Audio Posts

This page is an archive of recent posts about home audio.

  • Study System! (9/4/2020) - An impulse purchase led to rearrangement of the study rack to make room for Magni, Modi, and Mani giving a proper little study system.
  • Mani Drops In (9/2/2020) - Schiit Audio Mani added to the Dismal HiFi Mani is a phono preamplifier, a very clever one built from carefully selected integrated circuit operational amplifiers. Dead quiet and very neutral in sound.
  • Balanced Audio Connections (8/22/2020) - A quick introduction to balanced audio connections and their use in home music playback systems.
  • Schiit Audio Modius comes for good (8/18/2020) - Modius Comes for Good A second look at Modius and introduction of Magnius, a $200 balanced headphone amplifier. These are ideal for a study system or personal listening in a shared space. I use my Modius for TV and streaming radio playback. It makes a difference.
  • Introducing Modius (7/17/2020) - Sorry, no schitty puns today. Just the introduction of a new Dismal Manor resident, Modius, a high value DAC that plays radio and TV audio here.
  • What to do with My CARES Act stimulus payment? (6/11/2020) - Magnaplanar LRS Stock image courtesy of Magnepan. The CARES Act, in an effort to keep US residents whole during the early days of the SARS-COV2 pandemic, gives each tax payer and social security recipient $650 to spend as they will. Not needing it to make ends meet, I decided to direct my stimulus grant to […]
  • Vidar Invades Camp Dismal (5/19/2020) - Vidar Invades Camp Dismal He came two days early and sounds like Schiit. That is to say, neutral with laser focus and clean, natural articulation. Vidar makes good sources sing sweetly yet will show up mediocre recordings and front end componentss.
  • Ampzilla’s Passing (5/16/2020) - More shit happens at Camp Dismal. Our lounge audio amplifier has failed and repair is more than a DIY effort. This article talks about the selection of a replacement which is en route.
  • Future-Fi (1/1/2020) - A friend asked about getting started in component audio. This article grew out of the replay to his E-mail. In it, we take advantage of 50 years of industry and hobbyist experience to propose a nice contemporary system and explain some of the rational involved.
  • Schiit Pi? (10/3/2019) - What happens if you mash up a Raspberry Pi, Schiit Modi 3, and Schiit Magni, with some Sennheiser HD555 cans? Read to find out.