REVIEW: The Meze 12 Classics In Ear Monitors

Milestone This review marks somewhat of a milestone for this blog. While I’ve written a bunch of reviews up to this point, they’ve all been for products that I’ve purchased with my own, hard-earned dollars. Then, a few months ago, I noticed on Head-fi.org that headphone manufacturer Meze Headphones was arranging a North American “tour” of … More REVIEW: The Meze 12 Classics In Ear Monitors

Entering The Parallel Audio Universe, Part IV: The iBasso DX80 Digital Audio Player

Introduction: Unfamiliar Territory A couple of years ago, I was telling my father-in-law about my audio and music hobby. He asked me if the equipment I had was made by “Pioneer, Sony” or another well known brand. I explained that those were, generally speaking, mass-market brands, and that the equipment favored by hard-core audiophiles these … More Entering The Parallel Audio Universe, Part IV: The iBasso DX80 Digital Audio Player

Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe: Part III

Greetings, everyone! Today we’re going to delve further into the world of portable, high-end audio gear. But before getting into my experience thus far with specific headphone, earphone and source gear, I wanted to share a few brief reflections on the headphone experience itself for those of you who haven’t ventured into that corner of the … More Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe: Part III

Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe, Part II

Decisions, Decisions… As I mentioned in Part I of this series on high-end portable audio, I had to make a decision early on in my headphone journey whether my hi-res rig would consist of a standalone DAP (Digital Audio Player) or a “stack,” pairing my smartphone with a portable DAC/headphone amp. In the event that my … More Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe, Part II

Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe, Part I

As I type this, I’m listening to Daryl Hall crooning Do What You Want, Be What You Are. He’s at the height of his vocal powers here, swooping seamlessly from an airy falsetto into the upper reaches of his muscular, soulful tenor. His voice has that sharpened, EQ’ed edge (not nearly as harsh as on Hall and … More Entering The Parallel Audiophile Universe, Part I

Spatial Hologram M4 Follow Up Impressions

Welcome Back! The Spatial Hologram M4’s that I reviewed a couple of months ago now have well over 100 hours of play time on them, so the moment seemed right for some further reflections on how they’ve evolved. The No Hype Zone One reassuring aspect of the Spatial ownership experience has been a complete lack of marketing-speak or hyperbole … More Spatial Hologram M4 Follow Up Impressions

WORLD PREMIERE REVIEW: The Spatial Hologram M4

Beginning at the end Plenty of audio reviews praise some flavor-of-the-month product with the threadbare phrase, “these are game changers.” But, trite phraseology or not, that’s what the Spatial Audio M4’s are. After living with them for nearly 6 weeks, they have re-calibrated my expectations for the level of musical pleasure that an audiophile with the … More WORLD PREMIERE REVIEW: The Spatial Hologram M4

LISTENING IMPRESSIONS: Some Quality Time With the Fritz Carrera Monitors

Following on the heels of my Fritz Carbon 7 SE review, I got another phone call from Fritz Heiler (always a good thing). He wanted to know how his upmarket monitor, the Fritz Carrera Rev 7 BE, would sound paired with my Audio Note Kits Kit 1 300B amp. Having throughly enjoyed getting to know the Carbon 7 … More LISTENING IMPRESSIONS: Some Quality Time With the Fritz Carrera Monitors

Coming Attractions!

Hi, Folks! It’s been about a month since my last post, but Steve’s Audio Blog is still here and I’ve got some great stuff coming down the pike. Expect to see these posts in the near future. Listening Impressions of the Fritz Carrera Rev 7 BE Last we heard from Fritz Heiler, we were enjoying the lovely Carbon 7 … More Coming Attractions!

New Tubes, Part II

As I mentioned in my last post, I’d originally planned to hold off for the foreseeable future on upgrading the 300B tubes of my Audio Note Kits Kit 1 amp, due to the stratospheric prices demanded for those tubes. For example, I swear to you that what follows is an unaltered screen grab from a current … More New Tubes, Part II