facebook| twitter|  russian| Phone Search:
  • RSS
Samsung Galaxy Note. First Look

Today, large companies, especially corporate giants like Samsung, do not surprise users with extraordinary products...

First look. Sony ST21i Tapioca Microsoft Windows Phone 7: Reasons for Failure First Look at Samsung Galaxy S3 as a 2012 Flagship
Reviews Editorials

Rambler's Top100

Audiophile Column No 15. Hotchpotch

I have to apologize to those readers who prefer author's articles as today's issue will be based on our readers' feedback. From time to time I am asked questions about curious and rare things you may be also interested in. You cannot (and do not need to) buy everything you see, but you never now… We will start with a 3 strong varied mixture.

1. Bravo Audio V3 independent hybrid amplifier

The name of the company tells me nothing, but it is hardly a problem as an average iPod fan will routinely be ignorant about Hifiman. Bravo Audio has in its portfolio three tube amplifiers: V3 is the last one. I think the progress since 2009, when the company was founded (according to the website), is quite impressive and we have something to choose from.

The amplifier has a slightly cold, but "tube sound" (if to judge by feedback regarding Russian tubes 6922, they offer rather a "harsh" sound). The main feature of the model is a 3 band equalizer labeled "graphic". I don't think it is a proper name for 3 sliders, but it looks funny.

The parameters of the model do not impress much. It is claimed they are compatible with low resistance headphones, but the distortion level is too high. Be sure that low resistance earbuds will surely reproduce hissing sounds of the model.

This is a good toy for $100 as you get a replaceable lamp, which should offer nice sound when amplified alongside demanding high resistance device. Don't expect miracles, though. It looks particular as well. Some may like the design nonetheless.

Audiophile Column No 1. Warm Lamp Sound

Review of the amplifier module GAME card for the player Hifiman HM-801

Performance parameters:

  • Power: fixed voltage of 24 V
  • Input sensitivity: 100 mW
  • Output impedance: 20 – 600 ohm
  • Amplification: 28 dB
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz – 60 kHz with the imbalance of 0.25 dB
  • Signal to noise ratio: more than 90 dB
  • Dynamic range: with 300 ohm - 84.6 dB, and 89.8 dB with 33 ohm
  • Level of harmonic distortions: with 300 ohm load- 0.016%, with 33 ohm load - 0.45%
  • Level of intermodulation distortions and noise: with 300 ohm load - 0.045%, with 33 ohm load – 0.42%
  • Dimensions: 79 x 115 x 45 mm
  • Weight with the package: 800 g

2. Limited Edition Audio-Technica Headphones for Paul Smith

I don't know if you thought the same, but my first look at the model found strange resemblance to Audio-Technica ES55 I reviewed not long ago. Read the article, look at photos and check out parameters, which coincide in these models.

This solution is merely interesting for collectors whether they value British designer Paul Smith or not. It is a motivating solution, which looks similar to Monster Turbine Pro Gold.

Review of headphones Audio-Technica ATH-ES55 BK

Review of Headphone Monster Cable Turbine and Monster Cable Turbine Pro Gold

Performance parameters

  • Type: dynamic; 40 mm in diameter; based on neodymium magnet
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz – 25 kHz
  • Maximum input signal: 1000 mW
  • Impedance: 34 ohm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • Connected: 3.5 mm, gilded
  • Cable: 1.2 m, Y-type, oxygen free copper conductor

3. Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! sound card

This is a useful gadget for those who prefer carrying everything with them. The sound quality is above that of integrated solutions (I haven't listened to the model myself, so I have to rely on impressions of others), while the size is very compact. The best point is 1 GB memory with the sound card driver. Creative is famous for huge, but customizable drivers, so you can always connect it to any computer you come across. It is very handy indeed.

There is a headphones amplifier, microphone input for podcasters and gamers. The solution is not ideal for music fans and audiophiles. For less than $65 you get a ready to use device, albeit with software effects.

Performance parameters:

  • Reproduction of up to 64 audio channels with separate frequency control
  • 16-bit DAC of the analogue input signal of up to 48 kHz
  • 24-bit DAC of the digital source of up to 48 kHz; stereo in output
  • X-Fi CMSS-3D feature
    • X-Fi CMSS-3D Headphone: multi channel playback of any content with headphones.
    • X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual: multi channel playback of any content with two speakers.
  • Audio connectors:
    • One stereo input connector of 3.50 mm (″1/8) for a microphone.
    • One stereo output connector of 3.50 mm (″1/8) for analogue line or headphones.
  • - 1 GB of in built memory

The author is grateful to the indifferent one, Dmitry Kiryushov and Anton Loginov for stimulating feedback.

Audiophile Column No 13. Standardization of Players and PortalPlayer

Review of HDD-player Apple iPod Fifth Generation

Review of MP3-Player Apple iPod Classic

Do you want to talk about this? Please, go to our Forum and let your opinion be known to the author and everybody else.

Ilya Tarakanov (tarakanov.ilya@gmail.com)
Translated by Maxim Antonenko (maxantonenko@ukr.net)

Published - 09 November 2010

Have something to add?! Write us... eldar@mobile-review.com



[ 31-07 16:21 ]Sir Jony Ive: Apple Isn't In It For The Money

[ 31-07 13:34 ]Video: Nokia Designer Interviews

[ 31-07 13:10 ]RIM To Layoff 3,000 More Employees

[ 30-07 20:59 ]Video: iPhone 5 Housing Shown Off

[ 30-07 19:12 ]Android Fortunes Decline In U.S.

[ 25-07 16:18 ]Why Apple Is Suing Samsung?

[ 25-07 15:53 ]A Few Choice Quotes About Apple ... By Samsung

[ 23-07 20:25 ]Russian iOS Hacker Calls It A Day

[ 23-07 17:40 ]Video: It's Still Not Out, But Galaxy Note 10.1 Gets An Ad

[ 19-07 19:10 ]Another Loss For Nokia: $1 Billion Down In Q2

[ 19-07 17:22 ]British Judge Orders Apple To Run Ads Saying Samsung Did Not Copy Them

[ 19-07 16:57 ]iPhone 5 To Feature Nano-SIM Cards

[ 18-07 14:20 ]What The iPad Could Have Looked Like ...

[ 18-07 13:25 ]App Store Hack Is Still Going Strong Despite Apple's Best Efforts

[ 13-07 12:34 ]Infographic: The (Hypothetical) Sale Of RIM

[ 13-07 11:10 ]Video: iPhone Hacker Makes In-App Purchases Free

[ 12-07 19:50 ]iPhone 5 Images Leak Again

[ 12-07 17:51 ]Android Takes 50%+ Of U.S. And Europe

[ 11-07 16:02 ]Apple Involved In 60% Of Patent Suits

[ 11-07 13:14 ]Video: Kindle Fire Gets A Jelly Bean


Register | Lost password?



© Mobile-review.com, 2002-2012. All rights reserved.