WTFamps and Timothy Cose, welcome!

Audio Primate would like to extend a warm welcome to Timothy Cose of Wauwatosa Tube Factory, or wtfamps. Tim builds tube amps without any formal electrical training and still has all his fingers. Good on Tim. I had a teacher in primary school who only had 4 fingers on one hand, he blew one right off in... Continue Reading →

Audio-Opus Opus #1: a transparent reference quality DAP and a great start for a promising company

Pros: Uber transparent black background, balanced out, easy operating system, build quality, up to 432 GB of storage, battery saving mode, nice leather case Cons: Android in name only, did not successfully scan all tags, operating system not fully featured List Price: £399 ($399), available from HiFi Headphones in the UK, Musicteck in the USA.... Continue Reading →

Audio Primate, now with prize winning photography

Back in March a couple members of Audio Primate went to the HeadRoom at Metropolis Studios show put on by Audio Sanctuary in London, the HiFiMAN room was a highlight of the show and allowed entry into HiFiMAN's HE-1000 International Photography Competition. I'm pleased to announce that our photo, Reality Sphere, took first prize, so... Continue Reading →

TheBit Opus #3: Refined Korean Metal, Unboxing

I like the Opus #3. A lot. But since my review will be following this post in not too much time. I'll let you get a look at some unboxing shots first. These pics include images of the custom Dignis leather case made for the Opus #3. I hope you like 'em. The leather case... Continue Reading →

How to make a round 8-braid

Saw this on Facebook in the DIY Cable Makers group and thought I'd share. Round 8-braids are what you see on many top price cables. I'm not sure that it makes a difference over quad braids, but it sure do look pretty. The method applies whether using paracord or not. I recommend using heat-shrink at... Continue Reading →

FiiO X5iii: the giant killer that wasn’t

Pros:  Size is nice in the hand, solid build, 2 micro-SD slots for tons of storage, Google Play Store, minimal skinning on Android, good functional interface, Quick Charge, excellent USB DAC function, full-featured Cons: Sound is very mid-fi, hiss with sensitive IEMs, button layout not terribly ergonomic, weak/poor Bluetooth, limited amplification, crowded bottom end, coaxial... Continue Reading →

Effect Audio Ares II+: Smooth shimmering heavy metal value

Pros:  Beautiful, a bit more airy and detailed than stock cable, smoothed some sharper treble on Kaiser Encore, perfect size pins, precise tight bass with good impact, bigger stage than stock Cons: chunky, a bit heavy on the ear, paint wears off easily, 2-pin connector shell is glued List Price: $219.90 Acknowledgment I received the... Continue Reading →

Trinity Phantom Hunter – unboxing pictures

UPDATE 21/05/17 - new comparison pictures added against various IEMs (Campfire Vega, Andromeda etc) After one of the most awaited (to put it mildly) product launches on the Head-Fi forums, the Trinity Audio flagship 5-driver IEM (the Phantom Hunter) is now starting to arrive in mailboxes around the globe. If you are one of the many... Continue Reading →

Unique Melody Miracle: a smooth operator

Pros:  Smooth pleasing signature, laid back, isolation, deep rich bass, detail retrieval and imaging Cons: Soft tonality, slightly diffuse bass, soundstage merely average, like some amplification to sound their best List Price: $1049 (musicteck.com) Acknowledgment I’d like to thank Lawrance of Unique Melody for loaning audioprimate.blog the Miracle V2 in exchange for honest opinions. You... Continue Reading →

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