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In Part One of this Two-Part Article, we explored the new AudioQuest NightOwl Carbon Headphones, and in Part Two we explore their new DragonFly Red and DragonFly Black DAC+Preamp+Headphone Amp units. To audition them we listened to the newly released Neil Young – Decade, and Jaco Pastorius from HD Tracks both in High-Resolution, and “The Beatles Sgt. Peppers 50th Anniversary Edition” from EMI. Part Two of a Two-part article.

Harris Fogel, Posted July 9th, 2017

AudioQuest helped start the portable USB DAC/Headphone Amplifier revolution with its original DragonFly model in 2012. Now with an expanded line of DACs, the newest units the DragonFly Red & Black are MQA equipped. Two years ago they took the step from electronics and cables to produce their first headphones, the open-ear NightHawk, and the closed-back NightOwl Carbon. How did these perform with the newly released Neil Young – Decade, and Jaco Pastorius from HD Tracks, and The Beatles Sgt. Peppers 50th Anniversary edition from EMI? Read our review to find out. Part One of a Two-part article.

Harris Fogel, Posted July 4th, 2017

So, a few years ago there was a techie dream, that one day there would be one connecter to rule them all, and it would be named Thunderbolt. Fast forward to USB Type-C, another dream of a connector and standard to rule them all. Sound familiar? Unless you have a brand new computer with Type-C, and only a few of them exist, you have an adapter conundrum ahead! We tested products that might prove your solution; the OWC Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Kanex e-SATA to Thunderbolt 2 adapter, LaCie d2 10TB Thunderbolt 3 Hard Drive, and the Apple Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3 adapter to make sense of things. Read on for our story of Type-C pain and salvation.

Harris Fogel and Nancy Burlan, with additional research by Ken Kramar, posted 6/20/2017

At this week's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose, Apple gave macOS hardware some attention, revising four separate product lines and pre-announcing a new offshoot. John Mulhern III describes and analyzes Apple's announcements.

John Mulhern III, Posted 6/10/2017

The purpose of a DAC (Digital Analog Converter) sounds disarmingly simple. To convert digital signals to analog. Every aspect of modern life depends on them, even if few are aware of it. So, when Oppo Digital announced their new Oppo Sonica DAC – Audiophile DAC & Network Streamer, the audio world took notice. What would their take on creating a DAC for the age of streaming audio, high-res files, and NAS devices? Read our full review about the decisions that created this new component.

Harris Fogel, with additional editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 5/23/2017

In Part Three of our Three-part article on a new recording from Chesky Records featuring Camille Thurman’s “Inside the Moment”, and using the new 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones, and the Astell & Kern AK Jr for high-resolution playback – we continue with our review of the Astell & Kern AK Jr Digital Audio Player. Read on for our full review. Part three of a three-part article.

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 5/18/2017

In Part Two of our Three-part article on a new recording from Chesky Records featuring Camille Thurman’s “Inside the Moment”, and using the new 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones, and the Astell & Kern AK Jr Digital Audio Player for high-resolution playback – we continue with our review of the 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones. Read on for our full review. Part two of a three-part article.

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 5/8/2017

An extraordinary new recording from Chesky Records begins with a small jazz quartet led by Camille Thurman on saxophone and vocals, recorded using a single binaural microphone in front of a live audience in New York City. Using the new 1More Quad Driver In-Ear Headphones, and the Astell & Kern AK Jr Digital Audio Player for high-resolution playback -- the recording quality, musicality, and performance on this new title is a revelation. A rival for the renowned “Jazz at the Pawnshop”, “Inside the Moment” is enthralling in its seamless combination of music, selections, composition, and audio quality. Read on for our full review. Part one of a three-part article.

Harris Fogel, with editorial assistance from Nancy Burlan, posted 4/28/2017

No American location is more fitting to host a week of events centered around distilled spirits than Philadelphia. It is claimed that Pennsylvania is the birthplace of American whiskey. In fact, the Whiskey Rebellion occurred in the western end of the state in 1794, when the young U.S. government began taxing whiskey to pay for the Revolutionary War. Now in its 2nd year, the Philadelphia Sprits Week showcases spirits from Pennsylvania on one night, and the next night premium whiskeys from throughout the country. To learn more about this acclaimed event read our full report.

Nancy Burlan, with additional reporting by Harris Fogel and Ken Kramar, posted 4/20/2017

Craft Breweries and Craft Distillers seem to be sprouting on every street corner. One of the best of the new distillers is Dad’s Hat, located in Bristol, a Philadelphia region based distiller of rye whiskey that has racked up award after award since its introduction. In this interview we explore what brought Herman C. Mihalich to his dream of distilling his own whiskey in the state where rye whiskey originated.

Harris Fogel and Ken Kramar, with editorial assistance by Nancy Burlan, recorded at the American Whiskey Convention, at Citizens Bank Park, posted 4/15/2017  (8:32)

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