Big Trouble In Little Pono Aug31

Big Trouble In Little Pono

We started a death watch for Pono here pretty much immediately after the initial announcement. While others were blown away by their $6M haul on Kickstarter, and tens of thousands of backers, we weren’t fooled. If all Pono was about was selling a portable music player, then fine, the funding campaign did well enough. Running a music store though is an entirely different ball of wax, and it seems that the hull of the SS Pono is already starting to crack. It also doesn’t help that the man behind the mission seems to not really understand his position in the market. Case in point: In a recent Facebook post talking about the current state of...

Skeletal Remains – Condemned to Misery Aug28

Skeletal Remains – Condemned to Misery

If you already know who Horrendous are, then Skeletal Remains might seem like their distant cousins. Both released their breakout debuts in the same year, and both worship at the altar of early 90s Floridian death. Even their current labels are similar too – if you haven’t heard of German label F.D.A. Rekotz then think of them as the Dark Descent of Europe, offering up a few sprinkles of underground modernity but mainly notorious for their more anachronistic dealings. And so while we all wait with baited breath for Horrendous’ new magnum opus to drop in the coming weeks, I’d like to bring to your attention their...

That Schiit Is Crazy Aug21

That Schiit Is Crazy

The folks over at Schiit Audio recently put on what they called the “Schiit Show” in Marina Del Ray in order to introduce their latest creations, as well as continue the never ending parade of Schiit puns (That alone is worth it. -Alex). First up is the Gungnir Multibit. Schiit promised that their midrange Bifrost and Gungnir DACs would be upgradable as new advancements came along, and they’ve kept their word. Bifrost was first in line, with an upgraded USB input, and later, the “Uber” analog output stage upgrade. Now it’s Gungnir’s turn. After turning a lot of heads with their top of the line Yggdrasil DAC, Schiit has brought much of that...

iFi Audio micro iDSD Aug17

iFi Audio micro iDSD

 Introduction Does anyone remember what portable, audiophile-grade playback used to look like? I certainly do. I remember going to Head-Fi meets and being in just awe of all the insane amount of paraphernalia attendees would carry around just to play their favorite set of digital bits. Take for instance the Headroom Micro line. Consisting of both a standalone DAC and headphone amp, the Micro line was originally conceived to conquer the low to mid-tier desktop market. But because it packed a lot of performance per square inch, many audiophiles opted to go with it instead of Headroom’s own dedicated portable line, the Airhead, as their go to...

I Am The Table: Technics Part 1 Aug10

I Am The Table: Technics Part 1

I Am The Table is a recurring series covering vintage turntables produced in the last 50 years from manufacturers across the globe. The Technics brand got its start in 1965, as a high performance off-shoot of Panasonic. Their first commercial product released the same year was the EAB-1204 speaker, which was intended purely for the Japanese domestic market. Then just a few years later, Technics would revolutionize vinyl playback, upend the broadcast world, and become an absolutely dominating force in the turntable market. The table that started it all was the SP-10. SP-10: The SP-10, first released in 1969, was Technics’ first “R&B”...

A Higher Resolution

Angry Metal-Fi is a series of articles that are cross posted on Angry Metal Guy and Metal-Fi as a collaborative effort to evangelize dynamics in metal. With bands like Iron Maiden, Opeth, and even Megadeth releasing their music in high-resolution audio these days, it seems like the format has finally arrived. So in today’s episode of Angry Metal-Fi we are going to put our spotlight on high-resolution audio and hopefully help you avoid the many pitfalls and traps that plague this so misunderstood topic. So what exactly is high-resolution audio anyway? Let’s consult Wikipedia: “High-resolution audio, also known as...