Featured : Chord Electronics

Chord Qutest DAC - Best under £/$2000!

Review of the Rob Watts designed Qutest DAC from Chord Electronics https://chordelectronics.co.uk/prod...

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

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 HUGO M SCALER (upscaler) Review

In this video I go through Chord Hugo M Scaler's main capabilities, its specification, and connections. I finish by discussing its sound qualities in use with Chord DACs and those of another brand. Does this upscaler ‘spit out’ the 13th Note? If you like my videos please hit the like button. Thanks for watching.

RME ADI-2 DAC FS - Chord Qutest Killer?

I check out the RME ADI-2 DAC FS from Germany and make comparisons to the Chord Qutest DAC from the UK, in this film review. For a written appraisal go to my website ; https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/20... For more information about the PMC twenty5 23s see ; https://www.13thnote.net/2018/02/28... Or for an appraisal on the Qutest go here https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/30... Or the ATC SCM40A https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/06... Or an article about streaming https://www.13thnote.net/2019/06/28... Or the HIFIMAN Jade 2 headphone system https://www.13thnote.net/2020/01/27...

ATC SCM40A Active floor-standers - A film about

In this film review about ATC's SCM40A Active floor-standing speakers, appraised in my article on my website, they may not be active enough to be going anywhere under their 36kg weight, but in HiFi terms these are Active speakers with a capital A. Have a look at my website here https://www.13thnote.net/ Or prefer to read the article - have a look here ; https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/06... Or find out about what are the differences between Active and Passive speakers and crossovers https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/04... Or the difference between different amplifier classes here ;https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/04... Or read ATC's explanation on their website here -http://atcloudspeakers.co.uk/active... Thanks for watching and if you like what I do, please subscribe for more balanced and credible HiFi reviewing!!

Are you an Objectivist or Subjectivist Audiophile?

When I buy HiFi I want to know what the products are all about. What their sonic USP's are, i.e. the main traits that make them stand out. This is something I'm fanatical about trying to convey, so in a review you will always see me highlighting the main comparative sonic traits in bold. So does a HiFi review have Objectivity and with a capital 'O' or subjectivity with a small 's' ? Have a look at my website here at https://www.13thnote.net/ Some links here to products featured in the video ATC SCM40A - active powered speakers https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/06... RME ADI-2 DAC FS - digital to analogue converter https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/20... Chord Hugo TT2 - digital to analogue converter https://www.13thnote.net/2019/06/12... Chord Hugo M Scaler - upscaler https://www.13thnote.net/2019/05/29... PS Audio DirectStream DAC - digital to analogue converter https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/04... HIFIMAN JADE 2 - Electrostatic Headphone System https://www.13thnote.net/2020/01/27...

Bristol HiFi Show Film 2020

I spy with my little eye the things I liked at the Bristol HiFi Show 2020... and the not so liked too for the sake of balance. I select systems in a type / price category too.... Follow my articles on my website too at www.13thnote.net Best wishes Simon

The Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker at Bristol 2020

The Innuos PhoenixUSB reclocker sits between your USB source and USB DAC. A USB in and USB out. I give my opinions at Bristol 2020 with the A/B demos they are giving, granted a test with a premium HiFi set up would be ideal to test its full worth. My article on my website too : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/27... www.13thnote.net

PMC: "making a legend legendary" - The new PMC twenty5i series.

The PMC twenty5i series has been released at the 2020 Bristol show and I get the lowdown on the new feature set over the outgoing model with Keith Tonge of PMC - oh no my PMC twenty5 23 speakers are now no longer 'current'. My impressions at the show were that this model of speaker did seem to be very open and transparent compared to the 25 series (I listened to the 25i-23 of course!). How much of an improvement for the money compared to the previous model, is yet to be heard/considered. Obviously due to the inherent difficulties of listening in unfamiliar rooms, with different gear. Please check out my article on this new model which I'll post soon to my website; https://www.13thnote.net/

AudioQuest Red River, Mackenzie & Yukon XLR : Cables? It's at Good Value!

Where does your Value Quotient lie as regards HiFi cables?....It can vary, but common threads exist within groups as to what represents value. I was keen to ascertain if *relative* budget XLR cables could cut the mustard as well as my premium £1000 Chord Signature XLR tuned array cables, in my system. In this test I look at Red River, Mackenzie and Yukon Cables from AudioQuest. I get an answer myself and I invite you to consider ; -What represents value to you? -The diminishing returns that exist between relative budget and premium cables in many systems, and; -Do you really need to spend excessively on HiFi interconnect cables? -The performance of these AudioQuest cables against pricier alternates. -The stellar performance on offer from AudioQuest considering price. If you like what I'm doing in a balanced way at HiFi reviewing, please subscribe to my channel or like my film... Also check out my articles on my website at : https://www.13thnote.net/ Thanks very much for watching.

HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphone System

In this film I describe the features and sonic qualities of the HIFIMAN electrostatic JADE II headphone system (amplifier and headphones) available at http://store.hifiman.com/index.php/... If you want to check out some more information about the design (and electrostatics) please read my website article ; https://www.13thnote.net/2020/01/27... Other products featured in this video; 1) dCS Bartók Article : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/22... Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcd... or have a look at the pictures from my dCS factory visit : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/24... 2) Focal Clear Article : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/08/20... Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0t... 3) HIFIMAN HE1000 v2 Article : https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/20... Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIz... Or check out the film on HIFIMAN TWS-600 headphones : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEB... If you like what I'm doing be sure to SUBSCRIBE, and as ever thank you very much for watching. Have a look at my website at https://13thnote.net

The New Sonos Port Streamer - a full appraisal

Sorry for the gap from the last film, we had Xmas and all that.... Here I have a butchers at the new Sonos Port. I look at ; -its features -how it differs to the outgoing Connect streamer -I compare it sonically to some competition including the Allo Digi One Signature https://www.13thnote.net/2019/10/27... . See the video of the Allo here ; https://www.13thnote.net/2019/11/06... - as well as a Yamaha WXC-50 ; https://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/a... I also discuss its lack of hi-res and the ho-hah about Sonos at the moment and whether it should affect your buying decision Oh and not to mention, we make proper coffee in this film! All my reviews tend to be in written form plus I post opinion pieces to my website. Check it out at https://www.13thnote.net If you want to support my project visit my Patreon page. Here is a bit about it on my website https://www.13thnote.net/patreon/

A New Canon M6 Mk2 Camera & Rode Smart Lav + Microphone

It's about time I upgraded the camera. The slightly creaky and curmudgeon Sony HDR CX7 has well had its camcorder day. It's all mirrorless and SLR nowadays and who uses camcorders to do great videos. I finally decided upon the Canon M6 Mk2 vlogging camera which has 32MP and great features. This will mean even better content to this channel and I even changed the microphone to a broadcast quality Rode Smart Lav+ Lavalier Microphone! More films and features are coming after Xmas in the battle for credible, honest and balanced audio reviews. Check out my site at www.13thnote.net

Cyrus ONE Cast - Part 2 : Features & Sonics

The Cyrus ONE has gone through various guises. First off in the 1980s, then the reintroduced Cyrus ONE analogue integrated with Class D amplification, a few years back. Then we had the ONE HD and now the newest (released in the last month) - Cyrus ONE Cast. I get all techie with voice control activation in this, what I think is, a balanced film. I look at where it could be improved and where it is great - which is what a review should be! Right? They can't all just rev up products and at the end of the day the manufacturer wants to get a fair appraisal and anyway overwhelmingly this is a GREAT product! If you like what I do please sign up by subscribing. You can also go to my website too at www.13thnote.net

Cyrus One Cast - Part 1 : Unboxing

I check out the new Cyrus One Cast which has only recently been released (Nov 2019) This is a Chromecast model of the 'Cyrus One HD' utilising a 4th gen Cyrus Class D amp. In the full video in part 2 I will comment on the performance of the One HD Cast in an honest way that is fair to the manufacturer and consumer, commenting on strengths and weaknesses in a balanced way.

DAC of the Year 2019 ? : Musical Fidelity MX-DAC

This film concentrates on the Musical Fidelity MX-DAC but I also eye-ball other DACs including the Chord Qutest, Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt, Chord Hugo TT2 and Chord Hugo M Scaler, and dCS Bartók.... Yeah yeah yeah....but the question on everyone's mind, as in the title, is what is the DAC of the Year 2019?

60 Seconds : HIFIMAN TWS-600

A look at these Bluetooth IEM marvels, how they rate to Apple AirPod Pro's, and who they are for sonically. I also check out Guts' album 'Paradise for All'

60 Seconds : Google Chromecast Audio - Dead but still kicking

What does the Chromecast audio do, how does it operate, how much does it cost. It's discounted at the moment whilst stocks last so would make a great streamer for a second kitchen/bedroom system, or Xmas present.

Allo DigiOne Signature Streamer : A Film

I look at the Allo DigiOne Signature Streamer with Allo Shanti linear PSU. Is it true that junk in means junk out in the context of current digital audio? I also check out some albums from Ott, and I compare sound quality to a mass market Yamaha WXC-50 Streamer. Plus offer my views on the importance of DACs in streaming.

dCS Bartók - does a DAC get much better than this?

I look at the dCS Bartók in use with HiFi and great headphones, which I compare to a range of DACs on the market. It's hard to imagine DACs get much better than this! I also check out some music I'm listening too at the moment.

60 Seconds : HIFIMAN HE1000 v2

In this 60 second film I look at these tremendous monitors . I also look into the cell of a human in a little mini biology lesson - Haha, to show that DNA is thicker than the diaphragm of these headphones

IsoTek Aquarius & Sirius

A look at how I get on with these power conditioners from IsoTek in comparison to a standard inexpensive mains bar of the audiophile type. I also feed a dog in this film, and check out some latest music I'm listening too, with Ultramarine as my backing music.

Smooth Operator : PS Audio DirectStream DAC

I look at the PS Audio DirectStream DAC ; I check out its main traits and a comparison to the Chord Hugo TT2 which is probably one of its main competitors. I also look at the new Windom firmware release and I fake my own death to a four legged friend for a bit of a laugh and video interlude.

Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt

I've looked at the Cobalt before but this is a dedicated full film about the Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt and how it compares to other DragonFly models and the Chord Mojo. A credible look at comparisons from a credible audiophile who wants to share the love and get people the audio THEY want.

Good Schiit - Jotunheim Headphone Amp with Multibit DAC

A look at the all rounder Schiit Jotunheim headphone amp. It's well made, well sounding, well powerful, well connected, well well!

Rebranding : Focal Clear are Focal Balance

With various sets ups (Chord, Audioquest, Innuos, JDS and Schiit) I look at these great headphones and I do some box rebrandng for Focal. Just Kidding ..... Lol 🙂 Any questions, constructive feedback or comments, I would be pleased to hear from you. Cheers Simon

60 Seconds : Meze 99 Neo Headphones

Some people think that ALL reviewers rev up products ALL of the time, but when some gear doesn't perform as well comparatively and lots of people will probably think the same, I think it needs calling out. Otherwise a reviewer will loose credibility. Sadly the case with these headphones, which whilst they look great, they don't perform anywhere near as good as they look.

Phone headphone amp: Periodic Audio Nickel (and Carbon IEMs)

In this 60 second film I look briefly at what a mini headphone amp can do for your phone, using the Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amp. I also take a look at their spacey sounding Carbon IEMs.

MAS Audio Science X5i

I have a look at these great value monitors which more than compete with the likes of Final B3, Campfire Audio IO's, and Periodic Audio Carbon IEMs. We also look at how I have tested them in a coffee table system (Chord Qutest DAC / JDS Labs Atom headphone amp / Yamaha WXC-50 streamer), as well as a system comprising an Audioquest DragonFly Cobalt and Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amp. I also go all 'dusk till dawn' again, with a bowl containing green stuff

M2Tech Young MkIII Pre-amp & DAC

In this short film I look at the M2Tech Young MkIII Pre-amp and DAC, in an engaging and entertaining way. I make comparisons to other similar DACs and Pre-amps and we take a look at a local Sussex village near me.