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.

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.