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Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo Review

Harnek Mudhar - 25th January 2015 | US RRP: $1129.00 | UK RRP: £629.00

As a designer and manufacturer of audio signal processing, hardware and software, Universal Audio have been going strong since the 1950s. The current incarnation of the company was re-established in 1999 and has since then been leading the charge for audio interfaces and software emulations. The balance between software and hardware has been readdressed in recent years with the Satellite range and, more recently, the Apollo line of Mac-only audio interfaces. These are unique in the sense that not only do they provide the platform to host UADs highly revered plug-ins, they also feature high-quality audio interfacing. The flagship Apollo interfaces have incurred a somewhat hefty price tag for the everyday consumer…

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Fostex TH900 Circumaural Headphones Review

Edd Harris - 30th January 2015 | US RRP: $1299.00 | UK RRP: £999.99

Japanese born Fostex has been a manufacturer of audio equipment since 1973, and is a subsidiary of the ‘Foster Electric Co.’ conglomerate. Initially developing custom loud speaker components with the intention of selling direct to Japanese ‘home brew’ enthusiast, the brand came from humble beginnings. However, the development of multitrack recording took off and subsequently skyrocketed the brand into the global sphere, slowly becoming a notable figure within the professional audio sector. Continuing to build upon the growing affordability, and thus popularity, of portable multitrack recording equipment, Fostex became a household name that really specialised in two areas; transducer design and hard-copy recording…

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Arturia Matrix 12V Soft Synth Review

Peter Duggal - 5th February 2015 | Global RRP: €169.00

Established in 1999, Arturia have grown to become one of the most well respected names in the music software world, having developed a succession of impressive emulations of well­ known and hugely desirable analogue synthesizers. Such behemoths as the Moog Modular, ARP 2600 and CS­80 have all found themselves on the French team’s workbench, stripped down and analysed in minute detail, prior to them being virtually replicated, component­ by­ component. More recently, the company have turned their attention to the hardware side of things with excellent results ­ creating in­ demand analogue synths (the MicroBrute and MiniBrute), alongside tightly integrated controller and software bundles (such as the Spark Drum Machine).

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Arturia Matrix 12V Soft Synth Review

Mackie CR3 Monitor Speakers Review

Edd Harris - 7th February 2015 | US RRP: $129.99 | UK RRP: £99.00

Mackie is a widely respected American born brand that’s been in business since the early 90’s. Mainly producing Pro Audio technologies and Live Music solutions, Mackie has always focused their attention on producing highly functional, and powerful, devices that have a great urban/industrial vibe. With the CR (Creative Reference) series, Mackie has created two flexible, but most importantly affordable, models that can be used for multimedia playback… and pretty much anything that you can throw at them. Both have the same size (0.75”) high frequency tweeter, but the CR3 is a tiny bit smaller than the CR4 because it has a 3” low/midrange driver, whereas the CR4 has a 4” 3” low/midrange driver in a slightly larger cabinet…


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Rhapsodio RTi1 IEM Review

Edd Harris - 13th February 2015 | Global RRP: $1000.00

Headed by supreme audio enthusiast Chun Yin Mak Mak (aka. Sammy), the humble Hong Kong based brand, Rhapsodio, is a ‘go-to’ outlet for lovers of independent in-ear audio devices. Founded in early 2012, Rhapsodio was born after MD. Sammy found it difficult to find an IEM that suited his transparent taste. In pursuit of the ultimate IEM, Sammy experimented with a number of complex designs and, subsequently, became one of the very early adopters of BA - Dynamic driver hybrid in-ear solutions with the release of his debut RDB series. With critical acclaim heralding from the notorious online forum, Head-Fi, Sammy continued his work expanding this range into the EOL series, before eventually finding solace in the capabilities…

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Rhapsodio RTi1 Review

U-He Bazille Digital Modular Synth Review

Peter Duggal - 24th February 2015 | Global RRP: $129.99

The brainchild of Urs Heckmann, U-he are, in this humble reviewer’s opinion, one of those developers whose soft synths tend to have that ‘magic’. What do I mean by this? Well, here’s the best way to describe it…. in fact, I can’t describe it. The best advice is to download the demo of one of their synths (for example ‘Diva’), and play around with a few of the preset sounds. In a blind A/B test with a well regarded, true analogue synth (the kind that would cost the price of a new car) - my belief is that for the vast majority it would be very difficult to spot which was virtual, and which was real. The character and realism coming out of the monitors when you play these things is, to me, ‘magic’. So, when I heard that Bazille (the German…

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Sonarworks Reference 3 & Calibration Review

Edd Harris - 25th February 2015 | Reference 3 RRP: €69.00 - Calibration RRP: €20.00

Established in 1999, Arturia have grown to become one of the most well respected names in the music software world, having developed a succession of impressive emulations of well­ known and hugely desirable analogue synthesizers. Such behemoths as the Moog Modular, ARP 2600 and CS­80 have all found themselves on the French team’s workbench, stripped down and analysed in minute detail, prior to them being virtually replicated, component­ by­ component. More recently, the company have turned their attention to the hardware side of things with excellent results ­ creating in­ demand analogue synths (the MicroBrute and MiniBrute), alongside tightly integrated controller and software bundles (such as the Spark Drum Machine).

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Sonarworks Reference 3 Review

X-Air HiFi / Pro Audio Spacers Review

Edd Harris - 28th February 2015 | Global RRP: £9.99

Excessive heat can reduce the lifespan and performance of your audio equipment regardless of component quality and, in a world where we can heavily invest in Hi-Fi or Pro Audio technology, heat produced by their internal components, such as transistors or processors, can have a detrimental impact on the output sound quality, or even shutdown your system. Crystal oscillators are a real example of an heat sensitive audio component that’s stability is critical to the timing accuracy in the sampling rate. Simply put, when the heat rises past a typical ambient temperature it can effect the crystals resonating frequency, thus impacting the coherence and dynamic range of the track being played. The problem…

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X-Air Spacers Review

Beyerdynamic T1 Headphones Review

Edd Harris - 6th March 2015 | US RRP: $1399.00 | UK RRP: £751.29

Founded back in 1924, Beyerdynamic is a regimented and well versed German brand that are known for their professional and consumer grade discreet microphones, close mic solutions, studio hardware, and headphone designs; all of which are strictly conceptualised from ‘Ground Zero’. Although Beyerdynamic has always managed to maintain a well respected position in the professional/consumer music markets, it was the recent in-house development of ‘Tesla’ driver technology that propelled the brand to new heights amongst audiophiles, causing quite a stir! In fact ‘Tesla’ driver technology is now so lucrative for the firm that many third party brands outsource their drivers from Beyerdynamic - an incredible achievement…

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Beyerdynamic T1 Review

Heir Audio 10.A CIEM Review

Edd Harris - 16th March 2015 | Global RRP: $1399.00

Heir Audio is a Chinese boutique manufacture of high end balanced armature (BA) IEM and CIEM designs. With an extensive range that accommodates a whole plethora of budgets and sonic tastes, the 10.A currently stands as Heir Audio’s reference flagship model. Having said this, Heir Audio have confirmed that a new top-banana twelve BA design is in development, so if you’re looking for the ultimate then it’s best to head over to the Heir Audio website to check out the release date, or to keep an eye out for our forthcoming review. Regardless, the 10.A still packs serious heat, as you’ll read about within this review, but it does needs to be understood that it is currently only available as a custom so you…

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Cozoy Astrapi Portable DAC/Amp Review

Edd Harris - 24th March 2015 | Global RRP: $129.00

Founded back in 1924, Beyerdynamic is a regimented and well versed German brand that are known for their professional and consumer grade discreet microphones, close mic solutions, studio hardware, and headphone designs; all of which are strictly conceptualised from ‘Ground Zero’. Although Beyerdynamic has always managed to maintain a well respected position in the professional/consumer music markets, it was the recent in-house development of ‘Tesla’ driver technology that propelled the brand to new heights amongst audiophiles, causing quite a stir! In fact ‘Tesla’ driver technology is now so lucrative for the firm that many third party brands outsource their drivers from Beyerdynamic - an incredible achievement…

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Sonarworks HD Reference Speaker Calibration

Peter Duggal - 15th April 2015 | Global RRP Without Mic: €599.00 - With Mic: €699.00

A relatively new name on the scene, Sonarworks were formed in 2011. Based in Latvia, the outfit specialise in what they call ‘accurate sound’. Through their expertise in psychoacoustics and digital signal processing, the team engineer high-end software solutions that seek to provide true reference sound through headphones or speakers. Sonarworks claim their speaker calibration software delivers ‘accurate sound in 15 minutes’ for any room. Naturally, this is a hugely attractive proposition when one considers the cost, expense, and space requirements for physically treating a room - not to mention the uncertainty that the results will be good when doing so. Furthermore, with many project studios operating in very…

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Schiit Ragnarok Speaker Amp / Headphone Amp

Edd Harris - 23rd April 2015 | Global RRP: $1699.00 | UK RRP: £1450.00

Schiit’s Ragnarok may be a fairly hefty ugly beast, but behind it’s Soviet looks hides an astonishingly flexible device with excellent build quality and unparalleled slightly mid-bass north ‘natralesque’ sonic beauty. From sensitive IEMs to thirsty cicrumaural designs, and even large floor standers, the Rag can effortlessly handle the lot with extraordinary levels of coherence throughout and, surprisingly, has little discernible sonic variation between the headphone amp and speaker outputs. This is an end-game product at its current RRP. When Jason Stoddard and Mike Moffat first took their products to market back in 2009 I really don’t think that the early US startup duo ever could have anticipated the sheer loyal cult following…

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Comply Custom Wraps Review

Edd Harris - 5th May 2015 | US RRP: $17.95 | UK RRP: £15.99

Once a part of the famous multinational 3M group, Hearing Components, the parent company of Comply, is an independent research and development body that was eventually spun off from the huge 3M conglomerate in 1990. It was at this moment where Hearing Components begun focussing exclusively on developing innovative auditory foam solutions for the industrial, military, and aviation markets, alongside patenting their uses. However, it was in the mid 00’s when Hearing Components finally established a consumer audio division and trademarked the COMPLY™ brand name. In fact, following the massive birth of the headphone generation, Comply launched with the worlds first memory foam in-ear tips…

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Apollo Audio Lab Legend X1 Headphones Review

Edd Harris - 17th May 2015 | Universal RRP: $680.00

Once a part of the famous multinational 3M group, Hearing Components, the parent company of Comply, is an independent research and development body that was eventually spun off from the huge 3M conglomerate in 1990. It was at this moment where Hearing Components begun focusing exclusively on developing innovative auditory foam solutions for the industrial, military, and aviation markets, alongside patenting their uses. However, it was in the mid 00’s when Hearing Components finally established a consumer audio division and trademarked the COMPLY™ brand name. In fact, following the massive birth of the headphone generation, Comply launched with the worlds first memory foam in-ear tips…

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IZotope RX4 Suite Advanced Review

Peter Duggal - 25th May 2015 | RX4 Standard: £215.00 | RX4 Advanced: £729.00

Some of my work involves post-production on a comedy podcast, which for various reasons is recorded in different locations, often in less than ideal conditions. At my end it has been anything but a laughing matter working to restore the audio! However, using RX4 on the latest episode was truly a breath of fresh air. The Dereverb, Dialogue Denoiser, Ambience Match and Spectral Repair modules in particular achieved quite wonderful results, in minimal time - it is difficult to imaging working on such material again without RX4 fired up. There are a couple of negative points - the EQ Match module is a little out of kilter with the quality and control provided by the other modules, and it would be good to the feature set in this…

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iZotope RX4 Advanced Review

RHA T10i Earphones Review

Edd Harris - 27th May 2015 | US RRP: $199.95 | UK RRP: £149.95

British In-Ear specialist RHA have a history of producing value for money designs that are well received in the consumer market. With a vast product line spanning six unique models (ten if you include all the ‘i’ models) from £29.95 to £179.95, the T10i was the flagship until recently when the T20i was released in May 2015. To produce the T10i RHA completely revolutionised their production method in order to create a sonically and structurally competitive model that supports a unique swap out filter design which, subsequently, won a prestigious Red Dot design award. Sitting as the vice-flagship model, the T10 comes two variants - the T10 and the T10i. The difference between the two is that the T10 has no in-line controls whereas…

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Lotoo Paw Gold DAP Review

Edd Harris - 3rd June 2015 | US RRP: $2000.00 | UK RRP: £1499.99

With its storage, reliability, good looks, and average sound quality, the iPod has aways been the supreme Digital Audio Player market leader for the average consumer. When you consider that the iPod was the founding father of the ‘on demand’ portable digital jukebox era, Apple’s massive market share comes as no surprise, but, from the iPod’s original announcement in 2001, it took around eight to ten years for third party manufacturers to realise that they could better Apple’s offerings by producing music players with better DAC chips, using higher quality amplification, or better spec’d OP AMPs. In the early years of this discovery, the marketing focussed on sonic descriptive superlatives and little attention was brought…

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The Chord Company Epic Twin Review

Edd Harris - 16th June 2015 | Global RRP: From £50 + £96 terminated

Having previously reviewed many of The Chord Company’s offerings, The Pro Audio Web Blog is certainly familiar with their extensive product line. For those who aren’t in the know, The Chord Company, which is often abbreviated to ‘Chord’, is a UK manufacturer of high quality interconnects with over twenty-five years of experience. Boasting a range of products to suit all budgets and tastes, The Chord Company is widely respected for their innovation and unbounded enthusiasm to set the standard. Consequently, The Chord Company has received scores of awards for their typically excellent products, and today we shall investigate their ‘Epic Twin’ speaker cable to discover whether it is a worthy of the Chord…

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Audiofilia AF-SM1 Passive Monitor Speakers Review

Edd Harris - 1st July 2015 | Global RRP: €2240.00 - Active Version: €3240.00

Created in 2011 by the acoustical engineer Alessio Paolizzi and electronics designer Francesso Stocchi, Audiofilia is an high end Italian speaker manufacturer that handcrafts all of their products around a ‘revolutionary’ patent pending “S” system reflex port design. According to Audiofilia “this unique technology allows the realization of speakers with surprising sonic and techniques characteristics, transforming the entire speaker in a real musical instrument contributing with every part at the final sound.” If we put this into perspective, Audiofilia do use very high end drivers and internally lab built crossovers but, contrary to almost every other pair of speakers out there, the team use their proprietary “S”…

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Munro Sonic Egg 150 Monitoring System Review

Edd Harris - 14th July 2015 | UK RRP: £1999.00 | US RRP: $2999.00

When announced in 2011, the Munro Egg 150 monitor speakers were amongst the first of their kind to take advantage of the acoustically optimal ellipsoid shape. To arrive at such a radical design wasn’t necessarily the original intention, but the design trio, James Young, Phil Smith, and the legendary acoustics expert ‘Andy Munro’, soon begun to understand that the traditional ‘box’ speaker cabinet design had a detrimental impact upon the output sound quality. Turning to nature for a way to minimise the cabinet effect, specifically the Egg, was the ‘Eureka!’ moment where the measurements suggested that they may be onto something. Soon, in both theory and practice, the shape categorically proved that it was able to…

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Chord Electronics Scamp Power Amplifier Review

Edd Harris - 23rd July 2015 | UK RRP: £990.00

Part of the Chord Electronics ‘Chordette’ range, the UK hand made ‘Scamp’ is an ultra compact class A/B 40w per channel (into 4Ω) power amplifier that aims to be convenient in terms of workspace and portable - if required. When it was initially introduced in 2010, along with its partnered Chordette preamp, the ‘Prime’, ‘Scamp’ was way ahead of its time, in fact the whole Chordette range was. But, now a number of years later, is ‘Scamp’ still relevant when paired with Chord’s latest and greatest DAC technology, or has it been left in the dust? Today we shall find out. Before proceeding I would like to highlight the fact that the Scamp was previously sold without it’s proprietary power supply, an item that would cost the…

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Audient iD14 Audio Interface Review

Edd Harris - 18th August 2015 | UK RRP: £199.00 - US RRP: $399.00

Audient were founded back in 1997 in Hampshire, England, and went on to develop a respected reputation for the quality of their consoles. The flagship ASP8024 was renowned for its clear, open and ‘pure’ sound, and these are characteristics that have persisted through their designs over the years, aligned to their ethos of delivering high-end pro audio equipment, cost-effectively. They have, more recently, made a move into the lower end of the market, aiming to retain these core values to deliver breakthrough products to a new market. Just like the iD22 that we’ve reviewed here before, the iD14 oozes quality from the moment it is unboxed. The all-metal casing is robust and the aluminium knobs refined…


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