We’re guessing it was a 4415. What a wonderful receiver that was. but hey… those were the early days…. Back to present day; the time for Marantz to […]

Bluesound NODE

Review Bluesound NODE streamer (2021)

After nine years in the market, Bluesound comes with the new NODE. Are we going back in time? No. Bluesound is dropping the numbers for this latest generation – officially Gen 3. It’s now just Bluesound NODE, POWERNODE, et cetera. Not a lot just seems to have changed. But appearances are deceiving! We take a […]

Aurender N20

Review Aurender N20 streamer – server

Digital is digital. A 1 is a 1 and a 0 is a 0. Period. Right? Well… partly. And in the ideal world where jitter and noise are not a factor, they will be. But we don’t live in the ideal world. (Unfortunately we don’t in a lot of ways). And that makes that there […]

Multitest – Endgame Audio – The ultimate streamer

On Mother’s Day (at least in the Netherlands) – May 9, 2021 – we at Alpha Audio held a live stream event featuring three insanely beautiful streamers. Top of the bill: the MSB Discrete DAC with Renderer module, the Grimm Audio MU-1 with Mola Mola Tambaqui dac and the Naim ND555 with PS555 power supply. […]

Bluesound Node2i modificatio

Review PD power supply modification Bluesound Node 2i

Earlier this week we made an install guide around a custom power supply for the Bluesound Node 2i. We also put some samples online so you can hear what a difference it can make in combination with a Sbooster BOTW 5 volt power supply. In the meantime, we’ve done some more listening. We will share […]

Review Matrix Audio Mini i-pro 3

In recent years we have seen quite a few Chinese brands appear on the European market, some of which are already receiving support from Dutch importers. Only a handful are really worth spending our precious time on and today the honor goes to Matrix Audio, a young company from Xi’an that was started in 2013 […]

Review Sonnet Hermes streamer

We have already written a lot about Metrum Acoustics, the dac designs and the designer: Cees Ruijtenberg. It caused some confusion when the name Metrum Acoustics disappeared from the scene and Sonnet Audio saw the light of day. Rest assured: both brands give support. We therefore write with confidence about the new streamer: the Sonnet […]

Primare I15 SC15

Review Primare duo: i15 and SC15 Prisma

With some reviews you prefer to go straight to the conclusion. However, we’re going to hold back for a while. First we are going to introduce the Primare i15 and SC15. Because this Swedish Duo just deserves that. In short: first things first… what are we talking about?

NuPrime Omnia WR-1

Review NuPrime Omnia WR-1 streamer

In the price range of about 400 euros there is a lot of choice in the streaming audio category. Almost all major brands have something in that area. Although the bulk is just above this price. Think of Sonos, HEOS, Yamaha and Bluesound. Around or just under 400 euros there is still a lot of […]

First impression – Sonnet Audio Hermes

We have the Sonnet Audio Hermes for review. The new ROON streamer by Cees Ruijtenberg. Right: the developer of all those beautiful dacs, amplifiers and… streamers. We’ve been playing with the Metrum Acoustics Ambre for years: also a product by Cees Ruijtenberg. What are the differences and similarities? We put them next to each other […]

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