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!
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 weight!
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. 😊"
Jazz Re Freshed
Use your Bluesound devices today to tune into this set - streamed in MQA. Also on YouTube too. This online festival is called Jazz RE:Fest and part of Jazzre:freshed . Jazz music from the London scene. Details on their website here : https://www.jazzrefreshed.com/jazz-... This is my re-edited Bluesound video with my own graphic creation - to promote music, not me. Music used is per the link and Anthony Joseph will be performing today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI5...
Dame Vera Lynn Tribute - Funeral Procession & Flypast
Dame Vera Lynn is a national treasure and after visiting Ditchling today and feeling all British and proud of this musical performing icon, what better way to commemorate her with this tribute.
Hegel H120 Streaming Integrated Amplifier Review Film
This is my in depth appraisal of the Hegel H120 audiophile integrated amplifier which is clearly an amp that can be rated. Main qualities are an amplifier that is transparent, precise and detailed and punches above its price. In this film I look at its design, sound quality and operation in some depth. Please support my website by subscribing as films like this take considerable effort. For me it's as much about the production and getting better in making videos as being an audiophile and I think being into audiophile hifi needs broadening to a new audience because music from amplifier this good, is an enriching experience. Want independent advice that is impartial and unbiased, unlike lots of shops and reviews ? - Support me on my Patreon page - see here https://www.13thnote.net/patreon/ Please visit my website here too : https://www.13thnote.net/ An appraisal on Hegel's Mohican CD Player see here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/03... From Hegel : How to use upnp servers- see here https://www.hegel.com/images/manual... Using bubble UPnP-see here https://support.hegel.com/component... #Hegel #HegelH120 #Audiophiles Systems Used & Tested here : -IsoTek Aquarius Power Conditioner -Atlas Cables, AudioQuest Cables (Yukon XLR) -Cyrus DAC XP Signature as Pre amp with partnering PSX-R power supply -Cyrus Mono X200 Signature mono power amps -Chord Qutest DAC -RME ADI-2 DAC FS DAC -Hegel Mohican CD Player -Innuos Zenith Mk2 server -Speakers : PMC twenty5 23, Neat Iota Alpha, Definitive Technology Demand D11's
Sony WH 1000XM3 : A Walk in the Park (or Countryside) for Noise Cancelling!
A film appraisal of Sony's WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling headphones which perform very well in this arena. Comparisons to Bose QC15 (of old) and non cancellers Grado SR225e and Meze 99 Neo. For an article concerning these Sony's see here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/06/21... Check Out my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ Or visit my Patreon page and get support and advice of all my experiences good and bad : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... #Sony #Sonyheadphones #Sony WH-1000XM3
13th Note HiFi Reviews - Channel Trailer Film
Watch my video below and get an idea of what this channel aims to do, which in short is credible, balanced and engaging HiFi reviews. Check out my Patreon page here https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Check my site out here which is on a level par : https://www.13thnote.net/ For my opinions about comparisons in Audio check this film out here which explains my approach : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/26... #hifireview #13thnotehifireviews #credible
Voice Control: Gadget or Gimmick? Amazon Echo Dot V Google Nest Mini
I wanted to try Voice Control with various HiFi to ask, Gadget or Gimmick? Which is the better speaker - Amazon Echo Dot v Google Nest Mini. Support my channel by visiting my Patreon Page - Get honest advice, help setting up systems and more. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Check out my website - https://www.13thnote.net For an article about the Marantz PM7000N - https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/05... For a film about the Marantz PM7000N - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tO... For a full length appraisal of the Cyrus ONE Cast - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hF... Music : Epidemic Sound #audiophile #googlenestmini #amazonechodot
Definitive Technology Demand D11 Speakers
A film exploring Definitive Technology's Demand D11 bookcase/shelf speakers. Used with DT ST1 Stands ;https://www.definitivetechnology.co... I go through their features, how they rate in the real world and comparisons to Neat Iota Alpha Speakers. Plus I get distracted by an ice cream van, drink coffee, then eat ice cream! Check out my website here : https://www.13thnote.net/ See the article about the Marantz PM7000N here ; https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/05... See the video about the Marantz PM7000N here ; https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/15... Music Credits; 1) A Sip of Coffee - Colors of Illusion 2) Emotional - Barradeen 3) Mars Adventure - Brendon Moeller 4) ES String Theory - Martin Klem 5) Tones - Ethan Sloan If you want to support my channel or ask questions about HiFi and get personal advice and help, please visit my Patreon Page here : https://www.13thnote.net/patreon/ #audiophile #definitivetechnology #loudspeakers
AURALiC Aries G1 Review : Brass tacks
In this unofficial film review I've attempted to weigh up this streamer at its price and performance relative to other options. It's always a tough call to rate a bad product in a review. It doesn't happen very often, but I'm interested in credible HiFi reviewing and where a product is much less value than the competition, at price, or it performs badly, I feel I should say so. You may have a different opinion which everyone is entitled to. This isn't a customer review so can be totally impartial. I have also tried to give it credit where credit is due. It risks a lot to review HiFi products in this way sometimes, but I feel I can't lie when I know the product doesn't perform at price. Please see my website article here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/06/03... A link to my article about Roon : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/31... My website page is here : https://www.13thnote.net Test systems 1) Neat Iota Alpha speakers (£1385), Hegel H120 integrated amp (£2200), Chord Qutest DAC (£1300) with MCRU linear PSU (£235) Innuos ZENith mk2 server / source (£2300). IsoTek Aquarius power conditioner (£1600), Total system price = c.£9000 2) PMC twenty5 23 speakers (£3295), Cyrus DAC XP Signature pre amp (£3000) with Cyrus PSX-R power supply (£500), Cyrus MONO X200 Signature power amps x 2 (£4000), Chord Qutest DAC (£1300) with MCRU linear PSU (£235). Innuos ZENith mk2 server / source (£2300), IsoTek Aquarius Power Conditioner (£1600). Total system price = c.£16000 #musicstreaming #auralic #auralicariesg1 #tidal
What are 2.5-Way Speakers ? Neat Iota Alpha
Credits : Edited/Planned/Filmed/Presented/Graphics - All the bod in the video. This is a film which explains what 2.5 way speakers are in relation to the excellent and well revered Neat Iota Alpha mini floor-standing speakers. You want small audiophile floor-standers (or towers) that don't dominate, these are definitely a good ticket. Visit my website and check out the article about these Neat's here ;https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/10... Have a look at my video of the Hegel Mohican CD Player here ;https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/03... Check out my website in general here ; https://www.13thnote.net Or visit my Patreon page if you are kind enough to make small donations which all helps as making videos is time consuming and sometimes expensive. Doing so will help my long term sustainability. See here : https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Thank you for watching and if you have any constructive comments or want questions answered, please feel free to ask. If you are a manufacturer and want to sponsor me or help with support of my website (or offer products for review) please feel free to contact me too. https://www.13thnote.net/contact-us... Best Wishes Simon #audiophile #neatacoustics #loudspeakers
Marantz PM7000N : Chipping Away at Audiophile HiFi
OPERATION AND SOUND QUALITY OF THE MARANTZ PM7000N I've already had a look at this Amplifier in my written article on my website. see here : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/05/05... I've honestly found value superb. My website is an effort at credible and balanced reviewing and if it didn't live up to standards it wouldn't get my accolade. Not true here. Please visit my Patreon page if you like what I do. I'm trying to make this a full time job and would love to keep learning and advising you all about HiFi. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2078... Check out my website here - https://www.13thnote.net/ Send me ANY comments and I'll do my best to ANSWER! Best wishes Simon Update Note on using Roon with the PM7000N: I do say in the film that the Roon interface eclipses the Heos control app, but you should also bear in mind that the PM7000N can be used over AirPlay 2 with Roon as a “Roon Tested” device. This means keeping sound quality to 16/44.1 ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) which Airplay 2 compresses all music too. So if you have a Roon Core server you’d be good to go with the PM7000N. Marantz are working on the PM7000N to be made “Roon Ready” for which higher quality streams would be available via Roon. #audiophile #marantz # musicstreaming
Hegel Mohican CD Player - One Last Hurrah
In this film I eyeball a premium CD player called the Mohican from Norwegian Audiophile HiFi firm Hegel. It takes its name from Last of the Mohicans apparently. To read my article on my website please see here …….. OR visit my website here.....https://www.13thnote.net/ To read up about the RME DAC I feature - https://www.13thnote.net/2020/02/20... Or a look at the Cyrus CD Player - https://www.13thnote.net/2020/04/13... Or the Chord Hugo TT2 - https://www.13thnote.net/2019/06/12... Full articles are available at my website 13th Note HiFi Reviews - an exercise at engaging, credible and honest HiFi reviews working in the interests of BOTH consumers and manufacturers. Please support my project by SUBSCRIBING. #audiophile #cdplayer #hegel
KEF LSX Soundwave Edition
Nostalgically using Mozart as my theme, I compare KEF LSX Soundwave edition to Totem's KIN play speakers. For more information of the written review check out my article on my website at https://www.13thnote.net/2020/04/09... For more information about the Totem's : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/04/09... As promised some information about amplifier classes : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/04... Some information about active speakers with active crossovers : https://www.13thnote.net/2020/03/04... Please support my channel by subscribing to help me grow credible and balanced audio reviewing. Videos take loads of effort - this one took 3 days, so ALL thanks and help is really VERY appreciated. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND MY PROJECT CHECK MY WEBSITE here - https://www.13thnote.net/ #KEFLSX #audiophile #musicinabox
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... FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT ME AND MY PROJECT CHECK MY WEBSITE here - https://www.13thnote.net/ #audiophile #DAC #RME If you're in the UK, be sure to check out the Authorized UK Dealers page on the Synthax Audio UK website (RME’s official UK distributor), as they provide a free extended 5 year warranty on all RME products (when purchased from any of their authorized UK dealers).
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!! #audiophile #loudspeakers #atc
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... #13thnotehifireviews #objectiveaudiophiles #audiophile