Featured : Chord Electronics

Chord Qutest DAC - Best under £/$2000!

CHECK OUT MORE ABOUT ME, MY REVIEWS AND WEBSITE here https://www.13thnote.net Read my written review here - https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/30... Also have a look at the competition to this DAC : RME ADI-2 DAC FS here. Since this video it has taken the Chord's crown. - https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/20... Or watch the video on the RME here - https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/23... Review of the Rob Watts designed Qutest DAC from Chord Electronics https://chordelectronics.co.uk/prod... #chord #audiophile #dac

A quick preview video of the Chord Hugo TT2 & Hugo M Scaler - reviews to follow

FOR MORE, HEAD TO MY WEBSITE : https://www.13thnote.net Chord's Hugo TT2 and Hugo M Scaler paired to one another is extremely accomplished. Using ground breaking Digital to Analogue Converter (DAC) technology, sound quality is class leading and amongst the best. My Full reviews of both units to follow, as well as a review of Wave High Fidelity Storm Stream and Storm F (Furutech) BNC cables, designed for use with this pairing #chord #hugott2 #dac

Chord Hugo TT2 - the best DAC at this price!

Have a look about more about this DAC on my website - https://www.13thnote.net/2019/06/12... Add the Hugo M Scaler ? https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/29... A video review of the features, operation, connections and sound quality of the Chord Hugo TT2 #chord #hugott2 #audiophile
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Mytek's Brooklyn Amp+ is mini-Max HiFi!

#Mytek #BrooklynAmp+ #Audiophiles Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews : https://www.13thnote.net/​​​ Link to product on Mytek's website ; https://mytek.audio/shop/brooklyn-a... If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here to try and keep it independent - ​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money on YT and I don't currently seek advertising income from brands) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you or to support this channel - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Video Segments; 0:00 New York Intro 0:44 My Previous Experiences of Mytek 1:11 Spec 1:21 Connections 1:47 Weight / Dimensions & Power Specs 2:15 Inside the Case 2:37 Design 3:25 Set up's I tried 4:11 Using Roon with the CXN 4:29 Sound Character 6:36 Summary Stand Out Traits 6:47 System Matching 7:40 SQ Summary / Ending Comments Video's of other products in this Video : 1) RME ADI-2 DAC FS : https://youtu.be/0_G7ENaPg3o 2) KEF LS50 Meta's : https://youtu.be/hWIukw7I_4Y 3) Node 2i : https://youtu.be/c5TpVvvY2y0 4) Cambridge Audio CXN v2 : https://youtu.be/Voc9gVi1HEw Terms : 1) "Dual Mono" : Refers to an Amp which has discrete sections for the Right and Left channels with different power supplies. This amp uses two Pascal modules for each channel 2) "Balanced" refers to amplifiers which generally utilise 3-pin XLR plug connections, in this case with the pre amplifier input. The Balanced topology has an extra cable with in phase and out of phase hot wires, which cancel the noise between components when the phase flips back. It offers a slight improvement in sound to RCA plugs which only have one hot (signal carrying wire) such that if both components are balanced, sound quality is improved. 3) "Class D" - In lay terms a class A or AB amp has an output stage which is always on. With class D there are pulses at the output stage of the amp which tends to me cooler running and greater energy efficiency **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, or how does something sound beyond comment in videos, or system advice, I’m asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since it shows viewers value my independence and if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions where my time is taken away from reviews. Also I can't answer all questions on YT anyway. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube where appropriate and of course, engage with my audience.

Negative Reviews Are Essential Sometimes

#HIFIREVIEWS #trust #Audiophiles Some Products I think are poor and I don't rate; 1) Auralic Aries G1 streamer - £2000- ridiculously expensive for what it does sound and feature wise, with little improvement over the old and original Aries. 2) Meze 99 Neo Headphones - around £200 - messy with bass. 3) Chord Hugo M Scaler - £3500 - despite the HiFi press inflaming this as some sort of wonder product, I thought it is poor value for money in audiophile terms. Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews : https://www.13thnote.net/​​​ If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here to try and keep it independent - ​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money on YT) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you or to support this channel - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, or how does something sound beyond comment in videos, or system advice, I’m asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since it shows viewers value my independence and if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions where my time is taken away from reviews. Also I can't answer all questions on YT anyway. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube where appropriate and of course, engage with my audience.

Which Stands 'Stand-Up' Best? (incorporating Solidsteel's SS-6)

#Speakerstands #Solidsteel #SolidsteelSS6 Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews : https://www.13thnote.net/​​​ Link to the UK distributors website : https://mianuk.com/ Check out details of the manufacturers website here : https://solidsteel.it Atacama Atabites Stand Filler : http://www.atacama-audio.co.uk/p/at... 0:00 Introduction 0:38 HiFi Racks Oak Duet Stands (position 4) 1:30 Choosing Speaker Stands 1:47 Various Metal and Steel type stands (position 3) 2:42 Some Brands own designs (position 2) 3:32 Solidsteel SS6 stands (position 1 - my favorite) 4:46 Assembly of SS-6 stands 5:57 "Sonic Qualities" 6:44 Summary / SS6 being made / End If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here to try and keep it independent - ​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money on YT) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you or to support this channel - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, or how does something sound beyond comment in videos, or system advice, I’m asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since it shows viewers value my independence and if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions where my time is taken away from reviews. Also I can't answer all questions on YT anyway. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube where appropriate and of course, engage with my audience. Kit used in testing stands : Hegel H390 integrated, Mytek Brooklyn Amp+ power amp, Bluesound Node 2i streamer, Cambridge Audio CXN v2 pre/streamer/DAC, RME ADI-2 DAC FS as pre amp & DAC, Chord Epic Reference Speaker wire, Atlas / AudioQuest Interconnects.

A Cartoon Parody of Bad Audiophiles & Audio Stores

#Audiophiles #Cartoon #Humour Something different but DON'T watch if you are easily offended by filth..... If you aren't then watch ahead 😉 One for ever wanting HiFi to be fun and not boring, and add a new much needed Audiophile Cartoon, I thought I'd have a go at getting in on that action. A little risqué this one.... Subscribe to my channel for fun, engaging, creative content and let's make HiFi enjoyable.

Monitor Audio Gold 100 : 'Little Rockers'

#MonitorAudio #Gold100 #Audiophiles Monitor Audio Gold 100 v KEF LS50 Meta v Definitive Technology Demand D11 v Neat Iota Alpha. 0:00 Introduction 1:19 Review intro / Where they fit in the ranges 1:50 Design and Specifications 2:40 Tweeter - Ribbons, AMT and MPD 4:25 Ports & Binding Posts 5:14 Stated Specs to Rachmaninoff 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' 6:55 Grills & 'contrasting design' + build quality 8:17 Hegel H390 slow motion 8:51 Stand-out sonic traits 11:05 Tweeter sound 12:12 NAD M10 section (another amp used) 12:53 Speaker Comparisons clip 14:01 KEF LS50 Meta Comparison 14:51 Neat Iota Alpha Comparison 15:42 Definitive Technology Demand D11 Comparison 17:32 Summary Sonic Qualities / End Product info from Monitor Audio Website : https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/pro... 'Stand' : https://www.monitoraudio.com/en/acc... This is an unpaid review, as ALL my reviews are, and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers, to keep the project independent. My YouTube channel is for credible and honest, very well produced engaging content covering all things HiFi. I buzz off of the production! Check out some other videos of products featured in this video : PMC twenty 5.23i speakers : https://youtu.be/EwpLVN8MMss KEF LS50 Meta speakers : https://youtu.be/hWIukw7I_4Y Neat Iota Alpha speakers : https://youtu.be/ani2cJr3M5M Definitive Technology Demand D11 speakers : https://youtu.be/blBVitQ-yr0 Hegel H390 Amp : https://youtu.be/BfEq9wt7VgY NAD M10 Amp : https://youtu.be/CI9sk6LScK4 If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here to try and keep it independent - ​​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money on YT) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you or to support this channel - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews : https://www.13thnote.net/​​​ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, or how does something sound beyond comment in videos, or system advice, I’m trialing asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since it shows viewers value my independence and if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions. Also I can't answer all questions on YT anyway. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube where appropriate. Cables Used : Chord Epic Reference Speaker wire, Atlas / AudioQuest Interconnects. Music Clips used in this video from Epidemic Sound : 1) The Garden's Light : Trevor Kowalski 2) Reversed Beginning : Luwaks 3) Luminescence : Trevor Kowalski 4) Prelude in C Major 5) Patchwork : Ever So Blue Music Playlist (of music mentioned in this video) Tidal here : https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/c... Qobuz here : http://open.qobuz.com/playlist/6437...

13th Note Simon's day off : A Flight around The Isle of Wight

A non audio video of my flight yesterday around the Isle of Wight.

Streamer Shoot-Out: Allo, Bluesound, Cambridge Audio, Innuos, Sonore, Sonos, Yamaha.

#streaming #tidal #qobuz An enthusiasts appraisal of these streamers, which took loads of work. This is an unpaid review, as ALL my reviews are, and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers, to keep the project independent. My YouTube channel is for credible and honest, very well produced engaging content covering all things HiFi. I buzz off of the production! Check out some other videos of products featured in this video : RME ADI-2 DAC FS : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_G... Hegel H390 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfE... Cambridge Audio CXN : https://youtu.be/Voc9gVi1HEw DigiOne Signature : https://youtu.be/WmrVtMNjHLs Bluesound Node 2i : https://youtu.be/c5TpVvvY2y0 If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here - ​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews: https://www.13thnote.net/​​​ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, or how does something sound beyond comment in videos, or system advice, I’m trialing asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since it shows viewers value my honesty and if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions. Also I can't answer all questions. These videos done this way, take considerable effort. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube where appropriate. Kit used in tests : Cyrus Signature gear, PMC Speakers (twenty5 23), Kef LS50 Meta's, Monitor Audio Gold 100, Hegel H390, NAD M10.

Cambridge Audio CXN v2: 'A Performer Above'

#cambridgeaudio #cxnv2 #streaming An enthusiasts appraisal of this streamer which took around 125 hours. This is an unpaid review, as ALL my reviews are, and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers, to keep the project independent. Manufacturers product website link here : https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/usa/... My YouTube channel is for credible and honest, very well produced engaging content covering all things HiFi, because I buzz off of the production! Check out some other videos of products featured in this video : RME ADI-2 DAC FS : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_G... Hegel H390 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfE... If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here - ​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews: https://www.13thnote.net/​​​ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, I’m trialing asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since it shows viewers value my honesty and if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions. These videos done this way, take considerable effort. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube, of course.

Adam Audio Studio Pro SP-5 Film (incorporating my production values)

#audiophile #AdamAudio #SP-5 An enthusiasts appraisal of these headphones. This is an unpaid review, as ALL my reviews are, and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers, to keep the project independent. I also explain how I edit videos in this film. Manufacturers product website link here : https://www.adam-audio.com/en/headp... My YouTube channel is for credible and honest, very well produced engaging content covering all things HiFi. Check out my other videos of products featured in this video : RME ADI-2 DAC FS : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_G... If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here - ​https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews: https://www.13thnote.net/​​ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, I’m trialing asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube, of course.

Roon / Roon 1.8: What's in it for me (you)?

#Roon #Audiophiles #Streaming An Enthusiasts appraisal of Roon, including the new version 1.8 : Note : This is an unpaid review, as ALL my reviews are, and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers, to keep the project independent. My YouTube channel is for credible, very well produced engaging content covering all things HiFi. Check out my other videos of products featured in this video. Read my written review of Roon here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/31... If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews: https://www.13thnote.net/​ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, I’m trialing asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since if viewers want opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube, of course.

The Best HiFi DACs

#DAC #audiophile #digitaltoanalogue The Best HiFi DACs I’ve tried from 10 to 1: I’ve used footage from other videos (fair use) as well as my own, as some of my old footage was with an old camera. My YouTube channel is for credible, very well produced engaging contact covering all things HiFi. I have however reviewed all these products, so click on the cards during the video for links (first 5) to my website, where you can find written and video reviews. For the others check out links below 5 - Denafrips Venus II: https://www.13thnote.net/2021/01/17... 4 - PS Audio DirectStream: https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/04... 3 - Chord Hugo TT2: https://www.13thnote.net/2019/06/12... 2 - Chord DAVE: https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/29... 1 - dCS Bartók: https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/22... This is an unpaid review, as ALL my reviews are, and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers, to keep the project independent. If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (it doesn't make lots of money) Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here for loads more articles and reviews: https://www.13thnote.net/ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have completed instead (hit the review tag, and separate tags eg DAC) **2 If you are asking me how does X product compare to Y that I HAVE reviewed, I’m trialing asking my viewers to donate to my project. The sum isn’t really too important at the moment, it is more the principle, since if viewers want credible opinions and advice where you benefit from this, I think it is fair to ask for contributions. I am happy to engage and answer other product related questions on YouTube, of course. Correction - in this video I called the Hugo TT2 the Hugo 2 in the overdub. Obviously I was aware of this as I stated Hugo TT2 in the title, but I hadn’t detected my mistake in the edit, hence correcting here.

Improve Laptop Sound Relatively Inexpensively

A film about how to improve your laptop's sound inexpensively, featuring; JDS Labs Atom Amp - see here : https://jdslabs.com/product/atom-am... AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt - see here : https://www.audioquest.com/dacs/dra... RME ADI-2 DAC FS - see here : https://rme-audio.com/adi-2-dac.htm... This is an unpaid review as ALL my reviews are and I don't currently court advertising income via Manufacturers to keep the site independent. If you have questions please support my site by making donations via PayPal Me here - https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... Or you can subscribe to Patreon for ongoing personal and private advice about the products I review and what products are best for you - see here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ **Please don't ask me how a product compares to another which I haven't reviewed, as it isn't possible to comment on such products I haven't tested. Check out my website for reviews of products I have (hit the review tag, and separate tags eg DAC) An article on headphone DACs - (DF Red, Black, Cyrus Soundkey & Chord Mojo) - see here : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/08/12...

HiFi Untangled : An Easy / Beginners Guide to DACs

#Audiophile #DACs #Streaming This is an easy to understand guide to DACs for audiophiles and beginners. If you want to advance to the relevant sections, see below; 1) What is Digital Audio? : 2:02 2) Analogue Waveforms : 3:40 3) Sample Rates & Formats : 5:03 4) DAC Connections : 8:18 5) My DAC Index : 12:54 6) DAC Types : 13:28 7) The Biggest Neglected Area of HiFi : 15:18 8) KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid : 16:51 9) Album Recommendation : Hookworms (Microshift) : 17:52 10) The Conundrum of Formats : 18:23 Some DAC Products featured in this video : RME ADI-2 DAC FS : https://youtu.be/0_G7ENaPg3o Chord Qutest : https://youtu.be/jBIiqG4ROQ0 dCS Bartok : https://youtu.be/DcdQ8PWTAwY Chord DAVE : A DAC Behemoth. I present the Chord Electronics DAVE review ! (13thnote.net) Musical Fidelity MX DAC : https://youtu.be/7sphssa3U4Y AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt : https://youtu.be/Y15hPaRcvdc Chord Hugo TT2 : https://youtu.be/jxqnB89Zql4 Please subscribe to Patreon to get ongoing personal honest advice about HiFi products I review, or my experiences and to support my channel (it does not make lots of money) https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Also please make single contributions via PayPal me if you like what I do, or if you are asking questions, so as to support this channel (however big or small) https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... Please don't ask me how X compares to Y if I haven't reviewed both as I only answer on products I've reviewed. Music Used in this Video - in order (from Epidemic Sound); 1) Reversed Beginning - Luwaks 2) Thermal Mood - Brendon Moeller 3) Mode of Transport - Brendon Moeller 4) Saib - Spring Waltz 5) The Vaal - Brendon Moeller 6) Nite Glo - Molife 7) Smoothest Blue - Beck and Call 8) Midwest Diner - Frook 9) Hookworms Live from Bluedot Festival 2018 10) Barradeen - Emotional

Album Recommendation : Hookworms Microshift (2018)

Music in the video from the Album Microshift by British Neo-Psychedelic group Hookworms, recorded live at Bluedot Festival 2018. Initial sequence edited by me (Simon Price), remaining clip from a Hookworms video (fair use clip) The Resident music album is here : https://www.resident-music.com/prod... Resident Review : "messing with our heads in the best possible way, the Leeds band's 3rd full-length marks anything but a "micro" shift - this is a seismic shift in their sound, dynamic, songwriting & production - but one that seriously kicks ass & delivers a euphoric catharsis" "with all the ferocious energy, intricate musicianship & bruised but beautiful song-craft of the previous releases, the album is formed out of loops, modular synthesizer sequences, drum machines & homemade samples, which were jammed around & layered until the songs began to emerge. coming out of the blocks with 'negative space', a spectacular arcade fire-esque builder that tells us mj & co are ready to go for it in a big way this time, this is a radiant & immersive record, teeming with light but still heavy & forceful. mining the legacy of brit-pop, with a bubbling spiritualized & primal scream undercurrent, it's all rooted with that reliable motorik beat throughout. a tour de force for fans of everyone from LCD Soundsystem to neu! to Supergrass."

The Best HiFi of 2020

#Audiophiles #NAD #Music The Best HiFi of 2020 with a little bit of humour thrown in too. Please subscribe to Patreon to get ongoing personal honest advice about HiFi products I review, or my experiences and to support my channel (it does not make lots of money) https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Also please make single contributions via PayPal me if you like what I do, or if you are asking questions, so as to support this channel (however big or small) https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... Please don't ask me how X compares to Y if I haven't reviewed both as I only answer on products I've reviewed. Please visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ From 10 to 1 check out my films of these best of products ; 10 - PMC twenty5.23i -https://youtu.be/EwpLVN8MMss 9 - Hegel H120 Integrated Amp - https://youtu.be/895SR1oXRaM 8 - Hegel Mohican CD Player - https://youtu.be/i7H1B3GwG4s 7 - Hegel H390 Integrated Amp - https://youtu.be/BfEq9wt7VgY 6 - Bluesound Node 2i - Streamer - https://youtu.be/c5TpVvvY2y0 5 - Sony WH-1000XM3's - Bluetooth NC Headphones - https://youtu.be/iBjq_zaqSzw 4 - KEF LS50 Meta bookshelf speakers - https://youtu.be/hWIukw7I_4Y 3 - KEF LSX - Streaming Active mini monitors - https://youtu.be/MdzrU-RAUs4 2 - RME ADI-2 DAC FS Digital to Analogue Converter - https://youtu.be/0_G7ENaPg3o 1 - NAD Masters M10 - Streaming Integrated Amp - https://youtu.be/CI9sk6LScK4

A Film Appraisal : Denafrips Venus II DAC

#Denafrips #DACs #Audiophiles If you liked this video, check out my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Please sign up to Patreon for ongoing private advice about the products I review here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Make a donation via 'PayPal me' to support the costs of this project (it doesn't make lots of money!) : https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... Some further videos from the Denafrips website on the operation of the Venus II here : https://www.denafrips.com/config-po... Details of the Venus II (main page) from the Denafrips website : https://www.denafrips.com/venus Check out other videos of other products featured in this video, from my channel. Equipment used to test this DAC ; Hegel H390 amplifier, Isotek Aquarius power conditioner, Innuos Zenith source, PMC twenty5 23 and KEF LS50 Meta Speakers.

13th Note DAC Index (in 35 seconds)

#DACs #audiophile #hifi An Index of the best ten sounding stand alone DACs I have reviewed at price (some of which compete above their price). I've considered all they do, not necessarily my own sound quality preference, but where they do more (in sound terms) for the money. **This is my assessment and not everyone will agree. I have not rated them on other features as some do pre-amp duties and have other functionality too etc. This index is based solely on SQ. The Best value DAC is easily the RME ADI-2 DAC FS, then probably followed by the Denafrips Venus II, an R2R ladder DAC. The RME appraisal is here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/20... This is a clip I am doing for my Denafrips Venus II DAC film at the moment and this DAC index is one I will cover for an extended video sometime. Discuss.........what’s your favourite DAC? Visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Videos and written reviews of the DACs mentioned are here (10 to number 1) Musical Fidelity MX DAC : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/11/23... Cyrus DAC XP Signature : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/30... Mytek Brooklyn : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/30... Chord Qutest : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/30... RME ADI-2 DAC FS : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/23... Denafrips Venus II : currently reviewing PS AUDIO DirectStream : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/04... Chord Hugo TT2 : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/06/12... Chord DAVE : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/29... dCS Bartok : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/22...

Denafrips Venus II DAC : Intro Sequence Teaser

A teaser intro for my upcoming review on the Denafrips Venus II DAC..... Featuring a cover version of Vangelis' 'Chung Kuo' on the China album ; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China... Visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Please subscribe and ensure you have notifications on to receive notifications of new updates and videos. Support me via 'PayPal me' here : https://paypal.me/SimonPrice13th?lo... Sign up to Patreon here for product chats about products I review as it is becoming increasingly difficult to answer all YouTube comments : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078...

NAD Masters M10 Film : "A Pocket Rocket"

#NAD #NADM10 #Audiophiles If you liked this video please subscribe to my channel or sign up to Patreon to support my project at credible, engaging, thorough HiFi Reviews. I don't use pretentious language, I keep HiFi inclusive by keeping technical details on a need to know basis, and I'm into strong creative production values too. It's all about music and HiFi doesn't need to be boring - this project has a long term aim to attract more people to HiFi by breaking down the alienation of HiFi but at the same time provide the useful information and comparisons for current Audiophiles. Please sign up to Patreon for ongoing private advice about the products I review here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... If you got something out of this video, please support the costs of this project and as a token of your appreciation too, visit my PayPal me page here: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... (Please note this project is by far a 'big earner') You can visit my website too and have a look at other reviews, videos, and much more like opinion pieces : https://www.13thnote.net/ Some more information about the M10 on the NAD website here : https://nadelectronics.com/product/... Please share your experiences and tell me what you think.

Ten Misconceptions About HiFi Reviews

I discuss some common misconception about HiFi reviews and my ideas of how these are wrong. Visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Please tell me what you think about the ideas I have put forward.

A Spotlight on KEF LS50 Meta Speakers

#KEF #KEFLS50Meta #Audiophiles Thanks for watching this film. 13th Note HiFi reviews is an effort at engaging, non overly techie, credible and comparison based content. HiFi should be for all at whatever price, not the limited few. Running websites and producing these films is expensive and I'm still running this project as a hobby with limited income. Please consider a subscription on Patreon or Paypal to help with the costs of this project. They also take considerable effort, which I love doing. Visit Patreon here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... You can make one off contributions, no matter how small all donations are very much appreciated : https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... The low down on the Neat Iota Alpha's : check here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/22... And on the Definitive Technology Demand D11's : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/06/07... Watch this space for upcoming reviews including the NAD M10 streaming amp. Visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Credit : BBC for clips of Shirley Bassey (Electric Proms), and British Pathe (now defunct) for 60's Interludes.

Album Recommendation - Dame Shirley Bassey - The Performance (2009)

A quick overview of this album and why it is recommended. HiFi is a means to an end of music, not the other way around. Despite this I find it odd that HiFi reviews hardly ever make music recommendations. I deliberately picked this album unpretentiously because I think it will appeal to lots. A great album over Xmas too! Music Credit : Saib - Spring Waltz - by Chillhop https://chillhop.bandcamp.com/track... Video Credit : snips taken from BBC Electric Proms (Roundhouse London)

KEF LSX Mozart Intro - Piano Concerto No 21 (Elvira Madigan)

#kef #keflsx #mozart I did this shameless Mozart/kef intro when I produced my LSX review a while back, but the music I used is Mozart so I thought who cares, even if I’ve shown it before - make the video public. Hifi is about music after all! This is Mozart’s piano concerto no21, the “Elvira Madigan” tagged after the film. The film I used as the backdrop is the excellent Amadeus, which if you haven’t seen I can wholeheartedly recommend. One of the best music inspired films you can see. Currently working on some 3D graphics for the new LS50 meta speakers from KEF. A review to come as well as a DAC to challenge the Chord Hugo TT2. Watch this space. Hopefully both before Xmas. https://www.13thnote.net Review on website here https://www.13thnote.net/2020/04/09... RIP Sir Terry Conran.

Some Album Recommendations

#Dubstar #NewOrder #RichardHawley 1. Dubstar - Disgraceful 1995 2. New Order - Substance - 1987 3. Richard Hawley - Coles Corner - 2005 Please tell me if you enjoyed these recommendations. What music can you recommend that lots of people might like.

Innuos Phoenix USB Reclocker Film

#Innuos #InnuosPhoenixUSB #Audiophiles As usual I go through functionality, design and crucially how it adds to the HiFi from a sound quality perspective, and whether value for money? Plus what can your money get alternatively? Subscribe to my YouTube channel 13th Note here : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi... Visit my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ If you liked this film please consider a one off donation to help with the costs of this site or in support of further reviews, via PayPal here : https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/Sim... Subscribe to Patreon here for extra content, full personal chats about HiFi, help with set-up etc : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... SPECIFICATIONS : Type: USB reclocker, regenerator and power supply Clock: 24Mhz, OCXO Format: any Power supplies: 2 independent linear supplies Accessories: USB cable Size H x W x D: 85 x 215 x 335mm Weight: 6kg Warranty: 2 years My System : PMC twenty523 speakers, Hegel H390 Amp, Innuos Zenith Mk2, DACs: Hegel bit perfect DAC, Chord Qutest, RME ADI-2 DAC FS, IsoTek Aquarius, Cyrus CD-t cd transport, Cables : Chord/Audioquest/Atlas Video Credit : shots of insides of Phoenix USB : Kronos AV : https://www.kronosav.com/ Innuos website : http://innuos.com/en ** I can't respond to questions when people ask me : "How will it sound with X or Y DAC?", when I have not ever reviewed that DAC etc.

Innuos PhoenixUSB Reclocker Film Teaser (Coming Soon)

#Innuos #InnuosPhoenixUSB #Audiophiles Chris, one of my followers and subscribers brought around an Innuos Phoenix USB reclocker yesterday, which we used with my Innuos Zenith. Also a Musical Fidelity M5si Integrated amp, which we put against Hegel's H120 and H390 Integrated Amps. I'm in the throws of doing a film about this Innuos. These are some of the green screen shots before post production. I'll comment on the quality of sound when I publish my full video, so please watch this space.

A film about the Hegel H390 Integrated Amplifier

In this creatively produced HiFi review (the best produced HiFi reviews on the internet - lol) I check out the H390 against the competition. I also give the low down on sound quality (with DAC sound comparisons), explain how the H390 is connected and what the 'DAC loop' feature is. My films theme is that there is a different way to all encompassing 'all in one' HiFi, hence I call the H390 a "Sounding Amp". In this test I use PMC twenty5 23 speakers, an IsoTek Aquarius power conditioner, an Innuos Zenith Roon server, Bluesound Node 2i streamer, and the excellent RME ADI-2 DAC FS. A Chord Qutest DAC too. Cables are from Audioquest & Atlas. Please tell me what you have tried the H390 against, and what your experiences are. This is credible HiFi reviewing where I'm interested in the best products - not trying to make HiFi reviews all the same. Check out my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Product description on Hegel page : https://www.hegel.com/products/inte... To see the film on the H120 I previously produced - see here :https://www.13thnote.net/2020/07/09... Please give a small amount if you enjoyed this film, and want to support the costs of this project. Video production takes a long time and costs are high. To support me, visit my Patreon project here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... If you want in depth support and talk about what I recommend, or help with HiFi, please sign up to Patreon as a one off (or on a continual basis) and I will be happy to help. #Hegelmusicsystem #HegelH390 #integratedamplifiers

A film about the Cyrus DAC XP Signature : Cyrus' top pre amp/DAC

A full appraisal of the Cyrus DAC XP Signature pre amp and DAC - I explain its design, features, control and make comparisons to other products, as ever. To see my written article, check here : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/30... To view my site, check here : https://www.13thnote.net #CyrusAudio #DAC #CyrusDACXPSignature

Bluesound Node 2i - Punching WELL above its station.

In this creative film I have a look at the Bluesound Node 2i. This took a long time to produce and I did so as building this YouTube channel is as much about the creativity and production values, as the reviews. Each of the motion effects were planned in Adobe After Effects, as well as drawing all the images you see in this film in Inkscape. I used stock footage for the flyover effects and some drone footage from a friend too. This isn't some bigging up video for the sake of it. The Node 2i stands on its feet very well indeed for the price and I have compared this streamer to cheaper streamers and much more expensive ones and it performs as well as some pricier products, which I discuss in the film. Please support engaging, credible and balanced HiFi reviews by becoming a Patreon Subscriber to help with the costs and perpetuate a truly no nonsense approach to evaluating HiFi, unlike most. The cost to you is small, but value to me is huge and it helps perpetuate this credible ideal. I answer all in depth questions, to boot. To check out and sign up to my Patreon account : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... On my website see the article about the Node 2i : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/08/26... Info from Bluesound here : https://www.bluesound.com/products/... #bluesound #streaming #BluesoundNode2i

An Appraisal of the New PMC twenty5 23i

Thank you for checking out this film. A review of the new PMC twenty5i 23 floor-standing speakers, which are much improved from the twenty5 23 series speakers. I checked these out at the Bristol HiFi Show earlier this year - see film here:https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/25... Also the old model here : https://www.13thnote.net/2018/02/28... Please be sure to support my site by visiting my Patreon page and supporting. Please give a small amount to meet the costs of the production. Since my comments about upgrade routes I received the following from PMC in relation to the upgrade path, which seems to make perfect sense; "The mounting points of the tweeters are in the same place but the profile and depth of the tweeter is very different in the new design. It is much thicker and it will not fit into the cabinet with protruding well outside the cabinet which is acoustically, mechanically (the grilles would not fit) and cosmetically a poor idea. The dispersion plate is far thicker, stiffer and less resonant and the profile/shape is far better for a smoother off axis response. The Crossovers have been upgraded to accommodate the superior tweeter. They have not only been tuned to maximize the better tweeter but the crossover point has been lowered to 1.7kHz. This again improves better dispersion and provides phenomenal driver integration especially at the crossover point. There no plans for an upgrade kit to convert a twenty5 to a twenty5i. It is impractical and would involve a complete crossover change including back panel, an increase in the HF rebate depth of the cabinet, replacement of the plinth bars and mounts, and if you wanted the newer grille fabric they would need to be recovered or replaced. We only offer improvements to products when we know in complete confidence that it will benefit the customer. We are not a marketing led company who simply stick on a badge and announce an upgrade. The ecological question It would not be ecologically viable to offer a factory upgrade from twenty5 to twenty5i. A factory upgrade would be the only satisfactory way for the customer. New packaging would have to produced, transported to the customer who could be in any global location, product collected, cabinet re machined and refinished. The used unwanted components and drivers would have to be disposed of as we cannot re-supply used drivers, (though they would still no doubt have plenty of life in them), new ones produced, tested and fitted. Then the product would be returned to the same customer via a retailer or local distributor. The cost to the customer and planet would not be ideal. I hope that makes sense. We would prefer if a customer wanted a buy a new better loudspeaker he bought a new PMC rather than another product that has been produced in a less than ecological sound way, transported across the globe and then disposed of within a few years as the quality wasn’t quite the ticket and it couldn’t be repaired. The Used and second hand market for PMC as you probably know is very healthy….nothing goes to waste. 😊"
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