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  1. cageymaru

    Sound BlasterX G6 Reviewed

    Audio Science Review has tested the Sound BlasterX G6 and found it to be surprisingly good for a budget device in a feature-filled package. During DAC testing it was discovered that the device's SINAD would rocket up to 112 dB if the level was dialed down by 2 dBFS (digitally.) Linearity was...
  2. cageymaru

    High Gain Versus Low Gain Settings on Headphone Amplifiers

    Audio Science Review tackles whether it is better to use high gain or low gain settings on headphone amplifiers. Conventional wisdom says that the high gain setting on an amplifier adds noise as "there is no free lunch." A Schiit Magni 3 and JDS Labs Atom were analyzed during the testing by an...
  3. cageymaru

    On-board Sound Tested Against an External DAC/Headphone Amplifier

    Audio Science Review has conducted a test of on-board sound from a Hewlett Packard Z series laptop and matched it against an external Topping NX4 DSD portable headphone amplifier and DAC to determine if it is an upgrade from the on-board sound. Although the on-board sound never distorted, the...
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  5. cageymaru

    Schiit Magni 2 Headphone Amplifier Is $59 or $79 at Amazon and Made in the USA

    Schiit Magni 2 Headphone Amplifier is $59 @Amazon. The newer $99 Magni 3 has preamp outputs that this basic model lacks. https://www.amazon.com/Schiit-SCH-0702-Magni-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B00SCBKPW2/ Schiit Magni 2 Uber Headphone Amplifier is $79 @Amazon. This has preamp outputs like the...