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Sample Test – Focal Sopra No1 – Revel Performa F226Be

Some images don’t need any textual clarification. Just some music! Our goal is to make samples of as many products as possible. Purely because, in our opinion, it can be fun and useful to just listen to equipment. This time: the ‘famous’ Focal Sopra No1 that featured in many video’s Versus the also well known […]

Install Guide – Jcat XE-series and Optimo Nano

We like computer stuff. That’s no secret of course. A couple of years ago we tried to build the best Audio PC we could. And the results were not bad at all! One of the key components was a JCAT usb-card. And now we are going to install the new – higher end – USB […]

Alpha Audio Academy – Series 2 – Episode 4 – Monitor or floor stand?

Speakers is a much discussed component on Alpha Audio. The questions regarding this component vary enormously. From: which amplifier do we need, to what is better: a bookshelf or a floorstander. We have already answered a few questions in other episodes. Now we look at the main differences between floorstanders and monitor speakers (or bookshelfs).

Alpha Audio Academy – Series 2 – Episode 3 – Filters

In an ideal world, a speaker would consist of one vibrating object that processes the complete signal. The reason this is ideal is easy to explain: minimalism in hi-fi is always good… fewer components means less loss. And in this case, an influential link is eliminated: the crossover. In fact, a so-called crossover poses some […]

Alpha Audio Academy – Series 2 – Episode 2 – Types of Speakers

When we think of a speaker, we almost immediately think of a cabinet with round units in it that move back and forth… A so-called dynamic speaker. But that’s just one type… In this episode we walk past the various types and try to point out the pros and cons. Note: this will be a […]

Alpha Audio Academy – Series 2 – Episode 1 – The basics of a speaker

We open the second series of the Alpha Audio Academy with an important – perhaps the most important – component in a hi-fi system: the loudspeaker.

Sample Test – Jcat NET Card XE – Optimo 3 Duo

Some images don’t need any textual clarification. Just some music! Our goal is to make samples of as many products as possible. Purely because, in our opinion, it can be fun and useful to just listen to equipment. This time: an ultimate network card from Jcat; the NET Card XE. With a luxury power supply: […]

Sample Test – Denafrips Terminiator Plus – Venus II – Ares II

Some images don’t need any textual clarification; just some music. Our goal is to make samples of as many products as possible. Purely because in our opinion it can be fun and useful to just listen to equipment. This time: three dacs from Denafrips. The Terminator Plus, Venus II and Ares II. Of course connected […]

Alpha Audio Academy – Episode 6 – CD – Vinyl or Streaming

Vinyl sounds better than streaming. Streaming audio sounds more detailed than CDs. But then again, those have more flow in playback. Hmmm… is all that really true?

Alpha Audio Academy – Episode 5 – Upgrading an existing system

It is the rule rather than the exception in any hobby that we continue to improve. So too with the hi-fi hobby. We keep tweaking and improving to get closer to our ideal (which is not necessarily the reality) Because of this eternal chain of tweaks, the system keeps changing and so do the relationships […]

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