John Grandberg

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Tyll Hertsens, Bob Katz, John Grandberg, Grover Neville  |  Nov 24, 2017  |  12 comments

'Tis the season!

Noodling around for some gift ideas for the audio lover in your life? InnerFidelity writers did a little noodling for you and are happy to present you our "2017 InnerFidelity Gift Guide."

Enjoy!

John Grandberg  |  Nov 14, 2017  |  8 comments
There's no shortage of choice for quality headphone amps. Whether your budget is $249 or $5,000, or somewhere in between, you should be able to find an amp that satisfies your requirements.

The same goes for D/A converters. The little Grace Design SDAC is killer at only $79 while high-end DACs routinely go for many thousands of dollars.

Preamps? Same story. As a more "traditional" hi-fi component, there's a seemingly endless supply of designs out there. A surprisingly large number of brands sport prices you might typically associate with a new luxury car. On the other end, Schiit's Saga does a bang-up job at $349.

Yes, there are more options than ever for building a system using separate components for each function. Yet things don't often go as well when using integrated devices.

John Grandberg  |  Aug 08, 2017  |  4 comments
One glance at the rather obvious speaker array on the XPS 27 tells us there's something special going on here. You'd be forgiven for thinking Dell slapped a generic "soundbar" on the system and called it a day. Not so. The XPS 27 is in fact built from the ground up with audio in mind. I was actually surprised at how much effort went into this thing.
John Grandberg  |  Apr 26, 2017  |  10 comments
It's kind of a long story, but here we are.
John Grandberg  |  Feb 28, 2017  |  10 comments
A reference-caliber headphone amp with a plethora of unique features, the iFi Pro iCan has you covered...no matter what your preferences might be.
John Grandberg  |  Jan 23, 2017  |  30 comments
After a substantial delay, the DAP roundup returns with its 3rd (and final) installment.
Tyll Hertsens, John Grandberg, ljokerl  |  Nov 28, 2016  |  7 comments
It's that time of year again and InnerFidelity writers are glad to offer some solid recommendations for giving the gift of good music this season!
John Grandberg  |  Oct 28, 2016  |  10 comments
Now, Arcam turns their attention to the headphone workd. Frankly, I'm surprised it took this long. The company seems very aware of industry trends—they've been doing relatively affordable USB DACs for a while now, as well as various wireless widgets like the miniBlink Bluetooth streamer. They even have an add-on DAC/amp/charging case for the iPhone 6/6S which I'd totally use if I was an iPhone guy. Yet somehow, despite all these personal audio offerings, a dedicated headphone amp wasn't in the cards until recently. Now, Arcam joins other notable audio firms such as Pass Labs, Bryston, and Simaudio in putting their amplifier expertise to work in the headphone space.
John Grandberg  |  Jun 14, 2016  |  19 comments
The market for integrated DAC/headphone amp devices is surging. Is there still a place for separate components? Cayin makes a solid argument for independent components remaining relevant.

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