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Musical Fidelity M1 HPA Headphone Amplifier Review

I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with musical fidelity products in the past. They always seem to get good reviews in the Hi-Fi press but a few times after prolonged use I find that the immediate wow factor is eventually replaced with a feeling that the initial gloss is hiding a few problems. I found this particularly true with an A308 CD player I used for a while. This was advertised as being 95% equivalent to the Nuvista 3D CD Player at half the cost. When one came available second hand for a good price I took a chance. Again at first it had a this immediate appeal with detail and extended bandwidth but after months of use I felt that it was shiny glossy Hi-Fi for the sake of it like many audio products. It lacked soul and musicality when compared to other players.

Musical Fidelity M1HPA Headphone Amplifier

Audjoo Helix VSTi Synth Free Patches

Helix is a wave-table shaping, virtual analogue, hybrid soft synthesizer with a deep rich high sound quality that makes it well suited to pads and textures with depth, although it is quite capable of bass and leads etc. I have made these patches which are mostly pads suitable for film, electronica, ambient and berlin school etc.

Audjoo Helix VSTi Synth

Sennheiser HD 800 Review (vs Grado and Stax)

The HD800 headphones are currently Sennheiser's top end set of headphones. They claim to have the largest transducers and the most advanced driver technology of any current headphone on the market at this time. These are reference class headphones and a benchmark to compare many other headphones against. Premium parts have gone into the build, the transducer being encased by precision machined stainless steel and the ear-pads are claimed to be hand crafted from a high-quality microfibre fabric.

Sennheiser HD800

Audio HiFi Mains Cable DIY

Nothing invokes more of a mixed response in Hi-Fi circles than the concept of 'audio-grade' Hi-Fi mains cables. The idea of spending up to £1000 for a mains cable for many, myself included, seems ludicrous. Audio grade mains cables are very much a Hi-Fi thing and not so much in the pro-audio world were the only time a slightly more expensive mains lead would be used is one that has screening to stop noise radiating out of the cable and inducing on other near-by more sensitive audio carrying cables. This does have some engineering sense behind it.

DIY Audio HiFi Mains Cable

Serum VSTi Wavetable Synth Free Patches

Serum is a wavetable based synth by Xfer Records that is right at the very top in terms of depth of sound and control along with ease of use. It is one of the most logical and well thought out user friendly interfaces for a VSTi. Many soft synths in the past have gone for style over functionality. Similarly if they are a clone of a vintage hardware synth they make an exact GUI copy of the physical layout which looks cool and familiar to an owner of the real thing, but this does not typically lend itself to being easy to use on screen if it is crammed with controls which then open in a small window. Serum does not follow this trend so it is easy to jump in and get results with the superb layout and little digging.

Serum VSTi Wavetable Synth


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