The HiFime Sabre got a full and rich sound without ever feeling muddy or losing control. Sub-bass reaches low and the mid bass has a nice drive too it. I find it to be a bit on the warm side with lush and full mids and full, smooth highs without being rolled off too early. Soundstage width is excellent as is depth and it has a good separation as well. Comparison: Please note that the comments in the comparison section are not in absolute terms but in comparison between subject A and B. This means as an example that if subject A is found to be brighter than subject B it does not necessarily mean that subject A is bright sounding in absolute terms.

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Darko May 24, , One of the most cliched concluding lines of the lazy? Luckily for the high er end, rarely are names named. However, such phrasing underscores the importance of context.

Few would compare Addis Ababa to Zurich. New York vs Los Angeles. Los Angeles vs New York. A long-standing rivalry between two cities that are culturally and climatically very different. Ditto Melbourne vs Sydney. Some people swear on Sydney, for others it must be Melbourne. Head-fiers will be familiar this — AKG vs Sennheiser continues to rumble. Read all the brochures you want. If you wanna know if Melbourne bests Sydney for your lifestyle , you gotta go visit.

Fit and finish is several notches above Chinese rivals: the casework is 0. The pointed, conical, metallic feet will scratch benchtops I found out the hard way so user intervention is required.

I went for a quartet of rubber isolation feet as well as some tupperware jar openers. Those orange latex squares are soversatile! A comfortable, chunky Sony universal remote controls either. As the Anedio D1 doubles-up as headphone and passive pre, James knows that armchair audiophiles will fret about the ideaof digital volume control. In general, for every 6 dB attenuation, 1 bit is lost. For example, if the digital volume is set to dB, then 2 bits are lost.

This is a serious loss of resolution if the DAC has only 16 bits to begin with. With the full bit data path, the digital volume control has more than enough resolution to accommodate the loss of bits. So the loss of 2 bits, as in the example, is practically inconsequential to the bit DAC. It is a recognition of the fact that most users will be listening below this level. In general, the gain of the analog path is too high, so the user often has to turn down the volume significantly, perhaps between and dB.

Is this better than having only the digital volume control at dB? Practically, there is little or no difference. We have not been able to hear any difference in listening tests or measure any artifacts due to digital attenuation. But perhaps, there is a psychological factor here. We simply did not want the digital volume level to be of any concern, even remotely. We over-designed it. So with the bit digital volume control and the 9-dB relay attenuator, the listener can relax and not worry about digital artifacts at all.

The reputation of the Anedio sound preceded its arrival. They sound thin, lifeless and seriously lacking in bass. My friend — over for the afternoon — agreed. Ultrasone DJ1 Pros faired much better. As a pre-amplfiier, the D1 fares better.

MUCH better. Feeding a Trends TA Like other Sabre implementations, it is a sound illuminated from within. I noted caffeinated energy without the subsequent mid-afternoon slump. Dynamics are positively sinuous. A lean toward upper-mid presence finds favour with leading edge guitar notes, percussive counterplay and — classical fans take note — string definition.

Running the Anedio back to back against the Audio-gd Reference 7. A new sound from familiar roots that trades more heavily in the demystification of music by exposing delicate timbres and rhythmic drive.

The Audio-gd and Anedio take different routes to reach similar destinations. The D1 takes the floodlit freeway, top down, foot to the floor — definitely the more youthful of the two. It is never tiring — even with guitar-driven indie rock hello Clearlake. Another week, another set of duelling pistols and fresher ears from this reviewer. In contrast, the Wyred 4 Sound sound is pure Canberra: efficient, thorough, cool er.

Say what? The D1 flaunts vocal float — a sense of mid-air suspension — whilst the Audio-gd connotes a better notion of body behind the vocal. The New Jersey fella pips the Chinaman to the post when directly comparing treble extension. As your digital audio source chain — transport, DAC and power supply — improves, you should hopefully acknowledge find music easier on the ears and nerves. So……Melbourne or Sydney? The Anedio D1 competes with the Audio-gd Reference 7. Want a detailed, fast sound full of natural tones and timbres?

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